My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #996: Still Rolling . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-30-2013 10:43 AM 3151 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was another great and productive day. I don’t know why things happen this way sometimes, but I wish I could bottle up the formula so that on my unfocused and unproductive days I could take a dose of whatever it is that is driving me right now.

I am sure my fellow designers know the feeling. It is when you just can’t seem to draw fast enough to get all the ideas out and you don’t want to stop because you know this feeling may pass. I love when I feel like this and I want to take full advantage of this creative flow and keep going.

My designs to cut are piling up. In the past two days I have drawn up six complete designs – and they are all ready for the saw. I have one or two more in my mind right now and then I just have to stop drawing and begin cutting. The next deadline for the magazine is rapidly approaching and what I have planned for them takes some “building” time. I am going to take today to draw up that pattern and perhaps maybe one more scroll designs for myself. Then it is time to get to the saw.

I don’t remember the last time I was able to do so many different things all at once. Perhaps I have finally learned to not think about things too much and “just do it!” Sometimes all the planning and thinking about new stuff slips into a form of procrastination and I wind up putting things off until something else comes along.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to continue on like this?? I think ti would be awesome.

So here are today’s sneak previews for you to see . . .

One design is a fretwork one with overlay pieces:

Another has some pretty lettering:

And still another one has some fun stand-up pieces:

Do I have your curiosity peaked? I hope so. Won’t the next week be FUN to unveil these pieces one at a time!? I know for myself, seeing them come to be is going to be exciting.

And to think that what I have planned here for today is still another totally different type of project altogether!

I hope I have you all thinking and anticipating. The next couple of days will be pretty cool for me. I can’t wait to get at the saw and start really creating these pieces and showing them all to you – one at a time.

So it is off I go to draw again. I hope you all have a great day today and I hope it is warm enough for you all to get out into your shops and do something creative. It really is exhilarating!

Happy Saturday!

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

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918 posts in 2910 days

#1 posted 03-30-2013 12:52 PM

They all look great. Can’t wait to see. I, too, have a pile of things I would like to cut in the shop. Learned if I take the pattern out to the shop and attach it to some wood for some reason it will get done a little faster.

Have a great day and an awesome Easter Sunday

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 01:37 PM

Good morning Sheila, Can’t wait to see what you have come up with! The anticipation is killing me. Just this week, I finally returned to my shop and started cutting again. It does feel good to cut and smell the saw dust. Hope you and Keith have a real nice Easter tomorrow.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 03-30-2013 02:06 PM

Thank you both Jerrell and Rick. We are going to Keith’s parent’s house today for dinner and to Bernie and Ellen’s on Monday. We were supposed to go to Bernie’s tomorrow and plans got changed – but that is OK – as long as we get a visit in there somewhere. I wish you both a wonderful day tomorrow too. :)


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

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Jay Wells

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#4 posted 03-30-2013 02:48 PM

This is why artists like Warhol had people do his painting, didn’t want to stop the flow.

Sometimes carving a piece will inspire another. I always keep a notebook and pencil close, often just to doodle a line or shape that comes to mind. Some of these are still nothing more than doodles on a piece paper.

Scroll saw and fretwork is very new to me. It was intarsia that got me into scroll saws but the designs you and Kieth put out inspire me to practice fretwork so that I might one day do one of your designs justice. Still making wavy lines and ugly corners at present but time will heal that.


-- Find your limitations, and ignore them!

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#5 posted 03-30-2013 03:04 PM

Always fun to read, well done and look fwd to the journey.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 03-30-2013 03:06 PM

Hi Sheila,
Been a while I am away from the LJ but I am catching up. Looks like the flower on your design marks the month of May. In Spanish they say, “Flores de Mayo” ... flowers of May. I am eager to see what it will be.

Past days were my vacation hobby days and I was able to think of some designs too. I cleaned up my workshop by utilizing those small pieces around thereby creating outcomes that are difficult to put it in the drawing board.

Have a nice day. Happy Easter.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 03-30-2013 04:54 PM

Good morning Sheila. My curiosity is definitely peaked!
Have a great Easter weekend and hopefully the sun will shine in your part of the country. 15 – 20 degrees here over the weekend! It’s been many years since we’ve had a warm Easter.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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