My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #773: Tying Up Loose Ends

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-29-2012 11:21 AM 1520 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I spent pretty much of the day getting the pattern ready for the site update, as well as doing the update itself and writing the newsletter. It still takes me a bit longer than it probably should to do the website things, but it did get done and I believe that it what is important. There are several things that I need to consider when doing an update, and even though Keith does much of the work and organization there, it still can be challenging for me at times.

I was also able to get everything backed up. Even with a fast drive, that does take me a bit of time. I don’t always do an across the board backup, as sometimes I just back up pattern files along the way, but I was due to do a complete one and it did take a while. I realize that I can do other things on my computer while the information is transferring, but I don’t like to be too busy, as I don’t want to interfere with the process. Maybe I am just old school.

We decided to run an across the board sale on the site for a week. We don’t do this often, but given the hot summer and the state of the economy, we thought that a little incentive for people to get some fresh pattern may inspire them to do some scrolling. While I do understand that the heat is a deterrent to many as far as working in the shop, sometimes it is nice to plan ahead and lining up projects could be part of the fun. We decided to offer 25% off everything on the site for the upcoming week. I think that is a substantial enough amount to make people feel like they are getting a good deal, as we try to keep the cost of our patterns reasonable anyway. This is traditionally a slow time of year for us anyway, and it will be interesting to see how the sale goes. (You can click HERE if you want to go to the site and check things out)

So today, I will do a bit more ‘tweaking’ on the site and begin to draw my next projects. I am trying to decide what direction to go first, as I have several different ideas. I am once again getting to the point where I miss being at the scroll saw, and hopefully in the next few days I will have something new to cut. I also want to try out my camera and do some more videos and see if there is a noticeable difference in the quality.

For those of you who are following the resurrected scroll saw class, I will be posting another lesson today. I hate to say but I completely forgot that I only posted the first video of this recent series up there, and while it is possible to go to my YouTube channel to see the rest, I wanted to have them all here in one place with the rest of the classes. I will be posting the remainder of them throughout the week, and then if there are any additional questions or comments it will be easy for others to follow along too.

So that will be all for today. It’s funny – but even though I was thinking I was quite caught up, when listing all the loose ends that I need to tie up, I see that there is quite a substantial amount of things to keep me busy.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 11:53 AM

Yes Sheila, it can be a bit quiet just now

A rainy day here and lots of folk on their

PC’s. Sun comes out and the lines go all


Anyway Thembi our wee girl boxer is in her 63rd

day, so pups are imminent :)

We even have a house sweepstake on the pup

count. LoL

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 12:14 PM

That is exciting, Jaime! New puppies! What fun that will be! I hope all goes well and that she has a wonderfully healthy litter. I am sure that will bring some excitement to your household. :)

I don’t mind the slow times at all. It gives me a chance to catch up and fine tune everything so that when things are busy, everything is as it should be. This morning I discovered that I wasn’t showing any of the videos I had made on my site. We must have somehow turned them off in a previous update. So I corrected that and I organized them a bit better and separated the painting videos from the finishing videos so people can find them easier. It is good to have the time to pick around like that.

I wish you a wonderful 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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