My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #148: Only Eight Weeks Until Christmas . . . (YIKES!)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-29-2010 01:37 PM 4192 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Were you all as horrified as I was when you read that statement? I was doing my morning mail and cruising around my facebook to see what my friends were up to this morning and those words jumped out at me from someone’s post. I don’t know about you all, but it is time to kick into high gear for me and really get moving on making my list and getting some stuff done.

As many of you have witnessed, I have been working on a couple of additional skating pond sets which are both to be given as gifts for Christmas. These are very special gifts as the amount of time involved even to paint one set is a lot, but I wanted something special for each of the recipients that they can’t get anywhere else. One is for my son and his wife. He loves decorating and has many of the other things I have made throughout the years and I know he appreciates them all and takes care of them and one day he will pass them down to his own children. I love making things for him because I see things from years ago that he takes out every year and truly appreciates.

The other set will be going to my friends Bernie and Ellen for their present. They both have been wonderful to me and when I showed them the original set before I sent it off to the magazine they fell in love with it. Just the other day when I was over there, Bernie took me to the side and asked me if I would make a set for Ellen for Christmas and how much would I charge him. I had to blow the surprise (at least to him) and I told him that I was working on one for them already. He just smiled the nicest smile and I knew it was something they both would really like. I am nearing the finish line, and have been painting this week on them both and hope to finish it up soon.

I have been behind in posting pictures, but here are pictures of the two latest characters:

This is Henri:

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

And here is beautiful Danielle:

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

I will get all the stories updated on the skating blog by the weekend for sure.

Besides the skating pond, there are many other gifts I plan to paint and scroll for people for the holidays. I need to weave these in between the other things I am doing. I really like to paint and do painting projects for others. It is something a bit different from the scrolling and usually does have some woodworking involved. I suppose it is a good excuse to paint for me, as if I need one!

I am going to start burning the night oil a bit more and spend more evenings with the paint brush in my hand for the next several weeks. I have already looked through some of my painting magazines and found some wonderful things to paint that my friends will love. Even though I do design my own painting patterns, sometimes it is great to paint patterns made by others. There is a decorative painter named Kim Christmas who has adorable painting projects. It is funny, but when looking through the painting magazines I say “oh, I like this” or “oh I like that” and more likely than not it is one of her designs. I am not a cartoonist and my drawings and paintings are realistic more than cartoon. Kim’s designs are whimsical and delightful and something that I am not able to do on my own. I have been fortunate enough to become friends with her on Facebook too and she is a funny and lovely person as well as a talented artist. I just ordered some books from her and can’t wait to get my holiday gifts started.

So that is the plan for today. I will continue to finish up the pond and update the other blog and plan on what I am doing for Christmas gifts. Just reading it sounds like fun! There are so many wonderful ways to be creative that I don’t know which one to do first! It is a great place to be in my life and I wouldn’t trade places with anyone right now!

I hope you all also have a wonderful and creative day!

-- 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 10-29-2010 03:48 PM

SInce you’ve commented a couple of times on projects I’m doing for Christmas, I know you are aware that I’ve been working on Christmas presents for a couple of weeks now. Still though, the answer is YES, those words most definately scare the bejeebies out of me. I have had everything planned out for well over a month now for what I want to build for Christmas and still have no earthly idea how I’m going to get it all done on time.
I can imagine myself already frantically applying fast dry poly on Christmas eve just before stuffing presents into boxes. I can also imagine the extra “high” kids will have on Christmas morning after sniffing funes for a while from presents that were stuffed into boxes without allowing poly to fully dry.
Oh? Is it too early for that?
I don’t think so since I bought forty pounds of ham last week in preparatiojn for Thanksgiving.


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#2 posted 10-29-2010 03:57 PM

YUM!!! I am also going to celebrate Thanksgiving (again!) here in November. I always ‘overbook’ myself with what I want to accomplish and send and make for others. It is my nature. But that is really the fun of it sometimes! As you said, seeing the kid’s faces and the faces of all the people who will receive your wonderful gifts is always worth the extra effort and time. It makes me want to do it again the next year. I have been “lolly-gagging” along here thinking how long off it was and how I was ahead of the game and then when I saw that this morning I thought “OH, MY!” and realized that it isn’t that far off. Time to get SERIOUS!! LOL

I love seeing your projects and what others are making for gifts and hope you continue to post them for all of us to enjoy!

I know I am in great company when wearing my “elf” hat!

Sheila :)

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

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 08:11 AM

Speaking for the males in our audience, what’s wrong with 8 weeks to go? That leaves us 7 weeks and 6 days before we have top go shopping!


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