My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #985: Progressing . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-17-2013 11:17 AM 2052 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am just stopping by quickly today to say good day to you all. I spent the day yesterday working on the painted version(s) of my little bunnies.

As with most things, the progress that I am making is slower than I had anticipated. There is a lot to think about and I am trying to filter my thought process to one step/version at a time. I find that the more I teach through my patterns the more detailed I want to be. I suppose that this comes from the experiences I have had with customers’ questions and thoughts on the projects and it makes me see where I may have not explained things as clearly as I could have in the past.

Getting new people interested in new techniques is a goal of mine. I suppose that is why I usually offer more than one option in my patterns – to entice people to try something different that they may not have tried before. I figure if the information is right in front of them and explained clearly and concisely, they may try something new and find that they really enjoy it.

So what is my obsession with helping others be creative?

I don’t know. I suppose that one thing that I notice is that when people are busy creating, they seem to be a bit happier. This is true for myself also. If we focus on positive and productive things, then we don’t have time to dwell on the negative things or people around us.

I notice this a great deal when observing my Facebook friends. It seems to me that the most positive posts I see are those that are done by my creative friends. I am generalizing, of course, and this isn’t always the case. But for the most part, the people that are creating and teaching others to create tend to be the most inspiring and happiest. And they certainly draw my interest.

I spent the day yesterday base coating 40 bunnies in bright spring colors. There are 40 because I have four sets of 10 pieces that I am going to be finishing up. Two of the sets are going to be done one way and two are going to be done another. I prefer to surprise you all so that is all I will say about them.

I plan on keeping a full set of each for myself for my little all season tree. I think that adorning it in bunnies will be a wonderful theme for it this spring. While I love the polar bears and penguins and the icy blue and silver beads and glass icicles and snowflakes that are on it now, I think it is time to change seasons and bring in those soft spring colors.

Growing up in Chicago meant having four seasons. I am happy that Nova Scotia’s climate is very similar to that of the Midwest. While we don’t experience the intense heat that we did on those summer days in Chicago (thank goodness!) we do get warm enough to enjoy an afternoon on the beach. I love the winter, but around this time of year I think I had my fill of cold and I look forward to milder days ahead.

I’ts St. Patrick’s Day today, as you may well know. While those in Chicago are very aware of the holiday, here in Nova Scotia is passes with little notice. On Friday I was at the store and purchased some Montreal Smoked Meat, which is as close as I can get to corned beef, and some saurkruat, Swiss cheese and rye bread to make a Reuben sandwich. Finding rye bread however was a challenge in itself, and I had to go to two stores to find some. Even then there was only one type which cost about $4.50 for approximately eight thin slices. But such is life. Here on the French Shore of Nova Scotia, rye bread isn’t apparently called for often.

Today I will be working on the next step of the painted bunnies. I spent the evening last night educating myself a little more on the technique I plan to use so I will be able to teach it properly in my pattern. One of the best parts of teaching is that I am always learning. Then when I learn new things, I can’t wait to share them with everyone else, as I know so many other creative people who are thirsty for knowledge and looking to learn. We love to share information with each other and are continually inspired by our peers. It is a good and positive way to be.

So I wish you all a wonderful Sunday today. I woke up this morning to bright sunshine and even though it is cool out, it is certainly going to be a lovely day. I plan to have a great day today as I move into the next phase of designing. I’ts all good!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my Irish friends! Happy Sunday to you all.

(This beautiful image is a colored pencil drawing by Cyra R. Cancel. You can see more of her work at )

-- 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 03-17-2013 12:38 PM

Pappy St. Hatricks Day to you & yours. That is a fine drawing of a puddy-tat

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

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#2 posted 03-17-2013 09:03 PM

Happy St. Patrick’s day Sheila. A beautiful sunny day here – a good day for the garden and maybe an hour in the workshop. I’m looking forward to seeing your painting techniques for the bunnies.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#3 posted 03-17-2013 09:10 PM

Happy St Pat’s day, Roger! You look mighty green! :)

Anna – I am just finishing up the first batch. They are coming out nice, I think. I just have to finish some things up with them and they will be ready to show tomorrow morning. It was a fun day! :D

I hope you get some time in the shop. It was nice here, but cold. Good day to stay in and paint!

Have fun! Sheila

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

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