My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #288: Details, Details . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-18-2011 01:39 PM 4064 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 287: Five More Days of Prep Part 288 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 289: Land of the Lists »

I look around and there are “piles” everywhere. Piles of papers, patterns, wood pieces, etc. Even the cats know something is up, as Richard is flying back and forth through the house this morning like an idiot (well- as much as he can fly with a short runway!) Since I have sat down here this morning, he has ran the length of the apartment at full speed at least a dozen times, as if a rocket was lit under him. What a nut!

It’s time to enlist one of the most important elements you can have when leaving on a trip or traveling – “the lists.”

I found myself up and walking around at 3:30 am this morning thinking of stuff I had to do and bring and remember. That wasn’t good. I still have four more days to go and if I spent the nights pondering like I did last night I am sure I will be exhausted by the time I leave on Tuesday. I almost just stayed up, but I knew full well that if I did, come around 2:00pm I would woefully regret it and hit the skids. I went through some emails and scouted Facebook for an hour or so and then I managed to think of things other than the trip long enough to feel sleepy and went back to sleep.

It is raining today and is also forecast to do so for the entire weekend. I am happy that I spent the day preparing and cleaning the car so even if it rains up until Tuesday, I am ready. There was part of me that felt guilty playing with the car yesterday while living among the clutter here in the house, but I think it was a good decision. Today I don’t have any reason to leave the house and can really focus on getting many of the loose ends tied up and ready. I am close, but one good day is needed to really get a handle on things. I am looking ahead to a good and productive day.

I was absolutely shocked last night when I received an email from Jeannie that the paint brushes arrived for the classes. It was a mere two days since I talked to the girl at the brush company and after the previous six plus weeks with little communication from them, it amazed me that they were there already. I suppose once they got it in gear, they worked in high speed. AND she told me that the brushes that she sent were the elusive deerfoot stippler brushes that I had requested. I give them a 10+ for scoring a fourth quarter touchdown. The first thing on my list after the blog here is to write the girl I talked to a nice “thank you” letter for coming through for me. That is one less thing to worry about.

In looking at the UPS tracking number that was given to me by Ray from Seyco, the Excalibur saw is on the truck and should be delivered to Jeannie’s today. That is also exciting news and I can’t wait to see it and try it out. I received a call from Ray and he wants me to call him as I am setting it up to go over a check list and make sure that all is in order. He said that he usually does these things himself, but since the saw was shipped directly from General International in Tennessee, he was unable to do so and he wants to be sure everything is set up right. I have heard many stories about him and the wonderful service he gives his customers, and I am happy that he not only has such a great reputation, but in the short time I have dealt with him so far, has shown that the reputation is warranted. This is going to be a great chapter in my life. I can feel it.

I don’t have much more to report but “onward and onward”. I had a great time reacquainting myself with my car yesterday and getting it ready for the trip. Somehow it made it seem more “real”. After thinking about it for months, it is sometimes hard to believe that in reality it is only a couple of days away. I’m in the home stretch now and feel really good about everything. I apologize for all you hard-core woodworkers that my blogs here have not focused much on making projects, but I think that this trip is going to be a nice way to show a different side of woodworking.

I plan on taking a lot of pictures, not only of the show, but of the classes and the learning center and of course the offices at the magazine so you can all come along with us on this trip and get a feel as to what it is about. I don’t know if I mentioned it here before, but I may even be able to meet up with Rivergirl (Kelly) on my way to Chicago if our schedules work out. I will be driving kind of by her place and we are going to try to meet for lunch on my way across. That will really be cool.

So for today, I had better get to it. I hope you all have a great one!

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 03-18-2011 05:16 PM

Hey Sheila;

I thought it was onwards and sideways!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-18-2011 05:17 PM

Sideways would land me into the ocean, Lee! :)


-- 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 03-18-2011 07:22 PM

you better stick to a folkdance and dance a quaddrille then :-)
if your cats behave like that then you most be very close to be ready to take off

its nice to hear about costumsevice that is at the same nevou as yours Sheila or at least seems to bee :-)

have a great day

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#4 posted 03-18-2011 07:59 PM

I hope you are bringing a laptop so you can keep us posted in real time. Enjoy the trip.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#5 posted 03-18-2011 09:07 PM

I would be interested in just hearing about your journey and show, while in real time would be nice but I think it would interfere with your work so I would settle for whenever you can send a post! I wish you all the best and may you not forget and leave anything behind! Godspeed!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 03-19-2011 07:24 AM

Make the lists! Trust me. If I leave without checking them, I regret it ;-(( One time I asked a friend why he didn’t go to any of the competitions I went to all over the western states? He said there was no way he could get all his equipment in order 500 miles from home and get a match shot without forgetting something or having some kind of failure. That is why there are lists and plan B’s ;-)

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 03-19-2011 11:37 AM

I am going to try my best to keep up while I am away. At the very least, I will try to document everything and take lots of pictures so I can show them, if not right away, then later on. The show itself (from seeing the videos of previous years) seems like it will be incredible. I don’t know how much time I will have actually during the show, but I should have some time before to get some good pictures.

As for the lists – read my post today. That is my #1 priority. Making lists so I don’t forget everything. GMTA!

Sheila ;)

-- 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 03-19-2011 04:17 PM

Hi Sheila.

Tell your kitties “Hi” from my cat Smokey. (American short hair, solid black and the runt of the litter. She was a “rescue” about 8 years ago and is the cuddliest little ball of fluff alive)

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 03-19-2011 09:23 PM

Somehow I thought you were a ‘cat person!’ :)

I will miss my ‘babies’ a lot! :/

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

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