My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #676: A Duck Out of Water

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-19-2012 12:02 PM 2337 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I must admit that I am not always comfortable with change. Even if it is for the better, there is that accompanying feeling of uneasiness that things are different than what we are used to. As I get older, I find this to be even more true. It’s as if I don’t want to have to think about any more than I need to some days and when things are different, it pulls from my ‘think bank’ and takes my attention.

But I also understand that change is necessary. Many times we invite change into our lives in order to improve things. This was the case with me.

Many of you know that we live here in a small place. As a result, we don’t have a real ‘office’ in which to work. Since the majority of our time is spent on our computers, both Keith and I have ours networked together and have our monitors situated at each end of the couch. Keith’s computer is also connected to our 54” TV screen and our sound system and we watch all our shows through the computers. We don’t have any cable, as we don’t feel we need it. We get all the news we want here on the computer and we really don’t spend a great deal of time watching anyway.

As a result of this set up, we spend a LOT of time on our couch, working on the computers. Whether it is drawing, answering mail, writing patterns (or this blog) or even playing games when the day is finished to unwind, we are on the couch.

While Keith had a couch that looked nice when I moved in almost three years ago, it certainly wasn’t meant for the constant use we were to give it. It was quite squishy and while it was comfortable for a while, it wasn’t really good for spending long hours in the same position on it, as there was little support.

After trying many different things, such as placing a board under my cushion for support and other things like that, we finally came to the conclusion that it was time to look for a new couch, as by the end of the day sometimes I would really ache.

So several weeks ago we ventured out and shopped for one and found one that we hope will be suitable and look good and feel good and last for a while. It is by La-Z-Boy, a manufacturer that I had purchased from before and I am hoping that the quality of their products is still as good as what I had experienced in the past.

This couch is also cool because it has dual recliners so that we will be able to stretch back and change position from time to time or at the end of the day when we want to relax and watch a show. I am optimistic that it will work for us.

So we ordered up several weeks ago and we were told that it would take up to 12 weeks for our couch to be made, something that I know isn’t usual. But as luck had it, we received a phone call after only six weeks that our new couch was ready and they are delivering it today. :)

We spent the day yesterday cleaning things up and getting the old one out of here.

While we try to be neat, there is never getting around having stuff falling in the cushions and even though we vacuumed regularly, things still needed a good going over. We also needed to get it out of here and deliver it to my friend who purchased it from us, which meant borrowing Keith’s dad’s SUV and loading it up. That took a little bit.

All went well, but when we got home, the reality hit that there was no comfortable way to be on my computer.

Now what???

Fortunately, it was already after 8pm by the time we were all back home and done and I decided to take some of my magazines to bed with me to read there.

I had plenty of company, as the cats were also uncomfortable and displaced without the couch there. In fact they were at times quite wild, running around like someone lit a fire under them and being even more goofy than usual (cats don’t like change either!)

This morning I actually slept in. I awoke at my usual time and remembered there was no couch for me to sit on and write my blog and do my computing so I rolled over and went back to sleep for a bit. Perhaps I am thinking if I sleep long enough, the time for the delivery will come faster. :)

The new couch is due “early afternoon.” I hope they are sooner rather than later. I have many new ideas that I want to work on and for the moment we dragged the kitchen table into the living area where the couch is to use the computers, but things are awkward and well – different. It is hard to concentrate on new ideas when my little environment is so disrupted.

So for now, I am just a duck out of water, as are the cats.

I am sure that once the new couch arrives, all will be well with my world again. Until then, I will just have to paddle around here and make due.

Have a great day today!

-- 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 04-19-2012 12:27 PM

Hmm couch but definitely not potato. This gives me an idea. Sneak a monitor cable into the TV for when Sue is on our main PC and I’m on the couch with a laptop. Drawing is much easier on a big screen. Thanks.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 04-19-2012 12:36 PM

That would work, Martyn:
We have all the components in the cabinet under the TV and next to it, and run the cables/wires under the rug (the rug is a ‘little’ lumpy, but you really don’t notice! Keith has the dual monitor thing going where he can drag his drawings between his own monitor and the big screen. Convenient when he is showing me stuff. Just keep the cable there and connect it as you need it. :)

As you can see, we dragged the kitchen table into where the couch is. Now that’s togetherness!!! LOL We will see if we can get through the day like this!


-- 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 04-19-2012 02:02 PM

Ms. Landry,
Change, like everything else in life it seems, can come in many different flavors and colors. A while back, for instance, you helped me decide which scroll saw to buy, and it has changed my life in so many positive ways. Still, every time I see one of your lumberjocks posts, I think, I really like that lady.

That saw got me to try being a vendor at a craft show. Almost everything I had was a scroll saw product. I sold most of it and was one of the top vendors. For having that saw I got to meet Kathy Wise, who used my saw to demonstrate some intarsia techniques. She had never used the Excalibur and she was impressed.

Sometimes we want to plug our noses for the bad smell change leaves. For me, adding a scroll saw to my life brought with it the scent of roses and lilacs.

Thanks again,


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 04-19-2012 02:26 PM

That is really cool, Russ. Thank you so much for your touching comment. I sometimes wonder about me posting every day on the silly stuff in my life (like today’s post) which has little to do with woodworking. But in a way I feel that most of it does. After all, where I sit drawing has some effect on my designing. I like to post this kind of stuff because there are many people who don’t have access to lots of tools and big shops and I like to show them that being a little innovative means that you can accomplish a lot with few resources. You just need to think of ways to make things work.

I am so happy that the saw worked out for you! I love mine, too. I did love my DW788 but it had its day and it was time for a new one. There is no comparison.

I LOVE Kathie Wise and greatly admire her work. How lucky you are to have met her! Maybe one day I will have the honor of doing so!

People like you in my life are one of the reasons I am so happy every single day! How could I not be? You made my day for me with your nice and positive thoughts! Thanks so much!


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

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#5 posted 04-19-2012 04:29 PM

That’s a cool setup…

Reminds me of Financial screens of yesteryear… LOL

Do you have Netflix there? If so, you could have three movies going all at the same time!

That is a Duck out of water…

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

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 04:56 PM

Thanks for your post. Change can be good or it can be bad. It’s whatever a person qualifies it to be. Seems like yours is good.

Thanks for being here on Lumberjocks. I’m saving up for a scroll saw, and your advice is very helpful.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 04-19-2012 06:36 PM

well you got quite creative today with some wonderful pictures, love them, im sure when the new couch comes, the kitties will sniff and look and jump on it and sniff some more and they will finally relax and start taking there cat naps again…im looking forward to seeing the new couch, i bet its going to be so comfy , you might not want to get out of it…who will cut with the saw, who will fix dinner….someone will need to come in and take care of you both, lol…....hope all is well and maybe the new couch is already there….

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

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#8 posted 04-20-2012 12:47 PM

Nice setup Sheila. Once that new couch comes, you may be in it fer a few days… lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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