My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #295: Setting Up

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-25-2011 12:39 PM 4092 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, we will finally be able to get into the convention hall and set things up today. We will also be able to meet everyone who is involved in the show.

Yesterday was an odd day. I am really really glad that we got here when we did but I felt like it was one of those “wait to hurry up” types of days. Jeannie and her husband Bill were busy with the final preparations, as you can imagine. Keith and I spent most of the morning looking around and shopping.

Our hotel is right on the edge of a huge shopping strip, where there are numerous stores and restaurants on both sides of the streets. It so much reminds me of Chicago when everything was right at my fingertips. There is a huge Lowe’s and a Super Wal-Mart right next to the hotel, and we went in there for a bit for some snacks to keep in the room and just to look around. It certainly brought back memories of the big city life.

So does the traffic. :) There are no stop lights from where I live in Meteghan until you reach Yarmouth which is 40 minutes away and I think Keith was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of traffic. It is the first time that I am driving since we left home (I think it is a “man thing” – sorry guys!) But I grew up with driving in the city and besides my ditch incident which was totally different circumstances, I haven’t had an accident. In any case it works for now.

Last night we had dinner with my editor from Creative Woodworks Magazine, Robert Becker. We were also lucky enough to have Wes Demerest and his wife Alice join us. Wes (who we all call “uncle Wes”) is one of the main photographers for the magazine and also works in several other capacities for them. I have come to know him and his wife very well throughout the years and it was wonderful to see them after almost seven years since my last major show with them. They honestly looked exactly the same and were warm and friendly as usual.

We had a beautiful Italian dinner and some great conversation about the industry in general as well as catching up personally with each other and I felt as if I hadn’t missed a beat. These shows are great for strengthening relationships with colleagues, I believe. I feel like they not only sustain friendships, but create new ones. It was a wonderful and relaxing evening.

We got to visit with Jeannie and Bill, too for a bit in the afternoon. Even though they were doing last minute details, they invited us to come for a visit. While we were chatting, I went through my deliveries of paint and brushes and stuff for the classes and discovered that DecoArt didn’t sent the Antiquing and Staining Gel for me to demo and pass out. It was an honest mistake, but it was to be part of my presentation and I need to see if I can find some today, at least enough to demonstrate. Just one of those things.

I was also sent some wrong brushes. One of them is quite a bit larger than what I ordered, but the class is still over a week away and either I will find some in Chicago or make due with what I have. I think I can make it work for them. Being flexible is what it is all about anyway.

I will get some pictures today, I promise. So far I have been settling here and sorting and have not really focused on getting pictures. The right time will come and there will be lots.

So that is the plan. All in all, things are going well and on schedule. I received my prints too and they look outstanding. I hope I sell at least one! :)

Jeannie and Bill had to go pick up some pieces for a display last night. The value of the pieces were at $250,000. She was nervous about even having them in her possession. It just goes to show the caliber of the pieces that will be here. I can’t wait to see them AND meet the talented people who made them.

So that is it for now. I need to get to it, but wanted to update everyone while I could. I will post as often as I can. After the weeks and months of anticipation, the show is finally here! YAY!!!

Have and incredible day! I know I will!

-- 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 03-25-2011 01:02 PM

Hi Sheila;

Sounds like you’re off to a great start. I kind of miss the excitement of doing shows. All except the nerves part, at least.

I wish you the best of success.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 01:14 PM

Glad things seemed to be going somewhat as planned. Speaking of plan, I thought you were staying at your friend’s house. I think I remember you saying that in a previous blog. It seems like you’re staying in a Hotel now though. Did the plans change or you just change your mind (or I misunderstood)? Either way, you’ll probably be happier in the hotel. From experience of doing it both ways on different trips, I know that hotels offer more personal time and space than staying with someone else. Staying at someone else’s home required adhering strickly to their schedule, habits, and sometimes, annoyances.
The driving thing isn’t strickly a man thing every time. I like driving locally. If and when we go out of town though, my wife does most of the driving. I have driven all over the country when I was younger. I feel I’ve done enough of it. My wife on the other hand, loves to drive long distances. So I let her have it. I’m happy in the passenger’s seat enjoying the scenery.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 02:43 PM

One thing I love about coming back to America is that I can get stuff that isn’t available to me in Canada!

Seasoned Pepper is really great stuff! I think I am going to bring a couple of bottle back. And “easy cheese” is really a yummy treat, too! I almost forgot about it until I saw it at the store.

My friend Lee who is watching my cats asked me to see if I could find pork rinds for him. He never had them before and heard about them. I used to eat them as a kid. They are probably considered disgusting to most, but they really are good once in a while. They used to sell them with little packages of hot sauce in the bag to sprinkle on them. MMMmmm! I’ll probably gain 100 lbs in the next three weeks!

And William – Yes, you read right. We were going to stay with Jeannie and Bill for a couple of nights, although we were planning to get a hotel the nights of the show. They were so busy getting prepared (Jeannie is one of the main planners of the show and so is Bill) that we didn’t want to get in their way and decided it would be better to get our own room. We have a beautiful room and they gave us a good rate and we have a refrigerator and microwave and they have a nice hot breakfast every morning, which saves us a bit each day. It was well worth the expense. :)

Ok – time to go again. I’ll check back in later.


-- 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 03-25-2011 03:54 PM

Can’t wait for tomorrow Sheila. It will be great to meet you and Keith. We plan on being there as the show opens.

See you there
The Scroller and Toler

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#5 posted 03-25-2011 04:43 PM

have a great weekend
but donĀ“t eat too many of the porkskins ….lol
now you have made me hungry for them too

take care

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#6 posted 03-26-2011 03:08 AM

It’s funny what you can get in some parts of the world that is completely unavailable elsewhere. Anytime my Mom visits from Georgia, I have to get her to hunt down a certain brand (can’t remember, and my memory, wife, isn’t feeling well and is lying down) of canned sausage to bring with her. My wife grew up eating it when she visited family in South Carolina. Mom can get in Georgia. Ask them about ordering it here in stores and they look at you like you’re nuts.
Pork rinds? Disgusting? That’s ridiculous. Pork rinds was a staple food when I was growing up. Of course, we had hogs that were slaughtered every year and made out own. They were better than those you have in that bag.


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