It seems like it has been a long time since I made a scroll saw design. It also seems like it has been a while since I painted. Or even embroidered on my 'off hours' for that matter. While I know this isn't really the case, I find myself wondering "what actually am I accomplishing each day" and find myself scratching my head.
I know that things have been getting done. I suppose that like with anything, when you really enjoy doing something, it seems like a long time in between the chances you actually get to work on them. Perhaps that is why it seems like FOREVER since I scroll sawed (or painted or embroidered) – because I love doing each one so much.
I am typing my blog today with my dear cat Pancakes on my lap. Lately, he seems particularly affectionate in the morning. Maybe it is because it cooled off from last week and he missed snugging up to me on those few days when it was hot and muggy. I can't imagine how hot he must have been with his long, thick fur. I kept a littl fan going on the floor for him and Coco, who is also a long-haired cat. They loved to lay on their backs and air out their bellies and sleep that way on the hot days.
The other day, I received some of the new computer parts that I ordered. I am still awaiting the larger case, and hopefully it will come next week. Some of the issues that I was referring to last week seem to be caused from thing running too hot. Keith had installed some software to monitor things, and that seems to be what is causing the problem. Several months ago, we bought a CPU cooler, only to find it didn't fit in my case. For the mean time, we had let it go, but with these warm summer days, it appears that it really needs to run cooler. So I ordered up not only another cooler, but another fan and a larger case, which also came with some fans pre-installed. This should help things a great deal.
I am not being cheap by doing this piecemeal. I am just being practical. Most of the parts in my computer are rather new and functioning nicely. It would be awesome if I can rectify these issues without having to do a full reformat, which would take a great deal of time getting things back to how I like it. The case will be quite a bit larger, but it will allow it to run much cooler, which will make everything happier. Including me.
With the arrival of the new parts came another bonus for the cats – a BOX! Practically before I removed the contents, they were all jostling each other to get inside to try it out. Over the past three or four days I have enjoyed the rotation of cats claiming the box as their own. First it was Coco:
I supposed she subscribed to the 'ladies first' theory. :)
Then Pancakes got a turn:
And finally yesterday when Pancakes took a 'litter break' or 'snack break' (I forget which!) – Richard made his move. Note that Richard acts completely oblivious to Pancake's distress!
They are so funny! At this very moment, I am typing with Pancakes on my lap and trying to balance the keyboard on my knees. My coffee cup is empty and I have some pictures of some beautiful pens that I received from my friend in Hawaii on my camera that I wanted to show you, but it is out of reach and I don't have the heart to disturb him. There is always tomorrow . . .
I was however able to make a sample shot of what I am drawing. This time it is some pretty Damask fretwork. I love this style of cutting and I think it is fun and elegant. I always try to draw fresh elements for the new designs and then I put them together like a puzzle to make my motifs unique.
I really enjoy this type of scrolling, and I plan to use it on some ornaments. I had made self-framing petite ornaments last year and they have been extremely popular. These will be a bit larger and somewhat different. I hope everyone likes them.
I have probably the full day of drawing to do to finish up so I can cut tomorrow. We had attended the wedding of our friends yesterday and it was a perfect afternoon. They had it outdoors, and the weather was absolutely perfect. Everything about it was so lovely. It was also a truly wonderful feeling to see our friends so happy. Many congratulations and warm wishes to Tina and John. :)
Today looks to be another perfect morning. It is warm, quiet and slightly hazy. You can feel the cool breeze coming in the windows and hear the birds and the river across the road. My beloved Pancakes is purring in my lap and the only thing I can wish for is another cup of coffee. (That will come in time!)
I hope you all have a wonderful day as well. Take time to enjoy the many beautiful things that life presents to you each day. Some days you need to look for them a little harder than others, but they are always there.
Happy Sunday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"