My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1090: Getting Back on Track

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-29-2013 11:10 AM 1180 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I must admit that I didn’t get all that I wanted to get done yesterday. (There’s a shocker!)

I did however made good head way and get things back on track though. It is funny how just being out of your regular routine for only a few days can cause so much upheaval. Not that it was terrible, but if let go, things could have certainly gotten out of hand.

We have a small place. And while I find it very adequate in size for the two of us, one thing about having a small area is that it is very quick to become cluttered if we aren’t careful. In a way that is good though because it forces us to keep things to a minimum and to stay on top of things. Keith would like to move up to a larger place. While he likes it here, I think he feels we would do better with more room. I do respect that, but we both know that what we have here is not typical and that it would be very difficult to find such a nice place in such a beautiful location at the price we pay for rent. We are just fortunate and it is as simple as that.

About a month ago, a friend of ours who is relocating to work up north for three years asked us if we would house sit. He and his wife had just purchased a fairly large house a couple of months before, and they didn’t want to leave it vacant while they were gone. While it was a larger place, it was an older home and much of their stuff would be left behind. It would have been difficult for us to move all of our stuff into their place and keep it separate from their things, and it would have been tricky.

One thing that I didn’t really like was the fact that if they didn’t like it there, they would have every right to come back (after all – it was their house) and we would have to find another place to stay. It was doubtful that our place here would still be available, and I didn’t want to risk losing it. It was very kind of them to offer, as they knew we would some day like a full shop and more room, but I didn’t want to risk a friendship on moving and honestly, I couldn’t fathom the thought of moving right now. Besides, I am happy here and I find that we do fine with our smaller space. Larger spaces mean more to clean and more clutter can accumulate. I don’t want that.

So I spent much of the day yesterday catching up on the house. There was laundry to do and general cleaning that had been neglected in the past several days. I find it amazing how just having a tidy place can make you feel so much better. So I spent much of the day doing that.

Richard is feeling much better. Although he slept most of the day, as cats do, his demeanor was much more relaxed. He is still not eating a great deal, but he is not a big eater to begin with. I am sure his tummy may still be a bit raw from the ordeal and from the medication he is on. We are going slow.

I did manage to get some drawing in later in the afternoon. I didn’t get to finish the first phase, but I am close. Hopefully I will get to do so today.

Things will come eventually. I still need to spend some time painting too. Somehow in the last couple of weeks, my painting got put on the back burner. I can’t let that happen, as I really want to be able to take some time in that direction.

Little by little things will fall into place. I need to remember to take things as they come and make the best of every situation that is presented. Everything has a way of working out for the best. It always does.

It’s Monday and a new week is beginning. It is cool here for July, and thankfully the high humidity of last week seems to have passed. At least for the time being.

I hope you all have a good start to your week. I really look forward to seeing my designs finished. Perhaps I can begin cutting out my pieces soon. That is always such a pleasure.

I’t time for me to get to it! Happy Monday!

(Just a random vintage kitty image to start your week!)

-- 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 07-29-2013 03:39 PM

Sheila, I, too, long for more space. And know, that if I had it , would just fill it with more STUFF! My husband cringes if I point out an organizer while we are out shopping, a magazine article even! I think he knows it will never happen but I keep trying. He has even threatened to eliminate all flat surfaces in the house so I can’t put anything down ‘just for a second’! Ha! I have an intarsia project, my first, I’ve been procrasting on I need to just stop fretting over and get to. Hope to post it soon. Have a great Monday and week.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 04:59 PM

Good morning Sheila. I hear ya! A bigger place means more cleaning! My hubby and I often think we would like a place with one more room but we like where we are and small as it is there are lots of advantages. One more room would mean more cleaning and tidying up time and that would be precious time away from the workshop and garden.
Another sunny day here and maybe some rain on Friday. We could do with a good soaking in the garden but I won’t complain if the rain doesn’t come. Hope some sun shines in the Maritimes in August/September!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 07:33 PM

Me and my wife have a small place to.I like where I live on my family farm been in the family name since 1824.Have a great week

-- Todd

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 12:38 AM

HI, Candy, Anna and Todd:
I am sorry for taking so long to reply. I was busy actually doing some SCROLL SAWING today on my new set of patterns! (What’s that like?!?) Gee – it has been so long since I really cut something I hope I remember how! I don’t know – I am busy all day, every day but the hours just fly by.

I am glad you all agree with smaller places. I know I am not the norm because I don’t think that ‘bigger is better.’ I think that there comes a time in our lives when we just need to say ‘enough’ and be happy with what we have. It isn’t that I don’t like nice things. I love our little place here and it is clean, nice and peaceful. But I don’t think that I need to keep expanding and getting more stuff and collecting more. To me it is like a gal’s purse – the bigger the purse, the more stuff you put in it. When things get cluttered, I know it is time to move some stuff out. I either give it away or throw it away. I never really regret it either.

I think if more people thought along those lines, then there would be plenty things on our planet to share with everyone. But that is just me.

I wish you all a nice evening. We are having a bit cooler weather here which is my preference. I hope it stays that way.

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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#5 posted 07-30-2013 01:33 PM

Sheila here is a link to Andrew Morrison’s Tiny House Blog There is a video there in which he tells about choosing to live in a pop-up tent trailer for 6 months and how that affected the family (in a good way!).

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 07-31-2013 12:15 AM

Thanks, Candy! :) I will watch it tonight!


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

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