My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #845: Appreciation

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-13-2012 11:45 AM 1579 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What a beautiful day it is today. The sun just came up and the sky is blue and the clouds are pinkish-orange on the bottom. In our area, the trees are really beginning to show their color, and it is one of the prettiest times of the year. We had a week of wind and rain off and on. While driving by the ocean yesterday it was churning up like I had not seen it before. I suppose that is a sure indication that autumn is here.

This week went by quickly – more so than usual. I am sure that it is because we had the two Thanksgiving dinners that broke up the routine. It still strikes me odd having Thanksgiving in the middle of October. Even after eight years of being here in Canada it is hard to get used to. But I have learned to embrace it as another chance to visit and see people I care about, and that is a good thing.

Yesterday was a full and busy day for me. I continued to work on cleaning house, both figuratively and actually cleaning up around here and getting things in order. I didn’t get a lot of designing time in, but I did organize many things with the business and catch up on paperwork and work on some advertising and some things like that. While I may not have anything physical to show for the day as far as ‘new work’ that I have done, I have a peace of mind that everything is in order the way it should be. That means a great deal to me.

I have several good things in front of me for the future. I spoke with my editor from the magazine and we were planning the project for my next submission. That is always a positive thing and gets me thinking into the future.

I also have some new ideas for painting designs that I am going to be working on. I am going to see how today goes, and if all goes well I may take the day tomorrow for some painting. I would love to once again dedicate Sundays to doing anything I want, which usually means I paint.

As for today, I have a load of computer work to do on some new patterns and designs that I am working on. Besides some cool new Christmas projects, I have some new larger yard art designs that I need to work on and finish up. The other day Keith and I worked really hard to come up with a formula for the layout of our designs that would be appealing and functional. We don’t want to simply mimic what is already out there. We want to develop a style of our own so that when people see that there are patterns that are made by us, they know what to expect. We want the large format patterns that we are developing to have the high standard that we have set for our scroll saw patterns. Something that we hope will set us apart from the others out there.

I feel good about today. It is one of those mornings where I just know that I will get a great deal accomplished. While I always have the intent of doing so, it seems that some days the feeling of opportunity and promise is just stronger than others. Perhaps it is the cool, crisp air that is motivating me. Or the excitement of seeing what the future brings. Or even the thought of seeing my new designs unfold and become reality. Perhaps it is just a little of each.

Whatever the reason, I’ll take it.

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I hope you enjoy your Saturday. Remember to take time to appreciate the season and all the opportunities that come your way.

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

-- 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 10-13-2012 12:09 PM

good morning !! how do you do it I can just barely survive one thanksgiving dinner !!!! LOL !! hope you have a good day…..Im trying to download some pics to submit and not doing so hot !! I will keep trying…Im excited because some of my work is being displayed at my parents church along with my beautiful and talented sis-in-law and two nieces….I have received tons of positive feedback…that always feels good !! I was thinking since I cant sell my work anymore,if anyone wants to “buy” something I made,I am just going to give it to them…..why not ? better than gathering wood dust in the corner !!!! an early Christmas present ,if you will ….be safe y’all !!!

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

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#2 posted 10-13-2012 12:23 PM

I give away a lot of my stuff, Ron. I like to do that. I think it is part of the creating process when we don’t do it just to cash in on it. We love to create from our hearts. I think that is when I do the best. Enjoy playing Santa! It is such a fun and satisfying experience. That wonderful positive feedback is payment in itself!

Have a great day! :)


-- 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 10-13-2012 05:25 PM

Good morning Sheila. Your talk of house cleaning has me thinking it is time to tidy up my workshop and clean up my workbench to make space to work on some Christmas projects. It is now cooling off here so the doors in my workshop are closed to keep the cool air out. If my space isn’t tidy it feels cramped and disorganized this time of year. In the summer it’s not so bad with all the doors open.
Enjoy your weekend and your day off tomorrow. Happy creating!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 10-13-2012 08:57 PM

Such a beautiful day here too Anna. Cool and clear and so “autumn-like”. I want to bake something today or tomorrow.

Like you, I have a small place and I find that keeping things where they belong helps it to not feel too small. A little clutter can really reek havoc on small spaces. It is just a habit now to put everything in its place. A good one at that.

I hope you have a great weekend too. :)


-- 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 10-14-2012 03:33 PM

Well, despite the man-flu, I finally managed to get into the shop today. A little house keeping here. Some preliminary cutting of materials for the next box. Sunny day for a change. We were starting to think England was going to be twinned with Atlantis, we’ve had so much rain. Trees should start colouring up soon. Have fun, Sheila.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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