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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #860: Weathering the Storm

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-30-2012 10:06 AM 930 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We made it through the day and night with little incident. It appears that the storm took a turn inland earlier than anticipated and we are out of harms’ way. Besides some rain and a couple of gusts of wind, we did fine.

I am grateful for that, but in reading of all the devastation that came in the path of hurricane Sandy, it is difficult to feel a great deal of joy. Seeing what people are going through is terribly painful, and I feel very deeply for those who have had loss.

I stayed away from the social networking page for the most part. While I did check in from time to time to see how particular friends were doing that were in the path of the storm, I wanted to avoid the sensationalism that occurs during events such as this.

A few of my ‘friends’ were remarking with glee how they were happy that Wall street was under water. One person in particular irked me because his usual posts were quotes from the bible, and now he was gleefully reporting damage in New York as if people there deserved it. Needless to say, he is gone from my list.

It is times like these when I believe that people show their true character. It is easy to put up a facade when things are going well, but when it is sink or swim and in times of need that people show their true colors.

I find most people that I know are truly caring individuals. I try not to let the few that are selfish or harsh ruin my view of mankind in general. Through my own work and blog here, I have met many decent and kind individuals from all over the world. While I may never meet them eye to eye, I find them to be a pleasure to know and enjoy the friendships we have forged online.

Through my travels over the years I have met many people in person that I first met through work and online and the overwhelming majority of them are true and honest and I am proud to call them friends. I see that camaraderie in both the woodworking venue as well as the painting venue and I think it is a wonderful thing to enjoy. I know that my own life would be a bit emptier without it.

I did spend the day drawing yesterday (and backing up and saving quite a bit.) I am working on a new series of ornaments and some other projects for the upcoming holiday season. I made good headway, and while I re-drew the first ornament three times, I think that I may have finally settled on a style that I want the series to have. I had more than one idea, and I was uncertain which direction to head with them. I may even cut both of them to see what I like best after they are cut. While it slows down the process quite a bit, I want to move ahead with a full heart and clear goals as to how I want them to be. And that takes time.

I find that I am still feeling a bit unsure of myself these days. That is part of the reason that I feel so stuck. These past couple months have weighed heavily on me and have temporarily crippled my ability to progress. It is as if I had a tray of blocks stacked neatly and orderly, only to have dropped them and watch them scatter to the floor. I am picking up the pieces as quickly as I can, and re-stacking them, but perhaps not with the certainty that I had the first time. I am a bit more cautious.

But it is coming. And little by little I am feeling more like myself. Perhaps I am temperamental, but for all the wonderful ideas for projects and patterns that I have in my head, making them become a reality has been difficult. Some days the harder I push, the more difficult the task is. It is just the way I am.

But there is hope. I saw a glimmer of it yesterday when I started to feel that rhythm coming back as I was drawing. Even as I scratched one drawing after the other, I felt it getting closer to what I wanted to see. It was as if the fog was slowly lifting and I would again be headed on a clear path. Almost.

These are the times I need the most faith. I spoke with a dear friend of mine yesterday (one of those long-distance friends that I referred to previously, and have known for nearly fifteen years) who was going through the same thing. It was good to know that I am not the only one who feels this way, as I have much respect for him and his work and I admire him a great deal. Somehow talking with him and knowing he understood validated my own feelings, and in that I found comfort. I know of other friends too who are in all corners of the globe and go through times like this. You wouldn’t think so looking at their work and what they accomplish. But they do. And I hope I have been there for them as a friend too.

So what’s the topic of this post?

I am still trying to figure that out too. I suppose that my first thoughts are with those friends of mine who are affected by the storm. I hope that they are all safe.

Secondly, I guess that in some ways I am weathering my own storm here internally, and looking for it to pass. It has been raging for the past two months, and things in my business have changed quite a bit. But I believe that I have given it enough time and it is time to pick up the pieces and move on. One day at a time.

I wish all my friends in the eastern United States and Canada a safe day. I hope you all are OK.

I don’t really know. Just venting I suppose and trying to sort things out.

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



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 10:15 AM

I have been waiting for your post …. glad to hear that you are ok.
I, too, find it “difficult to feel a great deal of joy” and am frustrated and disappointed by the cavalier postings by some people. Those who got off easy – lucky you—but there are those who are in the midst of chaos.

As for your work…You have entered into a new realm, with new business practices and new opportunities, and it doesn’t fit like a pair of old gloves yet. It will take some time to stretch the “new gloves”, to get them worn in a bit, and to get them to fit like they are just another layer of skin.

Sounds like you are on your way

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 10:23 AM

Glad to hear you avoided the storm. Sorry for those that didn’t. It appears as the world warms up these storms will tend, on average, to get worse. I understand this from a Horizon (science) documentary on TV, here in the UK. I lean on Science, not belief, it doesn’t seem to crumble as easily being based on proof. (Anyone who has a problem with that can PM me personally and not bother Sheila)

I think you may be on to something there with ‘Some days the harder I push, the more difficult the task is. ‘
I often find the harder I try the more elusive things become. Basically when in this state I potter. I do something like clean the shop or sand some boards until I catch the inspiration I’m looking for, out of the corner of my eye. Sneaky but it works sometimes.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 10:23 AM

You were also on my mind, Debbie! I am very glad you are safe. So many people that I know will be affected by this storm and have their lives turned upside down. There was no “good” place for it to go, it seems. By sparing one sector it just meant bringing disaster to another. So very sad.

