I woke up this morning to a cool, gentle rain and the sun wasn't even really up yet. I have noticed this past week that whether it is cloudy or not, it is taking longer and longer to get light in the mornings.
Something else changed as well. That cool, crispness is in the air again. After the heavy humidity and warmth that we experienced last week, it seems we have turned another page and are beginning a new chapter of seasons. Autumn is definitely knocking at our door.
I never mind this time of year. Even though some worry not so much about the fall season, but the season that follows, I do not. I love the cooler weather and don't do well in the heat. I notice that my usual cheerful disposition is somewhat dampened as the heat and humidity climb. I just don't feel myself when it is hot outside.
I love going to the beach, but as anyone with a job can tell you, that isn't always possible. There are frequently deadlines to meet and all the work that I do is not conducive to working remotely. This year it seems that even on the hot, sunny days, the shoreline has been cloaked in fog and clouds. I live about a kilometer in from the shore, and you can tell the difference in the air in the short drive from here to there. While it may be a bright, hot and sunny day by me, by the time I get to the beach it is many times so foggy you can't see the water. This year was definitely odd.
This year was definitely not 'typical' for me. With not getting my car back until the first part of July and then injuring my back, it really put a damper on my summer. I haven't been to the gym in several weeks and creatively I have been undecided which of the many paths I should take. I want to try them all, but we all know that one can only spread themselves so thin. But picking and choosing can be difficult, as there is no 'sure bet' on any of them and it is sometimes hard to decide where it is best to invest my time and energy. But it is all part of the process.
Please understand that I am not writing this to complain, but more to inform. I receive so many questions from you, my followers, who have your own business and are looking for a special formula or answers as to which of your own paths to follow. I try to explain that each of us has our own journey, and no two are the same. We all have different goals, likes, abilities and so forth and we have to figure these things out for ourselves. I think that applies to most things in life. I think we find we can get into the most amount of difficulty when we try to follow someone else's model too closely, as we are all individuals and rarely – if ever – will our circumstances and goals match theirs. Part of the process is feeling things out and learning from our own errors and fine tuning our businesses and actions to match our own goals. I believe that only then can we find true fulfillment and success.
With that said, I feel that I am well on the path to finding my way. While things may have been a bit of a 'muddle' for me for a while, it seems that the fog is lifting and I am once again beginning to see clear(er) goals in front of me. I feel good about this, and while I see the tables turning, I also am telling myself to be patient and allow things to fall into place. (That's the hardest part!) It will all work out in time.
As I mentioned yesterday, I just about finished up my ice skate project for the Art Play Date 2015. The next phase of that project is to create the pattern packet and video, which I will be doing over the weekend. But in the mean time, we needed to do a site update, so I finished up the SLD5131 Autumn Leaf Scatter Dishes that I showed the other day. I am really pleased at how they came out.
I decided to offer instructions on adding color to them, as I often do in my patterns. While they looked nice in natural maple, I feel that the colors brought them up to another level. This time, I decided to try the new DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paints on them:
I love these new paints! I must admit that when DecoArt introduced them, I didn't think that I would have much use for them. They are advertised as "Multi-Media" paint, which I typically associate with scrap booking and creating greeting cards, etc. But I found that they are wonderful for painting on wood, as their transparency and high level of pigmentation means that they perform almost like a stain – only they are water-based and have no odor. They clean up with soap and water as well, which makes everything so much easier.
But because they ARE water-based, I do recommend that they be used mainly on hard woods. I think the softer wood such as pine and poplar (even though poplar is technically classified as a "hardwood" – it is quite soft and porous) would absorb these paints like a sponge. Now that may be OK with you, depending on the project, but on something such as what I used it on, I didn't want the wood to swell, or the basket rings would not fit together properly.
The colors are intense, brilliant and beautiful though, and they don't dry looking 'chalky' as many acrylic paints do. I think they worked nicely for this process, and with a few considerations in the process, the result was really lovely:
I hope you agree.
This morning I will be working on finishing up the pattern for this set of scatter dishes. I am offering all three versions in one pattern (SLD513 Autumn Leaf Scatter Dishes – Link will work once I post the finished pattern). I am also writing the newsletter today and we are sending it out as soon as we get the new products up on the site. Keith has some new projects as well, and I think you will like them.
I have a long list of ideas and projects to tackle in the near future. I am glad that I am feeling better about things and getting back on track. If I look at everything at once, I become somewhat overwhelmed, but I can't allow that to happen. I know that many of our customers are waiting new items for Christmas and holidays, and we are doing our best to get them developed as quickly as possible. We ask that you be patient and stay tuned here and keep checking back to see what new things we have. Our site is always changing.
It just this second dawned on me that today is Thursday and not Friday. I was wondering how the week went by so quickly. I suppose if I miss an entire day, that will do it! In any case – happy THURSDAY to you all! Enjoy your day and make the best of it!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"