I often feel as if I over use the word "inspiration." It seems like every other day, I am inspired by something. I guess it is because after living a life of creating, we train ourselves to look at things differently than most people do. I can look at the sky and wonder which DecoArt Americana paint colors I would use if I were to paint it. I look at the architecture of an old building or an iron fence and think of ways I could replicate that pattern in a scroll saw project, and I look at the flowers and grasses that grow in my yard, or an insect of some sort and try to figure out how I could create a dimensional needle work picture of in. What colors and materials I would use. What stitches would be the best. What beads or embellishments would make the piece look realistic.
This is how my mind is constantly thinking.
Yesterday was an incredibly productive day. It was one of those days where I did a lot of different things and chipped away at several ideas at once. I started off by shipping out my large order for the Artist's Club. It always feels so good to see the delivery truck drive away and know that my kits are on their way. It is a nice milestone.
I then settled down and went to work on my new scroll saw pattern. After creating my bunny puzzles last week, I had some ideas for additional toys that would be fun and easy to make. But thinking them through and actually making them is a bit of a process. When building something like this, I allow for a couple of trials and misses. While sometimes things fall into place right away, more so than not I make something, adjust things, and make them again. This project was no different.
Although for the most part things worked according to my original thought process (I have been thinking this one through for several days now) there were a couple of thing that needed to be changed to make
things work. I don't look upon this as a 'miss' or a 'failure' at all, but just part of the process. I spent an hour or so building the first part of the project and realized where I needed to change a couple of things. I will only show you a portion of it for now, as today I need to first go back to the computer and re draw some of the elements, then I will be able to create the project fully and easily. It will be a fun day for sure.
But for now, I will show you a small portion of what I accomplished to get you all thinking . . .
I think you are all going to like this one. (At least I hope so!)
By the time I was at this point, it was near dinner time. Since my next step was to go back to the computer, I cleaned up the wood dust and decided to do something different. I have been working on somewhat of a 'secret project' for the past week or so with my embroidery. I won't say much about it now, but it is my own design and I am using the skills that I learned on my "A Perfect World" sampler. I really, really love doing needlework, and I find that it is satisfying, low stress and a very relaxing way to spend my evenings. As with my other creative venues, my head is exploding with ideas. Below is a quick peek of what I am creating at this time:
So far it is coming out pretty good.
Last year I purchased some spools of white silk ribbon in various thicknesses and some silk dye in order to create my own colored ribbon. Up to this point, I have been purchasing all of my supplies from Di van Nierkerk's site and while the materials are lovely, I am afraid if I run out of something in the middle of a project, I would have a lengthy wait to order more. I am currently awaiting an order for the full line of beautiful Chameleon silk thread and perle cottons for future projects, as well as additional ribbon. But I still wanted to experiment myself and see how I would do at dying my own ribbon. Besides the cost being very much less than ordering it pre-dyed, it would give me the flexibility to make my own colors. And one thing I always love is color!
So I watched some videos again on using the Jacquard Dye Na Flow started set that I purchased last year from Dharma Trading Co. (A great experience by the way! Excellent products, fast service, great prices) and I went to town with it. (As a side note – this dye can be used on WOOD as well! I will be experimenting with that later on!)
I decided to start small with about a 1.5 meter piece of 4mm white silk ribbon (Also purchased from Dharma) and I am just thrilled with the result!
My goal was to create a yellowish/peachy ribbon, and I think I am very happy with the result. It was easy, fun, NOT messy and only took a few minutes to do. Won't this ribbon make lovely flowers?
After working with Di's beautiful hand-dyed ribbon, it absolutely spoiled me for anything else. I love the gentle variegation of colors and I know I will have a world of fun ahead of me! You will have to stay tuned to see what I plan with this ribbon.
On another note, I received a wonderful package yesterday from Brenda Griffin of The Rusty Thimble. (You can click the link for her Facebook page). Brenda is the 'mom' of my lovely prim elf, Edgar who I purchased a year or so ago (shown here with Coco)
I love all of Brenda's creations and last week I bid on some of her pieces on a Facebook auction. Not only did she send my piece that I won, but this darling little “Wabbit” as well:
Isn't he cute? What a silly little guy! I just smile when I see him.
And here is the piece that I won:
We decided to name him Roger Pennysworth. (Don't ask me why!)
I love the little rusty nails she used for his feet!
I find that Brenda's pieces ALWAYS have so much detail! And I absolutely LOVE his face!
Opening that package just made my day!
So you see, it was a very, very busy day yesterday! I had so much fun in so many directions and I can't wait to continue on my journey today. It is a beautiful and bright day today and we are seeing more and more of the grass and the piles of snow are diminishing, slowly but surely.
I feel as if I am all over the place these days, not knowing which direction to go first. But that is really not a 'problem' and I am thrilled that I have so many fun things to look forward to creating. It makes for a good and happy life.
I love being inspired by so many things around me! I also love that over the years I have trained my eyes to look at things in ways that feed my creativity. Our world is full of wonderful and beautiful things. Appreciating things for what they are and what they can be is the first step to a creative lifestyle. I am happy I am moving in that direction.
Happy Wednesday to you!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"