One of the things that I like best about what I do is the great variety of ways I am able to create. As with most of you, the more I look and discover, the more I want to expand my 'crafting arsenal'. I find it very rare to meet people that only dapple in ONE type of creating. Most like to do many.
I am often asked how I keep coming up with fresh ideas. After over 20 years of doing this for a living, it seems that I never run out of new things to do. There are times when I feel as if I am hitting a little wall, and my creativity just isn't there, but when that happens, I have learned that switching gears really helps and by changing things up a bit, I am able to come back to whichever media I was feeling sluggish doing with fresh eyes and usually lots of new ideas. Variety is after all the 'spice of life'!
It seems (to me, anyway) that I have spent a while away from scrolling. With creating the carousel and some of the other projects that followed, I have felt as if I haven't really done any real fretwork in a while.
I really enjoy cutting fretwork, and I have lots of ideas for beautiful patterns in my head. Last week, I was finally caught up with things and I sat down and did some drawing. Within a couple of days, I drew up five new candle trays as well as two full ornament sets. I was on a roll.
I spent the weekend beginning to cut the trays out, and I am just thrilled with the results. While it took a little longer than I anticipated to complete the first couple designs (it ALWAYS does!) I was really happy with the outcome. I think they are classic and pretty and they were quite a bit of fun to cut.
I only finished the first two completely, and here is a shot of them for you to see:
The top tray is cut from hickory and the bottom one from cherry. I used an oil/beeswax mixture finish on them and I will probably give them a light coat of shellac to finish them completely. I have the next one cut and two more to cut today, as well as the ornaments. I hope to get them done by tomorrow and then write up the packets for them for our next update on our site later on this week. It feels good to see them come out so nice. I really loved cutting them, too.
I have several other projects on the go as well. It is going to be fun and exciting to see them all come to life.
With the weather getting warmer and summer getting into full swing, I realize that people are outdoors more and inside crafting much less. I have heard many of my colleagues mention that things are really slow for them, as well as many of the forums that I am a member of. I think that is typical though for this time of year. The months of June and July are usually much slower because people that have been cooped up all winter are thrilled to get outside and work on gardens and have family gatherings, etc.
Things begin to pick up around the end of July, when people start thinking of autumn and fall shows and sales as well as the holidays. I plan to take this time to begin working on some new holiday patterns and projects. I look forward to watching loads of fun ideas come to life.
Today is overcast and a bit rainy, although it looks as though it is trying to clear up. We had one beautiful weekend day on Saturday and one rainy day yesterday. But overall it was a nice weekend. We had a good visit with some of our family and I took most of the day 'off' and relaxed. I am ready to hit the ground running today.
I wish you all a great week ahead. I know mine will be full of fun things. Enjoy your Monday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"