My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #80: Lots of Good Ideas From You All

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-22-2010 01:42 PM 5524 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I want to begin by thanking all who gave me their tips and advice on how they stay on top of things. Sometimes I think that we are so close to our own situations that we can’t see things clearly – especially when we are in an overwhelmed state of mind.

The first thing I did was make a list of what needed to be done. Look the beast(s) in the eyes, if you will. I am a “list” person to begin with, but sometimes when I get caught up and everything is going according to plan, I get this feeling that I no longer need to have a list. This, I see, is a foolish thing for me to do. More so than not, it is the beginning of losing control of things again and falling into a state of disarray.

I believe most of my anxiety comes from worrying that I am forgetting something. With a list at hand, it immediately alleviates that worry and it is simply a matter of ticking things off as they are completed. This alone gives me a great deal of satisfaction. Even the small tasks, such as returning a phone call or email can be extremely satisfying to cross off.

I also like the idea of setting a particular cut off time for the day. It doesn’t mean that I have to follow it. If the time arrives and I am on a roll or still feel like working, there is no reason I can’t continue. But it gives me an end point of my work day so that when I am feeling tired and things are hectic, I have a definite time to look forward to when I can assign myself a different self-rewarding task – such as a round of Scrabble with my friend in Chicago or just reading posts from others here on LJ’s. Or painting.

Just knowing that there is a finish point for the day can make all the difference in the world.

Yesterday I did the most important tasks first. That also alleviated much of the anxiety I was experiencing. By the time dinner rolled around, I was able to finish up the task I was working on and feel a good sense of accomplishment for the day. I made a wonderful dinner for myself which got me away from the computer and moving around a bit as I do love to cook, and after dinner took my daily walk and collected some additional blackberries (the first batch was all gone). This time I only picked for a few minutes, but there were far more ripe ones and they were much sweeter this time around. I got plenty for my morning cereal and plan to go back for more soon (insect repellent in tow – and properly dressed) and get a good supply so I can freeze them to enjoy over the winter.

I then spent the remainder of the evening painting on my skaters (guilt free, I may add). It turned out to be a pretty good day. The list is here this morning, but not nearly so long and the most urgent items have already been done. Yes, the simplest of plans does work.

One of the tasks I worked on yesterday was getting some of the items that were published in the Holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts into pattern packet form so I can sell them on my site and to the wholesalers. As I said previously, I can’t sell anything in the magazine that I designed until the issue has be ‘out there’ on the stand for at least a short while. It is now in print and in the hands of many of my customers (although I haven’t received my copy yet) so I will be able to post things on the new site update next week.

I designed these items in March, so it has been a while since I have thought about them. It feels good to have some new things to add that I already put most of the work into. One of the patterns I finish was a set of 10 embellished Snowflake Ornaments. I had to photograph them yesterday and yes, they are made of walnut to show off the silver beads and crystal I used for embellishments. They are on the line of the trees that I had shown earlier and when unpacking them from the box, I remembered just how much I liked them.

Here are a couple of pictures for you:

From SLD324 Ten Embellished Snowflake Ornaments

From SLD324 Ten Embellished Snowflake Ornaments

(Again, if you click on the title, you can see all ten of them in my album)

They are fun and friendly little ornaments, and a great way to introduce yourself to the scroll saw if you haven’t had much experience with it. I had four designs of mine and my partner’s in that issue of the magazine, so I will be finishing the other packets today. That will be a great deal off of my list that I was concerned about.

I have a couple of patterns in the works that I need to finish drawing on from last week, but with this other stuff out of the way, I should be able to clear my head enough to continue and finish a couple of new things by the site update next week. Having a plan really does make things feel a lot better.

Thank you again to all who gave suggestions. It is great to be able to talk things out here among friends. :)

I hope you all have a great Sunday.

-- 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 08-22-2010 02:30 PM

Scrollgirl, you always have some good advice and you are very creative. I believe that if I had half of your energy and organizational skills I would get at least three times as much done in a day. Thanks for the post.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 08-22-2010 03:36 PM

Bunch of lovely Woodflakes, I started to say snow but changed it to wood as being more appropriate. These would make any white tree stand out! You do have talent/skill for designing.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 08-22-2010 08:37 PM

Sheila, you’re welcome. Its good to hear that you are on top of things and not visa versa.

The snowflake patterns particularly appeal. The top one looks like its exploding with life.

I seem to have something about six sided figures recently. Must be the cutting board work, or is that a symptom?

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

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 05:37 PM

Your snowflakes are beautiful! Have you made any using figured maple or other light colored wood? The soft fiddleback maple may be easy to work with. The beads add a lovely touch too.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 05:44 PM

I think that would be awesome to use the figured wood! We are going to Halifax one more time before the winter sets in (hopefully soon) and get one more load of wood to keep us going. With all the stuff we just stockpiled, I now feel that I can get some smaller pieces of the really cool stuff. The maple you are describing sounds as if it will be beautiful! I usually use light woods for ornaments, but for some reason, I wanted these snowflakes to look ‘different’. I thought the dark walnut would show off the silver beads well and I wasn’t disappointed. I am also going to hit some craft stores when in Halifax and see what other embellishments I could find. I would think some turquoise or even sapphire blue crystal beads would look lovely on some light maple, wouldn’t you?

So much fun to be had!!! :)

And @ Martyn – The top one is my favorite! That is why I chose that picture here. :) I know what you mean about six sided figures. It is a silly thing, but few things irritate me more than seeing snowflakes with 8 sides, as many are shown. It is a pet peeve I have – there are no eight sided snowflakes! The crystals that form them are six sided. Don’t those people know that????? (/rant)


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

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 05:48 PM

very nice

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#7 posted 11-06-2010 07:04 PM


I really love them Snowflake Ornaments. Very nice work


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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