My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #319: Playing Hookie

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-24-2011 01:23 PM 4604 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sometimes you just have to spend the day doing something silly. I woke up yesterday morning, fully intending to spend the day drawing the next design for the magazine and getting some work done and somehow by mid-morning, I decided that I wanted to “play” do something else for the day.

I think the thought first occurred to me as I was putting some things away and looked into where I stored all of my acrylic paints. The bright colours were calling to me -

“Come play with us, Sheila! Come play with us!”

They looked so happy and cheerful it was hard to resist.

Then I put something away in the cabinet where I stored my paint brushes and I caught sight of all my new brushes that arrived just before I left on my adventure that I had only had the chance to use once. They looked so nice, with their deep lavender handles all shiny and smooth. It was as if they were begging me to use them.

I think it was a conspiracy.

The final thing that tipped the scale was when I put something else away in my craft drawer and saw some cut out pieces in a little baggie. Last year I had picked some fun line drawings to make some spring and Easter ornaments and magnets and never really got to finish them. I made a few, but got side tracked by other things and here they were sitting, waiting to be painted.

Stumbling upon them was the last straw. The decision was made and I choose to play “hookey” for the day. After all, we are heading to Bernie and Ellen’s today for dinner and I always like to bring a little something fun for everyone. So I quickly justified things in my head and pushed any guilt from my thoughts. After all, now I was “playing with purpose!”

Here are the results of my day’s folly (I painted two of each of these)

A basket of little fluffy bunnies:

From My Painted Stuff

A simple and silly little chick:

From My Painted Stuff

And a cute little Easter train (this one is a stand-up, as it is made from 1/2” MDF):

From My Painted Stuff

All these designs were from rubber stamps that I have. I find that stamps make wonderful line work and then you are free to color them as you wish. They are really fun to do when I want something that is quick and takes little effort on my part. I am not a wonderful cartoonist, as I said in the past and instead of struggling to create ‘originals’, I find it fun and relaxing to just play with these sometimes.

Many times I am asked how I can not get burned out with my job. We have read here on Lumberjocks that many people say they would not want to do woodworking as a living because it would take the fun out of things for them. I find that this isn’t the case with me, probably because there are times when I allow myself to just do things like this, for no reason at all except because “I want to”. It keeps me fresh and also helps me from feeling trapped and building resentment towards what I need to do for the business.

I hope you all remember to take time to do what brings you joy. The deadlines will be there waiting for you, but taking a day or so here and there can really do wonders for your emotional health.

I feel happy today and refreshed and although I am going to spend dinner with my friends, I still hope to have some time to accomplish a couple of other things today for the business.

For those of you who celebrate Easter, I wish you a happy one. For the rest of you, I also wish you a day of fun, relaxation and peace. Take a day to enjoy things!

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 04:28 PM

Very artistic, Sheila!

I admire your ability.

Happy Easter.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 04:36 PM

You deserve the inner child day.

It is good for the soul, and keeps the creative juices flowing


-- 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 04-24-2011 04:42 PM

Everyone needs to play a little. I like the bunnies.

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

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 07:02 PM

Cute! You are always looking for possibilities.

Went to your painted pieces, pretty cool.
Then went to all your other work. Never saw that before, want to say sorry. I was missing out.
You have one heck of a body of fantastic designs and projects! Really beautiful work. Seeing it all together is cool. I see how you make a living at this. Energy and creativity, you go girl!

Carry on…...................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 07:09 PM

this is what makes the day´s at work more bareble and help taking the stress from the life
great to see you have found the recipie Sheila …making those silly jumps isn´t the worst
people can do instead of just doing the normal distressing hobby´s in the sparetime
and doing this so close to the trip will help you getting faster back into the mooode
where you are able to work 120% and by that overcome a lot more work and not geting stress

nice paintings :-)

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-25-2011 11:46 AM

Thank you to all. Besides woodworking, painting is another passion of mine, as many of you know. There are many times when I regret that there are only 24 hours in a day. There is so much to do and so many fun things to make! I don’t know what it is, but I have always wanted to “make things”. I know I have lots of company in that way of thinking. ;)


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

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