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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #533: Back to WORK!!!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-25-2011 01:48 PM 817 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It isn’t like it is a bad thing! But it’s time to get focused back in the direction of woodworking and work. One of the good things about what I do is that there is this kind of wave effect which allows me to take a bit of time off here and there and not really feel the difference. Once the designs are ‘out there’ they kind of do their own thing whether I work on new things every day or not.

I do miss it though, and even though this past week was really functional (and also necessary!), it’s time to buckle down and start some new designs again.

The next thing that I need to do right off is to create the next installments for the calendar holder that I did for the magazine. The first part was the calendar holder base as well as overlays for the months of January and February. The second installment includes the overlays for the months of March through July. This will be a nice and fun project to do and I already have most of the ideas in my head. The third and final installment will be the remaining five months of the year.

I plan to begin drawing on those today and I hope to get the finished items in the mail by next week. It will feel really good to get back at the saw again and do some actual cutting.

It is a really good feeling to have everything here in place and in order. Knowing right where everything is and having all my supplies right at hand and a clean working environment makes a huge difference on how productive we are I think. I feel like I am now ready for the winter and snow and holidays and can face everything with a clear head.

Yesterday turned out to be a wonderful day. Even though our place here is small, it was nice and comfortable for six people to sit down to dinner. I had everything I could ready ahead of time, and by the time everyone got here, just about everything was done. It helped a lot to have the lathe out of the kitchen, too! We had kind of gotten used to it there so now that it is in the closet, it seems like there is a great deal more room!

Even Ellen (who can be somewhat fussy over things at times) kept saying that she didn’t know how we were able to do all we could from our little place and keep it so neat. (I don’t know if she would have said that a week ago!) I felt really good though about being able to have a nice dinner and have everyone comfortable.

The food came out good and there are plenty of left overs so I won’t need to worry about cooking for about a week. I never mind left overs. I find that after cooking for a couple of days to prepare for this meal, it will feel really nice to just be able to pull something out of the refrigerator and heat it up and be done with it. It will give me a chance to really get back to focusing on work and still eat well.

All in all it was a fine day. I couldn’t have asked for any better. Even the cats enjoyed it, as they were exceptionally sociable and entertaining. They each did their favorite tricks and visited the entire time. Pancakes played ‘fetch’ with his favorite mouse and kept bringing it to Keith and dropping it at his feet. Richard did all his “baby” tricks for attention, and even shy Coco brought her little black mouse who we call ‘Rebecca’ out of hiding to show people. It was as if they all wanted to interact and play with the company. No dogs could have been friendlier! They certainly won the hearts of everyone there.

I didn’t get many pictures because I was pretty busy setting up and cleaning up, but I did get one picture as we all sat down to eat:

It’s hard to get a good picture when people don’t want to pose – especially when they are all hungry and wanting to eat, so this is the best I could do. That’s Ellen on the left and then Bernie and Keith and then Keith’s dad Artie and his mom Dianne.

It was a wonderful gathering and a grand holiday and the evening ended with Keith showing his mom and dad his new sound card on the computer and playing “Comfortably Numb”, a track from Pink Floyd’s album “The Wall.” (I think if I had an all time favorite album, that would be it!) At first his mom said she didn’t think she liked Pink Floyd (she was more into Blue Grass) but when listening, she said “This is alright” Maybe we will convert her! :)

I hope you all had a great day too! Time to bring on the holidays!

-- 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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grizzman

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#1 posted 11-25-2011 04:35 PM

great picture sheila, love the cat story, glad it all went well, and i have no doubts the food the top notch…yes, i think your ready to get back to the saw, but its been a great past week too…ive got to figure what im going to mess with, depends on how i feel…but…you have a wonderful day…kiss all them kitties for me…i love kitties…...grizz

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 11-25-2011 11:15 PM

You had nice “get together”!

That food sure looks good! ... I found my mouth watering a tad just looking at it!

Glad y’all had a nice time!

Thank you for posting!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 01:37 AM

great to see this picture Sheila thanks for sharing your canadian family with us :-)
I´m sure it wuold have been a blast to be there enjoying the turkey with you

have a great weekend
Dennis

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#4 posted 11-26-2011 12:26 PM

Looks like a grand time was had by all, well done. I like the idea of Floyd for background music.

Having been on holiday this week, I like you, am back to work. Monday for me though.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 11-26-2011 12:50 PM

Good morning to you all. :)

It was such a nice time. It was a great no-pressure time. I am glad we have holidays like that because it makes us take the time to take a breath and enjoy ourselves and think about why we do all we do. I used to have lots of company when the kids were little. We were always having bar-b-ques or parties for one occasion or another. Now it is only once in a while, but it was fun and wasn’t hard to pull off. Once in a while it is good to stop and take a breath and enjoy the things we are working for in the first place.

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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