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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1217: Just Because . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-13-2014 01:04 PM 721 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1216: Diversifying Your Skills Part 1217 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1218: Ballerinas »

A while ago I had an idea for a pattern.

I don’t remember exactly what triggered it, but I thought it would come out cool and I was thinking about it ever since. It’s one of those patterns that I want to make for no particular reason other than to see how it would turn out.

I find myself sometimes wondering if I am going in too many directions at one time. Then – sometimes only hours (or minutes) later on, I think of something else that I want to try or another new technique, theme or medium to work in and once again wish for more hours in the day.

Many of my designs are driven by deadlines, seasons and requests. In most ways that is a good thing, as it helps keep me on track and on a certain time table and helps me set and achieve my goals. But there are times when the projects that I am thinking about don’t fit into these categories and I have trouble making the time for me to develop them. They go from year to year living only in my thoughts and sometimes it is frustrating because it just never seems to be the right time to make them into reality.

I don’t usually believe in “New Year’s Resolutions”, but I do believe in setting goals for yourself no matter what time of year it is. When we bring in the new year, it may seem more significant because many view the new year as a time for starting fresh and making new commitments to ourselves to better our lives in some way.

I look at my past year and I am happy. Our little company continues to grow and we are doing well. We had some sad times throughout the year as well, but for the most part things moved in a positive direction and we are pleased with our progress.

But I do believe that part of being successful is to continually set higher goals for yourself and to keep challenging yourself to improve.

So with those thoughts in mind, I am working on this pattern “just because.”

The more I think about it, the more I like it. I can think of probably ten or more new designs right off the bat that can fall into the “Just Because” category. They are patterns that I will do “for no other reason than because I want to.” It won’t matter to me if they really sell or not. They will be there for those who enjoy them. But the main reason I am making them is “just because” I like the idea. And that is good enough for me.

So here is a quick sneak preview of what I have drawn:

You can see they are dancers. They are going to be pretty cool though, as I have some nice ideas for them that I hope you will like.

I like my idea of “just because” designs. It will keep me from feeling as if I HAVE to do something for this reason or that (approaching holiday, magazine deadline, etc.) It will allow me to feel as if I am in control on those days when I feel that the company is taking over (all small business owners feel that way sometimes, I suspect) and it will remind me of the joy I find in doing my job.

Hopefully, you all will enjoy them as well.

Have a great Monday!

Today’s Featured Product

SLDK179 Classic Collection Heart Basket

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



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Roger

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#1 posted 01-13-2014 01:58 PM

This is way kool Sheila. It wouldn’t hold my ice cream, but I really like the way you’ve constructed it. Way kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-13-2014 02:16 PM

Thanks, Roger – that is one of Keith’s creations. His baskets are really wonderful. :)

Sheila

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

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nancyann

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#3 posted 01-13-2014 03:22 PM

I like the slang “just cause”! I’m looking forward to seeing the finished project you’re creating.

-- Nancy Antley

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 03:32 PM

Thanks, Nancy. I hope you are feeling better! Been thinking about you! ((HUGS))

Sheila

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

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Celticscroller

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 06:02 PM

The ballerinas are going to look cool. It will be very interesting to see the finished product and how you finish them. Keith’s basket looks great. I like the way you have included a featured product in the blog.
I think Spring is on it’s way! Mild and dry here today with the possibility of sun later in the week and up to 10 degrees. Yea!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Philip

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 04:09 AM

They look great! I sympathize with the “too many ideas syndrome…”

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 11:04 AM

Thank you both Anna and Philip. I have a couple of ideas for these little ballerinas and I plan to show them both ways. So far, so good . . . :)

Sheila

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

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