My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #417: All is Quiet

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-31-2011 12:44 PM 1323 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sometimes when I am the busiest at the drawing board, it seems that I have little to write about. After all, you all probably don’t want to read about every line that I draw. Although this may seem like a bad thing, in reality it is good. It means that I am focusing and getting the job done.

The majority of the day yesterday was spent drawing. In between sessions, I caught up with my friend Jeannie with a phone conversation. She is heading out today to Richland Center, Wisconsin for a scroll saw show next weekend. She will be selling some of my patterns there, as well as teaching a painting class. We left many of the supplies there for her to use in her teaching. Part of me wishes I were going, but there is another part of me that is happy to be here. I am ready to sit down for several days and get some drawing done so I can have some new things up on the site by next weekend.

We are contemplating whether or not to go to the New York show next year. If we do, we will not be making it a three week adventure like we did this year. It was a lot and it took a while to get back to normal after leaving home for so long. If we do go, it will probably be for no longer than a week, and I will see if I could squeeze some teaching and classes into the mix there to help with the expenses.

It would be interesting to do the show without the responsibilities of lecturing and being able to stay at my own table for the day. Although I was greatly honored and had a nice time talking, I would love to be able to stay at the table and talk to people one on one. I feel that I missed that a bit having to be in other places, and I would like to see what doing the show will be like without those pressures. I suppose that a lot of water will go under the bridge before I have to make any decisions there.

I heard a noise in the rear end of the car yesterday and I need to get it looked after. I don’t really want to drive it without getting it checked. Ever since they opened up that rear axle it just doesn’t seem right. There is nothing leaking from it, and the noise is slight, but it is surely an indication that something else is going on and I don’t want to ignore it. So much for a road trip until I know what is up.

So all is quiet and good. It seems that way all around. The forums I participate in are quieter than usual it seems. Even here on LJ’s. I think that the severe heat that is hitting most people is really affecting everyone. I cant complain here. It is comfortable and nice again today. The humidity from a couple of weeks ago is gone and we have had some rain, but nothing that would even qualify as a storm.

I hope you are all coping with the heat well. In another month we will see summer winding down and relief will be on its way. It seems particularly brutal for many in the States this year however, and I hope it gets better for them soon. I am very happy that I am up north here.

Have a good and productive (or not) Sunday.

-- 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 07-31-2011 04:30 PM

Hello Sheila, I am a ‘newbie’ scroller of about 8 months now, and just joined LJ less than 48 hours ago, but I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your tutorials.. I’ve watched a couple of your recent lessons, but haven’t had time to look for the others yet, but I will. I retired last year and didn’t even know what a scroll saw was at that time, but I bought my saw last December and love scrolling. I’ve done a couple of intarsia projects as well and I enjoy that kind of work and the satisfaction you get from the finished product. Anyway, I won’t ramble on, because I know you’re a busy woman, keep up the good work and the patterns.
Trev Batstone


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#2 posted 07-31-2011 05:30 PM

Hi Sheila, we are looking forward to your new patterns! And we are enjoying your on line class. Kathie is looking for her own scroll saw to do her own cutting. Meeting you helped to create a new scroller.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 09:56 PM

hey there SHEILA..IM NOT QUITE OR STILL…....IM JUMPING UP AND DOWN …IM YELLING YIIPPEEEE YA WHOOOOOOOOO…..WINTER IS COMING IM HAPPY HOW ABOUT YOU….......LOL,,ok shhush…all the jocks are taking there summer naps…...i just built a big bird lodge..and im inside the back room facing the shade taking a nap…got my head poking out…smiling at all the people who go by..i just yell booo and make them jump…….all is going good here…a nice quite sunday…..i do think im going to take a nap…could i barrow pancakes to pet and nap with…thanks..bob

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 08-01-2011 01:59 AM

Hi, Trev! Welcome to Lumberjocks! Thank you for joining our little group! You will love it here and find that there are many people who really enjoy sharing what they know about woodworking with each other. I have met people from all over the world and it seems as if it they live right next door sometimes! I am glad you like the class. We are kind of just getting started so there will be plenty of time to catch up.

Rick – I probably will be working on the patterns for the rest of this week. They are simple and I think they will come in handy for many. We are going to try to update the site by the end of next week and hopefully I will have them ready by then. I really enjoyed meeting you and Kathie too. If I come back next year, I will have more time to talk to people and it won’t be as hectic.

And Bob – You know I am a sucker for winter!!! I have already noticed it is darker in the morning when I get up and it will only be a matter of time until I will be sipping my coffee in the morning with a nice scented candle and my trusty Pancakes curled up at my arm while I am writing my blog and seeing the sun come up as write. I can’t wait. Those cool mornings are my favorite time of the year!

I LOVE your bird lodge! It is so cool and fun! What a work of art! I love my jewelry box you made me too and I think of you every day when I use it. You are a wonderful friend and I really am happy to have gotten to know you. But NO, you can’t take my “P-Unit” (Pancake’s nickname) I would miss him terribly. And besides – he is wild and sometimes naughty and may be a bad influence on your darling pup. :) I hope you had a great day too! :)

Thanks all for the comments!


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

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