My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #975: Changing Seasons

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-05-2013 12:33 PM 1611 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The sun just came up a short while ago and it looks like another day of warming and melting. Spring is definitely on its way. While most people like spring, I can’t say that it is my favorite time of year. To me, for the most part it is bleak and sloppy and muddy. At least at this point of time it is where I live. It is as if nature teases us with a hint of a warm and sunny day here and there, only to retreat back into the dull dreariness of winter.

While I enjoy the winter season, I am getting antsy to get my car back on the road again. Although it probably won’t be another month or so until I do so. I look forward to taking some time to do an intensive cleaning and waxing and make it look like new again. I also find myself looking forward to spending some time at the beach. I am trying to think of some ways that I can be good and productive while there without my computer so I can justify spending more time there this year. I suppose after a long winter spent indoors I am ready for some fresh air and sunshine. Maybe I am looking forward to the change of season after all.

I spent the day yesterday working on several different patterns. Among them was a small add-on pattern for the interchangeable calendar topper that I had been working on.

I have had several customers from Canada request that I offer something for the month of July that they could use in place of the Independence Day theme that was in the original set. While I find it more and more difficult to find the time to do custom orders, I did have enough inquiries to justify making an alternate set of overlays. I should be finishing up the pattern today and getting it on the site later this week. Below is a little peek at what I came up with:

I think it is a nice little pattern that will work well with the calendar not only for the month of July, but for other Canadian holidays too. I hope that people enjoy it.

I am finding that this ‘busy work’ that I am doing lately may not be the most interesting thing to read about. Even at that though, I feel pretty good about completing each task and crossing it off the list.

With that said, again I will keep things rather short again today. I am sure I will have more to talk about here when I finish up some things here and begin to work on new projects. But for now, this preview should do fine.

I suppose that I need to be patient. Not only with the arrival of spring, but also the completion of my new designs. Perhaps I am only anxious for the transitions to be complete so that I may settle into the comfort of accomplishment.

“With so many trees in the city, you could see the spring coming each day until a night of warm wind would bring it suddenly in one morning. Sometimes the heavy cold rains would beat it back so that it would seem that it would never come and that you were losing a season out of your life. This was the only truly sad time in Paris because it was unnatural. You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason.

In those days, though, the spring always came finally but it was frightening that it had nearly failed.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Have a great Tuesday.

-- 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 03-05-2013 05:59 PM

Sheila we have been having some nice weather of late. No rain which is nice.
Drove to Addrossan today and the sea was lovely as was the sunshine.

-- 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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#2 posted 03-05-2013 09:25 PM

You just flow with talent Sheila

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

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 03:54 AM

Oh I think I’m going to love that little beaver! The calendar toppers look great.
Spring weather has arrived here. We are into the double digits in temperature (10 & 11 degrees C) and sunshine to last for few days. Yea! Gardening for a few days to get the place whipped into shape and then out to the workshop from now until next Winter! I love this time of year.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 11:16 AM

Yes, even I am looking forward to nicer weather. This in-between stuff isn’t really nice. But if I am patient, all will come soon enough. I will like to have my own car back on the road too. There is something about just being able to get in it and go that makes a difference. While Keith never complains when I need a ride somewhere (we use only his car in the winter) I just like the option of having my own car and not having to ask anyone. :)

Glad to hear you are gardening and getting back into the shop, Anna! :)


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

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