My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #22: Random Thoughts on Friday . . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-25-2010 01:28 PM 4298 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some weeks I just don’t know where the time goes. I can’t believe it is Friday already. It seems that life is just whirling by with each day getting shorter. I look back on this past week, though and I did accomplish a lot. Some people were asking me what I was working on next, as they said they haven’t seen a new project in a while. I did a mental search and realized that the last time I cut was last Thursday or so when I cut the three frames. I have done some drawing since then, but I haven’t spent a full day developing a new pattern. Yet, I was ‘busy’ every single day and didn’t seem to have a moment to spare.

I guess just because I don’t have something new to physically see and feel doesn’t mean that I am not accomplishing. I have sorted through a few business issues and spent most of the time working on behind the scene stuff for my site and the magazine. I did spend a couple of days writing and polishing up some articles and I am happy to tell you that on Wednesday I submitted three articles to my editor for consideration and yesterday I found out that he wanted to run with all three! I must admit I was shocked. I never expected him to want them all. I guess I am a writer after all! :)

This blog has helped me quite a lot. I realize that it takes the time to actually write, but I do that when I wake up early in the morning and use to just read and crawl the web anyway. It is a good thing that I type fast, too (except that my “k” on my keyboard is sticking for an unknown reason and really throwing me off today!). I used to keep a desk calendar which I would post my goals for the day and then check them off as I accomplished them. I listed even the silly things like ‘returning a customer correspondence’ because it is amazing what that little sense of accomplishment did to rev up my engines. By writing here each day and ‘talking’ to you, I am kind of doing a mental organizing in my head and preparing my thoughts for the day. I have noticed a nice increase in my productivity since starting this. It also helps to see the friends I made and people that say I have inspired them. That works like rocket fuel on me to make me want to do more. Talk about positive reinforcement!

I appreciate the feedback regarding yesterday’s post. I hope you all don’t think that I am constantly bitching about stuff. I kind of use this place as a sounding board and as I always say, I am open to your thoughts whether they agree with me or not. Sometimes I really just don’t know. At times I reread what I have written later on after someone comments on it and I think ‘Boy, I didn’t mean to sound like this or that’. But most times, just by writing things down it gives me a clearer picture of things and I can most of the time figure it out. I really do appreciate the feedback from everyone and I hope that I express as much or more positive energy as I do concerns. After all, I want to focus on the positive things in my life.

With that said . . . . today is going to be a great day. I am finishing drawing a couple of patterns for little painted pins that are going to be taught at the Midwest Scroll Saw Picnic in Richland Center, WI in August. Since I paint, I used to teach some painting classes to the scrollers or their significant others who would attend the shows. It was great for the scrollers that wanted to learn to paint and also great for the people that didn’t really have a woodworking interest but liked painting. I just about always sold out every class. I have been invited to do many shows in the past couple of years, but since coming to Canada, things have been pretty unstable for me and are now just settling down since I have my status here so I haven’t had the means to travel back to the States to attend. I have a former ‘student’ who has been a friend for 15 years and she said she would teach the class if I would design the pieces. I loved the idea because it meant that I could participate even though I couldn’t be there. I am making the pattern and instructions and sending them to her in step-by-step format so she will be able to accomplish teaching it. What a fun project.

I am also working on a ‘secret project’ that is still incubating in my mind at the moment. I find myself daydreaming about how I am going to accomplish it and hopefully it will be really cool when I do. “That’s all I am going to say about that.”

The Christmas catalog projects are due in the next two weeks or so, so I had better get my winter wear out and put on Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song and get moving on finishing up what I want to sell wholesale this year. I should have some fun and simple stuff to show in the next couple of weeks.

Also, I heard two good things from my editor (besides the acceptance of the articles). They are revamping their site and getting into the pattern market. As I said, they already sell lots of patterns that they buy the rights to. I guess that they too are looking to be independent of the wholesalers so they are going to try to launch their own pattern site. Good news for me as I will have another distributor. :) As of this past issue, they are selling my little See Creature eyeglass holders via an ad in their magazine and they said they are doing good so far. Yay!

They are also considering a show next year, which will entail wood turning, carving and scroll sawing. The key word here is considering. I hope it will happen because I will do everything in my power to be there. The shows are so much fun an inspiration and hopefully lots of you will try to go too. I will keep you posted on anything I hear.

So it is busy and busy is good. This morning is picture-perfect with the sun shining and a cool breeze and we are supposed to have a great weekend. I plan to work all weekend, but it will be pure pleasure, as I don’t know which to do first! I may sneak for a walk on the beach tomorrow or Sunday (or both!) if time permits, but I want to really accomplish this weekend.

