My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1503: This, That and the Other Thing

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-23-2015 01:53 PM 1630 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It snowed this weekend. 

We have another several inches of fresh snow over some icy rain that fell. It just can't seem to decide what to do outside, so it is doing everything. 

It is hard to believe that the weekend has gone by so quickly. Not so much because I didn't accomplish anything, but more so because I got so many things done. Lately I haven't been blogging much on the weekend only to give myself a break from the daily routine. I figure that will give me more to talk about during the week and I will have more interesting posts. But it seems that it isn't quite working out that way because I sometimes get so many different things accomplished, I don't know where to begin.

On Friday I worked on my photos for my three new patterns. Two of the three patterns are painting patterns so that required lots of step-by-step pictures.

Friday evening I spent my time making a needle felted bunny. I haven't needle felted since before Christmas and I feel like making some chicks and bunnies for spring. Sara Renzulli (my needle felting guru) just posted three videos on how to felt a Basket Bunny. I thought it was time to jump in (no pun intended) and try my hand at making one. After about 5-6 hours of 'poking', I created "Snowdrop"

Not bad, but I see room for improvement. The great part about needle felting is that eveyone's creation looks different. As I look on the needle felting Facebook page, no two bunnies are alike. I like that. I think that is one of the charms of needle felting. The sculptures take on the personality of the artist very easily. I know that my next bunny will be different, too. When I cook a new recipe, it usually take three tries to get it how I like it. The first time I follow instructions to the letter. The second time I 'adjust' to my own taste. The third time I fine tune it to be just how I like it. I think that when creating things, it is pretty much the same. Sometimes I get lucky but I know that my calling is being a designer because I am always looking at things and changing them. From recipes to directions for animals and sewing to painting and woodworking. Either I am very innovative or just don't know how to follow directions. (I'll say I am 'innovative' for my own protection!) 

You can see Sara's kits for the bunnies here at here Etsy shop: SarafinaFiberArt 

She is one of the finest teachers I have come across and her kits are really "complete". You can literally buy the starter tool kit along with your chosen animal wool kit and completely make the animal. I like that. Most of her videos are free too, and you can watch before you buy. You can tell she really loves what she is doing and her creations are wonderful. 

On Saturday, it snowed again and  I spent the early part of the day organizing. Our front hall closet had a small leak in it and the landlord can't fix it until the spring thaw, so we have had to empty out the top shelf there. It may not seem like a big deal, but when you live in a small place like we do, losing a closet is like losing an arm. My books and magazines needed to be reorganized and re-sorted and I had to move some things into longer term storage in the basement. 

I didn't mind though, but I spent hours getting lost in reading my magazines. Of course they were painting and crafts magazines so my long list of 'things I want to make' just got longer! But it was a wonderful way to spend a winter's afternoon. 

In the evening, I created an ad for one of the online magazines that I contribute to. My ad was due and I had wanted to showcase my new products in the next issue. I love the flexability of online magazines. I wasn't keen on them at first, but getting things digitally really is convenient and fun. I print a lot less and don't have to waste time scanning patterns in. Making the ad was fun as well. I love working in Photoshop and every time I use it for stuff like this, I learn more. 

Designing ads is a lot like designing anything else. I have some beautiful digital papers and borders and brushes to use and make the ads fun and eye-catching. What a wonderfully FUN part of my job! 

I finished up that and spent the remainder of the evening sorting my files on my computer. I also did a quick backup while I was at it. By the time I went to bed, not only were my closets in order, but my computer was as well. :) 

On Sunday it rained for two hours and then it snowed the rest of the day. 

Sunday was a day that I had set aside to actually create the three pattern packets for the new designs. I had some quiet time and put on Vivaldi softly in the background and spent the day writing. I really like putting packets together. I look at each of them as a 'lesson' and I take great pride in explaining everything fully so that even new people can understand how to make the project. I finished up in the early evening and while I still have a couple final 'presentation' photos to take for my latest candle tray, for the most part everything is done and can be loaded up on the site today. I will put links up in tomorrow's blog. 

I wasn't tired by the time I finished, so I decided to do some embroidery on my "A Perfect World" sampler. I wound up staying up until almost 1am working on the next step of this final panel. There is something inside of me that will hate to see it be finished. For the past year it is like an old friend waiting for me when I have an hour here or there at the end of the day and I have really enjoyed every minute I spent with it. I should finish the final panel in the next session. Then I just have to do the small corner motifs and the trapunto quilting work. I will then be done with it and move on to other pieces. 

I will certainly be making a full Picasa photo album of the entire piece. It will have each element highlighted and tell the story of its creation. What a wonderful learning experience this piece has been for me! I am so proud of the piece and I feel that I have learned so many new techniques. I am so glad that I chose to create it! 

Well – I am late already in posting this today. After being up late, I slept in a bit and got a late start. I have lots of cool stuff to show you this week so be sure to come back and see what I am up to. It is snowing today, but they are very tiny crystal-like flakes. It is calm and grey out and it looks rather pretty. I still have my winter themed tree up, but I am thinking ahead toward spring and changing it soon. I want it to have its run though while there is still snow on the ground. People are complaing about winter, but it is really only February and that is part of life. 

I wish you all a very creative and happy week ahead! 

Happy Monday

-- 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 02-23-2015 06:33 PM

Naner naner, it’s 75 and partly sunny here … the only snow we see is on the news … :)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 07:10 PM

See how lucky we are, Mike? All I have to do is look out my window! It is beautiful! :D


-- 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 02-24-2015 12:55 AM

Needle felting looks very interesting. I admire your patience in doing it. Your bunny looks really cute. I love seeing all the different creative arts that you work on. Looking forward to seeing more of “A Perfect World”

While the East Coast is still coping with winter (or enjoying it :)) , we in the West are enjoying the Spring flowers. I spent the day out in the garden weeding and pruning and enjoying a beautiful sunny warm day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 02-24-2015 01:08 PM

I think you would be great at needle felting, Anna. It isn’t hard and it is very relaxing. Not stressful at all. I am also finding myself surprised at how many places even here in my own area offer wool roving. Fiber is yet another area that I am finding I love! (Uh oh!)

Thank you for your kind comments!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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