My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #60: What To Do Next?

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-02-2010 12:10 PM 4164 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You know you are getting older when you have to recoup from the weekend. Not because you were doing any wild partying or anything like that. Just because you were active and busy and there didn’t seem to be a moment to spare. What fun though!

Yesterday was another great day. I spent the morning and early afternoon catching up on housework and preparing the food I was bringing to the cookout. I finished the majority of what I wanted to do before we left. We had a really nice visit and a wonderful dinner. There was way too much food, as thing tend to be at these functions but now I don’t really have to cook for several days. We all took home mix and match ‘care packages’ with samplings of our favorite salads and stuff so I get to relive the food moment and not have to worry about cooking for the next couple of days. :)

So its Monday and I need to decide which direction to head creative-wise. I want to do more candle trays very soon. I have too many autumn/Christmas ones in my head right now and I want to do them soon so they will be ready so people can make them for their autumn shows. But I may switch gears and do a set or two or ornaments. I still have some ideas about ornaments that i want to get done this year.

I know for sure that I want to do a set of musical instrument ornaments with some holly and ribbon. I have seen some of the ornaments patterns on that line that are out there for scroll sawing and they are flat and uninteresting and ‘blah’. I know in my mind I can do better. I also have a couple of other ideas for ornament sets that I want to get done soon. They are a little different than what I have been done in the past, so it will be a stretch for me to see how they come out. There are also a couple of Halloween things on my list that I want to do, but that will be approaching pretty soon so I had better get going on that if I am going to have it done for this year. I know it is only August 2nd, but ideally I should have the Halloween stuff out by the first of September.

The Midwest Scroll Saw Trade Show is coming up in Richland Center, Wisconsin this next weekend. That is the show where my friend Jean is teaching the painting class. So many of my friends are attending it and I would really love to go. Maybe by next year I will be in a position to do so. It is fun to hear the excitement of everyone who is attending and it brings back memories of shows of the past.

I have a great group of friends from all over the country who used to meet up every Tuesday and Thursday night in what was called “Wooders chatroom” and visit. I think it was originally set up by American Woodworker magazine. We had our group of regulars and we would all eagerly look forward to stopping by for an hour or two and ‘talking’. I haven’t been in a chat room for a long time like that. It was where everything was live and the screen rolled down as someone new added something to the conversation.

Sometimes it was quite lively and there were times when we had over 50 regulars yakking away at once. I remember many nights when I would laugh out loud at the antics of our friends. We would talk woodworking as well as personal stuff and it was my first real taste of the internet and developing friendships through this medium. Eventually, many of us met through these woodworking shows.

The shows typically lasted three days then. They started with dinner on Friday evening when everyone arrived at the designated place, and after dinner we usually divided up a bit in smaller groups at either the hotel or camping ground and then everyone was up early for the trade show. Our group consisted of vendors, magazine people and people who loved woodworking in general. Most important we were all friends. After a long day of the show on Saturday, we once again went to dinner, sometimes in groups of 20 or more. Sometimes we just met at the camp grounds for a cookout. Then we would spend the evening relaxing and talking about the show and the latest products and designs and just visit. It was like family.

On Sunday morning, we would all meet for a send-off breakfast at a local restaurant. I was always kind of sad at these farewell breakfasts because it meant that I wouldn’t see my friends for several months or maybe even until the following year.

Now almost 15 years later I am still friends with many of the same people. Our lives have gone in many directions but we seem to always find each other again. Facebook has been a really helpful way to keep up with each other. Although it isn’t ‘live’ it does allow us to communicate and reestablish our friendships.

I feel as if there are lots of people here on LJ’s that have that kind of friendship. Last week when I saw that three LJ’s got together for the day, it made me happy to see the friendships that come from this forum. I feel as if I have some wonderful friends I have met through here too and look forward to continuing with those and meeting even more wonderful people.

So with that I will close for the day and get to work. I guess I will have a better idea of which direction I will go by tomorrow. I feel rested and refreshed and ready to take on a new project. I really appreciate all of your support and friendships and helpful comments. They are a huge part of what makes this place so wonderful.

Have a terrific Monday!

-- 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 08-03-2010 01:47 AM

Hi Scrollgirl,
You do beautiful work. When I was a kid, my dad bought me a Beaver scroll saw, probabally around 1955, I played with that saw (I still have it) and became quite familiar with it’s workings. I still use it but havn’t got the patience to do what you do. I admire the intricate work and appreciate your labours. You are to be commended for your vivid descriptions written here. You are an asset to the site.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 02:18 AM

Thanks so much Jack. I guess I have patience. People tell me I do anyway. I look at each hole as a project within a project and it kind of gives me a little sense of satisfaction each time I complete a cut. Just think – some projects can be over 100 ‘mini-projects’ when you look at things that way! It can be quite overwhelming looking at everything at once.

As for the site here, I have met so many wonderfully talented people I just can’t get over it. I always thought that we all have something positive to contribute to the this world, and seeing all the work that people do here and how willing they are to help each other attests to that thought. I truly feel that I have many friends from all around the world, and it has become a very positive part of my day to check in here with everyone.

I appreciate your kind words very much!


-- 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 08-03-2010 04:24 AM

Great post Sheila, you are fast becoming someone I can call a friend.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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