After the last few days of snow and wind, it finally seems to have calmed down here. As I look outside this morning, everything is calm and the sun is shining brightly. What a beautiful winter day it is!
I am happy to say that our winter storm wasn't that bad for us. While I know it was a hard on many (and I feel badly for that) we were fortunate that we were safe and warm and power was uninterrupted throughout the duration. Adele was able to get to the wharf finally and check on the cats there. Many of them were inside their cabins and the mountain of snow that fell had trapped them inside. They needed fresh air and fresh water and I think that is one of the hardest parts of winter for them. Their water freezes so quickly and needs to be replaced daily. When the care takers are stuck, it isn't good for them. But there are several who are aware of this and try to make the trip there to make sure they are all OK. Thank goodness for them! They have hearts of gold!
It is still quite cold out this morning, and it looks as if the following week will be cold as well. However, there is only a small amount of additional snow forecast each day, so things should stay manageable and we should be able to stay on top of it. Nothing like over the weekend.
Yesterday afternoon the plow came and cleared the driveways on our block.
I am sure that he was one very tired guy by the end of the day. He moved a lot of snow and everyone's car was able to get out. (Not my Mustang – I have pulled the battery from it. I have some things that I am going to do with it in Spring that I will talk about later on)
All in our world was going back to 'normal'.
Over the weekend I spent the time working on a painting project. I figured if power were lost, I would still be able to continue until I ran out of daylight. I am still in a "Celtic" mood and I created a pretty candle tray using Celtic Hearts and some Shamrocks (the item will be SLDP234 when it is completed and posted on the site. The link will work then)
I used an existing candle tray painting surface that I sell on my site (SLDPK109 - 8 Sided Scalloped Candle Tray). I want to use more of my surfaces multiple times to keep our product line trimmed down. I love this shape because it is very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. Of course, one could also paint this design on an 8" plate or a piece of Roc-Lon fabric. As always – I like options.
I wanted to have a Celtic type heart pattern in it wit the shamrock vine winding through it:
I used a fine crackle finish on the base and washed it with some metallic gold paint.
I then used some gold leafing on the edges – just to see how it would look:
I love how it came out! It looks beautiful and elegant and painting the shamrocks was fun and easy. They are 'fluffy' and wispy and not a fussy thing to paint at all. I think it is a great project for a new painter.
I also plan on making a scroll sawn version of this tray in the next couple of days. I think it will be popular.
Keith was busy as well. Besides keeping our walk shoveled, he created a new plaque for Veterans. After seeing his SLDK550 Proud Military Plaque Patterns (shown below), he received many requests for similar designs for other countries:
Not everything was fitting properly and not everything had abbreviations like the USA branches had, so he was in a dilemma. He decided to create a "Generic" plaque to cover all types of military service from any country and created his SLDK551 Proud Veteran Plaque:
As a thank you for your service, we would like to offer this pattern to VETERANS ONLY free of charge for a limited time. Please click on the link to the product on our site to see the details. Of course, if you are NOT a veteran and want to create it for a veteran you know, or for any other reason, you can certainly purchase it for us.
We are doing this on the honor system and want to show those who served in the military our appreciation. We hope you also honor this criteria. :)
I hope that you all made it through this wave of storms OK. It seems that most of the northern and eastern states as well as Canada got hit hard. While I enjoy snow myself, I never enjoy hearing the hardship it puts on others. For their sake I hope we are near our end for this season.
I am going to be busy working on these other patterns today. I have one more "Irish" inspired painting pattern to complete as well. It is a small one though and I hope to be able to do it quickly. I want to get things up on the site as soon as I can. Lately I have been linking things as soon as I show them here. The links don't work until I actually post the product on the site. But I am getting old and forgetful and I find that this way I don't have to come back to everywhere that I posted and add them in later. As I complete things, everything falls into place.
I wish you all a wonderful Tuesday. Stay warm and play safe and enjoy your day.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"