My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #269: Plans, Plans and More Plans . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-27-2011 02:01 PM 4496 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Remember the other day when I talked about those unexpected curve balls that pop into our lives? Well, yesterday I was thrown a little one and it is a good example of what I was talking about.

With only three short weeks left to prepare for the trip, I am making good progress with checking everything off of the list, but there is still much that I want to accomplish and get ready for leaving. Being gone for almost three weeks is going to be a big thing for me. I can’t remember the last time I had been away for that long, and certainly I haven’t since I had my business up and running.

I have a friend who I went to high school with who travels all the time with her job. In the last six months alone, she has been to Vegas, Los Angeles, Alaska, New Orleans, New York, Miami, and several other smaller cities. I enjoy watching her travels on her Facebook page, as she always has interesting and beautiful pictures to show. It is part of her life and she loves her job and the adventure that comes with it.

Although I made the big move to Canada seven years ago and have done more traveling in these past years than I have done in my entire life time, it has been about three to four years since I have been away from my home. I haven’t been to Chicago in (I think) four years when I was last there to see my son graduate from the police academy. In between these two legs of the trip that are going to be in New York, I plan to drive to Chicago and spend a couple of days with my son and seeing some friends that I haven’t seen in a while. I also plan to drive through New Jersey where the offices of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine are located and spend at least part of the day there. It is pretty much along the way and should be a great chance to touch base with the people from the magazine that won’t be at the show.

So anyway, it is going to be quite a full few weeks and I am sure it will go by quickly. Besides the main show at the beginning of the trip and getting back for the three classes the following week, everything is quite flexible. That is one reason I am so happy to travel by car. I do want to make it to Saratoga Springs a day or so early however, so I can get the lay of the land and get settled before the big show. I thought that yesterday I would really start to map out our day to day travels so we can solidify some plans along the way.

I live on the western side of Nova Scotia, right on the coast. When flying over in a plane, I find it fascinating that you can actually see Nova Scotia from the one side of the plane and Maine from the other. It is separated by the Bay of Fundy.

When driving, it is commonplace to take the ferry from Digby to New Brunswick, which is just north of Maine and drive down. The boat runs every day and the voyage is approximately three hours. Nova Scotia is nearly an island, and is connected to the rest of Canada only by a small patch of land up near Amhurst. I found a map to illustrate this for those of you who don’t know:

From Everday Stuff

I live between about half way between Yarmouth and Digby.

So I thought that I would check the schedule of the ferry yesterday and see if it would be necessary to make reservations for the day I wish to travel. I went to the site for Bay Ferries and read all the fares and times and such and figured everything out. Then, when I was just about satisfied that all was well, I noticed in very fine print under the ferry schedule there was a note that the ferry would be dry-docked from March 7th through the 24th for annual maintenance and would not run during that time.

Well, that would not do.

Since even when the boat is up and running on the 24th, it doesn’t leave until 4pm (meaning it wouldn’t arrive in New Brunswick until after 7pm) and we still had over 10 hours to drive, including a border crossing to get to Saratoga Springs, it would make it impossible for us to take the boat. I need to be there all day Friday to set up the show, as well as take part in judging the contest.

We planned on leaving Tuesday the 22nd, which would mean most of the drive would be Wednesday and give us the day Thursday to get ready before we were to report to the center on Friday. Since the boat was to leave at 4pm, it would give most of the day Tuesday to finish packing and get ready, and we would in all likelihood stay over in St. John and start fresh on Wednesday morning for the 10 hour travel to Saratoga Springs.

Good thing I checked.

It isn’t what we consider a disaster though. It is just one of those little curve balls of life that I was talking about the other day. It will take us about 8-10 hours to drive up through Amhurst and back down to St. John, and we can do that on Tuesday, as we originally planned. Instead of leaving at 4pm when the ferry departs, we will just leave early in the morning, allowing for weather and keeping it a relaxing drive, and we can still stop in St. John overnight or continue on if we feel like it.

We can finish up our journey on Wednesday, as planned and still have Thursday to settle in and get acclimated. It will also allow for any other unforeseen delays. That’s one of the many reasons I like to drive so much.

I am happy that I decided it was time to check things out. I know I may seem excessive with planning things, but I really want to be ready for anything unexpected in this trip so that I can relax a bit (as much as I can) and enjoy the time. Looking ahead is a good thing and gives me a great deal of peace of mind.

Today will be finishing up the pattern packet for the shells. I finished the last two yesterday and started writing the instructions. Painting instructions are a bit more detailed than woodworking ones, I believe and with the shells, it is proving to be even more challenging because there are many variables in the painting of them. I may need to add more step-by-step pictures to get my point across.

The last two shells:

From SLDP104 Seashells

From SLDP104 Seashells

I also need to write an autobiography and description for the advertisements for the last set of classes, as well as make the lists to submit to DecoArt to order the paints for both classes. The description needs to be short and you all know what a challenge that can be for me. :)

So there is plenty to do today and hopefully I will get this project pretty much buttoned up. It should keep me out of trouble anyway.

May you all have a wonderful Sunday.

-- 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 02-27-2011 02:48 PM

you have safe travels when you do go.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 06:22 PM

I don’t think you’re being excessive at all. Thinks like this is what you need to know. Think how horrible it would have been if you’d left at your originally planned time, get to the ferry, and realize that unless your car has wings, that your plans were completely messed up. I’m glad you caught that one.


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#3 posted 02-27-2011 10:43 PM

i think you have a lovely collection of ideas and projects for your prospected customers to play with and enjoy, you certainly have filled your time creatively and professionally and that has to go a long way to you also having a great time there , and i for one wish you all the best with your endeavors.

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 11:24 PM

Hi Sheila.

As one who has navigated the US/Canada border many times, here’s a tip that will save you some possible trouble on your return. Stop into the Canadian customs before you leave and register any tools and such you are taking with you so you can prove on your return that you took them with you and didn’t buy them in the US during the trip which would involved duty and taxes.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 11:38 PM

Thank you all for your good wishes.

William – I am very glad that I did check this out now. Besides writing things down, I am going through things over and over in my head. I just want to try to cover every detail.

Steve – Thank you very much. I am happy that I have a lot of different things to offer people. I find that at shows such as these, there is a great diversification of interests. Part of why people come to events like this is to be exposed to other creative outlets. Hopefully, I can help people find some new ways to express their own creativity!

And Paul – That is a great idea. I was thinking about that earlier when we were considering bringing the new saw with us from Nova Scotia. I think that I am going to wind up having the new saw shipped out there. But I will certainly make a list of what I am bringing (including my printer and computer) I know we have a certain amount of items we can bring back that are tax-exempt, but we are prepared to pay the import fees on anything over that. I suppose it is just part of life. Thank you for the reminder. :)


-- 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 02-28-2011 02:58 AM

I can see its not many times you has used the ferry :-) good that you catch it in time
i have learned the hard way to always checking ferryplans and even to see if I can check
them the same day I need to use them you just never know with ferry´s
once we was ready to drive onbord and to minuts before they canceled the rest of the day
and the next two…..what a bummer :-( fortunaly we have four ferry´s from our tiny island
but had to drive over 100 km more to get to the distination and the same back again the next day
not very much compared to what you have to drive but with a tight schedule ..well you know

have a great evening

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