After another beautiful autumn weekend here in Nova Scotia, I am ready to start a brand new week. I had a very productive couple of days, as I was able to draw up two new candle tray patterns and work on my new project that I had shown you all on Friday. I also had several sizable wood orders which will be shipped out today so I spent much of the afternoon yesterday at the scroll saw. It's all good.
I really enjoy providing wood for people. While it does take me away from designing a bit, I find myself thinking about my designs and planning the next ones while I am cutting and sanding. It is also nice to hear how everyone appreciates the quality of the wood they get from me. That extra time I take doing the final sanding really is paying off. As a painter, I know that sanding is probably the least favorite part of the process for most, so I try to sand my pieces so that they are ready to paint. I actually don't mind sanding that much. Giving the wood that final pass with the sander really makes it look nice and finished. Besides – I have my cordless headphones on usually and I am listening to some of my favorite music so it is not an unpleasant experience at all. As I said – I enjoy it.
But today will be a day when I can really finish off my project that I hinted at the other day. I did manage to finish one version of it on Saturday, and have a photo of the ensemble to show you:
I am rather happy with how things turned out. What started out as a pillar candle holder (as usual) turned into a couple of cool projects. The pillar holder is slotted and looks kind of Gothic. That was the initial idea for the pattern. but as I was creating the holder, I thought it would also be nice to have some cute little tea light candle holders on the side. So I made them as well. And finally, I thought that the cute little bats would make fun place card holders for a Halloween party. They could even be used as table favors or to denote a certain type of food on a creepy buffet table. Or you can purchase some digital downloadable cards like I did for the examples from places like Etsy. (I got mine HERE ) There are loads of them to choose from at Etsy and they are inexpensive and really make your decorating FUN!
I'll keep things short today, as there is a busy day ahead for me. We are hoping to do another site update by mid-week and I would like to get this pattern added as well as the two new trays. Keith also has some incredible new designs to unveil at the next update that we both think you will love. (We hope you will, anyway!)
Today is bright and sunny out. It certainly looks like autumn has arrived here. It was rather dull and rainy all weekend, but not in a bad way at all. It was calm and what I will call 'somber' out. I think it was very pretty.
I wish you all a happy and creative week ahead. Happy Monday 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"