My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #745: Recovery

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-27-2012 11:43 AM 7252 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s all done and ready to go out the door. At approximately 9:30 last night I packed the last kit up and I have six 25 lb. boxes ready to be picked up by Purolator to begin their travel to the distribution center. I think every part of my body ached as I zipped the last zip lock bag closed, but I felt a wonderful sense of accomplishment and relief. We were finally finished.

Keith was tired too. He helped me pack all day, even though I was going to do it by myself. He insisted because he said he couldn’t sit by and do other things while I was still working on the project that we were doing together. I had really expected that I would be packaging by myself. But after the re-printing of the one set of patterns set me back a bit, I felt I was behind schedule, even though I really was not. He said that we are a team and I felt great knowing that he was someone who I could count on. Without his help, I would have certainly not finished until the wee hours of the morning. Thank goodness for his help.

I look around at my house today and it is quite messy. Everything needs to be cleaned and put back into order. I don’t mind though because it will be relaxing and fun to do so. It won’t take the entire day unless I decide to take the entire day on it, and it will be something that will lift my spirits and restore order to my life.

Living in a small place allows little room for clutter. A small amount of excess can quickly fill up the space and make it messy and disorganized. In looking around, the bulk of the ‘mess’ is empty boxes and extra pieces from cutting that need to find a good home. Since the printed patterns are all packed away, there are actually several empty shelves which can be used to store things. There is also room now for the almost 250 10” x 10” wood pieces that have been sitting in the back of Keith’s car for over a week. I want to move them into the house here so they are handy when we have time to sand them and prep them for the next order, perhaps getting a little ahead of the game. We have the perfect place in our kitchen for them where they are close by but out of the way and out of sight. That is where we kept the pieces as we cut. But now that they are gone, the space is empty.

In addition, I need to do my book work as well as clean through my emails. As I look this morning, my email box is quite full and my receipt envelope is full too. I need to record everything and keep up with the paperwork that has been sorely neglected for the past couple of weeks while working on this.

Finally, I still need to do a bit of fine tuning on my new computer. While the transition from the old one to the new one went rather smoothly, I still have to organize many files and once again do a backup. I have taken on a project of re-tagging my 8000 or so music files so that they are all tagged in the same way. When I came here from the US, I had brought almost 500 cd’s and since then I have ripped them all to my computer. I didn’t know about tagging and such as I do now and they are quite messy in their information and not consistent. It is an ongoing project of mine to spend a little time each evening to go through the list of folders and rename, refile and re tag albums, artists, songs, genre, etc., so that I can do efficient searches and find music that I want easily. It may take me several months to complete, but when it is done, it will be awesome.

So today is what I call a ‘day off’. While many of you may not see it as such, it is considered as much for me. It is quite cool and overcast, so I will not be heading to the beach today, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t in the cards for the near future. We all have our ideas of what is relaxing for us, and getting things back in order will certainly be so for me. While I may still seem busy on the outside, the emotional freedom I am feeling right now makes me feel like this on the inside:

It is going to be a wonderful day! I hope you enjoy yours too!

-- 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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#1 posted 06-27-2012 12:14 PM

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 12:33 PM

Well done. You’re getting good at this.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 12:42 PM

Thanks guys! Yes, it is getting into somewhat of a routine. I think what made this harder for me was that I had to write the packets too. When I submit the next design, I will be certain the packets are already done before doing so and I am ready to go on the order. Cutting all day and writing afterward was not really fun. Cutting all day and having time to catch up on emails or relax in the evening will work much better and be much less stress. But all is done now and I feel great about it! :) Thanks for the friendship and support.


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

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 01:08 PM

I just enjoy reading this blog. Awesome! I think; watching TV is part of many people’s relaxation but be discerning about what you watch. Why not peruse the listings while you drink your water or juice to see if there is anything you really want to watch rather than settling down with the remote control. If there isn’t anything compelling to watch, you can spend the time doing something completely different from pampering yourself to reading a book or calling a friend you haven’t spoken to in ages. Mercruiser Parts

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 01:30 PM

Love the cat pic…. sending link to my wife, as we often declare that the best life to be lived on the planet is to be one of her spoiled cats. :^)

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 06-27-2012 01:33 PM

I saw this picture on my internet ‘travels’ and unfortunately, I didn’t see who to credit it to. I thought it was funny and appropriate for the day! Enjoy! :D


-- 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 06-27-2012 09:03 PM

Thnx for the reminder of the music organization Sheila…...... Now I have another “ta-do” thing ta-do… LOL Really tho, I also need to get my music together. Music makes the world go round, right? Enjoy your day off.

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

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