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Lost in woodworking #1: A self employed woodworker

09-11-2011 10:28 PM by Doug Scott | 1 comment »

I got say that it isn’t all what a person would think self employment is cracked up to be.But now is not a very good time ether. Let me explain what I mean or have experienced. for one thing no one ahead of you can tell you how many hours you might put in ,and then how much you might make an hour, don’t keep track, It might scare you. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy what I do, but not always is the money coming in fast enough to keep up with all the bills and expenses. Over the ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #458: The Calm Before the Storm

09-11-2011 01:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I am still enjoying my little bit of self-imposed down time today. As promised (to myself) I intend to do some painting and work on some silly projects. I suppose you can call this my very short term sabbatical (if there is even such a thing) in order for me to regroup and plan out the busy months ahead. As I mentioned yesterday, it would be nearly impossible to keep up my usual pace without some clear time to replenish and rejuvenate. I want to use today to map out some goals and think ab...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #457: The Value of Doing 'Nothing'

09-10-2011 12:37 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Some days, I am not ambitious at all. Fortunately for me, it isn’t very often. Even though my head is full of ideas, I just didn’t feel like working on anything job-related yesterday. I just don’t know. Those of you who read and know me realize that this isn’t my normal attitude to just ‘do nothing.’ Usually I am in several directions, wondering which direction I should start first. But for some reason, yesterday the fire just wasn’t there. ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #456: Inspiration from Friends

09-09-2011 12:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Well, it has not been too exciting here this week, but at least it is productive. I spent the majority of the day yesterday working on the pictures for the next pattern. I am just about done and should be able to assemble the pattern packet today and then get ready for the site update. I also began the process of the mandatory switching of credit card processing to the new merchant account that is required by my bank. We began the process with a conference call and the main processing c...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #454: A Good Day

09-07-2011 01:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I had to do some errands yesterday and that took up most of my day. I also was able to meet up with a dear friend from my painting group in Bear River that I haven’t seen in about a year. It was a really good day on lots of levels. My bags arrived and I will be shipping out the second batch of skaters this morning. It will bring closure to another project and allow me the time to focus on finishing up the bird patterns today and getting them into a packet and up on the site. the ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #453: (Have you heard?) The Bird is the Word

09-06-2011 01:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

As I awoke this morning I couldn’t help but think that I made a good tactical move yesterday. Even though that above all things I wanted to stain in my bird ornaments, I made the choice to cut out the little skating ponds and get them ready to ship. Now I am the kind of girl that sometimes doesn’t look at the entire project. For example on the skating pond sets, I only seem to consider cutting the five characters on the scroll saw as the ‘work’ part of it. I tend...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #452: Online Scroll Saw Class Lesson #8 is Posted

09-05-2011 01:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. It is a long weekend for many people here in North America, as we celebrate the Labor Day holiday today. This holiday always symbolized the final days of summer to many. When my children were young, usually school would resume immediately following the long weekend. I have wonderful memories of walking the kids to school on those cool mornings for those first days of class. Usually by the time they were done with their school day, around 3:30 ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #451: Sometimes "All Work and No Play" Makes Me Very Happy

09-04-2011 01:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

We have all heard the saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” but sometimes I think about that and I am sure that Jack didn’t do the same type of work as me. I love my job. I realize too that in that respect, I am very much the exception to the rule. Most people that I know go through each day doing their job so that they can come home to work on their woodworking or painting or being creative in other ways. I am very fortunate in that I have been able to...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #450: The Mystery Blades are Surprisingly Good

09-03-2011 12:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I was very pleased that yesterday I was able to pretty much finish up the next set of skaters that have to go out on Tuesday. Between the saw and the new blades that I am trying out, everything worked out perfectly and was actually a lot of fun. Once again, I am quite impressed with the unknown blades that I am trying out for one of my wholesale companies. Not only are they sharp and accurate, but they last a really long time too. One blade lasted through three sets of 20 figures with li...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #449: Just Doing a Lot of Cutting . . . That's All

09-02-2011 12:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

There wasn’t a lot of excitement going on yesterday for me. I am not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing. I am leaning toward good. I suppose when thinking it over, the best thing would be to have a few non-exciting days in a row and then a couple of exciting ones thrown into the mix just to keep it interesting. There are times when we seek excitement and although I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I ‘look for trouble’, there are times when I choose to add...

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