My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #981: An Occasional Day Away

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-13-2013 11:01 AM 1382 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I took the day off of writing here yesterday and spent pretty much of the time drawing. With all the organizing that I have been doing lately, I really needed some extra time for some work. I am approaching my 1000th blog here and have been writing to you for just under three years now. That is a lot of writing and sometimes it is difficult to think of something interesting to talk about that I haven’t mentioned before. While I realize that probably most of you who have become regular readers recently don’t go back and read all 900+ blogs, there are times when I am doing ‘busy work’ and don’t have new or exciting things to talk about or explain and I don’t want to repeat myself too often. So on occasion I will take the day off.

I had a few messages yesterday from people who missed me and were concerned that something happened and wanted to be sure that I am OK and I assure you I am well. In fact, I had a very productive day yesterday and spent the entire day drawing.

I am very pleased with the results and excited at the thought of beginning to cut this project out. I believe I will be starting on the cutting part today, which you all know always makes me happy. What I am working on is a muliti-faceted idea, where the basic designs can be used in several different ways. These kinds of patterns excite me, as with them, you can make several different coordinating pieces to create a ‘set.’

The theme for the project is spring bunnies. I don’t really want to call them Easter bunnies, because they are very suitable to have for a decoration all throughout the spring, and summer too. I have several variations of the basic concept and I can’t wait to not only show them to all of you, but to see them come to life myself. Below is a portion of one of the pieces in the set:

Just wait until you see what I have in mind for this little guy! :)

I find myself thinking about projects in this way more often. I sometimes get muddled down because I can’t decide which direction to go with it. Sometimes I see projects as ornaments. Other times as word art. Still other times as plaques. There are so many interesting finishes that I have to work with besides using beautiful hard wood that I also need to make the choices of how to finish the pieces. I find myself wondering – “If I finish it this way, would people have liked it better that way?”

I have all these ideas in my head that go through this process. In the past, it sometimes gets to the point where I am stifled by having too many choices to make. The ideas go round and round in my head until I get overwhelmed and wind up abandoning them altogether.

But this time around, I am just going to tackle one version at a time. I am starting with thinking in one direction and just getting things done. As I draw here, I can picture the finished pieces and by the time I was finished drawing yesterday, I knew exactly how I wanted to complete them. I spent literally the entire day at my computer drawing, and I finished things up around 8:30. Now just a little ‘tweaking’ and I am ready to cut the first phase of these pieces out. And I am excited to get started.

I am already thinking ahead to the second version of this project, too. I think Keith has some cutting to do today so in between sessions at the saw, I can begin drawing on the next part. It will be nice to see the results of these projects over the next few days.

I thank all of you who were concerned when I didn’t write yesterday. I appreciate that you are looking out for me and that I have become a regular part of your day. In the next few weeks, I may take some time off of writing here and there and miss a day once in a while. Sometimes there is just ‘work’ to do and it isn’t particularly interesting to write about other than “I am drawing.” I don’t want to write just for the sake of writing and I do think some mornings that my time is best spent working. It will make for more interesting posts later on.

It’s mid-week here and rainy and very much like spring. I think my project will be ready just in time to welcome some warmer weather and sunshine. I wish you all a great Wednesday.

-- 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 03-13-2013 01:54 PM

Absolutely nothing wrong with taking a day off every now and then! Yes, we do wonder and fret a bit when you don’t post. We also realize you need time to yourself every now and then!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 03:17 PM

Hi, Erwin! I do always feel bad when I get the emails from people who worry when I don’t post. I know they are used to me posting every day. I just don’t want to bore people on the days when there isn’t a lot of excitement. The time to work is good, too although I did miss talking to some people. But once in a while, I figure missing a day here or there won’t hurt. I did accomplish a great deal yesterday, so that is what matters. :)

Thanks for checking in!


-- 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 03-13-2013 04:58 PM

Hi Sheila, it’s good to have a day to yourself to do what you want to do. I would start worrying if you had 2 or 3 days off in a row! :)
Looking forward to seeing what you are going to do with the Spring bunnies. I like the way this one’s head is tilted. I can just imagine the expression on it’s face!
It’s a Westcoast day here, drizzly and grey but mild – good workshop weather!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 05:01 PM

Hi, Anna!

I am just about ready to cut them out. They are CUTE and I like them! I have lots of things in store for these little guys! All fun too!

Our drizzly, warm day turned into a dark and stormy rain day. But considering that most of the States saw this system as snow, I suppose we are lucky. ;)

Have a good day yourself. Wishing you lots of sunshine!


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

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 03-13-2013 05:27 PM

Sheila we all need a day off whatever that is. :)
Looking forward to seeing Bugs Bunny and all his friends
Top hats as in Alice in wonderland as well.

Have a fantastic 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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