My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #808: Time to Draw

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-05-2012 09:56 AM 1220 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I woke up this morning to a quiet and gentle rain. Even now as I am sitting here writing, it is a wonderfully soothing sound. It is still dark out and I can feel the cool air coming in from the window – almost to the point of needing a light blanket. Autumn is definitely on its way.

I find myself retiring early, just so I can awake earlier to enjoy these mornings longer. I know these next few months will pass quickly and I wish to enjoy every second of them that I can. The early dawn hours are the best part of my day, with my (still naked) all season tree dimly lit in the corner, the lounging cats in my lap, my cinnamon laced coffee, and a sense of calm. Many days I also enjoy Mozart or Vivaldi playing softly in the background, but this morning, I choose to listen to the rain. It is a peaceful and serene way to begin the day, and in most instances, I am able to keep the mood with me for the duration. These are my most productive times.

I think that atmosphere is extremely important for being creative. At least for me it is. I have always been someone to ‘nest’ and make whatever place I am occupying something that I find comforting and suitable to my needs. I remember doing this as a teenager when I first got my own room at the age of 17. It was the first time I had a small slice of the world to call my own and I clearly recall the joy I experienced from making it my own little space. In it, I felt happy and safe and calm. I would listen to my music up there and read books and do my needle work (I used to love to embroider) and it would be a place that I could escape from the rest of the world.

I have found that ever since then, I do that with each place I have called ‘home.’ Most of them weren’t fancy, but no matter how basic they were, I was always able to transform them into a place where I felt comfortable. And some of my fondest memories from each of the places I have lived are much like this morning – filled with all the things I liked best.

Today will be a good day. I finished packing our latest wholesale order and it will be picked up and on its way before noon. Another assignment will be checked off the list for me and I will be able to progress and draw new designs. As I was sealing the last box, the Artist’s Club sent an email out which featured my two ornament sets (the packages and the Stockings) They really do a nice job of presenting them:

When they did this type of ad with the witch’s hats and boots, it was only a day or so until we received an order for more, so we are bracing for another round of cutting in the near future. Yesterday, while I was packing, Keith went to Digby to pick up the wood supply that we ordered so that we could stay ahead of things. I think that is the way to go with everything. We keep enough wood in stock so that we can produce a large order immediately. As soon as our stock goes down, we replenish it and have it ready. We do the same with the ink for the printer, the bags for packing the kits and the paper. At any given moment, we are able to produce a sizable order without having to go out and purchase supplies.

I understand that this may be difficult for you to do if you are just starting out and money is tight. When I first started with these kits, it seemed like it was a large risk for me to stock items like this. But after seeing them sell the way they are selling, I felt a bit more confident that I wouldn’t be ‘stuck’ with any of the supplies and it became easier. It seemed my first larger check from the company was reinvested right into the supplies, but at that point I saw they were selling well and it helped a great deal that the several kits I produce use only those four products. Keeping things simple is certainly a help. Besides, if another kit is never ordered, I will be able to use all the items for other things and not lose out.

I suppose that is my advice for today. If you are going to begin production of any item, it is helpful to make the supplies used to create it generic enough to be able to be used elsewhere if necessary. That will lower the risk you take pre-purchasing tremendously.

So today I am drawing some new things and I hope to be cutting today too. I have lots of drawing in front of me, and I want to do several quicker projects in the next week or so and really get moving on these ideas. The seasons are short, and they will come and go quickly, and I don’t want to have to wait to next year on all of them. I realize that some of them will be put on hold for a year, as there is no way that I can do everything I am thinking about right now, but that is good, as I am sure by next year there will be even more to consider.

It’s a good way to be, and I am quite happy. We have some other good things on our horizon that I will share with you in the future. I am happy that our little business is growing and doing well and that I am able to be able to live the way I live.

Have a wonderful day today. Wednesday already. Enjoy the day and the season as it comes.

-- 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 09-05-2012 10:26 AM

good morning ! yes I too like the rain falling down…maybe I cant hear it very well but I can still feel the vibrations
and see it falling ….Autumn is my 2nd favorite, I love the spring for the “re-newed hopes” and the flowers & trees greening and blooming..yeah Im a guy, so what ?? LOL….hope everyone has a great day and be safe in all you do

-- the dumbest question is the one you dont ask !!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 10:29 AM

Morning, Ron!

I am one of those crazy people who loves fall and winter! Good thing I live in Canada, eh? I am learning to enjoy the summer months more, as living her by the ocean has helped with that, but these next six months or so are definitely my favorite. Good days to come! Have a great one. :)


-- 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 09-05-2012 09:43 PM

hello hello Sheila :-) yes I┬┤m still around and climbing from the bottom of the black hole
slowly but steady … still no job but I managed to get some DIY job done on the house
and have repaired both the bycircle and two of the gardenmashinery┬┤s this week so
I think its going in the right direction ….. or at least being in the shop though with greasy work .. LOL

glad to see its going great with the sales for you and keith
and you are right about having a minimum surplies in house
already from day one if you want to start a production of something
I know one that sells different things and he never deliver a thing unless there is minimum of two
of the item in the huse so he always can show one to a new customer
but he is also alwas tell the thruth when he can deliver again … he has happy customers that ceep coming back :-)

have a great evening

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-06-2012 10:04 AM

Hi, Dennis:
It is great to hear from you again. I am sorry to hear that you haven’t been able to find steady work yet. Times are tough for so many people. We are fortunate that we took on this production type of work because it really helped us this summer when things are typically slow for the pattern part of the business. This summer was so hot for everyone (and still is hot for some) and people weren’t in their shops doing more than they had to. This extra work was a good boost for our income. It does take away from design time though, as you can imagine, but these days, we have to do what we have to do in order to keep things going.

Best of luck to you in your job hunt. Hopefully you will find something soon. I am really glad you stopped by. Give sweet Silke a big hug from me!


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

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#5 posted 09-06-2012 10:47 AM

good morning, what a peaceful morning, i cant wait for the cooler weather, our mornings will be cooler in just a few days, it takes awhile here to get into the really cold days, but i enjoy them all, its always a peaceful feeling when you know your ready for what comes with your business, it takes time to get to that point, and when you do, its a great feeling… i shall fix me some hot coco and get a little work done in the shop…im still working on the small model i posted on facebook…im doing the roof now…have a great day…kitties and all….....grizz

ps, oopps looks like im a day behind, i just realized i posted on yesterdays thread…lol…well i mean all the same things…i hope you have a good morning, now i shall go read your thread from today. :)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 09-06-2012 10:52 AM

Thanks, Grizz! I am certainly anticipating the upcoming season. I was even able to bake some great pecan bars last night. I got the recipe off of a Pinterest board and it was great. Fast and they are really good (I only sampled them so far!)

It turned out muggy yesterday, but it is cool and windy and rainy again this morning. There is a definite change in the air. Funny how it happens so quickly. I think most of the heat is behind us.

Your project looks like it is coming along good. I hope you post it here in a blog when you are done. I am sure all here would like to see it too.

Have a good 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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