My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1023: Moving Forward

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-01-2013 11:11 AM 905 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday turned out to be a very productive day. Not only was the sun warm and shining bright, but manythings fell into place to start me on my next several designs. (Yes! I said several designs!)

This is a good feeling. Perhaps after all of these years I am truly figuring our a process that works well for me in order to keep my new designs flowing. I find myself settled on projects for many different branches of my business and even got some things mapped out to develop some new areas that we are working on. I am very happy about that.

This didn’t happen all at once, as one by one the pieces slowly fell into place. Not with a loud bang, but slowly and gently and with a great deal of thought. I think that is the way it should be.

I am certainly not saying that I have all the answers, and there is still room for more work to be done. But it is at least at a starting point where I can begin to sink my teeth in and accomplish and move forward. That is really a positive thing.

I could easily spend another day planning. But at this point I feel that it is the right time to start moving and actually get some things done. After all, when I am working on one project, I am usually planning and thinking what I will be doing for the next. It will be good to see some actual drawings come from this and it will be both uplifting and encouraging to see some of these ideas materialize.

There are times when I think I am my own worst enemy. While it is good to think things through completely, there comes a point where contemplating new designs turns into over-thinking them. That transition tends to sneak up on me and before I know it, I find myself all muddled up and stuck doing nothing.

However, it seems that lately I am aware of this bad habit and I actually tell myself to just “do it” and start the ball rolling. I think that is the best approach for my own productivity. Once I actually start working on a new design, there is still time to refine it and change some of the ideas. And in the mean time, part of my thought process is considering what will be coming up next. I find that when I work this way things flow the best and my productivity is at its highest.

So today I will begin drawing. I have two projects that are ready to be drawn, and I only need to decide on which one to draw first. But I am leaning in one direction and pretty much settled on one of them. I look forward to beginning.

I finally got out and took a walk around the river yesterday. The day was warm and sunny and it was a perfect opportunity to take some time to enjoy the outdoors. We haven’t walked in several months, I am afraid – as things have just been too busy. But it was well worth the time to get outside and clear my head and enjoy the pretty area where I live. The trees are just beginning to bud and there really haven’t been any blossoms yet. And here it is May 1st already.

Within a few weeks, it will be warm enough to spend some real time at the beach. I realize that I could go anytime, but it is still a bit cool to spend a great deal of time there. The wind can still be biting and distracting. In the mean time, I am happy with my walks around the river or in the woods behind me. It gives me the opportunity to clear my head and enjoy the beautiful place where I live. I have realized just how much I missed them.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

The old mill near our house.

-- 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 05-01-2013 02:00 PM

Nice scene. Old mills are a step back in time, and seem to be calming.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 05:49 PM

Thanks, Roger. I find it to be a wonderful place to live. :)


-- 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 05-02-2013 03:34 AM

Hi Sheila. Happy creating! Looking forward as always to what you come up with.
That looks like a great place for a walk but your Spring doesn’t look like it has sprung much yet! Our trees are all in green.

-- Anna

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 10:23 AM

This was actually a picture from last October Anna, but it still looks pretty much the same now. The trees are just beginning to bud this week and most of the branches are still bare. I think it is strange for this time of year (May already) but some say it is because spring had come so early the past couple of years. Perhaps that is right.

I will try to get some additional pictures in the next day or so. It is beginning to really be consistently nice out. :)


-- 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 05-02-2013 10:42 PM

From what I remember of the area even the bad days are good, and good days are great.

Taking time out is a necessity, batteries need to be recharged eventually.

Do what you do to be you, not be you to do what you do. :)

Your work inspires me to try harder.

-- Find your limitations, and ignore them!

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