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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #422: Working

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-05-2011 12:31 PM 1032 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sometimes when I am working the hardest, it seems that I have the least to write about. I spent the day yesterday pretty much chained to the computer drawing and that in itself doesn’t really make for an interesting blog.

It was one of those days where I was able to stay truly focused (yes – even I have them sometimes) and besides taking a couple of breaks to respond to mail and such, I really did nothing but sat and drew all day.

I did finish one entire pattern though, and hopefully I will accomplish another one today. I need to get the next lesson up here for the class too in the next day or so, but I don’t really want to break the rhythm of my drawing. I will see how today goes.

It seems that most of the forums are very quiet anyway. At least the parts that I participate in. From what I hear, most people are sweltering and not even working on projects unless they are fortunate enough to have air conditioning. I truly don’t blame them. There were many hot summer days when I lived in the Chicago area and worked from my garage that I remember sweating and having all the sawdust stick to me as I worked. It wasn’t fun.

This weekend is the Midwestern Scroll Saw show in Richland Center, Wisconsin. It used to be held down in central Illinois, but the gentleman that hosted it retired and it was taken over by Dirk Boelman who lives further north. It used to be one of my favorite shows and would bring together many of my friends from all over the country for a weekend of learning and fun. I am still in touch with many from those days, and some are fortunate to be able to attend the show. I hope to see some pictures and see how everything went.

I am going to keep this short today because I really do want to get started on drawing. I feel good about being on such a productive wave right now and I want to take advantage of the lull in other activity as much as I can. Those of you who design know that we need to seize these moments while we can, because they don’t always last.

I hope you all have a good day today. I can’t believe that it is Friday already. Or August either for that matter. It all goes by much too quickly sometimes.

Enjoy your day!

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



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William

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 12:58 PM

As you pointed out, it has been so hot for a lot of people. I haven’t been able to do as much as I normally do lately. At least it isn’t entirely health related as of late. It’s been because of the heat.
I urge everyone out there to take it easy, drink plenty of fluids, and for God’s sake, know you limitations. About three days ago, I was sanding on my latest project. I tend to lose sight of everything, whether it be time, my multiple health and pain issues, or apparantly common sense, when I see the end of a project drawing near. The next thing I knew I was being shook awake. All I could see were my wife’s shoes and I was in the shop floor. I have no idea how long I was there, but I was clammy and dry as a bone. I had stopped sweating.
This is not good my friends. I’m lucky my wife found me, but I, and all of you, have to be careful. This is dangerous.
By the way. I went back the day after this happened, with assistance, and finished that project and have not been back to the shop since. I feel like my body weighed in at over a ton. I have no energy . I can’t get enough to drink. I basically feel like crap. The sad part of it is that it was my own darned fault.
I’m sorry to highjack your thread Sheila, but you mentioned the heat and I wanted to make everyone aware of the dangers we’re facing in some parts of the world. The day of this incident, the heat index was 111 degrees. That is dangerous weather.
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I wish I could go to that show in the north. Not only would it give me a break from this unbearable heat, but maybe I could meet Dirk Boelman. I’ve been asked a lot of times in the past by different people who my favorite designer is. My answer is Mr. Boelman. When asked for a reason, I have to explain that I choose him by default because his name is associated with the most number of my favorite patterns. On a lot of these, it may not be only his name, but his alongside someone elses. His work is present on so many though.
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I have to apologize again today Sheila. Everything I start to say winds up going way off from where I want to. My mind is all over the place today I’m afraid.
Good morning, and you have a most pleasant day.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 01:18 PM

You don’t ever have to worry about commenting here. By now you know that my blog is just a place to talk. About what – I don’t think anyone knows. Mostly I think it is about woodworking and such, but if it drifts from time to time, that is fine. There are no set and fast rules. I like that it gives me a chance to know everyone more and talk with them. Think how boring it would be if I were the only one talking! :)

You are right about the heat. It is something that can really sneak up on you. When I had bought my first house, many years ago, I decided to remove about 30 feet of hedged that were on the front lawn. At the time I weighed about 125 lbs and was only in my early 20’s and pretty fit. It was a hot Chicago summer day and I got to digging and pulling and I didn’t want to stop. After a while I felt dizzy and sick and I had to go into the house and take a cool bath. I remember laying in the tub with my heart pounding out of my chest and wondering what the heck was going on. I thought I was going to have a stroke or something like that.

Ever since then, I have really respected the heat. I drink lots of water while working in it and take breaks. And when it is really hot, I don’t do anything more than I have to. I can’t imagine the heat that everyone is going through. I am so happy that I am up here in Canada right now. Even though it is hot in parts, we have had it good in comparison.

As far as Dirk goes – he is one of the nicest guys I ever met. Always smiling and always caring. He and his wife Karen are wonderful people and so talented that I can’t begin to tell you. I am proud to call them friends. Hopefully, one day I will be able to go to their show and see them again. It will truly be nice.

Hope you have a good and quiet day.

Sheila

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

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 02:39 PM

Good morning Sheila, you definitely hit a “Hot” topic here lately…. (OK I know that was bad…lol). Glad to see some of us are still able to be productive this time of year. I am really trying to keep a chin up about the whole thing, and think of ways I can still feel productive yet… Not in my shop. I find the hardest part for me is not having the ability to create. Maybe I have that little bug in me that keeps pushing to do something constructive or creative. I find I can only read so much online, watch so much tv, or do what not trying to pass time before I start going stir crazy.

So here I am at work in a nice air conditioned shop…( well so far its only 7:30 and 87 deg out side) and dying to be home in my shop. I guess for now the best thing to do is put my brain storming hat on and figure something out….

Wow… Now I got off on some crazy rant….lol

Hope you have a great day Sheila!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 02:40 PM

Oh and take care William and glad your wife found you. Very scary bud…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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William

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 02:46 PM

Thanks Maveric.
Quiet you say, Sheila?
I can’t wait until Monday. It’ll be much, much quieter around here. THE KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL!

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 03:02 PM

Already??? Geeze! My daughter is starting college in a couple of weeks (my youngest!) It seems like they go back sooner each year!

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

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huntter2022

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#7 posted 08-05-2011 04:18 PM

I have been doing most of my work early in the morning or later at night when it is cooler . My one neighbor doesn’t care to much about me mowing the lawn at night but then I don’t talk to him anyways . I have tried to be friendly but from what people has told me he is just a grump old *ss.

When I do work out in the heat I take alot breaks and drink water. but sometimes it is hard when it only take a few more minutes to finish . But she will come out and yell HEY don’t ya think you been out here long enough with a cold bottle of water in her hand .You think it is nagging but really it is just that they care and love us is why they do it . Thankful that they cares

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

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LittlePaw

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#8 posted 08-05-2011 05:27 PM

It’s always so nice to read your blogs or comments, Sheila . . . very up lifting. You are down to earth, genuine and you care – a quality that’s not so common these days.
I agree wholeheartedly on what William just said about the heat. While luckily I never had a heat stroke, my wife had three, so I know how heat could sneak up on you. I’ve learned to recognize the symptoms and watch for them. It is very important to drink a lot of water – - NOT coffee, soda pop, or juice – - WATER, just plain purified water. When you stop sweating, your body is yelling at you to stop whatever you’re doing and GET COOLed off! Please, PLEASE, everyone, don’t ignore the signs, whatever age you are at. Heat Stroke is not selective – it’ll strike the young just as hard as the not so young. If you are careful, you’d enjoy woodworking a lot more and longer . . . I plan to.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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