My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #68: Pushing the Pile

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-10-2010 01:28 PM 4119 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I am late out of the gate today. It was one of those nights that I guess I would call ‘eventful’ and I guess it was by choice that I slept in a bit.

I had my ‘rain legs’ on all day yesterday. By that I mean that I get a certain achy feel in my legs before a storm. This isn’t a old thing for me. It has happened since I was a teen. It could be bright and sunny out and not a cloud in the sky and I knew that within the next 24 hours that it would storm. People thought I was crazy, but the ones who really knew me saw that more often than not, I was right. It must have something to do with the barometric pressure. But yesterday all day I had that achy feeling and felt pretty poopie. So around 3am the sky opened up and we had a lightning and thunder storm. I immediately got up and unplugged the computers and all the electronics, but it woke me up too much and I had trouble getting back to sleep. I probably would have got up around 4:30 because I was still awake, but it was still storming and there would be no point if I didn’t have my computer. So I fell back asleep and stayed there until seven.

It is clam now though and I figure pretty safe to be online so it is back to business. I have a doctor’s appointment anyway in the middle of the day so that will throw me off for the day. I will just get what I can done to push the pile in a good direction. I am thinking that by tomorrow I will be back to drawing.

Despite the goofy leg thing, yesterday was pretty productive. When I reread my blog from yesterday, the laundry list of things I wanted to accomplish even looked long to me. I forgot to mention in it that I had no intention of trying to get everything done on it in one day. Most of the stuff didn’t have a time line and it was more or less to get things organized in my head and do a check list for myself of things I want to get done soon. I am still far more ahead of the game than I usually am. I like doing these blogs so much because they help me map out everything for the day and set some real goals. Even though I usually spend the first hour of the day writing here, since I have been doing this blog I have accomplished so much more than I ever have. In all the organizational material that I have read, they seem to stress making real goals and writing things down. It does help because it maps things out in your mind and keeps you on track I think. So even though I am spending time writing, I am much more productive in the long run. Go figure.

My last thing that I want to conquer is the after dinner hour productivity. It seems that after six or so when I have dinner, I get very little accomplished. I keep wanting to paint or do fun stuff like that, but the final work of the day seems to bleed into those hours and it isn’t until 8 or so that I am done. Then I feel that I am too tired to start something that late and don’t focus on doing anything good. I don’t have regular cable or TV and only watch stuff from the computer or listen to music because I am not big on TV so it just doesn’t do for me. You’all are going to think I am crazy, but I have so many holiday things I want to work on in the evening for gifts for people and I need to use that time frame to accomplish them. I hope it is a summer thing and by fall I will be in that rhythm again . What I am talking about isn’t like WORK. It is fun for me and when I poop out like that I feel like I miss the fun part.

On the woodworking front, I got a nice email from Miss Gurnie here at LJ’s this morning. She did a wonderful blog on working with the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium that I used on the candle trays. You should go check it out. She showed the results on many different types of wood and also has many pictures that show her applying it and the results. If you are considering an alternative to traditional oil-based stain you may want to check it out. It is a very cost efficient and attractive alternative.

So today will be filling in the blanks and finishing up most of the laundry list of things I stated yesterday. I actually got most of them done and am very happy with the results. All the new patterns are in packets and I sent them to my friend to proof read. I only have one pattern to get ready for the magazine, but that is only proof reading myself, as all the work is done. I made a list of what I need for the wholesalers so I can present the new products to date and I need to make that mini-catalog today. But that will be pretty easy because all the material is here. I just needed to figure out what projects I had shown them. My partner redid my GIF ad for Scroll Saw Village site and I got the file to them, so that is updated. And I did the month’s figures for July so I am on top of that. All I need to do is sort the receipts in my pile into months and that is all up to date.

So it wasn’t a bad day at all. By tomorrow I will be back to drawing again and hopefully I will have another new pattern by the weekend. That would be nice. Then it will be back to the tray patterns because I have some good ideas I don’t want to lose before I get done.

Thank you Miss Gurnie for sending me your blog. I really loved the presentation. I hope that you all get a chance to check it out.

Have a great 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 08-10-2010 09:44 PM

Shelia, I am sorry to hear that you have felt “poopie”! I know what you mean about forcasting the rain. My hair tells me. It kinks up. I hope all goes well at the doctors office!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 11:13 PM

Thanks so much Cozmo. I am really fine. Just some aches and pains. Nothing we can’t deal with. My one hip has really been bugging me to the point of waking me up at night. Part of it is that I sit so much in my job and the other part is that I am getting (ahem) “older”.

(Like the sands in the hourglass . . . . so are the days of our lives)

I got some good advice today and have to get out there and walk in these beautiful woods I live in again. I used to walk every day and it started hurting and I didn’t know if the walking was helping or making it worse. I am going to do some things and take some Omega 3’s to see if that helps, along with a different work out. If not we will go from there. I just didn’t know if I should be aggressive with dealing with the pain I was having or not. I thought it was best to go and see before I wrecked it for good. :)

I’m good otherwise though so no excuses!

