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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1579: Day Trip

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-26-2015 01:39 PM 687 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was a beautiful day. The perfect day to just take off and put the top down on the car and drive. The night before, we made the decision to take the day off. After the long and harsh winter, the idea of getting out in the sun sounded wonderful. It truly was. 



Both Keith and I are always busy. I think most people who own and run their own businesses are that way. There is a misconception that by owning your own business and being your own boss, you get lots of time to do what you like. Lots of leisure time.



I don't think that is true. At least not for us. I grew up with the mentality of "if it were easy, everyone would be doing it." I stand by that today. Perhaps down the line there is a plateau you reach in your business where you can successfully delegate the day to day tasks to other reliable people, but we haven't quite gotten there yet. We are still the only two on board here, and I really don't mind that. I am not ready (or required) to let go yet. Maybe some day. 



But that doesn't mean you can't get a day away every now and then. I think it is necessary to stay fresh and excited about things. I think it is part of the big picture of being successful and doing something fulfilling without feeling burned out. I have learned to not feel guilty about leaving for a day or even a week. I know in my heart that my life pretty much revolves around my business and I know how much better I feel after one of these outings. They are a great thing. 



Living in Nova Scotia, there is a myriad of choices for day trips. Our province here is filled with picturesque scenes and thousands of lakes, beaches and coves to explore. It is fun to think of the scope of things to do, and I never tire of it. Especially after a winter like the one that just passed. 



This time, we chose to go to Cape Sable Island. This is not to be confused with "Sable Island" which is about 100km out in the ocean and much further northeast of us. That is the one with the wild horses that are so famous. 



Cape Sable Island is located in southeastern Nova Scotia near the Barrington passage. It is connected to the mainland by a causeway. We took the back roads, passed the Tusket river and the little roads that were woven along the jagged coastline. It was truly a beautiful day. 



The rest of the blog will be mostly photos. I think they speak for themselves.  The Tusket River:



The ocean coast:





More ocean coast – notice the crystal clear water. :)  



Lupins were everywhere. They are so beautiful. I should make some ribbon embroidery pictures of them. 



Here's me on the Cape Sable beach. . . 



An old fishing weir at Cape Sable beach. I liked how it looked:



On the ride home, we again too coastal roads.  This was a stained glass window of a little church:



And here is from the viewpoint of that church. How beautiful! 



Finally – a panorama photo that Keith took at the church. I thought it was the fitting end to a perfect day. 



Today I am drawing for the day and then cutting over the weekend. I should have some cool pictures of the new products on Monday. I hope you enjoyed these 'touristy' photos I shared. After living here for eleven years, I still feel like a tourist because I know there is still much more beauty to discover. 



I wish you all a wonderful weekend. No matter how hard you work, remember to take time to stop and enjoy your own back yard. There are probably many treasure that you look at every day, but may not even notice or see. I assure you, it will make you appreciate your life much more and will make you a happier and more creative person. It certainly does that for me. 



Happy Friday 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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kepy

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#1 posted 06-26-2015 01:48 PM

All that natural beauty has to be inspiring. Nature has a beauty that man can only attempt to copy. Years ago when I was painting, I learned to see colors that I had completely overlooked before.

-- Kepy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 06-26-2015 01:51 PM

Hi, Kepy!

I do tend to look at things with ‘artists eyes’ now. After years of creating, I look at everything with the thought of how it would be best replicated to display its beauty. Be it wood, fabric, paint or whatever. Being a designer gives me the benefit of appreciating the beauty in things that I used to take for granted. Textures, colors, shapes are all seen differently than I used to when I was younger. I like it better this way. It sure was a ‘perfect’ day!

I wish you a great weekend! :)

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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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 06-26-2015 03:01 PM

A well deserved break, Sheila and a wonderful place to take it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 06-26-2015 03:08 PM

Whenever I get cranky, I just take a breath and look around me. It is hard to be angry when I am surrounded with such beauty and peace. I am learning to tune out the world from my safe little place here. I think it has done me a world of good.

I never thought I was one to get the ‘winter blues’ but this year was brutal. As I was driving yesterday, with the sun shining down on me and we were driving along the ocean, I realized how much “I missed this!”

I think happiness is learning to appreciate what we have, instead of always wanting more. :)

Have a great weekend!

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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#5 posted 06-27-2015 02:38 AM

You live in a beautiful Province Sheila. I still have very fond memories of our visit there a couple of years ago. Enjoy a few days off like that this summer!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#6 posted 06-27-2015 05:29 AM

Nice pictures Sheila, but where is the Mustang I was hoping to see a finished picture

-- Regards Robert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 06-27-2015 09:55 AM

Here it is yesterday, Robert. :) They are doing the stripes on Monday. It is getting close.

-- 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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Roger

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#8 posted 06-27-2015 11:54 AM

Thnx for the tour. Your auto is looking purdee good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#9 posted 06-27-2015 12:02 PM

Mornin’, Roger!

Yes, we live is a beautiful place. It is fun to just take off and explore for the day.

Now comes the fun part with the car. I spoke with them yesterday and it is now just waiting for paint. I can’t wait to get it back.

I hope you have a great weekend. :)

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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robscastle

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#10 posted 06-27-2015 01:00 PM

Oh so I guess you didnt take it for a drive with the roof down then!

I am on the final stages of tracking down Rust finish paint, there are two suppliers locally 1. Langridge and 2 Dulux both are quite expensive AUD 35 for 500ml and AUD 12 for the oxidising fluid.

Here is some metalic and stone effect paint jobs that I did that may interest you.

Rustoleum Products.

Metal effect paint
On some scrap pieces of wood

The lady that runs the local paint shop was over the moon when I gave her one!

I think some little visitors blessed the others over time.

Stone effect Paint.

Done with Particle board material, just chip out some features, then apply a white base coat, followed by the finishing coat adding a different shade for the “chips”.

The gold routed logo was done with gold Rub and Buff

They were made in 2011 and still lie around the garden today, much to the amusment of friends visiting !!

-- Regards Robert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 06-29-2015 12:07 PM

Very cool, Robert! Thanks for sharing them. I love seeing your projects. :)

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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