My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #365: The Finish Line is In Sight

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-09-2011 01:09 PM 3517 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 364: Unstuck Part 365 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 366: Still Finishing Up »

I can almost see the finish line. It is a good place to be. This job has been going so slowly it seems, but I have tried to be extra careful and take my time and get everything just right. It feels odd not to work at my usual pace. I fight the feeling that I am slacking, but there is a part of me that knows better and I am just being thorough so that I don’t miss anything. This is important.

I watch the days tick off of the calendar and it is hard to believe that we are almost half way to Christmas. Where did the last six months go? It seems like only yesterday I was reading on my Facebook how everyone was complaining about how cold it was out and the snow. Now I am reading about how everyone is hot. My heart goes out to those who are enduring the heat and humidity. That is one thing I really don’t miss at all about Chicago. The heat to me is more debilitating that the cold. My philosophy being that you can always put another layer of clothing on to warm up, but once you are down to nothing and still sweating, you are kind of stuck.

I feel bad for those who have shops with no cooling in them either. I remember the days when I lived in Oak Lawn and I was working in either Cari’s garage or my own and the sawdust would stick to you as you cut. And the sweat would drip on your pieces. It was not a fun place to be.

I am fortunate here, as the weather is very moderate. It is nice and cool this morning, and although it rained last night, the clouds are now thinning and it is brightening up. I expect it will be another nice day.

I finished the painting on the figures last evening. They are all ready for their stands. I will be making them this morning, and they will need to probably dry overnight before I am able to paint and glue them. I want to take pictures of the process too, and I am debating how many I will use for the pattern. I want the instructions to be easy to follow.

I’ll be making the smaller skating pond today, too. I am thinking that instead of the polyester batting around it for the ‘snow’, I will use the Sno-Tex product that I used on the bridge. I think that will look nice and be easy to explain.

I also need to check at my bag supplier and find appropriate sized bags for the set. I want them to be packaged nice so they look professional. The nice thing about working with this company is that they are all for self-promotion. Anything that I send to them can have my own contact information on it however I wish it to be. It is refreshing to work with a company that has no restrictions for a change. It increases my opportunity to bring new customers to my own site and expand my customer base.

So that is about all for today. If all goes well, I will be shipping the entire package out on Monday. My deadline for having it to them was the 27th of this month, so I will be a couple of weeks ahead of things. I will have the weekend to go over everything again and make any necessary changes before I ship it out. That will do fine.

Slowing down is good sometimes. All the while I am working on these projects, I am thinking of more ideas for scrolling. Kind of organizing my next steps. Once this is behind me, I will be able to hit the ground running and hopefully have several new things for the July deadline for the catalog. So I am multi-tasking after all.

After all, we are almost half way to Christmas. :)

I wish you all a nice and productive 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 06-09-2011 05:29 PM

It’s a great world we live in Sheila, when those of us who cannot deal with the cold can choose to live in an area that never gets to cold. I live in Southern Calif and really could not live any where else. I have so much hardware in my back that even when the temps get down around 60 deg. I suffer. So for me the hotter it is the better. I have learned to adjust myself to the heat and it works great for me. I remember one of your earlier blogs talking about your winter and how much you enjoyed your walks and I was hurting just thinking about it. LOL I don’t respond much on your blogs but I have to tell you the first place I go with my morning coffee is here to see what your up to. I throughly enjoy reading what your currently working on. It actually feels kinda wierd sometimes, I feel like I actually know you, like your an old friend who lives out of state and I havn’t seen in sometime. As long as you keep blogging I know where I will be every morning. Have a great day. Thanks Ron

-- I just don't understand. I have cut it 3 times and it is still to short.

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 05:47 PM

Hi, Ron:
Thanks for the nice response. :)
I do understand how the weather affects people differently. One good thing about the internet is that you get to know so many people that you never would have had the opportunity to otherwise. I will admit that I used to be a bit more flippant regarding things like that, but among the many other things I have learned from places such as this, it is that others have different reactions to heat and cold and I am quite respectful of that. The climate that I am in is something that I am comfortable in, but I realize it isn’t for everyone. As I get older (I am going to hit the big five-o in a couple of months!) I find aches and pains that I never had before. Certain days I feel like the life is sucked out of me. For myself, the humidity kills me more than anything. Perhaps that is why I like the dry cold so much.

I am glad you like my morning ramblings. On days such as this, when things are moving slow, I wonder if I should even write, but I like to check in and map out the day a bit, and many times I find something to ramble on a bit about. Writing here has helped me focus on what needs to be done each day and it is amazing how spending a little time here can keep me moving and organized.

I’ll be here writing as long as you all keep on reading. :D


-- 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 06-10-2011 04:06 AM

Count me in also, I do enjoy your blogs and your upbeat attitude. Normally I stay up late and get up late but since I started on doubling my workshop addition, I have been waking up earlier and earlier and going to bed earlier as well. I read the papers, have my coffee, breakfast and then read your blog on my Iphone. I don’t normally get on the computer till evening or when I’m taking a break. My addition is nearly complete. I have a little bit of insulation to put up still, move equipment into the new room, organize and reorganize again, paint the exterior then I’m done! Oops, forgot the air/heat unit to install as well.(might as well work comfortably)

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 06-10-2011 01:53 PM

I can’t wait to see how your shop looks, Erwin! It sounds like it will be an awesome place for you to work in. I hope you do a blog about it and show us what you did. Even if you didn’t take pictures along the way, I am sure others would also be interested in seeing the final project. I am happy you are going to put a/c in it too. It is so humid and hot where you are it is probably an absolutely necessity.

Thanks as always for the support. Your are a great friend! :)


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

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