If I am anything, I am patient.
I wasn't always that way, but as I get older and learn to appreciate things a bit more, I know that doing things right and getting things done properly takes time. Most times there is no way around that.
We live in a society where everyone wants everything fast. Whether it be their food, something they ordered online, or even something that is hand crafted, people don't seem to have the patience and respect that is required to offer something that is valued. I think that is a shame.
I sometimes wonder why it is so important for everyone to have everything right away. To me, it seems that the quicker they accomplish something, the faster they move on to something else. Are we all so busy that we forget to take time to enjoy the process of doing and creating? I certainly hope not.
This past week, I have been working on eight new scroll saw patterns. I realize that eight may perhaps seem like an odd number, but that is just the amount it turned out to be. I had some ideas, and I started drawing. By the time I was finished, I had five new candle tray patterns and three sets of ornaments looking at me. It felt like the time to stop, even though I had more ideas, so I did stop there and began the process of cutting. There will be time for more later.
I dappled with the idea of not cutting everything out. I am ashamed to say that once I cut the projects for the pattern photographs, more so than not, they get put in a box and placed into storage. Contrary to what you may think, my house here is not filled with Keith's and my scroll saw creations. Oh, sometimes for a while after I make a design, if I particularly like it, I will keep something out for a time just to gaze at it and enjoy it for a while, but eventually it gets put away because there is always something new that we are making. We live in a small place here and neither Keith nor myself like having lots of clutter around. We try to keep things pretty simple and streamlined, as it makes for easy clean ups and keeps things organized. But there are times when I head downstairs to my storage area and look at the boxes filled with projects and wonder what to do with them. We don't have time to actively sell them – either to shops or online. So they just sit there until we find a good home for them. It is sometimes kind of sad.
But for me part of the joy of creating is the actual cutting of things. Not only do I enjoy the process, but I think it improves my skills and allows me to catch any drawing errors that may occur in the process. It makes me a better scroller (painter/stitcher) and besides – I like it.
So I spent most of the week cutting my eight designs and enjoying every minute of it. I am really proud of this latest batch of things and I hope you like them too.
We are working on getting them on the site and sending out a newsletter either today or tomorrow. If you subscribe to our newsletter, look for it soon. Keith has a couple of lovely designs as well, and I will show you photos more of the projects tomorrow. For now, here are some photos of my SLD508 Monarch Damask Candle Tray.
I hope you like it.
Over the weekend, I received some additional photos of how my car is coming out. I am really thrilled with it and I think they are doing a splendid job. Initially I had hopes of perhaps picking it up over the weekend, but it still needed some work on the trim, and while the body is pretty much done, being painted with a beautiful Candy Ruby Red paint, the trim and details still needed to be done.
I don't want to push the guys at the shop. They have a big show that they are attending in Moncton this week and they have been working around the clock and throughout the weekend to complete their cars for that. I know I have been waiting a long time (longer it seems because of the long winter we had here) but realistically I have no good reason to push them, and I don't feel right doing so. So I told the owner Curtis just to notify me when it is ready and I will come and get it. That will be good enough for me.
I have the latest photos for you to enjoy.
As you can see, it still needs its trim and headlights installed. Also, in the first two photos, the grille was not yet painted. Curtis did that on Sunday. I think it is looking great!
I am very anxious to get it back, but not so anxious that I want to rush things at the end. I want everything finished and done right, in the way that they have been working all along. I will be able to enjoy the car for a very long time so to me, another couple of days won't kill me.
I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was wonderful. This week I will be working on a new painting project. It is of a tiger name "Layla". I am creating her for an online publication that will be out August 1st. Here is what I have so far:
Layla has a story that I am going to share as well. Stay tuned for more on that. (You'll just have to be patient! ;) )
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"