This morning when I sat down here at my spot at my computer, ready to do the mail, my little cat Pancakes hopped right up here and snuggled in. He had greeted me with cooing and 'chirps' this morning and I was heating up my coffee – more enthusiastic than usual. Perhaps it is because he 'knows' that I made some cinnamon shortbread cookies last night and he knows me well enough to remember that I may steal one to have with my coffee for breakfast. He loves cookies and seems to favor the cinnamon flavored ones the most. As his 'Grammy' I usually share a small, pea-sized crumb or two with him when I have treats that he likes, and he gobbles them up with enthusiasm. Today was no different.
As I sit here now, it is an hour or so later and Pancakes is still on my lap. The sun is now up and there is a sliver that has slipped through the curtains that is shining right on his head. He really looks like he is enjoying that. It is a nice way to begin the day.
I love these cooler nights and mornings. I think the cats do as well. After a couple of weeks of hot weather (well – hot for Nova Scotia) it is great to have some relief from the stagnant, humid air. Some may think I am rushing the fall season, with several 'official' weeks of summer left. But I always say I never mind the cold and I mean that. I like being wrapped in a blanket with a couple of kitties snuggling with me. It appears that they like it too. I am sure with their thick fur coats they also feel much better now that it is cooler. They are far more active and social anyway.
I feel better as well. So far, this has been a good and productive week, and I look forward to an equally productive weekend. I finished my pattern for my little leaf bowls yesterday and we were able to update the website and send out our newsletter last night. Even though it was a small update by our standards, there are still plenty of new things to keep our customers busy.
Keith has some new plaques that he created for Halloween, with the first being this cool Spooky Halloween Shield Poem plaque (SLDK605):
I think it is one of my favorites of his word plaques to date!
He also has a set of three new "unwelcome" signs for Halloween:
These SLDK609 Haunted, Enter and Halloween signs are available both as individual patterns and as a set of three. They would really be cute for welcome signs or sings for a Halloween part or haunted house. :)
And finally, my set of three Autumn Leaf Scatter Dishes (SLD513) pattern:
We hope that everyone likes our new things.
We also put several of our best ornament patterns on sale on our Pattern Specials page. While many of them are the scroll sawing ornaments, I also decided to offer my SLDP215 - 12 Days of Christmas ornaments Painting Pattern and Kits at a special price.
This have shown to be one of my most popular painting patterns.
We hope everyone sees something that will appeal to them.
Today I am finishing up painting on my skates for the Art Play Date event and I am going to start working on my video. I hope to have it finished by the weekend. I look forward to seeing it come together and I hope that everyone has fun and learns from the techniques that I will demonstrate.
On a final note, I want you all to be aware that Lee Valley Tools has a free shipping offer until the end of the month:
This is the time when I usually place my orders. They are a bit higher priced than some places, but the quality of their products is excellent and their customer service is great. You can visit their site here: Lee Valley Tools
Well, that should be about all for today's post. It is now bright and beautiful out, without a cloud in the sky. It looks to be a wonderful, warm summer day. I hope you enjoy your day and I wish you a great weekend.
Happy Friday to you!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"