My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1111: Finding that Balance

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-24-2013 11:38 AM 1366 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1110: Back From My Break! Part 1111 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1112: Making Progress »

It is so quiet out this morning that I needed to check if we even had the windows open. They were of course, and if I listen carefully I can hear the quiet flutter of the birds in the near by tree. It appears that everyone slept in this Saturday morning.

And what a morning it is! Still and calm and only a few white wispy clouds high in a bright blue sky. The temperature is perfect – I imagine it is about 70 degrees right now – and the humidity is low and at a comfortable level. It is just lovely.

I noticed that I haven’t talked about nature or my surroundings as much lately. I have been so absorbed in working that I have neglected to take the time out to enjoy my incredible surroundings. It’s funny how those things creep up on you. Little by little you put in another ten minutes. Then twenty, then and hour. Before long you don’t have any time left to just sit back and enjoy things. And you are on to the next day.

Keith had mentioned in the past month or so that he wanted to take a few days for a day trip. Even though I loved them, I would put him off. “After this deadline” I would say. And then by the time I was finished with that, one (or two) new deadlines would arise and I would say “Just after these things are done.” And here we are at the end of August and our short trip to pick up his car was our first significant time off. Perhaps he was right in saying we needed a break. (Oh! How it pains me to say that!) ;)

But as I was driving home from getting his car, and the sun was shining on me and my hair was blowing in the wind and Led Zepplin’s “Kashmir” was screaming on the car sound system, I realized how GOOD it felt and how happy and peaceful it made me feel. Driving through the winding country roads, with scenery that is something out of post cards, I realized that I lived in a place that people pay a lot of money to come to visit. Every day is filled with the natural beauty of my surroundings. The ocean. The beach. The farms and lakes. The forest paths. The small town atmospheres. Everything that I find amazing.

I don’t want to become immune to it.

When we live in a place such as this, or any place for that matter, we tend to become so familiar with it that we begin to look right through all the things we once held wondrous and beautiful. I grew up in Chicago and people and skyscrapers and all the things that the city holds were just part of my life. It thrills me to see my beautiful children taking advantage of all that living in a large metropolitan area has to offer. They regularly visit the museums and zoo and attend many events that the areas have to offer. I am happy they are exploring life to the fullest and enjoying seeing the variety this world has to offer.

I am looking forward to the possibility of driving to Chicago in the next month or so. My first grandchild is due any day now and I want to make the pilgrimage to meet her and see my own children and some friends. It would be nice to go when the autumn colors are still beautiful, as I understand that driving through New England through that time is amazing. I hope that I can organize things and take the time to go. It will do me wonders.

Perhaps that is why I am working as hard as I have been. My “Ant and the Grasshopper” syndrome is catching up to me. If I work hard now, I will be able to justify the trip, which in all probability will be at least a couple of weeks long. We’ll see.

Yesterday I spent much of the day filling orders. I have had a great deal of orders for the cute painting kits that Artist’s Club carried last year. Since they don’t carry them any more (they keep their products for only one season) some of the customers that bought them last year are looking for more pieces. The most popular kits right now seem to be the Witch Boots:

SLDP203 Kickin' Up Our Heels Ornaments

And Hats:

SLDP202 Hats Off to Witches!

And Masks:

SLDP210 Haunted Masquerade

I love making and sending these kits because it gives me a little chance to play in the sawdust in between designing.
I am happy that people are seeking me out to get the wood pieces, as I have things pretty much down to a science in being able to offer them at a fair price.

I also began working on my next pattern, and I will hopefully make a great deal of headway on that today. I don’t have enough of it here to show you a sample, but perhaps if things go well, I will have some drawings by tomorrow.

After dinner Keith and I went for a drive along the beach. It was a beautiful warm and calm night and we were able to witness a spectacular sunset (as well as have some ice cream!) I had forgotten to bring my camera, but I absolutely promise to try to do better next time and bring it wherever I go. You would have all loved the pictures.

When we arrived home, it was nearly 10pm. On a typical day, I would have called it a night, but I wanted so much to spend some time doing some more painting. Since I did the bee kitty, I haven’t touched my brushes (again!) I have made a promise to myself to try to paint just a little bit every day – even if it is only for a few minutes. We put on an old movie and I painted another ornament from the Terrye French pattern packet “Cat’s Masquerade”.

This one is the ballerina kitty:

I just love the whimsical kitties in this packet!

As always, finding a balance in life is essential to one’s happiness. I find that it is difficult for me sometimes because I enjoy what I do so much on a daily basis, that it is hard to limit the time I spend working. I suppose that is a great problem to have, but I am still in danger of over doing it. I still need to take time to enjoy my beautiful surroundings. Or else, what am I working for?

I wish you all a wonderful weekend. It appears that it will be an incredible one here. I am going to have a good time drawing today and also spend some more time painting this evening. I may even get out for a short ride or walk in between. I know I just need to practice finding that balance.

Have an incredible Saturday!

-- 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 08-25-2013 12:48 PM

Have a gr8 weekend. Halloween is comin very soon

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

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 12:57 PM

I wish autumn would last forever, Roger! I see all my friends making Halloween projects and I realize how fast time is going by! These cool mornings are a reminder that autumn is almost here. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday 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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