It is hard to believe that another Monday is upon us. What I find even more difficult to digest is that it is the final week of August. It seems as if summer has just began and at least here in Nova Scotia, there were only a few days that I would consider to be 'hot'.
But as I awake in the morning, I notice that it is darker each day. This morning when I got up the sun was barely peeking over the horizon. I know that soon it will be completely dark, and I will once again need a light on while I have my morning coffee.
The air is cooler as well. This morning I needed both a blanket and kitty to keep me warm while I was going through my morning emails. Richard sleeps comfortably at my feet, swaddled in the blanket that I have on my lap. I can feel his warmth on my legs and the air outside the blanket is still much cooler. Autumn is approaching.
I accomplished a good amount of things this weekend, but as usual, not as much as I wish I could have done. I don't know why, but lately I have had a lull in my ambition. Not to the point of crisis, but I am just not my usual 'ball of fire' that you all have become used to seeing. The past couple of evenings I was completely happy to 'just sit' and watch a show that Keith and I have been following. No painting, drawing or embroidery. I haven't even talked online much. Perhaps it is a much needed step away that will prepare me for the busy holiday season to come. (I'll say it is, anyway!)
There are no shortage of ideas. Just the ambition to implement them. I don't really view it as a crisis though, as I know it is only temporary. I am trying to fight the feeling that in a month or so I will look back on this time with regret, and hope that I don't view it as being 'wasted'.
Is resting and replenishing ourselves really considered 'wasting time' though?
I hope not. I kind of look at it as a necessary pause in the crazy life we have so that we are better able to function and take on other things in the future. It is a shame that society has come to look upon these down times as being something negative. Perhaps it is me, but I always find myself trying to justify any down time I take at all.
And I know I am not alone.
I see many of my friends do the same thing. Just when I wonder how they are able to accomplish such a huge amout of things, I see them apologizing for not keeping up that crazy pace.
It can't be healthy.
So as I sit here and write to you how we all deserve time off, I can't help but feel that by doing so I am also trying to justify my actions (or lack there of!) Isn't life funny?
In any case, it was a good weekend and even though I went at a slower pace (for me, anyway) I did accomplish quite a bit.
Last week in our site update, I introduced the first part of a set of reindeer that I created. I was really thrilled that people liked them as many patterns were ordered. My friend and customer Barb even sent me a photo of the set she made of them at a wood show, in which she used no electric or power tools at all. I think they came out wonderful:
I love seeing people make my designs. It really makes me feel good. I also had several people asking for the rest of the pieces that I spoke of.
I had designed the original pattern to have two poses of the reindeer (shown above.) I will be creating another set of two posese so that customers can double them to make a total of eight reindeer for a vignette. I also am creating a pretty sleigh for them to use – either with the vignette or on its own. I have a little teaser of the drawing for that sled to show you:
I hope to finish up the drawing of it today, and then I will cut it out hopefully tomorrow.
As a bonus pattern, I also drew up a single reindeer – Rudolph – that I will offer free to those who already bought the other three patterns. I will also be selling the Rudolph pattern singly.
The deer are all drawn and ready to cut as well. It will be fun to see them all come together.
I suppose when I list everything here and look back on things, I really didn't sit idle after all. Besides the drawings, I spent part of the weekend painting the ornaments I showed you last week and on Saturday evening I embroidered. It was a full weekend and I enjoyed myself very much.
Keith was busy as well, as he spent pretty much of last week drawing some beautiful new cross ornaments.
These two-piece crosses will be wonderful smaller as shown for ornaments or even enlarged as plaques. They can even be used individually as pendants or accents for other pieces. There will be ten 'double crosses' in the pattern set and we already have had some wonderful feedback on them.
So things are moving right along. Even though it may feel as if I am not doing a lot, when looking back, I am pretty proud of what we did do. I suppose the secret to being happy is to enjoy what you do and allow yourself to feel good about doing things at a comfortable pace. I think that in the end, it is the best way to live.
I wish you all a fabulous Monday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"