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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1519: "Uncle!"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-18-2015 01:09 PM 1129 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1518: Organization Progress Part 1519 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1520: Be Careful What You Wish For »

We awoke this morning to yet another "blizzard". I have lost count as to how  many blizzards we have already had this season. They forecast it yesterday, and I laughed mockingly to myself thinking – "here we go again, with all these scare tactics."  



Keith went to Halifax yesterday He had to go pick up a few things. Usually I would take the trip with him – especially now when I have been pretty much tied to the house for the past three months – but responsibility got the best of me and I knew I had a bit of paperwork to do in order to complete my taxes. (Yes – I know ! I should have done them already probably!)  It isn't that it is difficult of not "organized". As I covered in yesterdays' post, I am a pretty organized gal. But the actual process of tallying the numbers and figures is something that ranks just under going for my annual dentist's appointment or physical to me. It kind of sucks.



I keep trying to convince myself that "numbers are my friends", but I haven't been able to do so yet. The creative side of my brain has wanted to take over and we all know that being 'creative' with our number is something that can get us into a lot of trouble. The more cut and dry the better. Numbers don't lie. And while I should be happy when I see the numbers for last year, (which was our best year yet! YAY!) I can't help but do just about everything I can to avoid the inevitable.



It is time to get 'er done.



So what  better time to figure taxes than during yet another blizzard? I may as well get all the "ick" done at once. Then I can be cheerful and happy as the birds once again awake me with the morning sun. . . 



But that will be later. For now, here is what I am seeing as I look out my door this morning:





That hint of grass that I saw yesterday is once again covered by about 6 inches of new snow. And since I took the photos a couple of minutes ago, the wind kicked up again and I can barely see across the road. Everything is closed in our area. Even the gas stations and the grocery stores. (I wonder if Timmy's is open?) I guess it is an excuse to miss the gym anyway. But I'll tell you – it is time to say "UNCLE" and put this nonsense to an end. Even me who loves winter has had just about enough. I am ready for sun and sand and long walks in the woods. And drives with the top down. And whales. I want to go see the whales this summer. 



So I am sorry for the "Blahg" today. It is reflecting my own "blah-ness" I am afraid. But we have supplies and we are warm and safe and there is plenty for me to do. Even if we lose power, I can forge ahead on some new spring things. I told myself that I will only torment myself for a half a day at a time, and as long as my numbers are done by the beginning of next week, I will be fine. :) That's my story and I am sticking to it.



I did want to show you all some of our new and Easter themed patterns. With Easter just a couple of weeks away, we probably won't do another newsletter until right before the holiday. I will take these couple of 'in between' days to showcase some of our nice Easter and spring patterns that you all my like. 



First off, Keith made a new word art set that is available on our site. 

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His SLDK562 Discipline, Persistence and Success plaques would be appropriate just about any time of the year. As with his other sets, they are available as single patterns or as a money-saving set. 



I also wanted to show some cute project patterns for Easter, or any time of the year. 



First up is this little layered basket pattern that I created last year:



It is my SLD450 Layered Sprintime Basket pattern and can be used for Easter, or all spring and summer long. It has a cute alternate handle with the silhouette of a bunny on it that would make a wonderful centerpiece. 



And finally for today, I want to show this adorable set of ornaments that Keith designed:



His SLDK307 - 12 Playful Easter Ornaments pattern is fast and fun and could be stack cut so you can make lots of them for last minute gifts. They are all fun projects that you can do while stuck in the house and dreaming of warmer weather. 



Well – that will be all for today. I could go on and on (and on!) in order to avoid the inevitable, but the sooner I attack my task at hand, the sooner it will be behind me and I will be in the clear until next year. 



I hope you all have a wonderful day today, no matter what Mother Nature is bringing your way. I spoke with my daughter yesterday and she is enjoying high 60's and low 70's. I am glad that the Midwest has finally gotten a break. My friends in New Brunswick have been hit harder than we have however. We hope that spring will come to Canada soon. 



Have a great day! Happy Wednesday to you all! 

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



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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 03-18-2015 01:44 PM

Don’t feel to alone. I just did my taxes Sunday finally. Put it off as long as I could.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-18-2015 01:51 PM

Yep Bruce. Death and taxes. Hopefully I will be able to starve off death as long as possible. We all know that we can’t do that with the taxes though. ;)

Have a great day! :)

Sheila

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

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Celticscroller

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#3 posted 03-19-2015 02:56 AM

Oh, I feel so sorry for you! More snow! Friday is officially the first day of Spring. It’s coming!
Keith’s new designs look great.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Druid

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#4 posted 03-19-2015 07:20 AM

My sympathies re the snow. Don’t imagine it helps, but we haven’t been able to see any whales here either.
Spring is coming . . . Just shipped it off to you yesterday.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 03-19-2015 01:07 PM

Thank you for your sympathies both Anna and John. You know – I am on the border of “whining” in the blog I just posted. I am trying to keep busy here and not feel anxious about the additional snow (that is still falling as I write this morning) I must say though – looking at my little happy tree with the bright pastel bunnies and eggs does lift my spirits. And here is something positive – not ONCE have we lost power this winter. Kudos to Nova Scotia Power! :)

As with anything, things happen when they are supposed to and for reasons unknown to us. This too shall thaw and it will be warm again one day. :)

Have a great one! Sheila

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

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Grumpymike

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#6 posted 03-20-2015 06:53 PM

Egad! I would have an acute case of cabin fever by now, but there is hope, a friend of mine in Montana says that spring is near … he can see his bird bath again.
I enjoyed looking at your Easter goodies, thanks for sharing.
I was thinking of sending you a box of warm Arizona weather, but I see that Druid beat me to it.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 03-23-2015 12:55 PM

Thanks so much Gurmpy! Arizona always looks so beautiful! I need to visit there once at least! Enjoy your warm and beautiful spring! :)

Sheila

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

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