My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #822: Finishing Up Some New Projects

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-19-2012 10:25 AM 5442 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t know where to begin today. I suppose I want to start off by saying that I was rather overwhelmed at the response from the interview article that was in the Lumberjocks Emag yesterday. Not only did I receive many nice messages in all the places that I posted this blog, but I also received many private emails from people that I have come to know, and even people that I haven’t met until now. It brought things into perspective as to the scope of people that I reach here every day.

I usually don’t think too much about that. Perhaps it is just easier for me when I sit here in the dark of the morning, with some soft classical music playing (Vivaldi Oboe concertos today – I have recently explored Vivaldi’s music beyond the depths of The Four Seasons and have found it to be something that I truly enjoy!) and a cat sitting on my lap in the quiet of the morning. I enjoy mapping out my day and perhaps recounting the previous one. What I write here is pretty much off the top of my head, and there have been times when I go back to my posts later in the day and see typos or incorrect grammar. I cringe, because by then the read count is usually rather high, and I picture all of you out there that have seen the errors and wonder what you must think of my writing ability.

But I try not to let it get to me. If I think ahead too much than I am certain that things would not come out the same and it would ruin the entire process for me. And probably for you all too. It already feels awkward to even mention things like this here. But I did want to acknowledge how much I appreciate having all of you as friends and allowing me the privilege to visit with you each day. It has certainly made my life better.

So at the risk of typos and pre-caffeine grammar errors and wandering, nonsensical thoughts, we continue on our journey.

Yesterday was one of those busy days where it seemed that I accomplished little. We had some errands to do in Digby, which meant that much of the day was shot. We needed some supplies to be ready for our next wholesale order and we also needed to hook up with Bernie for some things and make several stops along the way.

I was also able to meet with a good friend of mine that I haven’t had the opportunity to visit all summer. We spent several hours catching up, and it felt good to be able to visit face to face instead of on the phone or through emails.

We had the top down on the car, as it was a beautiful day, but I noticed that the tops of the trees are beginning to get ‘crispy’ and some of them are even beginning to change color. Fall and winter is definitely on its way.

We were disappointed that when we arrived at Bernie and Ellen’s, they weren’t home. I did try to call the previous evening to see what their plans were, but were unable to reach them. Since we had plans to be in town anyway, we took a chance that we would catch them and unfortunately we did not. Later in the evening after I arrived home, I gave them a call and found they were out at their camp for the day, but we made plans for Thanksgiving dinner which is only in a few weeks. I still am getting over the fact that Canada’s Thanksgiving is nearly two months prior to the USA one. While it seems strange, it is nice to celebrate twice, and have two good meals on top of it. I usually cook a full meal here, even if it is only us, as I still want to hold on to the tradition of my American roots.

We got our supplies and stocked up on the things we needed, and we were half way home before it dawned on me that I had forgotten to pick up my glasses from the eye doctor. I had brought them in when we arrived in town, as I had (almost) sat on them and bent them up a bit several weeks earlier and I wanted to see if they could repair them. I had inadvertently laid them next to me on the couch and since they are thin black frames (and I don’t see well when they are off) I had forgotten that they were there.

Instead of waiting for them to be repaired, I opted to do my errands and had intended to come back before we left town. But it completely slipped my mind until I was half way home. They are my back up pair anyway, but I feel rather scatter brained and foolish. I suppose I am getting old.

Today I plan on finishing up the site update. I have five new patterns to post up there, and Keith has a couple also. Some of the new designs are Christmas already, as it is that time of year when people are starting to think in that direction. Among them is my advent calendar chalkboard plaque:

The center of the plaque is coated with the clear Chalkboard Finish from DecoArt. I like it because it allows the beauty of the walnut to show through and you can still write on it and it erases very easily. I found however that it worked best when I coated the walnut with a couple of coats of clear polyurethane first, to seal the wood. I sanded in between coats so that it was as smooth as possible (so not to catch the chalk dust) and then I applied a couple of coats of the coating.

The star has a felt pad glued on the back, with a rare earth magnet placed inside. My board is also has magnets glued on the back so that I can easily mount it on the refrigerator. Since our place is small and I don’t have lots of room for shelving or nick-knacks, using magnets is a great way for me to display seasonal things temporarily. The rare earth magnets are great because they are small and ever so strong and there is no risk of the items falling off.

We find that people like to receive notices of site updates every couple of weeks and don’t find us bothersome in doing so at that rate. I have some new designs sketched out for Halloween and autumn, and I need to get back at the saw again to cut them after this update is complete. There is still time I believe to post a couple of quick projects. I also need to work on some patterns for the new supplier. There are some great new ideas in the works and I think it will expand our business in directions we haven’t gone in before. I am very excited about it.

