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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #858: Choosing the Next Direction

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-27-2012 10:57 AM 734 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It seemed to me like I spent the past week rather stuck in the mud. Between fighting this silly cold (which can’t decide if it is going to be a full cold or not!) and working on some of the older patterns, I didn’t seem to make much forward progress.

However, one big accomplishment that I did make was that I designed my next project for the magazine, start to finish. As always, it felt good to see the box go out the door and know that I was caught up in that direction.

The design was for the March issue, which seems like a million years away right now. Half the leaves are still on the trees and although they have passed their peak, there is still the remnant of pink and golden brown colors that signify the season. There was little breeze yesterday, yet while I was doing the dishes I was looking out my kitchen window and noticed the leaves of the large birch tree were falling . . . falling . . . almost like a light snowstorm. It was peaceful to watch this gentle change of season, but it made me realize that soon we would be on to the next, and with it would come the ice and snow of winter.

Time certainly passes quickly these days.

With the clean slate in front of me and that important obligation met, I am left to my own choices as to which direction I will now head. I am torn between wanting to create new scroll saw patterns for my own customers, as well as continue to work on the larger patterns for the new venture. It has been nearly a week since I worked on the larger things, and I feel in a small way that I lost some of the momentum that I was gaining, but I think that I had strong enough of a foothold on things to pick up where I was at without too much difficulty.

I have a long list of new patterns I want to create for the holiday season, but I fear that time is already running out. It is times such as this that I wonder if I should abandon thoughts of the holidays altogether and just move ahead to the time frame of spring, where I can get ahead of the game a bit.

But I don’t think I will go that direction just yet, as there is still time for some new things to come to be and I have the ideas in my mind ready to execute. Spring will come soon enough. But by then I will be looking again toward winter.

I still sound a bit muddled, don’t I?

It is at times like this that I take a breath and try not to look too far in the distance. The distant future holds far too many variables and trying to think of ‘what may be’ tends to overwhelm me when I am in this state of mind. While thinking ahead is something that needs consideration, there are times when taking things one day at a time is preferred. Small doses if you will. Things will come as they may.

So that’s the plan for today. We’ll see what we can come up with and which direction my thoughts will take me. With so many good directions to follow, I am sure that it will be something interesting.

Have a wonderful weekend.

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours. – Henry David Thoreau

The woods near our house.

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



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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 10-27-2012 11:35 AM

Nice to have the choice. I’d just do ‘something’, no matter what. If you find, half way through, that you would have been better doing something else at least you are no longer stuck. Otherwise you are 50% done on what you would be best doing. I think that’s what Americans call a win/win situation. Anyway enjoy the season.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 10-27-2012 11:40 AM

Thanks, Martyn. These ‘indecisive’ moments are difficult. I find that when I am not focused, I sometimes wander around trying to figure out what to begin and before I know it, another day has passed. Choices are good but having too many directions and choices can be a stopper for me. I think you are right in just choosing one thing and going from there. Hopefully, the other things will fall into place.

Sheila

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

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Roger

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#3 posted 10-27-2012 12:59 PM

Looks like a gr8 path to stroll, and get un-stressed. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Celticscroller

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#4 posted 10-27-2012 04:55 PM

I’m with Roger. A stroll along that path looks like a great place to start. Everyone is different but that’s the way I clear my head and get focused again.
Hope your area doesn’t get hit too badly with Sandy!
Take care and enjoy the weekend.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 10-27-2012 05:00 PM

Thanks, Anna. Usually by the time we get the storms up here, they have lost much of their punch. While we are aware of it coming, it usually isn’t so bad by the time it gets here. It is beautiful today though and hopefully we will have time for a stroll. I hope you have a great weekend. :)

Sheila

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 10-27-2012 09:39 PM

as long as you have the idea´s written down and made raw schetches
you will still have them next year :-)

so it ain´t so mudled as you tink …. make a desission when to draw the line for this year
and move forward including the isue with the old patterns draw a line on the website
and make people read on the site that from here the instruction is made different
from how you do it today :-)

REMMEMBER TO WATCH OUT FOR SANDY AFTER THE WEEKEND
it can run all the way up to you

talk about mudled wood …. I am restoring a frame saw now
and it have to have a new beam ….. thought it wuold take only around 2 hours in the afternoon to
ripsaw it from a piece of rawsawn 2×6 and plane it and then mortisse two holes tomorrow ….. yaaa right

since the grain direction change 5 – 7 times on each side it have taken me the best
of 7½ hours sofare .. I don´t have another piece , have to work with what I got :-)
atleast I have a jackplane with a steaper angle on the iron so I can use it as a little rough
smoother too ….
after 20 hours with sharpen and hone the jack …. ist pure fun to hear it sing … squeeiize .. squeeiize .. LOL

take care
Dennis

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 10-28-2012 11:15 AM

Hi Sheila,

Sounds like things are under control, as much as they can be, anyway.

GREAT QUOTE.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 10-28-2012 11:26 AM

Hi, Dennis and Lee:

Dennis – yes, there is always “next year.” At this rate I had better not ever quit or die because there is so much left here to do! I understand fully on your frame issue. Remember just last week when I was aiming to make short work of cleaning out that styrofoam pumpkin? Sometimes there are many unforeseen obstacles that we encounter. 20 hours is a lot! I suppose its the journey as well as the destination that we need to learn to enjoy. :)

Lee – We are doing our best and regrouping. Reorganization – no matter how major or minor – takes some adjustment time. I am not sure if it is my cold or the readjustment, but I just don’t feel like myself right now. But I know if I am patient that things will settle down and get back to normal. Too much to accomplish to have it any other way. :)

I like the quote too. It is a good testament to patience.

I wish you a great weekend. :)

Sheila

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

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