My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1281: Getting Caught Up

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-01-2014 10:35 AM 1434 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s funny how even though we weren’t able to make the trip to Saratoga Springs, I still feel like I was falling behind with things. I think that all the planning and packing and anticipation of leaving home for a week really took a toll on me.

Fortunately, I had met all my deadlines with my magazine prior to leaving. That was one thing off of my mind. Another good thing was that we made sure that our wholesalers were in good shape and that they were completely updated with all of our patterns and designs and everything like that.

So you would think that we would be able to coast along since we had an extra week to do things, wouldn’t you?

Apparently not because I feel like I have been busier than ever. Worrying about the weather and Rich and all the other things really took its toll on me I believe. And even though we didn’t leave after all, we still had the task of unpacking and getting back into a working mindset.

Had we gone, we would have been returning home today. Yesterday and last night the weather in New Brunswick was once again horrible. They experienced snow and ice storms and even some blizzard warnings. We would have had to drive right through the terrible weather once again had we gone and it made me feel much better about our decision to stay home. There are times when you just know you did the right thing.

Yesterday was our first big day back to routine. I finally feel that I am once again catching up on things and ready to look ahead to design more. I have so many ideas lately that I am finding it difficult to sleep. Even though I went to bed after midnight, I found myself lying in bed “thinking” around 4am and at five I just decided to get up and start my day. I don’t think that is a bad thing, as I find I am very productive in the morning. But I reserve the right to take a little cat nap later on today if need be.

I finished my pattern for my ””He Is Risen Candle Tray and it is up on the site ready to sell.

We also added our new BOOK (Getting Started With The Scroll Saw) as I mentioned yesterday, as well as two new patterns that Keith created.

He made a beautiful overlay plaque called “Bless Our Home” that came out really nice:

He also created a companion plaque for the holidays that is in the same style. It is called “Peace On Earth

I think they are both going to be really popular.

I even was able to send out the newsletter, which meant that I am all caught up with things.

I love when I get to this point, because it means that I will be able to ‘play’ and design the entire day. I have some new scroll sawing designs in mind as well as some new painting designs. I also am going to be experimenting with some other materials and finishes to give the scrolled pieces a new look. It will be interesting to see how everything comes out.

It is hard to believe that it is April already. As the sun came up, I saw that there was another layer of snow on the ground. I began redecorating my “all season tree” here and I want to put a Spring motif on it. All the icicles and polar bears and penguins went back into hibernation until next year. Hopefully that will encourage some warmer weather here. Even though I do love the snow and winter, I think I had my fill of it.

I hope you all have a wonderful day today. Perhaps if we all think warm thoughts, spring will eventually arrive.

Happy Tuesday!

-- 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 04-01-2014 01:44 PM

i always enjoy your designs, i appreciate the fact that you have come a long way in your career and i was thinking this morning how is it that you are able to design, i wondered if you might ever consider doing a blog on that very point, maybe share with us some of the ways we ourselves can design our own projects in a better way, giving us some pointers on that…just a thought, i’m really glad you made the decision not to go, i think way to much trouble would have entered you and keith’s life..i hope richard continues to heal, and give him a hug for me, i sure do miss having a kitty, ive had one my whole life, now with a very spirited dog, im not sure a kitty would survive…lol…maybe later down the road…hope your day goes well, and a nap will probably come after no sleep, but, you are a hard worker, your example there to me has helped me push through on some days that would be hard..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 01:54 PM

Thank you Bob. I always appreciate your remarks and friendship. :)

I think as far as designing goes, it is just something that people themselves need to explore. I design differently than Keith. And he designs differently from others. We all have our own styles and methods that work best for us.

I share which software that I use (all Adobe products) and they have taken me literally years to learn – and I am learning more every day. There is no quick way to just design I don’t think. You need to think of what you want, draw it, and then test cut it to see if it works. Only experience allows you to “know” more what will work and what won’t That comes with time and LOTS of mistakes. :)

I try to share what I can, but most people don’t want to invest in the programs that I use for my business. I know they are very expensive, but since it is my living, I feel it is worth it. Someone who is just playing around or getting their feet wet probably won’t want to do so. But if they have questions, I always try to help.

I hope you have a great day today. I am working on some new techniques and I hope to share them soon.

Thanks again, 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 04-02-2014 02:24 AM

Just looking at the news tonight and seeing how New Brunswick got dumped on again, you definitely made the right decision not to take your trip.
I love the new projects and Keith’s plaques are wonderful. I’d love to see a video of him cutting these long plaques. I know you mentioned before you don’t use spiral blades so I’d love to see how he turns the long plaque when cutting. I haven’t worked on anything that long before and I have a couple of Keith’s word plaques patterns that are on my project list.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 04-02-2014 11:57 AM

Yes, Anna – they really got hit hard again. We would have been going right through there at the time of that storm. All this week they are still giving some snow. I hope it doesn’t accumulate much. I will mention to Keith about the video and maybe I can take some video of him cutting the next time he is cutting a plaque out. He tries to keep his word art pieces at a manageable size for cutting, as I know he is not fond of cutting larger pieces, as I am not either.


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

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#5 posted 04-03-2014 12:11 AM

Yes, both are gr8 sayings. As always, super crispy clean, and awesome.

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

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