My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #685: Still Drawing and Cutting

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-28-2012 11:46 AM 1738 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well guys and girls, it is just one of those days where I have been working, but there is nothing very interesting to show you. I am still in the process of drawing up the patterns for the bell ornaments that I am making and yesterday I began cutting them out. I have been experimenting with some different processes, and have been successful with some of them and not so successful with others, so while I am keeping busy and working here, it doesn’t really make interesting reading.

There are times when I design like this that it feels like I am dragging my feet in the mud. And while on the outside it doesn’t appear that I am doing much, in reality I am learning a lot. I want to be comfortable when I share the information with my readers and customers and know that I am pointing them in the right direction.

So today’s blog will be quite short. I don’t know if you can even count it as a blog. I hope by tomorrow to have some more answers and pictures to show you as to what I am up to. Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday and that spring is arriving in your area and you get some time for some creative play.

Have a great Saturday!

We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out, the better. ― Walt Stanchfield

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-- 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 04-28-2012 12:00 PM

Morning Sheila,

I understand about the impression of standing still, while your mind is moving amile a minute. That often happens in my work when I am struggling with a programming challenge. I sit in my office staring at the computer while my mind is working all the various permutations of what I am trying to get done, Then it kind of all comes together and I can crank out hundereds of lines of code pretty fast once I figure out what I am going to do. My boss has learned not to interrupt the thinking times if he can help it. My remodelling job has taken away some of my computer time so I am not able to follow things all the time.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 12:07 PM

Yes, Ham – It seems just like that. My mind is kind of overloaded and I have so many things I want to do that I can’t organize my thoughts enough to give full concentration to one at a time. It is difficult to make sense of it sometimes. I think that I just need to adopt the “just do it” attitude and look at the pieces, not the whole. It isn’t always easy to separate the two though, and I find it to be somewhat of a stopper at times. I wind up just feeling overwhelmed and walking away.

I think I am getting a handle on it today though. I have all the obstacles that I can think of out of the way. There is only a clear path between me and my creating and I need to get busy on it.

Thank you for your insight. It does help to know that it isn’t only me that feels this way sometimes! :)


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

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