My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1038: My Happy Place

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-20-2013 10:39 AM 1421 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 12:02 PM

I have this same process at times, I enjoy a spoon or some piece of woodcraft I make and get almost impatient at wanting to see what else I can do. Maybe we get into our creative zones and want to use it for all that it is worth.

So true though, to sit back and realize quality versus quantity. Of course when we are trying to supply pieces to produce income that also can become a But at the end of the day it will still pay off to produce a piece that you are totally proud of. I have to tell myself these things as well.

Looks like a great start! I suppose now it is time for me to say… up the scroll saw!

Have a good day Sheila!


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

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 04:22 PM

I see some really neat designs there! I love working on Christmas stuff. I’ll be starting my Christmas list right after the show this coming weekend, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing your new patterns. I like Joe’s quote “Make something you love tomorrow…and do it slowly” JLB. I have learned to slow down and not get impatient about finishing projects. As my father used to say “if something is worth doing, it worth doing well”
Enjoy the process Sheila and happy scrolling!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 05:56 PM

oh wow your really doing more of your fantastic work, but im sorry to hear the pink cloud is now being your happy place….or does the pink cloud still exist…i hope so….keep on truckin here…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 08:33 PM

Looks like some beautiful designs headed our way.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 05-20-2013 09:45 PM

Thank you all for your comments. :) I was covered in saw dust today so this is my first chance to answer them. I am having fun working on the patterns shown, but they are not without their “adjustments” needed. That is part of the reason that I like to cut my designs myself – so I can adjust as I go along.

Christmas is fun to make any time of the year, Anna. And I do enjoy doing so even in spring or summer. I do enjoy going slowly and carefully making my projects the best that I can.

Grizz – the Pink Cloud will ALWAYS be my “Happy Place.” But being at the scroll saw is a close second. I truly enjoy my time there and I look forward to it each time I need to cut a project.

Thanks too, Lee. As I cut things I am getting even more excited about what is to come. This is going to really be an exciting week!

Thanks for stopping by everyone! :D


-- 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 05-26-2013 11:51 AM

I like the way you stay ahead o the game, Sheila. As you can see, since this is about a week behind… lol, I’m still tryin to catch up. Wish you a good, safe Memorial Day weekend… Today is Sunday already… Sheeeesh!

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 05-27-2013 01:35 PM

You know me Roger – time just slips by much too quickly for my taste. Have a great weekend as well! :D


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

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