Yesterday was a wonderful and relaxing day for me. Not only did we have the pleasure of Keith's mom's company all day, but she brought with all the remains of our Thanksgiving dinner from Sunday. Talk about a treat! :)
I truly love turkey dinners and I am not the type of person that gets tired of it easily. Since our families are a much smaller these days, creating an entire meal usually means lots and lots of leftovers. Some may complain about that, but not me! I can think of a variety of different ways to have it over and over again – or even 'straight up'. And even though we had turkey Saturday at Bernie and Ellen's and Sunday at Keith's mom's – by yesterday I was ready for another round. I sure wasn't disappointed either. We just set everything out buffet style and filled up our plates and heated them individually. Nothing fancy at all. But boy, it was good again and since there was little mess to clean, it seemed to taste even better. Even the cats got a sampling and liked it a lot. That also meant that I had plenty of time to work on my latest project, and I made good headway on that as well.
I had shown the first little pull toy yesterday from my latest Terrye French inspired "Painting With Friends" pattern that I am developing. This is a collaboration of designing that I do with Terrye and it is fun and relaxing and I love it. I am not the greatest cartoonist, but Terrye has an excess of ideas. So she shares her line work with me and lets me take it where I envision it. In fact – she does this with several of the other "Painting With Friends" designers and it is wonderful to see the different blends of ideas that result.
After the great popularity of the Harvest Pull Toy set that I have been providing the wood kits for, I thought it would be a nice idea to do a Christmas themed set that was similar. I was given some of Terrye's drawings to use as a springboard and I added my own touches to them and so far here is what I have:
Four of the eight pieces are just about done! I still have some details that I want to add, but they are well on their way and you can get the general jest of them. I have some other cute ideas as well and I can't wait to implement them.
I especially love the Christmas Chicken:
And the Santa's face came out adorable! :)
But there are four more figures to finish out this set and lots more surprises.
I will be offering both the pattern and the wood pieces for this set. I am thinking I may also offer a pre-cut wood kit with flat ornament shapes so you could hang them on a tree. I hope that appeals to many of you.
I will be working on these as well as my new scroll saw project in the next couple of days. Hopefully the patterns will be available sometime next week. I know that there are many of you who are eager to get started on these.
Working with someone else is fun. I think that collaborating with another artist is a wonderful experience and also helps us grow in our own skills and styles. I am very grateful to be part of the Painting With Friends group and I just love the opportunity being part of it offers.
I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! Have some fun finding something creative to do! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"