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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1634: Life Happens

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-08-2015 12:13 PM 1127 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1633: Everyday Stuff Part 1634 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1635: Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! »

I was debating on whether I should write today or not. Yesterday was one of those days when we were thrown a curve ball and I accomplished very little artistically. I didn't really want to be MIA again though, as it seems that these days some of the projects that I have taken on are taking just a bit more time than normal. I hope that means that the level of my work is also increasing. No matter how busy I get, I like to think that I am doing better things as an artist and designer. 



Yesterday's 'life event' was that our 50" TV decided to die. It didn't die all at once, but it suddenly wore a black band about 4" wide just to the right of the center of the screen. It came out of nowhere, and as you can imagine, my partner Keith was  pretty upset about it. (He had bought the TV several years ago – a plasma that they no longer make). 



He spent a couple of hours trying to resuscitate it – taking it apart and both blowing the dust with a compressor and vacuuming it off. He tried checking the connections. He tried it all. But finally we came to the reality that it had seen its last movie and it was time to put it to rest. It was gone. 



Long story short, we spent the day going to the local electronics place and then taking a trip to Yarmouth to see what our options were. I was rather pleased that our local place here had the best TV for us (not necessarily the cheapest, but the best quality) and we came back just before closing to purchase it. I would much rather spend money at our local business anyway than support Wal-mart or the other big box stores. 



We had taken the Mustang (our 'biggest' car) and figured that we would need to carry it home in the back seat with the top down. (Another reason that I was glad we purchased locally – the short ride home!) When the owner was helping load it in, he didn't want us to have to carry it that way so he offered to drive home with us with his truck and deliver it on the spot. We gratefully accepted. (Wal-Mart wouldn't have done that, I bet!)



The rest of the evening was spent unpacking and setting the millions of settings to get things right. We have both of our computers connected to the big screen in the middle and we run our TV viewing off of Keith's computer. It is a very complex set up and getting everything to work properly is a challenge (for me, anyway – Keith knows what he is doing, but I still heard a few naughty words from him!)



In the end, all is well and we are back to 'normal'. But the day was gone and with me fighting this cold, I was ready for bed. It is one of the few days in my recent life that I can honestly say I accomplished 'little'. I apologize. 



But life happens and today is the dawn of a new day. 



I didn't want to start it out with not posting here. So here I am. :) 



Today I will be finishing up the Artist's Club project and mailing it off to be published tomorrow. Then on to my next project(s). I have lots of fun things in store so I hope you don't lose faith in me. This has just been a little hiccup along the way. I will be back at it soon!



I wish you all a wonderful Thursday! 







SLD320 Gothic Bats and Charms Candle Tray Pattern





SLDK309 Filigree Pumpkin Ornaments Pattern by Keith Fenton.




-- 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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#1 posted 10-08-2015 06:08 PM

I think it’s a male thing, Sheila. We can’t install electronic equipment without the odd expletive. Have been having fun with my scroll-saw (now that’s not something often heard from me). Just a hint for the other LJ’s out there

as I believe you’ve see it already. I’m getting better with it. Just a few expletives. I don’t think I’d stand an Earthly chance cutting out those pumpkins, splendid job. Enjoy your new tele box.

-- 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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#2 posted 10-08-2015 06:38 PM

I always knew one day you and your scroll saw would become friends! ;) I think you have the perfect demeanor for scrolling. I think you will find the more you use it, the more useful it will become in your creations. I am pleased you had fun as well.

I can’t wait to see the finished project. It will be wonderful, I am sure.

Yes- Keith just asked me why I put the manual for the new TV by his desk. “You know I will never read it.” , he stated to me not 30 seconds ago.

. . . you guys kill me! LOL! ;)

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 10-09-2015 09:38 AM

Keith must have been an engineer at some time in his life.

Anyway the man phrase is ‘If all else fails read the manual,’ To the best of my knowledge it never has, yet.

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

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#4 posted 10-09-2015 09:55 AM

I believe you are correct.

-- 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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