My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1156: A Wonderfully Full Day of Inspiration

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-05-2013 11:35 AM 3735 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What an invigorating day yesterday turned out to be! There is nothing like getting back to work and running full steam to really get you back in the swing of things.

The day was full and busy from beginning to end. And when I went to bed, I slept better than I had in quite a while. I love when that happens, and I truly enjoy seeing our little business thrive and grow.

I was happy to have my early start yesterday, as it seemed that I needed every extra minute to fit everything into the day. I think that is why I enjoy getting up so early in the morning. I always say that for every hour that I am up prior to 9am, it seems that I am able to squeeze two hours of work into it. I believe that is because it is so quiet and I am able to stay focused best on what I am doing. There are days when things like Facebook and the phone can be a bit of a distraction. But when I am working in these early hours when everyone for the most part is sleeping, I feel that I do better in keeping on track and less likely to wander onto other things.

We made it to the gym and I must admit that it was difficult to jump right back in. I did use my head though. I respected my limitations, and kept things light so I wouldn’t injure myself. After all, it had been several weeks since we attended and unfortunately I was feeling it. It would have been foolish for me to push myself to where I left off and I would have risked getting hurt. It could have put me out for a longer period of time. It is times like this when sensibility needs to prevail over ego and we just have to take a step back. I have no doubt that I will be able to catch up soon and then I will be able to move ahead.

After that, I had several errands to do. I had to stop at the grocery store for a few things, and then the bank and the post office. The postal service had changed our mail boxes in the entire area and there is quite an upheaval regarding our mailing addresses. The entire county is in a tizzy because they are eliminating many of the road side mail boxes and relocating them to “community boxes” where they are all clustered together. While this may be good for some people, it makes it difficult for others who don’t drive or have access to the main office. Our box was moved down the road about 2 miles and up a semi-deserted street. For the likes of me I can’t understand why they would heard people to that remote area. There isn’t even a way to turn a car around without going in a drive way a block or so further up the road. I can only imagine how difficult it will be once the snow comes, as these small roads are usually the last to be plowed.

But fortunately, we were able to secure one of the last PO boxes located in the main office, and our mail will remain on site there for our pick up. This offered peace of mind to both ourselves and Keith’s mom, and we were very happy to finally get it settled. It will still be a change, but was much more acceptable than chasing up a remote road for our mail each day.

After the errands, I came home and prepared a newsletter to announce our site update. Keith had some wonderful new patterns that he had ready to share and we also added some great sales in which we put some of our favorite Christmas patterns on special on our Pattern Specials page of our site.

His new patterns consisted of a set of three beautiful word plaques:

The patterns are sold separately, or he has them available in a set that is at a discounted price. (SLDK338 - Set of Family, Forever & Always Plaques)

We are finding the word art plaques are very popular among our customers and they are continually asking for us to make more of them.

Yesterday, a customer of ours (Gary) sent us pictures of how he did the word plaques on live-edge boards. I think they look incredible!

SLDK317 - Joshua 24:15 Lord Bible Quote Plaque

SLDK308 - 1 Corinthians 13:13 Faith Hope Love Bible Quote Plaque

SLDK315 - Family Word Art Plaque

SLDK316 - Love Word Art Plaque

These are all outstanding examples of how everyone can take our patterns and make them into personal and unique projects. Keith and I were both so pleased to see this.

I had intended on drawing for the remainder of the afternoon, but I had little chance to do so. I am pleased to say that as soon as I sent out the newsletter, I was kept quite busy filling orders and answering correspondences with our wonderful customers. It truly kept me busy until I was ready to go to bed.

I can’t tell you all how thankful that I am for your continued support of our little business. A year ago, when we decided to split away from the ‘big company’ that was wholesaling our patterns, we were very unsure if we would be able to survive without a large distributor. While we had some slower times, without a doubt this has been our best year to date, and our numbers are still increasing. Apparently our hard work is paying off, and people are seeking us out and we are earning a good reputation for both the quality of our patterns as well as our customer service and our work ethic.

Nothing can be more satisfying and inspiring.

With all that said, I once again wish to thank you all for your support and friendship. Without you I wouldn’t be here writing every morning and that would leave a large and empty space in my life. I have made so many friends through this blog and I continue to do so, hearing stories and meeting new people who love to be creative not only in the woodworking field, but the painting field as well. I find a great deal of joy in seeing our designs made and appreciated and even for those readers who don’t scroll saw or paint, I have also learned a great deal from you and call many of you my “friend.”

Creativity has no limits. Only the limits that we, ourselves impose on it. I believe by surrounding myself with creative and positive people, it helps not only my own creativity grow, but can be inspiring to others. And that is a wonderful way to life.

I wish you all an incredible day today. I saw this quote on my Facebook page early this morning and I wanted to share it with you all:

We need to strengthen such inner values as contentment, patience and tolerance, as well as compassion for others. Keeping in mind that it is expressions of affection rather than money and power that attract real friends, compassion is the key to ensuring our own well-being. -Dalai Lama

I think it is a beautiful mindset to begin my day. I hope you think so as well.

Have a wonderful 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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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 12:32 PM

Sheila I’m so glad that it worked out for you in the end
My Mom would say “cheats never prosper”. Keith I like you double word plaques very eye catching.
Lots to catch up with, puppies are massive.

Have a sublime day and enjoy your walk


-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 12:42 PM

Hi, Jamie:
I agree with your mom and I had that philosophy from the start. I must admit when I go to “the company’s” site and see their presentation of old and mediocre patterns, it gives me a small sense of satisfaction. I don’t dwell on it though, as I find there are better, more positive things to focus on that will lift my spirits and soul. (But certainly that thing we call Karma must have a play in things!)

It was a risky decision on our part, but I feel a wise one, as is freed me from so much anxiety and worry.

Now on to better . . .

I bet those pups are bouncing balls of fun! My daughter’s two kittens are full of the devil and so fun to watch. I love to see the thinking process as they explore their new world. “All the world is a toy!”

I hope you are enjoying them fully. I am sure it won’t be long before they are sent to wonderful, loving homes and you will be missing the chaos.

Take care, my friend. All my best to Shirley as well. :)


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

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 09:29 PM

Keith’s new plaques are beautiful. I love the sentiment and the fonts that he chose. Your customer (Gary) did a wonderful job on the live edge plaques. Neat way of doing these.
Have a great day Sheila. Typical November westcoast weather here – damp and cloudy but still great for a walk! We still have some colour left in the trees.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 09:40 PM

Hi, Anna:
Thank you for your order this morning. :) We both appreciate it and again, I can’t wait to see your personal touches you put on our patterns.

We have the same weather here – typical autumn.

We met our friends Bernie and Ellen at that little restaurant that we met you at today for lunch. It was to celebrate Keith’s birthday which was last week. This time I tried the haddock and it was amazing. I am not a big fish eater but this was really mild and tasty. All six of us split the one Ceaser salad! In any case, it made me think of you and what a nice visit we had. It was great to meet you both in person. :)

Take care and enjoy your day! 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 11-07-2013 09:17 PM

Those plaques are fantastic!! Are those scrolled?? However they are done, they’re a thing of sheer beauty. Ya’ll make one heck-of-a pair.

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

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