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Blog series by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) updated 10-20-2014 11:59 AM 1427 parts 2678192 reads 9614 comments total

Part 1: Beginning this Blog

06-03-2010 02:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I recently was referred to this site by Steve Good, who has a wonderful, comprehensive scroll saw forum and blog page. Although I have been doing woodworking for almost fifteen years, I have finally reached a point in my life where I am able to make it the main focus of my activities. Since my life revolves around my woodworking and business, I believe that this blog will reflect that very clearly, although it will also be somewhat personal. But I think that woodworking is very personal any...

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Part 2: The maple dresser tray

06-04-2010 01:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

First of all, I want to thank you for all your positive responses. I was able to look at some of the work and it was so impressive! I am trying to put faces with comments and projects so I can get to know everyone well, but as my brain gets older, it somehow takes me longer to associate one with the other. I get so embarrassed when I don’t remember someone. But there has been a lot of water under this bridge and after not traveling and living in the same place for the first thirty so...

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Part 3: To submit or not to submit

06-05-2010 01:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

It certainly is a beautiful morning here in Nova Scotia. The sun is shining and everything is quiet except the sound of the birds in the distance. The past several days have started out foggy and overcast, as many do being so close to the ocean. Usually by mid-morning things clear up and the sun burns off the fog. The ocean stays pretty cold in these parts. I have only actually went for a swim in the ocean once in my six years of being here (if you could call it that – I got as far...

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Part 4: The best laid plans . . .

06-06-2010 01:57 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

How come if I get up at 7am it feels like I am late? And on a Sunday to boot! I have a long list of things to accomplish today and it will be amazing if I make it to the end. I used to kid around with my children when they were young and tell them “If you achieve your goals, you are setting them too low”. (Yes, I know. I was making them candidates for therapy!) They knew I was teasing them. Kinda/sorta. Unfortunately (or fortunately – depends on how you look at it)...

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Part 5: What's so bad about Monday, anyway?

06-07-2010 01:55 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Well, here we are. Another weekend under our collective tool belts and starting off a new one. I sit here knowing when I check my Facebook account the usual barrage of grumblings and comments about Monday will be waiting there to greet me. It seems everyone has something negative to say about Monday. I fell like asking people “What did Monday ever do to you anyway?” My friends on Facebook are by now used to my bright and chipper attitude on Monday. I purposely turn it up a ...

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Part 6: Self-Framing Picture Frame Finished

06-08-2010 02:08 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday turned out to be a pretty productive day. Among other things, I finished cutting my matching self-framing picture frame, which will be the companion piece to the dresser tray I designed last week. In designing this pattern, I was fighting with whether I should or should not do additional scroll work in the center of the tray. To me it seemed that it was interesting enough on its own. I wanted the scroll work border to be the highlight of the piece, along with the beautiful chara...

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Part 7: Exploring New Territory

06-09-2010 02:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. I read that quote the other day and I liked it so much that I posted it on my Facebook status. I like reading and finding little nuggets of wisdom like that because not only do they make us think a bit deeper, but they also can sometimes inspire us. Emerson is great for that. I also like Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) because he had a knack for stating the obvious. I love...

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Part 8: Necessity Breeds Invention

06-10-2010 02:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It’s funny how innovative we can be when we have to. I grew up with modest means and learned early in life not to waste things and to take care of what I have. Things didn’t come easy for us so we had to use what we had and make it last. I don’t see anything wrong with that. I think it is a good way to think for many reasons. I had a friend who used to tell people he loved to lend me his tools because when he got them back, they were cleaned and looked like new again....

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Part 9: Big Things Coming From Small Places (My Shop)

06-11-2010 02:29 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Last night when I was just about ‘done’ with stuff at somewhere around 10pm, I was picking around this site. I noticed that many of you had maps on your home pages which showed exactly where you lived. I liked that feature very much, as it helped me learn more about each woodworker and the proximity of his or her location. Nova Scotia always sounded so exotic to me when I lived near Chicago. I pictured icebergs floating with little penguins and polar bears lounging on them an...

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Part 10: Some Days are Just Frustrating

06-12-2010 01:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Did you ever get out of bed and before you were done with your first cup of coffee wish you could start the day over again? I guess it happens to all of us from time to time. I guess this blog isn’t going to be too much about woodworking today, but it does have to do with running a woodworking business and all that entails, so I forewarn you if you are looking for a tip or to see a project, this may not be the place – at least for today. I promise this won’t turn into t...

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Part 11: New Days Bring New Ideas

06-13-2010 01:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt. I read this quote and thought about it for a couple of minutes. It is short and to the point, but full of hope and a sense of adventure. The words are few, but very powerful. My day yesterday didn’t turn out so badly after all. I think it could have easily gone south, but all in all it was a good day. I learned a lot, got to reflect on some things, and also had an inspiration for another project. So ...

