My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #903: I Am In Awe of You All

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-13-2012 01:02 PM 1499 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just don’t know where to begin today. Yesterday was such a great day, and the best part of it all was that lately it seems to me to be what my ‘typical’ days are turning out to be like. So many good things happened that I don’t even know where to begin, and I know I am not going to be able to mention them all.

I know sometimes I get . . . well . . . shall we say ‘sappy’ about things and I feel that kind of post coming on. It just never ceases to amaze me the capacity of sharing, friendship and kindness that lives within people. It was a day when I felt surrounded by wonderful family, friends and people here in my life and once again realized how grateful for each and every one of them.

Everywhere I turned, there was someone who made me smile.

Even as I looked beside me to my partner Keith, who was busy working on his next pattern, I felt so fortunate to have such a great and talented person in my life to share with. After doing this on my own for so long, it is incredibly easier and much more fun to have someone by my side every day as a partner. Not only does it make the good days better, but it also helps soften the blow of the not so good days to have someone who understands and supports me. Words are not sufficient to describe it. And seeing his own talents developing and the great success he has achieved on his own is another reward in itself, as his success only adds to my happiness.

I have made so many friends through my blog here and my job, that it is naturally a wonderful extension of my life. Yesterday I got to chat with my friend Kelly (Rivergirl here on Lumberjocks) and hearing her voice and talking and laughing about things made me feel like I have known her all my life. She is now making some awesome hand-made soap, body butter, and powder products that use wonderfully pure ingredients and are not only beautiful, but smell divine. I made her my official ‘Christmas Elf’ this year and ordered up some of her wonderful products to keep and also to give. She has a great Facebook page and she will happily ship your order anywhere you wish (which is great because many of my recipients are in the States) Her page is here if you want to check it out – Riverhouse Bath and Body

I also received a wonderful surprise in the mail from a designer who I have followed and admired for many years. Last year, I did some wood cutting for one of her projects and since then we have developed a nice friendship. Monika Brint has wonderful painting designs, but also sells darling puzzles and other finished items. Her unique whimsical style is so fun and cute, and I can’t help but smile when I see her pieces. Yesterday, I received a surprise Christmas card from Monika that contained three hand-painted ornaments of her own designs. I just about fell over! Here I have admired her talents for so many years, and I am so thrilled to own these pieces not only designed by her, but painted by her too.

Aren’t they awesome?! Monika’s finished designs and painting patterns are available from her Etsy Store called Cranberry Licorice Designs. She also is now making some of her patterns into large yard art which are available at Jim Barry’s Woodworker's Workshop . Can’t you just picture these fun designs 5ft tall on your lawn?? How cute they would be!

Keith and I also received a beautifully creative card from Anna (Celticscroller here on Lumberjocks) Anna has also become a friend and has made some wonderful contributions to my blog here with her thoughts and insights. Anna sent a beautiful card where she shrunk down one of Keith’s Filigree Angel ornaments and cut it out of very thin veneer. She then glued it to the card and the result is incredible:

Both Keith and I were so very touched and impressed by this. Not only was it kind of her to send it, but it was a wonderfully clever way to use the pattern. Thanks so much, Anna! :)

I could go on and on about the many, many wonderful people that I have in my life. I think it is funny too because so many of them I have not even met in person. There are times when we long for the simplicity of the past and the ‘good old days’, but there are also days such as yesterday when I realized just how much the technology of the internet has enriched my life. From forums and sites such as this where people share information (such as in my post yesterday – look at all the wonderful thoughts that were posted there!) to places such as Facebook which does have its ups and downs, but allows us to ‘visit’ with not only distant family, but friends that we would otherwise not be able to keep in touch with and also people with like interests such as painting and woodworking, and get to know our customers and become friends with them too. And even the way that we do business. It is wonderful to me that I can receive an order from even as far as Australia or Europe and be able to have the order in their hands in minutes. The same goes with questions and helping customers overcome any difficulties they may be having.

I suppose the point of this post is to thank the many, many people in my life that make my life so good. People say that I brighten their day with my cheerful attitude, but I need to say that the reason that I am cheerful is because of the people that I come in contact with each day. I am a firm believe that how we look at things can greatly affect our attitude. Once again, my favorite phrase “We focus where we follow” comes to mind. If we live our lives focusing and looking for misery, we will naturally be unhappy and miserable. If we choose to look for the good in situations (and in most of them you can find some good if you look hard enough!) it is hard not to be happy and have a positive outlook. You would be amazed at just how much you are able to control how happy you are in your own life. The choice is yours.

With that said, I will close for the day. I want to wish you all a wonderful day of good things and positive thinking. And I want to thank all my friends for making my life so good. I appreciate you all so much!

-- 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 12-13-2012 01:35 PM

I have to agree with all you’ve said. You are not only a gr8 scroller, but, a gr8 spokesperson as well.

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

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 01:39 PM

I am afraid I am not very organized in my thinking today. I am just overwhelmed by the kind and talented people I interact with every day! You among them! There is no way I am able to mention each one because there are so many! It is wonderful though! :)


-- 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 12-13-2012 02:12 PM

pass the tissues! :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 03:56 PM

Sheila you have these wonderful folk because

You are a wonderful person.


Watching the snow falling Yo Ho Ho

-- 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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#5 posted 12-13-2012 04:31 PM

a wonderful post, its so good to be surrounded by great and loving friends and family and this time of year always does bring out the best in folks…may it always be this way…..merry christmas everyone..merry christmas to sheila and keith who have contributed so much to the site, what a great blog…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 11:39 PM

Hi Sheila,
Good things come to good people and you are one of the best! I’m very touched that you shared my card. It was something I was playing around with and was pleased that it actually worked. I sandwiched about 10 layers of veneer between two layers of yellow cedar and stack cut the angel. A couple of the filigree broke so I had to adjust the pattern. Next time I do this kind of thing I would use a hard wood like mahogany to sandwich the veneer.

The painted ornaments you received are very beautiful.
Enjoy your evening.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#7 posted 12-14-2012 11:32 AM

Thank you again everyone for your kind comments. I love being able to check in later in the day and hear your thoughts and see what you all are up to. It is great to have met you all through the blog here. :)

Anna – I have tried that before, but not with a piece with so much detail. I would have never thought you could cut like that without using a laser cutter. But they did come out wonderful and it is certainly work looking into more. Thanks again! :)


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

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