My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1026: A Breath Between Designs

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-04-2013 11:21 AM 1153 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am happy to report that I was able to pretty much button up the design that I have been working on. For some reason, it took me a great deal of drawing to reach a design that I finally liked. I can’t for the life of me figure out why this happened.

A couple of weeks ago, I drew several new designs in a row. It was as if they were just flowing from my pen with little effort. This design was so different. It took many tires of different things before I was able to finally settle on something that I felt looked good. You should see my artboard!

I don’t know what causes things to be this way and why things are so different sometimes. I wish I could figure it out. Is it my attitude? Am I overthinking? Am I not thinking enough about things? I am just not clear.

I like the outcome though, and that is the important part of it. I feel good with what is now in front of me and I feel that things will look even better once it is cut. It’s a big relief.

Because the design is going to be submitted to a new place, I don’t feel at liberty to show it to you here just yet. I will of course eventually, but for now I feel that it is better to keep it quiet. I will show you a little bit of one of the pieces though:

I will also tell you that it is of the Christmas nature, which you can probably all figure out. As a matter of fact, the next several designs that I will be creating will be geared toward Christmas. Once again those deadlines for the holiday projects are quickly approaching. And here it is May 4th.

It was late afternoon by the time I finished up, and I wasn’t sure if I was ready just yet to jump into the next project. This time I am very clear in my head what I want to do, so I think my anxiety level will be much lower while creating it. It is going to be a project geared for painting, with only “light” scroll sawing of the pieces. But as I think more about it, I feel it may be a good candidate for creating a scrolled version of it too.

In any case, it was around that time that Keith also was finishing up what he was working on and asked me if I wanted to go out on a ‘date.’ It was a beautiful and sunny day out, and it had been much too long since we took some time to get away. We decided to drive to Yarmouth and see a movie – something that I haven’t done in many years – and have a bite to eat.

We decided to see the movie “42” which was the story about how Jackie Robinson signed with the New York Dodgers. It surprised me that Keith suggested it, as he isn’t much of a sports fan. But we had both heard great reviews on it and we thought we would take a chance.

Going to the theater was an experience in itself. We prepared ourselves for the ‘sticker shock’ of what it cost for the tickets and a large popcorn and pop to split, and once we got over that, we really had a good time. With a 60” screen and the awesome sound system we have at home, we have always talked ourselves out of paying for a ‘real movie’ and waited until we could rent one to watch at home. But there is something to be said for getting out in a new atmosphere and being totally consumed by a huge screen and sound.

I am a junkie for movie popcorn, too. I really love that “butter flavored substance” that they use. Yes – I know it is terrible for me and probably corrodes my insides, but there is no way I can go into a theater and not order the largest size they have (to take some home, of course!) and enjoy it. The smell is too intoxicating. Besides, since it is years between my theater visits, I am sure my body can stand the shock every once in a while. Being a ‘quality not quantity’ person, I savored each piece and had my fill after the first half hour or so of the movie, so there is probably about 3/4 of the bag left for snacking. (Keith is not too crazy with movie popcorn, so he had just a bit – my good fortune!)

The movie itself was awesome. It drew us both in and the story itself was one of struggles and victories. We both walked out of there feeling very good and even Keith described it as ‘very emotional.’

For myself, it was just the medicine that I needed. These past few weeks I haven’t been feeling my chipper self. Our world has been going through so many difficult struggles, and even though I try to insulate myself from many of the bad things that are going on, it isn’t easy to do. It is sometimes difficult to find good in your own day when so many others are going through such hardships. I find that I can’t always let go of the bad things that are happening in this world, and it sometimes reaches a point where it drags me down.

Yes, even pink clouds turn grey every once in a while.

It has been a long winter, my friends. And even though I love the winter and being here in my little place, I am anxious for a little change of pace. Soon it will be warm enough to get to the beach, and I hope to do so on a regular basis.

We never know what tomorrow will bring. The time to live our lives is today. Perhaps for you, woodworking or painting is your outlet. I am fortunate that I am doing something that I truly love every day, but even I need a change of pace once in a while.

There are many facets to happiness. No two people require the same. Each of us have unique and individual needs that make us feel happy and serene. I hope you all find your own outlets and make it a priority to do those things when the opportunity arises. You owe it to yourself.

Have a happy Saturday. I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

-- 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 05-04-2013 03:47 PM

Christmas will be here soon… Popcorn is yummy, but for me, ice cream is no.1 :)

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

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#2 posted 05-05-2013 09:47 AM

I like ice cream, but only on occasion. Popcorn is pretty much my favorite. Usually I make it without too much butter, but sometimes it is nice to splurge. :)


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

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