I will start off today by thanking everyone for all the kind thoughts and notes and sharing their memories of Dirk with me. I found myself reminiscing about so many wonderful people, places and times and I found much comfort in that. I thought of things that I hadn't thought of in years, and I believe that is just how Dirk would have wanted everyone to remember him. I am sure that is how we will heal.
I must admit that I had very little ambition yesterday. Those of you who know me and read often know that isn't my usual state of mind. I don't even think that I opened up my Illustrator file – and this with a deadline looming!
But what can I say? I am not a machine and one of the 'catches' about being in a creative vocation is that things tend to rely on your emotions. Depending on where you are in the designing cycle, you can sometimes find things to do and push the pile and there are other times when you need to be creative and are not.
I was not feeling very creative.
So rather than push myself to doing something that probably wouldn't look good anyhow, I decided to let it alone. I packed and mailed orders and took an afternoon nap and Keith (who was very in tune to my mood) invited me to take a nice ride and go out for dinner. Besides – it was a beautiful night and we took the long way home through the back country roads. Many of them were made of dirt and we had the top down on the Miata and it was a lovely, long ride through the countryside. It was just what I needed.
I have been thinking about the blog here too and hoping that I haven't been a bit of a bore lately. After all – after writing over 1350 posts one would wonder what more could I say?
In the beginning I am sure it was somewhat interesting to join me in the process of my design work – be it the conception of the design or the drawing or the cutting or the painting. But after over four years of following me through the process over and over, I sometimes wonder if it is not quite as fascinating to you as readers and has become run of the mill. I must admit, I sometimes feel as if I am repeating myself, as the general process is definitely a cycle of recurring events.
Maybe it is just me . . .
It is especially evident on days like today when I had a rather 'slow' day. I want to bring you all quality information and I enjoy touching base with you all on a daily basis, as I feel I have honed many friendships through my posts. But I don't want to run the risk of chasing you all away either.
One thing that I noticed through my networking is that I have a wealth of amazingly talented friends and customers. Some are fellow designers, others are customers and still others are just those who like to scroll saw and paint and do all kinds of other creative things. From the beginning I always said that I enjoy both painting and scrolling. Since then, I also learned to appreciate and enjoy embroidery as well and while some of you who read prefer I stay on one track, I think that most of you enjoy seeing the many types of creativity that I like to share with you.
Very few creative people that I know limit themselves to only one hobby or genre of crafting. I have always maintained that scroll sawing and woodworking go hand in hand with painting and vice versa and I am very pleased that I see that more frequently than not that is the case. So I have come to the decision that from now on in my posts here I will not have a second thought about expanding my blog to encompass a wider range of subjects. While I have more or less been doing that recently, I suppose this is my formal declaration that is will not be an accidental overlap, but a conscious effort to promote a larger range of creativity.
I think it will be fun. After all – I think by widening the scope of this blog, it will expose you all to a wonderful array of possibilities and be better for everyone. I have so many talented people in my life that it will be a pleasure to share some of the things they are up to and I know that it will surely prove to be inspirational to you all as well. And isn't that what this blog is really about?
So on my 'slow days' when I am working or in between things, I will do my best to highlight some other interesting and creative people. I hope you like that idea.
I'll begin today with sharing some information about a wonderful painting designer that I have admired for many years.
It has come to my attention that Jamie Mills-Price is hosting a Halloween Ornament Pattern Club on her site. Jamie is a world-reknown designer and her adorable creations have enchanted the painting world for many years. She certainly is one of my favorites.
When I read that she was hosting a Halloween Ornament Pattern Club, I eagerly joined. The club consists of six mailings per year of two adorable ornament patterns. How could anyone resist? There are several options to choose from with the mailings. You can receive the patterns AND the pre-cut wood pieces, the paper patterns only, or even save a substantial amount of shipping costs and receive the patterns in PDF format. For those of us like me who cut wood (AND live out of the United States) this is a great option and makes me joining the club far more reasonable. You can read more about the club by clicking on the photo here:
Isn’t that the CUTEST witch? I believe the first issue, which comes out the end of this month, is the cute little witch shown in the picture. I can't wait!
Although I have little free time to paint others' designs, I am going to try my best to do so with these. I love Jamie's style of painting and I think they would make a wonderful collection.
If you join by the 20th of July (YIKES!!! That's TOMORROW!) you earn Premier Member status which allows you some additional perks. You can read more about it here:
Jamie Mills-Price Halloween Club 2014
I hope you get a chance to check it out.
I also hope you like me sharing this type of information with you. I figure that if it is something that you aren't interested in, you can just skip by. I really think that by promoting each other we strengthen the industry as a whole. There is so much talent out there and I love sharing the work of not only my very talented friends, but also that of good, reputable companies that I have had first-hand experiences with. Word of mouth is the best advertising and I really want to support those who I respect and help them succeed.
I am going to try to get some drawing done today, and Keith and I are attending a friends wedding this afternoon. It is an outdoor event and as I look out on this beautiful sunny and warm morning, it promises to be a perfect day. A day to enjoy life.
I wish you all an incredible Saturday. I hope you take time to enjoy your family, friends and creative journeys.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"