My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #784: Using My Time Wisely

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-09-2012 10:59 AM 1284 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I woke up this morning an hour or so early. Not because I was worried or troubled or ill or anything like that. But just because I wanted to start my day. These are the good days.

I have never really needed eight hours of sleep anyway. When the kids were small, I used to get by fine on about four hours a night on the average. There just always seems so much to do and time slips by so quickly. I remember once seeing an episode of ‘Seinfeld’ where Kramer was reading a book on Leonardo DaVinci and decided to emulate him by sleeping only 20 minutes every three hours. But that didn’t turn out well for him, as when he finally did fall asleep, he was so exhausted that his girlfriend thought he was dead and put him in a sack and dumped him in the Hudson river. I don’t know what made me think of that, but it was funny.

I don’t think that I will be as extreme as Kramer, and I can honestly say that I am quite comfortable with about six hours a day. While every once in a while I do indulge in an afternoon nap, for the most part I do fine on what I get, and feel well throughout the day.

So what did I do with my extra hour this morning?

I took the time to read through some of my mail and then I actually settled down and proofread the two patterns that I finished yesterday. Even though I proof read them last night, I thought that one more going over was warranted before I sent them to Leldon for him to check.

Since I awoke at five, it was still dark. For the first time this season, I lit my little (naked, mind you) all season tree in the morning. I don’t know why I find such comfort in these early morning hours, but I certainly felt it this morning. After making my morning coffee and settling down by my computer, my dear cat Pancakes came to curl up on my lap, as he is now. Many morning he sits here as I write my blog, and it is a nice and peaceful time for both of us. With the summer’s heat later in the day, it is too uncomfortable for both he and I to have him sit on me, so it seems that he takes advantage of the cool morning hours to do so.

While I normally would put some soft classical music on, today seemed just fine listening to the birds waking up and enjoying the peaceful quiet. I was able to go through both patterns very thoroughly, and I did find several things that needed changing or rewording. Apparently for me, it is essential that I have complete quiet when doing a final read on my writings. I don’t think I have the capacity to concentrate when other things are going on around me. Perhaps that is why I enjoy my quiet so much.

The patterns are both finished (the wood version and the painted version of the snowmen) and I am ready to put them up on the site. I always feel a certain amount of pride when completing patterns, as silly as it seems. While I use a basic ‘template’ as far as format and order that I teach the designs, I find that lately I veer away from the template more often and offer more specialized instructions which pertain to each individual project. I believe that this is in part due to the many questions that I receive from customers and people here, as the questions that are asked serve to teach me how to be a better instructor. They show me what I may have not explained clearly enough in the past and I try to do a bit better.

We all learn from each other it seems.

So what is on the agenda today?

I believe that I will do a quick file organization and begin working on my next project. I have had many requests lately for patterns and while I know there is no way that I can get them all done, I will try to do what I can. I also have many ideas of my own that I need to work on. There is just a never ending flow of ideas, it seems. (What a wonderful state to be in!)

So I will take my extra hour and put it to good use. As I look at the clock now, I see that I have already been up for about three hours. I got a lot done this morning already and it isn’t even 8am yet. That is just how I like it.

Enjoy your day today! May the time you have been given used to its best advantage.

”This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

-- 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 08-09-2012 02:57 PM

LOL I luv Sienfeld, and Kramer fer sure…

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

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 03:30 PM

The first time I saw that show was the series final. There was so much hub bubb about it, I tuned in. I thought it was funny and when it came to reruns, I tuned in frequently. I liked how there could be a couple of different plots and they all ultimately became interwoven and related in some way. It was clever. The idiosyncrasies of the characters was funny also. They were each a head case in their own rite. I think I could relate to them all at one time or another, depending on the crisis. Anyway, I thought of that this morning for some reason as I looked at the clock and saw how early it was. It made me laugh. :)

Have a good one Roger. Enjoy that hammock!


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

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