My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1563: "The Zone"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-29-2015 11:30 AM 1144 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had an amazingly productive day yesterday! It was one of those days that went somewhat like this:

     - I had a plan
     - I set a goal
     - I stayed FOCUSED
     - I worked
     - I got the job DONE! 

It isn't that I don't always TRY to work like this. But most of us know that many days, we make plans to accomplish things and even with our best efforts, sometimes life just gets in the way. It happens to me all the time. Or I set my goals too high and I am disappointed that I can't accomplish them. (Well – that part I am kind of used to!) 

But yesterday was different. I set out to cut out all the 1/8" pieces for 20 carousel kits and turn this:

Into THIS:

That stack in the first picture was 100 pieces of 1/8" plywood. 

Not only did I finish what I set out to do, but I cut everything ACCURATELY, as well. I am sure that many of my scroll saw friends can relate that once you start rolling, you get into what I call "The Zone" where things almost come automatically. It's like finding another gear, and you just cruise along and the blade just seems to follow the line on its own. Usually it happens when I am doing stuff like this – production style cutting – and when it does, I just don't want to stop. 

After I posted my blog yesterday morning, I finished up my pattern of the Lily of the Valley for Tole Town. I was really proud of it, and it turned out to be 18 pages long with over 40 color step-by-step photos. I had been weaving it in between creating these 20 kits that will ship out on Monday. So I guess I have been multi-tasking this week. 

I didn't really get started with cutting until around 1:30 in the afternoon. By the time I finished the pattern, the daily mail to go out and the other household tasks, the morning was gone. I looked at the pile of wood and thought I would be lucky to get half way through it. 

As always, I cut the most difficult/intricate pieces first. This way I am fresh when I am doing the stuff that perhaps takes a bit more concentration. Of course, that was the little stands. They weren't particularly hard, but they all had inside cuts so it took a bit more time to re-thread the blade through them for cutting. When I finished them, Keith mentioned to me that there was no way I would get things done in one day. But I love a good challenge. 

I put on my headphones and some of my favorite music and got lost in the process. One by one the pile of boards went down and the pile of pieces grew. I finished my last cut at around 9:15 last night and I felt wonderful. It is great to accomplish so much in a day! 

Today I will be sanding the pieces and building the lazy susan bases. I will also lay out the 1/4" pieces for cutting tomorrow. Once that is done, I will spend Sunday packing things up and getting them all ready to ship on Monday. It will be a huge milestone for me. :) 

I really appreciate how kind and patient everyone that pre-ordered has been. This is the first time I have had "pre-orders" on anything. I usually like to ship out orders the same day or next day if I can, and some of these lovely ladies have been waiting a couple of weeks. But I think when they open their boxes, they will feel that the wait was worth it. I made sure that every piece of these kits and every step of producing the pieces is done with care, quality and love of what I do. You can't get that from China. :) 

I still have a couple of really busy days ahead, and then I will be on to new designs. I already have some cool things in mind and can't wait to get to them. There is lots of fun ahead. 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend. Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy doing something creative! 

Happy Friday to you!

-- 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 05-29-2015 04:05 PM

It always amazes me how much scrolling you can get done in a day. Even when I stack cut, I could never achieve that volume. Have a great weekend. Sunny summer one forecast for here.

-- Anna

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 02:40 PM

You forgot Murphy’s Law. I started out that way on Thurs. then he came to visit. A trip to the Dr and an ambulance ride to the hospital and an overnight stay so I could have a pharmocogical stress test. When I was released, I was 40 miles from home with no transportation so I called a friend who lived near and got a ride home. The plus was that one of the projects I had put finish on was made for him so I could give it to him when we got home.

-- Kepy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 05-30-2015 09:31 PM

Hi, Anna and Kepy:

I had to go to town yesterday (Yarmouth) for a couple more supplies, then I came home and sanded all the pieces you see there. I actually don’t mind sanding at all. It is kind of nice seeing the pieces come to life.

Kepy – I am sorry for your day. It sounds really frustrating. I think we have all had days like that – they start out OK and we have a purpose and get side tracked by one mishap after another.

I hope you both have a great weekend. :)


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

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#4 posted 05-31-2015 11:28 PM

I need to buy some stock in the scroll blades you must go thru… LOL. You’re awesome!

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 06-02-2015 01:00 PM

I really don’t break a lot, Roger. And because I only do ‘production’ once in a while, I don’t go through as many as one would think. But I try to keep a good stock on hand of my favorites and I definitely buy them by the gross. :)


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

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