My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #70: Thanks For The Great Responses Yesterday

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-12-2010 01:16 PM 3946 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, after reading all the responses from yesterday’s post it really did bring home the fact that I do need to get moving more. When I used to live in the town of Digby, a little over a year ago, I did walk just about every day. Even if it was a short walk to the post office and back it got me out and stretched.

I did take my walk here yesterday. The 2km loop around the river. It took well under an hour and I think it will be a nice start to doing something along that line every day. It was very full and pretty there and it did give me some time to think about what I was going to do next, so I think it will be good for me. As an extra bonus, I stumbled on a stretch of blackberry bushes that were filled with ripe berries. I think today I will go back and get some. I had just seen a recipe for a blackberry tart but it required 4.5 cups of berries which at the prices they charge for them here would have cost over $20. It will be a nice treat and reward for myself!

I woke up this morning and didn’t feel too bad. I am sure it will take a few days at least to loosen up that hip and get it feeling normal again. I guess it is expected and I am just glad to know that I am doing the right thing and moving in the right direction.

As for today, I will continue to draw the new ornament set that I am working on. If all goes well, I will hopefully be able to cut again by tomorrow. Then I can get back to the trays and work out some of the designs that I want to get done. Again the list is growing so it is time for me to get focused on them again.

I painted again last night and made some progress on some Christmas gifts. I know it seems early to everyone, but I know how quickly autumn passes and I really want to get everything done in a timely manner this year. I noticed on my Facebook page that people are already starting to work on their holiday and craft things so I know I am not out of reason in getting things started now. There are so many things on my list that I want to make for people.

I am working on a skating pond figurine set that I designed earlier this year. I had sent it to the magazine “Christmas 365” which is a sister magazine of Creative Woodworks and Crafts that I work for and the editor there said she wanted to publish it in several of the issues. It consists of 25 pieces of skaters, trees and there is even a little foot bridge that I built out of (of all things) popsicle sticks. I shouldn’t even tell you guys that because it is so ‘crafty’ it doesn’t even belong here on LJ’s! But it does look cute and it makes the project easy for someone to make with just a scroll saw if they don’t have lots of tools. I thought it was quite clever.

I had originally painted two sets when I designed the project – one to go to the magazine and the other to keep myself. You see, my grandmother had a set of flat lead painted ones which were made by Nuremberg in the 1950’s. I remember they had this mirror they used as the skating pond and they would use that spray snow around the edges of the mirror. We would set up the figures and play with them and it was one of my fondest memories of my childhood Christmases. One day last year I was poking around on the computer and saw the exact set on an antique auction page. I knew I had to make my own set.

I spent about a month designing and painting the pieces. I guess mine branched out and had many additional pieces that weren’t in the original set, but it turned out great. The magazine snatched it up back in February and I sent it there for her to decide how she was going to publish it. We were talking about perhaps a series with four issues where there were about six pieces in each set. You see, the cutting was not really difficult, but there was also the issue of painting the pieces. Each piece would include full painting instructions. So altogether it would be quite an undertaking.

When I showed the set to my friends in Digby (the man who’s shop I use for my planing and dressing my wood) his wife fell in love with it. She has seen all the stuff that i have made in the past and I have never seen her react so strongly to something as she did with this. They are older and have everything they could ever want and I refer to them as my Canadian family because they have treated me like a daughter since I met them and I like to give them something special on occasions. So I decided I was going to them this set for their Christmas present. I also want to make my son and his wife a set for a keepsake too. They have several of the decorations I have made over the years and I know they really love and cherish them.

So I am in the process of painting two more sets. I don’t know if you are interested in seeing them. They are actually wood although they are painted. I have already scrolled out all of the pieces minus the bridges and my goal in the evenings is to work on painting the sets. I may start a blog when I get going on them for that project alone, or I may show it here. I haven’t decided yet. I will be doing this besides my regular work and the more I think about it, the more it may deserve a place of its own. I will certainly keep you posted.

The holiday issue of my magazine is on its way to the news stands, I understand. I have already had customers tell me that they have worked on my designs and are cutting them out from it. I don’t know when I will get my issue, but I know it is usually later up here in Canada. It is funny to hear people talking about it and my stuff when I haven’t even seen the issue or how it was presented. The things that are in there were designed in February so it is a long wait. I guess that is just part of the job though.

Well, I thought this would be short today, but it turned out longer than I expected. Again, thank you all for your insights yesterday regarding how you get your exercise. It is good to hear how others make it work for them and it will definitely inspire me to make sure I get moving more. After walking yesterday, I did feel lots better and got just as much, if not more work done.

So its off to the woods to pick some berries! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 02:17 PM

Well done. Giving that skating set away to your ‘Canadian family’ is one of those things that just feel the right thing to do. I feel that way too sometimes.

I for one would love to see the skaters.

There is a aspect to skating, as in many things like woodwork, that is outside fashion and time. I find this re-assuring. Am I’m getting old or do we all need that?

Thanks for reminding me of berries, our lane is full of them. Shame to let them go to waste.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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