My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #677: The Butterfly Effect

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-20-2012 11:11 AM 2509 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s funny how changing one thing can cause such a need for changes elsewhere. I see this happen time and time again. We start by cleaning out a bedroom closet, and before we know it we are repainting the entire room. It is one of those chain reactions that we don’t always understand but continually see happening around us.

Yesterday the new sofa arrived. Everything went according to schedule. The delivery time was promised at ‘early afternoon’ and by golly they were knocking at the door right around 1:30pm. We were all quite excited – even the cats, as any changes in their little world they call home here are (to them at least) profound.

The new sofa fit in nicely, but since it is a different style than what we had previously, there are some important differences.

The side arms sit up taller than the old couch – some 3-4 inches. While that may not be of issue to some (and certainly wasn’t something that we thought about) it affects us quite a bit.

As I stated in previous posts, Keith and I both sit on the couch when using our computers. It is where we spend a good part of our day, and that is why the comfort of this piece of furniture is so important to us. Keith had built us each a temporary monitor stand for our respective monitors, which we would eventually replace with something that looked a bit nicer. I also have a side table with a swivel top that I had my friend Bernie build me that holds my mouse pad and other things that I need in my every day functioning.

But now with this taller couch, the arms are a bit tall for these to work well and while we can survive with things the way they are, we feel that it was time to upgrade into something more permanent. But what?

We also need to keep the stands to the side of the couch because both of our ends recline. This causes a bit of a problem, as we now need to keep the stands completely to the side. While my stand (the far one in the pic) is workable being shoved a bit into the corner, Keith’s needs to be put right in the walkway:

And let’s face it folks – these aren’t the prettiest pieces of furniture that you will see. They are quite basic and were made up in a hurry to be made functional “for now.” How many times have we done something as a band-aid and wound up keeping it that way for good?

But what would work for us?

We spent some time yesterday looking at our options and here’s what we came up with. We decided to get these nifty monitor desk arms so that we can mount our monitors to the side and then pull them out when we needed to use them. Here is a picture of the one we chose:

We thought they were pretty slick and would do the job nicely. For my side, it will be able to mount on the table that I have been using all along. When I am not using my monitor, it will fold neatly at the side, which I thought was pretty slick.

As for Keith, he will be building a floor stand for his and is looking to attaching it to the metal frame of the couch. This will also make it quick and easy for him to move it out of his way when not in use. If that won’t work (he is still working on the logistics of it) he will build a floor stand with a small footprint that will for the most part slide under the side of the couch. In either case, it will rid us of the ugly stands we have and make the place look much neater and far less cluttered.

We ordered up the stands from NCIX here in Canada (a computer supply mail order place) and they shipped already and there is a good possibility of getting them by Monday. They weren’t cheap (about $170 each with shipping) but they are quality and will solve the problem and we figured if we had to rebuild the stands, the time and materials would cost far more than what we picked. This is a great case of “less is more” and it will keep our place here looking uncluttered and clean. That is really important to us.

This unexpected hiccup in our day really did turn out OK. The couch is beautiful. Since we ordered it six weeks ago, I was sometimes wondering if I did the right thing or spent too much on it and was questioning myself on the purchase, as many of us do when we invest in something so big. But the moment I sat in it, I immediately remembered why I liked it so much. It cradles my back so nicely and unlike our old sofa, which was like sitting in a marshmallow, I feel comfortable and supported. AND I can recline and change positions whenever I want. I may become a couch potato after all! ;)

Now it is time for me to really get in the ‘design mode’ and get to work developing these patterns that I have been thinking about. Even though I have been working hard every day, because I haven’t designed new things I feel like I have been slacking. It is time to get going and produce some new patterns for everyone to make.

I think back on all the things that have happened this year for us already. We did a lot of sprucing up of the place and we have a beautifully comfortable environment in which we can work now. It is funny how one thing can lead to another and another and another. They call this the “butterfly effect.” I am happy we made it work for us.

Have a great Friday!

-- 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 04-20-2012 08:00 PM

congrats on finding what you needed to work with your new couch, those are pretty slick looking, you guys will be high tech…it was a great visit yesterday…i hope you both have a great weekend..ive got plenty to do here…now you get to work with designing and lets see what you have going on up in that brain of yours, im sure it will be wonderful….grizz

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 08:19 PM

Thanks Bob! I really appreciated the surprise call. I love hearing what you are up to also. Your boxes really came out beautiful. You just keep getting better and better. I got the OK from my editor on a couple of ideas I was dreaming up, so the rest will be the fun part – making them come to life!

We are tracking our monitor arms and they should be here by Monday already. It will be really cool to see how they work. Yes, it will look neat and ‘high-tech.’ How fun!

Thanks as always for your friendship and support. Have a great weekend!


-- 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 04-20-2012 10:46 PM

butterfly , cuochpotato and new hightec swingarms and on and on and on …. my good
you better take a day with painting before you totely go nuts and spend all your money … lol

congrat´s with the new sofa :-)

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 04-20-2012 10:52 PM

Yes, Dennis – I am DONE spending (for a while anyway!) We had our fun and really aren’t in need of anything else. I paid my Canada taxes today (US ones last week) and I am officially “broke”! LOL But I am comfortable and happy and have some wonderful new designs planned that I am working on already. The swing arms will hopefully do what we need them to. I promise I will post pictures of them installed.

I hope you are well and have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by . . .

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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#5 posted 07-24-2012 01:53 AM

The monitor stands look pretty cool, I like your setup! How have they worked out for you?

p.s. I love the photo of the kitty and the butterfly.

-- --- Alex ---

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#6 posted 07-26-2012 10:15 PM

Hi, Alex! The monitor stands are awesome. They are one of the smartest investments we made. Initially we were concerned because they cost more than our monitors did (about $150 each before shipping) but they are excellent quality and did so much to ‘de-clutter’ our environment here. I feel good that I spent a little more and got a product that was something that will last for many years. There were some that were not quite as expensive, but I doubt they would perform the same or be as stable as these. Both Keith and I are really happy with them.

I am happy you like the kitty. I thought it was extremely beautiful. I loved the colors and like sharing my “kitty pics” that I find in my travels.

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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