My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #472: Calm

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-25-2011 12:54 PM 1146 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 471: Seasons Change Part 472 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 473: Starting Off Another Week »

Today is one of those rare mornings when I am sitting here and thinking about what I am going to write about, and there isn’t one particular thing that stands out in my mind. It isn’t that nothing is going on with me, I think it is more of a matter that there is nothing remarkable going on with me. (That is, worthy of me writing about.)

Is that a bad thing?

I don’t think so. It just doesn’t make for exciting blog reading.

But now that I think about, it kind of strikes me as ironic. In my daily observations I notice how we all are striving to make rhyme and reason of our daily lives. At least I am. We want things to happen as they should, in a nice and orderly way. It seems to me that we spend most of our time working toward this goal of order and spend much of our time either dodging curve balls that life throws in our direction or putting out the fires that ignite when we are hit by them. I know I am not alone in thinking this way. I see it all around me.

So what happens when things actually do go the way we planned, without hiccups or chaos or surprises? Sometimes I am afraid that I don’t know what to think of it. How do I deal with “calm?”

I can say from my own personal experience though, it isn’t bad. It is just that it gives me a slightly uneasy feeling for the moment, as it is something that I am not quite used to. The only analogy that I can compare it to off the top of my head is that of one riding on a roller coaster for the first time. As the car slowly climbs that first incline, the anticipation increases as it nears the top. Although it is calm for the moment, you know it is only a matter of time before plunging into unknown adventure.

As I sit here on my calm Sunday morning contemplating the day ahead, I can’t help but wonder what will come as I reach the crest. This past week has been to me a slow and steady ride, accomplishing things and solving problems along the way.

Today is Sunday and therefore it is painting day for me. I plan to follow my new pledge to paint on Sundays at least until after the holidays, and I hope for longer than that.

I finished my pattern packet for the second set of songbird ornaments yesterday. I felt that was a good accomplishment. I would like better pictures, but the weather hasn’t really cooperated, as it has been overcast and rainy for the past several days. The other day when I was out I purchased some translucent fabric so that I can make a light box for taking pictures. I know I have seen discussions regarding building one before here on the site, and I need to do a bit of research in order to figure out how I want to go about it.

There was an error on the pattern of the first set of ornaments that was brought to my attention yesterday. I suppose it was more of an omission than an error. I omitted one of the colors in two of the bird on the staining section. It seems that no matter how many times I go over the patterns there are some things that occasionally get by me. It makes me feel foolish, because when they are pointed out, these mistakes tend to be quite obvious. The color that I missed was Black and perhaps my mind just filled it in as a given and overlooked it. It did however make me wonder why no one else mentioned it to me before. Did they not notice or were they just being polite? It was a minor mistake and didn’t affect the basic construction of the pattern, but it was there nonetheless. I sold a lot of those patterns and several people contacted me and said they made the ornaments and nothing was said.

It does really bother me when things like that happen because it appears that I am being sloppy. In reality, quite the opposite is true, as I comb over those instructions many times before finally sending them out for sale. I think in some cases that it is possible to read things over too much, as there comes a point where we just are incapable of looking at things objectively. In any case, I just need to be more careful. I was happy that I was notified and all is now fixed.

So for now, I will get on with my day and get to my painting. I will try to enjoy this momentary peace that I am experiencing and use the time to take a breath, relax and plan my next moves. I do have a deadline coming up with the magazine, and I want to be fresh to begin working on that tomorrow. Besides, I am still organizing my thoughts on it and will be doing that throughout the day while I paint.

I haven’t forgotten about the scroll saw class either, for those of you who are following. There are still a couple more lessons that I want to share with you. I hope to work on them this upcoming week and have something soon. It has been somewhat quiet there so I think that everyone is still digesting the previous lessons. There is a lot of information and I realize that it can be overwhelming in large doses. But I promise that the next lesson will follow shortly.

I hope everyone has a good day today. I will enjoy my quiet and take advantage of the calm while I am able. I am certain it won’t last long.

May you find the time to relax or find some shop time to be creative.

Have a happy Sunday!

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

3 comments so far

View ShopTinker's profile


884 posts in 2792 days

#1 posted 09-25-2011 02:24 PM

Autumn is like a second spring, where every leaf is a flower! I read that on a sign along the road and it stuck with me. Enjoy the colors, they’ll be gone before we know it.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

View BritBoxmaker's profile


4611 posts in 3060 days

#2 posted 09-25-2011 05:57 PM

Sheila, don’t panic!

1. Enjoy the calm whilst its here.
2. Perfection is to be aimed for, never expect to get it.
3. If you discover how to do the above please let me know how you did it, I can’t do either.

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

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

10118 posts in 4076 days

#3 posted 09-25-2011 08:03 PM


Sounds like you are having a nice restful Sunday painting and thinking about whatever at the same time… Very GOOD!

Here is an idea for you… You are obviously a very proficient painter… Many of us are probably NOT as proficient and are trying to learn how to paint simple things… many times requiring shadow blending, outlining, etc.

Sometime, as you are painting, only if you felt like it, you could take a little video of your painting techniques as you paint your projects. How does that sound? I, for one, would appreciate it very much.

Have a wonderful day… week…

Thank you very much.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics