After nearly a week long getaway to beautiful Prince Edward Island, we have returned home feeling refreshed and more excited than ever about our work. What an incredible time we had! This has been probably one of the longest times I spent away from writing here on my blog since I began it over four years ago. I know I needed the break, but I truly missed the daily correspondence with you – my wonderfully creative readers. It made me realize just how much I enjoy chatting with you all both on the forums and through private messages.
I must admit though, that I was a bad 'tourist' in that I didn't take many photos of our journey. There was so many beautiful things to see and I wanted to see them first-hand – not from behind a camera lens. I did take some photos, but my camera is currently not accessible so you will all need to wait to see the few photos that I have. To be honest, I haven't even had a chance to look at them yet, and I hope some are suitable for sharing.
As with any time away, I returned to hundreds of emails to attend to. Not all of them need responses, but the email box is very full and I ask that you all be patient with giving me time to catch up. I will be doing that in the next few days.
Apparently there are some holidays here in Canada that I was unaware of today. As a result, none of our post offices or banks are open, which means that nothing can be mailed out today. I have many orders to go out and will get everything posted by tomorrow (Tuesday) and sent on its way. Everyone who I have talked to have been very understanding though so I am not worrying about it. It is a joy to work with such lovely customers!
I have so many things to share that it would be impossible for me to post them all in one or even two entries here. I realize many of you read while having your morning coffee and I think if I talked about the last several days at once, you would be here at least until afternoon tea. Besides – there are so many things on my own plate today that I need to get moving as soon as I am done posting here. It is all good though and I feel happy and thrilled about everything in general. I think we both really needed the break, but we are both so inspired by so many things we saw and experienced on the trip that it was an incredible boost for both Keith and myself.
The cats were thrilled to see us return. I suppose the only down side of leaving in the first place is that I need to leave the cats behind. People say they don't notice, but I beg to differ. Richard was visibly excited and came to me immediately as I walked in the door. When I picked him up, he purred and purred and kept pushing his head against my chest and 'kneading' my arm with his paws. I haven't had a greeting like that from a cat in a long while!
Coco was also very affectionate. She took her turn when Rich left and came on my lap in her gentle way and also purred her heart out.
Pancakes was the one who was rather angry at us for leaving. While he did eventually come over and sit on my lap, when I talked to him, he kind of 'grumbled' back. He was definitely out of sorts and a bit cross with us. This behavior continued throughout the day and only last night did he seem to be a bit more forgiving. He has forgiven us, but let us know that he wasn't happy with us abandoning him in the first place.
So all is well and good. I have a wonderfully busy day ahead and plan to spend the day catching up and once again sending out our bi-monthly newsletter with the site updates. I should have that sent by the end of the day.
I did want to announce something to all of my painting followers who loved the "Nevermore" painting plaque that I created a couple of weeks ago. I had many inquiries to when the pattern would be available and I am happy to say that it is now up on the Interactive Artists Online site. For those of you who aren't aware of Interactive Artists Online magazine, it is really a wonderful publication. You can follow this link to their home page and see what they are all about:
They have so much to offer, like videos, written lessons and articles. They publish new content every other month and it is available to you for the entire length of your subscription. My "Nevermore" plaque instructions are available under the Written Lessons tab at the top. You need to have a subscription to access the detailed painting instructions and line work, but right now they have a really great offer to try them out. Here are the details:
This is a really incredible offer. Many of you had inquired about purchasing the pattern for the Nevermore plaque. I will not be selling the pattern myself until early next year, and when I do, it will probably cost about $9.00, as it is very detailed and includes nearly 30 step-by-step color photos. For just over the cost of two patterns, you can get a subscription to IAM for a full YEAR! That will include over 60 patterns and lessons, as well as access to instructional videos and articles. Not to mention networking and resources and all kinds of wonderful information. It honestly is a wonderful deal. This would be a great time to give IAM a try!
I also want you all to be aware that I am selling the pre-cut sign board pieces for this project. The wood kit is now available on my website here:
SLDPK223 - "Nevermore" plaque wood kit
I already have several ordered and I am sending them out tomorrow.
I am going to wrap things up for today's post. As I said – there is much to share but I need to keep moving. I'll be talking about everything in the days to come.
It is raining here this morning. Soft and quiet and nice. It appears we planned our trip at just the right time.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have an incredible 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"