My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #884: Aftermath

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-23-2012 11:52 AM 2292 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The day couldn’t have gone any better. It was a busy one, but everything turned out so nice and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

These days I don’t do much entertaining. At least not like I used to. When the kids were young we would have several large parties a year. Whether it was a birthday, holiday or just a summer barbeque, I really enjoyed the whole experience.

Yesterday was quiet by those standards, with Keith’s parents, Bernie and Ellen and their daughter Cindy coming to visit and help me celebrate the American Thanksgiving. Keith’s dad is American, and so is my cat Pancakes for that matter, so it was a nice excuse to celebrate yet another Thanksgiving with a traditional dinner and kick off the holiday season.

I had a nice turkey, about 12 lbs. with the usual trimmings. I even got Bobs’ (Grizzman’s) recipe for his Angel Biscuits that he brags about and gave them a go. When I made them however, I did a really foolish thing. I was multi-tasking and preparing several things at once and I accidentally added the salt to them twice. The results were really salty biscuits that wound up going in the garbage. The second time around however, they came out nice. Keith’s dad liked them so much that I gave him a couple to take home. I will definitely make them again.

I was pretty busy with the preparation for most of the day. I just about finished everything about five minutes before they arrived. I felt pretty good because I had approached the entire event with a relaxed attitude and didn’t feel any pressure or stress from it at all. It was a good excuse to tidy up the house a bit and I have enough good leftovers to last us a week. I tried to keep it simple, but even so there was a great variety of foods and there was certainly enough to feed twice the amount that we had here. But once again, I like that and have my leftover recipes ready, from turkey-broccoli-cheese crepes to turkey soup. It’s all good to me. We certainly won’t starve over the next several days.

Which brings me to some good points regarding work. With the house clean and food cooked and all my shopping done, I get plenty of time to finish up my holiday designing. I plan to don my elf suit and make the best of the days ahead and really make some progress. I can’t wait to finish the new pattern that I am working on, and it will be fun to see it really come to life. Here is a sample of what I am working on:

I think it will be a fun pattern that people will like.

On the down side, Keith is fighting a cold. He is quite stuffed up and congested and has been very tired. I have to activate my ‘force field of positive thinking’ and try to ward off the germs and stay healthy. The last thing I want to do is get sick now. Time to get that power of positive thinking going. (Go ahead – laugh. It has worked for me before!)

So much to do and much to look back on and be happy about. It is going to be a wild and busy month ahead, and its time to step into high gear and see what I can accomplish. But I learned that one of the most important things to do is to take some time to actually enjoy the season. It’s the people that are important, not the things. Yesterday was a great example of that. While everything was nice, it was very low-key and as a resulted it was one of the best Thanksgivings ever.

I wish you all a very happy Friday.

Let the holidays begin!

-- 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 11-23-2012 12:01 PM

While I have a scroll saw I don’t use it that much. I do however take a peak at your postings once in a while.
You are a truly talented lady.
Happy Holidays to you and yours.

-- Life is good.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 11-23-2012 12:04 PM

Thank you Howie! I find scroll sawing to be so relaxing. I think sometimes people look at the finished pieces and get overwhelmed. But like anything, if you look at the parts rather than the whole, it is much less intimidating. My favorite way to approach scroll sawing is “one hole at a time.” Looking at things that way keeps you stress free and makes for enjoyable creating. Happy Holidays to you too! :D


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

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#3 posted 11-23-2012 06:59 PM

Good morning Sheila. Sounds like a great time yesterday. You are making my mouth water – turkey, broccoli cheese crepes – sounds yummy! It’s one of the things I love about turkey dinners, no wastage.
Your new design looks very interesting, it gets the imagination going on what the whole thing will look like. Something wonderful I know!
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 11-23-2012 07:58 PM

glad you enjoyed the evening in good freinds company :-)
never heard of left over recipies on big scales … but why not
when thinking of how big turkey´s is …. turkey´s ain´t eaten much here in Denmark
I think we find it tooo dry the same with goose though that have been traditon
in the old days as chrismas dinner

about Keith ….. NOT AGAIN …. he realy needs to come out more often
instead of sitting indoor … :-)
does he sit alot near a window (closed ) the draft of cooled air from a window can
do that to a person

have a great weekend

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 11-23-2012 09:15 PM

Hi, Dennis:
I LOVE turkey. I can eat it all the time. I do like making the smaller ones better though because you don’t need to cook them as long. I find that if you are careful, they aren’t dry at all. The house always smells amazing when roasting a turkey! It is a great part of the holidays.

Someone else just mentioned that it seemed like Keith was just sick. I suppose it wasn’t that long ago, but I thought it was last year sometime. I am hoping that I don’t get sick too. I really want to feel good for the upcoming month. I will just have to watch.

Anna – I have all kinds of yummy things to do with leftovers. The crepes are my favorite, although not really what one would call ‘health food’. But heck – I eat healthy enough most of the time. A little indulgence doesn’t hurt once in a while.

I look forward to the weekend ahead. Many nice things to do. I hope you both have a good weekend too. :)


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

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#6 posted 11-24-2012 12:42 AM

Yup, the holiday kickoff, and, it’s on to the countdown. Sheesh, wow, wasn’t it the 1st day o spring last week?? Glad your holiday was good. Food always seems to taste better on Thanksgiving Day. No matter what you may have. (we had lobster, potatoes, and brussel sprouts from our garden, and a good bottle o veeno to wash it all down. I know, I’m weird. :)

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

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