My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1029: Little by Little, Things are Coming Together

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-08-2013 11:29 AM 1498 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I suppose you can say that I am cautious. There are days when I feel that I am clear as to what I want to accomplish, but more so than not, I step slowly and carefully to move ahead. I suppose this comes from years of trial and error and from my younger days of running head strong into something without thinking it through all the way.

There is really nothing wrong with that, as more so than not, doing something on the fly brings us to a place of new discoveries and broadens our horizons. But somehow as we get older, we are less inclined to take the same risks, as we have been stung by acting on our whims before and we are looking for something that is perhaps has a more predictable outcome.

Whatever the case, I find that I am moving slower with the pattern that I am working on right now. I know how I want it to turn out, and I have a pretty clear thought in my mind of what it will look like. It will, however take a bit of time and care to create it if I want it to look as I envision it. It isn’t something that I feel that I can rush through and still have good results. So I am moving ahead with care.

I may skip a day here and there with writing while this is in development. I would prefer to get a bit further along in the process before I begin to share the results with you. Part of that is because I find already that I am changing things along the way, seeing that what I originally created would be best done differently. I know you all understand this.

So with that said, again I will have a short post today. I hope that in the end that you all will feel that this design will merit the extra thought and time I am taking to create it. In my own head, I think it is kind of cool, and if it turns out even close to what I want it to be, I will be happy.

I wish you all a good day today. It is another beautiful day here in Nova Scotia. I must admit that I slipped away yesterday and took my car and washed it. It needed it after the long winter and it felt good to be out in the fresh air for at least a bit.

I have much to do today. But most importantly, I think I will be having fun. Seeing things come to life is probably the best part of the process and I am excited about seeing how things will develop. I know I will enjoy every moment.

I hope you all get a chance to do something that you enjoy doing today. Even if you steal away for a short time for a change of pace. It is amazing how much it can elevate your mood and boost your energy. Remember that you need to take time to do the things you enjoy every day in order to have a happier life. It’s the only one you have.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was. – Walt West

-- 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 05-08-2013 12:16 PM

Beside being a gr8 scroller, you’re a darn good speaker. Well said Sheila.

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 05-08-2013 01:32 PM

Sheila you sometimes have to go with the flow, the time you take
now is what save your customers time later. I always think that it will
be ready when its ready and no sooner.
I’m middle of stock building and stock was run down real low so I’ll be
busy on that for a while, I don’t see many personal projects being finished
anytime soon, but that can change if I get into a rut with production. It is
nice to know that I have a loyal customer base.
I had a customer buying a second Seiza bench/meditation stool within six
months. I thought perhaps he had broken his first one and if so I would fix
it for free. No problems with the stool. he was mugged for his stool, poor guy
I felt so bad. I think I may send him a bespoke one, that way it wood be worth
mugging him for. LoL

I love my job
Sheila and friends have a great day and drink lotsa tea

-- 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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#3 posted 05-08-2013 01:42 PM

Roger – you are always so nice! Thank you very much! :)

Jamie – I really believe that taking the extra time now will make things better for the customers. Yesterday I cut everything out and then I decided to change about half of the pieces! I redrew parts and recut them and I think that they will look better, and be better for those making them too. Things on paper don’t always translate to reality in the same way. Lots of times I am asked by people if I want them to cut my designs so I can keep drawing. Besides enjoying the cutting process, I like to know from experience that what I am offering others is really correct and the only way I can really do that is by cutting and creating the project myself. I never regret that. I am also better able to answer questions that may come up regarding the projects from a first hand standpoint. There is just no other way for me.

Tea is good. Peppermint is still my favorite, although they have a herbal black cherry that is nice too. Hot or cold, I find it refreshing and very much a treat. :)

Have a great day! 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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#4 posted 05-08-2013 01:48 PM

Excellent thoughts here for sure. Well written and inspiring!

Have a great day,


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

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 04:33 PM

Good Morning Sheila,
Your finished project will be great! I’m still working on carving my great nephew’s head and yesterday I spent the whole afternoon getting the chin right and carving in the nostrils. It’s been a long process but I’m learning lots along the way and feel that it’s finally taking shape. It’s amazing how the hours just disappear when you are focused on something you enjoy.
Have a great day Sheila.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#6 posted 05-09-2013 02:24 PM

I’m new to LJ but that post definitely set my mind in the right direction. I need to slow down and smell the sawdust once and a while. I’m also a novice scroller with big ideas of what I’d like to create but limited skills and budget for more wood. In today’s instant gratification world, things that are well thought out and well planned, don’t get the respect they once did and truly deserve. So take all the time you need to make it come out the way you like Sheila. I’m sure the end result will make it well worth the wait.

-- The wood often tells me what it wants to be... great... now the voices in my head have company....;-P

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 05-09-2013 02:36 PM

Hi, Anna – I am sorry I missed your post yesterday! I can’t believe that you are carving a PERSON!! Wow! That is something that I would imagine will be a huge challenge! I have been asked to paint people’s portraits from photographs (children, parents, etc) and I graciously turned them down. I was too frightened that I would not do a good job and insult them. At least when I paint animals, they won’t complain back to me that they don’t like it! LOL

I admire you a great deal for taking that on, and after seeing your carvings, I know you will do a great job! You know I expect to see pictures! ;)

Thank you so much Snoman. I also tend to forget that everything doesn’t have to be finished up quickly. For me with doing this for a living, I sometimes feel the pressure more to produce patterns quickly. But then I see that the finished product isn’t what I envisioned and either I scrap the project altogether of redo it – both being a huge waste of time and resources (not to mention the blow to my self-esteem for ‘screwing up’ in the first place!)

Yes – I am taking the day to really do a good job on this project. I am enjoying the process and keeping my mind set in a good place. Hopefully, they will look good in the end.
Thank you for your comments! :)

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

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