My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1609: Multi-Tasking

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-25-2015 12:02 PM 1969 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1608: Back to Creating Part 1609 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1610: Keeping Busy »

Yesterday I felt a lot more like myself. After a couple of weeks of feeling a bit 'lost' I was back in full swing again working on three different projects at various stages. There's nothing like some good, solid deadlines to kick start us back to productivity!

I know I am not alone in feeling this way. I have many friends who design and create all kinds of crafts from woodworking to painting and just about everything in between. I have seen them struggle and I have seen them soar and I don't think any of them can help or predict when one of these 'lulls' comes along. It just does, for whatever reason and it seems no matter how much we try, we have a hard time getting through it. 

But eventually we do come out on the other end. For many of us, we are even more productive afterward. And while we may not completely understand what kept us from creating in the first place, I think as time goes on I look at these lulls as part of the process and allow them to just 'be'. Fighting them only seems to make them last longer, as the anxiety of wondering if they will ever pass only seems to strengthen them. Perhaps they are a way for our brains and bodies to 'reboot' and reset. Perhaps they offer the necessary rest that we typically refuse to allow ourselves to enjoy. But whatever the case, once we are on the other side of them, it is often difficult for me to understand what the hold up was in the first place. But I suppose I don't have to figure everything out completely. 

In any case, it feels good to be 'back'.  I am far more comfortable working on lots of things at once than trying to figure out where to start. I am learning to allow those phases to just pass and I no longer worry that I have 'run out' of my creativity. If I am patient, it comes back better than ever. 

I had another really productive day yesterday. The wheels are definitely 'unstuck' and building up steam. 

One of the projects that I worked on was for my Art Play Date 2015 class project. (You can follow the link for more information on what I will be teaching.)

My class is due to post the beginning of October, and I am very excited about it. Since I designed the project way back in January, it is rather fun to recreate these cool ice skates to make the pattern packet and video for the class. It will really allow me to fine tune the process and make everything clear for my students who are taking the course. I had fun playing with Margot's MUD texture paste, and I was reminded how cool this project is and how fun and easy it was to make. 

In the class, I show a variety of new ways to use the MUD to easily create the intricate textures on the skates. There is very little painting "skill" needed for this project, and I think that people are going to have a great time with it! I will show more hints of the project later in the week. (You can still sign up for Art Play Date 2015! You get until March of 2016 to watch the videos and all the instructions for the projects are downloadable so you can go at your own pace!) 

I also worked on my new project – SLD513 Autumn Leaves Scatter Bowls – and did the first round of photos for them:

I am loving the way they came out so far! They are a simple and quick project, but they are so cool looking!

I have some additional finishing ideas that I am going to be using on them later today, and I will have more photos tomorrow. (The links to them won't work until later this week when I post the project pattern on the site.)

I also had my three "helpers" working with me yesterday:

Here is Coco choosing colors of thread to use in the pictures . . . 

And Pancakes was right behind me . . . 

And Richard was watching from a "box seat" . . .

No wonder I am getting so much done with all my helpers!

Today I will be working on these two projects, plus an additional one as well. You will have to come back tomorrow and see what I am up to.

It is still foggy out today, but it seems a bit cooler than the past several days. I hope it stays cool when the fog lifts. I am so ready for autumn! 

I wish you all a wonderful day. Have a happy and productive 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 08-25-2015 01:57 PM

The puddy-tats are all such big helpers when there are boxes involved…lol

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

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#2 posted 08-25-2015 02:09 PM

The autumn leaves are looking good!

Joy (the cat) avoids my shop. She will stop by to inspect things but will leave when the work starts. Actually I think she dislikes the noise of power tools.

You taught me something today. I always considered the plural of leaf to be leafs and you introduced me to leaves. According to the Internet it can be either.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 08-25-2015 02:24 PM

Sheila, So glad to hear that you’re back up to full speed and getting your fall projects moving. Ya haven posted much lately on your BEAUTIFUL ribbon embroidery. While contemplating your designs do you busy yourself with any? I thoroughly enjoy that aspect of your artistic abilities.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-25-2015 02:43 PM

Roger – They love ALL the boxes – including the light box. When I have the dark background in it, the orange cats are intrigued, and when I have the white background in it, Coco wants to jump in. It is like having triplets that never grow up. (But I love it!)

WeedNSawdust – While the cats were timid of the tools at first, they are now quite fearless. Pancakes – who used to cower in the corner of the bathroom whenever the vacuum (“The Monster” as we call it) came out, now allows me to vacuum his tail, sucking the entire tail into the tube! He has come a long way!

Russell – I am so glad you enjoy my embroidery pieces. I DO plan to continue with that aspect of creating, including creating small starter kits for people to get their feet wet. I have had several requests for kits for the Steampunk Crow sculpture that I showed on my blog last month:

I really want to pursue this avenue, as I feel I can offer a different type of pattern than what I have previously seen. It is just a matter of finding the time to do it properly. I will get it done though! I am determined!

I appreciate your compliments very much. They make me feel like I am on to something positive. :)

Thanks for stopping by everyone. I hope you have a beautiful 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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