My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #904: Elf Things

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-14-2012 12:10 PM 1262 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 903: I Am In Awe of You All Part 904 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 905: A Good Day Awaits Me »

This is quite a busy time of year for all of us. I find myself pulled in several directions at once, even more so than usual. Yesterday I spent a great deal of my day answering emails and questions and hunting down information.

Needless to say, this hasn’t helped me move ahead in the drawing department very much. With no immediate deadlines placed in front of me, other than what I impose upon myself, the sense of urgency is not there and it seems that other things just win out. It really isn’t a bad thing, as I enjoy helping others and it is a good part of my day. I just slows the progress of the new stuff a little bit.

But there will be time for that. . .

I also have been somewhat distracted thinking about the last few things that I have on my list to make others. There are some gifts that I still have to think about, but I don’t want to present them here. I don’t mind showing the gifts or talking about them for people like Ellen and Bernie who don’t have a computer, but some of those on my list are here every day or stop in occasionally and I don’t want to show it all just yet. So it leaves me to try to think of other interesting topics to discuss with you all here in the morning.

Like others, I have been wracking my brain on what to get one or two people that are on my list. These are what I feel are the most difficult gifts to decide on, as they aren’t really excited by some of the stuff I do. While in previous years I could fill in with some painting stuff, I am sorry to say that my brushes have been idle and I haven’t had the chance to really have a go at painting (and that is something that I vow to change in the near future!)

I subscribe to a blog every day that I really love. I had found it on Pinterest and while I don’t like signing up for lots of things (I have so much email to begin with!) I find that many, many of the ideas in it are useful and fun. It is called One Good Thing and is written by Jill Nystul. It is a daily dose of recipes, crafts and nifty ideas on a variety of subjects. While it may not be for everybody, I feel like it is worth looking into for those who are interested. This girl must be really busy finding cool stuff every day to blog about!

On one of her recent blogs, Jill had many ideas for ‘giving back’ that were wonderful if you were stuck with finding something meaningful to do this holiday season. You can read that entry HERE. You will also find the links to her other blogs on that page and a place to sign up if you choose to do so. I think it is something many of you will enjoy.

As for me, today I really need to get on my ‘elf hat’ and finish up some things.

I had a brainstorm during the night as to what I want to make someone who I was having a particularly difficult time deciding what to give. I want to run with the idea and get it out of the way today. It is one of those things that I can’t really share here though, so I need to apologize about being so secretive.

I looked up as I was writing this, and saw a beautiful pinkish-orange glow. The sun was just peeking over the trees and the sunrise was breath taking:

I am afraid that the picture just doesn’t do it justice, but it was beautiful nonetheless and I wanted to share it with you. What a wonderful way to start the day. I know it will be a great one!

Have a great Friday!

-- 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 12-14-2012 12:37 PM

Don’t let the distractions win.. :) Take that stroll down that path through the woods. Take it all in. Your decision/s will come.

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 03:13 PM

Sheila we do the traditional Christmas gifts with my waines and

grandwains. With our friends we go for birthdays and a price limit

unless it is hand made(I love that clause). It is great fun and

personal. For Shirleys (the missus) birthday for example Ros

made her a wonderful old fashioned Victoria Sponge. Or I made

Gordon (my Right Hand Man) a back Scratcher, right handed of

course in Snake wood & Mopani.

I love my friends they are all Grrrrrrreat!


-- 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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#3 posted 12-14-2012 03:40 PM

Morning Sheila,

I don’t often post here but I do peruse your blog regularly. I am always amazed at how you manage to do everything that you do. Actually you aren’t far from me here as the crow flies. (Sackville NB).
Great blog, I started following your facebook page yesterday too.
Love your Christmas cat picture.
We have a pug, and I saw this on Etsy.

Pugs are kind of like cats for us allergic to cats. :)

Anyway, Have a great Christmas.
And thanks for the positive blog every day.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 12-14-2012 05:48 PM

I always admire people who can get up to see the sunrise! Whenever I’ve seen a sunrise it’s because I haven’t been to bed yet!
Great ideas for giving back from Jill’s blog.
Enjoy your day Sheila. A bright sunny one here on the Westcoast – very nice after our days of rain.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 12-15-2012 11:52 AM

Roger – I am learning not to stress on things. If I don’t refocus sometimes, I don’t feel that I do a good job. I couldn’t honestly say how much time I take “off” because the time I work on the job and business is such a grey area most of the time it would be impossible. I am learning to just do what I do, and trust my own conscience as to whether I am spending enough time on ‘work’ or not. Deep down I do realize what is ‘enough’ and where I could improve. I think the ebb and flow should be followed.

Jamie – that is a great way to do things. This year I didn’t get many gifts out to my ‘casual friends.’ Time just didn’t allow it. But they understand and don’t expect anything and I would rather give them little surprises though out the year. To me, the best gifts are those that aren’t expected, and I continue to be an ‘elf’ for any reason I choose at any time. That really makes it fun and takes the pressure off.

What an incredibly adorable picture, Mike! Your Pug is so cute! I love both dogs and cats, and grew up with both in my life. It is nice to know that I have a ‘neighbor’ so close! :)

Jill has a great blog Anna. I don’t know how she keeps coming up with all this great information every single day. Lots of useful stuff. I am glad you liked that I shared it with you.

Thanks for the great comments and always for your friendship and support!


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

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