My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #501: New Projects In Progress

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-24-2011 12:45 PM 5497 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And so we begin another week . .

How can the days seem to go by so quickly? I know that I whine about it all the time, but it seems that the days are so full that before I know it, the sun is setting and it comes to an end before I get half of what I intended to do done.

I often wonder if it is part of getting older or is it just because my life is so full now. I am going to lean to the side of it just because I am probably the busiest that I have been since the kids were small. Those days went by quickly too.

For those of you who were asking about Phil, he is doing fine and happy that he is able to see properly again. I am quite relieved that he is past the surgery part and he made it through like a trooper. He said his eyes are blood red and as of Friday he said the one eye had no white showing. I didn’t get any pictures from him, but that is probably a good thing. Some things are best left to the imagination.

I had the pleasure of talking to both my kids in a single day not only once, but twice last week. That occurrence happens about as often as Haley’s comet. Well – it isn’t quite that rare, but almost. There is a great amount of comfort that I feel in hearing everyone’s voice and knowing they are doing well and are safe. Maybe it is a ‘mom’ thing.

I did get a tremendous amount of work done yesterday on the new pattern (although I did not finish as much as I wanted.) That is par for me though and I have learned that any amount of progress is good as long as the quality is there, which I believe it is in this instance. I know I underestimate my time on doing things. But as long as the final product comes out nice I don’t really mind. I work on a sliding time scale that is always in motion and sways and moves with the flow (like the Titanic some days, I am afraid!)

I am happy that I have quite an arsenal of quality patterns as a base for my site so that I can look at each new addition individually and give each project the attention it deserves. In the past when there was this urgency on my part to ‘beef up’ the site and add lots of content to the site. Now with over 400 patterns up there, I don’t think that is the issue anymore. I’ll be honest, too – it feels much better to be able to do each project individually rather than do a clump of them together. Not that the others were bad. But these are just better I think.

I worked on a new set of ornaments yesterday and got six of them cut out. I am going to show three different variations of making them in the pattern so they are a little more work than just cutting, finishing and being done. I like giving choices because as my customer base increases I am finding that there are people that are looking for many different levels of projects and options too. Some want to play around more and do more embellishing, while others are happy with the cut-and-go method. By offering these choices, each one can pick their favorite and go from there.

My real hopes in doing patterns like this is that it will encourage others to stretch a little into areas that they haven’t previously tried. By having all-inclusive instructions, on those days when one feels brave they will be able to dive right in and try something that perhaps they will like. I suppose I am always the teacher.

I am going to have pictures of these new ornaments probably tomorrow. I hope they turn out as good as they look in my head.

I also got an order to cut the giant snowflake puzzle that I did for the other designer, meaning the magazine has finally come out. I did that for her in January and I just simply pretty much forgot about it. I will have to squeeze it into the day somehow today so I can get it out tomorrow. I may even cut a few extras. We’ll see . . .

Yesterday evening we did take another long walk along the river. It is truly beautiful in our area this time of year and I did remember to take my camera with. We went the same place as we did Saturday, as I wanted to get the pictures this time. We do a loop from the road around the Meteghan river and back. This is about 2 or 3 KM from our house, so we drive there to walk. It is quite beautiful and I will only post a couple of pictures here that you can click on if you want to see the whole bunch in my Picasa album.

From October 24, 2011

From October 24, 2011

From October 24, 2011

From October 24, 2011

From October 24, 2011

From October 24, 2011

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do. Living in such a beautiful place is truly a privilege. As usual, you can click on the name of the album if you want to see the entire collection in my Picasa albums. There are many more there.

I had better jump to it now and get moving. I have lots to do ahead of me and look forward to seeing how my ornaments come out. I can’t wait to get at them.

I hope you all have a great Monday today. Take the time to enjoy your surroundings and also to appreciate all the good things in your life. Remember to do something creative. It truly makes life a pleasure.

-- 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 10-24-2011 02:58 PM

It sounds like you had a very productive day and still had time to take in some fall splendor. It looks like it’s a beautiful place to take a walk. The link to your album doesn’t want to cooperate with me. I keep getting a “page not found” error, but the snap shots are great.
Have a wonderful day!

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 03:48 PM

Hi, Dan!

I am such a dork! I was running out this morning and I forgot to set my Picasa album to ‘public’. LOL I could get there but all of you couldn’t. If you try now, it will surely work. If not, let me know! There are a bunch of great pictures in there.

Thanks so much! Sheila :)

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

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#3 posted 10-24-2011 10:20 PM

Hi Sheila,

You are correct in saying there were a bunch of great pictures and I loved them all.

Got the “ENVELOPE” from you today and WE were flabbergasted by the quality of your work! The card is above and beyond professional quality and far better than what you would find at Hallmark stores! Maybe you should contact them? The Bunny Spook magnet was absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for thinking of us, we appreciate it.

Cheers, Erwin and Edith

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 11:01 PM


What a nice quaint country you live in!

Wonderful country atmosphere… beautiful!

How far are you away from a real City, with stop lights, etc.? LOL

Very COOL shots!

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 10-25-2011 01:17 AM

Thank you, Erwin! I am happy my little ghost bunnies are finding their ways to haunt everyone! I like little surprises and I wanted to send something nice to you and Edith. Every morning when I use the lovely coffee scoop you made me I think of you and remember your kindness. It is great to have friends. The cards are just fun. They aren’t my original designs, but those are going to come. I am thinking of one day making my own paintings into some Christmas cards. I already have note cards I sell on my site. Oh, to have more hours in a day . . . :)

Yes, Joe! It is quite beautiful here. I am still in awe of being able to live in such a wonderful place. The trail which we took the pictures is one that is new to us. We walked it Saturday for the first time, although we drove that way many times. We came back on Sunday because it was so pretty and I took my camera. It is amazing how much more you notice things when walking instead of driving. There are still many trails to be explored. Canada is a big place!

The nearest big city is Halifax, which is on the other side of the province. It is about three hours by car and we go there a couple of times a year to hit the wood places. Halifax is nowhere near the size of Chicago though. Chicago is probably closer to LA or Toronto or New York. I don’t mind the visits, but I still like the country here better. :)


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

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#6 posted 10-25-2011 12:23 PM

I enjoyed the photo album. I hate this time of year here these days because of my health. The changing weather amps the pain volume up to maximum too often when the weather starts changing. Back when I was in good health though, I used to leave the house early just so I could take long ways to work and look at all the pretty scenes that lie anywhere there were trees or other signs of nature.


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#7 posted 10-25-2011 12:57 PM

Hi, William. it is really nice to see the change of seasons here. Each season in itself has a unique beauty. I am fortunate that I am in good health and able to enjoy things this way. I love taking pictures and sharing them with others here too – just as much as I enjoy seeing pictures that others post. We all live in such different environments and sometimes when we all talk here on the soft gold background of this forum, we tend to forget that. I am glad you enjoyed them!

Have a great 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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