I have so many wonderful plans ahead of me!
As I dream about our new, larger home as well as my very own studio, my head is filled with more ideas than ever. While I am proud of the way we made our business work while living in and working out of a small, one bedroom place, I can't help but feel wonderful that the time here will soon be behind me and both Keith and I will be able to spread our wings and really FLY!
I am hoping that I am not deluding myself into thinking that with more room comes more hours in the day. Perhaps I am just already counting the hours that I will not have to be rearranging and cleaning and be able to walk into our shop and just start WORKING instead of clearing out the kitchen and moving everything out of the way to cut wood, paint or make a video. When I think about it, those hours sure add up. Not only the time taken to prep the area, but also the clean up afterwards. But you "gotta do what you gotta do" and for the past seven years it worked for us. It is just time to close this chapter and begin writing our next. You are all invited along for the journey. Not only do I see more productivity, but also more instructional videos and things like that, as I have so much planned for our future. It is truly exciting.
But we still have two months until we are there, so until then we will plan and draw and dream of our future. What a wonderful place to be in our lives!
We are going to send out a newsletter today, as Keith has some new designs that he put on the site and we have a new pattern for the scroll sawyers. His new SLDK668 Then We Had You sectional plaque pattern is a great way to commemorate family, and has some nice variations to make it personal to your own needs:
I really enjoy seeing what Keith comes up with next, as his designs are so wonderfully attractive and classy. He never seems to run out of new ideas!
We also changed the free woodworking pattern on our site. Again, Keith did a splendid job on this pretty plaque that would be wonderfully appropriate for the upcoming Mother's Day holiday:
For a limited time, you can download it free from our Free Patterns and Resources page. While you are there, I hope you browse around and check out all of our articles and videos and other resources. Lots of folks really find them helpful.
I am going to be writing out a newsletter to mention all the site updates and it will mail out later on today. If you are not on our Mailing List, I invite you to join. We send out about two newsletters per month that lets you know what new products we have and we also (from time to time) offer special promotional codes and discounts for newsletter subscribers only. We never share your information with anyone or SPAM you, and we respect your privacy completely.
Finally today, I want my painting followers to be aware that Art Apprentice Online is running a great promotion on their DecoArt Traditions paint brushes.
I absolutely LOVE these brushes and they are really top-notch in quality and performance. I especially love their Dome Blenders, as they are great for blending, dry brushing and even stippling. The angle brushes are also lovely and I am sad to say that the 1/8" angular shader is going to be discontinued. I made sure to stock up on several for my arsenal and I understand from Sue at AAO that there are still some in stock.
The special that they are having is only until midnight tonight (Thursday) and you will receive 30% off ALL your brushes by using the coupon code ALLBRUSHES30 at the checkout. While I understand that you all have to watch your craft budget, I think these are pretty close to the nicest brushes I have used as far as quality. They last a long, long time with proper care and are a beautiful investment. These brushes are made by DecoArt and are yet another one of their amazing products that they create. They always stand behind their products and I know that I am getting quality supplies.
I think that Art Apprentice Online is an extraordinary source for classes, instructions and quality supplies. I have been a fan for years and have learned so much from them. I hoep you head over to their site and see what they have to offer. They have classes for ALL levels – from beginners to advanced painters, and their personal service and online instruction is unsurpassed!
Well, that is about all for today. I am off to write our newsletter. If you subscribe, be expecting it sometime this afternoon.
When I am done with that, I am working on my online class for Interactive Artist Magazine, which is coming along beautifully.
The sun is shining, although it is still cool here in Nova Scotia. Spring is trying very hard. I am home for the day though and I am grateful for the bright and sunny sky. It truly makes the day more cheerful.
I wish you all a wonderful day as well. Happy Thursday 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"