It is hard to believe that the year is done. I must be getting old because it seems like not so long ago when we were welcoming the new millennium. I remember how everyone was concerned that the computers wouldn't be able to handle the change of the date and people were so worried. But that was 15 year ago!
The year 2014 was a good one for me. Like anyone though, I have had my ups and downs. I think the most significant thing that I noticed was that many of my family members, friends and work colleagues were going through hardships of one kind or another. It kind of made it hard to fully enjoy things.
I found that the best strategy for myself was to stay on the path that I chose. By that I mean that I tried to stay focused and keep in mind the goals that I set for myself and keep working toward them. While I found it difficult to do so at times, I found it helpful when my hands were tied and there was nothing else that I could do to help those that I cared about. It was a good distraction and kept me going in a positive direction.
The past several weeks I have really kind of been in a low gear. Back in November, I was feeling very weary and overwhelmed and I think it was getting the best of me. I had once again injured my back and was barely able to function of get around or even sit comfortably. Perhaps it was my body telling me to slow down.
I didn't really mention that because I am not one to complain about those kinds of things. You all come here to read about what I am creating and the occasional cat story and I didn't want to make my blog here a sounding board for my medical issues or somewhere for me to complain. I always try to keep things positive here so when you come and read, no matter if you are a painter, woodworker, needle worker or any type of artist, you will leave here inspired. Most of the time I think I am successful at doing that.
So after a rest and taking it slow for a month or so, I feel much better and I am ready to jump back in. I plan on going back to the gym today and I am going to gently work my way back to feeling completely healthy and strong again. I am sure it will feel good to do so, and what better way to end one year and begin the next – on a positive note.
As we close out 2014, Keith and I want to give our sincere thanks to you all. We had our best year yet by far, and our little company is growing bit by bit each day. We appreciate each one of you as customers and you are all inspiring to both of us. Whether you do woodworking, painting, or just like to see what I am up to, I appreciate that each of you stop by from time to time and occasionally comment on my blog here. I have made many friends through my posts and it is so much more satisfying knowing the people that I am doing my designs for. I love the personal contact that I have with all my customers. I hope that no matter how much we grow, I never lose that. We are very fortunate to live in an age of technology where relationships like this are possible.
So now to the fun part – seeing what is new with us . . .
Lately I have been enjoying working on some more painted mask designs for some painting patterns that I am creating. I don't know what it is about masks, but I just love doing them. They are fun and relaxing and have so many decorating uses as well! Of course, I will be using them on my little 'all season tree' this year. I think they will look pretty cool.
I decided that I will be creating pattern packets with six different designs in each. I will be using the six mask shapes that I used for my SLDP210 Haunted Masquerade pattern. That way I can sell the wood pieces with the least amount of confusion. Besides – I really liked these shapes.
I plan on doing several patterns – each with a different color theme and focus. The first one I am calling "SLDP230 – Romantic Masquerade – Pretty in Pink" and it will have six softly colored masks. Three will be softer pinks:
And three will be slightly stronger colors:
Not only will they be suitable for Valentine's day, but just about any romantic occasion such as wedding favors, anniversaries, etc. I can think of many applications for this set.
The next group will be "SLDP231 Romantic Masquerade – Red Passion" and I will be working on them later this week. They will also be suitable for Valentine's day but in additional applications as well. I plan on doing several color schemes including Mardi-Gra colors, patriotic colors and other color families. They are so much fun to paint and the painting process is actually pretty easy so even beginner painters can make them look beautiful. I am rather excited about the possibilities.
In addition to the masks, I also have some nice ideas for new Valentine scroll sawn boxes in the works. I will probably be getting to them next week and I hope to have them on the site soon. I have some word art ideas as well, and some other fun ideas for general scrolling and painting. It is definitely time for me to get back to work!
Keith wanted me to share with you that he created a new pattern as well, that is now on our site and available. Recently, he has had many requests for some Canada-themed word art signs and he came through with these two pieces:
They are both included in his Canada Strong & On Guard pattern (SLDK525) for those of you who are interested. I think they are cool.
Well – that is about all for today. I can't wait to get started on what I need to do. I did need a bit of a rest, but while I was resting, I was thinking of a thousand more things to do! My list is long and I am very excited for the upcoming new year. As with most things, the new year will be what I choose to make it. I think it will be my BEST year yet!
Happy New Year to you all! May you have a wonderful 2015 filled with good health, happiness and prosperity!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"