I slept in a bit this morning. It is dull and grey and raining out today. But that isn't really a bad thing. Once again, I am beginning to see a small patch of what I think is 'grass' in the middle of the yard. While I realize that we have a long way to go, I know that it will be just a matter of time before we see our entire lawn and the huge banks of snow finally melt away. But at least it is a start.
Typically, I don't like this time of year. It isn't because I don't like warmer weather or the spring, but I don't really enjoy the muddy bleakness that goes with it. But I realize that it is part of the process, and like the many types of artwork that I do, sometimes things need to go through an 'ugly' stage before they become a thing of beauty. I imagine our world is no different.
I worked on my wholesale order yesterday, spending most of my work time at the scroll saw. I find that I really do enjoy the process as much as the final products that I make there. To me, it is very relaxing to just follow the line while cutting and it requires very little thought or effort on my part, leaving my brain free to think of other new projects for the future. I find that I have many new ideas while I am cutting. I plan and think through the process and just 'think' in general without interruption. Yesterday I had my cordless headphones on while cutting which made the experience even better. I had one of my favorite playlists cued up and as one favorite song after another played, the time went by very quickly. Soon I had a large pile of pieces in front of me and I had tackled about half the large order. It is a pleasant way to make a living for sure.
While I was doing that, Keith was working on updating the site. While we don't have lots of new patterns to add, we do have a new free pattern and new specials. We think everyone should like them.
Keith added his new SLDK562 Discipline, Persistence, and Success set of motivational plaques:
As with his other plaque sets, the patterns can be purchased both individually or in a money saving set of all three. His word art continues to be very popular and that coupled with how many special orders he is receiving has kept him very busy. (You can see the guidlines for him to create a Custom Word Art Scroll Saw Pattern for you here: SLDKC01 Custom Word Art Pattern)
I also finished the pattern for my two new puzzles.
My SLD500 Simple Bunny Puzzle Pattern includes instructions to make both of the bunnies. Since they were not really difficult patterns, I thought it would be fair to sell them as a set. There is still plenty of time before Easter for you to make these for the children in your family.
We changed our free scroll saw pattern as well. You can go to our "Free Scroll Saw Patterns and Resources" page to download your copy of this beautiful word art welcome plaque:
If you haven't made any of Keith's word art pieces, this is a great opportunity to give one a try. We will only be offering this pattern for free for a limited time, and hope you enjoy it.
And finally, we changed our sales and specials on our Pattern Specials page. Our theme this time around is "The Birds & The Bees" sale and includes many of our popular nature-inspired designs.
SLD332 Bee Happy Simple Segmentation Frame
We hope this helps us all say 'goodbye' to winter and welcome in the new spring season!
We'll be finishing the updates throughout the day and then I will be sending out a newsletter when all is completed. I then plan to do some more cutting and begin working on some new projects. I have a painting project in mind as well as some new scroll saw projects and some that combine both. It should keep me busy and out of trouble.
I am truly hoping that we have had the last of the snowy weather for this season. Even though I like winter, I think that this year we really got our fill of snow, ice and cold and I am longing to drive again and take some trips to the beach. Having four seasons truly helps us appreciate each one of them.
I wish you all a wonderful Thursday. Have fun and do something creative!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"