My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #178: Now That's More Like It!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-28-2010 02:33 PM 4325 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I sure do love it when things click in! I honestly don’t know what differentiates one day from the next but sometimes it just seems that things get rolling and things just . . . .well, roll!

Yesterday was an amazingly productive day. I finished my new candle tray drawing and I began the next one. I have the next one all laid out in my mind as to what I want and again, it is only a matter of getting it down on paper to make it a reality. I had initially planned on painting Christmas gifts all day today, but I may take a couple of hours to draw too just so I don’t lose that inspiration. Although to be honest, there are a few fuzzy areas on the second design that I need to clarify in my mind. It is off to a good start though,and I think it will be another nice piece. It will be a bit different from the other trays and I am happy that I am finding good ways to vary these which make them even more unique and attractive.

The tray that I finished was the poinsettia and holly tray. I decided to do it in more of a cut out and stylized way. I love that kind of cutting and it is fun and not difficult to do. I will also use the Staining and Antiquing medium with some Acrylics to give it some color. Unlike the gingerbread people tray which I thought needed a very light colored wood with little grain pattern in order to show the details, this designs would look nicer using a wood with some color in it and also a bit more defined grain. I am thinking that oak will be my wood of choice, although I do have some ash that will also do nicely. I will just need to check the wood pile to see the thicknesses and widths of what I have and see what I feel will be more suitable.

Here is a peek at the drawing:

From SLD339 Poinsettia Candle Tray and Charms

I am really pleased with the drawing and I hope it comes out as nice as I think it will. It will be a fun design to make and will not take long to cut so it will be great for a last-minute gift.

I will probably draw until about noon today and then take the rest of the day to work on my own gifts. I need to send some stuff out this week so I am sure that it will arrive on time, as a few of my gifts will be going to the US. Part of me feels that I should be much farther ahead than I am with my gifts. I supposed we all feel that way most of the time though and it always seems that everything gets done on time. I am getting excited about the holidays and once I put on my “elf hat” it seems that things can get done quite quickly.

As I said in yesterday’s blog, I still want to do a couple of additional short videos this week too on some scroll sawing and painting techniques. I want to plan at least a day to do that. I have had many people tell me that they really liked seeing the videos and it makes me want to do more of them. I like keeping them short and simple and focused on one technique at a time.

There is a light dusting of snow on the ground and it looks rather nice out. Last evening we decided to take a walk for the first time after the sun went down. We only did our short 2km walk around the river, as the path there is quite defined and there are a few cabins along the way that set on the bank of the river. It was quite a different place in the dark though, and quite beautiful. Growing up in Chicago, I didn’t have the ability to see the thousands and thousands of stars like I do here. I found myself drawn to looking up to the sky, which seemed to be exploding with stars. There was no moon out and it was dark walking through the woods, but we had a good flashlight and that helped a lot. I wouldn’t want to walk along the other paths that we usually travel at this time of evening, as they are more like trails and a bit too deep in the woods for my taste after dark. But this one with the few spattered cabins was more of a road, as the vehicles from the cabins along the shore used it for access and it was in good shape. It was quite cold out, but I dressed in layers and wool and didn’t feel the chill at all. It amazed me how taking the same path that I have walked so many times felt so different. It was fun.

It is a great feeling to feel as if I accomplished so much. I love to see things moving along so nicely and it certainly fuels me to do more. I hope you are all progressing in your work and I enjoy seeing all the new projects and reading about them on the forum. I do poke around in the evenings and between things here during the day. It is a great inspiration to see my fellow elves at work!

Have a wonderful 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 11-28-2010 03:29 PM

woo hoo
ya gotta love those days!
the new pix looks beautiful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 03:36 PM

To enjoy the moment.

I fills the heart with inspiration to flow through your hands.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 03:43 PM

Well, Sheila, I see that you are just as productive as ever and are enjoying your work and all of your artistic endeavors. I’ll just bet those gifts that you’re sending out are really beautiful and I’m sure that all of the people that will be receiving them will be thrilled with with joy. We’d love to see some more pictures of that beautiful country that you live in, especially at this time of the year. Take care. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 02:57 PM


Great work on the preview. I like it. I think it will be a Nice Catch.

I love that kind of Scrolling, the fine lines the fine cuts the veining.


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

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