My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1590: Being Flexible

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-14-2015 11:14 AM 2178 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was a full day, but I wound up doing some unexpected things. One thing that I have learned over the years is that in order to have any success with owning your own business, you need to be flexible. While being organized as well as flexible don't always seem as if they work together, it sometimes takes some very creative thinking to make sure they do. I think it is necessary to keep things moving in a positive direction. 

I started out yesterday planning to work on my "Layla" painting. 

I am getting to the point of glazing, shading and finishing her up and I am quite anxious to see how she will come out. I then have the task of writing the instructions for her so that others can recreate her as well. Her pattern will be featured in the August issue of the online "Painting Ezine" magazine.  This is the first time I have created a painting of this type to 'teach' and I am trying to be very careful about mapping my steps and making things understandable and orderly so others can recreate it. It is no small task. 

However, I am happy to say that I have had several wood orders to fill for painters this week as well. I had a couple of my Haunted Carousel kits ordered as well as a variety of surfaces.

My big batch of carousel kits that I initially created has been depleted (that is a GOOD thing!) and I need to catch up on getting some in stock for the upcoming season. Until then, I will cut them to order, trying to squeeze a couple of extras in as I am cutting. 

I did get everything finished though, and everything ordered will ship out the door today. I then plan to spend the rest of my day on Layla, so I should have some more photos here for you to see by tomorrow's post. 

The Wildcat Sanctuary had posted a link to my blog the other day which showed the progressions of the Layla painting. I was thrilled that so many people commented and seemed to like it. It is odd, but I feel a bit embarrassed by the attention it got. I suppose when I come here and write each day I kind of forget that there are so many that read that I don't communicate with. It always feels as if I am talking with my friends here in the mornings. The good thing about it is that it makes me realize that I am helping bring awareness to The Wildcat Sanctuary and its cause. 

I know that many of my followers also love animals, and I invite you to go visit the site and read about the wonderful rescue stories of the residents of the Sanctuary. Each animal has a story and each one will now live their life out in peace. It is a very worthy organization and there are many ways to donate and support them. I hope you consider it. 

On a final note, I stumbled across another amazing story the other day. I can't really remember how I did, but it immediately caught my attention. 

The story is about a woman named Vivian Maier, who was a nanny and an avid photographer. Upon her death, her possessions were sold at auction, as she never married and had no family to speak of.  During her life, she took thousands of photographs of every day life. In 2007, John Maloof purchased a lot of undeveloped photos and negatives (in excess of 100,000) from a local thrift auction house on Chicago's Northwest side. Since then, he has championed her work and made it his life's mission to bring it to the public's eye. 

You can read more about Vivian and see her hauntingly beautiful photos on this website: Vivian Maier Photography

Be sure to look at the  portfolios and browse the wonderful photos. They are truly remarkable. 

Last night, Keith and I watched the entire documentary on YouTube – Finding Vivian Maier.

It is just over an hour long, but it is really a fascinating story about someone who was very talented, yet eccentric. I think that many of my artist friends would really enjoy it. (Let me know what you think of it if you choose to watch it!) 

Well, that will be all for today. I want to get an early start on some things today. It is another beautiful and sunny day here in Nova Scotia. (I say that a lot lately!) We are certainly making up for the harsh winter we had last year. 

Have a beautiful Tuesday! 

-- 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 07-14-2015 01:01 PM

Sheila, you have come so far since I first met you on Lumberjocks. You do beautiful work in a number of genres, including writing, and you are so talented and productive. I love Layla; she’s beautiful. Keep up the great work. What are your plans for this beautiful creature?

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-14-2015 01:14 PM

Thank you, Charles –
She will be turned into my first painting pattern packet of this caliber of work. It is somewhat of a challenge for me, but I think I can effectively ‘teach’ how I paint her.

The actual piece I will keep for a while anyway. If she comes out nice, I am going to look into getting high quality prints made of her and selling them so that the profits can benefit the Wildcat Sanctuary. I am also giving a portion of my pattern sales to the organization. I want to help raise awareness for them and hopefully attract some donations from others who read the stories of these beautiful animals. It is a cause that is close to my heart.

It is hard to believe that I have been here on LJ’s over five years and have written nearly every day. I am approaching 1600 blogs here! Wow! Who would have thought!

I began posting here to help generate exposure for my business and while it did that, more importantly I learned a great deal (and continue to do so to this day!) and have met some amazing creative people from around that world that I am very proud to have as friends! You are among them!

Thanks for reading and keeping in touch. Also thanks for your kind comments. Since you have been here all along, you know that there is no such thing as ‘overnight success’. It is all a process and one that I love sharing with everyone. :)

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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#3 posted 07-14-2015 02:12 PM

Well, I am definitely a fan of yours and will pray for your continued success. May you always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 07-14-2015 02:35 PM

You’re an artist times 100 Sheila. Really enjoy all your projects and creations.

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

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#5 posted 07-15-2015 02:26 AM

I can feel that fur on Layla! This is a pattern I’ll be definitely doing – part of my (many) winter projects. :)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 07-15-2015 04:16 AM

Thank you both Roger and Anna. I am so glad you like it. I hope that I can do the instructions clearly enough so people can have an easy time with it.

I sure appreciate your comments and your friendships as well. :)


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

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