So that is the plan for today. It is just beginning to get light out and it is breezy and overcast and grey. Very autumn-like.

I wish you all a wonderful day today.

-- 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 09-19-2012 01:50 PM

Oh my gosh!!! Christmas is coming. Oh my G !!

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-19-2012 01:52 PM

I could swear I heard that the reindeer were already working out getting ready for the big night, Roger! :D


-- 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 09-19-2012 04:16 PM

Thanks for all your sharing and your good patters. Couldn’t help but notice you mentioned Digby. We stayed there last August and went whale watching out of Tiverton. It was a great experience. Sorry we didn’t see you in the area.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-19-2012 04:28 PM

Hi, John:
I lived in Digby for the first several years I was in Canada. I rented an apartment right on main street, across from the ocean. It was really pretty.

If you are ever in our neck of the woods again, just give a holler and we maybe can meet up for coffee. That would be 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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#5 posted 09-19-2012 08:16 PM

Sheila you sure ain´t old yet since you can forget your glasses
me I´m lost if I don´t have all three set of glasses with me all the time :-(
so I have a small backpack with me filled with glasses ,phone , keys , paperblock
pens , etc, .. its nearly like carrying around with the wifes handbag … just need the bottom zipper … LOL

sure Chrismas most be closer ….. since I saw them mark this years chrismas threes that is going to export

Take care

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#6 posted 09-19-2012 11:55 PM

An early Christmas experience this week was the visit of my brother Francis and wife Digna from Toronto. Agnes and I was so happy to hear from them that the box sent to them was really nice and useful for them. The feeling of receiving a gratitude from a person who had survived (Digna) brainspasm cannot be expressed in words. In your case, I can also relate how happy you are with so many friends around. Both of us feel the same way. The dream is just waiting… they invited us to be in Canada… When time warrants. Your words about the dark morning and cold weather in Canada maybe will come into 4D reality. Thanks for all the information that enrich my knowledge day by day.

On yesterday’s blog…
Yes, the doors are there, but only you know when the time is right to pass through them.
your reply clears my mind. I love it!

Have a nice day!

-- Bert

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 02:28 AM

The box link on my comment above have included a wrong letter during the ‘cut and paste’ process. Kindly use this corrected link:

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 09:31 AM

See, Dennis! There’s a reason we girls have handbags! I find that the bigger the purse I carry, the more stuff I need! LOL I try not to have a big, bottomless bag because I just keep thinking of new stuff to put in it that I can’t do without when I leave the house. Before long I will be taking the three kitties with me on my trips shopping! Like you, I do carry a couple of pairs of glasses to read fine print. I find that even when wearing my contact lenses, I still need them to read. I am lost without them.

Bert – How nice to have a visit from your brother! I am sure that Digna cherishes the box you made for her. It would be wonderful if you were able to take the time to visit them in Canada too. I haven’t really been to Toronto (just passed through) but I am sure it would be quite an adventure.

Sheila :)

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

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#9 posted 09-20-2012 06:56 PM

a back pck is still better than the handbag …. with those you can always surprice
your freinds … a few years back I was invited on a fishing trip .. we was four guys in two
7 meter (21 foot) open boats … they new I proppebly wuold show up with my
fishing back pack with lures etc. but this time I had the big backpack with me 3 times bigger than the others

why … :-) I had seen the wetherforecast saying sunny , alittle wind with no wind in the afternoon
though nearly no heat …. sounds like a great day with the boys without fish I gessed

sure enoff … only one little mackerel to four people :-(

knowing the owner of the boats I knew they had several 3 meter long bamboo poles with them
they use them when they fish with net

it was time to play magician :-) and told them to bring the boats longside so we cuold connect them
with the bamboo poles and place two onetime cacoal grill hanging from them
the trankia set was fired up over the coal
and a hotsmoker was fired up for the mackerel …. still more to come
had frankfurters in two thermoflaskes , mustard ,tomatpure ,salt,peber and 4-5 other spicies
bread , different vegetables , bacon , a few slices of pork beside a few other thing I have forgot
all about except the cake and choclatpowder

a three meal gumet dinner after a long cold day in open boat ..... that is feast …. LOL

take care

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#10 posted 09-20-2012 08:25 PM

I never think anything bad about the errors or typos….because no one’s fingers can type as fast as their minds can go !!good blogs,sorry I missed you this morning,I was trying to finish my “Leopard and her cubs”....NOT happening,for some crazy reason I kept breaking blades L/R….need to go back to basics and find out whats wrong,me or the saw ??LOL

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

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