Once again we are here on a Monday.
I have always loved Monday's, as they represent a fresh start to a new week and the promise of endless possibilities awaiting! I have always viewed Monday with enthusiasm and joy – even when I worked at other jobs outside my home or attended school. I suppose I always felt that every day – no matter what day of the week it was – would only be what we make of it, and I have always chosen to make it the best day I could. I don't see that ever changing.
Our day away was wonderful and refreshing. I can now head into the long Nova Scotia winter with some beautiful memories of the countryside, painted as only mother nature can do, and look forward to those warmer spring days ahead when the trees again would awaken and come alive.
I don't ever really mind winter though. Even though I am a bit more house-bound, I am always able to find some creative things to keep me busy. You may or may not have noticed that I have sadly neglected my embroidery piece of late. Between the busy season and the teensy cold that I have been fighting, my evenings haven't been spent working on it. But that is OK. I know there will be a time when I will be able to do so and complete it and I look forward to that. I had told myself in the beginning that it would take probably a year and I didn't really begin working on it until March. So I am still on my own self-appointed schedule. And even if I do miss that deadline, so what? I promised myself that I would only work on it when I didn't feel tired or overworked and I didn't want to burden myself with guilt or shame. It wouldn't be a 'leisure' activity then, would it? Sometimes we just have to do things when we are ready. I will know when the time is right to proceed.
I had a wonderful and full day yesterday, finishing up my Slotted Damask Ornaments. I am really pleased with them and I think they came out beautiful.
I cut mind of maple, and sanded them all and sprayed them with a couple of coats of lacquer. I was truly pleased at how nice and elegant they looked finished:
But those of you who know me, know that I wasn't going to let them be like that. After all – what are Christmas ornaments without a bit of "sparkle" added to them? I decided to add some beautiful crystal rhinestones to them and I think they really look much prettier.
I used hot-fix rhinstones from Rhinestone Canada. (I always like to add their link in my posts because they are a WONDERFUL company with AWESOME products and I get asked every time I mention them!)
The heat wand makes it so easy to apply the stones neatly and quickly. For these ornaments, I chose to do half in a beautiful green called "Olivine":
. . . and the other half in a brilliant red called "Light Siam":
I used 3mm and 4mm stones and I think they came out wonderful! I must say though – even though the process was quick, I didn't realize how many sides of ornaments that I needed to decorate! I had 12 ornaments with two pieces each (that's 4 sides for each ornament) for a total of 48 sides! It took me the better part of the day to complete them all. It was fun and relaxing though and we had some good music and some good TV on while I was working. And the results are stunning!
These are only half of the ornaments, of course, and I am really thrilled with the outcome. I am very excited about this project. The pattern will be available later in the week with our next site update.
Today I will be working on the remaining four Christmas pull toys that I am painting for the Painting With Friends group. I had thought that I would get time to work on them yesterday, but my day was just gone by the time I was finished with these.
I never mind shifting things around a bit – especially when what I am making comes out better than I expected. I suppose there is just no substitute for spending time on some projects. Like my embroidery piece, it is well worth the effort and taking a bit more time than expected. Not everything can be done instantly.
I wish you all a great day and a great week ahead. I hope you join me in looking upon Monday as a fresh start to a new and exciting week. I truly believe that having a good attitude about things positively influences the outcome of many things. It is also nicer to have a positive disposition.
Happy Monday to you all! May you have a wonderfully creative week ahead!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"