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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1353: Research for a project

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 18 days ago 615 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today's blog is going to be a bit shorter than what you are used to (I promise!)  I am still getting back on my feet and I spent the day yesterday finishing catching up with things and beginning work on my new project. This project is a Halloween themed item and it is really going to be cool (I hope!) It is more of a painting project, but I also think that I am going to make a scroll sawn version of it as well, as I think it will appeal to the scrollers and adapt well to an all wood presentation without paint.



I was doing the research for it when I lost power on Saturday. I like to research what I am doing, as it is important to make sure that my subject matter is labeled and depicted correctly. You would be amazed at how many emails Keith and I get when we do subjects of animals such as Elk and Caribou and call the project one or the other. Even though we both have looked into this extensively, the similarities between the two always offer some amount of confusion. They are very closely related and it is difficult for the experts to distinguish one from the other. While the subject that I am working on is NOT the Elk or Caribou, it still needs some research to make sure I am show it correctly.



With that said, I need to keep things short today. I slept in a little late and that always puts me behind. Usually I am up at around six but this morning I didn't get up until just after eight. I must have been sleepy from the excitement of the weekend! 



One more thing I wanted to mention was that wanted to send a big "thank you" to my friend Suzanne from New York who sent me some of my favorite snacks.



It is funny how we sometimes can't get the things we like here in Canada that we used to get regularly in the United States. I mentioned this to Sue the other day when we were talking on the phone and yesterday I received a box full of Oyster crackers!  What a wonderful and thoughtful treat! I am sure it cost her more to ship them than they cost to buy. I met Suzanne through a wonderful group on Facebook and we have since become good friends, as I have with so many from my social media groups. 



Networking and meeting other creative people is really uplifting. Not only does it help you find answers to particular questions you may have regarding your creative processes, but it is also very inspirational for you to have others to share your passions. It keeps enthusiasm at a high level and really enriches your life. 



Today, it is more drawing and (hopefully) I can begin painting. I hope to have more to show you tomorrow on my progress for this project. I see it in my mind and I am excited about making it a reality. 



I wish you all a wonderful Tuesday!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 17 days ago

The “experts” calling you on elk and caribou is a bit amusing. “Experts” should know the difference and not have to try to correct you ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 17 days ago

Yes – I do try to be correct in naming the creatures that I draw. Some animals it is very difficult to differentiate from a similar species. I always try to do my best. :)

I hope you have a good day today!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 17 days ago

We have the same problem identifying weasels and stoats in the UK. All you have to remember is that a weasel is weasily recognised and a stoat is stoatally different!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Celticscroller

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#4 posted 17 days ago

Never heard of Oyster crackers before. Great to have good friends like that!
Is anyone really an “expert” in anything? We are continually learning new things about our craft, hobby or interest.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 17 days ago

Some animals are so close in appearance and are called different names in different areas, but really the same species. I believe this is where some of the confusion comes in. I always do my best to properly identify my subjects, as it is really embarrassing to hear I am wrong after selling patterns with them incorrectly named (yes – it had happened in the past!) But mistakes are made and most of the time it is so close that it is inconsequential.

Anna – most Canadians think “oyster crackers” are fishy tasting crackers. :) I just like the small, compact size for munching (less crumbs!) and they are great in things like chili and tomato soup.

Yes – it is nice to have such great friends! :)

Have a great evening! Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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robscastle

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#6 posted 17 days ago

Oh Martyn…...

-- Regards Robert

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