After a rainy and overcast weekend, on this beautiful Monday morning the sun is bright and shining. It looks to be another lovely autumn day here in Nova Scotia.
The weather didn't bother me a bit though, as I was focused on doing some 'inside' things and working on some new projects and crossing off those deadlines. It was nice actually to not 'have' to go out anywhere, and I made good use of the time I had.
I don't think that I mentioned it here before, but I was invited to participate in a collaboration and create some designs for a book that is being published by The Artist's Club. Many of you know of them or have heard me mention them before, as they are one of the better suppliers of painting and art supplies that I have come in contact with. They also were the ones that wholesaled many of my painting kits, like my SLDPS203 Kickin' Up Our Heels witch boots and SLDPS202 Hats Off to Witches witch hat painting patterns and kits. They are always great to work with and fair to the designers. They have a great following as well and have been in business many, many years. (By the way – they have a 'free shipping' special going on now off of a $50 order. So if you are thinking of buying some books or supplies, be sure to check them out!)
As you can imagine, I was thrilled to be asked to participate in a book such as this. Right now, the undertaking of doing an entire book is very intimidating to me. Besides being pulled in many directions as far as designing goes, there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish what I want to do. I think I am in the stage of designing where I am feeling out many different aspects of it and markets and seeing which one would work best. This trial and error approach is something that I feel necessary to help our business grow, but it can be exhausting as well. We have to pick and choose carefully as to what avenue we will be pursuing.
As I mentioned last week, I have several deadlines in the near future that need to be met. One by one I have been checking them off the list and with each accomplishment I feel a sense of relief. I am pretty much driven by deadlines, so I like having at least a couple of them in place at all times. It gives me a purpose and direction and helps me stay focused on growing the company.
This weekend I finished the initial painting for the Artist's Club project for the book:
They were fun to
paint and I think I like how they turned out. I now only have to write the accompanying instructions for them and send them off to be published. It feels pretty good to have that deadline nearly under my belt.
I have two things left that need to be done 'now' or 'soon' and then I can begin setting more goals for myself. It is a never ending cycle that keeps things moving in a positive direction for me. I suppose that I am used to having several things ahead of me.
I also wanted to share with you some of the photos I received from my friend and customer Anna. She loves trying new things and I love seeing what she does with my patterns. For this project, she took my SLD514 Layered Angels Ornaments pattern and layered them with some scrap book paper to make beautiful decoupaged ornaments. It was fun and easy and took her little time and the results are fabulous!
With all the beautiful scrap book papers available, just think of the possibilities you would have for beautiful designs!
She also cut some of hard wood and added some beautiful hot-fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada.
I really think this little bit of 'bling' makes these ornaments extra special.
I love seeing what others do with our patterns. People are so creative and I love seeing them share their ideas and creativity with us all. Thank you, Anna for sharing with me!
Well, that will about do it for today. I did want to show a couple of our Halloweenie patterns before I go. Sometimes we think our patterns get 'buried' on our site because we have so much to show.
The first one is my SLD398 Halloween Silhouette Ornaments or Mini-Plaques 1 pattern:
This is only one of the two sets of patterns that I created with this style of design. The frames are fun to cut and very easy to paint with a simple sponging technique. I also used scrap book paper to decoupage the backgrounds. anyone could do this with fabulous results. (Hint: you can use the silhouette figures as stand alone ornaments as well!)
And for Keith's highlighted pattern:
I LOVE this spooky Halloween poem! (SLDK605 Spooky Halloween Poem Shield Plaque pattern) I think it is beautiful as well as spooky and would be lovely in an entryway or on a porch. It is one of my favorites of his Halloween designs.
I hope you all had a good weekend as well. it is much cooler here than it was last week. Great weather for snuggling and cooking and even baking a little. It has been a long time since I have done much of that. I wish you all a great week ahead. Make some goals for yourself and strive to reach them. It will make you feel great!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"