I had kind of a 'catch up' day yesterday. With all that had been going on lately and with getting the new patterns up on the site, I was beginning to feel a bit frazzled. So many things to do and so many directions to head. I didn't know what to do first.
I find that if I don't give myself a little break from things, I really start to feel it. Then I wind up running in circles and becoming overwhelmed.
After doing my usual chores, I decided to pick up a paint brush and work on some ornaments I began last week. People often ask why I paint others' patterns when I am a designer myself. But as most designers can tell you, it is not only fun to paint designs other than my own, but can also be far more relaxing. You may want to call it "lazy" but there are times when I like everything spelled out for me where most of the 'work' is done. I have my favorite designers too, and depending on what mood I am in, I like to try their patterns. A little of this. A little of that. It depends on my mood.
The pieces that I am working on are by one of my favorite designers – Jamie Mills Price. Ever since I began decorative painting, I have been drawn to her designs because of their cute appeal and details. While I own several of her books, I will admit that I have only found the time to paint a couple of her pieces throughout the years.
Several weeks ago however, Jamie announced that she was beginning a "Halloween Ornament Club" in which after joining, you would receive a new ornament pattern for each month of the year. (You can see the details here – http://www.betweenthevines.com/html/halloween_club.html” target=”_blank”>Jamie Mills Price Halloween Ornament Club)
I loved the concept, as I love painting ornaments. I had seen her Christmas Ornament Club pieces over the past few years and was really considering joining. However, the shipping charges for the patterns were prohibitive for me, as shipping to Canada was quite a bit. But this time I noticed that Jamie was offering the patterns in PDF format, and they could be emailed to me at a big savings. Since I cut my own wood and didn't require the pieces, this was perfect for me and I decided to give it a try.
My first patterns arrived at the end of July. They were the June and July installments and the first patterns of the club. Jamie's work has always been first class, and these patterns were no exception. They were of a cute pirate ghost and a darling little witch. I was really pleased with the details of the patterns, and they even included a RECIPE with them! I think it is good to be on the other side of the learning tree once in a while, as it exposes us to different techniques and methods of doing things.
The pieces were easy enough to cut and I cut myself a dozen of the witch ornaments to 'play with'. I base coated them last week (which is NOT my favorite part!) and I was just about ready to start painting. Doing twelve pieces will take a bit longer than I anticipated, as the ornaments have quite a bit of detail. You can see them starting to come together in this picture:
While they are just getting started, you can already see how cute they will be!
Being somewhat impatient, I decided to move forward with just one piece first – just to see how they would come out. I made this decision late in the day, and I pooped out at this point:
You can already see how many colors are layered in the hat. They are going to be beautiful!
As usual, I had a 'helper' keep me company throughout the day. "Inspector Pancakes" made sure I did a good job, and only chimed in when he thought I was slacking.
It was really a pretty nice and relaxing day. I will certainly keep you all posted on my progress, as I hope to finish them up in the next couple of sessions.
I tend to be a slow painter, and I don't often have the extra time to play with stuff for myself like this. I always fight the battle during my down time of doing painting or embroidery. Sometimes one wins and sometimes the other.
Today it is back to the drawing board for me. I plan on working on the other stand up reindeer to go with the set I introduced earlier this week. They were very popular and I want to get the companion pieces, as well as the sleigh done as soon as possible – hopefully by the next update. As usual, I feel the clock ticking faster than I would like.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. It is overcast here today, but warm and muggy. I think we may be in for some rain later on. No matter what though, I know I will have fun.
I wish you all a wonderful Friday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"