My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #907: Stealth Mode

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-18-2012 12:41 PM 1368 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am finding out that having a blog that is somewhat popular makes it very difficult to write sometimes during the holidays. While I like to talk about the current projects that I am doing and things that I am working on, there are many things that I want to be a surprise to the recipients, and I know that most of them stop in from time to time to read here, so I can’t even mention them.

So today, I still have some preparations to make. I need to remain here in ‘stealth mode’ for the next week, and the posts will probably be quite short.

It may not make the best reading material, but it is still fun to share stories and hear from you each day.

These past days have been busier than ever, but like everyone else, I am still doing holiday things. Besides the baking and wrapping and creating the gifts themselves, I am also organizing things and getting ready to begin the new year on a good note. In my travels, I found a wonderful new notebook that is beautifully decorated with (of course) a very contemplative cat. Since my old notebook is nearly finished and down to its last few sheets of paper, I thought it would be appropriate to begin the year with this new one.

I use this book to jot down any design ideas that I may think of in the course of the day. Most of what is in there is scribble, that would be of no use to anyone but myself. But I look at it as a valuable window to a creative world of designing that awaits me in the future. On the days when I feel “stuck” and want to move forward on a new design, it helps jog my memory of things that I have seen or thought of or dreamed of and had the presence of mind to write down.

While some of these designs never materialize, many of them appear in some form or another and become some of my most exciting works. I believe having a notebook such as this is imperative for someone like me, as it allows me to keep my ideas safe while not having to remember them at the moment. Often I will open the book and look back and say to myself “gee – I forgot about that” and it will be a nice springboard for working on something new.

I have many, many new things that I want to accomplish in the upcoming year, and doing this exercise of once again reorganizing things will certainly help me reach my goals.

I worked on two gifts yesterday, as well as shipped some things out. We had a nice dinner at Keith’s parents’ house last night for his dad’s birthday and relaxed and enjoyed the evening. While there, I went through some of my things and found the little nativity scene that I designed a couple years ago. I have some ideas about making it into large yard art sized pieces for next year.

It had been packed away for the past two years and I had forgotten how nice it was.

SLD316 Scrolled and Painted Nativity

In the storage box, I had both the painted and natural maple versions of this set. I like the painted ones so much though that I think I will paint the maple set too. I have an idea of someone who will like it next year. ;)

I have one more box to go out today, and then I am through with my shipping for the year. I started giving out the wonderful soap that Kelly (Rivergirl) made and those who opened the little treat really seemed to love it. It felt good to see the looks on their faces when presenting them with the small, unexpected gifts. I find that to be the best part of the season.

My beloved cat Coco has been up to her old tricks. While for the most part she is good as gold, she does have the nasty habit of eating the ribbons off of the wrapped packages. As you can imagine, this doesn’t sit well in her tummy, and actually is downright dangerous. I have had a heck of a time keeping the wrapped things away from her and yesterday went into my room where the wrapped things were being stored to find her happily munching on the ribbons of the packages on my dresser. I would have thought her too ‘stout’ to get up there, but where there is a will, there is a way I suppose. Of course it made her sick, and I then had to deal with that mess in addition to worrying about her insides and what the ribbon would do to them. I didn’t see much missing though and I believe that I caught her before too much went down the hatch.

It is a reminder to me that our pets are like small children that never grow up. I know it is my own responsibility to keep these things that can harm them away from them, as they don’t have the capacity to look after themselves or to know any better. Fortunately this turned out OK, but it was a good reminder to me to take better care in keeping things that can harm them out of reach. It is something that I think a lot of people can relate to and worth mentioning.

I have many things planned for today, but again, most of them I can’t talk about. It does feel good to shift my focus from ‘work’ work to doing things for my friends and family. I think that taking this mini-sabbatical is something that I needed to do. Things will get back to normal soon enough.

Try to enjoy yourselves in your busy days and have fun in what you are doing. I love hearing stories of your holiday plans and baking and what you are up to. It is the best part of the season.

