My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #833: A Bit Overwhelmed

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-29-2012 11:44 AM 1246 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I think that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. There is so much that I want to accomplish and the days just keep slipping by. It isn’t that I don’t accomplish anything, but it somehow doesn’t feel like it is enough because the list of things I didn’t get done somehow always seems longer (and is growing!) And that is not good.

There has been a great deal going on lately. Besides what I write about here, there are other things that are happening in my life that I do not write about. It is a busy time.

Normally I am one who thrives well on deadlines. But as I look at the calendar today and see that we are nearly done with September, it is a clear reality that the days are passing much too quickly. I need to slow down and take a breath and take it all in for a bit or before I know it, time will slip by.

As a small business in a poor economy, it is not an easy road. Especially when the business is centered on what most would consider a ‘non-necessity’. Many would think that I am foolish to continue to pursue such a volatile vocation in such troubled times. Perhaps they are right. But I never expected things to be easy. Lately I am happy with the thought that what we are doing is ‘not impossible.’ So I continue to try.

There are several choices that we have right now. Several ways to make a go of things. I think that sometimes the problem that I have is deciding which direction(s) to take and knowing when being ‘diversified’ crosses the line into ‘over-extending’ ourselves. It isn’t always clear.

I have always felt that the extra hours that I put into work are well worth it. After all, I am doing something I love. How many people can say that about their jobs? Yet when so many important decisions are upon us that will affect the future of our business, it becomes quite stressful. How can we know for certain that we are choosing the right one and not leaving a better one behind?

I realize that is impossible.

I am fortunate in that I am recognizing that this is happening, for that will help me deal with things in the best way possible. After all, if I didn’t see it, then I wouldn’t be able to intervene for myself, and who knows what would happen then.

So I am keeping things short today and I am going to regroup. I think it is time that I need to take a step or two back and count to ten (or twenty, or fifty). I am going to take some time for myself, in the midst of all this chaos and try to let go and not worry about anything. What will be will be.

It is windy and rainy outside today. It is supposed to be that way tomorrow, too. It is a good day to stay in and tidy up the house. Or bake. Or watch a movie. Or do nothing in particular unless I really feel that I want to. Either I need to turn down the heat or the water will boil over.

I want to enjoy my life. This is my favorite time of year, and I feel that if I keep going at the pace I have been, I won’t even have the time to take pleasure in it. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between work and play. That can be a double-edged sword.

I may or may not write tomorrow. I am not sure yet. I only mention that so that if I choose to skip a day, you all won’t be worried. I think a day or two of not worrying about my commitments will do me wonders. It will give me time to clear my head and pull in the reigns and get things back to manageable again. And I am certain that I will come out of it feeling much better.

Have a wonderful weekend!

-- 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 09-29-2012 11:56 AM

Have a nice glass o wine with your egg sandwich, and enjoy the rest of the weekend. :)

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

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#2 posted 09-29-2012 12:38 PM

my motto is: Love Life; Live Life; Live With No Regrets
Someone asked me if it truly was possible to live with no regrets. “Absolutely”. It is about making a conscious decision. Then, regardless of the outcomes, you know that you made the best decisions that you could – in that moment; given the knowledge that you had – at the moment; given the health and inner strength that you had – in that moment; given the mood you were in – in that moment; given the patience that you had – in that moment; given the million other factors of that moment.

re: making that initial decision, know that there will be pros and cons for any action.. make the choice and let it go. No looking back, only looking forward.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 09-29-2012 12:54 PM

I think that I, and the crafters I talk to, feel the same way. Craft show sales are down. Most of us are choosing fewer craft show this year. We really look for the ones with a low or NO entry fee. The economy has hurt us, also. I try to make a more diverse set of items. Do not know if that seems to help but, at least, it is a try. Seems for us, also, that persons are hanging on to their money much harder than even last year. All we can continue to do is try.

On a different note. I think a freind of mine is going to invite some of us crafters to a semi-craft show at the nursing home where her mother stays. Now the general idea is to bring craft items that cost 25 cents, 50 cents and, perhaps a dollar. I am really looking forward to that one. This is not for making moeny but for making someone day much brighter and happier. The smile on their face is all I need. I will keep you posted.

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

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#4 posted 09-29-2012 01:17 PM

that is a very nice thing you are doing Jerrells….I like to do the same around Christmas time…..I like to give it to them for free and not worry with the $$ part of it…..the smiles from the kids is all the payment I need….it works for me !!...not trying to be a “do-gooder”, but because it should be done…I know God would approve !!

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 09-29-2012 02:40 PM

Sheila it is your blog and it is inspirational

So going with that theme, just post a note

saying “we woke up and decided to smell the


It may remind the rest of us that we also need

to do the same. :) and stop you from just finishing

that last wee project.

Have a wonderful day off.


-- 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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#6 posted 09-29-2012 04:49 PM

Good morning Sheila. Good for you! Take all the time you need for yourself and enjoy! Our batteries need recharging quite often and it is important to take the time to do that and not worry about what other people need at that time.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#7 posted 09-29-2012 10:05 PM

take a break , we’ll be here to read when you have time again. & BY the way… you don’t need to reply to this… to quote Alton Brown on Good Eats… ‘Walk away, just walk away….’ usually he went on with a pithy explanation about ‘not making more gluten’ or some such… in our case, we’ll make more sawdust just fine, take time for You darn it!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 09-30-2012 09:11 AM

Thank you all for your nice and supportive comments. I really appreciate them a lot!

Jerrell – it is a wonderful thing you are doing! I am certain that many people will truly appreciate your beautiful work!

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 09-30-2012 07:37 PM

sounds like its time for taking a day out to paint for pleasure Sheila :-)

you say its hard to do what you do ( making money out of it ) when the time is what it is
look at this way (sort of ) if people donĀ“t drown in the blackhole as I did in the spring
but walking restless around trying to get something to do with there hands
and killing tooooo much sparetime being unimployd they for sure browse around to find a
new hobby to do or take up an old hobby you can be sure woodworking will be between
them if they want to make something and if the budgets are realy tight they know they can scroll with
a fretsaw and only few other handtools is needed if they like it they will come back in tenfold
when they start on a new job geting money burning in the pockets :-)

and there is light at the end of the tunnel they say the people here has more money
in the vallet every month than before the crise started in 2008 …...
now they just have to be pursvaded to use some of them too instead of saving up

take care

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#10 posted 10-01-2012 08:44 AM

To the extent of looking forward, it is hard to understand why today is different from what I expect two days ago. What you expect two days from now will then be the outcome of what you do today. It always reflects the days we have done.

Aim high and hit the mark! An old but powerful message to all of us. Pause is better that stop. Just like when you say “Better Late than Never”.

I am glad that you take some rest to charge again. Be ready to face the coming Christmas joys.
Take care and have a nice day.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 10-01-2012 03:14 PM

Dennis – you are right – I would far prefer to be busy than be out of work. I have been there before and it is most frustrating when you are willing and able to work and there just aren’t any jobs. I try not to complain if I am overwhelmed, but some days I just get tired. I so wish the best for you and hope you get through this thing OK. You are a hard worker and I am glad that you are finding ways to keep working. Hopefully something permanent will come along soon and alleviate some of the anxiety you must be feeling.

Bert – Just a little rest before the rush will do good. I need to try to take my Sunday’s and spend a little time on what I want to do. Even though I took it easy this weekend, I did seem to accomplish a lot.

Take care, 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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