I had a dream last night that I awoke and all the leaves had already fallen from the trees. I was in Oak Lawn, Illinois – the place where I grew up in my teens. It was a place that is filled with many large and beautiful maple trees that lined the streets and they were always bursting with color throughout the autumn season. I was sad in my dream, because I was in front of my neighbors house with a carpet of spent leaves beneath my feet and as I looked up to the sky, only a few leaves were left dangling from the mostly bare branches. I had missed the entire season!
But when I came to my sense of reality after awaking this morning, I realized that it was only a dream. It was still September and the tops of the trees here in Nova Scotia are just now beginning to lighten and take on a slightly golden color. My favorite season was still ahead here for me to appreciate and enjoy. What A relief!
Things have been busy here. I know I always say that, but it seems that they are even more busy than usual. I have several important deadlines coming up in the next few weeks and I am confident that I will meet them.
These past couple of weeks also seem to be weeks of 'maintenance' and 'preparation' for the upcoming winter. This isn't intentional, but it just seems as if this are turning out that way. I have had several health check appointments (medical, dental, eye exams, etc.) and have a dentist appointment today. Even my cat Richard had to have surgery last week. (Everything went fine and his prognosis is excellent.) My car needs some additional things done as well as my license, insurance and plate renewed as well. Everything seems to 'fall' in the 'fall' season. Is that a coincidence? Or had I subconsciously planned things that way?
All of these things take time, and many of them are not 'blog-worthy'. Not when I am writing a blog about creativity. I often throw some personal stuff in here, as life often gets intertwined with my creative process, but I don't think all of you would really be interested in how I did at the dentist or whether I found a new insurance company that could save me some money. So I spare you the details on that. :)
In between, I have been planning and creating as much as time will allow. I have also been filling several wood orders and cutting lots of pieces to be sent out. (Thank YOU!) I love the diversity of what I do, and every step of the creative process. It is even wonderful to cut wood pieces for my customers, as I get to know many of them personally and it feels like I am making things for my friends to paint. That is a "dream job" to me.
So I ask again that you be patient with me if I skip blogging a couple of times here and there. I know you are all busy as well, but some days I feel that the mornings here are better used for making things than talking about things that I am going to make. My progress can be slow sometimes and rest assured, if I have something to say, I will say it.
With that said, I wanted to show you the progress I am making on a new banner that I am creating that will be a featured project at Toletown (An online painting community.) Not only will the pattern be available to members, but it will also have a video accompanying it.
The theme was 'autumn', which we already established as one of my favorites. I decided to make a banner on Roc-Lon fabric. It started with a nice background and some falling leaves:
I then added a couple of pumpkins:
Some pretty, bright sunflowers were added:
. . . and here is where it is right now:
So far, so good. :)
I still have lots to add yet though until I call it finished. Since I cut most of my orders yesterday, I hope to finish it up today.
It is off to the dentist now (I like early appointments) and then home here to work. I will try to enjoy my time today and maybe even take a walk. After all – before I know it autumn will have passed and winter will be arriving. I want to make sure that I don't miss a minute of it!
Have a wonderful 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"