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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1018: Always Thinking Ahead

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-23-2013 11:38 AM 720 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1017: My 'Day Off' Part 1018 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1019: Finishing Up Some Instructions »

Well, it seems that my feeling of catching up with things was a bit short-lived. Here we are getting ready to wind down the month of April already and once again I am wondering where the time is going. By the end of next week, one third of 2013 will be done. It seems almost unfathomable that we can already be this far into the new year. Weren’t we celebrating New Year’s Day only a couple of weeks ago?

I know that may not seem like my usual optimism by outer appearances, but I sometimes wonder how I can squeeze out more from every day without feeling overdone or frazzled. I suppose if I ever figure that out, I should bottle it up and sell it and I can make my fortune that way! So many of my creative friends feel the same way. We all have a lot of great ideas and always seem to be searching for those extra hours to implement them. At least I know I am not alone.

Yesterday I finished up the bulk of my article on making many variations from one simple pattern. Once I got rolling on it, it really wasn’t that difficult to write. By the end of the day, I was able to send the first copy to my editor and that in itself felt pretty good, as it means I am almost to the point where I have a clean slate of things that have to be done.

My final task that is gnawing at me is to write up the instructions for the little crow pull toy for that same issue in the magazine. Even though I finished the actual project last week, and it is at this very moment in transit to the magazine offices in New Jersey, I still have to write the step-by-step instructions to accompany the project. That isn’t what I would call a difficult task, but since the project is a bit more involved than some of the other projects that I have done I want to be certain that the instructions are detailed and complete. Last week when I was building it, I took many (many!) pictures and they will help me recreate the process accurately. It will just take a little bit of sorting through things and editing. If I can button that up today, I think I will be doing pretty good.

Once that is accomplished, I can honestly say that I am officially “caught up.” Those of you who read on a regular basis know that doesn’t happen too often. But I am already lining up the next batch of work in my head and creating my own list of things that I want to do and be on top of things.

At the magazine, the issue following the August issue (the one which the article and the crow will be in) is going to be the Holiday issue. So that means that I need to switch gears and start thinking of Christmas projects. I also want to have another submission to the Artist’s Club for a Christmas project, so I need to really get going on that. I may already be too late.

I know it is hard to think of winter and snow when spring has just began to show its face (at least in my part of the world) but after being too late on the bunny patterns for the Artist’s club, it made me realize that I really need to push ahead. I don’t want to miss those important deadlines.

I used to wonder why designers had to submit so many months in advance of a particular holiday, but after being involved in the business for so long, I realize that whether we are making things for articles for the magazines or for catalogs for wholesalers, the process is a long one and needs to go through several layers of people between the drawing board and the final print output. In our world of instant communication, that is sometimes hard to understand. We have all become so used to seeing our stuff ‘published’ as soon as we hit the ‘send’ button. But there are still some aspects of the business that take time, and if I don’t work ahead of things, in six months down the line I will have no representation in these publications. So I shift gears when I need to.

It seems overwhelming at times (looking ahead so far.) But after several years of doing this, I have learned to not look at the mountain, but at each step towards the top as an accomplishment.

I sometimes wonder what is at the top of the staircase that I climb as I live my life every day. Or even if there is a top. Will there ever be a point when I can say I reached the top and have finished climbing? Or will the staircase continue as long as I have new goals and ideas?

I suppose the best thing to do (as I always say) is to enjoy the journey. No matter how many things you need to do or goals you wish to achieve, the key to finding peace and happiness in your life is to take the time to stop every once in a while and enjoy the place where you are, and look forward to the places you have yet to see.

“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.” ― Asha Tyson

Have a wonderful Tuesday

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



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BertFlores58

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 12:27 PM

Hi Sheila,
Nice reading yours again being so positive and proactive. I second the motion… literally, it means me too. However, at this point, better go on an outing with my family on this coming weekend. We deserve a break anyway. I can still have my woodwork scribbling designs. Thanks for lighting up our hectic schedule.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 12:28 PM

By the way thanks too for your reply on my comment yesterday.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 12:33 PM

Hi, Bert:
I know that sometimes we are on opposite schedules because we live halfway around the world from each other, but I do try to reply when I can. There comes a time in the evening (your morning, I expect) when I just have to stop looking at my emails or I would never get to sleep. :) So many times I answer you first thing in the morning. (I do the same with Dennis Grosman) I am glad you guys are patient with me and understand. Besides – it is nice to have someone that I can call a “friend” that lives on the other side of the globe. :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family. Getting away is good every so often. I look forward to a couple upcoming day trips away this summer too.

Have a great day! (Evening) Sheila

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 01:39 PM

Sheila the staircase of life continues as long as we have breath
That is why we need to sit back and smell the roses and take a breath
If I had to forward plan like you do I think I would not get it right
I wood be wishing everyone a merry Christmas at Easter
I’ve still got some orders to complete from Christmas last year, I can
however ask the customer to practice patience a plus about my business.
Have a great day Sheila, step of the staircase and have a nice cuppa

Jamie

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 01:45 PM

Thank you Jamie, and also thank you for your words of advice and friendship. You have been a great example for me to follow and you have also helped me realize that it IS important to take time out and relax. In the long run, it helps us have a clearer mind and a better overall outlook on everything.

This morning I am making some blueberry/lemon bread. It is in the oven now and smells heavenly. I was planning to make it over the weekend, but just never found the right moment. After writing my blog this morning, I took my own advice and took some time to make it. I am happy I did (and I will be even happier when it is cooled and I am eating it!) :P

It is really important to stop and smell the roses (or in this case, the blueberry/lemon bread!) We never know what tomorrow will bring. We may as well make the present as pleasant as we can.

Have a great day!

Sheila

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 02:17 PM

Here you go Jamie! :) In your honor!

Have a good one!

Sheila

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 02:40 PM

Thank you Sheila I can almost taste it :)

Jamie

-- 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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Roger

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 02:50 PM

That looks really good right now.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Celticscroller

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#9 posted 04-24-2013 02:33 AM

Oooooooooh I can almost smell that blueberry/lemon loaf! It looks delicious. Every once in a while we all need to sit on the stair of life, take a breath and enjoy just being! We had a beautiful sunny warm day here. Hubby and I took some time in the garden this afternoon to just sit back relax and enjoy a glass of wine after several hours in the workshop.
Enjoy your evening Sheila

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 10:02 AM

Roger and Anna – It did come out good. Sometimes it is good to have a nice treat like this. :)

Glad to hear you are having such nice weather Anna. It feels so good to get out after the long winter inside. I plan on do that much more this year. Enjoy your relaxing time as well as your time in the shop!

Sheila

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 04-24-2013 10:26 AM

This would be good for outside Sheila :)
Jamie

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 04-24-2013 10:40 AM

Wow, that is cool Jamie! Wherever did you find that?

Sheila

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#13 posted 04-24-2013 10:53 AM

Sheila in the UK they are fairly common
It is a Gem made by Hobbies and you find them at most car boot sales
They go for around $50

Jamie

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 04-24-2013 11:12 AM

It is really cool! :)

Sheila

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

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