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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #227: "The Project" Completed :)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-16-2011 02:32 PM 3385 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 226: "The Project" Part 3 - Are We There Yet? Part 227 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 228: The Final Pictures »

As I sit here basking in the glow of organization, the sun is just coming up and I noticed that another six inches or so of snow has fallen. Already it is going to be a great day.

Things are just about finished here, with every cabinet and closet getting a makeover. I figured out that there are five closets in this little place, along with the large cupboards in the bathroom and now the new storage unit. That is lots of storage space to keep organized!

It is funny how infectious cleaning things out can be. By starting with just one area, the organization bug spread to every available area and we wound up spending the entire day again cleaning, sorting and throwing out. I still have some minor areas to sort through, but for the most part, everything is done. It is still dark out now but I promise to post pictures of the finished projects later on.

Today will be a day of fine tuning things and putting things in their final place. I only hope that once finished, I will be able to find everything that I need to find.

The garbage men are not going to be very happy with us, I expect. We already took a load to the public dumpster, but we quickly refilled our bin and could easily do another trip before Wednesday. Much of the mess was old catalogs and papers. It is amazing that with all the online catalogs and such, which we opt for most every time, we can still accumulate a huge amount of paper.

I am happy to report that there was very little wood that went by the wayside. There were just a few scraps of plywood that were too small to use and some bits and pieces of pine. There were no hard wood casualties at all, and I am happy to say that all of the remaining wood is sorted and stacked and resting comfortably.

I think that is the best part of all. Going through and knowing what you actually have.

I also went through my many lines of paints and painting supplies, which took up almost as much room as the woodworking things. I have several different types of paint and stain that I use for different applications and keeping them neatly tucked away, yet close at hand can be tricky. After all, I find that ‘out of sight means out of mind’ applies with many things and perhaps it is my own senility creeping up on me but there were several things that I forgot I had. It was quite a pleasant adventure rediscovering the many things that fell into this category. My creative juices are once again flowing thinking of all the applications for using these forgotten items.

I was also able to finally take my many magazines out of storage boxes and give them a well-deserved place on shelving where they would be easily accessible. This, my friends is a sweet luxury for me. I have the last six or so years of not only my own woodworking magazine, which I need for reference on some occasions, but also the two painting magazines that I have collected. They are all in issue number order, along with about half of my collection of both woodworking and painting books that I have obtained throughout the years. Although the rest of them are safe with my friend in Chicago, it is comforting to have what I have here where I can easily browse through them. I just love my books and love to keep them at hand where I can look through them again and again or read them over.

So all in all it has been a great three days. It seems like months since I have had a regular work day though. I am going to take today to fine tune things and catch up on emails and enjoy the day. I may spend a good part of the day reading through some magazines or even start painting something. For once it will feel good to just wing it with no plan.

I will add some pictures in later on. I am kind of proud how everything came out. I think that it is cool that if you walk into my place here, you wouldn’t even know that I ran my business from here or did woodworking (until you saw the scroll saw and drill press tucked on the side of the kitchen!)

It is a very good way to live however and even though I know it isn’t for everyone, it makes me very happy. It is comfortable and clean and now organized and a great environment to be creative in. What more can I ask for?

Have a great Sunday.

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



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tyskkvinna

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 04:44 PM

I would be a happy camper if I could just use my saw and drill press in the kitchen! :)

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 07:48 PM

well it sounds like your on top of the world…organized to the hilt…and ready to now go forward and hit the scroll saw again…so in this happy little world of yours…scroll saw in the kitchen…and the likes…has a roast beef ever been scroll sawed…or maybe some carrots or potato’s scroll sawed with some mighty fine detail …lol…im surprised you have not gotten into food art…lol…im really happy for you both that its done and better organized for you…a much nicer working environment …everything in its place…and wow …maybe 6 inches of new snow…i can say ..the way i feel with my health…you can have all that snow for yourself…but…if i was healthier…i would want to get my racing sled out ..or the toboggan…and hit the slopes…build a nice fire and roast some marshmallows…yes…and some hot dogs too…that’s what you need to do next…some kids roasting some food around a fire pit…or maybe a kid with his tongue frozen to the light pole…lol…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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rivergirl

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 08:28 PM

I bet you feel so good! A catharsis! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 01:43 AM

I spent the day picking around here and tidying up. I didn’t feel very ‘creative’ at all today. Just a bit tired I suppose.

Yes, it does feel good to know everything has a place – now if I can remember where I put everything I will be OK! LOL

I would love to see pictures of your organization too Rivergirl! It is fun to see different work spaces.

I am going to take it easy tonight but I should be raring to go tomorrow. :)

Sheila

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

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RonPeters

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 02:35 AM

It’s a good feeling to have finished something. The ‘glow of organization’ escapes me. I try to keep organized, but it ends up I organize in piles. I have a ‘feeling’ that it’s ‘right over here’ on the desk.

I keep the shop fairly organized, put tools back where I found them etc. but it’s not my strong point. I try to start out with stuff in a logical place.

Take my wife…no please, take her! Just kidding. But the other day I bemoaned the fact that I couldn’t find a book I had at the old house. Without missing a beat, she said, “What room was it in?”

Now, mind you, we moved 5 years ago! I didn’t remember the room, but I have no doubt that had I remembered she would have known where, in what box it was.

That is scary to me folks!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 12:07 PM

LOL I just found one of my missing books out in the garage under a pile of sawdust. Now I have cleaned up the sawdust many times as I searched for that book many times- so I am thinking the book somehow fell off the bench above at some point and got covered up after I cleaned underneath? I have no idea where it was or how it got to it’s final location, but I am happy to have found the book!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 12:19 PM

That’s funny, Kelly! When I was going through things I found my book on the King Tut artifacts. A couple of years ago when I was in Chicago visiting, my son took me to the exhibit, as the artifacts were on tour and on display there at the Field Museum. It was one of the most incredible things you ever saw. Talk about craftsmanship! And many were on this display pedestals with like 4” thick glass and you could walk around them on all sides and see them up close. It was amazing thinking about how I was that close to these beautiful objects created over 3000 years ago! It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen and I wanted to have a keepsake of the day.

The book brought me right back there to that day with my son. It was a great thing. Books are amazing like that and it was ironic I thought that I had unearthed my own treasure buried in a box in my own cabinet! :)

Sheila

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

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