My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #431: Time for a Break

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-14-2011 01:01 PM 1025 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 430: Finding Answers Part 431 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 432: Moderation »

I had a good and productive day yesterday. I feel as if I accomplished a great deal. I have been working on a small job for my friend Bernie and I was able to complete it, as well as tie up several loose ends.

I also did a little bit of cutting for my partner. I had mentioned last week that his aunt was here in town and she picked through many of the prototypes that we have of our projects here and choose some nice things for herself and did some early Christmas shopping. One thing she inquired about was a pen that Keith had made for his mom. It was one of his first attempts. It was simple maple, but I had tried scroll sawing a silhouette of a cat in the blank and we filled it with resin before he turned it. The result was actually quite nice. It was a nice little added touch to an otherwise basic slimline pen.

In any case, his aunt requested one so I actually drew up a pattern for it and cut a couple of blanks. The cutting didn’t take long and it looked nice. He filled the pens and they should be ready to turn in a couple of days.

Today we are heading out to Bernie’s lake house for the afternoon and evening. Although earlier in the week rain was predicted, it now appears that it is going to be a beautiful day. It will be a much needed break away from things here and work in general, and a chance to visit friends whom we haven’t seen in much too long of a time.

I have been feeling restless lately. Just kind of blah. Perhaps it is too many weeks of working without a real break. By the term ‘real break’ I don’t mean just an hour or so, but some time away. Here it is August already and we have yet to have a day trip of just driving through the woods and back roads or along the coastline. I am disappointed about the car needing attention and hopefully when I take it in tomorrow, the news won’t be that bad. It is funny how those days away from the computer and the saw and the phone do so much to recharge our batteries. It doesn’t take long. But I believe I missed it.

When we went away in March, it was mostly focused around working and business. I realize that without the business, I wouldn’t have been able to get away at all. I think you all know how I feel about my work and how much that I enjoy it, but I think that even I need a break from things from time to time in order to keep fresh and not burned out.

The ideas are there, it is just the focus that is somewhat evasive these days. I feel as if I am all over the place some days and need to get a good handle on it so I can get back on track before the winter months set in and I have not choice but to be here in the house. Knowing that the car needs a repair and not yet knowing what is wrong is quite unsettling to me. I am sure I will feel better tomorrow after it has been diagnosed. Then I can deal with what the situation is and not worry about what it could be.

I am happy we started walking again. I think it is very positive for me in a lot of respects and I realize now how much I have missed it. It gives me a chance to take a break and think things through. I walked past the blackberry bushes yesterday on the path in the woods next to the river where I had been eaten alive last year while picking. The berries are almost ripe and ready to be harvested. Part of me wants to go get some and the other part is opting for buying them in the store or at one of the many farmer’s markets around my area. There are, after all other ways to get in touch with nature.

I have some things that I need to look into this morning that I should do before I leave today. I think that will be all that I will try to accomplish today. As you can probably tell, it feels strange to have such a short list of things to do, but I think I should listen to my own instincts and leave things at that for today. I am sure I will do better tomorrow.

Have a good 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 08-14-2011 03:08 PM

good-morning Sheila
I thought your car has been at the garage , but then realises you mention something about
vacation time there :-(
I realy hope for you it will me a minor thing evn though I will not be surpriced if not
thinking of where they have to check it out …......well we hope for the best :-)

last month the little minibius I drive taxi in was out of busyness 3 weeks becourse of the engine
brakedown they had to take all apart and rebuild the hole engine :-( what a setback for the
dayly way of doing things not able the take care of our wheelshair costummer
I wont tell you what the cost of the repair and lost money was becourse then you wuolden sit on the chair
anylonger but on the floor after a backflip out of the chair …......... just glad I ain´t the boss anylonger
and had to pay for that one

here in the house we are waiting for a meassage from our (realastate ?) agent who has to sell
our house on the market finely there was one last week looking at our house and liked it
but he had to sell his own apartment in another part of Denmark before he cuold buy
and that signature shuold be signed tomorrow ….......... so we realy do hope the best
but don´t expect anything at all…..............we want to see the money in the bank before we
believe it ….....after the house has been on the market 3 full years we don´t think of it as sold before
the money is there ….......yah sadly we put it on the market the same week the world-finaciel-crise started :-(
had we been on the market one month before it wuold have been gone in two weeks
well that how life goes sometimes

I have resived the fret/coping saw so now there is some more rust work to do for me but it isn´t
so bad as I feared so a little TLC and its op and singing :-)
also recived a parcel with 40 old borinng bits for my old handbrace´s .... no rust on them at all so
I only have to talk my daughter in to make a new clothbox for them so they can be roled up
nicely when not in use :-)
yep it goes slow but steady building up the chest (shop) with handtools….still need a good part of it
but thats mostly things like sawfiles and other stuff to maintain the tools and shine them up
but even that is expencive …......there is alot more to have a toolbox than just the tools themself

sorry for my little boreing rant here …. just a little nervous excided about what the agent will come
with of news …........enjoy your day in the tripple sun … I gess the bernies count as two suns for you :-)

here its raining again the hole day …...well atleast I enjoy´d the few hours of sun I got yesterday
first time in a long period with rain and darkclouded days this summer just sad I sleaped the most of the
day becourse of the nightshift

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 03:35 PM

Well, selling your home is a huge deal, Dennis and there is no wonder you are anxious about it. I wish you all the best tomorrow when the signing of the papers comes to be. It is a difficult time for everyone in the world financially it seems and hopefully things will go smoothly for you.

I still am a believer that things happen for a reason. If it is meant to be, it will happen. I know that may sound trite and I don’t intend it to be, but in looking back on my own life I find that some of the most difficult times were the ones that lead to the good things that I have in my life now.

Thank you for your friendship and encouragement. I can’t wait to see the results of your fret saw and the nice things you will use it for. I am glad it found a good home.

Have a great day, even with the rain. I am going to enjoy the day too. They are calling for rain tomorrow so I need to enjoy the sun while it is here.

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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#3 posted 08-14-2011 04:11 PM

it was his place that shuold be sign and sold tommorrow but if he hadn´t changed his mind
it should be good news to us also
but you know how it is when people turn the back on you they often change minds
well we just have to wait as I said I don´t believe anything before the money is there on the bank book

now go and enjoy the day at Bernie and his wunderfull wife ( was it Magie ) I just can´t remmember names


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#4 posted 08-14-2011 05:38 PM

Good morning, Sheila. I am very glad to read that you are taking time from your busy schedule to “smell the roses” along the way. Quality time with Keith is just as important too. LittlePaw

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

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#5 posted 08-14-2011 05:52 PM

hope you have a good day at bernies, well in fact i know you will, going there and being with them will be a soul charging experience…and just my 2 cents on your walks…i really thing there essential..maybe missing a day or so along the way is ok…but over all i really think its best for you and keith and your business…... but you know that..i just hope you will get back to taking them , thus giving you the break each day you both need…and living where you do and having so much beauty around you, its really a crime not to go out and see it and be in it…i dont have what you do and i sure do wish that i never know how wonderful something is until its taken from you…....i hope you never experience that…....have a great day….......grizz

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

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