Those of you who know me know that my favorite season is quickly approaching. While I enjoy summer and even winter, I always think that autumn is the best time of year. I love the warm days and cool nights. I love the colors and crispness in the air. I also love seeing the beautiful foliage and colors that the season brings.
I have many fond memories of this time of year. I always enjoyed school, as it was once again an opportunity to reconnect with friends that I missed seeing over the summer. I loved shopping for school supplies and getting a new outfit or two to start the new semester. I was always a morning person, so getting up early and getting out the door was never a problem with me. I think that was when I first began appreciating the value of the quiet of the mornings.
I loved the after-school sports and activities that the Chicago Park District offered – all for free. And my friends and I would sign up immediately and our after-school days would be filled with activities such as tap, ballet and gymnastics. We would schedule as many classes as time would permit and hurry home from school only to head out again to the field house, a mile or so away. We always walked there, as those were back in the days when families had only one car and since all of the friends in our group went anyway, we always had the company of our friends. It was a truly wonderful time in my life.
I find myself smiling as I think back to those days. I feel a bit 'old' but I am happy that I grew up in such a time. It has been wonderful to reconnect with some of these friends through technology and social media places like Facebook. As with anything, social media is what we choose to make it. I choose to make it a positive thing in my life and I truly enjoy what it has brought to me. Not only has it brought back old friends, but it has also introduced new people to my life. I feel so privileged to have "met" so many wonderfully artistic and creative people through it. People whom I have admired for years are now those who I talk to on a daily basis.
Many of my customers have become friends as well, and it makes doing what I do even better because I not only see how others use my designs, but also how much they enjoy them. That in turn makes me want to do an even better job, and it is a wonderful, positive influence on us all. I am very grateful to have it.
Enough rambling though – it is time to get on with my blog!
Yesterday was a really busy day. After spending the morning catching up on mail and such, I had to do my errands and shopping for the weekend. It was a perfect day here in Nova Scotia and I thoroughly enjoyed my drive from the post
office to the store. The drive is all along the shoreline and the sun was bright and the air crisp and cool. You could smell the ocean. It smelled clean and salty and wonderful. I love living by the sea. I did my errands and had to pick up some supplies and got home mid-afternoon with time to do some scroll sawing.
I had several orders for some of the Halloween kits and I wanted to re-stock my supply. The two that decided to work on were the SLDPK216 Spooky Halloween Key Ornaments
Both of these are among my favorites. I absolutely love the bright colors and they are full of sparkles Mine are going to be on my 'all season tree' for October.
By the time I was finished, I had a pretty good size pile of wood pieces:
Today I have to do a final sanding on the pieces and they will be ready to go. I really love cutting the wood pieces as well as the other aspects of designing. It gives me a chance to keep at my scroll saw and I usually put on my headphones and get lost in music as I cut. I am very lucky to have such a fun job!
Keith was busy, too. He was finishing up a new welcome sign for the next site update. I think I am beginning to have a little bit of influence on him because he decided to use some DecoArt Weathered Wood crackle finish on this project. I think it turned out great and he allowed me to show a little sneak peek of what he made:
How cool is that? I just love it and the deep red and black looks wonderful together! This sign will also come with lettering that says "Go Away!" for another alternative. It was a pretty quick project to make and I think even in natural colors it will look fabulous! I hope you all agree.
I am going to spend the weekend working on my instructions for both my boot project and my leaves project. I have had so many inquiries about them both and I know that people are really anxious to get to them. I want to be sure that my instructions are clear and easy-to-follow so I hope you all bear with me while I prepare them. I took several step-by-step photos along the way to ensure that everything will go smoothly.
It is bright and sunny outside and it looks to be yet another wonderful day here. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend as well and get the chance to take some time and enjoy these late summer days.
Thank you all for making my week so wonderfully positive. We have had so many new subscribers to our mailing list, I could barely keep up! We truly appreciate the countless messages of support we received from everyone. The feedback you offer really means a lot to both Keith and myself.
Have a wonderful Saturday! Have fun and enjoy doing something creative!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"