My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #671: I Suppose I Am Only Human

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-14-2012 11:04 AM 1498 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I didn’t quite finish up yesterday, Sometime around 5pm I just felt tired and decided that the small amount of cutting remaining could be done today. While I would have loved to be able to tuck myself into bed knowing that I was done cutting, I was beginning to tire and I didn’t want to push it at the risk of being sloppy or not cutting as accurate as I wanted. So I called it a night and actually spent the rest of the evening doing nothing productive.

There was part of me that was a bit disappointed in myself, but as I looked at the huge pile of pieces that I had cut, I didn’t want to talk myself out of what many would feel was a good accomplishment. Besides, I have often spoke of setting the bar quite high, and falling a little short of that goal that I had originally set for myself shouldn’t necessarily be considered a failure, (I don’t think!) I am still far ahead of the deadline and for once I didn’t underestimate my time to the point where it would get me into trouble. So I earned a little breathing room perhaps.

It should only take about two hours of cutting to wrap up that part of the job. I really have no idea how long drilling the pieces will take, but if I can get somewhere close to getting them done by the end of the day today, I will be happy. I am taking the suggestion of using some kind of jig to make the job go faster, and I think that will help. I have never done anything on this scope before so I have nothing to fall back on as far as estimating a time line.

The same is true for packaging the pieces, so I think that if the boxes leave the house anywhere between Monday and Wednesday, I will be quite happy.

One thing that I am aware of is that I need to get the shipping boxes in order prior to packaging up the kits into the bags. In order to ship these efficiently, I need to have the pieces laying flat in the zip bags so that the kits can stack neatly on top of each other. If the pieces shift into a clump, I will have a heck of a time fitting them into boxes for shipping. That means that I have to line up my boxes today and have them ready to go. I want them big enough to hold a substantial amount of kits, but not so big where the weight is too much for the shipping company to handle. I expect this will take 4 – 6 boxes in total, and I would love to have them as uniform in size as possible. I will have to see about that.

This entire order has been a learning experience for me. A good one at that. I feel that if and when they decide to reorder things, I will have a clear picture in my mind of what it will entail not only in cost, but also in time and effort on my part. And that is a good thing.

I suppose that is why I feel it is OK to be so loose on the time frame. It will take what it will as far as time and for the most part, I feel that I am doing OK with things.

In the mean time, I am finding that I have a growing urge to do some more designing. I have some good ideas for new woodworking patterns that I want to get down on paper or on the computer and see how that goes. That is a good thing.

So for today, I will keep this short. I hope you all have a great day today. It is a beautiful spring morning here in Nova Scotia filled with sunshine. I am enjoying it already.

As for a photo today, I really have nothing new in woodworking to show you. However, in looking for a photo for yesterday’s post, I came across these wonderfully beautiful images by a digital artist on This is one of the series I stumbled upon:

It is called Missing the Moon II and it done by Maroka323. I had many inquiries because I had one of the pictures on my facebook account and I thought you would like to see the other beautiful work that he does. He has many other poses of this cat series as well as other beautiful fantasy digital art. Enjoy!

-- 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 04-14-2012 12:10 PM

Love this pic. Love Deviant Art. You can probably imagine what my wife thought the first time she saw me Googling that website. Really enjoy your blogs.

Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#2 posted 04-14-2012 01:38 PM


Been some time since my last visit to your blog. Looks like you are getting a lot of applied knowledge? You also must take some time in your blogging? Do the limited average numbers of responses ever get to you? I have been looking at many well written blogs such as yours and wondering? I started to blog awhile ago bugt don’t want to just blow smoke????? LOL :-)

take care, best of luck

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 04-14-2012 01:41 PM

Oh yeah,

We have “too many” cats. They get their pictures taken often. The picture is great. How would you turn it into a scroll work?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 04-14-2012 05:16 PM

Good progress, Sheila. Like the picture. Deviant art is an interesting site, too.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 04-14-2012 06:17 PM

I know what you forgot to do…

You forgot to stand up straight and start spinning in a circle… and when you’re almost up to FULL speed, yell out SHAZZAAM! Almost immediately, you will turn into W O N D E R . . . W O M A N !!

... at that point, you will be able to continue to what you have been doing!

I’m really sorry you forgot that minor maneuver… LOL

Have a great day!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-14-2012 08:13 PM

Good afternoon, everyone:

Hi, Joe – Yes – Deviantart does have some incredible stuff. I love to look through it when I have a few minutes.

Tom – I have really grown to like doing the blog every day for many reasons. I began it when I came here to Lumberjocks almost two years ago, as I was trying to do more promotion for my business and get more exposure for my site, but through it, I have made many good friends from around the world and enjoy this way of communicating with them every day. It also helps me focus on what I want to accomplish each day and also it helps others who are considering some sort of business in the woodworking field see what occurs on a day-to-day basis. So many positive things have come from me writing here every day. It takes anywhere from half an hour to two hours to do in the morning, depending on what I am discussing, but I think it is time well-spent. As far as the response numbers go, I not only post the blog here, but also on my own site and post a link to it on Facebook every day. I get responses from here, my own site, and many personal messages every single day from it. Here on Lumberjocks alone, I have over 600,000 reads from this series. That doesn’t even include the other places. The way I look at it, if I help even one person in any given day, it is enough for me to keep writing. I know I get off topic sometimes, but if people don’t want to look in, they have the choice of skipping that day. I hope that I have enough relevant information to keep people coming back and to help others through some of the issues I have at trying to make my living doing something I love. I am glad you checked back. :)

Martyn – your support is always very appreciated.

And Joe – If I did that – it would take the FUN out of the job! I really have enjoyed doing this!

Have a great afternoon everyone.


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

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