I always feel that I am very fortunate to be having the type of life that I have. While I have made mistakes along the way, I try to look at them all with the thought that if I didn’t do things the way I did, I may not be in the place that I am today. The ‘bumps in the road’ are usually some very important life lessons that make us the people we are today. I don’t think I would have it any other way.
One of my favorite things about my life is that I am able to be creative every day and surround myself with positive and creative people. While some dislike the jobs they have and dread getting up every morning to go to work, I like to get up as early as I can, as I usually have a long list of creative things to do and I can’t wait to get at them. It makes for a great day.
Not only do I love creating my own designs, but I also like working on projects by other fellow artists and designers. After all, one thing that brought me to being a designer was painting other people things. It is fun and educational to work on things that may be done in a different style or use a different technique than I am used to. It helps me grow as an artist, too.
Amy Mogish is one of my favorite designers. Her whimsical style of creating ‘chalkboard art’ is really relaxing to make, as well as being simply adorable.
Last week, Amy generously offered a free pattern for some cute little Gingers. (You can find the post on her blog here: https://classicamyjoanne.com/2018/11/21/gingerbread-sweetness-garland/#more-14570 She even has a video which shows you how to do her technique. She did her pieces on card stock using colored pencils, which made the project quick and easy to do.
But me being a woodcutter, I decided to cut some pieces for these gingers the last time I was in the shop. I cut 12 – 1/8″ pieces for the garland and 3 – 1/4″ pieces for ornaments. I prepped them all on both sides and did them up in a couple of evenings.
I really loved how relaxing and fun they were to make. Before I knew it, they were all done on one side!
I then flipped them over and pulled out my acrylic paint and decided to make the other side using my DecoArt Americana acrylics. This time, I even used the Glamour Dust Fine Glitter paint to add a sparkly shimmer to the painted ones:
I strung them up with some red and white twine and now I am ready to hang them. With the cool “Command” hooks, I don’t have to worry about putting holes in the wall for hanging seasonal items. I can put them just about anywhere.
Here is a close-up of the glittery ginger that is painted:
. . . and here is the penciled ginger:
Both are just wonderful, I think! I can’t decide which I like better! And the ornaments look great on my little tree:
Isn’t he delightful? What a wonderful and quick project this would make as gifts for friends, co-workers, or family members! I think if you try this technique, you will be hooked! Look around Amy’s site to see all the beautiful designs she offers. It is no wonder she is one of my favorites!
As for me, I am busy in lots of directions today. Here was my desk last night as I prepped no less than FOUR projects at once!
I have taken some time for myself this December, as you can see. But in between doing these other fun projects, I am also working on new things to bring to you in January. It is a wonderfully productive time for me! I find it the best way to enjoy the season!
Keith is busy working as well. He has a new pattern up on the site for our woodworking followers that we think everyone will love:
You can find the pattern here: SLDK799 – All Hearts Come Home for Christmas. It’s a fun and not-too-difficult plaque that we think you will love.
So now it is on to painting. I will try to post as much as I can. Feel free to join me in my creative group on Facebook: Let’s Paint with Sheila Landry. We have a wonderful group there that loves to share and inspire each other with all kinds of creating (not just painting!)
Have a wonderful and creative day!