There have been many times when I have mentioned the designs that ‘live in my head.’ I know that probably sounds kind of creepy, but they are there and they are real.
(No – I haven’t been drinking anything more than my usual coffee, but I will say that I was unable to get my usual brand and I am trying something different this morning. But back to the story . . . )
The longer that I do this (design), the longer the list gets of things I want to do. While some of you may dream of tropical islands and sitting on a beach in the sun sipping a margarita, I tend to daydream of a wonderful place where there is no such thing as time and I have all the tools, paints, wood, colors and accessories I need to create and bring to life all the incredible designs ‘living in my head.’ It is a magical place, where I never have to eat or sleep or get tired and I can just spent the rest of eternity drawing and painting and doing woodworking and projects. How fun it would be!
But we all know that in the real world, things are not quite like that. While I consider myself extremely fortunate to have such an awesome job of designing, there is always the other things that need to be done that get in the way such as cleaning the house, grocery shopping, cooking, etc. Not to mention the business side of things. And then there is sleep. Why, oh why do we even need that anyway?
So as I grudgingly concede to reality, I still offer myself the luxury of daydreaming and planning about new and exciting things to make. They are exciting to me, anyway. If you all could only take a peek inside my head and see all the cool things that I am thinking about, you would be excited too. There are literally hundreds of projects, waiting for me to bring them to life. This is all good.
One thing that I have learned about these designs is that they have to be treated in an orderly way. As they began congregating early on, there wasn’t much of a problem. If I were one or two designs behind in producing them and bringing them to life, it was really no big deal. They would just wait patiently until their turn came and things would progress in an orderly fashion.
But lately, there has been a huge increase in their population. The past couple of years have inspired so many new ideas and thoughts, that I have found there is no way that I could produce them all in a timely manner. Many times seasons come and go and I haven’t even made a fraction of the designs that I intended. While it used to bother me, I have found that these ideas can be very patient if we train them to be that way and don’t mind waiting until next year to be born. And that is a great benefit to me.
Yesterday I was working on some of the new things that I have recently been talking about. Sometime in the mid afternoon, I received an email from my editor from the magazine. She had sent a new editorial forecast for the upcoming issues, which let us know of the deadlines for the upcoming year.
Much to my surprise (and dismay) I noticed that the next deadline for the next issue that was in production was NOW.
With all the things that have been going on the past month, I hadn’t even realized that it was almost a month since I sent my last submission. Once again, time has not been my friend!
The issue in question would be coming out in the middle of January, meaning that any submissions could have a Valentine’s theme. It just so happened that one of the designs that lived in my head fit that theme perfectly (I had a couple actually, but I liked one in particular)
Since I had already thought through this piece in my daydreams while I was creating other projects, it came to reality rather quickly. I shifted gears from what I was doing and immediately began drawing. It was as if I was copying a page from a book, only I was copying the idea that I had in my head, and by dinner time, the drawing was nearly completed.
Below is a segment of the design:
This is going to be really cool!
Needless to say I am going to spend (part of) the day cutting. I am happy and excited because I can picture just how this is going to look. I also look forward to a day at the saw.
I am very grateful for these designs that live in my head. They have come to my rescue many times before. While to some it may seem like it is ‘easy’ for me to have accumulated such a collection, I can tell you that each one of them has taken much thought and consideration in its creation.
While some of you may think I am a little crazy in thinking this way, I prefer to look at it as ‘job security.’ Hopefully, things will always be that way.
Photo courtesy of www.dailycasual.com
I wish you all an incredible Thursday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"