All in all I think I had a pretty good weekend. Lately it seems that I have been scrambled in so many directions that it is sometimes hard to feel like I am accomplishing as much as I should. I have been working on several projects simultaneously, Because of that, it has once again felt as if I was progressing at a snails’ pace.
I try not to worry about these feelings that I have had. I should know by now that if I am patient, I will see everything gel and in the end I will have several nice new things to offer. I keep telling myself over and over that “good things take time” and while it may be nice to crank out several new designs in a couple of days, I have pretty much convinced myself that the quality of them just wouldn’t be there. It wouldn’t be worth it to me.
So I took my time and I drew and re-drew some things several times over, modifying and making sure that everything would work well and fit together nicely. And by mid-afternoon yesterday, I was finally ready to print out the patters, choose wood and begin cutting. That in itself required some consideration.
I finished cutting out the first project yesterday and I was very happy with how things turned out. There were only a couple of ‘tweaks’ that I needed to do to the pattern, but other than that I really liked it. It is the project that is going to be my debut in the other scroll saw magazine (Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts) and I wanted it to be easy enough for everyone to give it a try, yet attractive and something that people would love. I hope they like it.
The rest of the pile are the pieces for the projects that I am doing for my regular magazine that I work for (Creative Woodworks and Crafts). The projects are also for their holiday issue and I am pretty excited about both of them. I am ready to cut them both, but while I was applying the pattern of one of them, I saw something that I wanted to modify on it so I still need to do a little bit of drawing before I continue. I don’t mind that though, because I want it to really be good, and so far I am happy with how it will come together.
So here is what I am looking at today to start my week off:
Lots of scrolling! :)
The next several days are really going to be fun. I love this stage of the game – where I get to see these designs come to life. It is certainly one of my favorite parts of designing (although I say that about just about every step of the process it seems!) But truly it really is.
What a great way to start off the week! I decided to call this blog “My Happy Place” because that is where I will be all day – doing what I enjoy. I know it is going to be a great day and I can’t wait to report back when things are further along. I am really excited.
I wish you all a wonderful Monday. I hope you are able to look forward to what is in front of you too.
Have a great day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"