With the holidays quickly approaching, I can see all of my creative friends kicking things into high gear. Many people are not only doing items for craft shows, but also for thie own holiday gift giving. I find that more people are looking to make gifts rather then buy them from the store. This is great news for designers and crafters alike, as not only does it keep us busy, but it helps perpetuate our hobbies and small businesses as well.
Yesterday I didn't get as much as I would have liked to get done (what else is new?!) and I promised myself that I am going to be really focused today. I did get up early this morning and I worked on some new pattern packets for the site update which (hopefully) will occur tomorrow. As I mentioned, I am still working on the cute Christmas Pull Toy pattern and I should have at least the photographs done by tomorrow so you all can pre-order the pattern and kits for both the stand up toys as well as the ornaments. Hopefully I will finish the painting today and get the photos done in time for the update. But it will take some concentration on my part, as I am a slower painter.
I also need to finish up the pattern for the slotted ornaments that I showed you all in yesterday's blog. I was thrilled that so many of you seemed to like them so much, and I really appreciate the positive feedback.
For today, I wanted to show you a picture of a friends' Halloween tree that I loved seeing. My friend Elizabeth has this incredible tree in her home, and it is decorated not only with ornaments that I designed, but other designers as well.
Isn't it fabulous and FUN? I really love seeing others enjoy decorating for the different seasons as much as I do. To me it is nice to have something fun and positive to focus on to keep us cheerful. Thank you very much Elizabeth for allowing me to share this photo of your amazing tree with my readers. I hope it inspires many of them!
I also wanted to bring attention to a new publication that is available to anyone from the Society of Decorative Painters. As a business member of the organization, I was invited to offer my information about my company and services for this beautiful and comprehensive PDF catalog that is not only available to members, but non-members as well. It is a wonderful source for patterns, surfaces and supplies for decorative painters.
There are many ads for those who enjoy colored pencils for creating, too. The Society of Decorative Painters is a wonderful organization for networking and growing your painting business, as well as a great source for learning more about any type of decorative painting. You can find local chapters as well as many other resources through the organization, and it is a great way to meet and learn from others who share your passion for painting. You can look at and download your Holiday Catalog here: SDP's 2014 Holiday Catalog and keep a copy for future reference. While you are at it, take a look at the SDP site and see all the great things they have to offer painters of all skill levels. You will be glad you did!
I am going to leave it at that today. I was going to give a couple more sneak peeks at our new patterns, but I will do that tomorrow. Right now I want to get busy finishing things up so they are ready for the update.
I hope you all have a great Wednesday. Have fun and do something creative!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"