My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1112: Making Progress

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-25-2013 10:39 AM 2151 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1111: Finding that Balance Part 1112 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1113: New Halloween Key Ornaments »

As I went to fall into bed last night, I walked into my room and immediately noticed how crisp and cool the air was. It would definitely be a night for blankets (and perhaps a cat or two) to keep me warm. This was the first night of the season that felt this way. After a lovely, warm and sunny day, the night temperatures were cool and crisp and on the brink of chilly. Fall is approaching, and it is my favorite time of year.

Overall yesterday I had a pretty good day. I got some chores around the house done, got a chance to polish up my car after the recent road trip, and catch up on some errands and shopping. We had a great, early supper of bar-b-que chicken wings on the grill along with a nice vegetable pizza and after dinner I had some time to draw.

I made good progress on the next project that I was doing. And even though the errands took a little longer than I had anticipated, I still accomplished a great deal and think that I should be just about finished with drawing today and ready to cut tomorrow. Here is a small sample of what is to come to tease you:

You can probably guess that what I am making is Halloween themed. While everyone is still enjoying the last days of summer, I can see all my creative friends working hard on their autumn and Halloween projects in preparation for the upcoming craft season. This time will pass all too quickly I am afraid, and before we know it winter will be upon us.

I went to buy some more watermelon yesterday and I was unable to find any in our area. Since the beginning of summer, I have had about one a week that I keep cut up with other fresh fruit for breakfast. It was yet another indication that the season will soon come to a close.

I did get some additional painting done last night as well. While I still felt like drawing, I also wanted to continue on painting my little ornaments that I was working on. I am trying to develop the pattern of painting for at least an hour or so a day, to wind down and relax.

I finished the third of the six kitties in the pattern packet designed by Terrye French that I am working on. This time it is a kitty bat:

Once again, I think it is just a delightful design. It is relaxing and fun to do this type of painting and I truly enjoy it. I find it odd that I like it so much because there was a time when primitive designs didn’t appeal to me. I suppose our tastes change as time passes, and I find that I enjoy this style more and more. Perhaps it is the relaxed and simple style. And as I said, you can’t look at it without smiling. I know it isn’t really Keith’s thing, but each night when I show him my finished piece, he smiles and says “I don’t know about you!” I can tell he enjoys it despite himself.

So off I go to begin another day. Once again, it is sunny, clear and beautiful out this morning. What an outstanding summer we have had here this year. We couldn’t have asked for better.

I hope you all enjoy your Sunday as well. I have been happy to see all of my friends on Facebook taking advantage of the final days of summer with picnics, gatherings and outings and also seeing my creative friends’ new projects for the upcoming seasons. It is all quite an inspiration.

Have a wonderful 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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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 10:45 AM

Love the Pumpkin Cat
Sun is shining brightly, Mads is off to see a friend of mine
to do some pole lathe turning.
The house is so quiet though.
Be well Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 10:50 AM

Good morning Jamie! I found when Keith took that week to fill in at the plant, I had mixed feelings. It was really quiet here and I did accomplish a lot, but I also missed him and his company. I am glad it only happens occasionally and it really makes me feel happy when he is here. The quiet time is good for us though and for myself, it gives me time to think things through a bit. I suppose that is why I enjoy my quiet mornings so much.l

I hope you have a great day today. It is cool here now and I am thinking that baking and soup season will not be long off. Good things ahead.

Take care, Sheila

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

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#3 posted 08-25-2013 02:32 PM

Morning Sheila, I certainly get you on the crisp morning since we are in midst of Grand Tetons and it was 53 this am! It’s chilly after being in Fla 8 plus years! Like the punkin cat!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 08-25-2013 02:33 PM

I see Edith is going to take flight this morning! Have a wonderful day and stay safe! Glad to see your travels and how much you two are enjoying yourselves. Thanks on the kitty! It is fun and simple! Just a cool way to wind down in the evenings. :)


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

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