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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #459: Feeling the Change

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-12-2011 01:25 PM 731 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 458: The Calm Before the Storm Part 459 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 460: "Knowledge is Power" »

It always amazes me how as the seasons change, things just begin to feel different. Perhaps it is due to the angle of the sun in the sky, or that the days are getting shorter, but in the past few weeks you can definitely feel that something is different.

In driving through the woods the other day, I noticed that the tips of the trees are beginning to lighten. Soon everything will be golden and then a riot of bright colors, giving one final extraordinary show before the cold winter sets in. Living in the woods makes this an extra special time for me, as there is color all around me and it makes it all the better.

For the first time of the year, I have had to close the windows in the evening too, as the nights have been much cooler and even chilly. I prefer the room cool when I sleep though, and leave that window open so I can throw an extra blanket on and snuggle underneath. It makes for good sleeping for me.

I had a wonderful day yesterday. I am happy to report that I have practically nothing to report. I did as I intended to do and spent the majority of the day painting. In order to get started, I had to prep and cut out the wood, so I didn’t really finish what I began, but it is a work in progress. I intend to spend the evenings painting probably from now on, and it felt good to get back to it. It is something that I can reward myself with at the end of the day, and whether I am painting for work or for my own pleasure, I find that it is something that I thoroughly enjoy doing.

I feel good about today and getting back to the work that I was doing a couple of days ago. I look forward to finishing my pattern and also getting the site updated again. I anticipate a very productive period coming on and I do feel that I am ready to handle whatever the fall and winter brings.

I have felt a bit unsettled in the past several weeks. While I haven’t totally shut down, I have felt that I have had difficulty focusing on things. Perhaps it was the warm weather getting to me. Perhaps it was my need for a decent break. Or maybe it was that there was nothing really pushing me hard for the first time in months so I didn’t know how to deal with things in my usual way.

But now I feel that I am at least back on track a bit. I am always an advocate for setting goals in order to help us focus and thrive. Perhaps I hadn’t set my sights clear enough. After achieving my goal with my little skating pond, there was perhaps a kind of let down. I had been pushing to make that successful for so long that when it did reach a margin of success, I didn’t really know what to do next. I need another cause to fill that time and space.

I am in the thinking and planning stages right now and kind of mapping out the next few months of activity in my mind. I am ready to put the warm summer days behind me enjoy the cool days of autumn. I find the most inspiration this time of year. The world around me is beautiful and it is my favorite season.

During this time, I begin to plan for the holidays too. I love to make gifts for my family and friends and that in itself inspires many new designs that I will create for others. Traditionally, for me it is a good and productive time. I don’t believe that this year it will be any different.

So as summer comes to an end, I look forward to the next several months to be full of beauty and creativity and productivity. There is much to look forward to and I intend to enjoy every moment of it that I can.

Have a wonderful Monday.

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



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mafe

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 02:53 PM

Hi Sheila,

That sounds just wonderful ‘I am happy to report that I have practically nothing to report’ this is those days that are the best.
And when I read your words I can’t stop to smile, I feel the same here, the leafs in my micro garden are turning yellow and brown, but still flowers, still red tomatoes and a snail that eats what he is not supposed to, the grapes are almost exploding from the juices and the sun is generous.

After some noise peace has returned here, I try to breathe deep and to just find my smile again, and yes it is right there on my lips.

Happy to read your blog today, best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 02:56 PM

Yes, Mads:
Sometime the cliche “No news is good news” is quite welcome. It may not make for the most interesting blog reading, but it will allow me to be more creative so future blogs are full of fun and adventure. :D

Happy day to you too!

Sheila

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

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tyskkvinna

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 03:14 PM

I’ve been experiencing the same thing. I think summer was a little too hot for a little too long this year- I’ve really been excited about the cool air. It’s even made me OK with the significantly earlier sunset! I feel like I can concentrate again. Love the times of year when I can keep windows and doors open all day.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-12-2011 03:21 PM

Hi, Lis:
It isn’t like me to be so ‘unfocused’ either. I find myself thinking about work and planning more than actually making the new stuff. It isn’t that I am not ‘busy’ – but it just hasn’t been what I feel is productive lately. I know we all go through this from time to time, but I really don’t like it at all. It makes me feel crummy and then it snowballs.

Hopefully, it is turning around and without it being so hot, I will see things changing for the better.

(Your table looks AWESOME, by the way!)

Thanks for stopping by! You have a good one! ;)

Sheila

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

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mafe

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#5 posted 09-12-2011 03:25 PM

For me it was a favorite blog, full of emotions, full of you.
Big smile,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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BertFlores58

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#6 posted 09-12-2011 03:39 PM

Hi Sheila and Lis,
You deserve those relaxing day off. Woman instinct is to go for details while men go for the general view. That is a good way to do nothing and nothing to report… I like it.
Enjoy your work.
Thanks,

-- Bert

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