My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #245: On to Writing

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-03-2011 01:37 PM 4054 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK. So I think that I can stop wishing for more snow now. The last couple of days we really got a load of it. I didn’t go out for a walk yesterday, as it was still coming down quite hard but it looks calm out today and I think I will venture out for a little bit at least later on today.

I suppose the most important thing here was that we didn’t lose any power. The lights flickered a little, but other than that it was a normal day for the most part. I had to do some stuff around the house and later in the day, I worked on a modification of one of my designs for a customer. He had requested a twist on one of my candle tray designs (the Sweetheart candle tray) and he wanted to make the modified design for Valentine’s day. I had agreed last week, when I was in the midst of the deadline and knew I had to get to it soon. This was the first opportunity that I have had to do it and I was pleased that it didn’t take me long at all to come up with something nice. I think I am getting better at this. (LOL)

Today is going to be a writing day for the most part. I have six of my own patterns and several of my partner’s to get into packet format so we can update the site. I still need to write the instructions for my six designs, but I do use a kind of template to do so, as they are all constructed pretty much the same way. I just need to be careful that everything is correct.

I find that I am a terrible proof reader. Part of it is that I have written instructions so many times and much of it is the same thing over an over and I just skim through it. There is definitely a format that I use to write the packets. Now that my partner has contributed over 50 designs, he also sees that after a while it is hard to read over your own stuff and really pay attention. Usually the errors are small and non-consequential, but it still is one of the worst feelings when I either hear about or find something wrong with a pattern. Especially if it has been sold and given out already.

For the past several months, my friend Leldon has been good enough to be my proof reader. He is wonderful because he knows scroll sawing and can point out discrepancies or errors and also lets me know when things don’t make sense. I feel so much better knowing that he has gone over the patterns before I sell them or send the final copies to the wholesalers. It is great to have another set of (trained) eyes to help.

Leldon will also be coming to the show in New York, and I will be happy to see him again. It has been many years since our paths crossed although we do keep in touch regularly. He has graciously offered to help as much as he can and I am very grateful for that. With the number of people coming, I think I am going to need it.

I want to take some time too, to see the entries for the contest and cast my vote before the deadline. I haven’t had much of a chance to keep up with the boards here and that is something I don’t want to miss. I am sure there are some wonderful entries.

So I will keep today’s post short, as it seems that the day was pretty much routine. I hope all my friends in North America are safe and warm after the storm and digging out and getting back to normal. I have seen many pictures of the snow in the past couple of days and it certainly looks like everyone has had their share.

I wish you all a wonderful day. May you all stay safe and warm. :)

-- 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 02-03-2011 03:53 PM

Hi Sheila,
Out here in the Philippines is not as normal as from last year… In the southern part has continuously rained. Unusual too is the cold temperature in Manila though not raining.

Wishing the best for the winner of the contest… I joined but not really interested in winning but only to show how the art of joinery can be. The rhumboid pieces joined together is really strong… Miter joints are tough in corners…. so it will also be on an end-to end joint.

God bless.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 09:02 PM

Hmm. Unfortunate but true ‘The jobs not over ‘til the paperworks done!’

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 09:20 PM

Yep, Martyn. I would rather be “making” than “documenting”. But, alas . . . it is part of teaching. Just think how much I would be able to accomplish if they would magically write the instructions on their own!!! Now THAT would be a ‘pink cloud’ world! LOL

Hope your day is good!


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

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