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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1599: Getting Back At It

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-03-2015 10:57 AM 945 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last week was not one of my usual weeks. Between getting the new computer and the issues I was having with my back, I felt that I didn't really accomplish a great deal. I have been writing here for over five years now, and I think this was the first time in all those years that I was here at home and took so much time 'off'. But sometimes it is needed. I always try to be positive and productive and have something interesting to write about. With the week that I had, I thought it best just to skip. 



But I don't think that things were as bad as they seemed. Of the days that I skipped writing, one day we had lightening storms, a couple of days my computer was in the process of being reconfigured, and one day I was still 'catching up' with things and organizing. Sometimes things just take time, and the days that I spent re-organizing and backing up my computer were well worth it. Everything is settled into place now and my huge amount of information, drawings and reference materials are fully organized and fully backed up, both on two hard drives on my own system as well as on an external drive that will be stored off-site. It is a really good feeling.



I love the new components that I added to my system. I doubled the memory, have a faster processor and a top of the line mother board which should last me many years. I cleaned up my filing systems and moved everything so that it is most efficient, and while it may look pretty much the same from somone looking in, I notice that everything is much faster and cleaner and makes more sense to me.  It feels good to work in such an organized environment. 



I spent Saturday catching up on the housework as well. It is funny how even a few days of being out of your routine can make you feel as if you have fallen behind. Saturday was one of the first days I felt more like my 'old self' and while I had to be cautious, I did get a lot done around here. I am the type of person who has trouble being productive when things are chaotic around me and I needed to tidy some things up in order to move ahead. 



Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Nova Scotia. It had cooled down a little from the really warm weather we had the previous several days and felt much more comfortable. While I was very ready to do some work, I asked Keith if he felt like taking our lunch to the beach and having a little picnic there. I was glad he felt up for it, as while I really wanted to get back to work, I also wanted to enjoy the day a bit. After all – these warm summer days will be gone before we know it and while it would be easy for me to jump in and get back to work, I felt the need to appreciate the day a little first. So off we went. 



We picked up Keith's mom on the way home and had her here for the afternoon/evening. It was nice to catch her in between events. Sometimes these impromptu visits are the best. We had a great rest of the day catching up and I actually did make some progress on my next painting project. I had felt a little 'stuck' there and part of the reason that I was avoiding working on it was that I was at a place in the main piece where I didn't quite know where to go next. There was (is) something with my cat that I am not comfortable with and it needs addressing. But I was not sure what. 



But after stepping away and thinking about it, I think I know what I want to change. More importantly, I believe was figuring out how I was going to do that. After all the time I spent on the background, I had to be careful so I wouldn't muck that up in the process. 



I spent the afternoon working on the header and footer of the plaque:



While it may not look like much yet, it pushed the pile and I figured out some of the colors that I wanted to use, as well as the techniques. It felt good to switch gears on it and finally move forward, after it was staring at me from my table all week long, untouched. 



So I think I am back. I awoke this morning closer to my usual time (the medication I was taking for my back pain has really made me sleepy – another reason I feel that I haven't accomplished a lot!) and while I still feel a tinge of soreness and need to be careful, I feel that I am ready to face the day without the help of the pills. That alone should help me be more productive. 



Everything is getting back to 'normal.'



I plan to really make some progress on this in the next few days and hopefully button it up. I want to get the pattern on the site as soon as possible, as well as get some new things going. I look for it to be a good week. :) 



Keith was also busy this weekend. He tackled the task of updating our large catalog, which is growing every day. 





To download the new version of all of our current patterns, you can follow the instructions HERE.



Please remember to give it ample time to download, as it is growing and full of color photos of what patterns we have to offer. 



This is always a great accomplishment and it humbles us to see all of our work in one place at once. I think Keith does a wonderful job with it and it came out beautifully. 



It is another beautiful and cloudless morning here in Nova Scotia. It is a wonderful way to start what promises to be a productive week. I wish you all a good one as well. It feels great to be "back". 



Happy Monday 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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Handtooler

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#1 posted 08-03-2015 11:18 AM

Thanks for your in-depth journey report. Glad you’re back with us and that your back spasms are somewhat relieved. I can certainly appreciate your agony, as I also suffer from chronic back pain that slows me down. although I’m not fond of Halloween your art work is really giving it a nice light touch.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-03-2015 11:24 AM

Thank you, Russell. I felt bad not writing, but it was hard to be my usual self last week. I just did things in small pieces, and felt sluggish all week. Perhaps it was the best time to re-do the computer stuff. ;)

I got ‘stuck’ on the painting pattern, but I feel that I am OK with the direction that I will be heading. Hopefully I can get it buttoned up soon. I am glad you kind of like it. I know Halloween isn’t for everyone.

I wish you a great week. :) 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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Rick13403

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#3 posted 08-03-2015 12:13 PM

Good morning Sheila,
Welcome back. My week went something like yours, my laptop decided to give up and quit. After having it checked out I decided to get a new one. I was lucky because I heeded your warnings and advice to back up so I had all of my info ready to reinstall. I don’t know how much you do for your back but have you thought about finding an acupuncturist? Both Kathie and I have had back problems and found relief with an acupuncturist. She actually avoided any surgical intervention.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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kepy

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#4 posted 08-03-2015 12:41 PM

Glad to see you back and know that you were missed.
I can’t handle Halloween any longer. While I was teaching, we had two students poisoned one night (brother and sister). He died and she survived. The police showed up at school the next morning and confiscated all the candy the kids had collected. Turns out the father was guilty as he was in financial difficulty and had taken out large insurance policies on the kids. He was caught and sent to prison but it surely wrecked it as a holiday for me.

-- Kepy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 08-03-2015 12:47 PM

Wow, Kepy – That is absolutely terrible. I can certainly understand why you feel the way you do. I just don’t understand people sometimes. I am so sorry. :(

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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#6 posted 08-03-2015 02:50 PM

Good to hear you are feeling better, Sheila.
I must do a ‘spring clean’ (hardware and software) on my PC sometime soon.

-- 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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#7 posted 08-03-2015 04:22 PM

Hi, Martyn -

I can tell you I was really happy that I had the foresight to have not one, but several backups of my files. Right now I have two 3TB drives and I mirror them so that both are the same. One is labeled “working” and the other as a “backup” and each night I am getting into the habit of updating the files I changed or was working on for the day onto the back up one. Then, periodically, we are backing up to an external drive that will be kept off site – at Keith’s mom’s house – in case of disaster such as fire, etc. It may sound like overkill, but it is really important to do it. I try so hard to keep up with this and make it a habit. In my early computer days, I had lost things more than once. I can’t afford not to.

I hope you are enjoying your summer. :)

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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#8 posted 08-03-2015 05:06 PM

Good morning Sheila! Happy to hear your back is getting into shape again.
The catalogue looks great. It’s quite an achievement! Lots of great patterns to choose from.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 08-03-2015 05:14 PM

Hi, Anna! It feels GREAT to be back. I am in the middle of reworking the kitty and so far . . . I am much happier with it. (YAY for me!) ;) I will show it tomorrow.

Thanks for the feedback on the catalog. Keith does a wonderful job! :)

Enjoy your 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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Druid

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#10 posted 08-04-2015 07:07 AM

Yaaaaayyyyyy . . . . She’s back!!!
Hope that you are feeling better, and that the back problems are done with.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 08-04-2015 01:15 PM

Thank you so much, John! It is nice to be missed. I am feeling much better and even though the area is ‘tender’, I am able to function again! YAY! :)

Have a great week! 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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