I have to admit that the past couple of weeks have not been easy. Please understand that I am NOT whining about things, but I haven't been feeling my usual self and as a designer, that affects just about everything that I do.
The closing of the magazines has really taken a toll on me. It is getting better each day, but I feel as if I would be lying to you all if I put on a front when I wrote here each day and acted as if I wasn't affected. After all, for nearly seventeen years I did so much with the magazine in the back of my mind. I find that I am catching myself thinking "oh – this would be good for the magazine" or something similar only to realize that it no longer exists. It is as if I lost a friend or a loved one. I suppose old habits are hard to break.
But the opportunities are right here in front of me and I need to take time to sort through them and make some decisions as to which way I want to go. I know the smart thing is to really consider each option carefully, and that takes time and thought. I don't want to do anything in haste only to regret it later one. I think that is the smartest approach.
So from time to time, I may miss writing here every day. I also may not be working at my usual 200 mph pace that you have all become used to. I find myself just sitting and "contemplating" a bit more these days, and while it may slow down my production process, I think in the long run it is a good thing. Taking time for myself is really important now. Even if it is stealing ten minutes of the day here and there.
I tell you all this because I know that I am not the first, nor will I be the last to experience this. Especially now – there are so many of you who have gone through similar experiences where your life has changed. Some things may be good and others maybe not so good, but whether it is good or bad, coping with them is something that we can't avoid. Life will always be changing. Things will change around us. Digging in and trying to keep things the same would only prove exhausting, but each of us needs to find which way is best for US to cope with our changing world. And this apparently, is mine. Things may be a little slow, but at least they are moving again – and at least they are moving in a GOOD direction. Sometimes baby steps are the best way.
I did pretty much finish up the drawing of my sleigh yesterday. I am excited about it because the first part of the reindeer pattern has been so popular. I can't wait to cut the remaining reindeer and sleigh and see the set altogether. I think it will look pretty cool.
I have a small sample of what I came up with for the fretwork on the sleigh:
It's just a small peek, but you get the idea. I don't want it to be really difficult, but I want it to be pretty and "Christmassy". And fun to cut. ;)
I still have a few adjustments on it this morning, and then I should be ready to go. This week has been pretty discombobulated, it seems, but I finally got through the piles of emails that I had and I feel I can move ahead with a clear head. I hope to have the set done over the weekend. Then I have some new things to make.
It is all good.
It rained last night and this morning when I awoke, it was still dark out. I could hear the soft rain falling, and there were periodic flashes of lightning. But it wasn't violent at all. Rather very calm. It's grey and foggy out now, but in a pretty way. The rain has stopped and the crickets are chirping loudly – so loud I can't hear the river across the road. I think they are happy for the rain.
I wish you all a good day today. The week is winding down and the final weekend of August is upon us. Summer is getting ready for its final Act.
I hope you all take some time to enjoy today, even for a short time – and appreciate all the good things around you.
Have a great Thursday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"