My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1510: Making Some Bad Days Better

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-05-2015 01:00 PM 1502 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This week has not been one of my favorite weeks of all time. Like everyone else, once in a while we have some crummy days.  Mine had decided to come all at the same time it seems. I was having some 'technical difficulties' on Tuesday, and while I intended to spend the day drawing my new designs, I wound up spending the majority of the day 'fixing things' and putting out fires. (not literally).  I did have a nice evening though when I threw in the towel and spent the latter part of the day visiting. It did me good to get out and get away for a bit.

I woke up yesterday with high hopes of accomplishing a great deal. But once again, it wasn't meant to be. One little thing after another kept getting in my way and by late afternoon I felt positively defeated. Those who know me know that doesn't happen often.

I decided that perhaps it was a sign that I need to take a small break. I though of my 'cheerleading' that I do here on my blog every day and I thought of how I am always mentioning that 'we follow where we focus.'  If I kept thinking of the negative things, then that is where my head will be and I will certainly start feeling low.

Besides – there is plenty to be happy about. I got a call from my daughter yesterday. That was a wonderful highlight. I talked to some nice customers yesterday as well. It felt good to hear how much they like what we do. And I heard from some wonderful friends. All in all, it made what could have been a not so good day better. And that is where I choose to focus.

Today, since I have nothing to show you all, I will highlight some things that may interest you and hopefully make you smile.

First of all, I have a friend whom I have known for many years who is an expert on finishing. His name is Mac Simmons and he has written many articles for countless magazines and publications. The other day he sent me one of his latest articles called "An Introduction to Wood Coatings" and I think it may interest some of you. Whether you paint or do scroll sawing and woodwork, finishing is an important step. Learning more about finishes is always a good thing. After spending so much time creating our projects, we certainly want to put the correct finish on them so that we can protect them and keep them looking their best. I think this is a good start to really understanding the type of finishes available and will help you make the best choices to get the look you want.

Second – I find a good way to put me in a better mood is to think about all the good things going on. There really are plenty if I think about it. The business is good. There are some positive things on the horizon, and we have our health. Those things alone are worth smiling about. Another thing is that it did NOT snow yesterday as predicted. We were due to get 10+ additional centimeters of snow, and it never really happened. Even though I like snow, I think that we have had just about enough. As with many things, too much of a good thing  isn't really good after all. I am ready for the thaw.

Finally, I thought I would highlight some of our projects here that some of you may have missed. We have so many patterns available that sometimes it is hard to see all we have. I chose a theme of "Bunnies" because they make me think of spring (and they also make me smile!) Here are some of our cute bunny projects you may like to see . . .

First up, here is a scroll sawn plaque designed by Keith:

It is his SLDK217 Easter Bunny Overlay Plaque pattern and it is fun and easy to cut. It is a great way celebrate the warm weather of spring. 

I also have a pattern of bunny ornaments with little fretwork detail on their necks:

I call this one SLD420 - 10 Fretwork Bunny Silhouette Ornaments and they can be used for magnets, ornaments or any way you like to decorate for spring and summer. I liked them so much, I even made a cool painted version of them:

I call these SLDP212 - 10 Summertime Strokework Bunnies Pattern  and they were done with a crackle based finish in pretty spring colors. 

Here is a better photo of their details:

After seeing so many snowmen and winter patterns, I love these bright and cheerful colors. 

I think it is time to change my little 'all season tree' as well. It still looks beautiful with the cool blue and silver trims on it, and the pretty glass snowflakes and icicles hanging from it. But I have had just about enough of snow and winter and I am ready for the warmer spring and summer months to arrive. It is just time. 

So I will head into today with a good attitude. while it is somewhat grey outside, it is calm and it is NOT snowing. A new day has began and  with that comes yet another opportunity to make it a good one. 

I think I will try my best to have it be a great one! 

Happy Thursday to you all! Make it your best day ever! 

-- 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 03-05-2015 09:58 PM

I’ll bet everyone east of the Rockies is just about ready for Spring. Hope it comes soon for you all.
Have a great day Sheila. :)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 03-05-2015 10:38 PM

It is frustrating when you try and do something, but, so many other things get into the equation, and, well, yup, I know how that is.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 03-05-2015 11:00 PM

Thank you both my friends. :) I don’t like to whine about things, but the past few days have been a bit frustrating and I know that just ‘not writing’ would cause concern from some. Today was a much better day. I did make some progress on things today and it was a much better day.

I will have some samples to show tomorrow. :)


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

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