And yes – I had my limit of people’s mouths (fingers typing) with their unfeeling remarks. My advice to others is to just turn off the computer and walk away, but it was too late after I saw some of the posts. People who revel in others’ misfortunes and are in my eyes, truly sick. One in particular got to me, as I mentioned and while I don’t ‘unfriend’ people often, there was no better time to start as far as I am concerned.

Thank you so much for the kind words. You always seem to be here when I am lost a bit and have a light to show me the way. You are a very thoughtful and caring person Debbie, and one of the great friends I feel I have here.

(((HUGS))) Sheila

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 10:29 AM

Thanks Martyn: (I am in the process of writing you a PM) I also see a change in the world. People want to stick their heads in the sand and not look at what is happening. I wonder how many disasters it will take?

As far as the work goes – you know I look up to you as an artist and designer. I have seen you go through this too and while it is not fun at all, it does make me feel better knowing that ‘even the best’ experience times such as these. It is good to have a friend across an entire ocean that I admire so much. Thank you also for your words of encouragement.

Sheila

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 11:07 AM

goodmoooorning Sheila … early on today
it most have been sandy that twisted around in your mind
you and Martyn are right about the wether is going crazyer every year
there is only one thing that can stop it …. but I daubt the human race
will do that before there is no resuorces left on the earth

here we have a sunny light clouded day I hope it stay clear the next 3-4 hours
so I can get that longhaired lawn cut down the last too weeks it had been tooo wet
to do it … if not I have to see if I can borrow a farmers goat for a few days … LOL

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 11:12 AM

Hi, Dennis:
Yes, I was up “extra early” today. Many things playing on my mind I suppose.

You know, when I was in Wisconsin, there was a place that had a grass roof and they had about six goats on top of it, eating away. I could see dear Silke being the goat keeper and helping you get the lawn in shape! It would save you a bit of work and think of all the milk and cheese you would have! :)

You have a lovely day!

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

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 12:22 PM

thanks for the hug – right back at you
I was going to remind of that time that you took to spend time at the beach, connecting with Nature… you came back re-focused, and empowered.
Of course, this isn’t a good time to go commune with Nature .. but the Wisdom of it is still there :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 09:04 PM

didn´t get the lawn done today …. a little cloud delivered its water just as I
started the lawnmover :-(
well they say its going to be a dry night so maybee tomorrow
instead me and Silke had the useual fight over her homework …. LOL
its always the math she back of from even though both I and the teacher
knows she know how to do it …. she still saying all the time I can´t figure it out
and math sucks ..... before she even had looked at the text ….. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr … lol
this time though I did make her get ahead of the class and learned her the propper way
of writting it down on paper so we all can see what there was done and why
next month if we want to
instead of just writting the finished result
gess what …... magic happen …. she saw some of the light
why it is so importen to do it as is if it was the taxpapers you had to fill out
so after a well done job from both of us we called it a day with some
fruit syrup with water and a delicat cookie with marzipan and nuogat inside ….yuumiiii :-)
after that we made dinner together … so all in all a great afternoon for us :-)

I let the farmer have the work with geting the milk from the goats ….
its too much of a hazard to get my head down where the horns are …. LOL

Dennis

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BertFlores58

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 01:29 AM

SANDY is over and it is just the beginning of recovery. Lucky, my stepson is safe and back to work. HEis living in New Jersey.

Also glad you are safe.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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Celticscroller

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#10 posted 10-31-2012 02:41 AM

Hi Sheila, I’m glad to hear that you are safe in your area. I agree with you that some people can be so insensitive of the fate of others. I think the media has a part to play in this with their sensationalism of the situation. I have a strong faith in people and I’m sure there are lots of stories of folks pulling together and helping one another out . Regretfully these are the stories that never get out.

I’m looking forward to seeing all the new patterns and wonderful projects you are coming out with. You are one of the most talented and creative people I know. I have no doubt that you will do really well in the new direction you are going in the business.

Enjoy your evening.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 10-31-2012 10:25 AM

Hi, Dennis – I hope you get the mowing done today. As far as milking the goat – if you are where the horns are, you are on the wrong end! (even a city girl like me knows that!) :) Take care!

Thanks Anna. I did have a good day yesterday of drawing. The evening was dicey though, as the power flickered and we lost it intermittently so we took the side of caution and shut everything down (and pulled the plugs!) I should be finishing up the drawings today and ready to cut. :)

Have a great day!

Sheila

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 10-31-2012 09:42 PM

there you see I´m allways the last one people tell the importen things ….
thanks god I made it today then …. :-)

Dennis

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