My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1017: My 'Day Off'

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-22-2013 10:57 AM 1490 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had intended to take the day yesterday ‘off’ and slow down a bit. After completing the eight new patterns, I thought it would be good to take a break. We had a beautiful day here in Nova Scotia, with mild temperatures, a gentle breeze and lots of sunshine. We were very fortunate compared to the weather that others are experiencing.

But as things had it, I wound up spending much of the day “Spring Cleaning” and doing a bit of organization. Keith was gone for much of the day and I had the house all to myself. One of the first things I wanted to do was tidy things up. From there it was a domino effect of chores that I have been putting off until later and began crossing off my list, one by one.

It started with me replacing the door screen. It had a small tear in it and we had it off since last fall. Since the weather was so mild, I wanted to allow as much fresh air in as possible so I used a screen kit we had purchased last year and did the repair. That led to me taking down all the front screens and cleaning them. Of course I needed to clean the window sills then. And the windows. (You all know how that happens . . .) Before I knew it I was even pulling out the refrigerator from the wall to vacuum under it (after all – we have three cats!)

I didn’t mind though, as I had some good music in the background and our little place is nice and neat again. I still need to do some organizing of the closets, but I think I made great strides.

After Keith came home, he took me out for a bite to eat. I planned on making a nice roast for dinner, but he was hungry right then and there and invited me to go out with him. I jumped at the chance, leaving my things as is and we had a nice meal. When I returned though, I still had to finish up one of the largest jobs that I had decided to tackle – Sorting my many types of paint.

On Friday, I received my order from DecoArt that I had placed the week before. The Americana paints that I use so often had some new colors, and I was eager to get them and add them into my supply. They also had a new type of paint called “Americana Multi-Surface Satins” that I wanted to try, and they were included in that order.

This is a new product offered by DecoArt that is supposed to be a great indoor/outdoor paint. It needs no primer or sealer, and it is suppose to have superior adherence to any surface, including glass and plastic. They say that it is a ”do-it-all paint can be used on wood, metal, glass, terra cotta, ceramics, papier mâché, most plastics, fabric, and canvas.”

As I often have many questions from people who are making outdoor items as to how to prep and finish them, and what types of paint they should use for them, this seems to be quite a promising product. I have used DecoArt products for many years and they are known for their high quality. I hope to try this paint on some things and see how it holds up, as I do plan on making more indoor/outdoor designs and yard art and I would love to have a product like this that works.

You can see more about the line of paint here:

I will certainly keep you all posted as to how I feel these paints work on both indoor and outdoor projects.

Storing a whole new line of paint for me was a bit of a challenge. As many of you know, we have quite a small place here and I like to keep everything at hand and accessible. It did cause me to start sorting through all of my paints and I was able to incorporate the box into things without too much difficulty (after re-sorting everything else!)

Thus went my day.

I feel good though today and I hope to finish the write up on the Crow and Pumpkins Pull Toy for the magazine as well as the article on doing one pattern in several different ways. After that, I will be able to start the next new sets of designs and move forward.

Having the place organized is a good feeling. Since we are in a small place, it is very easy for things to get cluttered quickly. It is much easier to stay on top of things and tidy things up as we go rather than let things accumulate. I realize this takes a lot of discipline, and much has to be either thrown out or donated or given away elsewhere. It is very easy to accumulate things when we are constantly creating new things, and it just isn’t worth the time and effort for us to try to sell them.

So I am starting out Monday with a fresh, clean palette. My ‘day off’ turned out to be nice after all, as I prepared my work area (which in this case is my home) for the next projects. In the long run, it will make everything much more pleasant and easier to find.

I hope you all had a good weekend too. And I hope you have a nice and productive week ahead. Monday is a good day to start a fresh new week. I hope I can accomplish a lot.

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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#1 posted 04-22-2013 12:00 PM

Something tells me Sheila….you will definitely accomplish a You are right, Monday is always a nice way to begin again. You have been creating some awesome designs and I am sure there are many more ahead!

Have a great day,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 04:04 PM

I love those kind of “days off” but good for you as it feels great to cross those thngs off the to do list.
My day off is today and involves two appointments, some office paperwork and a sick child at home. Maybe I will get into the garage to finish a disk sander I started building..maybe not
Nothing like juggling too many balls in the air at once

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 04-22-2013 05:13 PM

Good morning Sheila. Getting organized sounds like a good plan! Organizing my paints and restocking has been on my list for a few months now! Today is catch up day after the weekend away.
Sunshine today and for the rest of the week. Yea!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 04-22-2013 06:44 PM

I love being organized. I just always seem to work much better when everything is in its place. So while I didn’t really get to fool around too much, it felt good today to wake up to things neat and tidy. It was definitely worth it!

