My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #275: Anticipation

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-05-2011 02:13 PM 3932 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 274: Small Change of Plans Part 275 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 276: Finding a Way »

I think that sometimes the most exciting thing about an upcoming event is the anticipation you feel while making plans. As the time comes closer for me to leave on my trip, I find this to be the case. As the pieces fall into place, I find myself becoming more an more excited about the many things that I will do and people that I will be able to see.

I am not feeling as nervous as I thought that I would be by now. There was a time in the beginning of the planning phase where I was wondering how I was going to get through things without being terrified. Although I like to write here daily to many people, I was never one to get up in front of a crowd and do well speaking. I much prefer one on one or smaller groups. That is best when there is a great deal of interaction between us and I am not the one doing all the talking.

I also think that a large part of my calm state of mind is because of the type of group that I will be speaking to. As we see here, woodworkers are a generally friendly group and most, if not all of the people that come to the show, do so with an open mind and friendliness and willingness to learn. It isn’t going to be an angry mob that I am speaking to. I actually will know several people that will be in the audience, and that does make a difference.

Another part of the puzzle is that I feel comfortable in my knowledge of what I am to speak about – scroll sawing. I am not saying that I know everything, but I feel that I have enough of a background to answer questions intelligently and help people gain some information that up to that point they may not know. This past year of being active in the forums and on this site has helped me realize that I do have some things to offer others and share with others. I am sure that I will learn a lot too, and I am excited about that. It is going to be a wonderful time.

There are so many layers of this trip that are going to be positive. Seeing my friends for the first time in years is certainly one of them. Another aspect is seeing my kids for the week that I am going to be in Chicago. I spoke with both of them yesterday and the thought of actually seeing them together really made me happy. I haven’t seen my son in almost four years. Since the last time I had been there, he has bought a house and is well-established in his career as a Joliet police officer. We are already planning our time together, and will probably visit several of my favorite places, including Navy Pier, The Museum of Science and Industry, and Brookfield Zoo.

I had been a member of Brookfield Zoo as long as I can remember and it is the inspiration for many of my wildlife designs. One of my favorite places in the zoo is outside the snow leopard exhibit, where the snow leopards lounge against a four inch thick piece of glass. It seems as if you can touch them and pet them and they are magnificent and beautiful.

Navy Pier has always been one of my favorite places in the city. It has evolved to a place for shopping and entertainment. In it, they have a huge Tiffany Glass exhibit with hundreds of pieces that were salvaged from churches and buildings in the Chicago area. I have always loved Tiffany and seeing these beautiful works up close is incredible. Pictures just don’t do justice to the subtle beauty of the glass.

Navy Pier also has many other activities going on. In the summer it is bustling with people and bands playing on the boardwalk. I used to have a favorite bench where I would sit at the end of the pier for hours and look out at the lake and listen to the music playing in the background. Several times I would have popcorn and feed the greedy sea gulls and watch them banter with each other for the food. It was quite comical. I realize that it will still be cold there and the summer activity won’t be present, but there is enough new stuff inside that will surely keep us busy.

My son tells me that there is a new show at the IMAX theatre in the museum on storm chasing that he wants to see. That will be fun too, as well as the museum trip in general. I have memories of going there for the day with my friends from school. We would take the bus and admission was free and we would spend the entire day exploring the huge building. It will also be interesting to see how it has evolved over the years. The last time I was there, it was to see the Titanic display sometime in 2002 I think.

All these exciting things and woodworking too! I am sorry to ramble on, but I suppose talking and planning yesterday got me thinking about all the great things to come. I promise to take pictures as much as I can.

As for yesterday, I succeeded in making six new patterns into packet while my partner updated the web site. although there aren’t as many new things as I would have liked to have up there that I did, my partner did some outstanding designs and there is certainly enough to give a variety of new items for people to choose. I need to write my newsletter to get to our customers today and let them know of not only the update, but also of the special sale for them. Then I can finally finish the second of the painting patterns for the class.

I am really happy that things are going the way they are. I feel like a child waiting for Christmas. I am sure that the adventure will be unforgettable and even the preparation for leaving is fun and exciting. It is a really good place to be in life.

Have a wonderful Saturday! I hope you all have some time to create something beautiful!

