My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #370: On to Something New (finally!)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-14-2011 12:24 PM 3827 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I woke up this morning and knew exactly what I wanted to do. I like when that happens. It is a good way to start the day. Especially at these “in between” times when I am finishing off one project and looking to start another.

Yesterday I did the final proof reading and packaged up the project to be shipped to Washington state for the catalog. You would have thought I had it all behind me, but I was still picking at it and making sure everything was all right. I also wanted to wait to take a couple more pictures of it finished before I let it go out the door.

I had the day to myself here yesterday and kept it quiet. Unfortunately it was also one of those days when I had a headache that wouldn’t quit. I don’t know what brought that on. It was annoying though and it interfered with me getting as much done as I wanted to.

I had made a run out early in the day. I needed to do errands and go to the bank and post office and stop for some milk. I left as soon as I knew things were open because I wanted to be back and make some headway. When I got to the bank, I realized that I left the two orders that needed to be mailed out on the kitchen table at home. Brilliant. It was going to be one of those days.

At least I had already emailed the customers the patterns they ordered over the weekend to get them started. We are having a “rolling postal strike” here in Canada so who knows when they would receive their orders. On a good day it takes forever. I always like to say that they strap the mail to the beaver and point him in the right direction and give him a shove. Sometimes he dallies along the way. This time he is mad about something but I don’t want to get into that. You all know that I don’t talk politics here which may be one of the reasons you keep coming back. :)

In any case, I felt quite foolish about leaving it when I had just spent the previous hour preparing the patterns and envelopes to ship out. Where was my head anyway?

Keith decided to take a run to Bernie’s to plane some wood. He designed some outstanding ornaments over the weekend and needed some maple for them planed to a certain thickness. For the first time I really didn’t want to go with him. I had other things on my agenda and needed them to be put behind me.

I needed to do the final proof reading of the pond set and get everything to be boxed up to ship. Is it me, or is this taking a million times longer than it should to get out the door? You are all probably so sick of reading about it. Maybe it is cursed after all.

I read through everything and packed everything up carefully so Mr. Beaver wouldn’t do any damage. Actually, I chose to ship it with Purolator, as I find them reliable and fast (and many times they cost less than the Beaver!) Their set up is actually pretty slick. I do everything on line and schedule a pick up (at no additional charge) and they come right to my door and zap it with their magic wand and I can track it as it is rolling out of the driveway. Slick!

For someone like me who lives away from town and doesn’t drive in the winter, it is quite a good service. I have never had them lose or damage a package either. And the cost, as I said is very competitive. Cheers to another good company that still does a decent job!

After once again going over the pattern with a fine tooth comb (or so I thought) I emailed it to my friend in England who paints and has generously offered to proof read it for me. Steve has been a wonderful help to me, as Leldon has been to me regarding my woodworking patterns. It is amazing how after reading something over and over, you allow your mind to just skim things and not absorb what you are reading or seeing.

I always feel quite stupid when I receive things back from them after proof reading for me. Especially when I am really trying to do it right. I suppose it takes a special amount of trust and humility to give your work to someone to proof read. I mean, I usually have a somewhat decent grasp of the English language, but somehow when I am reading something over and over like this, things just seem to get by me.

In writing this blog every day, I kind of just type off the top of my head. Many times it is even before the first drips of coffee reach my veins (egads!) and my eyes are still half-closed. Sometimes I go back later on and re-read what I put here if someone asks a question or something like that, but what you read here is pretty much a raw copy. I have noticed silly little things too, like I don’t always hold down the shift key hard enough when typing the word “I”. My eyes aren’t what they used to be and I don’t always catch it until later on in the day if I do by chance re-read things. I should probably make the print larger on the screen, but then I have to slide the page all the time and I am too lazy to do that (besides – then the cats will realize that I am old and think I am feeble too and try to get away with more than they already do!) So we will just struggle through my poor typing together.

When I received word back from Steve last night, he had found no less than seven errors in the pattern. Geeze! I felt like a dummy! I had even gone so far as to seal the box up with a copy of the pattern in it because I was so confident that it was “perfect” (I am smiling as I type this at my own foolishness!) By then, Keith was back and while correcting those errors, he and I went over, line by line, the entire pattern and made some more corrections and adjustments along the way.

I reprinted a good copy, cracked open the box and put the new and “more perfect” copy inside. Hopefully they won’t find anything else wrong with it. But just to be sure, I am not printing the 72 copies until I hear from them that it is OK to do so.

I called for the pickup this morning and it should be out of my place here and on its way by noon. That is always a milestone for me – sending the packages on their way. It helps me ‘let go’ of the project emotionally. I have done what I can and did the best job I knew how and now it is out of my hands. We’ll see . . .

So I woke up this morning and had a thought of what I needed to do today. Actually it was something that I thought of a few weeks ago when I did the shell candle tray, but it hadn’t quite materialized in my mind. Today, it was sitting there, plain as day and I am going to jump in right away and start it.

It is a blessing because sometimes these in-between times are like dead air and switching gears from one design to another doesn’t come easily. It isn’t a difficult design, but as I said yesterday, it doesn’t necessarily have to be to look nice and be a good one. I think it will be quite popular.

I am very grateful to Steve and Leldon for helping me proofread my work. They are both kind to help me out and don’t make me feel (too) stupid. Both have made the finished products look infinitely better. I truly appreciate them.

Time for me to get to work. I am excited about the new things I will be working on and can’t wait to get at them. It is a great place to be for me.

Have a great Tuesday!

-- 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 06-14-2011 02:29 PM

We don’t mind your “raw copies” that you post here. At least you post in an actual language we understand. Actually everyone here does. There are some site I frequent that I have to often go google little abbreviations to figure out what some people are talking about. That gets dangerous too. I have googled some phrases out of my own ignorance of the matter, and well, let’s just say that some things can never be unseen. I much more prefer people who post blogs such as your in a language we all understand. It makes it feel more like a conversation.
You say you left that package on the table after all your careful preparations? I’ve done things like that. Actually, I do things like that more often than I care to admit. My wife calls them my brain farts.
I once drove all the way to Jackson, MS (30-40 miles away) to return an item to a store there. Can you imagine my surprise when I got there and the part I was returning was not in my truck? Wanna guess where it was?


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#2 posted 06-14-2011 04:03 PM

I agree with William , ” At least you post in an actual language we understand. ” and ” It makes it feel more like a conversation.”

I don’t know how many times I have planed to do something then leave it on the table or at home . It happens to all of us .

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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Steven Davis

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#3 posted 06-14-2011 07:57 PM

Save your editing for your production work, your writing here is just gret! ;)

I budget about as much time for editing as for writing, best case, 2/3 writing, 1/3 editing.

-- Steven Davis - see me at

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