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Part 12: Tying Up Loose Ends

06-14-2010 01:57 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

As I sit down to write this morning, I feel as if I have little of interest to talk about. I pretty much am finishing up the things that have to go out to the magazine. I can proudly say that in the box I am sending three projects and two articles. The box won’t go out until tomorrow, but it will ensure my presence in another couple of issues of the magazine. How many? I don’t know. I guess that is up to the editors and the amount of space they need to fill. I can usually cou...

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Part 13: Is The Customer Really ALWAYS Right?

06-15-2010 01:34 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 16 comments »

I was going to skip the writing thing today because I am at the point of cutting for most of the day and I won’t have anything new to show for a day or two, but then last night something came up that I thought I would talk about today and get your opinions on. I think you are starting to get to know me a little bit and I am beginning to get to know some of you too from your responses to my posts and I would really like your honest opinion if you feel so inclined regarding my reaction t...

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Part 14: Back to Work . .

06-16-2010 01:43 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

First of all, I want to thank everyone for their input from yesterdays blog. I read all your thoughts and carefully considered everything that was said. The thing about working on my own the way I do is that sometimes it is hard to see all sides of things. I have three cats here who I consider ‘co-workers’ – although their jobs are more of the ornamental variety, and a partner who is kind of too close to the situation to give a good unbiased opinion. I guess that is why ...

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Part 15: The Business Side of Woodworking - Risk Taken/Lesson Learned

06-17-2010 02:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 17 comments »

Besides writing for the magazine and selling patterns through my site, I have a couple of larger companies which I sell my patterns to at a wholesale rate, for them to resell retail. This is a necessary and important part of my job because even though writing for the magazine is wonderful, it is on a free-lance basis and certainly wouldn’t be enough money to sustain me in a living. My own site is doing pretty good, and really gaining momentum since I have spent the time and attention ...

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Part 16: With Much Appreciation

06-18-2010 12:42 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the comments and advice on yesterday’s post. I really do appreciate the different viewpoints that were given and I honestly feel it will help me make better decisions in the future. In the couple of weeks since I started this blog, I have learned so much for everyone I can’t even tell you. I hope in some ways that I have also been giving you some insight into what it is like to work the way I do. I wasn’t sure that it would be...

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Part 17: Hittin' the Road!

06-19-2010 12:09 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

“Too much of even a good thing isn’t good.” Sometimes even if we love what we do, we need a change of pace to keep things exciting and fresh. My scientific mind decided to test that theory and I will certainly let you all know the results. I haven’t been accomplishing what I want lately and I think it is time to take a step back and do something completely unrelated to woodworking and computers today. (Already I am cheating, writing this!) The sun is shining, the...

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Part 18: The Road Trip Did Wonders! I Can't Wait to Get Moving!

06-21-2010 12:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, after taking the day on Saturday and trying to get some random things around here done on Sunday, its back to some full force work for me. The road trip was really nice. We couldn’t have picked a better day. It was bright and sunny and there was one point in the afternoon where we actually had to put the top up on the car because it was so warm. That’s highly unusual for Nova Scotia and it was one of the hottest days I can remember in the six years I have been here. P...

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Part 19: It Isn't Finished Until It's "Finished"

06-22-2010 12:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Did you ever see some really beautiful woodworking done only to notice that it wasn’t really ‘finished’? I have been doing woodworking and scroll sawing for a long time and I must admit that finishing is one of my shortcomings. I have been to many shows, too where people have on display the most beautiful, intricate fretwork that must have taken them days to cut, only to have little or no finish on them – or worse yet – a poorly sprayed on finish which has drip...

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Part 20: Contests and pricing and movies - Oh My!

06-23-2010 01:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Today’s post will be short and sweet. (Yah, right! you are all saying!) I really am caught up in a lot of ‘busy work’ stuff today and hopefully can accomplish everything I want to. I finished polishing up my articles yesterday and I emailed them to my editor ahead of the box of three items he accepted so I can hear sooner rather than later if he wants to use them or not. I guess I will never get over the apprehension of submitting things. I don’t look at it in as...

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Part 21: I have no business mixing business with friendships

06-24-2010 12:49 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Everybody I know warns that business and friendships don’t mix. I have heard that from others for many years and I have also had experiences with it. Once (many years ago) my best friend and I decided to have a little craft business together when our kids were babies so we could do something at home and make a little extra money for ourselves. That almost ended in disaster, as we disagreed and mis-communicated on a couple of issues which resulted in a few years of us not really talking...

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Part 22: Random Thoughts on Friday . . . .

06-25-2010 01:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Some weeks I just don’t know where the time goes. I can’t believe it is Friday already. It seems that life is just whirling by with each day getting shorter. I look back on this past week, though and I did accomplish a lot. Some people were asking me what I was working on next, as they said they haven’t seen a new project in a while. I did a mental search and realized that the last time I cut was last Thursday or so when I cut the three frames. I have done some drawing...

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Part 23: "And Now For Something Completely Different . . . ."

