My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #939: Slow and Steady

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-21-2013 11:21 AM 3814 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I want to begin by thanking everyone for their advice and good wishes. I really appreciate it a great deal and take everything you suggest to heart.

I realized as I awoke this morning and felt slightly better than what had occurred in an instant would take a while to heal. While I am not thrilled at this prospect, it does not upset me. For as long as I see improvement, no matter how small, I will be happy. And I definitely see improvement.

My range of motion is much better than it was yesterday. That is a plus and also a good indication that I am on the right track for treating this mishap properly. It encourages me to continue to follow the path that I have taken and gives me hope that soon I will be back to normal. Just how soon though remains to be seen.

I have come to the conclusion that what I did was pinch a nerve. I don’t believe it is my sciatic nerve, because my leg is unaffected. The main area that bothers me is my lower back, just on one side, and the pain is very isolated, yet sharp. Fortunately, when I sit or lay still in most positions, there is no pain whatsoever. It is only when I move that I feel it, which again leads me to believe that it is not a pulled muscle, which would be constantly sore.

While this may not sound good, it does allow me to function and concentrate and ‘forget’ that there is a problem – as long as I behave. Getting up to walk around and also taking breaks and changing positions helps a great deal too, and I am sure to do so in order to remain supple. It slows me down a bit, but it is workable. I’ll take it.

I promise to keep respecting what my body is telling me and not to overdo. I am on a minimal amount of pain killers (over the counter) and with that, if I do too much I will be rudely reminded by the pain. At this point I don’t see a need to go to the doctor, but if things go south or stop progressing, I certainly will make the trip. But since this seems to be working, I don’t feel the need.

I am happy to say that yesterday I was able to accomplish some drawing. And good drawing it was. I actually had fun with it and I am up to three designs of the scroll sawn masks at this point. And they look decent.

They will not be for the faint of heart though, as they are quite intricate and lacy. However, they are certainly possible and with a bit of patience, they should not be difficult at all to accomplish. One hole at a time, and all.

Here is a sample from mask number two:

This type of scroll cutting is so much fun! I am very anxious to see how they will turn out in wood, and I think they will be very nice. I am not sure how they will be received, but they are something that I want to do. Sometimes I need to design just for myself and let the sawdust fall where it may.

Since these are so intricate, I believe that a set of six will be sufficient for the pattern packet. The truth of the matter is that I can’t wait to begin cutting and I think that will be a good stopping point. They will be approximately 5” from end to end and varying heights depending on the design. I can think of many ways to finish these, and of course, I will pepper at least some of them with rhinestones.

Today’s goal is to finish drawing the final three. Now that I have started, I am getting into a rhythm and I should be able to achieve that goal.

It is Monday already, and quite warm out. We are due to get a cold front passing through soon, although I don’t know exactly when. It is a strange winter here in Atlantic Canada. Just like it is most other places. It is almost eerie to see the climate changes happening so quickly. But it is rather hard to deny.

I wish you all a good day today. And for those of you in the United States, happy Martin Luther King Jr. day.

“Whatever career you may choose for yourself – doctor, lawyer, teacher – let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it.
Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights.
Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher.
It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man.
Make a career of humanity.
Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights.
You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 12:17 PM

Sheila it is all a balancing act
Love the scroll-saw masks can you let me know
when the pattern is ready so that I can buy a copy
My Sister can do the decoration. :) She loves the idea
and it will be great to try on my newish scroll-saw
Have a Sublime day

Love the quote I shared it in FaceBook

-- 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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#2 posted 01-21-2013 12:41 PM

first and most important….I hope you feel better. Nothing is fun when you are in pain. Get well soon!!

-- Hate how work gets in the way of my hobby!!

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 04:05 PM

Heal and let other things be put on the back burner while you get better. Backs are things that can not be ignored or they will haunt you later on. Heal then work. Good good care Sheila!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 10:36 PM

Good afternoon Sheila. I’m glad to hear you are taking care of your back. I agree with Kindlingmaker – backs can haunt you once you throw them out of kilter!

I love the masks and am looking forward to seeing them completed and getting the pattern. You’ve got my creative juices flowing again and I can see some uses for these. I haven’t been able to do a lot of creative stuff since before Christmas with some life interruption things that went on (hubbie having an operation – all is well now TG), so I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.
Enjoy your day and take care. Foggy, cold and damp here.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 12:50 PM

I have been taking it at quite a slow pace and I am feeling much better. Don’t get me wrong – I am still very cautious about doing too much, but each day is improving and I should be back to feeling like my old self before long.

Again – thank you all for the cheering and advice. It sure does help to read what others have gone through and get a good direction.

Snow has returned here and there is a blanket of white on the ground again. A good day to stay in and create. :)


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

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