You all know that I never mind winter. In fact – I actually LIKE it most times and try to enjoy every season and day that comes my way. But when yesterday's beautiful, white and fluffy snow turned into an icy rain, and I looked at my pretty red car encased up to the dash in a block of frozen snow, I couldn't help but think ahead to warmer days. It happens to the best of us.
One of the many advantages of being active on social media – especially when you are a member of many 'creative' groups – is that I am constantly inspired by all the amazing talent of my internet friends. Like anything, social media is what we make it and I choose to use the filters that are provided to block out things like politics and news and other things that don't pertain to living a more positive and productive life. I really don't want to read people's nasty and critical posts all day and I felt it was worth the investment of my time to learn about the controls that we ALL have to customize our social networking experiences and make my own Facebook feed something that is positive, inspiring and sometimes downright funny.
I see very little nastiness on my feed. If I see the same person posting things I don't like, I remove their notifications. It is a simple and effective way to keep my own newsfeed positive, and still allows me to keep up with my friends that are happy creating. After all – isn't that the way it should be? While it isn't ALL lollipops, glitter and happy bunnies frolicking in the grass, it is pretty darn close. That is what I want to spend my time thinking about anyway. I believe it helps make me not only happier, but also more productive and inspired as well, as I love seeing what my very talented friends are busy making.
The other day I saw my friend Elizabeth post a project she was painting. It was a set of three Victorian 'cone' ornaments with some brightly colored spring designs on them. She mentioned that the pattern was created by one of my all time favorite designers – Kim Christmas (don't you just LOVE her name?) and I thought to myself – I would love to make that project too! I needed a small break from creating my own designs and I find there is nothing more relaxing than painting something created by some of my favorite people.
I went to Kim's website and found the pattern and purchased it right away. Like many designers, she has most of her patterns available for PDF downloads. I love this because it not only saves the shipping, but you get it right away, too! (That is why we offer ALL our patterns in that format at my own site!) I am so happy to see that so many designers are using this method for selling patterns. I find that we sell much more because of it.
The pattern is called "Spring Triple Scoop" and it is wonderful:
It is meant to be used on tin or paper cones that you can get at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or many other craft suppliers. Unfortunately, I didn't have any on hand and with my car buried up to its roof in snow and the ice storm outside, I knew it wasn't possible for me to go hunt for them. (and I wanted to do them NOW!)
I debated on whether to paint the project, only on wood ornaments. But I felt I would lose the pretty pastel background colors which really made the pieces look lovely. So I decided to take some of my Roc-Lon fabric and make my own cones to use!
I went on Pinterest and got a free pattern for making cones (after all – it isn't really rocket science! I could have just as easily DREW a triangle with a scalloped top! Let's face it – I can be pretty lazy sometimes!) and I cut my shapes. I then used a small sponge roller to base coat the pieces. They looked so pretty and bright!
The rest of the afternoon and evening was easy and fun! I painted the three cones and lost myself in these beautifully colored designs!
By the end of the evening, I had three lovely pieces, ready to finish:
Aren't they ADORABLE?!? I was tired by the time they were done and decided to finish them up today. I have some really pretty lace trim that I am going to use on them and I am sure that they will come out lovely. I don't know if I will need a cardboard insert to help them hold their shape, but I am sure I will get them to work. I promise to show you the finished project tomorrow.
They are going to look incredible on my little Easter tree! I am almost getting ready to change it over for spring, and I think these will go with everything very nicely. I was planning on making them to give away, but they are so cute, I don't think I have the heart to do so! I suppose I will have to make more!
All in all it was a really fun day! Even though it was grey and cold out, I decided to focus on pretty and happy things and I am so glad that I did. It just goes to show that my favorite phrase – "we follow where we focus." can really ring true!
Today I am getting back to work. I have some patterns to work on and I also need to cut some wood pieces for a pattern that I am sending to Artist's Club for their catalog. It is all good.
We are getting to the end of the week already, and spring is right around the corner. I hope all of you who are tired of winter hang in there and try to do something to cheer yourselves up.(Maybe head over to Kim's site and pick up this pattern. She has loads of wonderful SPRING designs that will warm your heart!) By doing something that makes you happy, the time will go by quickly and before you know it you will be basking in the sun at the beach with your toes in the warm sand. Won't that be amazing?
Have a lovely Thursday! Think warm and happy thoughts!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"