My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #993: The Occasional Day Off

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-27-2013 11:10 AM 1789 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had to kind of laugh to myself yesterday. While I didn’t post a regular blog entry here, I decided to post a short statement on my Facebook Page to let people know that I was taking the day off and that everything was fine. Often when I miss a day posting, I get several emails from you all wondering if I was “OK” and concerned for my well-being. While it really feels nice to be missed, I didn’t want people thinking anything was wrong, so I made a quick post saying that I wasn’t going to blog. The part that I found amusing was that the post saying that I wasn’t going to post got more “likes” than the actual post I did the day before. (Are you all trying to tell me something?) ;)

I find there is often that dilemma on Facebook. While they have a “like” button, there isn’t a “dislike” button. There have been discussions floating around for ages regarding whether Facebook is going to add one in or not, and it is time like these that I think one would be appropriate. (At least I hope so!) There seems to be numerous times when I read the status of a friend that is about something not so good, and rather than comment on it, I would just like to show support. But it seems rather insensitive to “like” when someone broke their leg, ruined a project, or lost a pet or loved one. On the other hand, it is sometimes difficult to comment on this type of thing when you only know someone casually. While you may feel genuine compassion for their situation, you don’t feel comfortable actually commenting on it. So you “like” their status, even though you actually don’t “like” what occurred at all.

Communicating through a social network has an entirely unique language itself, it seems.

In any case, I mentioned that I was taking the day off from blogging and the “likes” piled up. I am going to shun my insecurities and allow myself to think that those likes are people who are showing their understanding of my need for an occasional day away and not think that they are cheering because they didn’t have to read a post from me. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.

As I approach my 1000th post in under three years, I find that there are times when I just feel I should skip a morning. It isn’t that I am not busy and creating – in fact, I would say that the opposite was true. It is on those days when I feel the momentum going early on and I need to get to the creating process as soon as I awake in the morning. Or it may be when I wake up to several new emails that need addressing and I want to do so in my quiet morning hours here before the rest of the world awakes. It is rare (and probably hasn’t happened yet) that I miss my blog because I am sleeping in or doing nothing. My life just isn’t like that.

Lately I have been really focused on creating some new things. As our business grows, we find that there are more and more requests for a larger diversity of patterns. While we try to fill special requests, it is really impossible for us to do so. In order to do special order patterns, we would need to charge so much that people would think we are crazy. We do take into consideration though what people say they would like to see and we try to accommodate them in a general respect. We hope everyone understands that.

One good thing about networking is that there is no shortage of finding someone who does like doing special orders. If someone comes to me with a request, I can usually recommend someone who would be able to help them, or direct them to one of the forums that are filled with talented people looking for custom work. I like being able to help these other designers and it is very satisfying when I am able to direct a customer too. It creates one of those win/win situations that my former editor Robert used to talk about and everyone is happy and benefits from it. There are some great advantages to knowing so many people.

These next several days (or even weeks) I am going to concentrate on getting some new designs done. It seems that even though I have been working quite a bit, I need to fine tune my time a bit and work a little smarter and accomplish a bit more.

We still have some small piles of snow remaining on the ground, but I honestly feel that we are on the tail end of winter and soon the sun will be warming things and the beach and the outdoors will be calling. I want to try to have some projects on the go that I can take to the beach with me so that I can justify working in the warm sand and enjoying the beautiful Nova Scotia coast while I work. While I made it there a few times last year, I still didn’t go nearly enough. With a little planning, I will be able to enjoy my time there and also accomplish something too. I can have the best of both worlds if I try.

But until those days arrive, I need to stay focused and disciplined and move forward from here. I have so many ideas for new projects and all that is stopping me from implementing them is my ability to manage my time. So I will try a couple of things so that I can make the best use of the time I have.

I love visiting with you all here each morning. That is something that I hope I never have to give up. But taking a day off here and there may be necessary for me to keep things moving in a good direction. It won’t mean that anything is wrong. In fact, it will probably mean just the opposite. If I get too busy to write here for a day or so it probably means that I am on a creative roll and working in a good direction on projects. And that is a good thing.

I really appreciate all of you that read. Whether you comment or not, you all inspire me to do my best every day, and you help me reach my potential.

Who could ask for better friends?

Have a great Wednesday.

”Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”~ Anais Nin

Coco and Richard as kittens

Richard and Coco watching my aquarium screen saver.

Pancakes and Richard

Richard and Pancakes

-- 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 03-27-2013 11:36 AM

Well spoken Sheila. I start every morning off, first, with coffee, next, checkin in here. You and others help get me motivated

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-27-2013 11:39 AM

Morning, Roger! Second only to coffee . . . That’s pretty good! :D You also motivate me! Thank you for all your insights and comments that you post here. I hope you have a great day!


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

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Jay Wells

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 11:58 AM

Just started following you here, have seen your stuff in the magazine.

You wear me out just trying to find and see all you do! A day off is well deserved, perhaps even a nap with the kitties.

Thanks for what you do, very inspiring. Will be forwarding an order soon.

-- Find your limitations, and ignore them!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 03-27-2013 04:41 PM

Hi, Jay. Welcome to my little voice in the morning! I am in a lot of places and but I always try to have fun. It is nice to meet everyone. I appreciate your nice comments a lot. :)

Thanks! Sheila

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

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#5 posted 03-27-2013 05:03 PM

Good morning Sheila. Although you are missed when you when you take a day off from your blog, it is perfectly understandable to take time for yourself!
Enjoy! Another beautiful Spring day here!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#6 posted 03-27-2013 05:13 PM

Hi, Anna:
As I said on Facebook – it is a “cold, blustery day” here in Nova Scotia. But it is rain at least and not the “chunky rain” that has been coming down lately. One step in the right direction anyway.

I hope you have a great day and enjoy the outdoors for me too! I will have to catch up to you when spring arrives here!

Take care, Sheila

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

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