Most of you all know that I am a morning person. Any time after 5am is a good time for me to get up and start my day. I love the morning quiet and I feel like I accomplish lots of work during that calm time of the day. Give me a cup of coffee, a cat or two on my lap, my computer and I am good to go!
Because of this, I try to stop working some time before 9pm. While that sounds like a long day to some, you all have to remember that I really love what I do and most of the time it doesn't even feel like 'work' to me. But usually around nine I like a change of pace and either visit with my friends on the computer or take out my embroidery or even play a game or two to wind down until I am tired out. But sometimes I don't always get all the things done that I intended, and I work a bit past that time.
Last night was one of those cases. I was bound and determined to finish up my PWF05 Christmas Pull Toys painting pattern for the Painting With Friends group that is inspired by Terrye French. Not only have I had a lot of people request the patterns and kits, but I also needed to get to cutting today and doing other things. The pieces were painted, but I still needed to adjust and organize the photographs and write the instructions. It was quite a busy day needless to say.
I am really thrilled with how the photos came out though. I had learned to use the "white balance" adjustment on my camera and it made a world of difference. That paired with the little light box that Keith made resulted in beautiful raw photos that were easy to adjust to be true to color and crisp and clear. Those who create paintings from patterns know how important this can be to a pattern. And I am happy that along the way I am learning to do things a bit better and more efficiently.
I turned in last night with just a couple pages to go. I was getting tired and it was around midnight, so I figured I would call it a day and turn in for the night. That way my chance of mistakes would be far less and I would be fresh to start in the morning.
I got a wonderful rest and awoke around six this morning. I was fighting with myself between writing my post here and finishing up, and I chose to finish up instead. I wanted that weight off of my shoulders and I didn't have the heart to write here and say "it will be done by tomorrow."
I think I made the right choice though, and even though my blog is just a little later than normal, I am proud to say that I FINISHED with my pattern packet and can move on to other things today. (YAY for me!)
Here are some of the final presentation pictures of the eight pull toys included in the pattern:
I am really pleased with this ornament set, as well as the photos and pattern packet. The packet came out to be 23 pages, with over 40 color photos. This isn't because the design and painting is very complicated, but it is because I like to give clear and easy instructions so that even a beginner can paint. You can see by the details, that the painting is somewhat basic, but still really cute:
Of course – they are loaded with metallic paint details as well as DecoArt's Glamour Dust Fine Glitter paint. I don't know how much it shows in the photos, but they are beautiful in person. Bright and cheerful and very fun and colorful. I think this was one of the most fun I had creating a pattern in a long while.
I am going to be offering the wood kits for both the stand-up pieces (PWFK05A) and also for 1/8" thin ornaments (PWFK05B) so they can be used for table favors, on mantles or centerpieces, The ornaments can be used in wreaths, on garlands, and of course hung on the tree. I purposely left the sleds blank so people could add the year date or even personalize them with names. There are so many cute uses for these ornaments! I know they will be very popular.
So today I can get back to making sawdust and catching up on my orders. I have several sets of wood for these pre-ordered already, and I thank everyone who was very patient in waiting for them and also the patterns. I also want to thank Terrye French, who is still recovering from her stroke this summer. Many people don't understand the "Painting With Friends" concept, but all the designs included in the group are inspired by Terrye. She gives us sketches or drawings and allows us to run with them in any direction we like. Sometimes as a designer, it is great to have a starting point and it open a flood of creativity. Terrye is so gifted with her endless creativity that she loves to share it with many others. Together we make up a great family who create fun designs that are better than we may have done on our own – because we do it together with our FRIENDS!
I hope you all like the new pattern. I am glad I worked the “night shift” and finally got my pattern finished! I also hope you all have a wonderful day today, filled with fun and creativity!
Happy Tuesday 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"