My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1336: A Perfect World - Panel 10

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-12-2014 12:27 PM 1261 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Did you ever have those days when you set out to do a number of things, and when the day is finished you figure out that you accomplished a very small percentage of them, even though you were busy all day? 

That was the way I could best describe yesterday. 

I really don't quite understand what happened. I started out well. Got moving early, and somewhere along the way I just kind of got 'lost' with doing things other than I intended. Before I knew it – it was getting dark. But sometimes 'life' just gets in the way I suppose. 

I had hoped to be finished writing up my new pattern packet for the Painting With Friends Summertime Tea pattern that I showed the other day. That started out well and good until I decided that the photos that I had weren't the best. On the day I had taken them, it was overcast and rainy. I wanted to try them again in the natural light, as the day yesterday was bright and sunny. That alone took up at least two hours of shooting, adjusting and shooting again. But I am happy with the final results and feel that the time was well-spent. It was well worth the effort. 

As I began to write and lay out the instruction packet, I did my usual answering of emails and correspondence in between. Part of being a growing company is experiencing much more communication with our customers. I really do like this part of the job, as I enjoy helping others and hearing about their own creative journeys. I do realize though that it does take a bite out of my time during the day. But again – that is just part of life, and one I don't plan to give up soon.

I had a couple of nice offers to submit designs as well. These came from places that I don't typically submit to so both offer some new opportunities for me, which I am excited about. My head began spinning while I was doing other things as I started planning what I may want to do for the submissions. That is always a fun part of the process. I always say that I do best when I am up against a deadline, and apparently that is how this summer is going to be. I am happy about that, as I find some of my best work comes during these times. It keeps me from getting complacent and lazy. 

Then, around 2pm my new sewing machine arrived. 

I suppose I didn't really NEED a new sewing machine, but last week I saw my friend Lynn had purchased a Singer 160th Anniversary Edition machine that is very similar to this one and I was intrigued. I used to sew extensively and I actually made all my kids' clothing, as well as designing teddy bears.  My first company name was actually "Toys In The Attic" because I focused on designing collectible mohair bears. Below is a photo of one of the few pictures that I have of one of my bears – a gypsy:

 I designed and sewed every detail of these bears, from the bears themselves to the wonderfully fun clothing:

I loved to make them as detailed as possible. I had so many fun characters – there were Santa bears and a pair of sailor bears and even a pirate – complete with wooden leg and parrot! It was a fun part of my life, but I didn't make much money at it. Like any obsession with our crafts, what little I made I put right back into it by buying more supplies. The mohair fur used for these bears was upwards of $150 USD per yard! The shows were expensive as well. This was in the days prior to the internet, and there were issues like advertising and no digital photography. Oh – how we have come a long way! 

So I played with my new machine an hour or so just to make sure it was all working properly (wink, wink!) 

I was amazed at the low price that I got it for. Our Costco online here in Canada offered the machine for only $199 SHIPPED! When I saw that price, there was no way I could NOT order it, as my own machine (which I DO use on occasion) is over 25 years old and has sewed literally thousands and thousands of miles on it and it is getting noisy and when searching online, there are no parts available for it. The functions in my machine are similar to the new one I bought (both are Singers) and while this one is a bit more modern, I loved the "vintage" look that it had. I tried it out for a few minutes and it seemed to purr like a kitten and stitched beautifully! I can't wait to make something on it and really give it a run. I am sure for my 'light sewing' and occasional crafting on it, it will do fine. At least I hope so. 

I did get back to writing, but my daughter called and we hadn't spoken in a couple of weeks, so there went another hour. By the time I hung up, it was nearly time for me to make something for dinner. After supper, it was a BEAUTIFUL evening and I wanted to go for a drive with Keith for some ice cream by the ocean. We had heard that it was going to rain the next few days and I wanted to take advantage of the wonderful evening we had. So we went and it was simply lovely. 

