My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1608: Back to Creating

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-24-2015 11:08 AM 1081 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a much needed break, I am back and finally feel ready to move forward in a productive manner. 

It isn't because I have been short of ideas. Actually it is quite the contrary. I have so many things that I want to do that I seem to have been somewhat 'stuck' as to which direction I want to head first. It is as if all the thoughts and ideas have bottle-necked in my head and as a result, I have been quite overwhelmed.

Add to that my little back issue that remained (I haven't been to the gym for nearly a month) and the warm spell we are going through here in Nova Scotia and I feel as if I have been pretty much useless as far as accomplishing anything.

Or have I?

After returning home from our mini-vacation last week, there was a mountain of emails that needed attention. I also had to finish up some things that I had been planning for quite a while. As always, there were things here around the house that needed organizing as well. It is so important to me to keep things somewhat neat and organized in order to feel productive. I know not everyone works that way, but I do and I have trouble working in the midst of a mess. It is too distracting. 

We also had a birthday to celebrate. My dear friend Ellen turned 85 and we went to dinner at one of the beautiful hotels one night to celebrate. We then went to her daughter's house for cake and coffee afterward, and had a wonderful evening visiting. 

(That's one of Cindy's cats – Lydia – eyeing the cake!) 

On Saturday we spent the day at Bernie and Ellen's camp. Since Ellen's birthday and mine are pretty close, we have always had a day of celebration for both of us at the lake. It was a nice relaxing day with family and friends and as usual, there was loads of food to eat and great company. A nice time was had by all. 

By Sunday, I finally felt as if it was time to get back at it. I had the help of a couple of upcoming deadlines, but also for the first time in weeks I began to feel like my old self again. One by one I am thinking through each of the projects that I have planned and I began drawing, cutting and painting all at once. Right now I have three things 'in progress' and I feel good about each one of them and I feel as if I am finally ready to move forward. I am 'back'.

I hope to get back to being really productive again. I am not fond of living in my creative muddle and while I realize that this happens to all of my friends who design, it isn't a lot of fun. I can't tell you how many projects that I started and will probably never finish during this last bout. I will probably tuck them away for a while and eventually just toss them away. 

But that is OK. It is part of the process. From what I see around me, it happens to everyone. 

I noticed the mornings are getting much darker these days. It is almost like night time when I awake. That's a sure sign to me that the seasons are about to change.

Traditionally, late August and early September go through warm spells such as the ones we are experiencing now. While our summer here was short, it appears that autumn is going to arrive on time this year. I don't mind that a bit. 

As for the projects that I have been working on . . . 

Above is a peek at my next one. It is not complicated, but simple and fun. It is just the thing I needed to get the ball rolling again. It will be nice to see it come to life. 

This morning it is warm already. It appears we will have another hot and sticky day. In fact, the forecast for the week is pretty much the same – warm and a chance of rain. We need it though, as the grass in our neighborhood is dry and the rivers are low. It will do us all good. 

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Enjoy these final weeks of summer. Before you know it, the leaves will be changing and we will be welcoming fall. I don't mind though – it is my favorite time of year.

Happy Monday to you all!  

-- 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 08-24-2015 12:28 PM

Glad to see you back. Reading your comments have become part of my morning. I understand about confusion with too many ways to go. I have found that if I pick one and attack it, the others fall into place. If you could see the unfinished projects in my shop, you wouldn’t believe a word of that. I guess I am too easily distracted. Of course, being retired and not working to a schedule helps.

-- Kepy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-24-2015 12:36 PM

Thanks, Kepy –
Making our own schedules is good, but it can delay us as well when we are not finding the right motivation for things. One thing I miss about the magazine was that there were always deadlines looming. That was good when you get bogged down like I have been. It motivated me to at least start in one direction.

I do have some deadlines this week (which are good). It will get me moving until I get focused on my other new things. I am already seeing things clearer, though.

I hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by.


-- 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 08-25-2015 04:14 AM

The new projects look very interesting Sheila. I’m only guessing how you cut the inside. Looking forward to seeing if I got it right!
We are getting Fall colours right now, not necessarily because it’s Fall weather since we are still getting very hot days, but more because of the lack of water. Our pumpkins are already fully developed – question is, will they last until Halloween!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 08-25-2015 10:30 AM

Good morning, Anna! The new wood projects are a simpler one (by my standards) but the are turning out really nice. I think they are the perfect way to get back into the swing of things.

We are going through a hot spell here, although this morning seems a little cooler. I must admit, this is the part of summer that I do not like. But I am coping like everyone else, and I hope it cools off soon. The mornings are getting a bit cooler, so there is hope!

Have a great day! Sheila

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

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