My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #776: Snowmen on the Beach

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-01-2012 12:03 PM 1995 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am going to start out by talking about the new designs I have been working on. As they are evolving into reality, they are becoming more interesting and fun. One of the single ideas that I had seems to be evolving into several different possibilities, like the branches of a tree growing from the trunk. It is rather exciting because these concepts can be applied to several others I have been thinking about, creating a whole new range of patterns. that really makes it fun.

It all began with a little snowman I drew the other day on the beach. While I was listening to the waves gently washing against the sandy shore, and the sun was shining down on me as I lay on my blanket, I had the idea to draw a snowman. And then another. And another. Soon, I had a little army of six snowmen looking back at me in the bright sun and I had some really ‘cool’ thoughts as to how I wanted to use him.

Below is a picture of part of one of them:

Now he may look a little plain now, but I have some nice plans for him (and also his buddies!) I plan on using him not only in some nice scroll sawing plans, but in some tole painting projects, too. I can barely wait to start cutting and getting going on them. It feels good to be so excited about work! You will just have to hang around and see what I come up with though. :)

An another subject, I went past the mill yesterday and took some pictures for those of you who wanted to see it. We had another perfect day here weather wise and I must admit, after hearing how many of you around the globe are either roasting or drowning, I feel very fortunate being where I am. We have had many sunny days, and some nice functional rain in between. Last night it rained and it is still a bit overcast and breezy today, but it is very welcome and the grasses are green and lush. It has been the perfect mix of sun and rain and while it has been warm, it hasn’t really reached hot except a couple of days. Even then, when the sun sets the temperatures drop to a comfortable level. As I said – we are very fortunate.

So here are the photographs of the mill.

On the first picture, you can see that the river is now being held to a higher level.

The second picture gives you a better idea of the structure itself. The entire right side (close to the mill) was blown out in a storm early last year. This resulted in the river behind it being almost dry most of the year, with all the debris being exposed. Not only was it ugly, but it was quite depressing to see all the dead trees and branches left from the mill further up the river. With the economy the way it is, I can understand that the federal monies were probably not as available to repair it, and I was starting to wonder if they would even bother. I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see them working on it over the past couple of weeks.

And the final picture of the mill:

It still looks quite picturesque. I don’t know if they are going to do additional aesthetic work on the structure to match the new side to the old side, but it is a definite improvement and even if they leave it as it is, I’ll take it. Already, the dry trees have floated to the surface when the water lever went up and they were able to harvest them and remove them from the river. It looks nice again, and hopefully by next year the mill itself will be open for the tourists.

I had more to talk about, as we made a quick trip to Yarmouth last night to get some necessities. But I will save that for another day. I do want to share a picture of the sunset as we rode home. I didn’t retouch the pictures at all – the new camera captured the beauty and colors just as we saw them.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

-- 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 08-01-2012 12:33 PM

Hi Sheila;

It’s nice to see places like that being restored. It’s specially important in this economy. Kind of leads people to begin hoping their own situations will soon be restored as well.

Nice photo.


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#2 posted 08-01-2012 01:30 PM

Sheila, which mill is this?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 08-01-2012 01:32 PM

I feel the same way, Lee. I am so happy that it was done. We were afraid that they would just tear it down. It will be interesting to see what comes of it next.

Pat – it is the Bangor Mill in Bangor, Nova Scotia (NOT Maine!) right outside of Meteghan. I only say it that way because when I mention that I am from Bangor, even many of the Nova Scotians that grew up near here say “Oh, Maine!” Sheesh! :)

Thanks for the comments.


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

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 01:35 PM

It looks like some great work is going into the project to restore it.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#5 posted 08-01-2012 11:20 PM

Very nice. Tis a good thing.

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

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#6 posted 08-01-2012 11:25 PM

Hi Sheila,
Snowman as a Christmas character will create a lot of variation. For an idea… a mistletoe come into my mind. A red and green contrast and a yellow highlight for branch.. an overlay will do. Maybe you’ve already done this before. I just like to jot down what comes in my mind in my early morning vision when it is not yet tired.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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