My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1279: Back to Busy

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-30-2014 12:26 PM 988 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I must admit that I was feeling a bit low over the events of the past week. After all the build up and excitement of getting to see people and to teach – not to mention all the work that Keith and I did for the class – it was very disappointing for both of us when things just worked out in a way where we couldn’t make our trip. It has been quite a let down.

I felt exhausted. Not from physical activity, but from the emotional ups and downs that I went through in preparing myself to leave, to teach and to head out, only to have a change of plans at the eleventh hour. But such is life.

I am not one to dwell on the past. I think that is evident every day when I am here. I get teased by Keith (and sometimes others) for looking at my world from a ‘pink cloud’ perspective, which is just another way of saying I am optimistic. I have found over the years that trying to find the good in any given situation serves me much better than focusing on the bad things that come. It truly makes me a happier and more productive girl, and I enjoy the label that I have been given as an “optimist.”

With that said, my sulking period is coming to close. I had a couple of days to perhaps wallow a bit and feel sorry for myself (just a tad) and curse the weather and the circumstances that led to us cancelling our trip. I tried to do so quietly, as I didn’t want to make it the focus of my day, but being human, I couldn’t help but be disappointed. Seeing my friends’ photos from the shows at first made me sad because I wasn’t there, but soon I found myself smiling at the fun they were having and feeling good for THEM. It felt a lot better than sulking.

Richard is doing better as well. I am still administering medicine to him, but he seems comfortable and happy and is by my side just about every minute – as if he is truly grateful for the help I have offered him. I am sure he is.

I have had so many wonderful notes and messages (and even a phone call or two) from concerned friends who were inquiring about him and wanted to wish him the best and check on him. It makes me feel very loved and important and does help a great deal as well. There is certainly a great deal to be happy about.

So we move on from here, and we don’t look back. We can’t change what has happened, but we can mold our future into whatever we wish. I truly believe that.

I spent the day at the scroll saw cutting out the design I drew up on Friday. It felt good to be back at the saw, as it always seems that there is so little time that I spend there. I liked the feeling of cutting and woodworking, and what I made came out pretty well.

It is a candle tray for Easter. It is simple, but I really like it. The cutting is a tad tricky on the curls of the lily vines, but other than that, it is pretty straight forward and nice.

I cut this tray from a piece of bird’s eye maple. I think that it really looks beautiful. Sitting at the saw for a couple hours was just the therapy that I needed to adjust my focus on to something that is fun and creative.

I am writing the pattern packet today, as I made some changes to it while I was cutting. The pattern should be done later today and I will begin offering it when we update the website tomorrow (Monday). I want to finish that up today if possible.

But then I am going to spend the rest of the day doing other things that are both creative and fun. I have an idea in my mind, but I haven’t quite decided on it yet. Whatever it is, it will be something that I have wanted to do and not allowed myself the time. It will be a nice treat for me.

I want to thank you all again for your kindness and support over the past couple of days. It was a difficult time for me and even though I know I did the proper thing, I was feeling a bit down about it. Your calls and notes meant the world to me.

Have a wonderful day today. It is raining and is supposed to rain the entire day. Perhaps though it means that spring has arrived, and winter is finally finished. Even I – who love the snow – have had my fill this year.

I am certain that getting busy again will do wonders. I still do have some wonderful ideas that I want to work on and I believe that focusing on them will keep me moving in the direction that I want. I can’t wait to get started.

Happy Sunday to you.

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. -Henry David Thoreau

-- 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 03-31-2014 03:36 AM

Beautiful tray Sheila. I love the detail.

-- Anna

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 11:30 AM

Thank you very much Anna! :) I wanted something new for Easter and it felt good to get back to scrolling.

Have a great 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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#3 posted 03-31-2014 12:23 PM

Your cuts are so crispy clean. I always enjoy lookin at your stuff… meaning projects of course.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 12:26 PM

Thanks, Roger. I just love cutting. This one was tricky with the curly cues, but came out nice nonetheless. The letters were FUN! :)

I hope you have a great week! Can’t wait to see your shop finished up!

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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