It is hard to believe that we are beginning a new month already! September seemed to pass by so quickly, and before we know it, we will be into the holiday season. It has been such a busy month for us here, and I am sure that is why the time flew by so fast. It seems that I have been going non-stop and one day just bleeds into the next.
I am not complaining at all though, as I have been very happy that there have been so many opportunities ahead. After the closing of the magazine, I must admit that I was a bit worried as to what the future would have in store for us. But it seems that many things have come our way and there are many options for us to choose from. I feel very fortunate in that. I am a true believer that there are always options for us to take, we only need to learn to recognize them and choose which option will work best for our situation. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error, but being open to changes and trying new things is what I believe is the key to remaining successful. After all, the world around us is always changing. If we choose to remain stagnant – even if it is in comfort zone – before long we may find we are left behind. Changing is just a part of life.
These next couple of days I will be getting back to doing some drawing. While I have spent some time doing some painting and other things, I have some nice ideas for some cool scroll sawing projects that I want to develop and I look forward to spending the next several days seeing them come to life. I suppose that is the good part of working in two different fields of creativity – painting and scroll sawing – I never get 'stuck' or tired of doing one or the other. I am always meandering back and forth between the two, and while they somewhat overlap with each other, they are still different enough so that I feel fresh and excited about each new project I create. And then there is all the fun things that I can do in between! I really think it helps me from feeling burned out or tired.
As usual, my biggest problem is not knowing which project to do first. I have so many different things in my head right now that I just need to kind of pick one and get started. That may sound easy, but it is like being at a buffet and loving every dish that is presented to you. You know though that you only have one stomach and you have to pace yourself so that you can perhaps sample just a little bit of each or you will soon be overstuffed. The only difference with designing is that I rarely work on more than one design at a time, and I need to complete one before beginning another. This means that I really have to stop and choose which one to develop first. That is sometimes easier said than done.
But I have decided and I am moving forward on what I think will be a pretty cool project. I don't have enough of it here to even show you a peek (maybe tomorrow) but usually once I set my mind to things and figure everything out, it goes pretty quickly from there. I am kind of excited about it and I hope it works out how I plan. I will just have to wait and see. . .
In the mean time, I wanted to show you another of my decorations that I completed over the weekend. You may remember my SLDP226 MUD Autumn Leaves that I created a few weeks ago with Margot Clark's MUD texture paste? Well, I decided to make this QUICK and PRETTY autumn wreath using the leaf ornaments:
The leaves are painted with some beautiful, rich colors from DecoArt (Americana Acrylics) and then dry brushed with just a hint of DecoArt's Metallic Lustre Metallic Wax and they look simply AMAZING!
I just got a couple spools of metallic and sheer ribbon from the dollar store (one for the bow and one for wrapping) and attached my leaves on this grapevine wreath using extra strength hot glue. The glue held up pretty well for my summer beach-themed wreath – even in the wind and the rain – so I thought I would use it again for this. It honestly took about 10 minutes to make and I think it is a lovely welcome that really dresses up my home.
The MUD texture made the veining on the leaves really stand out nice, and the tiny crystal rhinestone in each leaf was a beautiful final touch.
I am really proud of it. :)
There were a couple of other things that I want to mention quickly before I sign off today . . .
The new issue of Interactive Artists Online Magazine is out! In it is featured Kerry Anderson's beautiful Jester painting.
As you can see, there is a great promotion code that you can use if you aren't already subscribed. The membership includes one full year of issues (SIX) with many projects and articles and all kinds of wonderful information – including instructional videos. It is a great deal for only $19.99 and I highly recommend. it. Every issue seems to be better than the last! :) Kerry's project alone makes it worth it! You can follow Kerry on her Facebook page here if you wish: Kerry Anderson Artwork.
Finally – my friend Wendy Young from Olde Moonlane Primitives is having a giveaway on Facebook. Today is the last day for it though, so you will have to hurry. She is giving away one of her adorable Turkey sculptures similar to the one shown here:
You can find the details on her Facebook Page. Be sure to visit her Olde Moonlane Primitives Website as well to see her other beautiful creations. I am sure you will be enchanted by her lovely creations.
Well, that is about it for me today. I have to run to get moving here so I have something to show you all tomorrow. It is another somber and overcast day here, but the leaves are really beginning to look lovely. I actually like days like today.
I hope you all have a wonderful day. Happy Wednesday 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"