My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1286: Busy Weekend

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-07-2014 11:39 AM 1431 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The weekend seemed to go by in a whirlwind. Finally it appears that we are getting above freezing temperatures and that the warmer weather may be here to stay. While it rained all day on Saturday, it was beautiful and bright and sunny and it looks as if today may be the same. I am so ready for it.

I was incredibly busy over the weekend. Not only did I have several orders for wood kits, but I also had some large printed orders that needed to be prepared and filled. Our business is definitely growing.

I never mind being busy that way though because it seems to add to the excitement of everything. I am so thrilled that people are enjoying what Keith and I do and it warms my heart to see and hear how much everyone likes our kits and designs. It makes all the hard work worth it.

Keith worked hard all week as well. He spent pretty much the entire week refining all the photographs on our site and making them look more consistent and watermarking them.

Since I started up my site over ten years ago, you can imagine that the photographs from my early projects were done quite differently than how I do them today. I had only used a personal computer for a couple of years, and my very earliest photos were taken with a camera that uses film. That meant shooting the picture, heading to the store and usually being disappointed and having to re-shoot with different settings. It was all very tedious.

But life is a learning experience and after many years of trial and error and the development of technology, I can see just how far I have come. It was time to upgrade the old photos as much as possible and bring them up to a consistent level as much as possible.

With over 1000 photos on our site, that was no small task. Many of the pictures were not ‘optimal’ to say things kindly. Most of the projects – especially the older ones – we don’t even have anymore, as we don’t tend to keep many of the prototypes that we have. But Keith was very determined to accomplish this and I think he did a wonderful job of making our site look really nice. As I look at things now, I am very proud of the presentation that we make and I think that is part of the reason for our growth.

But alas – I didn’t get much additional work done on the bunnies I showed the other day. Try as I may, I simply can’t do two things at once and I needed to get these orders cut, packaged and ready to be sent out today. By the time I finished, it was nearly 10pm and I was just plain tired. It was a good type of tired though – the tired you get from really accomplishing a great deal.

Life is good.

With that said, I will close for today. I just wanted to stop in quickly and say hello to you all. Today is going to be another busy day, as I have some personal things to do, so I don’t know how much I will progress on the new project until tomorrow. But that is OK. It is good to be busy and live my life to the fullest. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I hope you all had a good weekend. And I hope that everyone is also experiencing some warmer and more pleasant weather. The warmth and sunshine really does a lot to lift one’s spirits. At least mine.

I wish you all a wonderful week ahead. Happy Monday!

Today’s Featured Products

SLD343 Easter Egg and Bunny Candle Tray

SLDK132 - 8 Celtic and Gothic Crosses designed by Keith Fenton

-- 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 04-07-2014 05:06 PM

Good morning Sheila! One of those crosses may end up as a birthday present to a family member. Love them! The bunny candle tray looks great. Spring is here! Have a great day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 11:25 AM

Thank you Anna! I am glad you like it. I am so happy to hear you are back in the shop again! Spring has definitely arrived! :)


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

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