My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #724: This and That

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-06-2012 11:21 AM 1521 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was rather busy yesterday. And I accomplished quite a bit. I know I say that nearly every day but somehow yesterday it seems like I accomplished more than I usually do. I can’t really tell if it is only that way in my mind or if it is in reality the case. Sometimes it is difficult to measure these things accurately.

I soemtimes watch myself evolving in this business as if I am looking in from the side lines or watching a movie. Writing here each morning forces me to think about things a little more and perhaps evaluate things a bit more deeply than if I did not. I think that is one of the good things about being here. (There are many)

How often is it that we take the time to take a step back from our lives and really try to look at ourselves? Up until I began writing this blog, I think the only time I did that was when something unacceptable was happening or I was in crisis. Usually by then it is too late. At that point, any wise thoughts that I may have had were usually considered damage control and while it may have helped the problem at hand, it may have been better to think things through before the problems even occurred and then I could perhaps have done what I could to avoid them.

If I were the type, I would now be thinking of all the disasters of my life that I could have avoided just by thinking ahead. But most of you know me better than that and know that I don’t believe in dwelling on regretting the past, (including the mistakes and bad decisions we may have made). I choose to remember these things only so I can learn from them and hopefully not repeat the errors that I have made. It isn’t always the case, but for the most part it helps.

I came to the realization recently that I have been blogging here for over two years now. Not being a ‘numbers girl’, my anniversary slipped right by me without a thought. While I type in the blog number every day, it is at a point where it fails to register and it is only a formality and part of the process. Long ago it seems to have lost its meaning to me as to how many days that I have been here. When I stop to think about it though and look back to many of the earlier entries, it is like a time capsule of my life and reading through the older entries reminds me of some of my own struggles that I have had with the business, and it is odd how quickly they have faded from my mind.

I am also reminded of the great friendships I have made since I began writing each morning. The help that I have received from others through this blog have been tremendous. Even if it is just a cheer or a pat on the back, it feels good to know that there are others in the world who understand and perhaps have gone through some of the things that I have gone through in my business and my life, and that helps a great deal.

Last week I helped a customer out. He had written to me to ask me if I knew where to find a certain pattern. I received his email while I was in the midst of meeting some important deadlines, and while I wanted to help him out, I just didn’t have the time to drop everything and do so immediately. In his email he stated that there was ‘no hurry’, but it is against my nature to leave things sit without attending to them right away. More often than not, people will say ‘no hurry’ and then when you don’t get things done right away for them, they tend to get upset. As I get busier, I learn to take things at face value and if someone tells me ‘no hurry’, then by God I won’t. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything, and something has to give.

So I finished what I had to and met my deadlines. When I was done with that, I went back and took care of all the things that needed to be done, including the request from this man to look for the pattern. I asked Keith if he was familiar with it, and he vaguely was, and he began to help me search.

It didn’t take long before we found it. It was a pattern that was published in my own magazine in 2005. I immediately compiled the information and gave the gentleman the option of purchasing the back issue of the magazine or contacting the designer directly. I sent the email to him, figuring that I probably wouldn’t hear from him again. I was pleased that I was able to solve the mystery.

Within a very short time, I received a wonderfully kind email back from him. He was so grateful and kind and happy that I was able to help him. In it he said that he was so grateful for the help and he even offered to pay me for helping him out. I couldn’t help but smile from his enthusiasm and I was so happy that something so small that I did made someone so happy. To me, that was payment enough.

I often feel that way about things here. Over the past two years, many of you have come to my assistance and offered advice, support and friendship. Whether you comment often or not, it doesn’t matter to me. I know you are out there reading, and you all give me a reason to write each day. Every once in a while, I receive a message or email which starts “I haven’t commented on your blog until now, but I read it every day . . . ” It reminds me that there are many people that look forward to my nonsense and silly cat pictures and wandering thoughts and also perhaps learn something about what it is like to run a designing business in these difficult economic times. I am sure that not only my own accounts of the day are helpful at times, but also the wonderful advice I receive from others that are in the form of comments here.

Things have been going pretty well here. The days are filled with working and creating and things are as they should be. While that doesn’t make very exciting reading all the time, it shows that things are working. And that in itself is rather exciting (to me anyway!)

I almost skipped writing this morning. There was nothing of note for me to talk about. I finished one of the articles yesterday and I began the job of creating the patterns for the new designs for Artist’s Club. I made great headway on everything and I am on schedule. There is nothing really out of the ordinary that I could tell you about.

But then I thought about ‘not writing’ and things didn’t seem right. I would have felt as if something very important was missing in my day. So I sat down here this morning and look what came of it.

