My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #119: Busy Hands are Happy Hands

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-30-2010 01:51 PM 4043 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it certainly turned out to be a better day then the previous one. Besides having to go to the dentist to replace a filling that fell out, everything else went fine. (I love popcorn in the evening!)

Business was what I would call back to normal and there was a flurry of activity again and it made me feel good. I did receive an email from someone having trouble accessing the site, but I was able to redirect them to directly tap in the server. Apparently that was the ripple type effect that I mentioned yesterday where the servers had to ‘catch up’ to the changes. But there were several orders and there were happy people and nice notes about the site so things were humming right along again.

Big sigh of relief!

What amazed me the most is that many people were missing on the free pattern sale. I needed to write several of them back and remind them that they were entitled to a free pattern. One customer even called me on the phone and asked about it, and was a bit embarrassed when I helped her find it in large red letters on the front page of the site, just above the candle trays which she ordered. I have come to a conclusion: People don’t read.

The more I deal with the general public, the more I come to that realization. I commend you all who are regular followers and read what is on my mind every day, and also those of you who take the time to comment. I have my favorite blogs also, but I must admit that when browsing through the site and picking through blogs and threads of the forums, I also am guilty of just skimming through some things. If something looks too long and I am interested, but just passing by, I tend to skim it through and not read every word. I do read my favorites thoroughly though, and I never comment on things that I haven’t read thoroughly. It just seems that I don’t have the time to read everything that I want.

So I feel the best way to do things (on the site at least) is few words and many pictures. I do have a news page where I take the time to fill those who are interested in with all the new things that are going on, but I am sure that most people don’t go there to look. It is there for the taking though if they are interested.

I put the pumpkin candle tray on my personal Facebook page last night and the response was really good. I also have many customers that are my friends on that page, as it is difficult to draw the line between friends and customers anyway. I have a personal relationship with many of them because of the way I do business and even though I know them only through orders, it is difficult for me to refuse a request from anyone without feeling a bit of a snob so I take on just about everyone who asks.

At first this was troubling to me because I am far more casual in my demeanor there, as I have some fun and goofy friends and we sometimes banter back and forth. However, it is a personal page and if I am what people consider less professional when I am on it – so be it. I have to let my hair down sometimes and I never do anything or say anything that would really be considered off color anyway. They just need to take me ‘as is’.

I was happy because I woke up to two requests this morning as to when they could get the pattern for the pumpkin candle tray, so that is going to be the first thing on my agenda for today. I would love to get it right up on the site, although it will disrupt my partner who does my website. He likes everything to match and things to come out ‘even’ and that will make nine trays and he has a table for eight up there. I just would be happy sticking it near the rest, but I don’t think that will fly with him. He likes things to be done ‘right’ and that is why the site looks so good right now. But money is money and one of the reasons I got it done now is that I wanted it ready for this season and I had better get it up there – especially if people are looking to buy it. I am sure we will work out a compromise and make it work.

I also finished another skating pond figure last night. This is Scot:

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

I am a bit behind with posting the stories and characters to the skating pond blog, but I made good headway and got all of the stories caught up last night. When I first started posting, I wasn’t attaching the little stories to the figures. When I began putting short descriptions of each character and giving them a bit of personality, I received so many positive responses that I have been continuing to do so. The first few characters however, were lacking stories of their own so I went back and updated them all so they all have one. I like it that way and it really gives the project some more substance and makes it far more interesting and fun for me.

I am following Martyn’s clip board blog and this morning saw the next chapter in it where he cut the veneer with a jig he made to make the precise angles necessary for the pattern. This was brilliant I thought. and it really makes me want to try something like that. He is doing this one in veneer and I have a large box of veneer from Lee Valley sitting under my bed and waiting to be used in a project. I use it from time to time for backboards and embellishments on projects, but doing an entire project such as this using veneer will be a great thing for me. Since I don’t have ready access to a full shop and table saw and band saw, the veneer may be the ticket. I am excited.

Not to mention the shoe project! As I was at the dentist’s office yesterday, I noticed he had a relief carving of a sailor and port scene on his wall, next to the embroidered picture he used as a reference. I asked about it, and found that he too carves. We talked carving and woodworking while the Novocaine was taking effect. He invited me to stop by his house and see the full size dogs that he was carving for the end of his driveway and he said he had some wood that I could use. I told him of our shoe class and he wants me to bring my shoe to show him when I am done. It is funny how woodworkers just dive in like that and are immediately friends. It is a fine common bond to have with others.

I wonder what adventure today will bring. I can already feel that it will be a great day. That happens sometimes to me and I don’t know why. I will tell you tomorrow, though. :)

Have fun. Be creative. Make sawdust.

-- 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 09-30-2010 03:23 PM

Shelia, I really enjoy reading your blogs. They always portray a fond enjoyment of what you do and include a whimsical side of your thought process that allows you to create the great pieces you do. I would like to thank you for giving me something to look forward to. Although I don’t comment much, I do read and very much enjoy your blogs! THANK YOU!

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

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 04:16 PM

Thanks for the mention, Sheila. Glad you’re enjoying it.

Scott is looking good. Another piece added.

Have you got everything ready for the shoe challenge? I think I have but carving is new to me so I probably won’t know until its too late!

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 04:22 PM

No, Martyn! I am going to have to be (ahem) “running behind” unless I get my bits and wood today! (get it? shoes – running) Darn that Canada Post anyway!!! Jordan sent that wood last week and it should be here by now! The bits will probably get here today and hopefully the wood will arrive also. I promised all three cats new shoes for the winter *(that’s 12!) so I had better get hopping!

And. . . your blog is well worth the mention for those why may have missed it. My problem is so much to do and so little time!!! Why do we have to sleep anyway??

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

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 04:52 AM

niice figur Sheila

and I think you have to either make big big big sign over your front page on the site
when you have some free bee´s (will look real ugly) or simply just don´t take care of
what people ordre , you can´t nurse everyone , you have to think time is money
when it come to that little thing on your site ,how many patterns do you have now
500-600-700 what will you do when it reach 1000-1500-2000 patterns, hire 3 more
to pack patterns for you, wuoldn´t that bee just great if the world was like that but it ain´t
and you know it.

I know what you say about skimming things but if you ordre something online do you skim that site
when it comes to how to ordre and if there is something thats either frebee or on discount
that week, no you will tjeck it out until you have understand it.

and its the same with your site, people just have to wake up
sorry about my rant just my ½ cent

take care

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