My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #343: Getting Back to Normal

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-18-2011 01:20 PM 4936 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 342: Slowly Improving Part 343 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 344: Poopie Happens »

Little by little I am beginning to feel a bit better. I felt better yesterday than Monday and I feel better today than yesterday. As long as I feel there is improvement, I am happy. I went to see my own doctor yesterday and she confirmed that there was swelling in my back. I got one more prescription to help with that so hopefully that will also help me get back to normal quickly. I was happy to hear from her that she thought I should move around and not just stay sitting or in bed. In the last few days I drew up three designs and I want to cut them out. I either stand at the scroll saw, or sit on a high stool. My scrollsaw is up a little higher than normal, so it is in a good position and I don’t feel like I have to hunch over to work on it. I think if I use common sense and take frequent breaks I will be fine.

When I arrived home from the doctors’ office, there was a package here for me. It was from Erwin and Edith (Bearpie here in Lumberjocks) and it contained one of those “Off” clip-on bug repellents as well as a beautiful carved scoop made of orange wood. I can’t tell you how much it touched me!

I have never seen orange wood before. It is smooth and has an interesting grain. It was a lovely surprise for me and it just goes to show what great people we have here on LJ’s. I want to thank Erwin and Edith for their kindness and for sending me these ‘goodies’! They are truly special people.

I feel so fortunate to have met so many wonderful people through this site. Even though many of you are countries away, it is a great network of communication and people and I appreciate your friendship and support and inspiration. I am very grateful to have gotten to know you all. Your kind words and encouragement and advice have meant so much.

In other news, I understand that the newest issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine is out and it has the article which features my little “workshop”. I have already received a couple of emails from people who say that it has inspired them and that they were quite surprised that I was able to do what I do in such a small space. I haven’t received my copy of the magazine yet and can’t wait to see it.

I had written that article last June and I truly have forgotten about it. Sometimes it seems so long from when I submit something and it is actually published that it is quite a surprise to me. This was, of course written prior to the updated cabinets we built in January, so I have directed people to the update in my Picasa Album. And now with the new lathe, my partner is in the process of designing another large cabinet to store it in and get it out of the way when he is not using it. I promise to have some more updates as we get the work done.

So today looks like it is going to be a good day. I am eager to see how my new tray designs will look cut out. All three are quite different in style and it will be interesting for me to see the final results on them. I have a little teaser picture of one of them that I started to work on yesterday:

Of course that is just the initial cutting without any sanding or finishing. I just though it would be nice to show you a portion of the design.

Many thanks to you all again for the nice comments and messages. It was pretty difficult for me the last few days when I wasn’t able to do anything really constructive. Just hearing from you all made it a lot better. I sincerely appreciate it very much.

Have a great Wednesday!

-- 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 05-18-2011 02:36 PM

Glad to see you finally received our gifts(12 days in transit) and they told me when I took it there that it will take about a week. I guess the key word is “about”! I hope you put the coffee scoop to use and enjoy the morning brew.

I hope the clip on repellent works for you and that you can now thumb your noses at them! :-) Enjoy your walks in freedom. I am not sure if you are able to find refills for it up there but I do hope so.

Enjoy your day and continue to recover!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

P.S. The b utterfly teaser is beautiful!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 05-18-2011 02:45 PM

what a nice gesture of Edith and Erwin, its a beautyfull scoop
thankĀ“s for sharing it
I smile a little over you can forget what you have written to be poplished :-)
reminds me of a short story in a donald duck mag. I read years ago
where Gooffy was on his way to post a letter to him self and mickey asked him
what he has written in the letter
Gooffy answered … shuold I know before I get it with my mail :-)

have a great day

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 02:53 PM

feeling better than yesterday

good words to wake up with

another sheila post
with the first cup
in the morning


good to see the butterflies are out and about
i had birdies
building housies

sun just up

a new day

-- 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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#4 posted 05-18-2011 03:33 PM

Good to see you feeling better!

I noticed something about your pattern pic – is this pic the bottom or top of the cutting?

The reason I am asking is because the “fuzzies” are on the top side…..... I am guessing what we are looking at was table-side-down during cutting, right?



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 05-18-2011 03:40 PM

Bearpie – I was surprised it came so soon! They take forever to get things across the border – each side blaming the other. But I was pleased that everything is in tact and good order. I plan to look for the refills soon. I think that they may have them at Home Depot.

Dennis – It is funny how I forget what they even have. That article was almost a year ago! People do like it though, as I already got two messages of people saying it inspired them. That makes it a great day!

David – Yes, it feels so good to be feeling better. You know I am down when I didn’t even feel like writing. It has become a good part of my mornings, when I map out the day and visit. :)

And Bob – That is the back side. I didn’t want to show the entire pattern. Most of the mess is dust, as I used a 2/0 reverse tooth blade. A quick sand on the bottom and it is good to go! (once it is finished!)


-- 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 05-18-2011 04:47 PM

hooray hooray…your back in the saddle girl…just dont push to hard…and do as the dr says…that is a wonderful gift you have received..beautiful work…i love it..your a fortunate gal…and we love you and want you to be well and going strong…yes staying as active as you can will help keep you going…so have a great day..and know were rooting for you…....grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 05-18-2011 11:27 PM

pleased your on the mend sheila, looking forward to your next venture..

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#8 posted 05-19-2011 01:14 AM

Keep it going…. more brighter days to come. Take care as recovery and healing process needs greater attention… you feel better but it just the effect of the medicine and treatment. Just wait and take it easy.
God bless,

-- Bert

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#9 posted 05-19-2011 01:47 AM

You mentioned having to stand at the scroll saw. Do you still have your Dewalt? Can you place it temprarily so you can sit and scroll. If you do, you may find you like it enough that you wish to permanently place it so you’ll have a standing saw and a sitting saw. That’s what I have to do because some day it’s more comfortable to sit than to stand, somedays it’s the exact opposite. Either way, it is hard for me to do either for too long of period on most given days.
Of course, I know you have much more space constraints than I do. Maybe if you placed the sit down saw on something that could be rolled out of the way but has locking wheels so it doesn’t roll away while you’re using it.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 05-19-2011 02:01 AM

Hi, Grizz: You are so right! I am truly blessed. There are so many wonderful friends that I have met through this site and I know I am a better person because of all of you.

Steve – I got a lot done today. I will have at least one design to show and a boo boo too (not me – the project) I will have pictures tomorrow of my little mishap and how I fixd it.

Bert – I am trying to be careful and not overdo. I worked for quite a while today, but I am calling it an early evening because I am tired. I don’t want to push too hard either and go back to square one.

And William – The DW is put away for now. I know it sounds silly, but I will keep it for a back up. There is really no place to use it here without leaving it out in the middle of the floor. The stool I have sits up high enough so you don’t have to bend too much to be over the saw. I alternate sitting and standing when I cut and I do walk away every once in a while for a bit. I felt pretty good most of the day and lasted several hours without feeling sore. I was going to continue on, but I didn’t want to push too hard so I stopped. I am trying to behave. :)

Have a great night everyone! :)


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

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