My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1065: Knowing When to say "When"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-23-2013 10:46 AM 1058 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I got up this morning and I still felt a bit tired. Those of you who know me and have read over these past three plus years know that doesn’t really happen often. I suppose that it is just one of those times when I need to take a breath.

I worked pretty much all day yesterday on packing up the order for wholesale. Keith did the drilling (for the hanging holes for the ornaments) and helped pack the patterns into the plastic bags while I finished printing the patterns and then added the pieces to make each kit. It was good to see the 1200 pieces done and packed. For those of you who can’t envision what 1200 ornaments look like, here is a picture:

Not bad for two days of cutting.

I tried painting yesterday and continuing on my 12 Days series, but it was one of those days that I just didn’t like what I was doing. Funny how that happens. There are some days when I love what I paint and extremely proud of my accomplishments, but there are also times when I look at what I did and say “meh!” and I am not impressed. Yesterday was unfortunately a “meh” day.

So when 10pm rolled around I did what I felt was probably the smartest thing I could do – I called it a night. I didn’t even want to poke around on the computer anymore or read or play a game – my usual way to unwind at the end of a busy day. I suppose that knowing when to say when is probably a smart move on my part, as anything additional that I would accomplish wouldn’t be very good anyway.

I missed writing yesterday morning not because of the above reasons, but because the site here at Lumberjocks (where my blog writing originates) was extremely slow or unresponsive. Perhaps fighting with the site here first thing in the morning was an omen as to what the rest of the day would be like. (That’s easy to say now that I am looking back!) There are just days like that when it is uncooperative here and it is as if the greater powers are telling me not to push things. Perhaps I should listen to them. :)

So I am going to go slow today and see where the wind takes me. Even though there is a mountain of things that I want to accomplish, I realize that is usually the case so if I am waiting until I “catch up” to take some time to myself, that time may never arrive.

I’m going to make a good breakfast this morning. I think cinnamon French toast and sausages sounds good. And then I will see what I feel like doing. Sometimes taking the pressure off of myself by putting my mind in a different place is all I need to continue to move forward. I’ll have to see.

I wish you all a wonderful Sunday today. It is still a bit overcast here, but warm and nice. Perhaps a nice walk or drive is in order for today too. I need to do that more often anyway.

Have a great day. Remember to take time to enjoy what is around you and to do something that you love to do.

Happy Sunday!

-- 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 06-24-2013 04:31 AM

Now there is one pile of work! Hope you enjoyed your day and did something fun today.
It was warm but cloudy with us today. Raining this evening. Ah well, the garden needs watered! :)
Enjoy your evening.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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