My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1161: Time Warp

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-10-2013 12:01 PM 1177 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I look outside across the road to the river bank, I see the beautiful stillness of the trees. The sky is overcast and grey and the bare birch trees look almost highlighted against the green pine background. While some may find this time of year a bit desolate and bleak, I find it soothing and peaceful.

The air is cool and in the weeks to come the frenzy of the holiday season will be upon us. First the bountiful harvest season which will peak with wonderful Thanksgiving meals, filled with food, family and friends. Then the Christmas rush begins – with shopping and craft shows and wrapping and decorating and all that we have come to associate with the season. It will certainly be a busy time!

So what am I sitting here thinking about on this beautiful cool and crisp November Sunday?

You would think that as I designer I would be working on Angels and Nativities and thinking of Santa and his reindeer. But that was long ago in my mind. I am in the process of finishing up my next project and article for Creative Woodworks and Crafts, and my thoughts are several months ahead.

The issue that is due is the March issue and the focus is flowers and bunnies and post-winter holidays. We are looking budding leaves and flowers and renewal on every level. Birds and bunnies and gardening and all the things we enjoy throughout the spring season. It is certainly like living in a time warp!

Perhaps that is one of the reasons that I never mind any one season. So many people say to me things like “How can you STAND winter? It is so dull and bleak!”

Besides the fact that I really don’t MIND the snow and the cold (I love having four seasons) I think that with me being a designer, I am never really living in one single season at a time. My thoughts are always months ahead and while I am physically living in one season, my mind and thoughts are somewhere else completely. I think this is a good thing.

It wasn’t long ago when I was working on some of my Christmas projects for the magazine. I was sitting here in shorts and a tank top, having lunch on my little deck with my cat Pancakes, and thinking about angels and working on the pretty Nativity Christmas Box pattern that I submitted to the magazine. I remember the sweat rolling down my brown while I was sanding the pieces and the warmth of the sun on my back, and thinking how funny it was to be making Christmas stuff in the summer.

But for me, it is a way of life.

Now that the winter months are approaching, my focus is on the newness of spring. Trees, flowers and gardening occupy my thoughts, as well as the warm and pleasant days to come. Part of me is always living a season or two ahead, and I have learned to enjoy losing myself in the thoughts of the days to come.

Yesterday I worked on the new project that I am doing for the March issue of the magazine. At first, it was a little difficult to acclimate myself to the mindset of SPRING. After all, I had just finished decorating my own place here with all my little autumn touches. I changed my ‘all season tree’ lights from white to orange, and adorned the branches with beautiful autumn sprays of leaves and berries. I put out the few decorations that reminded me of the autumn season, like my crow candle holder and some small gourds. Our place sure looked cozy and – well – autumn like!

Then I sat down to draw something geared for spring. It may have taken me a few minutes to get started, but I had been thinking of the project that I was going to do for weeks and couldn’t wait to see it materialize. In my head I refined and changed it a couple of times and by the time I actually began drawing, it flowed from my pen with ease.

By late afternoon the drawing was completed. I put together my dinner and popped it into the over (stuffed peppers – MMMMmm!) and headed to the saw. I was able to complete the cutting before dinner was done and after I ate, I oiled the pieces so they would be ready to finish today. Everything worked like clockwork.

I have a small teaser of part of the design that you all like to see so much:

It isn’t Santa or a reindeer, but rather something that we will look forward to seeing in the spring.

I think it is fun to have a life like this. No matter what season we are in, I am able to enjoy and live in any season I choose.

After this project is done, I will be returning to making some fun Christmas projects for this year for my site. But deadlines for the magazine take precedence over everything else. I think it is great that they are so far ahead because they force me to think ahead and plan as well. While I was working on this spring project for the article, I had several other ideas for spring as well. I have written them down and I plan to do them for my own site and customers. It is all good.

So as the sun illuminates this beautiful autumn morning and I see the first flakes of snow for the year falling lightly to the ground, I look forward to completing my spring project today using bright and cheerful pastel colors.

Who knows where that will take me next.

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday! :)

-- 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 11-10-2013 12:56 PM

Speaking of cool weather, nuttin better than a hot-spiced-cider, with a bit o Rum of course. :)

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

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#2 posted 11-10-2013 01:07 PM

Turtle dove??

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#3 posted 11-10-2013 01:25 PM

I had hot cider with cinnamon and spices last night before bed. (Sans rum though!) It has been one of my favorite evening drinks, along with some lovely flavored tea. My last hour or so of the day is usually spent playing a hidden object computer game and cuddling with one of my various cats on my lap and sipping tea or cider. No wonder I sleep so well. :)

Not quite, Pat – you will have to come back and see tomorrow! ;)

I wish you both a fun day! 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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#4 posted 11-10-2013 02:02 PM

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 11-10-2013 02:35 PM

That’s MEEE!!! Thank you David! :D
Have an amazing 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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#6 posted 11-10-2013 03:26 PM

Wish I could reach your equanimity. I am getting frustrated which is normal for this time of year as I make most of my Christmas gifts and am more behind than usual. Being a full time care giver for my mother doesn’t allow me a lot of extra time but am making progress.
I didn’t realize that Keith is such a sadist. Am working on 4 sets of the 12 days of Christmas. The numbers weren’t too bad but had to do 48 as cut them from 1/4” purple heart and it is too hard to stack. Couldn’t believe the number of cuts on the overlays. There’s sure not much wood left when you finish the interior cuts.

-- Kepy

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#7 posted 11-10-2013 03:58 PM

Aww, Kepy! I DO feel your pain as far as Keith’s designs! Yes – he is pretty darn meticulous when it comes to those filigree designs he does! People love them though and keep asking for more. It is a challenge to his own skill and ability as well, and I think he enjoys raising the bar not only for himself, but for all who decide to join him!

As far as your getting your gifts done, I think that taking care of your mom is very noble and admirable. While it does take you away from other things, I am sure that the gratitude she feels toward you is immense. Perhaps you are being too hard on yourself. I see this when couples have a child and they are upset because they can’t accomplish the same amount that they did prior to being parents. It just isn’t possible, or expected.

Perhaps you should consider smaller or easier gifts for those on your list. I only mention that because in the past when my plate was full with family, I had to do the same. I found a great deal of freedom in being able to say “I just can’t do it all.” It was almost as if I lifted a huge weight off of my own head. Trust me – I have had many unfinished projects that I had intended for gifts and didn’t complete in time. There is always next year and you can look at it as if you have a head start on that.

Remember the reason for Christmas. Try not to focus as much on what is expected as far as gifts, etc., and turn to the love of family and friends and the time you will spend catching up with them. This is our first Christmas without Keith’s dad and our entire family is trying to refocus. I am sure it will be strange.

Take care and hang in there. Just do what you can and I am sure it will be appreciated. Life is too short to worry about meeting high expectations – especially when we put them on ourselves.

((HUGS))) 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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