Happy Tuesday!

-- 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 12-18-2012 02:44 PM

I know what you mean. Luv the Nativity set. The pic of the cat with the tree in its mouth is so true. All 3 of ours has their moments with our tree as well. I have been quite the procrastinator, and I gotta go finish up some things. Wow, time is tick tick tickin away

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

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 02:47 PM

I feel you on the stealth mode. I usually work in FULL VIEW of the internet (on a live stream) and I’ve been trying to get clever on how people can’t see what I’m up to.. it’s hard. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 12-18-2012 04:08 PM

As you know, Sheila, I approach things from the opposite direction. I think privacy is one of the easiest things to overlook in our on-line world. I talk to people who I work with who think I am crazy when I suggest they could turn their phones off for a while if they feel stressed or always being able to be contacted is inappropriate. Like you I grew up in a pre-internet world. There was the phone but as its’s location was fixed you could not always be guaranteed to be there. All of us who read your blog appreciate the time you take to write it and communicate with us all. However the world will not end if you want time to yourself. Everyone should have that right. I enjoy my time online but I’m offline (and enjoying that every bit as much) as often as not. Being able to reply in your own good time is also an important thing. If, as is said, good things come to those who wait then surely a speedy reply might not always be the best thing. Yes, this blog is on my watchlist but ,no, I don’t expect my comment to be even read immediately.

Happy stealth mode.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 12:45 AM

as long as you wright when you donĀ“t we start to worry :-)
get in stealth mode you are welcome to since we know you
will come up with something we preciate you share with us
even your teasers are injoyed

just to let you know how our candleholders looks like on our tree
they are from the famours designer George Jensen

maybee there is something that can inspire you :-)

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 01:29 AM

Thank you all for understanding. Sometimes it is difficult for me to think that what I have to talk about would be of interest – especially when I need to be discreet about what I am doing. I have felt this kind of ‘lull’ in my activities lately and to be completely honest – it feels good. It is nice to be driven much of the time, but I think I just need to take time and enjoy the days every now and then. I did some gift things today as well as some paperwork and office work. With the end of the year approaching, I want to have all of my books in order so things are easy at tax time. Thanks to Paul (Big Tiny) I have been much more attentive towards figures and the financial side of the business. But that takes time.

Lis – I don’t know how you can work under watchful eyes every day. While I know reporting here daily somewhat drives me, I also know that I can skip whenever I want. I have a great deal of admiration for you and your willingness to share.

Martyn – You are right. We forget how easy it is to overlook our privacy. I don’t have a cell phone and hopefully will never have the need for one. Since I am ‘online’ all day at home, when I leave the house, I don’t want or need to have the lines of communication follow me. Whatever happens will be waiting for me when I return. That is good enough for me. I like my time offline too. Right now I have over 100 emails in my inbox. Many are unimportant but things that I do want to address at some point in the near future. Usually I try to clear them out for the most part each day. People have come to expect that of me but sometimes it is exhausting. Many days are spent with the majority of my time doing “PR” and I get little else done. I do have to remember to place limits on time. As the business grows, there will only be more to have to consider. I do like my visits with my friends though both here and on Facebook. I can jump in for a minute or two, and come back later and see what is up with them. Casual and nice. It is all about balance.

Dennis – Thank you so much for the link! I briefly visited the page and the work there is stunning. Artistic and beautiful! I do hope that you take some photographs of your tree too though. I bet it is a beautiful site to behold. And of your darling pixie Silke. She is probably growing up so fast that soon she will be a lovely young woman like my Danielle. That time goes so fast!

I always love hearing from you. Yesterday reading of your weekend just made me smile. You are a good story teller and I can picture all the things that you describe as if I were there with you. Thank you so much for that.

I will be here tomorrow I am sure. Visiting with you all has become a part of my day I look forward to. I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Have a great evening. :)


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

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