My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #824: Patience

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 574 days ago 1375 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started writing a blog once already today. I had half a page done, and I didn’t really like how it read, so I deleted it. The funny part of it was that the subject of the post was ‘indecision.’ Perhaps it should have been written after all.

While going through the many changes that our business is experiencing at this time. it is sometimes difficult to know if what we are doing is the right thing. I suppose there is nothing in this life that is certain, and the only way we will really find out whether we are heading in the right direction is to give new things a try. Sailing these uncharted waters can be a bit uncomfortable though, and I am certain that is the root of our indecisiveness.

We are exploring some new avenues for our patterns right now. We are fortunate that we have many opportunities in front of us and probably the most difficult part is to decide which one to pursue first. Many of them have promise, and naturally we want to pick the ones that will be the most beneficial to our company at this time.

We are often asked by customers who are starting their own businesses which avenue they should follow. To me, that is a very difficult question to answer, as there are just too many variables for us to give blanket advice that will work for everyone. While we would like to help, we do understand that each person has different circumstances, and what will work for one will not work for someone else. The best advice that we could give them is to try things out and see what works best for them. I believe that is the only way that one will find true success, and there is no short cut we can offer.

It is times such as this when we realize that we need to take our own advice and just give the new things a try. Whether they fail or not will dictate further decisions that we will make, but without giving some of these new things a chance, we will never know.

I am working on some new ideas right now that are like this. It involves doing something that I haven’t yet done and will introduce our company to a market that we have not yet been involved in. In some ways, it is rather scary for me. As with any new venture, the potential to fail is certainly present. While I have been comfortable here in my niche of creating scroll saw patterns, both Keith and I feel that it is time to ‘leave the nest’ and branch out into other aspects of woodworking. We are certain that there will be a learning curve to this, but we are ready for that, as we feel that we do have a lot to contribute to this area and it may be something that will be good for us in the long run.

I went through this a bit when I decided to start creating painting patterns again. There was a stretch of several years where I had not been involved in the painting community at all, and I had to start at the bottom all over again. After being somewhat recognized in the scroll sawing world, the painters had no knowledge at all of me, and it was somewhat of a scary experience to say the least.

But I felt strongly (as I do now) that I had something positive to contribute to this area of creativity and while it has been a good deal of work, I feel as if I am beginning to make a small foothold in that area. I am making progress. I just need to hold that thought and bring it to this new branch that we are considering.

I am sure there will be a learning curve here too. I don’t for a minute believe that I will find ‘instant success’ in this new venture, but by knowing that and being prepared for it, I believe that eventually the patience will pay off and we will do OK.

I will certainly talk a little more about these new things in future posts. I am just now starting to get into the new frame of thinking about it, and I don’t want to talk about it in detail quite yet. I am sure it won’t be long, but I need to develop a sense of comfort in what I am doing before I do so. I hope you all understand.

Patience is an essential ingredient in success. It saddens me to think of all the opportunities that have been lost by those who haven’t been patient enough to allow them to develop. It does however take a conscious effort on our part to be patient sometimes when we are excited about a new endeavor. I am going to try my best.

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I wish you all a wonderful Friday!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 574 days ago

patience is something I am short of…but still I keep trying…have a wonderful day !!....good blog by the way !

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

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#2 posted 574 days ago

like the pic too !! LOL

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

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#3 posted 574 days ago

Patience is something that will come and go…..depending on who the idiot on the other end is, is how we deal with it. I am sure that whatever you & Keith are thinking of getting into, will work out just fine, because you both seem to “click” together. I think the most stressful thing would be, over-thinking it all. I find myself, over-whelming myself by over-thinking myself…............does that make sense??? I know you want to “cover all the bases” so to speak, just one step at a time will get you there., I think :) Always, the best of luck to you both.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 574 days ago

Sheila You are going to get there, I believe


I used to have a Tshirt back in the 70’s with

two vultures on it. One vulture says to the

other, “Patience my Ass, I’m going to kill some

thing”. LoL


Waiting for Shirley to come back from the Post

Office wi some scones. :)

-- 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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#5 posted 574 days ago

Shelia – I know you guys will choose wisely. I think we all go through times of indecision but to just venture out is, at times, the best one.

