My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #124: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-05-2010 03:32 PM 3996 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 123: Ironing Out Details Part 124 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 125: My Own Self-Challenge »

Okay, so I have to make a confession. I am addicted to this site.

Reality hit me in the head like a ton of bricks this morning. When I first woke up and came to my computer things were fine. There were several messages in my mail box that were notifications on various projects I was watching and new posts that my Buddies here had put up overnight. As usual, I spent the first half hour or so of my day with my first morning coffee reading through everything and occasionally commenting.

Lots of good stuff happens here. There is a new blog by RonPeters that will take us through the process of him creating a violin. I reread Jordan’s posts on working on the sole of our shoe. There were several nice comments about the projects that were posted yesterday. All was fine.

I warmed my coffee and sat down to write my daily blog. When I clicked on the ‘New Blog Entry’ button, instead of taking me to this screen, I was cyber-whisked to a page on GoDaddy that said that the domain name I was looking for expired. I thought, OK. I messed up. I clicked again. Same thing. I went down my list of emails and other messages from LJ’s and every one that had a link to anything on the site went to the same GoDaddy page. Now I like Danica Patrick as much as anyone else, but I needed my LJ’s fix.

I tried not to panic. I went and showered and made the bed and did all my morning stuff and checked back. Same.

Now I was really wondering. I emailed a buddy and asked if they were able to get on. As I waited, I phoned a friend I needed to catch up with and thought what my day would be like without my ‘friends’ here. Since I wasn’t getting notifications from here either, I figured something was up with the site itself. After all, look what happened to my own site last week. I tried not to panic, but felt like a big something in my morning was missing.

I couldn’t write my blog. Would I be missed? Would people wonder? How will I carve my shoe without the tutorial? I had my bits now and didn’t really know where to start. Most of all, I would miss my daily interaction with all of my cyber friends from around the world.

After a little time passed, I saw I received a response from the friend I wrote. All was well with the site on their side. I sighed and thought, we will just have to see. A few minutes later, a notification came in from LJ’s and when I clicked on the link, it worked! I tried all the other links that previously brought me to Danica and they were all fine. YAY! I am back!

The total time of the hiccup was less than two hours. However, it showed me again how much I love this place and all the people here and how I thrive on their creativity and support. Is this a good thing? I think so! So its back to business for me. I now have to make up for lost time!

Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. I spent the morning with my photography hat on and I took what I would consider pretty decent photos of many of the projects that I needed to submit to the wholesaler for the next catalog. I had a good time doing so and made sure the light was good and made a pretty good presentation. I felt I did my best and didn’t just send here some half done pictures. I do like the photography part of the process and I am little by little improving and learning in that area too.

I made the list of products, assembled the PDF files and sent them away. About an hour later, I heard from her that she wanted to take ALL 21 items that I had submitted! Even the holiday ones! (This catalog is for post holiday distribution, but I figured she would keep them for next year) She said that she was thinking about sending a targeted email to their customers with the holiday items in it so that they would still be able to purchase patterns in time for their holiday scroll sawing projects. What a great honor that was for me. She even chided me about renaming the company to include part of my name in it, as I had so many things in their catalog.

That is great ‘job security’ for the future for me. She asked me to send the high resolution photos to her by next week, along with the specifications for each product, and I had everything ready to go and had it loaded up to Sendspace and the list to her within the hour. She was thrilled.

I love being on the ball like that and having stuff ready when needed. My editor had shot over two emails yesterday morning too where readers had asked questions and he asked if I could help them. I knew the answers and was able to direct them almost immediately and help them out.

I keep my computer on all the time. With living in a small place, the screen isn’t far from sight no matter what I am doing. I like the feeling of being ‘there’ and being able to respond so quickly whether I am scroll sawing, taking pictures, painting or whatever. I love my “window to the world” here and even though I know I am highly addicted to the computer, this site, and my friends, I wouldn’t have it any other way. There are far worse obsessions I could have, I guess.

