My goodness yesterday just flew by! It was one of those days when I was busy from the moment I awoke and before I knew it, it was getting dark out. I had several things happening at once, and after I returned from my errands, I got my new design ready to cut on the saw. But after I had things all lined up on my wood pieces, I saw that some revisions were needed on the pattern and the old cliche of "back to the drawing board" rang true. After tweaking things a bit, I was able to begin cutting my new design, which I will hopefully finish up today.
I also cut another design that I had been working on. This one was not for a pattern per se, but for an accessory piece that I was making for one of my new needle felting creations. I had such a nice response on them, even before I was finished with making them. I think I am going to try selling some of them on Etsy and see how things go. But that story will be for another blog . . .
In any case – I had envisioned a snowflake shaped iceberg for my little harp seal to sit on. I decided to name her "Aurora" for reasons that will become apparent soon.
In addition to drawing up my new design, I also drew up a little base for Aurora. It is a two piece snowflake base, made of beautiful hard maple. Aurora was very excited when she saw it all completed!
She was even more excited when I pulled out my beautiful DecoArt Metallic and Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter paint:
She knew right then and there that her base would look really special! I mixed the darker turquoise metallic paint with the white metallic paint for a softer color:
. . . and I painted the lower base with that. What a beautiful shine it had!
I finished painting the two pieces with both the blue and white tones of metallic paints, and then added two or three coats of blue and clear Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint to make them really look like sparkly snow. I wish you could see them in person. They are awesome!
Then came the really fun part! After allowing the pieces to dry completely, I got out my pretty Aurora Borealis hot fix rhinestones that I got from Rhinestone Canada and went to work. At this time, Aurora didn't have a name yet. She squealed with delight and kept shouting at me "Put MORE on! MORE!" That is when I decided to call her "Aurora!"
Her base came out BEAUTIFUL!!!
She was so excited, she just jumped right on! "Look at how nicely I fit!" she said!
From time to time she jumped off and just gazed at her new base, just admiring how pretty it was. "It's MAGICAL!" she sighed.
She played on it and posed with it for hours!
I finally had to take her off somewhere around midnight. It was time to go to bed. She jumped right into the palm of my hand and told me "Thanks, mom! It is the BEST and PRETTIEST snowflake I ever saw!
And with that, I tucked her into bed. I sure have one happy seal!
As for my other design, it is on my agenda for today. I have several hours of cutting to do, but I am very encouraged by the design so far. While it isn't the easiest thing I cut, it looks to be very much worth the time and effort. Here is another peek at what is to come:
With that said – I had better be off to start my day. Aurora has just awoke and she is already playing up on her snowflake! It looks like she will be one happy seal pup!
I hope you all have a wonderful day. Have some fun and do something creative. It is good for your soul!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"