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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #875: What Next?

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-14-2012 11:44 AM 1160 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 874: New Video Posted and Finishing the Site Update Part 875 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 876: Ideas, Ideas, Ideas . . . »

I actually accomplished all I had set out to accomplish yesterday. That in itself was good. I finished my pattern packets, uploaded the new things to the site and sent out the newsletter. All was done by around 9pm and I even had a chance to relax for an hour or so before retiring. It was a good day.

It feels good to reach these small plateaus. This is a time when I feel on top of things. All the things that were pressing have been attended to and I am free to follow any direction that I please.

But I don’t want to rest and be idle. Before the newsletter was even sent I was already thinking ahead to today and what I would be doing next. By the time I woke up this morning, I had another full list in my head of things that I want to accomplish.

That really isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I think it is quite the opposite. I look at these ideas and responsibilities as part of life, like the rhythmical crashing of waves to the shore. Or like breathing.

My life is full and there is much to accomplish. I find little pleasure in being idle and ‘relaxing’ as some would like to call it. Perhaps it is because I find such a great deal of joy in my day to day life. I find no need to escape.

My biggest dilemma is which direction to follow next. There are so many wonderful choices ahead that it is difficult to choose. Each one is filled with adventure and creativity and discovery. And I am sure that no matter which path I follow, I will learn something new.

With that said, I will begin. One choice at a time. Whichever way I choose doesn’t really matter, as they are all heading towards good things.

I can’t wait to see where it will lead.

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” – Henry David Thoreau

-- 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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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 12:06 PM

Sheila I also feel that a day that is productive is FAR better

than an idle day. To be content is a wonderful thing. I’m

slowly getting my stock levels up which is great as when I

have that done it lets me do my specials and the very best,

making up new designs.

Have a great day.

Jamie

-- 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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jerrells

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#2 posted 11-14-2012 01:30 PM

As always, great thoughts and ideas. I love how you create and sometimes wonder how you do it. Keep it up, please

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 11-15-2012 12:02 AM

Thank you both very much. :) I am very grateful for the inspiration I get from everyone here.

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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Celticscroller

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#4 posted 11-15-2012 12:22 AM

Some folks ask me am I not bored now that I am retired. What does that mean….........! There are not enough hours in the days for the exciting and creative things to do. I have the wood picked out for the new patterns! Tomorrow is a workshop day!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 11-15-2012 10:44 AM

Workshop days are the best days Anna! I love the time I actually spend at the saw. I don’t know why, but it is so relaxing for me to just cut away, usually with some of my favorite music playing in the background. :)

I don’t see how anyone could be “bored”! There is always such a variety of fun things to do. I suppose it depends on what type of personality you have.

Have a great day tomorrow! :) 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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nobuckle

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#6 posted 11-15-2012 08:12 PM

I totally agree with you about the idleness thing. I have a very difficult time being idle. It makes me feel as though I am becoming stagnate. Currently my days are filled with reading and studying so I am not able to get out to the shop much. Given my driven nature, I sometimes feel guilty if I’m in the shop when I know I could use that time to study for my next exam. It’s hard for me to find a good balance.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Roger

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#7 posted 11-15-2012 11:04 PM

The only thing missing, is a stick with a dew-rag full o kitty toys on that cats shoulders

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 11-15-2012 11:39 PM

Balance is always hard Doug. I find it to be so anyway. I love what I do, so it isn’t a hardship to work a lot, but I also need time to do the everyday things like the house stuff and laundry and stuff like that. I try to keep a balance with everything, but I lean toward the work stuff. One thing about owning your own business and working from home, you are never really ‘off’. Sometimes I check my computer in the middle of the night and wind up filling an order or two. It’s crazy!

And Roger – I like that! A little kitty hobo! :)

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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