My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #387: Why Am I So Unsettled?

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-01-2011 12:25 PM 4100 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t know guys and girls – I am just unsettled today. Nothing is really wrong, but it seems like I can’t seem to stay focused on one thing enough to accomplish anything.

It isn’t that I don’t have ideas. Sometimes I think it may be that I have too many of them. It is really a bad time to be this way too (is there ever a good time?) I’ve got until mid-week to get what I have to the wholesaler and that stuff has to finish out the year with them.

That was quite discouraging, I will be honest. It was as if I was running a marathon and as I got to the 25th mile with only a bit to go and someone said “Oh! Our race will be 30 miles.” I suppose that it shows me how important being mentally prepared for this stuff is to me. I usually think I am pretty good. Snowmen in August. Easter Bunnies in November. They are all part of the process and a life that I am used to. I was totally prepared to have the autumn and some holiday stuff ready for this cutoff date. I planned on weighing heavy on the autumn as I stated because it always seems that I rush through that and don’t make half of what I want to. Then, I was going to follow up the next month or two with doing the holiday stuff that would come out with the November catalog in time for Christmas crafting.

But finding out earlier this week that everything that was due for the rest of the year was all going to be due the same time really took the wind out of my sales. It was as if my circuit just overloaded and it kind of shut me down. It’s too much to think of right now and I just feel that I am being pulled in too many directions at once.

As we start the month of July, I also know that I have only a month to get my 72 skating pond figure sets to Ohio. They gave me a date of approximately August 8th that they want the sets in the warehouse. That means I need to get my butt going on them soon. When I sent the set to Washington State to be photographed for the catalog, I was riding high because they didn’t need it until the middle of this week. I mailed it out nearly three weeks prior to the deadline and it took over two weeks to arrive. I can’t blame Canada Post either because I tracked it and watched it and it got across the border fairly quickly (I went with Purolator, which is not affiliated with CP, but they were so overloaded because of the strike that they delivered stuff in Enterprise rental trucks because they had such a huge increase in volume of packages!) It seems that it sat in this state or that state for extra days and it finally arrived on my contact’s desk on Monday – with only two days to spare. It made me see that August 8th is going to come pretty quickly and I had better not procrastinate about things very much.

And then the news of stuff being bumped further down the line from the magazine, which will disqualify it for this year’s wholesale really was like the final blow. I know I am exaggerating, but it seems as if I went from having lots of new stuff to present, to having minimal.

I want to have more control over my own business. I know I have my site, and I have been looking into and trying to research how to make it more visible and work harder for me. I was given some very good links from some members here and have started to look at what other options I may have for promoting it, but again it is quite overwhelming to me at this point in things. Besides that, it is typically the slow season for scroll sawing and although business is much better than last year, it certainly isn’t singing as it was in the fall and winter months. I suppose I get nervous.

In reading this back, I sound all over the place, don’t I? My head keeps going in circles thinking about all these things and it is making it very difficult for me to be my usual efficient self and focus on one thing at a time and accomplish something.

Around 2pm yesterday, I took off for Yarmouth, as I needed to run some errands. Today is Canada Day here so everything is closed. I knew that if I didn’t go yesterday, I would not be able to get what I needed for a couple of days. It was cool and overcast out and not one of those good driving days. It kind of fit the mood I was in, I think. I returned before supper, but I didn’t get much done in the evening. Just overwhelmed I suppose.

Today is one of the first bright and sunny mornings of the week. We have had a lot of fog and cool weather here and even if it did get sunny in the afternoon, the days have began being quite dreary. Hopefully this will get me out of my indecisive move and I will be able to get moving on some things. We have been too busy to go for our daily walks lately, and maybe that has a hand in it. I like the walks because they allow me to clear my head and take a breath and enjoy the area where I live. Since there are no more black flies, I am no longer fearful of heading out. I have the repellent clip-on that Erwin sent me too and that helps a lot.