Take care, 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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#3 posted 08-11-2010 08:09 AM


I have somewhat the same problem. Along with a few Calcified Vertabrea in my neck. One has nothing to do with the other. It comes and goes which indicates it’s NOT necessarily a Permanent Hip Problem. Also occassional, but Strong Pain in my Ankle and Big Toe.

YEP! A Naturopath ran a few tests and it’s Gout. NOT a Rich Persons or Old Persons affliction by any means. The Body Retains Uric Acid from various types of foods instead of disposing of it through the Urinary Tract. It accumulates in “whatever” joint it wants to for some reason. Then it Crystalizes just like little Glass Shards. VERY Painful.

So I usually add an extra 1,000mg of time release Vitamin C to my Daily Intake of Swiss Herbal Mega 50 Multi Vitamins.

In the meantime I discovered, on my own a Topical Cream “Myoflex Maximum Strength” the Active Ingredient is “triethanolamine salicylate 20%”. It’s odourless, a white cream, you won’t feel any “Heat” or anything else. I massage it in well and within an hour or so I can feel the Pain going away. It seems to give the area a “Relaxation Period” to allow it to Heal and Recover.

Works for me!! Perhaps you also?

Regards: Rick

-- Your Assertiveness Training Is Beginning To Interfere With My Anger Management!

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 08:43 AM

Sheila – I’m embarrassed. While my war shirt sits waiting for some refining, my love for my first painting has overtaken me and I just can’t get away from it!!! But wanting to find a lightbulb suitable for painting at night, it was a win-win because it’s great in the shop too for beading and such. Here you are, blogging and designing and such and I am only able to concentrate on this silly new passion, which, of course, isn’t going to make me a dime as it will be a gift. So I feel kind of guilty.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 12:12 PM

Hi again guys: Thanks for the replies.

@ Rick – I had a friend who suffered from Gout from time to time and it was a really terrible thing. When it flared up, he was really hurting and pretty much immobile for several days. Unlike you, he was a very poor eater an paid the price, I believe. I really do for the most part eat well and watch. I have done so most of my life. But I guess without a family to cook for (the kids are grown and all) I don’t pay attention to meals like I used to. Add to that the amount of time I work and you can see some meals sneaking in that just aren’t the best for me. But with the weather getting cooler and getting organized, I know I will get back to my good habits and take the time I need to make better choices.

I am glad to hear of the myoflex though. I had used it in the past and I will see if I can find some to have on hand. I was reading last night on the Omega 3 stuff and it seems that if you take the proper kind and amount, it can do a lot for your health so I am optimistic that it will help me, along with the additional walking and exercises. I also heard vitamin C is good and did get some yesterday. I really appreciate hearing your story.

@Jordan – Does misery like company? I finally took a stand and did some painting myself last night. Like you, I feel guilty spending time on something that isn’t going to ‘make money’ but is also going to be used for gifts. After working so consistently and continually for the past year or so to rebuild my business, I have laid a decent foundation and I figured you know what – I deserve this time to do what I want. You do too!

Fortunately (or unfortunately – however you want to look at it) I develop ‘habits’ pretty easily. It is my hope that if I work all day, unless there is a looming “have to do it now” deadline over my head, I should be able to do what I want in the evening. I don’t really watch much TV or have any ‘vices’ besides being creative. I want to be able to do something that is completely for myself first and then I think it will make me fresher when I do my designing.

I started working on a set of pieces that I will be showing probably later on as I do it, but I want to work myself up to doing the wildlife paintings that I love to do so much. But at least this is a step in the right direction.

I am PROUD of you for doing what you want, Jordan. You are going to help me get over my own guilt. I will think – if Jordan can do it, why can’t I? I think your work will only be better because of it and it will give you some pleasure in your life that you richly deserve. I think it will go far in helping you not burn out, as I know you work all the time. Besides, if WE don’t take care of ourselves, who will?

Good for you! :) (Oh, and I hope you will share some of your paintings with us, too when they are done?)

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

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 04:32 AM


My Pleasure! Omega 3 is also good stuff as long as it contains all three of the Essential Fatty Acids. I see too much Junk on Pharmacy Shelves that say “Essential Fatty Acid/s” and there’s one of maybe two. The Three compliment and work with each other.

The same as “Are your bones …blah blah you need Calcium!” BUT! You should have Calcium WITH Magnesium or it just gets SWOOSHED (Polite Word) right down the Toilet. I have Swiss Herbal Cal/Mag. I think it’s in a ratio of 2 or 3 to 1. I forgot which way …LOL…


-- Your Assertiveness Training Is Beginning To Interfere With My Anger Management!

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