There are two times when I really feel that I am not living in the USA anymore. One of them is in July, when the US celebrates Independence Day. It is sometimes hard to get used to the 4th of July being just 'another day' here in Canada. Although they do celebrate "Canada Day" – usually within a day or two of the 4th, it somehow just feels different.
The other day that I really feel that I am living in a different country than I was raised is Thanksgiving. While in the US we celebrate on the last Thursday of November, here in Canada it is observed the first week or so of October. That is quite a difference.
I have been here for 11 years now and I am finally getting used to things such as this. While it used to feel a bit out of place to have turkey dinner in early October, I have learned to not only accept things as they are, but also embrace them. I not only enjoy having this 'early' Thanksgiving dinner, but I look forward to it. I have set a 'new' tradition of spending the day at the camp of my dear friends Bernie and Ellen, on a beautiful lake. The leaves are still on the trees and usually in a varying state of changing. Today is no exception.
It is sunny and crisp out and promises to be a beautiful day. I made my stuffing yesterday (another "new" tradition – Bernie loves my sausage and cranberry stuffing and I try to bring some every year!) and I am ready for a day of relaxing and enjoying my friends and Canadian "family". It is going to be a good day.
I had a very busy weekend. I had agreed to provide the wood pieces for fellow painter Rosanna Zuppardo (you can visit her Etsy Shop here to see her patterns) and I had several tree orders to cut. This was a treat for me because I loved the two designs -
SLDPK124 "It's Christmas":
And SLDPK125 "The Warm Light of Christmas":
I can see why both designs were so popular. I want to paint them for myself. :)
I also began working on a project for a collaboration book I am doing from The Decorative Painting Store. As a fun project, a group of us designers were rounded up by Sharon Chinn, the owner, and we are in the process of producing several new collaboration books of painted ornaments. I was thrilled to be asked to do this and I have three ornaments in mind for my book. I am teamed up with three very talented ladies whose work I have admired for a long time. I think this will be a win/win proposition for all involved and I hope to do more projects like this in the future.
My first ornament is completed, and I will give you a sneak peek at it here:
As you can see, it is a little snow globe mouse. I have two other snow globe mice in the works and I should be finishing them up soon. What you can't see is the beautiful 'chunky' shimmer that is on the ornament. This photo better shows it when the light hits it just right:
It truly looks like the 'snow globes' we had as children.
Keith has been busy, too and has some new beautiful slotted ornaments for our scroll sawing followers:
You can follow this link to the site to purchase this pattern right now: SLDK617 - 8 Slotted Snow Globe Ornaments .
I have some new scroll saw designs for Christmas and the holidays in mind as well. After these last couple of deadlines are met for me, I will be making them up and should have them available shortly. You just have to stay tuned.
As you can see, it has been a very busy time. I haven't been blogging as regularly because I am 'in between' so many things at once that I am not sure there is interest there for you all. Usually when I miss a blog or two, it isn't because I am not working, but rather more because there is so much going on and things aren't quite ready to show yet. I don't think I will run out of things to create for a very long time.
So that is all for today. I hope to do a little painting before I have to leave for dinner. I plan on having a wonderful afternoon and evening with my friends and Canadian family. I guess having two Thanksgiving holidays is appropriate for me, as I feel I have so much that I am thankful for that my gratitude can't really fit into one day. I still celebrate the 'other' Thanksgiving at the end of November. I am always up for a turkey dinner and I love having my friends here with me to enjoy it.
To all my Canadian friends, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving. To everyone else, I wish you a beautiful day. There is always a reason to be thankful. I can never be grateful enough, it seems.
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"