My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #932: New Directions

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-14-2013 12:53 PM 1812 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 931: Taking it Slow Part 932 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 933: Many Choices for the Same Project »

Another weekend has quickly passed us by. Most of the snow has melted here, and there are only remnants of the piles that were left from plowing only last week. The weather has settled into that dull and dreary pattern of not really cold, but definitely not warm either. Could winter be over already?

My weekend went quickly. I made a conscious effort to focus on the two articles that I was working on for Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine and I am happy to say that I reached my goals with them and they are finished. It is funny how I can write here off the top of my head each morning and present what is actually a ‘mini-article’ many times, yet when I have to formally do one for the magazine it sometimes takes me days. You would think that it would be much like writing here and after an hour or so I would be done, but there is something with me that takes a great deal of effort to organize my thoughts and present them in an effective way for the magazine. Perhaps one day I will figure it out.

In any case, it was late afternoon when I finished and I decided to take the rest of the evening to goof off and do silly things that I wanted to do that had nothing whatsoever to do with the business. Even that is hard to do sometimes because as most of you know I eat, sleep and breath with my business in mind most of the time. Doing other things is sometimes much more like work than actual working for me.

But I needed a small break and it felt good to bask in the sense of accomplishment that I was feeling after completing these articles. I rewarded myself with spending some time playing one of my favorite hidden object puzzle games for a bit without any guilt whatsoever.

With today being Monday, it is a great day to start new things. I have a great idea for some new patterns that I am going to do for my painting people, as well as some more new scrolling patterns. I am going to work on both of them this week and I am anxious to see them come to life.

On the painting front, believe it or not it is time for me to starting thinking about the autumn and Halloween seasons already. Here we still have snow on the ground and I need to start focusing on those seasons for the Artist’s Club. I would love to have a couple of additional patterns represented there for this year. We truly enjoyed the variety of doing the production work for them last year and hope to have some success with it this year too.

I have many new ideas for the painting kit side of the business that I need to develop. It seems like a while since I painted and I miss it and want to be sure to offer new things in that area too.

So much to do . . .

It’s all good though. Keith came up with another new design yesterday that he cut out and I think it is awesome! Every time I see his new designs, I am in awe. It is great to have such a creative partner to work with. There are often times when we have different ideas as to what we are doing and how things should be, but I believe that in our business that is a benefit, not a liability. It gives our business so much more dimension and helps us offer patterns that will appeal to a much broader customer base. And that is a good thing.

So I will sign off for today. I am anxious to get started on the new things ahead. I am excited about all the new directions we are heading and I can’t wait to get started. It is going to be a wonderful week!

Happy Monday!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

-- 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 01-14-2013 02:01 PM

Thnx for the Monday inspirations. And thnx for that awesome Mark Twain quote. Have a good Monday, and a gr8 week.

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

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 02:25 PM

-8 and snowing here, plough just rolled by the window.
gr8 week to you as well !


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 04:16 PM

We had snow yesterday, then today it was gone already
If I blinked I would have missed it
Sheila enjoy the moment and have a Happy Day

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 04:28 PM

Gonna hit 80 here today! :-)

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 05:07 PM

It is foggy and dreary and wet here today. No snow though. :(

It is too early for Spring!


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

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 05:50 PM

Good morning Sheila, another great inspirational blog to start off the week.
I really need to get out to my scrollsaw this week. I have one little project to cut for one of my carving buddies. I’m hoping tomorrow is a little warmer than today. It’s cold, dull and wet and black ice on the roads. I’m so grateful I’m retired and don’t have to commute in this weather.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 11:33 AM

It has been pretty much the same here Anna. This morning it is a bit colder though. Maybe snow today. I expect that one of the reasons that I like snow so much is that I don’t have to drive in it to go to work every day. Working at home makes a big difference. As long as I have electricity and can use my computer I am good. Even then, if we do lose the power I can always paint. Or read. These is always something good and creative to do. :) 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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