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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1610: Keeping Busy

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-26-2015 11:11 AM 791 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1609: Multi-Tasking Part 1610 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1611: New Designs for Autumn »

There are few things that make me feel better than seeing someone enjoying my patterns and making projects from them. After all – the reason I began designing in the first place was so others could learn and have fun with them. I try to make each pattern I create into a mini-lesson, so that people of all skill levels can create the project themselves. 



Often I get notes or emails asking me if I mind if people change up my designs a little bit. Not only do I not mind it, but I encourage others to do whatever they like to make their projects truly personalized. I love seeing the creativity of others and many times it acts as a spring board for my own future ideas. I think everyone 'wins' that way. 



Yesterday I received a note from a customer who created my SLDP233 "Nevermore" plaque. It has been to date, one of my favorite projects. I love designing these 'darker' pieces and I loved the subject matter. 



Roxanne Corey had found a surface at Michael's that seemed to suit the plaque perfectly. Here is a picture of her painting:



Isn't it amazing and cool?  I thought so! The Gothic frame was the absolute perfect compliment to the design. I just had to share it. (Thank you, Roxanne for allowing me to do so!) 



This is truly an inspiration for me. There are days (as with most designers) that we sometime question ourselves and wonder if we are on the right track. But after seeing something like this, and all the other wonderful photos that people send me of their renditions of my designs, I think I may be doing something right. It is a feeling that is "priceless".



As for my own work, I spent the day re-creating my decorated ice skates for my Art Play Date 2015 project. 



I am really getting excited about it again and I will be shooting the video this weekend. I had forgotten just how much FUN this project was to make. 



I am also going to work on the baskets that I showed you all the other day. We hope to have a site update completed by tomorrow, as well as a newsletter going out. Keith has been working on some new designs as well and I think you are going to love them! 



With that said, I will keep my post rather short today. It is overcast and much cooler today. I can feel autumn in the air. My favorite time of year is approaching so I am really happy. I hope I am productive as well. 



I hope you have a great day today and find some time to do something that you love. 



Happy Wednesday to you all! 




-- 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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a1Jim

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#1 posted 08-26-2015 12:52 PM

All of your work is amazing to me Shelia, good luck on your Viedo.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-26-2015 12:54 PM

Thanks, Jim! I don’t do them very often, so it is like a new experience when I do make them. I should try to do more. It will be in several smaller segments which will make it easier to follow the steps as well as upload and for others to see. :)

Thank you for the nice comment. I admire your work a great deal and coming from a seasoned woodworker like you, it means a lot! :)

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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atouchofoz

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#3 posted 08-26-2015 04:52 PM

Hi Sheila!
YIPPEE! You’re an inspiration to me today as the early morning air is changing to cooler here in the high desert of Arizona! I hope you have a lot of fun today being creative, your ICE skates are super cool looking! (pun intended!) I am looking forward to your patterns to arrive and a posted video also! I’m like a kid in a candy shop today after reading your blog!
THANKS! ~Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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Roger

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#4 posted 08-26-2015 08:37 PM

Oh yea! That Nevermore looks gr8!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 08-26-2015 09:38 PM

Roxanne did a great job on your “Nevermore” pattern. Great idea! Your ice skates look awesome! Getting close to painting time!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 08-26-2015 11:59 PM

Thank you all for your nice comments. I think Roxanne ROCKED the Nevermore plaque! I love it when that happens! :) I am glad you enjoy the post. I really appreciate your support.

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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