It doesn't take much to regroup and rejuvenate! I got everything out to the post office (in the pouring rain, I may add! It made things more exciting!) and back home by 1pm. Our little place here actually looked a bit EMPTY without all the paraphernalia from the carousels here. It seems that there have been parts and things here for WEEKS! My own carousel is safely put away until later on in the year. I think I have seen enough of it for now anyway to last a little bit.
Since it was cool and damp and rainy outside, I decided to actually make that pot of soup I talked about yesterday. It seems like forever since I really took the time to cook. I am a fast soup maker though and within an hour I had a wonderful lunch of a hearty potato and bacon soup – nice and hot and creamy – just what the day ordered!
I spent the rest of the day putzing around the house and doing some things I wanted to do for a while. I finally got a chance to change my "all season" tree.
While I loved the pretty pastel colored glass eggs and decoupaged bunnies, it was time for something else. Even my dear cat Pancakes got in the act! He loved my little prim bunny that my friend Sue created. It fit him perfectly as a hat!
(And NO! – I am NOT being cruel to him! He let it on his head for quite a while! It didn't bother him in the least and he stayed with me the entire time I was un-decorating the tree. When he knocked it off, I let it off. He just likes to be involved!)
Over the past several weeks, I have mentioned a little embroidery project that I have been working on. Since finishing my "A Perfect World" sampler, I have been working on something smaller, and less involved. The "Perfect World" sampler was an amazing piece because it introduced me to so many new techniques and materials. I had never worked with silk fibers for embroidery before, and I fear I am hooked on them for life. Over the year since I began the sampler, I gradually added to my stock of materials. I now have a beautiful 'stash' of silk threads and ribbons. I even have acquired some awesome dyes and ribbon to make my own colors. I can see many fun things in the future.
I enjoy the embroidery because it is so relaxed and easy. I love the type of embroidery that is referred to as "Stumpwork." For an awkward sounding name, it represents some really interesting and beautiful results. "Stumpwork" is a style of embroidery where stitched figures are raised from the surface to form a 3-D effect. To me, the extra dimension offers a world of possibilities.
Since both Keith and I enjoy the Steampunk genre, I decided that I wanted my little tree to have that for a theme for a while. I found some beautiful LED lights for it that are connected with copper wire. (I will show a picture in a later post) and I want to fill the tree with some cool types of ornaments and things. I am not quite sure what they will be yet – but I will consider it my work in progress. The lights are up on it and I look at the tree as a blank canvas for what my imagination will come up with.
The reason I am mentioning this is because the little piece that I designed and decided to embroider is an octopus. As many who are familiar with the genre know – the octopus is somewhat of a staple in Steampunk decorating. I drew up my own three layer piece and I spent the last several weeks working on it in my 'off hours' (which haven't been many) in the evenings. I finally finished him last night and I couldn't be more thrilled with him:
He measures about 5" in diameter and all eight arms are completely wired so they are somewhat pose able. The suction cups on his tentacles are all of glass beads and the gears are all real watch gears. He is completely embroidered by hand, using one strand of silk or DMC cotton thread and his base is heirloom quality cotton. I just LOVE him!
I have an idea as to how he will fit perfectly on the tree, and you will all have to come back and read to see what I came up with. I can also put a pin back on him and wear him as a lapel pin on my coat, or hang him from a cord for a funky necklace. I think he would make a wonderful statement, don't you?
Keith thinks I am crazy, but what else is new?? I am having fun and that is what matters most. ;)
As for my other design work – I have lots of other things in progress. I am sure my scroll saw followers are looking for some new designs and I don't want to disappoint them. I have several new things that I will be working on in the very near future. I also have some painting projects that are already on the drawing board that I can't wait to get to. And of course, I am fascinated by these embroidery designs and toying with the idea of designing some small pin pattern packets and seeing how they fly. I notice that my embroidery "pins" on my Pinterest board seem to get the most 're-pins', and I think there are lots of people who love embroidering.
So much to do!
In the mean time while I have been doing all of this, Keith has been working on new designs as well. He has THREE new designs for everyone to enjoy.
His first is SLDK589 Better With Age Wine Plaque pattern:
And then he has a new sectional plaque that is fabulous – SLDK406 Exodus 20:1 - 17 Ten Commandments plaque pattern:
And finally, a new set of general plaques – SLDK588 - Follow, Embrace, Cherish plaque pattern:
Between the two of us, we hope to keep you all busy on MANY levels of creating. I always consider myself a very fortunate person to be able to do what I love every day. The biggest problem I have is deciding what to do first. It's a good problem to have and a good way to live life. No wonder I am usually happy!
I wish you all a wonderful day today. I hope you find time to do something to feed your creative soul.
Happy Wednesday 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"