It is another beautiful and sunny morning here on the bank of the Meteghan river. The air is calm and there isn't a cloud in the sky. Little by little the huge piles of snow is receding and we are able to see brownish patches of what promises to be green grass. Spring is definitely on its way.
It has been a long winter for us here in Nova Scotia. As with many other parts of the world, we seemed to have our fill of ice and snow. The past several years we have had mild winters, and I believe that it has somewhat spoiled our expectations of what winter is.
I remember growing up in Chicago where many Easters were spent with snow on the ground. I also have memories of others where we were sitting in the front yard in lawn chairs with light jackets on or no coats at all, and the air was already warm. Spring is has always been like that for me it seems. It could go either way. I think though after the particularly harsh winters, we are much more anxious for its arrival. Usually I don't mind winter. I actually even like it. Somehow my way of thinking is that it rather 'de-clutters' my life a bit, as when I am stuck inside, it allows me more time to create. I believe that is a good and positive way to look at things.
But I can't deny that this year I am a bit weary of snow and ice. The dreary, grey days have somewhat taken their toll. I don't know if it is because it has affected my own feelings directly, or because it has weighed so heavily on my family and friends. Whatever the case, I will be looking forward to the warmer days when Pancakes and I can eat our lunch out on our small deck and I can take walks in the woods and spend some time at the beach. And of course it will be nice to be able to drive my own car again. I don't like not being able to do so.
In the meantime though, I have been keeping as busy as possible. That certainly makes the days pass quickly. I am pleased to say that I have many different lists of ideas for projects – both painted and woodworking – and now I am adding embroidery projects as well. There is so many fun things to do that I don't want to spend my days dwelling on things like the weather. I think it is much more positive to think that way.
Yesterday I accomplished a great deal. I adjusted my pattern for my newest project and I also cut everything out and sanded all the pieces. Today will be the really fun part, as I will see the entire project come together. Here is a snapshot of what is on my work table for the day:
Of course, it is a child's game that I made. When I was looking into puzzles, I had so many ideas for cute games that I thought I would follow along that path for a bit. You can probably figure out the jest of it, but I think I will wait until tomorrow until I really reveal how things will work.
I am going to work on the instructions today as well, as I hope to get the pattern on the site in the next few days. I used to wait to post the patterns until the updates, but with all the patterns Keith and I have been making, I think it can be a bit overwhelming to post them all at once.
I am hoping you are enjoying these little teasers as I reveal my projects. In the past I have tried to explain my thought process ahead of time and I find that I don't always do a good job of it. I more often than not am unable to clearly explain my thinking on my new things, so I feel I am better off just showing you all as I go along. Besides – things change during the process. It is less confusing to us all to see things as they emerge from my head and become reality. (It is kind of fun, too!)
I am looking forward to sharing the final project with you. I should be done by tomorrow. Until then, have fun imagining what will come next. I know I do!
Happy Thursday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"