Sorry for such a poopie post. I wasn’t going to post at all actually. But then you would have wondered what was wrong and I didn’t want anyone to worry. It probably isn’t as bad as I paint it here. It is just one of those things we all go through. As my grandmother used to tell me “this too shall pass.”

I hope you all have a great day today. I plan on having one more cup of coffee and then doing something. I treated myself to real cream in my coffee as an extra perk. That is a great start to a hopefully good day.

Happy Canada Day to my friends here in Canada!

-- 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 07-01-2011 12:39 PM

take a short break… go for that walk… reconnect with nature and refocus on your goals and your plan.
breathe in; breathe out; breathe in; breathe out

and smile :D
Good luck with the day and with your deadlines.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-01-2011 12:41 PM

Thanks, Debbie! ((HUG)) :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 07-01-2011 01:00 PM

Hitting a wall.
That’s what its called, and yes, a lot of us (me, anyway, I can vouch for me) go through it. It is hard to work through that wall sometimes too. The good news is that usually (if my experience is correct) once you get past that wall, you get your second wind and get through the finish line stronger than ever.
Until then, keep trudging along until you pass it. I hope you get to feeling better about things. Maybe it’ll help just knowing that you aren’t the only one who ever has this problem. I assure you that you’re not.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-01-2011 01:10 PM

Thanks too, William. Seeing you smoke a crayon cheered me up this morning. I saw a video that made me think of you because it was really funny and had to do with caffeine. Here is the link to it if you have a minute.

I know you aren’t into energy drinks, but it was funny all the same. The Caffeine and all. :)

Thanks for the support. Sometime I suppose we just need that.

Take care, Sheila

-- 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 07-01-2011 01:39 PM

That’s funny.
I had a buddy that tried pushing those five hour energy drinks off on everyone, preaching how great they were like a religion to him or somthing. I mean you would think he was a salesman with stock in the company. He just thought they were the greatest thing since sliced bread.
He finally talked me into it. I’m so used to coffee that I drink it in my sleep, so let me try one.
So I drank one.
Then I drank another.
Then I waited.
Then I got tired of waiting and sat down.
And I sit.
And I sit.
And sit.
And sit.
Then I said forget it and went to put on a pot of coffee.
So no, I don’t do energy drinks.
I will tell you an interesting fact though. I can finish off a cup. Who are we kidding. I can finish off a pot of coffee and go lay down and go fast asleep as long as my back isn’t hurting.
I drink one glass of ice tea though and I’m up for at least another four to five hours.


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#6 posted 07-01-2011 05:44 PM

Ms Debbie took the words out of my mouth.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 07-01-2011 07:06 PM

Plainly I think it may be panic. Is, them having to have everything, all together a need or just a want? Ask them. I suspect its the latter. If its a want just list out what you’ve got to do. Prioritise in order of season ie Autumn, winter, spring. Do what you can reasonably do out of that by the deadline and blow the rest. They get it when you can reasonably be expected to produce not when they want it. If they absolutely need it by a certain date, demand a new date based on what you can be reasonably expected to do. If they want to play hard ball you have to be prepared to play it back or you’ll get sat on.

Sorry to be blunt but thats how I see it, Sheila. I wouldn’t want to see you get ‘sat on’.

Incidently there is a silent ‘h’ in that last phrase.

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

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#8 posted 07-01-2011 10:41 PM

Hey Girlie, I know what U R talking about. I can’t seem to ever focus… I have finishes 1 project in the last 5 months.
When U find out what the problem is please let me know. I have the same symptoms..

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 07-02-2011 04:21 AM

Thanks, everyone. I just got home a bit ago. I appreciate the encouragement. Martyn, I think you may be right. I have many thoughts on things that I will talk about on tomorrow’s blog.

Some stuff happened today. I also thought a lot of things through, but its time for nighty night for me. :)

I just wanted to let you know I appreciate you all. :)

Have a great night.

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

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