It is NOT snowing today.
The sun is shining and I can actually see hints of blue sky peeking from behind the clouds. (And yes – I am happy about it!)
Those of you who read often know that I love winter. I love just about any season that comes to Clare, Nova Scotia. I long ago stopped being crabby about the weather because there is truly nothing that I could do about it. I figure it is a poor use of my time complaining about something that I have so little control over (aside from moving, which is out of the question.) Weather is part of life. I always marvel at the posts I read first damning the cold then shortly after damning the heat. There is a very small window between the two where people seem to be happy. Even when they are, eveyone's window of contentment seems to have a different place.
I don't mind the grey days, and even the snow. I truly feel bad for those who have difficulty coping with certain weather conditions, and I realize that I may not always be this neutral about things. As I age and begin to have my own difficulties related to the weather, I will in all certainty change my tune. But for now I will be happy with whichever hand is dealt. I will make my own happiness and have it dependent on other things. Things which I feel I have a better sense of control of. Things that I can change.
With that said, the sunshine looks good. I am not looking to the muddy mess that is sure to follow in the upcoming weeks. (All this snow and ice has to go somewhere after all!) But just as we prepare for winter, I will spend these late winter days preparing for spring. I will dream of the sound of the birds in the early morning, the walks through the woods behind my home and the warm sun while I am sitting at the beach. Those thoughts will play in my mind like a favorite movie, over and over again, while I am creating things that will (hopefully) make people smile and happy, and remind them of the sunny days ahead.
Yesterday I showed you a project I was working on that was designed by Kim Christmas. I have always loved Kim's painting designs and I have been following her work probably since she was doing it. I love not only her adorable drawings, but her wonderful sense of color. One of the first things I painted of hers was her pretty autumn pumpkins. To me, she designs the prettiest pumpkins around. I also love the colors she uses for her spring and summer designs. When I saw her project called "Spring Triple Scoop", I knew I had to paint it.
I promised that I would show the finished project here today, and while I did some scroll saw work (cutting wood kits) yesterday, I spent the evening finishing up this lovely project. I think it came out fabulous and while I originally created these to give away, I find it will be difficult to do so. I think I have to make more. as I like them so much, I want to keep them for myself.
The little cones came out beautiful! Not having access to paper mache cones or metal cones that are available in places like Michael's (it is winter and the nearest Michael's is about three hours away) I decided to use Roc-Lon fabric for them and see how that would work. Roc-Lon is a waterproof fabric that has a rubberized backing and is typically used for drapery backing. It can be cut to any shape without the edges fraying. You can sew it if you like, but you can also glue it. The best part is it takes paint wonderfully. Just about any type of paint. It is a dream to use with acrylics.
After my three cones were painted (see yesterday's post for pictures) I used hot glue and glued the pieces into a cone shape. I thought I may need to put a stiff cardboard liner inside, as I feared that the Roc-Lon wouldn't hold its shape, but it did so beautifully.
I did run a bead of hot glue under the scalloped folds first, which gave the edge of the cone stability. I added this beautiful rose trim that I found along the scalloped edge, gluing about every third rose into place:
And then I added a pretty organza bow to each side, as well as a trim 'handle' for each cone:
They really hold their shape nicely. I did the same for the turquoise cone:
And added the same off-white trim:
For the pink cone, I used pure white accents, as I liked the cleaner and brighter white on that one:
I think they look amazing altogether!
You can get the pattern on Kim's website HERE. It is available as a PDF file so you can get it and start painting right away. Mine are filled with tissue for the photos, but I can assure you, they will soon be filled with some wonderful CANDY or sweet treats. You can also fill them with some pretty silk flowers or just about anything to make you smile!
The cone pattern doesn't come with it, but there are many paper cone patterns that you can find to download for free on Pinterest. I honestly forget where I got mine, as it has no watermark. But I just made it so that unfolded it fit on a standard sheet of paper and that was the perfect size.
These would also look wonderful on any pretty ornaments you may have – wooden or even porcelain. I am thinking that I may do them that way as well – trim and all – and make some special surprises to send to my friends.
Just looking at these makes me smile. While I still have my 'all season tree' in its "Winter" state, I am thinking that even though we still have two feet of snow on the ground, it is time to change it over to something more "Spring-like". I am ready for these beautiful and cheerful colors. It will certainly make my days brighter.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this project come to life. It felt good for me to take a step back and do someone else's design for a change. While I was painting, I was also thinking of my next projects and soon I will begin working on them. Sometimes a break from our normal routine can be very productive in the end.
I wish you all a wonderful Friday and a beautiful weekend ahead!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"