Jamie – Your post office sells scones ???? LOL

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 574 days ago

I just got back from my post office and there were no scones there! :(

I tend to be a bit like Roger. While I like to think I am in control (and I am most of the time) there are occasions when I ‘lose it’ and get angry. Fortunately those are few and far between because I rarely feel good about it afterword.

I can only HOPE we make the right choices, Jerrell. One would like to think we would, but after this past experience, I certainly do doubt my judgment of people. I think that is probably a natural though.

I’m a-tryin’ though! :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 574 days ago

Good Blog Sheila and Good Luck with your New Endeavors!
I hope that your patience is rewarded!
On a side note, I did that headlight thing…
A little over $20 for a 3M kit.
All I needed was an electric drill, some good masking tape,
and a water spray bottle…
It took less than an hour…
The Pix don’t do them justice but,
here’s before when they were almost opaque…Before...

And here’s an hour later…After...
If I had been a little more patient, they would have come out even better!!
I was skeptical that it would work, but I’m very impressed with how they came out… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 574 days ago

Wow, Mike! That is exactly what we need. I hope they have that kit here in Canada! I will have to look for it. :) Thanks for sharing it. And thanks for the nice wishes. I am hoping for the best.


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 574 days ago

My Pleasure my Friend…
I think any Auto Supply store would have them…
(They called it a “Headlight Refurbishing Kit”)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 574 days ago

I used to be indecisive but now I’m not so sure.

I would think that people of your abilities (both you and Keith) should have success in whatever you decide to try. Not because it is easy to try new things but because it can be hard. Firstly it brings a challenge that the intelligent mind cannot resist and secondly the satisfaction that a challenge, successfully met, can bring. Without being immodest that’s why I do the projects that I do and I see in your work, both of you, the same pursuit of achievement. Whilst I appreciate that this is your work and brings you your income isn’t it just a bit more fulfilling with a bit of novelty added in?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 574 days ago

now you surpriced me Mike never exspected the outcome to be that nice :-)

Sheila the only advice you can give new people who wants to make a business bythemself
is a question ….. are they reagy to work 16-20 hours a day for 10 $ day in and day out
if not then to be selfimployd is not for them
they shuold only get selfimployd if they like to work …. not for the money

can they survive …. well as we say here you will do alright if you survive the first 7 years
becourse then they have made all the faults thats possible hopefully they have learned from all of them :-)

to run a business on the dayly basis is a tuff management in it self
but to be a leader is to set a goal 2-3-5 years in the future (and write it down)
and then trim the business to get there either its about earning x money or change the direction
of how the business is going to make money in the future
instead of just zig-zag on small roads during the city its a matter of getting the single
productionline on the highway so you can get the time to develop new idea´s that
you can try and see if they hold water
as entrepreneurs we don´t want to deal with the dayly management of a business
we want to try new things geting new ideas ….. we either learn to manage or we have to hire
one to do it for us …. sadly those two things is like water and oil and is hard to mix
since as entrepaneurs wont let other people be over us and make the dessisions on how
the money is used /earned

its allright to try new ideas as long as the long term goal isn´t out of sight
if the company have written down the goal that has been set then its possible
for all in the company to trim the rudder if they see they are getting sidetracked

have a great day :-)

ps. had a 3 grader to day that wanted to make a table for her build a bear doll
talk about me being chanlanged .. LOL …. its not easy to simplyfire things so much
when we used to make it difficult for us self with dovetails,tenons, etc, etc :-)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 574 days ago

Thanks again, Mike! It looks wonderful!

Martyn – Thank you for the encouragement. There is something of a challenge getting out of our comfort zone and trying new endeavors. Even though we have been forced into it (when our blinders were removed) we both are going to try to make the best of it. My thoughts are that our best work is yet to come. That’ll show ‘um! Sometimes you just have to cut the gangrene leg off. While it may be painful in the beginning, once you adjust you are able to get along fine – without the disease.

Dennis – Thank you for your comments very much. Building something simpler when your mind is trained at such a high level is certainly a challenge. I find that when I am designing simpler patterns for the ‘beginners’ I sometimes feel like I am ‘cheating’ because I am so used to doing complex pieces. Those simpler ones are sometimes much harder than the intricate ones, and it takes just as much concentration and thinking to get it right. It is all part of teaching though and if we don’t go backwards a bit in our lessons and teach the new comers, our hobby will certainly fizzle out and die. I am certain you will do a splendid job!

Thank you all again for your support. It is nice to know that I have you all as friends.


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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