I thank you all for reading. Whether you read every day or just once in a while. Whether you comment often or have never commented at all. Whether you are on Lumberjocks, Facebook or my own site. I appreciate your support and friendship very much.

I have made great strides in the past two years, in both my business and my personal life. I realize that a large part of that is because of the great support system I have around me. Without all of you I know that I wouldn’t be in the place that I am today. And it is a good place. And I am very grateful.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

”I’ll get by with a little help from my friends” – The Beatles

-- 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 06-06-2012 12:12 PM

Absolutely right Sheila. And, yea!! for the Beatles. There will never ever be anyone who’ll take their place. Life is good, just like all the gr8 folks on these pages. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, I appreciate everyones input and output.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 06-06-2012 12:19 PM

Hi Roger:

I sometimes forget how much I like the Beatles, then I hear a song of theirs and just have to go and play more of them. When I lived in Chicago, on Sunday morning from 8am until noon one of the radio stations would have a show “Breakfast With the Beatles” and they would not only play a lot of unknown music, but you would learn a lot about them from others who they influenced and had contact with them. The show went on for YEARS (I don’t know if it is still going) and they just never ran out of content. You would think after so long that they wouldn’t have anything left to talk about and make it interesting, but they did. Just goes to show how much influence one group could have on the world. I think they are awesome. :) Have a good one!


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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 06-06-2012 01:07 PM

Hi Sheila,

About time a dog got the respect he deserves from a cat!!!

Anyway, what you said about sometimes it seems as though you are standing on the sidelines, watching yourself working on your business, can be a big help. The ability to do this is likely one of the best things you can do for your business. That saying; “you can’t see the forrest through the trees” is not an accident.

Sometimes being in the middle of a situation prevents you from seeing all the options that are available. Sometimes, when faced with a difficult situation, which seemingly has no good answer, I will give up on looking for one, and completely ignore it. Surprisingly, an answer will pop into my head later, when I’m paying no attention to it at all. The fact I’m not so focused on it makes it easier to be open to a larger number of possibilities. Thinking in abstract, I guess.

Anyway, I found it interesting that you noticed yourself doing that.

Have a good day.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 06-06-2012 03:16 PM

Hi Sheila, Again, Lee is spot on, and I agree with him saying sometimes you have to stop what you are doing for a few days in order to improve on it.

I, too, love the Beatles, always have from day one! They are my all time favorite group. That’s not to say I don’t like other groups!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 06-06-2012 03:40 PM

Working for the good of the whole. That’s what life is all about.
Thanks for doing your blog.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 06-06-2012 03:55 PM

Hi, Lee:
You know, I didn’t really notice it until I got asked a question about something I had written in one of my previous posts. I had to go back and find the post, and in the process found myself reading through some of the things and thinking – “Wow. I forgot that happened!” 724 posts is a lot of writing (AND reading!) and most of the time, I write off the top of my head and don’t look back on it once it is posted. (I hate when I do and see typos or grammar errors! But then again, I am usually writing before the coffee fully reaches my veins!) But the other thing that I also realized, was how much I count on you all as friends for your input and thoughts. Lots of times things are pointed out that I don’t see (yes – through the trees!) and getting others’ perspectives’ about this or that really does help. Even if I don’t follow all the ideas, I do file them in the back of my mind and it helps me understand things from another point of view. There is a great amount of value in that.

I do enjoy the way my life is. I like being able to get to know people from all over the globe. Even if we never meet face to face, I still consider so many of you my close friends. There is so much shared on this site and I am very happy that I am here every day. If I can help someone else along too, all the better.

Thanks Lee as always for your thoughts and input. I truly appreciate your friendship and perspective on things.

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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#7 posted 06-06-2012 04:02 PM

Hi Erwin: I was thinking about you this morning when making my coffee. (I use my coffee scoop every day and love it!) You and Edith need to send some of that Florida sunshine up the coast to Nova Scotia! We have had cool and overcast weather here for days and days. I can’t wait to see how your flower is progressing. I hope it is and your knees are feeling good. I always appreciate your input and friendship. ;)

Rich: I am glad you like the blog. Sometimes the posts are silly and unrelated, but it still feels good to touch base with everyone and hear about what is going on with everyone else, too. :)

Enjoy the day! 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 06-06-2012 04:38 PM

Thank you, Sheila.

Reading your posts has become part of my morning ritual, in soite of the fact I often don’t have anything to say. I too am just beginning to feel the coffee enter my suystem, and can’t remember how to type.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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