I am finally getting caught up with everything here. It is amazing how a couple of days away can create such a backlog of things to do! (Perhaps I am not such a slug after all! LOL)
Yesterday was a busy end to what turned out to be a wonderful weekend. Besides our awesome trip to the city, upon arriving home I feel that I made several new ‘friends’ when returning calls about woodworking and scroll sawing. I am really starting to understand how life doesn’t stop just because we take off for a day or two. It just keeps on rolling along.
I really love my customers. I love talking to them and hearing about their woodworking and painting and what got them involved and what they are working on. Sometimes what starts with just a question seems to spark a conversation that lasts an hour or more. And in the process, I get to know them and many times help them figure things out. It really is great and it makes me feel as if I contribute to things just a bit. It also helps me learn different techniques and about different products and what works for others. This is all valuable information that I can pass on to others through this blog and the many other avenues that I have to communicate.
Yesterday’s post turned into a very valuable discussion about finding alternative ways to apply patterns for cutting on the scroll saw. While this may seem to be a trivial subject to others who don’t do scroll work, the way that the pattern is applied could literally make or break a project. The last thing a scroller (especially one new to scrolling) needs to worry about is keeping the pattern on the wood (OR getting it off after the piece is cut for that matter!) Those of us who scroll know how important this seemingly trivial step is in the process and we also know that not only are there many methods, but many things that can affect which method we use.
In speaking to one of my customers this weekend, they were very grateful to hear some of the ways that I used and had heard about to successfully apply the pattern. That was part of the process that they were having difficulty with and it was causing a domino effect of frustration in the whole process. I feel good because I was able to help them by suggesting some of the other methods that not only I have used, but what others recommended too. By the time I got off the phone, I could hear the enthusiasm in their voice and felt that they were on the right track again. That is what sharing is all about.
It was a crazy/busy day yesterday and I finally caught up with most of my messages and mail. I also spent several hours at a penny sale to raise money for the cats that live on the wharf here in Meteghan and Clare. You see, several people like to dump their cats there and there is a group that my neighbor Lee is in that helps them out. They have regular auctions to cover costs of spaying and neutering and other medical care and they have build shelters for the cats in the community and my neighbor Lee goes every single day to feed and care for them. Many of them are ferel and have never been near humans, but just about all of them approach Lee and allow him to pet or hold them. I look at him as the “Cat Whisperer” of our area, along with Adele who heads the group.
Their annual Penny Sale was yesterday and they raised over $3500 to help the kitties through the winter. Those of you who know me at all will realize how close this cause is to my heart and I was happy to attend my first sale. I sat with Lee at the bakery table and every single thing was sold in the first hour and a half or so! I didn’t win any prizes, but I feel like it was the Kitties that came out the big winners in this event! It was a great way to spend the afternoon.
But it is back to work today. Since the past couple of days have been filled with ‘life’ I know I need to get my nose to the grindstone again on work and patterns. I sure saw a lot of things in Halifax and Dartmouth that gave me ideas for projects! I am really charged up about some new things that I am going to make. And I can’t wait to try out my new double sided tape for applying the patterns. I think I will do a video of that so you can all see how it will work.
It’s a busy week ahead. And busier days after that. But they are all “good busy” and I am truly happy that I have so many good people and things in my life.
With that said, it is time for me to get moving and hit the gym and get some work done! I was in the middle of drawing my next patterns when we decided to head out on Friday and I can’t wait to get back to that too.
Have a wonderful Monday everyone! No matter what you do, make your day fun by doing something that you enjoy!
Here’s a wonderful thought to start your Monday . . .
Have an awesome 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"