My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1063: The Half-Way Mark

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-19-2013 10:35 AM 1086 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What a beautiful morning it is! One would think that starting the day with a mundane chore like putting the garbage on the curb would be poopie, but I think with the right point of view, even something like that could be pleasant.

Yes – I know I am crazy!

Shortly after it got light out, I was making my morning coffee and saw my Google reminder that today was garbage day. While I waited for the water to boil I thought I may as well get it to the curb early. There was a foggy mist over the river and all was quiet (which was good because I had on my jammie pants and a t-shirt!) Our trash bin is located across the road nestled in the trees on the riverbank. As I approached it, I could hear the rushing water of the river and it was all so quiet and peaceful and pretty. Mornings are certainly wonderful.

I almost would have liked to taken a walk just then, before the rest of the world awoke, but I didn’t think walking around in my jammies would be that impressive. I may think of keeping some clothes handy so that in the future if the morning calls to me, I can walk.

We took a nice walk around the river yesterday afternoon. After sitting and painting all morning, my back was stiff and I needed to stretch. It was a beautiful day with sunshine and a calm breeze and it just seemed like the thing to do. It is a shame that I always feel guilty about the time spent walking, as there is just so much that I need to accomplish, but I do need to take these breaks and enjoy things around me. I know very well that they will soon be gone and I need to enjoy them every chance I can. Before I know it, they will disappear and I will find myself looking back with regret because I didn’t take advantage of these opportunities as they arose. I don’t want that.

I also have yet to visit the beach. Here it is mid-June and summer is nearly upon us and I haven’t been to the beach all spring. Perhaps I should plan a couple of hours in the next few days if the weather cooperates and it is dry. I would love to bring my painting there and have a different atmosphere to work on this ornament set. Well see . . .

Besides the break for the walk, I worked the entire day on the ornaments. I was able to progress by nearly finishing two more ‘days’ of the 12 days of Christmas. However, I am still working on the second piece of day 6 and have about an hour left to go on it. I am at the half way point in painting these and it feels good to progress. As usual, I am painting two sets – one to send to be published and one for myself to keep here. That way I don’t feel badly about sending them away and I have a set with me while I write the final instructions. It doesn’t hurt to have another set here too in case I want to give it away as a gift or donation. I wish I were that organize as to do that!

I wanted to show the picture of the sixth piece:

I am really proud of how it is coming out. While I liked the key shapes that I had created a month or so back, I do think that putting these same designs on a larger surface allows me to relax a bit more and add in better detail. They are simply just more fun to paint like this.

Again, I wish you could see them in person. The colors are amazing and my scanner just doesn’t do them justice. The blue frame is coated with the Glamour Dust paint and it looks rich and shimmers beautifully. I am still thinking that I will be adding some rhinestones too on the frame. Not many, but I think a couple of them that are strategically placed will really make the ornaments look finished and polished. I have to think about it though.

I hope you all have a good day today. I am still hoping that if I work hard I will be able to complete the painting part of these ornaments by the weekend, and get the packets done too. I realize I am redundant in my complaining, but they just take time.

Wednesday already. The weeks just fly by, don’t they? I hope you all have a good day today and spend time doing something you love. Remember to take time out – even if you are busy – to take in the good things around you. Sometimes we have to look for them, but they are always there.

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 06-19-2013 12:16 PM

That came out nicely Sheila. Yes, these days, they are flying by like the blink of an eye.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 03:47 PM

You should be proud of how they are coming out!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 06-19-2013 04:13 PM

Thank you both very much! I am pleased with how they look, and I like the bigger designs much better than the smaller keys. It allows more chance for details and to me the overall pieces look better.

Yes, Roger – before we know it, it will be Christmas again. These days are just buzzing by! I can’t believe it!

I wish you both 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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#4 posted 06-19-2013 04:38 PM

oh how beautiful , i love this one, and as to your starting line of taking the garbage out, its called gratitude, and we should never take anything for granite..nothing…that we can even function is gods blessing to us…well you guys have a great day, keep painting those beautiful pieces…

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

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#5 posted 06-19-2013 04:58 PM

Good Morning Sheila! I love the depth and the detail that you get in your paintings. I can see the twinkle in that goose’s eye! You are right, the days are just buzzing by! But that means that we are enjoying every minute and boredom is not in our vocabulary! :)
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 01:54 AM

Hi, Grizz and Anna! I am sorry for answering so late – late night working and I am just now getting to check the computer. I really do love where I live, Bob. And I am appreciative of the life that I have. I am in a good place right now and appreciate every single day.

Anna – the more I paint the more I enjoy it. After taking a couple of years sort of ‘off’ from painting, it seems that it was a bit more difficult for me to find my comfort zone and I am just now getting into that. I also love teaching painting too, and I like to think that I teach in each of my pattern packs.

So many ways you can have fun. :) Thank you both 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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