(Oh – and in between I did some laundry and my daily house work!)

By the time we returned home, it was nearly 9pm. The sun was setting and there was no way I was going to write. I decided to spend an hour or so finishing up my panel 10 from my "A Perfect World" sampler, so I did. Below are the results:

This panel was pretty quick. I hadn't worked on it for two days, and I was nearly done, so it didn't take me too long last night to finish. In it, is a little hedgehog done in "needle painting":

He is hiding in a little bluebell bush. Here are the leaves. (I was really proud of the way I got them to look!)

And the lovely bluebell flowers. They were also so much fun to do! 

The color of the silk ribbon was just lovely!:

All these silk ribbons and threads have really spoiled me for anything else. I did purchase some white silk ribbon and silk dye and I may attempt to dye my own for future projects, but that will be another adventure in itself! 

As always, I truly enjoy doing my needlework. It is the perfect craft for me in the evening when I am tired and want to unwind from a full day. In listing all that I did yesterday, I don't think I was as lazy as I thought. Even though I didn't accomplish the exact things that I wanted to, I did have a day filled with opportunity, fun and creativity. And that is what I want my life to be like. 

Today is another day and I plan to finish my instructions. I don't know what will come my way, but whatever does, I will hopefully make the best of things and enjoy what life brings. For me, that is truly "A Perfect World."

Have a wonderful 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 06-13-2014 05:48 AM


I still need to go back and look at your previous panel, but my dial-up just kept timing out and the pictures wouldn’t open. I’m glad this one worked tonight because . . . WHAT A TREAT! The teddy bear is really delightful, too! That sampler is going to be incredibly beautiful when finished.

I hope you have many good years with your new Singer. It certainly looks like quite a machine!! I still prefer my old Touch and Sew from the 1960s that I bought when I went to Ray Vogue, but I broke a gear and have since used my antique treadle machines and bought a second hand (but barely used) Brother machine for $10 or $15 about 10 or 15 years ago. It works, but it certainly is not my Singer. I don’t sew as much as I once did . . . mostly upholstery now. When I bought the Brother I was having back trouble and asked the young man to carry it to the car for me. Then when I got home, I asked my husband to get it from the car. Afterwards I picked it up to move it and was embarrassed that I had asked for assistance. It only weighs about 1/4 of what the Singer weighs! My mother still has the same Touch and Sew that I have and hers works perfectly after 50 years of sewing on it! (Mine went through a fire and damaged the gears.)

You are really moving along quickly with the embroidery. It will be exciting to see it completed.


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#2 posted 06-13-2014 11:10 AM

Good morning, L/W!

Thank you for your kind words. I realize that I don’t always put only woodworking things on the blog and sometimes I am shy about posting here on this forum, but it would then be out of sync with the numbers on my site and the other places I post and my OCD won’t stand for that. ;) I am glad you enjoy these “non-woodworking” posts as well.

I am pleased with the panel. And yes – it is getting a little easier as I go along. The previous panel (#9) was the most intensive so far and I think after that everything will be easy. It does seem as if #10 got done quickly, but I only work on it about 3-4 nights a week. By the time I quit my ‘regular work’ sometimes it is just too late and I am too tired. I told myself in the beginning that I wouldn’t rush at all and if I were tired I would leave it. I feel that is the best way to avoid errors and make sure that it comes out nice. I am getting excited to see it done as well. I have many ideas for new projects already.

The machine is really very nice for the money. With taxes in, it only cost $229 CDN. As I said – it is very similar to my other machine in function (which cost over $800 twenty years ago) and while it isn’t a really ‘fancy-dancy’ machine – like the computerized embroidery machines – I think it will be more than adequate for my needs. I am very pleased with the ‘feel’ of it, even though I only spent about 20 minutes testing it. I have some mending and hemming to do this weekend and I will give a better review after that.

Thanks again for the comments. I will post the “A Perfect World” in its entirety when it is completed. :)

Have a great 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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