My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #806: My "Extra" Day

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-03-2012 10:12 AM 1124 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s like having an extra day. Even the gym is closed. And it has come at a time when I am ‘kinda-sorta’ on top of things anyway, so today is really is going to feel like a treat!

We made great strides over the weekend. All the pieces for our kits order are cut. They only need to have the hole for hanging drilled in them and then package them up and they will be on their way. We were planning to send them out tomorrow, but I have yet to receive the UPC stickers from the company so they are on hold until I do. That shouldn’t be an issue, because the deadline to have them in the warehouse is mid-October. (Yes! We are that far ahead!)

All of our wholesalers are updated on our stuff, as well as the magazine. Even our site is updated. It seems that we have our little place in order here and everything is all caught up. That is probably as rare as the ‘blue moon’ that occurred a couple of nights ago!

But that doesn’t mean that we are going to lie idle. Quite the contrary actually. It means that we are free to do our favorite part of our jobs – new designs. With the fall and holiday season approaching quickly, as well as the craft fair season, we want to really put some awesome new stuff out there quickly so that others can have some new things to make.

For myself, there are several things that I am working on and need to make into reality. I hope in the next few weeks I will be able to present several new designs. These include both scroll sawing projects as well as some new painting projects (sometimes both in one) and I really look forward to seeing them come to life.

I think I am going to spend today reorganizing some things and really getting everything in order. I have to take a couple of hours to catch up on my books, which is something that I don’t do as often as I should. I have been pretty good so far this year and I am not that far behind, but since I have this extra day, I want to use some of it to have everything updated in that department.

I will spend the rest of my day finishing catching up on emails and going through my inspirational pictures to figure out what I will be making next. I have a couple of ideas of which direction that I want to head, but I need to pinpoint my thoughts and focus on one thing.

Something that I have recently discovered which has become a new addiction to me is “Pinterest.” For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it is kind of a bookmark system that you have for your computer, that is public to all. You create an account and then you can build a series of virtual bulletin boards based on your own interests and categories. I found this very helpful to me because I would see something and bookmark it in my Chrome bookmarks, but then when I wanted to look through the list to find something, it was difficult to do so because each of my categories had so many text entries, I had forgotten what I saw where.

Pinterest is all visual, so if you see a photograph that inspires you or a recipe or a certain project, it is right there in front of you to click on and revisit the original site. What is cool is that you also see everyone else’s boards and bookmarks and can look through things that interest you and see other new things that you may have missed. I find myself at the end of each day just sifting through boards and “re-pinning” from others, which usually leads me on wonderful paths of adventure. They every send you a weekly email (which I believe you can opt out of if you don’t want) which suggests things to look at that are in your categories of interest. That helps you discover new things that you otherwise wouldn’t had seen. It is much more fun than just going through Google or someplace like that. I find myself getting lost there.

If you like surfing the web and seeing fun and incredible things, just go to and have a look around. You don’t need an account to look and I can bet that some of you will start pinning things yourself! It is a great way to explore new horizons and see some really cool stuff.

With that said, I wish you all a wonderful day today. Whether you are off for Labor Day or it is just an ordinary Monday, there is much you can do to make today good. Be creative. Explore something new. And most of all, have fun!

-- 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 09-03-2012 10:24 AM

Sheila that also means you & Keith

can have more “inspirational walks”

purely to stimulate the creative

juices. :)


-- 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 09-03-2012 10:35 AM

Jaime – we have been so BAD about walks!! There just hasn’t been much time to take them. We walked more in the bitter cold of the winter than we did this summer. That is just a shame. While going to the gym is good for us, nothing beats going for nice long walks in the woods. Summer is supposed to be our slow period and this year it seems we were busier than ever. I HAVE to remember to take the time off sometimes so that I don’t get burned out. Thank you for the reminder. I think I will certainly make it a priority to take a nice walk today. :) 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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