My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1137: Time for Another Site Update!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-26-2013 11:32 AM 1298 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday seemed to pass by like a blur. While it was only Wednesday, it seemed like a weekend day and I was truly busy from the moment I awoke until after midnight when I finally turned in for the evening.

Among other things, we spent the afternoon and evening out at the summer camp home of our friends from Digby. (Bernie and Ellen) We had been trying to plan our annual birthday dinner for both Ellen and me since mid-August, but one thing after another came up and we finally had a place in our schedules where we could meet. Even though both Bernie and Ellen are in their 80’s, they are very active and always on the go. It is good to see them like that, and I know that is one of the reasons why they still have their health. They never slow down long enough to get sick!

I love it out at the lake. They have a small but beautiful little camp that Bernie built himself many, many years ago. We used to spend much more time out there , visiting several times in the year, but it seems that for both our families, life just took over and the opportunities for getting together there just don’t arise as they used to. It is somewhat of a shame.

As usual, Ellen made a wonderful dinner, which included ham, salads and all the trimmings. At the end of the meal she presented a home-made birthday cake and even though we were already stuffed, she insisted that we eat some more. It was a lovely meal.

Since both Ellen and I have our birthdays in mid-August, it has become a tradition to share in the celebration by having a nice supper. We are both not ones to make a fuss over our own special day, but it is fun for us to celebrate each others’ birthday so this is a fun time for everyone involved. Yesterday was no exception.

It was nice to look at pictures, catch up on what we have been up to, and just relax in the familiar company of what I consider my Canadian family. Their daughter Cindy was able to come as well, and she has been like a sister to me over all these years that I have been here. Her own daughter recently married and she traveled across the country to attend the wedding and it was fun to hear of her adventures.

Before I headed out for the day, I had spoken with my friend in New York state regarding the possibility of Keith and I hosting some classes for their woodworking group next month. I had made the decision that I would like to take a trip to Chicago in the near future to meet my new grand daughter and I thought it would be a great opportunity to do some teaching along the way.

As usual, Jeannie was very enthusiastic about us doing so, and thought that there would be interest not only in scroll sawing classes, but painting classes as well. It will be a good deal of planning, between now and then, but I think that we will be able to put together a couple of nice classes that we all will enjoy very much.

As for today, I am finishing writing the final pattern packet for the site update, which hopefully will be done by the end of the day. As of this morning, I still have some emails to go through from yesterday and then I can get going on the site. There is always something to keep me busy.

I wanted to also mention that I truly appreciated all the nice comments and notes regarding yesterday’s blog. I sometimes wonder if my morning ramblings are of interest to others, and I am glad that so many of you feel inspired by what words I write in the early part of my day. I sometimes read back and cringe at the grammar errors or sentence structures, but I am glad that for the most part you can understand what thoughts I am trying to convey. The only way that I am able to continue doing the blog each day is by just typing on the fly and not worrying too much about the technicalities of my writing. If I took more time on it than I already do, I wouldn’t have time to design and work and I would have nothing to talk about in the long run. So I am glad you are patient with me.

Yesterday I noticed that some of the trees have already began shedding their leaves. There isn’t much color yet, but some of the trees are tan and gold. I wonder how much color we will get this year. I also hope that we will see some color as we drive through New England on our way to Chicago. We probably aren’t leaving until the third week of October and I hope it isn’t too late by then. We will just have to see.

I love everything about autumn. The cool air allows us to cook in comfort and create wonderfully satisfying foods. The colors of autumn are among my favorites, and I love creating fun autumn decorations. Since I finished the pumpkin kitty ornaments last week, I began another Terry French pattern called “Harvest Pull Toy Platter”. While it was intended to be painted on a large platter, I decided to do each of the pull toys in 3-D as a stand up figure. Here is the first of the eight pieces:

I think it will be a cute set that I can display in so many different ways! I am going to try to work on the pieces in my “off” hours (if those even exist!) and I will post pictures as I go along. I don’t know if I will be decorating my all season tree for Halloween this year because it doesn’t appear that I will be home then. I will want to have some nice autumn decorations to get me through the end of fall until it is time to put on the Christmas decorations. It will be a good chance for me to do some general autumn designs that aren’t particularly related to Halloween.

With that said, I had better get to it. I hope to have a newsletter out by this evening, so if you are a subscriber, please watch your email. If you do not subscribe, I invite you to do so. You can sign up at this page on our site: Mailing List I don’t share your information with anyone and it will keep you up to date on all of our new patterns and kits we add to the site.

I wish you all a great day. Have a happy and creative Thursday!

-- 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 09-26-2013 01:04 PM

Your creations are always so fun and a joy for the eye’s to see. :)

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-26-2013 01:09 PM

Thank you Roger! I like showing at least something new every day. Otherwise you all will think I am getting LAZY! :)

I wish you a great day! :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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#3 posted 09-27-2013 02:14 AM

Hi Sheila, I love the way you blend the colours in your painting projects. I’m not always sure which colour to use when I float a shadow in a project. Sometimes it’s trial and error.
Your trip to Chicago sounds exciting. Looking forward to hearing about the woodworking group you will be giving lessons to. Any carvers among them?
A beautiful Fall day here. Perfect for a long walk along the dyke.
Enjoy your evening.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 09-27-2013 10:42 AM

Hi, Anna: I think that shading and highlighting takes a little time to learn with each brand of paint you use. To me, each brand of paint is like a language and you only become familiar with it after using it. Some colors are opaque and some are more transparent, and you can’t tell this from just looking at the color in the bottle. Once you use them though, you are more familiar at their subtle hues and you begin to “think” in those terms. (Oh – I need the Russet to shade the Canyon Orange – etc.)

DecoArt does offer an online chart which suggests shading and highlighting combinations of their colors. While it doesn’t apply to every project you may want to do, it is a helpful start to get you going. The link to it is here:

I hope you find it helpful. ;)

Glad to hear you are enjoying painting!

Overcast yesterday with a rainy mist, but today appears to be beautiful! Fall is magnificent!


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

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