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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #704: Time to Call in the Cavalry!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 806 days ago 1035 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 703: The Office Helper Part 704 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 705: Scrolling Time Two! »

. . . and as I sat there packing up the boxes with the 200 kits that I just finished cutting, an email popped up in my mail box. It appeared to be an order for another 250 kits!

I reread it just to be sure. Yes. That is exactly what it was. As I looked around at the filled boxes and tried to digest what I just read, I tried not to be overwhelmed. But I must admit that in that first moment of realization, I did feel a bit like I was in quick sand. After all, these kits were not even out the door yet and still had an hour or so of packaging.

I had to stop and take a breath and think.

I counted to ten. That helped. Then I started thinking. After all, this was a good thing, right?

I spent the next half hour or so figuring things out. I already had the wood. That was great. I had several reams of paper to print the patterns, but I would need some more. I had enough ink to get me through another run, but I would surely be running low by the end of it so I would need to order more of that too. And I would also need another batch of ziplock bags to hold the kits. Thank goodness that company delivers quickly!

I got my ducks in order and called for the bags and got them ordered. I believe they may have even been sent out yesterday, which would be great. They come from Ontario and Monday is a holiday here in Canada so I wouldn’t have them until Tuesday. But that is OK. It will take me time to get things cut and printed.

Keith offered to make the run to Yarmouth to get paper and spray glue, and also to cut the wood into the 10” x 10” sheets. It was all stored at his parents and needed to be run through the table saw. While I had up to this point been doing most of these orders on my own, I came to the realization that it was time for me to call in the cavalry and accept some help. After all, we are a partnership. We have two saws. I need to get back to designing too. Having a partner to help with this order will be beneficial to both of us and really takes a lot of the pressure off of having to look at doing this mountain of work all on my own.

So the deal was made and we are both going to work on this order. I felt better already.

While Keith went and did the errands and cut the wood into manageable pieces, I finished packing up this order and began printing the new one. Things were humming.

It is great to see the business growing. In order to grow though, I knew that the day would come when I would no longer be able to do everything myself. That is just part of getting larger. I still need to have time to design and present new items in order to continue to grow and be successful. Accepting this and ‘letting go’ is part of that process. I have a wonderfully capable partner who is willing to help me. I only need to learn to accept help from the cavalry.

I think I am ready! :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



15 comments so far

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grizzman

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#1 posted 806 days ago

wow, that is wonderful , your third order, and this one is bigger then the last one isnt it, so how many bank accounts will you have to create to hold all this money…lol….....maybe a new car this year…or maybe some tools..yea..tools…...i think a bandsaw would be perfect…a 17 inch grizzly…....then a planner …..well and then you might want a big sander…yea, those are really nice , just from what i have heard…wow i could sit here and spend your money all day long….lol…....ok..ill go back to my shop and get to work, sure glad you have the Calvary….....have a great day…...

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 806 days ago

Well deserved success. Good that you could also let go enough to work it out.

Will you remember us all when you are rich and famous?

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

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Roger

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#3 posted 806 days ago

Congrats Sheila. Hope your business continues to grow. You deserve it. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Keith Fenton

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#4 posted 806 days ago

hmmm…. Thinking about which closet we should sacrifice for the 17” bandsaw… LOL

-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com

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Rick13403

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#5 posted 806 days ago

Glad to see your business take off like this. Hope it continues to grow! As for the bandsaw, Keith go for it!!
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 806 days ago

You guys are spending the money before the work is even done! LOL The rewards come AFTER the work! Remember?? . . .

(but it is nice to dream while you are sanding and cutting . . . ) :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Nate Meadows

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#7 posted 806 days ago

Ma’am,

What I find to be so amazing and awesome is that your husband is so solidly behind you. THAT is a treasure and a true rarity I think. In this world of self centeredness its easy for each partner to only look out for their on goals and dreams. I don’t know! Your man sounds like a great guy. Don’t forget him or take him for granted as it is easy to do and I think you two will continue to be successful. I think you already know this:). I offer this with the deepest humility and respect! I am very glad to here you are doing so well.

Very Respectfully and Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 805 days ago

How RIGHT you are, Nate! I could never, ever in a million years ever accomplished what I do without the great support of Keith. I don’t forget that for one second. We aren’t married, but I have been married before and believe me, I know that not having the support of your partner is something that will cripple a business more than anyone could imagine. But I am glad you brought that point up because it gives me a chance to say once again how grateful I am to be working with such a talented and supportive man! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 805 days ago

”Get’em up Scout… Hi Yo Silver… Away!”

-- 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 805 days ago

That is really great, Sheila.

I know it is also kind of scary, not knowing where it could lead. But, try to enjoy the knowledge of what you created is working, and all those times of doubt are being preven wro.

Enjoy the success.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 805 days ago

now that is big news you better be prepared for 10 000 peice ordrers next month ….. :-)))))
and that tent have to bee changed to two fourty foot chipcontainers …... LOL
ten years from now it wont surprice me if you have all on the island to work for you
and Emma Mærsk have to dock at the local harbour
with fresh wood and take kits onbord again to destribuate all over the world
(Emma Mærsk is proppebly the biggest containership in the world today )

go big as long as its funny for you to do but don´t stop designing ,painting and work with wood
big best sellers can always be made by others … but the design can´t :-)

congrats once more

Keith you don´t have to sacrifise any closet …..
you hang a closet outside the house and cut through the wall ….. :-)

enjoy the moment
Dennis

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grizzman

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#12 posted 805 days ago

if you would like i can supply you with the toll free order line for grizzly, bandsaw on one side and planner on the other, its a rotating closet..like dennis said, you build out…and these tools spin around, you can do a whole row of these on the bedroom wall…i also can provide my designing services…lol…

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 805 days ago

LOL! Don’t encourage him, Bob! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 805 days ago

now you are talking Grizz just like the four sided rotating bookshelfs I have seen … genial idea … :-))

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lightweightladylefty

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#15 posted 805 days ago

Sheila,

It’s wonderful to see such quality design and workmanship being truly appreciated. Congratulations!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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