My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #767: Video Part 5 - Final in the Series (and then I am Taking a Small Break)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-19-2012 11:56 AM 4859 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boy, am I excited today! There is so much that I have to cram into the day, I don’t know where to start. I have one adventure ahead of me and I am finishing up on the adventure of the video series here and I am wrapping up the submissions to the fall catalogs today and closing out my next magazine article. All I can say is – Wow! Good thing summer is our ‘slow’ season!

Remember I told you how I liked the story of “The Ant and the Grasshopper?” Well, this is the ‘ant’ part. All these things we have been working on are preparing us for later. We probably won’t see any of the results of this hard work until mid to late fall, but they will come at a time when we would have almost forgotten about them. And all will be good.

I mention this because so many people are used to ‘instant gratification’ that they forget that sometimes the seeds that you plant take months to sprout and grow (In business – sometimes years!) It seems that we have been conditioned over the years that things should have an instant impact and if they don’t, they aren’t worth pursuing. How wrong that is, I say! Perhaps I am old fashioned, but I still feel that things that are worth having and things that are lasting take time to cultivate and nurture. Building a strong foundation takes time and patience and without that, it is rare that whatever successes we have endure.

That being said, I am optimistic that we are going to have a great year. We are holding our own right now and considering how hot it has been and how bad the economy is, I am happy with our business. I have a lot of hope for the great things to come in the future.

Since all of these things in our business are at a point where they at a lull, we decided that NOW is the best time to take off for a couple of days and head out of Dodge. So we are hitching up the ‘ole wagon and hitting the trail.

We were kind of waiting for the weather to be nice, as we don’t want to tour the province in the rain, but since they screw up so much every day anyway, we figured we could wait until winter and would never be sure. Besides, life is full of adventure and if it rains, it rains and we will just see how northern Nova Scotia looks in the rain. I am sure it is just as beautiful.

Another exciting thing is that I broke down and ordered a new camera for myself. I had mentioned in previous blogs that I was having the problem of my camera shutting off some nine plus minutes into recording the video segments that I have recently recorded. This was quite annoying because when it did so, it didn’t ‘beep’ or close the lens or anything like that. I didn’t even know it did it until reviewing the shot. Usually it was mid-sentence and just at the end of doing something, like painting or staining. That meant it wasn’t really easy to re-shoot, as the pieces already had paint or stain on them.

Someone here on the blog suggest I change the settings, but with further investigation, I found that my model of camera was only capable of “about 10 minutes” of continuous video shooting. While it had the ability to hold several of these 10 minute segments in its memory, it would not shoot longer.

Well, those of you who know me realize that for me to get a thought across in 10 minutes would be quite a challenge – especially if I were demonstrating a technique to go along with it. Yes, I could have a timer and be more watchful and shoot in smaller segments, but that would be just another thing on the list for me to think about when I was shooting, and believe me – I didn’t need more to crowd my already overfilled thought processes! Since my camera was about five years old (a dinosaur in digital camera life!) and was not very expensive (just around $100) I figured that it was time to “move it on up” and get a newer one. I carefully shopped around within my budget (about $200) and I decided on the Sony Cyber-Shot DSCWX50. It was a giant leap up from what I had and had many of the features that I feel would be useful to my business – including high definition video and the capability of shooting 29 minute segments. I carefully browsed many cameras and read all kinds of reviews and everything I saw on this camera was good. So I took the plunge.

I ordered up and the camera is arriving today. We are purposely waiting for the delivery today before we leave, as I want to take it with and try it out. That will mean some (hopefully) great pictures of the trip and give me the chance to get to know it better. I am truly excited about it, as photography is an important part of my business, especially with these videos I am doing. I plan to do more and hopefully the quality will be a bit better as I go along.

Speaking of video . . .

Below is Part 5 of the Reindeer Games project series. It is the final part and covers the finishing process that I use, both with the mineral oil and also with the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium. I think it went pretty smoothly, and besides having it cut off before I stained the reindeer and me having to do it twice, all went well.

As usual, I am embedding it here for those of you who don’t want to leave the site. For those who want to subscribe to my channel, you can click here: Scrollgirlcanada's Channel

I have really kind of enjoyed sharing this process with you. I have received many, many emails and positive responses from so many people who said that they learned from it. That makes me happy. While I know it isn’t the best quality, I think I did OK enough to get my point across to everyone.

I will be continuing to add “lessons” onto the online class over the next few days. The videos that I will have there will be the same ones that I have shown here in my blog, but I will explain things a bit more so the people that are following the class will have a good understanding of what I am trying to convey. I know it is rather redundant, but as I said yesterday, not all of the people that followed the class read here. I just want to be sure that the information is all included in the class files.

So if I am not here for a couple of days, you know why. We are taking our laptop so that we can fill orders, but I doubt I will be spending a lot of time on the computer. I think I need a bit of time away to take a breath. I am sure when I return I will have much to do and I will be ready to jump back in with both feet.

Have a wonderful 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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#1 posted 07-19-2012 12:14 PM

Have a nice day:)
I’m going to new york tommorow :P
I’m planning on going to harbor frieght.
Sheila, Do you need anything?

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 12:27 PM

Have a great time. You both deserve it.

-- John in GP

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 12:34 PM

Aww, thank you Alexandre! I hope you have a great time there. My only time to New York City was driving through last year on the way to the show in Saratoga Springs. I wish we could have hung around a bit. Have a wonderful and safe trip yourself.

And thank you John! I will have lots of pictures I hope! :)


-- 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 07-19-2012 12:37 PM

Thanks! Need anything from Harbor freight?

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#5 posted 07-19-2012 12:50 PM

We are good for now! Remember we have a small place! ;)


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

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#6 posted 07-19-2012 12:55 PM

LOL, luv the wagon train cat

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

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#7 posted 07-19-2012 01:01 PM

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Roger! I though it was funny too! I love the pictures I find. I know some of you probably think that I have more time I my hands than I need to find all these silly cat pictures. But think of all the people that actually took the time to TAKE these photographs! (But I am glad they do!) They always make me smile and I am happy that they make you smile too. :) You have a great day!


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

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#8 posted 07-19-2012 01:50 PM

Have a good time on your trip. I call those type of breaks my mental health time off! Kathie and I try to take a couple of them during the year. Have fun,

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#9 posted 07-19-2012 07:20 PM

Hi Sheila, I’ve been quiet lately due to being out of town on a month long vacation with Edith. I think I may have found a solution to your lamentations of not having enough daylight hours in a day! We went on a 19 day trek and cruise to Alaska (land of the midnight sun) and had a very very wonderful time. It was truly weird to be up at midnight and have the sun still shining and even weirder that it never got dark! That took some getting used to and I would say we were not there long enough to really get used to it. It more like merely turned to dusk and then brightened up again. You slept when you got tired! But Oh the country scenery there is truly AWESOME! We were sad to leave. We did see lots of wildlife and were in awe most of the time. We did get a chance to do some salmon fishing and Edith was especially proud to have caught 2 large Silver Salmon 36” and 38” while I caught one quite a bit smaller! Am I miffed? Nope, not a bit, because I still get to eat them! They should be arriving here today.

You can see the joy in Edith’s face!

We stayed in Washington and Oregon for another 9 days after the cruise to explore and take in the delights of the area. Went to Mt. St Helens and it was heart wrenching to see all the massive trees completely uprooted by the blast and it makes you wonder the power that was unleashed to cause such damage! It was heart breaking to see so much wood laying around “wasted”. It was well worth seeing first hand. It was especially hard to have to go home after a month of sightseeing, visiting family, touring, eating out everyday but reality calls and hits home every now and then.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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