My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #771: Looking Ahead

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-27-2012 11:54 AM 1317 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I can tell that it is getting lighter just a bit later every morning. Its just that time of year, I suppose. Already, even though it is still quite warm, you can feel autumn coming. I don’t know how, but it is just a feeling I get. It has nothing to do with calendars and logic and things like that, and it is quite undefined. But already I am thinking ahead to fall and baking yummy treats and the cool evenings and warm afternoons and it makes me happy.

Friday is upon us already. My that week went by quickly! For me, it was one of those good, discombobulated weeks when it seems you accomplished little, and actually you accomplished much. Most of those uncatalogued tasks that have been hanging around like afterthoughts seem to be under control. I have been able to tick them off my mental list, one by one and with each accomplishment, increased my sense of calm.

It is a good feeling.

When things like this occur, I always feel that it is a good time to do a complete backup of my computer. All my files are where they are supposed to be and there are few project that are in the “in progress” category. I like having things organized well when I do a backup, and while I sometimes back up when things are in disarray, it is only then out of necessity. It is good think that if I had to return to the state my computer was in this very moment, it would be organized and clean.

We are readying ourselves for another update on the site too. There are some nice patterns that we are introducing to the site and we plan on offering a sale. We don’t do full scale sales often (in fact, we haven’t really done one yet) but with the intense heat that many have experienced, we want to offer an incentive for people to get planning for the fall and upcoming holiday season. We will have to see how it goes.

Lately, I have had the urge to do some painting. I am sorry to say my poor little “all season tree” has been quite naked since spring. For those of you who admire my organization, know that I too don’t always reach all the goals that I set for myself. But it isn’t tragic, and in real life, priorities must be assigned and take place, and my tree just wasn’t among them. There is still time though, and I have some plans to salvage the summer season and perhaps decorate it with something nice for August. We’ll see . . .

I am still gearing up for a busy fall and winter season. My head is exploding with ideas and probably the hardest thing I have to deal with is to organize both my thoughts and actions and not begin too many projects at one time. Starting too many things without finishing them tends to overwhelm me and then I get stuck and accomplish little. I find the key for my own productivity is to take things one at a time and savor each project as I create it. It is what works best for me.

I have seen others that have the ability to design countless projects in one fell swoop. They take one concept and apply it to a multitude of themes and before you know it there are a great number of similar projects with varying themes.

While this may be the way to a large amount of sales of items, for me it would be quite unsatisfying. I would quickly get bored with designing that way and I know for myself the quality that I work so hard to achieve would not be there. My heart just would not be in it.

The other day, I had a new customer order a single pattern from me. Soon after I sent the order, I received a note in my email from him. In the note he said how impressed he was at the details and information we offered along with the pattern. It made me very happy to know all the extra work we put into our patterns is noticed and appreciated. We couldn’t ask for more.

We can’t only measure our successes by dollars. I suppose we can measure it by anything we want, but I cannot be that way. I still look upon money as a small part of our lives, necessary for survival. And while having financial security is comforting to many, it certainly isn’t the only thing that is important. I am old enough to have seen the destruction that living for money can cause. In my own life, there have been times when I have had more money and times when I have had less. I have seen that having more doesn’t necessarily equate with happiness. In fact – some of the times I was most miserable was when my bank account was the fullest. Go figure.

Over the years, I have learned to live within a means that will be comfortable for me, yet allow me to not be dictated by financial goals alone. Many have suggested that I get a larger place with a shop or purchase a home with more room, but I honestly believe that with those larger purchases comes the pressure of paying for them and having to make more money. Perhaps I am lazy, but I just don’t want that at this point in my life. I like the fact that by renting here, the responsibility of keeping up a house is low. That allows me time to spend much of each day concentrating on what I love to do best – create. Living in this way has also allowed me some small ‘extravagances’ such as the short trip we just returned from and some other nice things that we have. It is a good feeling to be able to have things guilt free and clear, and I don’t mind working hard to get them. I realize that we are not like everyone else, and I respect that. This is just what works well for me.

Geeze! I don’t know how I got to rambling on! I suppose my mind is wandering this morning. I watch so many struggle day to day to make ends meet or to work in jobs that they are so unhappy doing and I can honestly say that there isn’t a day that goes by that I am not appreciative of my own job and situation. I just had to say.

So today will be another good day. It’s raining now, but it is a quiet and gentle rain. I rather like it. I am excited about the new ideas and excited about getting the site updated and a newsletter out and as always, it will be a pleasure to see it come to be. There are good days ahead, and I look forward to each and every one of them.

I hope you enjoy your Friday.

“The greatest of all gifts is the power to estimate things at their true worth” – François de la Rochefoucauld

-- 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 07-27-2012 12:09 PM

Well said, Sheila. Have a good Friday, and a gr8 weekend

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

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 12:10 PM

You too, Roger! I hope you are cooling down a bit in your parts. :)


-- 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 07-27-2012 10:18 PM

Fall is my favorite time of year, something about the colors, the cool weather that makes you want hot chocolate. A great feeling.

-- I never finish anyth

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#4 posted 07-28-2012 12:15 AM

interesting thoughts scrollgirl. I agree on the upside of renting versus owning…..and Phillip add peach cobbler to my hot chocolate please.. LOL

-- the dumbest question is the one you dont ask !!

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#5 posted 07-28-2012 12:55 AM

I like autumn the best too. Winter is my second favorite season. I never mind the cold and feel like you can always put more layers on to get warm, but if you are too hot or it is too humid out, you are pretty much stuck. I take summer and spring as it comes though. (No other choice, I suppose!) I try to enjoy each day as it is. It is always nice to ‘sense’ the change of seasons approaching. While I have enjoyed this summer, I certainly look forward to the coming fall and winter. Hot chocolate for me 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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