My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #78: Another Skating Figure Complete - Meet "Sonja"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-20-2010 01:11 PM 7900 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 77: A Day of Learning Part 78 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 79: Finding Balance (sigh!) Again »

Yesterday was a good day for tying up loose ends. It seemed that about half the day was writing to customers and answering emails. I enjoy that part of the job though, because it really lets me get to know my customers a little better. I also get to see some of the wonderful work they do.

I also have some personal correspondences to keep up with. I have one friend in particular who wrote me yesterday. She is a friend from high school, but we became friends more so when I kids were babies. We both still lived in the neighborhood where we grew up and had a lot of fun when they children were small. Her family was notorious for having the most incredible parties, as they were all filled with fun and mischief. I have many, many fond memories of holidays and times spent with her entire family and so does my son. I had recently reconnected with her on Facebook and now she lives in Wisconsin and works with special ed kids (which suits her perfectly because she was always so wonderful with children) and she travels all around the country. I enjoy seeing her pictures of each place she visits through her work and it is a fun way to keep in touch. I am glad she took the time to write me a note to check in and see how things were going. I want to be sure to return the note too and will take the time to do so today.

Keeping up with people takes time. It seems like it needs to be a conscious effort to do so. There was a time for a couple of years when I first moved to Canada where I didn’t make the time to do so except with a very few people and I truly regret it. I love hearing the stories and seeing pictures of what everyone is up to. I am glad we have things like Facebook to keep connected with others in our lives. It is nice to go there once in a while and scan the statuses to see what everyone is up to. Even if I don’t comment on everything, it still makes us part of each others lives.

I must admit that since coming to LJ’s I haven’t been on facebook as much. After all, there are only so many hours in the day. I like keeping up with the new friendships here too and see the wonderful work that everyone does and also learn things. It is a nice way to network with others and is a great source of inspiration. But you all know that.

I also mapped out and began drawing the next candle tray project. Although I didn’t finish the drawing, I am well on my way and hopefully I will finish it today. Who knows? I may even get some cutting in today. I like the fact that I am on a good roll with the projects, and that they are being so well-received. The only negative that I hear from others is that they think that the recent projects may be a bit difficult. I guess I have to watch a bit because I really want and need them to sell and I don’t want people to be afraid of them. I always go with my saying of “one hole at a time” which is so true, but somehow I don’t think others see it that way. They are selling nicely though, and even though the only place they are available so far is on my site it will be interesting to see how well they do with the wholesalers. The wholesale catalog goes in the mail August 30th though so it won’t be until the second week in October until I see if there is good results. In the mean time, I just need to keep on working on them so I will be ready with more designs for the next catalogs if they do well. So far everything indicates they will.

I also took the evening to work on painting the skating pond figures. As I look at the many pieces, I have decided that I have a need to name the figures. There are several ‘boy skaters’ and ‘girl skaters’ and I want to be able to distinguish one from the other. Naming them may seem silly to some, but I think this will greatly simplify the instructions and make things easier all around.

So without further delay, I present Sonja>

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

The tab on the bottom of her skate is where her stand will connect to her. You will see that later on as things progress.

It is greatly satisfying to be able to spend the evenings working on these. Painting is very relaxing for me and it is a nice way to get back into the swing of painting. I hope the pond pieces progress rather quickly. I want to have them done in a month or so in order to have some time to do other painting for gifts and such. I also need to start thinking about a box to present the skating set in. That has been something I have been thinking about for some time. Building a box is not easy for me here with only a scroll saw and drill press at hand. I will have to see what I can come up with to make a nice presentation for these pieces when I give them, and also for my own set. I don’t want them just tossed in a shoe box.

So its Friday already and the week is closing out again. I hear school is back on for some already and I can tell here that summer is nearly over. I do look back on it as one of my best in many years. Not only was it quite productive, but very peaceful too. What more could I ask for?

Have a great Friday!

-- 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 11-05-2010 06:05 PM


I love the painting you’ve done with these figures. I’m not that good at Painting. I taken Art in School LONG Ago and didn’t do too bad in it. But painting is another story.

The problem I have is Shading colors, blending etc. So Painting isn’t in my blood!

Great Job


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 02:53 PM

Hi Handi:
I love to paint as well as woodworking. I have a gallery on my site at this link if you want to see some of my paintings:

My Art Gallery

This type of painting that I am using for this set is the type that can be reproduced quite easily. It doesn’t take much shading and highlighting to look good and most pieces consist of a base coat, shade and highlight. I think anyone can paint like this. :)

I am really glad you are enjoying the set. Almost done!


-- 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 11-10-2010 05:43 AM


I really Like the eagles and the wolves.

As an Indian Culture Lover and part of my Blood, these are very nice. my Ole Lady loves wolves, I like them both.

Nice work.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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