This past weekend I was terribly busy and I had a wonderfully fun time. While I loved creating my last huge project, it felt really good to be able to do some other things. When I work on one thing, I often get ideas for other projects to follow. I have learned to write these ideas down in a file so that later on when I am looking for something new to do, I have lots to choose from. You wouldn't believe how long the list is! I call it my 'job security' though and it seems that the more I accomplish, the more new ideas I get. I also find that the many different types of crafts that I love to do tend to bleed into each other.
While I always knew painting and woodworking went hand in hand, I am discovering that working with fibers can also fit into painting and woodworking as well. It is all a part of the creative process and my love for making things. I find that most of my friends and customers love doing many different types of crafting as well. Seldom do I hear from someone that they 'only' do woodworking or 'only' paint. Even if one prefers a certain type of creativity over another, I am learning more and more that I am not alone in loving to explore all different types of creativity. It really makes things fun and interesting blending them together, too. One thing feeds on another and before long we cross the line into a whole new world of discovery. No wonder I never get 'caught up'!
With that said – I will get to all the fun I had this weekend . . .
Many of you who read know that besides painting and woodworking, I also love doing needlework. I was thrilled at the recent response to my hand-embroidered Steampunk style octopus that I posted last week. I also noticed that there is quite a large following of hand embroidery and needlework, as whenever I post needlework on my Pinterest boards, it seems they get a lot of likes and re-pins. I also noticed as I look for supplies just how many people are into fiber art in general. It seems that yarns, threads and fabric has huge followings, and people really enjoy this as a hobby.
One of my favorite parts of needlework is the huge variety of beautiful colors available. I have enjoyed using beautiful hand-dyed threads made of cotton or silk and find a great deal of pleasure just looking at the beautiful colors. I also love the lovely wool and natural fibers and silk ribbons used in needle crafts. There are days when I just open my floss box and gaze at the pretty colors and dream of what they will be. It got me thinking . . . wouldn't it be cool to have a nice way to display my favorite threads? Something that would be functional, yet fun and attractive to look at if left on the table while making a project?
So here is what I came up with:
I am calling it my Sheep basket and "Baaa-bins"! The sheep are little thread holders that will 'wear' any color you choose!
These little ones are made of 1/8" plywood (for strength):
And I designed them small enough to fit in a standard floss box:
Aren't they just adorable??
The little basket is made from beautiful solid maple and all the pieces are treated with a nice mineral oil/beeswax mix that gives them a soft sheen. The basket is then sprayed very lightly with a coat of shellac for protection. I chose not to spray the little sheep, as their natural finish was very pretty and I didn't want any chemicals that may react with yarns or dyes.
I also created some larger sheep for wrapping tapestry wool:
These little guys are made of solid maple, as the basket is. They are also polished with mineral oil and beeswax for a beautiful sheen.
I am going to be offering the entire set as a pattern, but I will also be selling the basket and sheep on my Etsy site. I think that these are fun and cute and would make a wonderful little display, and also be usable and functional as well.
The pattern and listings will be up very soon, or you can email me if you are interested in purchasing finished items.
But that is not all . . .
I also had a GREAT time with my DecoArt Media products:
Just look what I did with these WOODEN gears that I cut:
Arean't they just FABULOUS?!?
This was such an EASY process and they look simply amazing! I can think of so many uses for these fun gears to decorate! I created a pattern of 20 vintage gear shape replicas and I had a ball making them look rusty and old!
These new DecoArt products are really fun to work with and really different from the regular acrylics that I am used to. While these gears look like they would be really involved, they are NOT hard to do at all! You don't need any painting skill at all and I think even my woodworkers will love this process for gears and other pieces.
As with the sheep, I am going to be offering both the patterns and the finished cut pieces for my painting followers who don't cut wood. Also, I am going to do a video on how to get this EASY and AMAZING finish on them. It will be a busy week ahead.
And for those of you woodworkers who absolutely will NOT paint wood, I also cut a set of them in beautiful hardwoods:
How's THAT for pretty? The woods here are hickory, ash, walnut, purple heart, and jatoba. I think they also look amazing! :)
I am going to do a full blog on the gears tomorrow, and I am going to work on getting that video done as well. As you can imagine, I have a full plate of things to do. :)
I also wanted to let you know that Keith added another nice pattern to the site as well.
His SLDK590 Touched by the Hand of God plaque pattern is available now on the site.
We want to thank you all too for the overwhelming response to our update this weekend! We really love seeing you all take advantage of our super sets sale prices!
I really look forward to sharing all of the new ideas and techniques with you all. I am so glad you seem to love them as much as I do and hope you keep coming back to see what fun new things I am working on. It really makes my life fun!
I wish you all a great and creative week ahead. Happy Monday 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"