I am getting back to normal, whatever that is. The last couple of days were really kind of a pain. (literally!) However, I can't really complain because with the muscle relaxer pills I was taking, it was all manageable. I only need to be careful.
I was going to try to not take them today, but this morning just sitting was bothering me quite a bit. So on to Plan B it is and I will try to take them as far apart as possible. The important thing is that I do feel better and I am on the mend. I just need to watch so I don't overdo thing and pretty soon I will be fine.
Fortunately I was able to sit and draw and also sit at the scroll saw, so even though I wasn't at my best, it was a pretty productive weekend. The height of my stool that I use when I saw was perfect and I felt very little discomfort while cutting and I was able to cut out my next three projects.
The weather has been awesome here as well, which always makes us feel better I think. After the long winter we experienced, and the bug-filled spring, it appears that we are in for a fantastic summer. I would expect the temperatures are in the high 70's or low 80's with very little humidity. While it rained much of last week, the past several days have been bright and sunny with a gentle breeze. Even where I live right across the river there are very few bugs anymore, and I can actually enjoy the sunshine outdoors.
After cutting all the pieces on Saturday, I had quite a bit of pieces to sand. I was wondering how I would do this without putting strain on my back, as I usually need to hunch over quite a bit to use the orbital sander. Since it was so beautiful out though, I decided to sit on the step of our front deck and enjoy some of the nice weather. It worked perfectly, and I took my time and enjoyed the day. I even had TWO 'helpers' in the forms of Pancakes and Richard, two of my three cats. (I lovingly call them "Inspector 23 and Inspector 21")
They spent the entire time out there with me, keeping me company. I had some nice music on and I couldn't help but think what a great life I have. It was all very enjoyable.
Today I am going to be working up the patterns for two of the three new designs. Keith wants to do a site update tonight or tomorrow so I want to have things ready to go by then. Here is a hint of one of the new designs:
In this version of the plaque, I used DecoArt Chalky Paint and Crackle Medium. I absolutely LOVE how it looks! (Don't worry – there is a nice "natural" wood version for those of you who don't like to use paint on wood!)
I really love how these plaques came out and I have probably 3-4 more similar "beachy" or "summer-themed" ideas that I will be doing in the next couple of weeks.
I also am working on my next pattern for either scrolling or painting. I wanted to change my All Season Tree into a "BEACH" theme to bring in summer and I drew up some darling ornaments that will be finished in a couple of different ways. I wanted to do them two ways and couldn't decide which one so I am making them BOTH ways and including them in the same pattern. I think they will be fun not only for you all to do, but also to keep kids busy over the summer break. They are cute and fun and while I only just started and got one of them done, I can't wait to finish them up and show you all. I will be offering pre-cut wood for these pieces as well. I think you will like them!
I hope you all had a great weekend and are getting some nice weather like we have here. It is yet another awesome morning and looks to be another beautiful day.
One last note – for those of you who are on our mailing list – when we update the site we are removing the coupon code we gave out in the last newsletter. So if you plan to order, I encourage you to do so today so you can get your discount.
Thank you to everyone who sent notes of encouragement. It really felt good to know I was missed. :)
Have a fantastic Monday and a wonderful week ahead!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"