My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #180: Silly Things Make Me Happy

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-30-2010 02:51 PM 4025 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today’s post will be relatively short (I think). I really need to get cutting on my two new candle trays. I hopefully will be able to finish the main cutting today and be able to take photographs of them for tomorrow. There are only so many hours in the day though, so i want to get at it.

Yesterday was a full day of fun. I didn’t get home until well after nine and spent the day at the mall and in the mini-malls doing my ‘final’ shopping for Christmas. The funny thing about it was that I didn’t really buy many gifts at all. My biggest purchases were from Michale’s crafts, where I bought Liquid Gold Leafing and Liquid Silver Leafing (that I can paint on to accent things) and also some half-priced really cool ribbon for the many ornaments I am making and giving as gifts.

The other most significant purchases I made were of several very, very cool boxes. Yes, you read right. Boxes. I love boxes.

In the last few years, I noticed that there has become an availability of some awesome boxes that people can use for both gift giving and storage. They are very sturdy, reasonably priced and decorated beautifully not only in Christmas designs, but also in very cool winter and even everyday designs. I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I found some nice boxes which will accommodate two of my skating pond sets that I will be giving as gifts, and upon returning to that store yesterday, I found a myriad of incredible boxes (most which were around $5) which will be wonderful for the several odd-shaped and sized items that I am painting and scrolling for gifts this year. They are incredibly sturdy and will add another protective layer when shipping these items and also make a wonderful presentation when the recipient opens it.

I have always loved to make a fuss and wrap packages so they look simply exquisite. It must be the artist inside of me. Presentation is a lot and even if you are giving the simplest ornament, it is fun to present it in a wonderful setting and it looks so much nicer. I usually spend a day or two just wrapping. It is a holiday ritual with me. I also love to get spools of metallic wired ribbon and make wonderful bows (thank goodness for wired ribbon!) and have cool sparkly paper inside the package and so on. I put on some holiday movies and music, have some nice cocoa with cinnamon, and go to town wrapping. I treat each package as if it is my only one to wrap, and take the time and care to make it look wonderful. It is part of the festivities for me.

So while everyone else was busy buying gifts for others, I was buying boxes. It was funny too because my purchased took up more room in the trunk than probably the other three girls put together – even though I nested all that I could. The cool thing is that whether empty of not, I still get to enjoy these pretty boxes under the tree for the next month until I have to give them away. The problem with that is I want to keep several of them for myself. There is always something that needs a box. To me it is a gift within an gift. :)

So although my box and wrapping fetish is somewhat weird, it is a fun and relatively inexpensive. I still have to finish making the gift to put in them, but it does remove some of the pressure knowing that even if what I make doesn’t come out so fantastic, at least I can present it in a wonderful box!

Yes, I know I am crazy. I suppose there are worse things I can collect. I don’t collect shoes, or jewelry or other ‘normal’ things, (I do collect wood, but that is normal, isn’t it?) I think beautiful boxes of all kinds, wood and otherwise are a wonderful and useful thing to collect. Perhaps at one time in my life I was without a needed box and now I am making up for it. Who knows?

In any case, I had a wonderful day with good company and some great food and fun and it really made me happy. Now I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world and spend some time doing another thing I love doing – scroll sawing!

The clock is ticking and the days are winding down so it is time to kick it into high gear and get moving again. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time! I suppose that it doesn’t take much to make me really happy!

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

-- 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 11-30-2010 03:13 PM

Hi Sheila,

All I need is to make a list of those gift. I was thinking of making lot of small boxes for the season but Filipinos are not so keen on choice of boxes. Exotic wood boxes here are not being sold at the right price. I think choice are those light and made from different materials such as velvet, cloth and leather boxes.

Additionally, it is really very nice to know from you that we should put something on the box… a gift within a gift…. Thanks for idea.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 03:23 PM

I am chuckling at “I have the boxes, now I just need the gifts to go in them” :D

So.. when I “wrapped” my presents in pillow protectors, that doesn’t quite live up to your style of wrapping??? :D
I, too, love boxes (I checked out some at the $1 store, yesterday.. but I was on a mission and didn’t buy any boxes this time). They are a very nice way to store things.. and easy. Perfect!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 05:30 PM

My girls also make a “thing” out of wrapping. They hem themselves up in the bedroom with the door shut so no one can peek in with Christmas music going for hours upon hours. All I hear is laughing and singing going on the whole time. It makes me smile just thinking about it! :-)

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

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#4 posted 11-30-2010 07:01 PM

:—)) thank´s for the blog Sheila it made me smile all over ; thinking on my mother and how she decorate
all over with Chrismas figures and small santa´s tommorrow, I´ll better call her tonight before she gets December beesy-beesy…lol
collecting wood is normal nothing wrong with you…I think , but if you make an apointment
can you please let us know what the result was ….we are 22k that will be interrest to hear
if we are normal or not…...LOL

have a happy day


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 01:45 PM

It is good to see that I am not the only one who likes boxes!

@ Debbie – I just have fun! I do get most of my wrapping stuff at the dollar store. They have so much fun ribbon and stuff there that it is hard to resist. Wired ribbon rocks too! I can’t make a good bow without it. We have a pretty good dollar store here where they have a great selection of tissue, wrap and ribbon.

I do hate buying cards though. They are Soooo expensive. Many of the nice ones are $6-$8! I would rather spend the money on the gift and make a nice note card or one on my computer. I have all kinds of fun software and I get a ream of card stock and I am good to go. The printer sites (HP and Canon and others I am sure) have all kinds of free cards and paper craft cards (pop ups) that you can make if you like to play like I do. Lots of times for Christmas though I will just paint an ornament and that is the tag and card combined. As I get closer to the holiday though it seems I take less time. I try to make them nice, though ! :)

I like that about your girls, Cosmo! My daughter has memories of us doing the same. She is a pretty good “wrapper” herself!

And Denis – normal or not, I think it makes life more fun and I like it! :D It is nice to have something joyful and fun to do. I hope your mom has a great day!

-- 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 12-01-2010 03:58 PM

:—) she will have two great weeks so many has she before all the small villages and snowhills , etc is in place :-)

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 04:00 PM

You should post some pictures, Dennis! I would love to see them! :)


-- 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 12-01-2010 04:12 PM

I will see if I can get this yearchrismas card from her in Digital form and some of the olderones :-)


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