My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #289: Land of the Lists

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-19-2011 12:36 PM 3763 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s getting to be that time. The final countdown. I wish I could say that I was sleeping a bit easier, but I think that the excitement is just too much. I awoke up earlier than I wanted to this morning and I almost went back to bed, but I had already had the first sip of coffee and it tasted soooo good that it wasn’t worth parting with it. Besides, I have lots to do today and an early start would probably be good.

I finished most of my printing yesterday. I have a nice little box of note cards with prints of my paintings on them and they are all packaged beautifully in the clear sleeves. They look nice and professional. It may seem silly to sell such a thing at a woodworking show, but from my own experiences and also from talking to Jean, she thought they may do well there. I found that many times couples go to these types of shows together – even if both aren’t interested in woodworking and it seems that jewelry and art items do sell well to the spouses of the woodworking addicts.

I sell the note cards at a fairly reasonable price, and when I used to attend the farmer’s market in Annapolis Royal and also do some of the craft shows, I was amazed at how well they did. There were many times when I had a slow day when those little cards would help me through. It never hurts to have a back up plan. It was a nice chance for people to get copies of my paintings rather cheaply. I even had many who said they were going to frame them.

I also ordered some prints of my paintings to have on hand “just in case” there are those who are interested. With all the people that are attending this show, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have them there so people can see I do also paint. There is a place that I order them from in New York that does an incredible job on them. I send them digital files and they send the prints. They offer high quality archival paper and as with the note cards, I package them beautifully and professionally with acid-free archival material. They always seem to sell too.

It doesn’t hurt to have these things with me. I don’t know when I am going to get this kind of exposure again and I want to be prepared. I understand that a couple of years ago, one of Hillary Clinton’s decorators was at the show looking to commission woodworkers for some work. Jeannie told me the entire story and to be honest I forgot it, but she also told me of other high end commissions that were offered at previous shows. She said this year that one booth had a handful of pieces that were worth (collectively) over a million dollars. Yikes! I am sure from the previous pictures that this is going to be not only a woodworking show, but also a beautiful art gallery on display. I promise lots and lots of pictures!

Today it is going to be time to make several final lists. I need a list for the scroll sawing class, a list for the painting class, as well as a list for the booth. Then there will be the “general list” of stuff that I will need every day (like socks and underwear!) It dawned on me the other night that I need my passport (DUH!) For years before I had my “Landed” papers here in Canada I carried it around with me in my purse. But since then, I have it in a safe place here at my home. I could see driving 10 hours and getting to the border only to remember that it is safely tucked away here at home! That sounds like something that I would do.

Camera, charger, computer, charger, projects, wood, etc, etc. I wonder what I am going to wind up forgetting? Hopefully nothing that I can’t easily obtain once there. The extra day I will have prior to the set up day will be so important for pulling everything together. I am so happy that I am going earlier than necessary. It will give me a chance to acclimate to the place and take a breath.

The saw arrived yesterday too and the stand. In watching the tracking, it said it was 21 lbs. I was thinking it would be just my luck if they sent the stand and by some glitch in the system they didn’t send the saw! That would be funny. (Not really – but kind of!) I told Jean we could have Keith sit on the stand with a hand saw and wear a hat that said “Excalibur” on it.

I don’t know how much time I will get to actually use the saw at the booth. They are going to have me booked pretty full and I have lots of customers that said they are going to be there. There is going to be several of our friends from Steve Good’s site and Facebook and I am really excited to meet them face to face. We all kind of talk almost every day much like our group of ‘regulars’ is here and it will be wonderful to actually see everyone eye to eye. We are going to try to do a group photo so that will be (another) highlight.

All in all, I am doing pretty well and not in a panic yet. I hope I don’t get there. There is no reason I should if I keep focused on the path that I am on.

So with that said, it will be another day of odds and ends. It looks like it will be decent out and I hate to jinx myself but it appears that the weather will cooperate and that winter is (for the moment) done. I am going to spend the day, not only writing lists, but also checking things off of them. I already have a nice pile of “things to go” that I keep adding to. So far it all looks like it will fit fine! :D

I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday and that you are all experiencing the same. Have a fun and creative 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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#1 posted 03-19-2011 01:14 PM

Goood morning Sheila early on today :-)

it wuold have been a bummer to stay at the border with out the passport
and have them spliting the hole load apart just to see what you hide

if you do that to Keith then remember it shuold bee an old framesaw and call it ExcaliburART :-)
or you can ask Shipwright if you can borrow his chevalet
here is the link if you havn´t seen it

have a great day

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#2 posted 03-19-2011 02:53 PM

Good morning Sheila,

Are you sure you’ll be able to get everything into your car?

Don’t forget your passport. If you haven’t crossed the border in awhile, you’ll be amazed how strick they’ve become.

I can sympathize about the sleeping. It only gets worse with age.

Have a good day, John

-- John from Hampstead

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#3 posted 03-19-2011 03:58 PM

Hi Sheila.

On those lists, nowhere did I see the most important item…



Go get ‘em, gal!

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

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#4 posted 03-19-2011 04:04 PM

Oh, yah! I forgot! LOL :)

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

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#5 posted 03-20-2011 06:29 AM

Spent today at the Learning Center and took another class with Giles Gilson ( on concept and design – you are going to have such a creative overload after meeting everyone! We spent a good amount of time brainstorming, and I rembered the really old days in the chat room when we would do the same thing. I miss those times with Warren Kafitz, Dirk, BJ and Patty and Young Leldon who we – at least some did – picked on all the time.
Don’t forget your pillows – in all my traveling I find if I have my own pillow at night it keeps me grounded and smells like home.
Now again we need to talk – this time its gonna be foods you like and foods you hate and plan for the week you return!
Its going to be chilly & dry – so much for the 50’s and sunny. If anyone wants to see her destination
BTW the saw is well over 21 pounds and the box is 2/3 as tall as I am.

Much Love

-- Jeannie, Adirondack Mts.

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#6 posted 03-20-2011 07:33 AM

So it won’t fit in the Mustang????


I Can’t Wait!!


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

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 09:24 AM

Shelia, I think it is tiime fo make a list of lists, so you don’t forget any of them ;-)

-- 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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#8 posted 03-20-2011 01:08 PM

Sheila, you seem to be working yourself into a stupour. Relax. You’ve thought of everything you can. You are now in such a position that if (and I do mean if) something goes awry you have the resources clear to deal with it. Have a wonderful time.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 03-20-2011 01:18 PM

I know you are right, Martyn. I know once I drive away I will feel much better. I can’t wait until Tuesday. At that point what will be will be. Jeannie is such a fun and wonderful person and I am sure once I am in her company I will be able to relax more. It is just that I am so honored that they asked me. I want it to all be right.

Rachmoninoff always brings me to a good place. The second piano concerto is my favorite. You can bet that is one of the first disks that I will be packing. :)

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

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