My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1471: Burning the Midnight Oil

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-07-2015 01:38 PM 1479 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Those of you who read often know that I am a "morning person".  I love getting up in the morning – the earlier the better. Anything after about 5am and I am good to go.

Because of that, I don't tend to be a 'night owl'. Usually after dinner I slow down a bit and do some things that don't require a lot of thought or concentration. It is what I consider my 'down time.'

But lately, since I have jumped back into full swing after coasting a bit in December, I just don't seem to have the luxury to take time to do that. I have lots of deadlines piled up this month, as I have been exploring several different and new directions for our business to head. It is all really very exciting, and I am not short of ideas, but my biggest problem that I am having is that time seems to be moving faster than ever, and the days keep slipping away.

I try not to get myself upset by this. I look back on each day and ask myself "Did I accomplish?" and usually the answer is "Yes! I did!" That is really all I can ask for. I am trying to keep things in perspective and respect that there is only one of me and that doing things with quality takes a bit of time. After all, if I accomplished everything and the quality of the work I did wasn't up to par, what would be the point?

So I take a breath and do what I can and keep going. I try not to stress over getting "everything" done. I do my best.

I bring this up because I am seeing many posts from my other creative friends and I know they are in the same situation as I am. Many of them set their own standards high and feel a little let down when they can't accomplish their goals in the unrealistic time frame they set out for themselves. Somehow knowing that it isn't "just me" seems to help a bit, as I look at these others with much admiration and respect and it makes me feel better knowing that I am not alone in having this happening. I think the problem (if you can call it that!) is that there are too many ideas and not enough time to do them in. And for a designer, that is more like a blessing than a problem.

So we press on at a pace that is comfortable for us and do our best to accomplish what we can in a given time frame. I think it is all good.

The past couple of nights I actually "worked" until nearly midnight. I know some of my friends are night owls and do this all the time, but they usually sleep a little bit later than me as well. Because of this, my mornings have been off to a later start and I find that I feel pressed for time in the morning.

I am not complaining, because it felt really good to go to bed knowing that what I had set out to do had been accomplished. I don't want to wake up feeling guilty because I am not writing here or be down on myself for not doing everything. I think they call it "burning the candle at both ends" and it is a quick way to making oneself sick and feeling burned out. Something just has to give.

So for the time being at least, I plan on backing off on my blog posts here just a little bit while I am working on some of these projects. I hate to say that because even when I read it, it sounds like I am throwing in the towel on my blog here, which I assure you – I am NOT. I just feel that some days my time may be better spent working on projects rather than talking about them here. Of course I will talk about them when they are finished or when I have something to say about them, but keeping the schedule of writing every single day without missing a beat is sometimes difficut. My posts here take anywhere from an hour or two to create and sometimes (just sometimes) that time could be better spent making things.

But we'll see. . . It may turn out that I catch up faster than I anticipate and things get back to 'normal' sooner than I think.  You may not even notice.

For the past couple of days I have been working on the pattern packets for the two painted mask pattern sets that will hopefully be available up on the site later on today. My SLDP230 Romantic Masquerade - Pretty in Pink and SLDP231 Romantic Masquerade - Red Passion projects have been fun and wonderful to create. (The links will work once the patterns are posted.) In re-painting them, I took many step by step photos for the patterns, so even a beginner painter could accomplish the project. The packets have 35 and 33 photos included, which will really help those who are new to painting.

I finished the second packet up at 11:59 last night, and I am very proud of both of the packets. Each one is like a full lesson.  I do want to re-take the cover photos today though, and then I will post them. Please check back if you are interested. 

The masks are made with the same shapes as my SLDPK210 Haunted Masquerade pattern wood pieces, so the kits are available here :SLDPK210  I am also going to work on making a "generic mask" product that will work with ALL the mask sets that I am creating. That will make it easier and less confusing. 

One other announcement that I want to make today is that Keith has also been burning the midnight oil and completely overhauled our catalog to create our NEW SHEILA LANDRY DESIGNS WINTER/SPRING 2015 catalog! 

This was a HUGE undertaking and I must tell you – he did a fabulous job of categorizing and displaying all of our work. We have such a vast amount of pattern that the task gets more and more difficult each time. This catalog is 36 pages full of HUNDREDS of our scroll sawing and painting patterns. I must say – seeing all of our work in one booklet is really somewhat overwhelming. We certainly offer a variety of projects for you to choose from!

The catalog is available for free download HERE or you can have us print and ship it to you – but shipping charges will apply. It is a larger, 10mb file, so please be patient when downloading it and allow it ample time. Keith tried to make the photos a bit sharper and clearer, and the file is a bit larger because of that. But we want you to be able to see our projects clearer and there was really no other way around it. We hope you enjoy it!

Well – that is about all for today! Winter has definitely arrived here in Nova Scotia. It is cold out and there is just a dusting of snow. It is a great time to stay in and make soup and work on projects. 

I hope you all have a wonderful day! Stay warm and creative! 

Happy Wednesday to you all!

-- 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 01-07-2015 10:52 PM

All I can say is WOW! I just downloaded and browsed through the new catalogue. Congratulations Keith! This is put together so well and the photos are great. Browsing through it reminds me of all the patterns I have that I haven’t managed to get around to creating yet! And I see lots that I will add to my project list. All your hard work is paying off :)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 12:57 AM

Incredible catalog. WowZa! If I ever hit the lottery, I will buy one of everything. :)

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

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 12:12 PM

Thank you both so much! Kieth is a stickler on “continuity” and he does a wonderful job with our catalog. It is a very daunting task, as we have probably over 500 items now. It just keeps getting bigger, which I suppose is good! :)

We really appreciate your kind words! Have a great 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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