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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #545: Holiday Inspirations

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 946 days ago 1080 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am finding that as the Christmas season is getting closer, it is getting a bit harder to write here and to talk about what I am up to. The days have been busy, but most of what I am working on is ‘secret stuff’ and I don’t really want to put pictures and stuff up here. Too many of the people who are getting things are those who read and I am finding that it is difficult to be a secret elf and still write about my day every day.

All I can say is “I have been busy.”

I spent the day yesterday organizing and getting things ready to send out. I brought all the wrapping materials in from the car outside and needed to go through that. I also needed to sort all the stuff and take an inventory on what I am sending to whom. I have made many things for others, as well as picked up little somethings over time and it was time to gather everything in one spot and see who gets what.

It really is quite fun to do and the cats are fascinated with all the boxes and wrap and ‘things’ to investigate. I think it is more work for them than it is for me.

I also added a lot to my little tree. It now has red beaded garland, some candy canes, several silk poinsettias and a few red clip on birds with feathered tails adorning it. There is only one ornament on it so far – a hand-blown glass tiger that my son and his wife sent me last year from Brookfield Zoo near Chicago. I used to be a member of the zoo for over 20 years and took Phil there frequently from the time he was an infant. I love the zoo because it was one of the first zoos that set the animals up in habitats instead of cages. It was large and spread out and we used to go there just for lunch when he was still in a stroller. We would bring out own sandwiches and picnic by the large fountain and enjoy the outdoors. It was a great way to appreciate nature even though we lived in a heavily populated area.

Phil is still a member of the zoo, and every year he tries to attend their Holiday Magic celebration where they keep the zoo open later in the evening and the entire place is decorated with lights, trees from the many local suburbs and schools, and ice sculptures. There are carolers and hot cocoa and it truly is a different place at night and one of my favorite memories from when the kids were small. Below are some pictures of the event:

Their website is here if you want to read more about it:

Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic

I suppose that I owe a lot of my deep love and appreciation of animals to the zoo. I remember going there for field trips when I was in grammar school. Seeing the magnificent creatures at an arm’s distance was an amazing experience and taught me to respect and value their role in our world. They were and still are a wonderful inspiration for me in both my wood designing and also in my painting. One of the first ‘real paintings’ I did was that of a snow leopard, as they are my favorite of the big cats. I did this painting the year I came to Canada, in 2004, and finished in 2005t. It is still one that I am quite proud of.

It is funny how one ornament makes my mind wander and go back in time. I suppose that is what ornaments are supposed to do. While many of my traditional ornaments are still in storage, all it took was one special ornament to bring me back to a place long ago.

I may just leave one ornament on my tree this year. I find no need to add any more. Between the lights and birds and garland and candy canes, it looks plenty full. And the tiger ornament my son gave me certainly fills it up with enough memories to last the season.

Have a wonderful day!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 946 days ago

Sheila,

WOW…That painting is remarkable!!! I initially thought it was a photo.

Truly amazing talent.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 946 days ago

Thanks, Lee:
I do love to paint, too. I haven’t had a chance to paint much lately, but it is one of the things I need to make time for. I have most of my paintings in my Picasa Album if you would like to see the other things I have done recently. Some are designed by others, and noted, but many of my original paintings are there.

Have a great day! Sheila :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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patron

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#3 posted 946 days ago

WOW squared sheila !

that is a beautiful painting

MERRY CHRISTMAS

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 945 days ago

Hi Sheila;

I checked out your Picasa Album. You have incredible talent.

It’s great that you are able to use your gifts and passions in your day to day work.

So many people never find their true calling, so they struggle through life in positions they aren’t well suited for.

Heck, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

Have a great day.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 945 days ago

Thanks, Lee: I love painting the “Big Cats” as you probably see. I am not really a cartoonist and like to paint realistic animals the best. The cats are great because their eyes are so expressive. Unfortunately, there isn’t a huge calling for big cat paintings it seems. I haven’t really tried to market them, although I do have nice prints available for most. The Eagle does well, too. The painting above was my first attempt at a ‘fine art’ type of painting and that was about 8 years ago. I have only accomplished about 15 good paintings like that because as you see here, I am usually doing other things to market. I try to just paint for my own enjoyment more than anything, because I don’t want to ruin it for myself. Doing just about everything to put up on the block isn’t always good. I need to do some things “just because I want to do them.” Now the challenge is finding the time. One day . . .

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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stevebuk

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#6 posted 945 days ago

the first time i saw the painting i also thought it was a photo, but now i know what a talented lady our sheila is..

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 945 days ago

Beautiful!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 945 days ago

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just wait a minut …................................................ I still have to find my jaw in the basement …...............
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OOH the dots simply symbolise what I wuold have said ….. but I´m still speachless …..
you realy fooled me there Sheila …. if I hadn´t read the text I wuold still think it was a photography
made by a camera obscura in your hands

I know the pictures on the site can´t give it justice as it deserve , but from what I can see then you
are incridible talented with a brush … but I shuold have known since I saw the little witchbroch you
sendt to Silke :-) but there is still a long way from that to this painting of the snowleopard

thanks for sharing it …. next time you say anything about being down with stress …........................
you get one word from here …..........SNOWLEOPARD …. then you better find the brushes …. :-)

have a great evening … you deffently safed mine … thank´s

Dennis

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BertFlores58

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#9 posted 945 days ago

What an excellent paintings you have made! In line with your scrollsawing, painting will add colors and life in it. I can see your later projects that both of your talents (scrollsaw and paintbrush) are now in your hands. Keep it up and get beautiful results. You have the most expensive gifts (talents) for all seasons!
Thanks and it is really good looking back at the golden memories,

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 945 days ago

Thank you all for the kind encouragement. I know that I need to make some time to get back to painting some time soon. It feels like forever since I have really painted like that. I have such high hopes of finding the time to do so soon.

There is always so many ways to be creative, isn’t there? I look at all my friends’ creations and it is so refreshing to know that there are so many others who love art in so many forms. From scrolling to carving to turning and building things, to painting it just doesn’t seem to ever end. I hope it doesn’t anyway!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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