My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #577: Back to Drawing

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-08-2012 02:16 PM 1387 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I sit here and wonder if I missed something. Could it be that winter has come and gone so quickly? Although it is only January 8th it feels more like March already. We had some snow last week, but that is long gone and it is quite warm out. While I know that is good for many people, I kind of miss the colder weather. But I know I am not thinking like the masses.

We did have one colder evening last week and we took a nice long walk. The cold air felt nice and refreshing on my face and I really enjoyed it. But yesterday during our walk, I had to unbutton my coat and walk with it open, as I was much too warm to enjoy it. It felt strange because it seems that we barely had any winter at all. I saw on Facebook that my son had a January harvest of brussel sprouts from his garden (he lives near Chicago). That is certainly strange.

I am happy for those who don’t do well with the colder weather. This year of mild temperatures is very welcome to them. If it means less pain and discomfort for people, then I am all for it. On that level I am happy about it.

I spent the bulk of the day working on updated the website and getting the January newsletter together and emailed. The more I do that the easier it seems to be. I am learning how to deal with the quirks and issues of the software and it seems to me that it is much less of an effort than it used to be. It is good to know that I can still learn and adapt.

I already began drawing my next pattern packet, too. In making the previous design, I realize that it is not what you would refer to as an ‘entry level project’. I want to offer something a bit more simple but hopefully equally attractive that someone newer to sawing can make. Sometimes that is more challenging than the difficult projects.

When I do simpler projects, I sometimes feel that I am short-changing myself. We are taught from the time we are small to always do our best and try our hardest. But sometimes I find that my skills have developed to the point where my best may be too difficult for someone who is just starting out. I don’t want to discourage others from trying new things, but I also would like to offer some things that can be done quickly and easily and still be attractive. I sometimes need to remind myself that people are looking for project such as these too and that I sometimes need to back off just a bit so that I can offer stepping stones between what is considered basic and advanced. But as I said, that sometimes takes more effort on my part than going all out.

I am about half way done with the new set that I am working on. In looking at them, I am happy with them. They are cute and fun and I think that there are lots of possibilities and ways to make them work for many levels of scrolling. And I think that is an important thing to remember.

It’s at times like these when I really miss the personal interaction of teaching face to face. When standing in the same room with someone and seeing them learning and working on pieces that I designed, it really allows me to see things from their point of view and understand what parts of the pattern are easier and which parts give a bit more difficulty. Sometimes when working here on my own I tend to forget that.

Receiving feedback and questions from customers really does help me remain aware of the fact that there are many levels of expertise among people. That is why I find that keeping in touch with everyone is so valuable to me as a designer.

Thank you all who comment and ask questions. No matter how insignificant you may feel your questions are, they are important in helping me be a better designer. I truly do welcome them and also your ideas and opinions.

I hope you all have a great day today. If it is unseasonably warm in your area, I hope you get some extra time in your shop or time to take a walk and enjoy the mild weather. Have a wonderful Sunday

-- 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 01-08-2012 03:36 PM

I know. Its warm here too. I had the window open in the shop, today and no heating on. Most unusual, but not unwelcome, for January.

I’m familiar with the feeling that we should always strive for better, be that perfection at something easy or greater complexity. However your approach of catering for people of all skill levels, with your patterns, means that others can get a foot on the creativity ladder as well.

Most important of all though is that you continue to enjoy what you’re doing.

Carry on designing.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 05:32 PM

Hi, Martyn! I do find it more challenging sometimes to make something simple look really cool. But that is part of the fun of the job. It is just a matter of rethinking things for me.

Enjoy your warm weather in the shop. I hope you have a good and productive day!

:) 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 01-08-2012 06:02 PM

talk about werd wether or is it just the flowers I don´t know … LOL
but I thought the sommerflowers was gone a long time by now
but just descovered two rows of them in full blumen up gainst the front of our house
and that is on the north side … so no sun to them at all except from what is reflected
from the darkgrey sky´s …....... and last year we could barely come out for snow to go to work :-)

take care

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#4 posted 01-08-2012 06:04 PM

We have one day in the 20’s and the next in the 50’s…
Like Dennis, I am seeing sprouts on the bushes… are those bushes in for a surprise!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 06:11 PM

Hi, Dennis and Ellen! Yes, it certainly is strange. Everyone is looking toward spring already and it is as if we didn’t have a winter. Even global warming isn’t suppose to happen that fast! It will be interesting to see what the next couple of months will bring. I suppose I should be happy because I at least got my “White Christmas!” As always, I should be designing for seasons ahead anyway. Perhaps it is an omen that I should be working on summer themed projects!

Have a good day to both of you! :)


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

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