These past several weeks have been increasingly busy. Part of me feels a bit bad because I have been missing my blog from time to time, but for the most part, I am thrilled that I am so busy. After all – this is what I have worked for all of these years. I would be a fool if I complained.
As we enter the last weekend of September, I once again sit in wonder as to how quickly time seems to pass. Wasn't it just the other day that we were welcoming the first day of summer? It all seems to have passed in the blink of an eye.
I had intended to write a quick post yesterday, but something came up early and instead of writing, I had a wonderful phone visit with a dear friend of mine. I have known her for almost 40 years, (yes – I am THAT old!) and while our lives meander following their own directions, it is always a wonderful feeling when our paths cross and we are able to talk. It is as if we haven't missed a beat. Friends like that are rare and priceless, and I know that the time spent visiting should be cherished. And it is.
So by the time I was done I needed to do other things and there went the post for the day.
But that's OK. While I value each of your friendships, I know you will all understand. Sometimes 'life' has to come first. Besides – after over 1400 posts, I no longer feel the urgency to write here every single day. I wonder if after this many entries if my day to day routine is getting somewhat boring to you all and I should just write on the days when there is something significant or creative to show you all. But usually that is just about every day anyway. Even if it is something small. I do try to bring a positive attitude and speak about things that are inspiring to me and hopefully you as well. I think that is what blogging is all about.
My past week was filled with creativity, although I don't know how many of you would be inspired by it. I have been incredibly busy doing 'hands-on' woodworking, and in a very happy place.
One of the greatest things about my life is that I not only create painting designs, but woodworking designs as well. This has opened a huge world of creativity to me and allows me to create not only the design, but the surfaces as well. The boundaries for my ideas are truly limitless and I can think of something and usually create it completely independent of others. I like that and I like the freedom of designing it offers. Perhaps that is why I have so many free flowing ideas.
I have also enjoyed creating a limited amount of wood surfaces for my painting friends to enjoy. While I can't mass produce many of the delicate fretwork pieces efficiently enough to be practical, I am still able to create a variety of surfaces that my painting followers can enjoy. While there are several companies available for surfaces, being small and personal means that I am able to supply some custom woodworking surfaces at a decent price – without having any minimum requirements or things like that. Because we are small, it doesn't take many orders to fill our days and it is a nice opportunity for me to go to my saw and enjoy the woodworking part of my business. Yes – for me it is FUN and I have even come to embrace the sanding part of the process. That is the part that most who I talk to despise. But I feel that it really completes the piece and brings out the beauty of the surface. I love the look and feel of properly sanded wood and I do take a lot of pride in knowing that my pieces will go to those who will transform them into beautiful keepsakes. It is all good.
So this week, for the most part I have had my "scrollgirl" hat on. There was a flurry of orders for wood pieces and I spent the entire week working on orders to be shipped out. I was even able to make a couple of extra sets for reserve and get ahead a little bit. As I look at the final set of boxes sitting on my table and ready to be shipped, I feel a pretty good sense of accomplishment for the week. I am very pleased. The last pile of wood items looked great though:
But I am ready now to get back to some other things. My little tree is still decorated for the beach. I have some things I want to paint. I have oodles of designs that I need to develop and create. It is all good.
It is dark now when I awake. I have once again needed to pull my favorite lap blanket out in the morning as I sit here at my computer. I am immediately visited by one or more cats, who come to snuggle and enjoy the warmth as we watch the sun rise together.
This morning I looked up just as it was beginning to get light out. There was a pink glow to the east in the sky. I hurried and got my camera and snapped a quick shot of what I saw:
While the phone lines tend to ruin the picture, you can get an idea of the beautiful show that I was priviledged to seeing. What the photograph missed was the misty haze that accompanied the pink light. It was awesome.
What a beautiful way to start the day! To me – that alone is worth getting up early. Between witnessing that beauty, the cats, and coffee, I would say it was a perfect morning. I look forward to another wonderful day ahead. I have much planned and I intend on enjoying every minute of what the day brings. It is going to be another fun and creative day! I hope you all enjoy it as well.
Happy Friday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"