So with that said it is off to the races for me! I hope to have some new things to show you in the next few days, and also I am finishing the three frames I cut out last week. I really like the oil and then shellac process and with what I do and the little handling the items get, I think that will work great.

I am still in the quest of the sanding sealer that I was told about. Somehow I knew I would have trouble finding it here. But at the last store, the man actually heard of it so I know I am getting close. :) He just said they haven’t had it for a while because of no demand. I wonder if I should look at Lee Valley Tools. They seem to have just about everything.

Thanks again for your feedback the other day. I agree that letting it go is the best. I will just not get in the same position again. I do believe it is better that way. :)

-- 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 06-25-2010 02:15 PM

Sheila, if you can’t find Sanding Sealer locally my source in the UK is Axminster tools
Just click on the above. They do worldwide delivery.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 02:20 PM

Thanks, Martyn! I will do just that. It seems like here all the ‘finishing supplies’ consist of on the shelf is spray cans of Krylon and maybe some Minwax. (I am kind of exaggerating, but not that far off!) I appreciate it. :)


-- 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 06-25-2010 02:42 PM

Oops sorry, Sheila. I’ve just looked at this web page and it says UK mainland delivery only on this product. Perhaps I could send some on to you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 06-25-2010 03:32 PM

congrats on the three articles being run, that is super…it sure ought to reve your engines on that..another god article today…i always enjoy reading whats going on in your world…as i have so little going on in keep it up…are you looking for regular sanding sealer…or is this a new product…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 06-25-2010 03:45 PM

It is just the stuff that has been around, Grizzman, but new to me :).

Thanks so much to you, Martyn! I did find it at Lee Valley so if I don’t get some this weekend I can order it from there. Getting anything from out of Canada is terribly frustrating! When I ship to or get stuff from the States, by the time they add the taxes and duties on the stuff, it is insane!

My thoughts on “free trade” – Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! Any Canadian would agree with me. When my son sends me stuff, I have him ‘undervalue’ it to under $20 or they charge a flat brokerage fee (of about $30) plus duties and taxes. Even on my own stuff he has sent me!!

We are looking at a Grizzley Polar Bear band saw that has been on sale for under $800. All the reviews are great. We want something good, but don’t have lots of extra money and have to keep it to a reasonable amount. By the time the taxes and shipping and duties and brokerages fees are added on, we figure it will cost over $1200. :( It really sucks! (for lack of a better word). So I keep searching here for stuff in hopes of avoiding that.

But hopefully, I will get my hands on some of the sanding sealer either this weekend if we get to Yarmouth or I will order some. It was really thoughtful for you to offer, though. :) Thanks!


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

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Don Butler

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#6 posted 06-25-2010 04:11 PM

I just thought I would put in this one thought about the classes in the states you wanted to teach.

Even if you can’t be there in person, you might think about a Skype link to the place.
Skype’s free for that and you could be speaking to the atendees as if on a video conference call. You could speak to them and they could ask/answer questions, etc.

All it takes is an internet connection at the site and a camera (a cheap webcam will do) and mike on your end. If you want two way video, get someone on the other end to hook up a little webcam there.

It’s cheap, easy and effective.
Try it, you’ll like it.

I use Skype to talk to clients all over the map!


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#7 posted 06-26-2010 01:43 AM

Sheila ~ Cloverdale Paints or General Paints sell sanding sealler here in Canada… if they dont have it I am sure they will order some in for you.. Good luck with your Quest …:)

-- ~~ Remember You can't saw... What you can't see ~~

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 06-26-2010 01:59 PM

Thank you too, both Don and Woodmight.

That is certainly something to think about (Skype, I mean) I have been asked by others to make my own painting videos to teach, and I know it will probably be in the works at a later date. They have just about convinced me to do it as soon as I have the time. Like most people though, I really don’t like my pictures! (I know, I know!) I just changed this picture you see after almost fifteen years of having the same one on my site and in the magazine. It took a lot to pick a ‘decent’ one. I sent this one to the magazine too. The first issue came out a week or so ago with the new picture of me and now they put all the pictures of the designers in the BACK of the magazine instead of on the page with their projects. Coincidence? Hummmm . . . . . :p I guess they don’t want us to scare the readers away!!!

I did find the sealer at Lee Valley, WM, but I am still going to check out Cloverdale and General to see what they have. It is always good to have choices and I do appreciate the leads. :) Where do you get your blades from, WM?


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

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