-- 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 03-05-2011 03:01 PM

as Carol King would sing: “Anticipay-yey-shun” :) You’ll be fine. you’re doin what you like. just wait until you are finished before you have a shot o tequila… lol

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

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#2 posted 03-05-2011 03:09 PM

Your reminiscing about Chicago flooded my mind with many memories. I went to high school in LaGrange, and my parent owned a house for awhile in Brookfield after I went into the army.

-- John from Hampstead

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#3 posted 03-05-2011 03:17 PM

Brookfield Zoo is an incredible place. When my son was small, we used to go there just about every week for ‘lunch’ – just the two of us. We would pack the car and stroller and sit on the grass at the big fountain and eat peanut butter and jelly or cheese sandwiches and popcorn. I even made us matching ‘safari print’ outfits that we would wear there. People would stop us and ask us where we got them. I suppose it was pretty dorky, but that was a really great time in my life and we always had a lot of fun. We were always members, at $35 a year and that included parking. It must have left a good impression on him, as he is still a member to this day and appreciates everything about the zoo.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! :)


PS – We lived in Oak Lawn – about fifteen minutes from La Grange if you travel down 95th street. I spent many years in that neck of the woods.

-- 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 03-05-2011 03:36 PM

good morning sheila

sounds like you have found the right approach to a wonderful time

seeing the kids

being around interested woodworkers
asking things like

how do you…........
what is the best way to…........

these are questions you asked
and have answered in your work

enjoy yourself

sounds like win – win to me

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 03-05-2011 03:50 PM

I’m finding myself envying your trip. My last time there was in 2000 when I passed thru it (and got frustrated with the traffic on the Dan Ryan) when I decided to do an 8-week camping/fly fishing trip to Alaska with my dog. I kept a journal along the way and called it (of course) “Travels with Scotty”.

I think you’re going to enjoy yourself a great deal, and enjoy sharing your skill and experiences.

-- John from Hampstead

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#6 posted 03-05-2011 06:01 PM

Confidence and expertise on the subject is the best quality you have to face this upcoming event. I do feel that it will be the center of attraction. Compared with other woodworking, scroll sawing is the new trend of putting all the designs in wood as replacement for wood carving.

Though, just for the anticipation… have you ever thought of making letter signs… this might be a question of how straight cutting is done. I remember that you had projects with straight cutting and I was about to ask you at that time if you have a certain technique for this. This has to be added partly in your program.

Good luck and just relax.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 03-06-2011 10:00 AM

The missus and I were in Chicago once as guests of friends of ours who are Irish folk singers. We went to the Irish club there, can’t remember the name now, it was in the early 70’s. One thing that stands out in my memoru is the hotel room had Murphy beds. Only time I ever slept in one.

We traveled there by Greyhound and the bDarned near froze our *&%^ off!

We had a ball at the Irish club, singing rebel songs until the wee hours. “Roddy McCorly”, “Johnson’s Motor Car”, “Dublin in the Green”, “A Soldier’s Song” and so on. I was hoarse by the end of the night and happy as a clam!

We have got to get in touch with Joe and Joan again and invite them here to Winnipeg as our guests to enjoy Folklorama, the world class folk lore festival geld here every summer.


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#8 posted 03-06-2011 01:02 PM

Again, thank you all. Yes, I am really starting to get excited about it and look forward to every aspect of the trip!

To Bert – Straight cutting on the scroll saw is nearly impossible to accomplish. You will never be able to get your cut as perfect as on say a table saw. You can get a fairly straight cut by using a thicker blade and really concentrating, but the thin blade tends to want to follow the grain a bit, making it nearly impossible to do. There are some things you can do to make a cut that appears to be straight, but it is difficult to make it perfect. I will certainly go over this in one of my lectures.

And Paul – I lived about a mile from a place called Fox’s Irish Pub which was much like the place you described. Every week they had different Irish singers there and everyone would sing along. It was certainly a fun evening. They really had the best thin crust pizza around – very thin and crispy – and we frequently ordered from there when we had a craving for the thin stuff. My favorite from them though was the Reuben sandwich. There was so much stuff on it they served it open faced. It came with a mountain of cottage fries on the side. We spent many St. Patrick’s day there with my friend Cari and her family. Good times! :)


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

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#9 posted 03-23-2011 08:35 AM

Sheila we meet again I love your designs but most do not fit into what I am after I have started another of the solaria bowl pattern I got from you, this time I have made sure the wood is of the rite thickness and so far it is looking GREAT, will post a pic when it is finished

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 03-23-2011 12:35 PM

Please do, Jim! I would love to see 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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