Have a good day everyone! :)


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

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#5 posted 04-22-2013 08:09 PM

ok we know how it can happens …. usualy I run very fast into the living room
sitting with the face to the corner and wait until the fever is over …..... :-)))
today we had the first real spring day with a good sun on one of my few days of from work
and what happen yesterday when the wife descovered that …..... she wanted me to
make a new porch in the back of the house with concrete tiles and fix the outside kitchen stair
beourse it is realy unsafe to use …... something told me its less work to go on my job …. lol
so today I used three -four hours with the grinder to mke alot of dust cuting up all the cracks in the concrete stair
and continued with mallet and stone chisel to clean up between the paralel cuts
mixing some concrete and started to fill up the now traight cracks …... starts to look good
and my back hurts in muscle I have forgotten all about …. LOL
one minut ago I said yes to the boss to go on work on my free day as a back-up …. hope
there will be enoff time to play with concrete tooo …..

have a good monday

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-22-2013 11:55 PM

Hi, Dennis! Isn’t that always how it goes? It sometimes seems that even if I THINK that I will have some time to “relax” so many things come up that I wind up working harder.

I bet the misses just wants you to feel good about going back to work. Yes. That HAS to be it! She is looking out for you!

Seriously – I am sure she is very happy and appreciative of all of your work. I wish you a good evening and try to have a hot soak in the tub to relax those muscles.

Take care, 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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#7 posted 04-23-2013 12:06 AM

Hi to all who have day-off.
Quite different from my side. I never count any day-off. As long as I am inspired to do something during Saturday and Sunday… I have to do, otherwise, I lost a day for my woodworking. I am quite different because I am still working an office job teaching postgraduate courses for maritime while my Saturday and Sunday are consumed for my woodwork as a hobby. I knew it would really be hard for me and likewise with my family because they also need my time. But I just don’t know how addictive is the woodworking that sometimes anyone can be jealous of it in terms of attention and priorities. However, if I do a woodwork for those loveones of their importance, they (loveones) do not feel neglected compared when I do my boxes only. That I always have to adjust.

Other point… the paint deco art is your secret. I can see that you have only those 3 prime colors. I think you can mix them accordingly to create colors of your likeness. Except for the black and white. My point is when I use the natural color of the wood… some of the portion are really dark with grain pattern… I tried bleaching on some wood just to solve for this. In reality, I like the natural color however the difficulty lies when different tone of color comes with the wood that affects orientation specially with the reflection of the light. Sometimes I have to use stain locally for proper blend. The grain orientation is also one aspect to consider in painting and construction.

Thanks for your tips on painting….Hope you have these weekdays a fruitful once again.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 01:55 AM

I hope I get organized one of these days. For me that’s a hard job.
Two questions.
One – When are you going to show what these new paints look like on wood?
Two – On the Dragon Flies, did you try cutting them out of thinner material? The reason I ask is I though they looked to thick. Maple does real well at 1/4”. I liked the little daisy one a lot.
I enjoy your blog almost every day.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 04-23-2013 10:37 AM

Bert – you are right. It seems that any ‘day off’ is really a ‘day of doing something else.’ I honestly can’t remember the last day when I didn’t do something that had to do with creating or making something that is business related. About six months ago, I bought some clay because I had some ideas to make some jewelry pieces. The day still hasn’t come when I have been able to put aside enough time to do that. And I also have some sewing I need to catch up on (just a couple of repairs and some other small things) that I haven’t gotten to either. Oh – and there is more painting that I would like to do – Not only for projects, but for myself.

The DecoArt paints are my favorites. I have the full line of the “Americanas” which consists of over 300 colors. You would think that would be enough. But sometimes we are just a shade off. While I love the convenience of using acrylic paints, I must say that I rarely mix to make colors. The reason being that the paint dries very quickly and once you get a good mix, it is sometimes difficult to replicate it exactly. I do mix my heat set oils to make colors when I paint my non-craft paintings such as those on my Gallery page on my site. But those are not the type of paintings you make instructions for. They are more like my own personal paintings.

Bigrock – I think I am going to try to do some designing with these new paints in the next several weeks. We are soon to be working on Holiday projects (YES – Already!) and I would like to do some that would be appropriate for outdoors and see how they do.

Second – yes, the dragonflies are a little thick. I wanted people to get the idea of drilling the pieces and posting them so I did use a thicker material for them so it would be easier to do. I do have suggestions and instructions so that any thickness could be used for the dragonflies – even as thin as 1/8”. Of course, as was suggested, they could even be posted using wire so you could bend them how you wish.

Thank you both for your comments. I am glad you enjoy reading. :)


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

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