Yesterday turned out to be a pretty good day. After the chain of minor disasters the day before, I spent the first part of the day organizing things. I keep things in pretty good order most of the time, but to me, organization isn't a once a year/month/week thing. It is something that has to be attended to on a regular basis and once it becomes a habit, I find we do it without even thiking about it.
Every once in a while though, I find that I have become a bit lazy (or busy, if you will) and things start to pile up a bit and get out of order. This doesn't only occur in my physical environment, but with my computer as well. The thousands and thousands of files that I have need to be put where they belong so I can spend my time productively instead of hunting and searching for things. This is important when I back things up as well, as things that are out of place are sometimes left behind and if a disaster were to happen, I would hate to find that I missed an important file or pattern because it was put in a place that I didn't feel the need to back up.
Perhaps too it is my own sense of regaining control over things. The other day when a couple of things went wrong, I experienced this sense of 'helplessness' that I am not very fond of. It only added to my anxiety of these little surprises that popped up. Getting a handle on things and getting things back in order was not only good for obvious reasons, but made me feel that I was back on top of things and prepared for anything that would come my way. It was all good.
So with a clean home and clean computer, I was able to (finally!) sit down and get some real drawing done. I poured myself a nice, hot cup of tea and had a cat at my feet and another one on my lap and actually got a great deal accomplished. In fact – I am ready to cut three new designs today! I am proud of that! I also have ideas for two additional designs and I may just take the day to draw them out first. I am still deciding and will see what the day brings.
I can give you a hint of one of them:
With spring and Easter right around the corner, you can bet I am thinking in those terms and my new patterns will be related to that. But what I am creating isn't just limited to that. They can also be used year-round for children's or baby's items. (Most of them, anyway) I am excited about it and I can't wait to get to the saw and see them come to life. They are going to be a lot of fun to make!
Keith was also busy these past couple of days and he created two new designs that he already posted on our site. The first one is SLDK557 - Dad Hero and Love Word Art Plaque:
The second is SLDK558 Mom - Friend and Love Plaque:
Both would be great for Father's Day and Mother's Day, birthdays, or any time you want your parents to know how special they are to you. We hope you like them.
On a final note for today, I want to share with you all some information about a new scroll sawing magazine that is available in Germany. It is called Feinschnitt Kreative:
I was invited to contribute to it a couple of months ago, and I received my copy of the issue that I am in the other day. It is really beautifully done, and I am proud to have my project included in it. It is the first time that I have had a project featured in an international magazine. While I can't read German, I loved many of the other projects that were in that issue. I wish them luck and hope that they are successful in bringing some additional scroll sawing to Germany.
Well, that is all for today. Outside is sunny and calm. I haven't been out yet to see how warm it is, but even if it is cold, it never really seems bad when the sun is shining. I already know that today will be good. I will be working on my new designs and spending time at the saw. It is one of my favorite things to do.
I wish you all a good weekend. Make it the best that you can!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"