My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1073: Learning New Things

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 286 days ago 755 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am going to be drawing for most of the day today. I needed to spend yesterday as somewhat of an organizational day and had to get everything in order after the last couple of weeks of working. I find things go in waves that way, and with having a small place here, it is really important to stay on top of the clutter and take the time (often) to put everything back in its place. The time spent doing that now saves time for hunting around for things later on – and also makes our daily environment much more pleasant.

While I do this, I am often thinking ahead on my next design. I have one more deadline coming up for the magazine and have a project in mind as well as an accompanying article. I want to try some new finishing techniques and products on this one and it is taking some thought.

I love trying new products and techniques (you may have noticed that!) I like ‘playing’ with different finishes and colors and showing new ways that we can all personalize our projects and make them stand out from the average. Sometimes it only takes a little change to do something that will make people notice our pieces and choose them over others. I think with all the different supplies available it really makes creating fun.

I have also been thinking about taking a little bit of time for myself each week to work on making some things for myself. I know I have talked about doing this before, and lately it just hasn’t come to be. But since I have been painting again, I have had the itch to do some paintings like those that are in my Gallery and further my knowledge in that area.

We are never too old to learn new things, and usually when we learn something new, it transfers to our every day life in many other ways.

Recently, I have found myself feeling a bit of pressure because our little business is growing and it is sometimes difficult to juggle everything to fit into the day. Getting away the other day was nice, but in some ways it seemed like I could have better used the time to do something that I really loved to do. I more or less just got away for the sake of going and for a change of pace. That is fine and good, but I think doing some things that I really have been wanting to do would suffice in fulfilling those needs for something ‘different’ and relaxing.

Keith can’t sometimes see how painting could be a “change” and a way for me to relax. However, as I told him, there is nothing that I would rather do, and painting in the way that I want to do will certainly be different than the painting that I do for my work or to create patterns. Unlike most people, I honestly do love my job so I don’t have the need to run away from it to find pleasure. Sometimes just shifting the motives and taking the pressure off of myself is a great way to turn pushing a paint brush or cutting wood from a task to a privilege. I hope I explained that right.

I have found a wonderful site that offers some amazing online classes that I can take at my own pace. I actually found the site a couple of years ago, and in the back of my mind I keep telling myself “one day I will do that” but to this point have not come any closer than that. There was always something that “had” to be done that had priority.

But I have pretty much made up my mind that I am going to take a day a week to expand my knowledge of art and learn some new skills. I am going to start small and be kind to myself, and see if I can make it happen. I am sure that I will post updates along the way.

With all that said, it is time for me to get going. There is much to do today and I can’t wait to get at it. For all my friends in the USA today – I wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day. I wish everyone else a great day too!

Happy Thursday!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 286 days ago

We are told that the Creator of the universe rested on day seven…good choice.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL

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#2 posted 286 days ago

Actually, my take on the week & weekends is this: M-F should be the weekend, and Sat & Sun should be the work-week. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 286 days ago

Ahh, but I really do love what I do. Sometimes people don’t understand why in my “time off” I just about do the same thing as my working time! :) I am very fortunate.

I wish you both a great day!


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 286 days ago

I kind of resemble your remarks, except that woodworking and shop tools are my change and time to relax
now that I am retired and finally get to do it. That and a wonderful partner are making it great. Hope you
take the time to follow your art inclinations.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 286 days ago

Hi, Gus! Happy Independence Day to you!

The way I look at it – it’s all related. The more “art training” I have, the better designer I will be (that includes woodworking designs, too!) So how can I lose?

I am so fortunate to be around so many wonderful and creative people that are such a great inspiration to me. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I have a great life and it is wonderful to share it with others. :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 286 days ago

Good morning Sheila, Happy US day! I find the when I have a variety of creative mediums to work on, it’s more relaxing. When I come on a block or something is not working on in the carving or scrollsawing, I can move to leatherwork or something else and the answer to the problem usually comes.
Enjoy your day Sheila. Off to do some photography with friends.

-- Anna

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#7 posted 286 days ago

Have a wonderful day, Anna! We finally got a picture perfect day here. I spent the morning tidying up and it is so nice an pleasant here with the fresh air and everything put in its place. I really love having a neat working environment and feel I do my best work in an organized atmosphere. I am in the drawing phase now and hopefully I will finish up my drawing on this project today. Then on to the finishing part. It is all good. :)

Have a wonderful time taking pictures. I love seeing your photos and hope you share them when you get a chance.

Take care and have a lovely day, Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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