My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #715: Now We're Rolling!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-28-2012 11:33 AM 1331 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It appears that I have found the solution for the dilemma that I was having regarding dividing up my time. I suppose that part of being a designer and the process of designing is that we learn more about ourselves every day. What may have worked for us at a certain point in our life may not be a good solution today. And even though we fins something that works in one set of circumstances, it does not mean that we can apply it to all similar instances and expect the same result. But at least it gives us a starting point.

Another thing that I am learning is the importance of being flexible. As I get older and take the time to observe things around me, I find that it is the people that are most open to change that are the happiest. While we all enjoy the comfort of routine, I think that we need to realize that the world just doesn’t work that way. I look at life in general as being very fluid. Just because something is one way on any given day, doesn’t mean that it will continue that way on the next. By realizing this, it means that not only am I ready to accept each new thing that can occur, but it also helps me to appreciate the good things that are occurring at any given time in my life and be thankful for the moment. That may sound simple, but I think that ‘routine’ and ‘taking things for granted’ go hand in hand in our minds, as we come to expect things to always be a certain way. When changes do happen, some people are blind sided and unable to cope.

But enough on that . . .

Yesterday turned out to be very productive for me. I seemed to have settled into a creative place and the ideas started to flow. I transformed from someone who was overwhelmed only a couple of days ago to someone who was able to not only organize my thoughts and ideas, but actually produce them and make them into real pieces.

Dissecting my ideas isn’t always the easiest thing for me to do. As I stated in the last couple of posts, there was just too much that I was thinking about at once for me to focus on one thought at a time. The only way I can describe it is that it was as if I were listening to three or four radio stations at the same time. The ideas were there, but everything was in a tangled mess in my head. Finally, I was able to start with ONE idea and block out all the rest. That seemed to keep me focused on one direction and I was able to build on that, one block at a time.

While I worked on the task at hand, I thought about the next step I would take and the next piece only. This wasn’t always easy. There were times when I began thinking in groups again, and I quickly had to pull in the reigns and not allow myself to get too far ahead, as I could feel things begin to get jumbled up and overwhelming again when I did so. It took a bit of self-discipline to stay on track, but at the end of the day, I had eleven of the twelve ornaments that I wanted to make looking at me finished, and I am pretty happy with them. Here are the pictures of the designs:

You may be wondering why I stopped with only one more ornament to make to complete the set. The simple fact was that I was tired. I know in my mind what I will be making, but it was already 11pm and there was no reason for me to push ahead just for the sake of saying that I was ‘finished’ and risk it not coming out as I wanted.

By the way, there were moments of failure in the process. One ornament in particular did not materialize as I had envisioned it on the first try and had to be trashed. As I saw it progressing, I simply didn’t like it and in trying to make it acceptable, completely botched it up. I probably could have slipped it into the group and it would have passed through the ranks along with the others, but I didn’t want to do that. I wound up throwing it out and starting over, and its successor turned out quite well. I am happy with my choice, as I want to be proud of each piece in this collection. And so far I am.

I will finish the final piece to this set today, and then begin working on the other set that I am planning. I have three days to produce another set of a dozen pieces, but I am well on my way (at least in my thoughts) as to the direction I will be heading with them. I hope that both of these sets will be successful.

I feel good about figuring this whole process out. Even though the set that I am working on is of a dozen pieces, I am at a point now where I could keep on going. But twelve in a set is plenty, and perhaps later on or next year, I will continue on with another sequel to this one. But I expect I will be thinking of other things by then.

I still haven’t forgotten the scroll saw designs I was working on a couple of days ago. I am extremely excited about those too and as soon as this deadline is met, I will be able to focus my attention on those. I can’t wait to get back to my Excalibur saw and do some intricate cutting. It will be a far cry from the production cutting that I am doing of late.

I hope you like the new pieces. They are fun and bright and cheerful and I am having a ball making them. Seeing them come to life has been exciting and satisfying for me. And it frees up my mind to think about future designs.

Have a great Monday!

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 05-28-2012 11:45 AM

Hi Sheila,

I know I’ve said this before, but your artistic abilities leave me astounded. Just the fact you are able to come up with so many ideas, seemingly on demand, is impressive.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 05-28-2012 11:53 AM

Thank you Lee! :) I have been thinking about these for quite a while now. Since the witch boots were so popular, I thought the same type of design could be good for Christmas. I purposely left the tops of the stockings simple so people can add in names or even the year and they can be used as gift tags or keepsake ornaments. The hardest thing I was fighting with was which type of Christmas stockings to do. There are so many styles that people have – Victorian, traditional, retro, etc. I finally chose ‘traditional’ and figure I can do additional sets later on if so inspired. Once I looked at just that style, it got a bit easier. I love looking at the world through ‘artistic eyes’. Everything is subject to being part of a design for me! LOL

Have a great day today! 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 05-28-2012 12:32 PM

Lee – I totally agree. She has a very creative mind. Ideas can come from anywhere however turning those ideas into reality is the real artist. Great work Shelia.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 05-28-2012 01:40 PM

I love the stockings! They are great! I really enjoy all of your different patterns. I really hope that you are able to continue doing both painting and scrolling patterns

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 05-28-2012 02:45 PM

Thank you Katie! They are SO FUN to make! Not difficult at all really. I am going to re-paint them again for the pattern and take step-by-steps of everything to make it easy for others to learn and follow along. I am truly glad you like them. :)


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

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 05-28-2012 04:02 PM

Those are really COOL!

They want you to hang them over the fireplace!
... ready to be filled…
... (if they were 3D… LOL)

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 05-28-2012 08:40 PM

Thanks, Joe! I want candy in mine! :)


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

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#8 posted 05-29-2012 02:08 AM

Along with your scrolling skills, your painting skills are awesome! It was really nice seeing these, because it instantly makes me think of Christmas, and winter, and cold…........because it has been near 100 degrees here this weekend. Thnks for coolin me off.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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