Some Major Changes

The month of May really threw us for a loop. Just as we were rolling right along and I was getting back into the swing of things after not feeling so well for nearly two months, life threw us another curve ball. We needed to find a new place to live, as the landlord that owned the house we were renting decided to sell.

Talk about “surprises”!

I must admit, that at first, I was rather in shock. We supposedly had the understanding that we were going to be there for several more years. But I suppose that it was their prerogative to sell if they wish, and since we had no desire at all to buy the place, it was time to move on.

Fortunately, we were able to find a place closer to Keith’s mom that actually suited us better. It was not only laid out better for our purposes but was a bit larger and much better cared-for. We jumped at it and have spent the last six weeks or so working on some cosmetic changes and moving our stuff in and making the place our own. While it was exhausting, now that we are on the other side of things, we are happier and feel much better about our home. We are true believers that ‘things happen for a reason.’

With that said, both Keith and I are up and running again and back to focusing on our latest creative endeavors. I am happy to say that I have been working on and documenting many of the home improvement projects that I have been doing, and I can’t wait to share them all with you. One of the nice things about moving is that you really get to look at the inventory that you have accumulated over the years. While Keith and I are both pretty organized as things go, it is good to periodically reassess things and sort through them and figure out what is needed and what is not. In that respect, we do fairly well in keeping the things we use and using the things we keep. It is a true bonus that ‘everything has a place’ here and we feel that we will have a good and productive run of things.

While it is sometimes difficult to be creative when life is so chaotic, I did have several new projects lined up both in my head and on paper that only needed to be developed. That alone has attributed to the fact that  I have completed not only one, but two new patterns and full ornament kits for my website. Those who are in my “Let’s Paint With Sheila Landry” group on Facebook have seen both the creating process as well as the updates for these two designs. I haven’t yet, however, presented them to the rest of the world, and I am doing that as of now.  So let’s get right to them!

The first project is a Halloween-themed ornament project that is fun and easy to paint. It was inspired by DecoArt’s new “Galaxy Glitter” that is a wonderful, new, beautiful product that I can see having LOTS of uses in decorating. You can read all about it here on DecoArt’s site: https://decoart.com/glitter/galaxy-glitter  (Full disclosure – I am a DecoArt “Helping Artist” and DecoArt sends me samples of their products to use in my designing and pattern work. I wouldn’t use it though if I didn’t love it!)

I really love glitter “paint” because it is far more controllable than what I will call “loose glitter”.  There is no mess and not only does it not get all over your studio or working area, once it is dry it stays in place. The Galaxy Glitter is different sized chunks of glitter that is suspended in a transparent base. That means if you apply it using a thin layer, you will be able to see what you painted underneath. Conversely, if you apply several layers or coats of it, you will have a solid wall of glitter. Since the chunks are different sizes and in some cases, different colors within each bottle, the result is truly remarkable. (I found it best to apply with a dome blender or deerfoot stippler brush and lightly ‘pat’ it into place.)

Below is the result of this process:

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In person, they really look amazing!

The pattern for the Glitter Bats includes several types of ways to finish the design. You could leave the bats plain, use the DecoArt Galaxy Glitter in complementary colors to each bat, use the Galaxy Glitter in the Clear (Ice Comet) color, which allows the colors underneath to show through, or you can use the DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultra Fine glitter paint (https://decoart.com/glitter/glamour-dust), if you want a more subtle shimmer.

I painted the bats in all four finishes and I must say, I surprised myself because I am leaning to the Clear (Ice Comet) glitter as being my favorite. But I can’t deny how beautiful the complimentary colors are as well. And the Glamour Dust bats are also beautiful. I just can’t pick!

The SLDP296 Glitter Bats pattern is available here on my website: http://www.tolepaintingdesigns.com/product/SLDP296

The wood kit (SLDPK296), which comes with six bats and six tiny ‘bows’ to make either boy bats or girl bats, is available here: http://www.tolepaintingdesigns.com/product/SLDPK296

They are fun, fast, and easy.

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I even made a half-hour (approx.) video on how I float shaded them easily. You can watch it on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/Hk0OexHb7ZI  (Psst! I have LOTS of instructional videos for you to enjoy on my YouTube channel!  Take a look at them while you are there – or better yet – SUBSCRIBE so you can be notified when I add new ones. I am setting things up for videos here in my new place and plan to add lots more of them! 🙂 )

I was going to talk about my other new project, too, but the post will be so long that I will write again in a couple of days. I am still making Halloween patterns and the next one I call “Candy Cornaments” (SLDP297)

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The pattern and kits are already posted, and the wood pieces come in two sizes – (3.5″ and 2/5″ candy pieces, plus hair, wings, etc.)  I will talk about them next time, but they are all ready to ship on the http://www.tolepaintingdesigns.com website.

Like ALL of my patterns, they are available as PDF digital copies OR paper patterns for the SAME COST. Just choose “Email PDF Patterns” when checking out and no shipping costs will be applied and I will know to send you the patterns via the computer. And if you do decide to choose paper, you can put a note in the comments or contact me and I am happy to send you a PDF copy free of charge. That way you can get it right away to look it over, check supplies, and have it available to you on your devices. I find I like to paint with my patterns on my computer screen at my desk here. It makes it much easier for me to do.

Finally, I wanted to show some of Keith’s new patterns over at the Sheila Landry Designs website.

He has several new plaque pattern sets – (SLDK840 – Sometimes I Wet My Plants)

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SLDK841 – It’s Worth A Shot

SLDK468 – Take Me Out to the Ball Game Sectional Plaque

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And finally, SLDK842 – Butterfly Layered Cross

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We both hope you stop by our websites to see all the patterns we have to offer.

Well, that should be it for now. I should be posting again in a couple of days. I am currently working on several home projects, as well as some new painting and creative designs.  As always, my goal is to post here more so I don’t get overwhelmed with so much to tell you all about. Now that we are moved and really settled in, I hope that I am finally able to do that. I promise there are lots of exciting things to come.

Thanks for stopping by!  I would love to hear from you in the comments. 🙂

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Fun stuff for sure! I’m exhausted just reading about all you and Keith accomplished! So happy for your new happy place🙂

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  2. Yes – it has been a harrowing couple of weeks! These were woven in between some major overhauls of our new space. But it is all settling down now. Just in time to make HOLIDAY and AUTUMN projects! 😀 I am glad you like it! ❤

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  3. Elaine Smith says:

    Enjoyed reading the blog. You are one organized, busy, talented woman. The Change of residents is probably one of the best things that could have happened. Enjoy it.

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    1. Thanks, Elaine. 🙂 We are happy!

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  4. Hi Sheila, Love the new painting projects and the info on the new glitter paint. Keith has done great work on his plaques. Welcome to you new home. Hope you have many years of fun and creativity in it.

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    1. Sometimes it is so frustrating to have change forced upon us. I was not a happy camper when learning we needed to move. Especially with having our own business. But we jumped in and got things from there to here as quickly as we could. Now that it is behind us, I am glad it happened. People say ‘things happen for a reason’ and I do believe that is true. At least in this case. Our working and living space is so much nicer and larger. The owners here are wonderful and we are assured it is for the ‘long haul.’ (Keep your fingers crossed!)

      The new glitter paint is amazing! I really love it!

      Thank you for stopping by as always. I hope you are enjoying a beautiful summer.

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