So for today the goal is to draw, draw, DRAW! I have four more candle trays I want to get to the wholesaler by the deadline and I think I can do it in the next week or two because I have been partially working on several of them at once. It is the final implementation of them and making the prototypes (the fun part) that is left so that should roll off fairly quickly.

With that said, I had best get on to things. I am back on track and ready to move ahead. I picked up my bits last night and perhaps by this evening I will be able to start on my shoe in earnest.

You all have a great day. Keep in touch! :)

-- 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 10-05-2010 04:06 PM

I was shocked for a while this morning also.
Glad Martin cleared it up.
Snail mail has not delivered yet… :)
Maybe tonight!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 10-05-2010 04:08 PM

So it wasn’t “just me”? I thought I was losing it! (Or reached my quota of comments allowed here! LOL)

And I have been watching the mail too, John. Isn’t it frustrating?? If it went Canada Post those little critters would have STARVED by now!!!!

Let me know when you get 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 10-05-2010 04:41 PM

You aint kiddin sister! I did a little panic’ing myself as well!

As you said – Danica isn’t bad on the eyes, but I want my LJ fix! ;-)

It’s nice to be able to say HI again.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 10-05-2010 04:54 PM

You weren’t the only one. I was freaking out this morning as well. I knew exactly what that page meant. I was more worried though that the domain had expired and therefore someone could quickly come along, snatch the domain name, and forward us to some stupid Search forwarding page to gain money. I quicly went to homerefurbishers this morning and see if I could PM Martin from that domain in case he wasn’t aware. Not sure if he already knew though,but glad he renewed it. In the future Martin, you should check the Auto-Renew option on your GoDaddy account ;) Thanks for keeping the addicts coming back for more lol.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 10-05-2010 05:07 PM

I saw it too. I thought my puter caught something bad. It put my anxiety into overdrive.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#6 posted 10-05-2010 05:17 PM

I had not noticed a problem from my end but I can certainly identify with not being able to get my frequent doses of LJ fix during the day! I really do not know what I would do if suddenly disappeared! I think I would feel like I was up S* Creek without a paddle!

Edith is starting to notice when you are “late” with your blog postings. She said “Sheila has not posted today” and looked sorta shell shocked! Then later when you came on she came back all smiles and said “computer problems!” Although there is really no set times you can post, it is really easy to fall into the habit of relying on the fact that it is usually there by 8am and getting your fix! Glad to have you back!

And YES I am proud to say that I, too, am addicted to this LJ site!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 10-05-2010 05:23 PM

Thanks, Earl! It is good to be missed :) Usually I hit the post button before 9am my time. I get up at six and have some things I do in the morning before and a routine. I also posted late Sunday. I made a rare ‘big breakfast’ and didn’t post until after the dishes were done. I was thinking “uh oh! I am LATE!” lol. Now that’s an addiction!

I am looking about using a laptop for in March/April when I go on my trip to the States. I can’t be without a computer for two weeks. NO Way!!! (Especially when I will have so much cool woodworking to report!) I will figure it out by then I am sure!

Thanks for missing me! (Edith too!)


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

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#8 posted 10-05-2010 06:08 PM

Back here is same, this morning (our time meaning +8 GMT) K was making replies to Ron’s blog and it took me 3 times. It was the third that gone through. When I made my reply to yours Shiela #123 it was alright. It was not long here. “I was already feeling guilty thinking that maybe I have sent a reply wrongly or infected.” Being addicted is good but being deprived is just emptiness.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 10-05-2010 08:53 PM

great blog Sheila
I didn´t notice but on the other hand I get on line in my evening
I wuoldn´t have been able to work today if it had happen 15 hours ago…lol
what a scarry moment it most have been for all I believe just thinking on if all
theese great projects /blogs and coments had disapered up in he air….....
what do I say…....where is my nerve medec…..please don´t joke wih these things …not funny…Brrrrrh

have a great safe day


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#10 posted 10-06-2010 05:07 AM

Yeah, you’d be missed:-) I don’t have time to read you every day, but you’d be missed; trust me!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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