My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1036: Working Weekend

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-17-2013 11:23 AM 1500 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was a pretty productive day. I wound up pretty much finishing the design that I was working on for the holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, and I began to map out the companion piece that I will be making with it. Usually, once I get things rolling like this, I am well on my way.

I am pleased with how the project looks. Even on paper it is nice, and once it is cut in wood and I have added the ‘extras’ to it, it should make a nice presentation. I sent the drawings to my editor for her approval and I was happy (and relieved!) that she already sent back a note saying she also liked the project. Contrary to what some may believe, it is never a ‘given’ that what I design will be accepted. I will probably always feel apprehensive when I submit a project for consideration. That is something that I just can’t seem to help.

In looking at the drawings again this morning, I am still happy with them. That’s a good sign, because sometimes getting away from things and then coming back later on somehow changes seemingly good ideas into something that may not be so awesome after all. I think when I draw I get so engrossed in things and seeing them magnified 600x on my computer screen blurs the perspective at times. A break away usually allows me to approach things with a fresh eye and adjust things that may not be such a good idea after all. But this morning, they still look good to me, so I am happy.

Today will be the challenge of making the second piece equally attractive. I have set the precedent with this first leg of the project and now making something that will make me equally excited and happy will be the task at hand. But part of the fun is meeting that goal. While there is still a blanket of fog encompassing that idea, it isn’t quite as thick, and it is slowly dissipating to reveal something that will (hopefully) be really nice. I feel good about it.

My loose goal is to spend the day drawing. I know once I get going, I should be able to finish it up fairly quickly. Then I will spend the weekend doing what I love to do best – cutting and seeing things come to life. I truly look forward to that, as it seems like it has once again been a while since I was able to spend some time cutting.

I may not blog in the next day or so, as I would rather reveal the design once it is finished rather than in progress. Perhaps that is because I am unsure as to how it will go and I don’t want to have the added pressure of promising to show updates in case things don’t go exactly as I plan. I know this pressure is self-imposed and not applied by anyone but myself, but I find that it can be there nonetheless, as I sometime look at bit too optimistically as to what I think I can accomplish.

In any case, I will do my best to get things done. This is what could be referred to as “crunch time” for me. Besides this deadline, there are others that I need to work on also. I plan on slating in time to cut the design for the other scroll saw magazine (Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts), as it is the first time that I will have a design featured in their publication and I want to do my best on that project too.

I have a bit of time on both of these deadlines, but I am not one to do things on the 11th hour. (Well – Keith would probably argue otherwise, but I do at least try to do things before then! What can I say?)

All in all, I think it will be a pretty good weekend. The rain we had earlier this week seemed to do well with coaxing the leaves to finally bud on our trees and they are finally looking green again. Since it is the latter part of May, I would think it is about time!

I am looking forward to the next couple of days. As you, my creative friends understand, the best times are when we are able to spend time doing what we love. And I certainly feel that way today.

Have a great weekend everyone. I hope you all find time to do some of the things that you enjoy the most.

I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself:”If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. – Steve Jobs

-- 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 05-17-2013 11:42 AM

I totally agree with stepping away from something we get so deep in creating. I myself always know if I leave the project and come back later and still like it…it will be good. I guess it is true that we need to step outside our creative minds and then sneak up on the project made like seeing it with new eyes.

Proportions, ideas, lines, etc. sometimes can really surprise us when we see it again. Nothing is more of a total bummer than seeing a project you have been working on for hours only later to see it again and ask yourself “What was I on when I was giddy about this idea?” Of course nothing is more relieving when the outcome is confirmed that the idea is solid and your still happy with it.

Great blog, I am sure your ideas will look great and you will be happy with it!

Fire up the scroll saw!

Be well Sheila,


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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 11:56 AM

Thanks, Joe. You are thinking exactly as am. (Does that scare you?? LOL!) I have done that before too where I LOVE something and then come back later on and say to myself “what the heck was I thinking???” It is odd how emotions can run so hot and cold on the same pieces. It is good, however, when we can come back later and still like what we did. I think in order to be successful, we need to like our own work. Most of us have probably made projects we aren’t that fond of. And I can probably bet that those aren’t our best sellers. Working from our hearts is an important ingredient in creating.

Thanks so much for your insight. :)


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

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 12:44 PM

Sheila, yes that oops moment have I taken off too much. :)
That is when good buddies come in, you cant always see the woods for
the trees.
I sometimes ask Shirley to look at something and be brutal. Ouch! I can
easily put something on back burner thinking that I’ve wasted wood.on it
only for someone to fall in love with it. After four decades I dont have any
works sitting for sale, so I guess it all works out.
Joe, crazy spoons always taste good with ice cream on them. :)
Have a wonderful day
Fae sunny Scotland

-- 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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#4 posted 05-17-2013 04:01 PM

It’s always great to do what you love to do, and I do understand having to get away from something a bit and then go back to it. Do what works for you Sheila.

-- Nancy Antley

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 04:05 PM

Thanks Nancy. That is one great things about having forums and the internet to bounce things off of other people. While it is great to have your partner’s and families support, it is nice to have input from others too. :)

Have 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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#6 posted 05-17-2013 04:40 PM

Sheila, I know exactly what you mean about walking away and taking another look. Sometimes the piece looks great and other times it may become creative firewood! :) I’ve walked away from my current carving project several times during the process and coming back with fresh eyes has made me appreciate the process and get excited about what I’m doing.
Enjoy the cutting and scrolling part of your designs this weekend.
Happy first long weekend of the summer season! It will be a rainy start here but the second half of the weekend will be sunny.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 05-17-2013 05:37 PM

Hi, Anna:
I can’t wait to see your project finished. That is truly going to be a masterpiece. Yes. seeing it after a break away many times allows you to see things you didn’t see before. When I am creating, I sometimes get so involved that I can’t see the trees through the proverbial forest. You probably feel similar about things. It is nice to talk to others who go through the same thing. :)

I am not sure how the weather will be this weekend. It is a bit overcast here and cool. But whatever it is, I know I will have a good weekend already. I have returned from my errands and got some cool stuff to add on to the ornaments I am creating. Now I really can’t wait to cut them!

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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