06-26-2010 01:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I love the days where you can’t wait to get up in the morning to get going. I am usually a morning person anyway, but even more so when I have some fun projects in the works. Lately I have been in a ‘why do I have to sleep at all?’ phase and I can’t say that is a bad thing either. Yesterday was a good day. In the morning I finished off printing the material for and packing up three projects and three articles to ship out to the magazine. If it were a perfect day,...

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Part 24: Finished 3 Frames, Wrote Some Instructions, and Made Some Pizza :P

06-27-2010 01:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Yesterday turned out to be one of those days where the clock must have been spinning double-time. It seemed I got an early enough start, but before long the sun was setting and it was over. It is amazing how some days do that. It just seems that time is not always my friend. Besides the normal Saturday ‘chores’ of cleaning the cat box, kitchen and bathroom and doing some food shopping, I had the most intense craving for Chicago-style pizza. Now Nova Scotia has some of the be...

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Part 25: Rainy Days and Mondays, but I'm Not Down!

06-28-2010 01:09 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

It’s not quite light out yet, but I can already tell it is going to be a dreary day. It’s already raining, but not the kind of violent storms I have been hearing about in the states but rather a soft rain, even and gentle. It seems more like autumn here than summer, as it is again quite cool. But that’s OK, because autumn is my favorite time of the year. With all the rain and flooding we have been hearing about, people around here say its been too dry. My partner told me...

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Part 26: Back to Making Some Saw Dust

06-29-2010 12:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I finally got down to the business of drawing yesterday. It seems like so much has gotten in the way lately, I haven’t been able to spend any time at it. I did a lot of looking around on the computer and was in one of those phases where I have several things that I want to do and didn’t quite know where to start. Those are probably my most unproductive days it seems, although I tend to organize things in my mind eventually and then it flows and I get down to business. I near...

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Part 27: I Love When That Happens

06-30-2010 12:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Did you ever have a day where everything just falls into place and things turn out the way they are supposed to? I love those days. It isn’t that the other days are a disaster or anything, but looking back I can honestly say that it was definitely a good one. Not only did I accomplish what I set out to do, but unexpectedly, I liked the result much better than I thought I would. After writing yesterday morning, I set out to fine tune the patterns for the two Christmas candy dishes...

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Part 28: Another New Project in The Works

07-01-2010 12:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

It’s pretty quiet around here today. It’s one of those days when I can’t wait to get to the scroll saw, but it is only 7am and I don’t dare until another couple of hours. I was able to finish another drawing last night of a fretwork liner that I am going to market to set under the large jar candles. It will resemble the dresser tray in concept, but it will set underneath the jar. Many people thought that the little dresser tray was made for that purpose, as the size...

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Part 29: Subliminal Meanings in Scrollsawing

07-02-2010 01:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

As those of you who read this regularly know, yesterday left off with me anxiously waiting for that magic ‘decent’ hour to roll along so that I could get at cutting out my new project. After writing, I did all my morning chores and prepared the wood which I was going to use. I found a beautiful piece of ash that I really liked. Some people don’t like ash because of the difficulties it can present when scrolling. It is sometimes subject to breaking, as the grain can go pre...

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Part 30: Stolen Patterns - Seriously Sad

07-03-2010 01:46 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

It’s times like these when I kind of get discouraged. It seems like there are times when no matter how hard you work and what you do, it just doesn’t pay off. With the economy so tough, I am certain that hobbies such as scroll sawing and wood working are not high priorities on most people’s lists. I believe I have talked about this before, as I realize that it is an ongoing thing and that people are going to do what they can to survive. I don’t really feel that thi...

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Part 31: Scamming the scammers

07-04-2010 01:34 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Again I want to express my thanks for the support and comments I received yesterday. It is rare that I lose heart and thank goodness only temporary, but I guess that it was one of those days where everything lined up a certain way and I felt pretty discouraged. To me, it is kind of like when you throw a rock in a lake, at first the ripples are deep and profound, and soon they decrease as they radiate from the center and eventually just level out and disappear. I guess talking helps a lot a...

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Part 32: Finishing Up Catalog Submissions

07-05-2010 12:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Ah! One of my favorite days of the week! Fresh start. Fresh list of things to do. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I wish there were a place for personal pictures here because I would love to see pictures of where many of my buddies live. I love this site because of the diversity of the people here. I would love to see the places that others call ‘home’ and what their surroundings are like. I had to laugh yesterday because my friend who got his email stolen wrote me ...

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Part 33: The Benefits of Owning Your Own Business

07-06-2010 01:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

One of the most rewarding aspects of my life are getting to know my customers and fellow woodworkers. I believe they are the force that drives me to do the best job I can do. As I see my business grow, I find that there is more and more interaction with my customers and although it takes time, it is quite a rewarding aspect of my life. Interaction with others comes in many forms. I receive emails from people asking questions or help, I talk with people on the forums and give advice or hel...

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Part 34: Taming the Deadline Beast

07-07-2010 01:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Helen Keller Deadlines are a necessary and driving force in what I do. Whether they are self-imposed or called upon by others, they are the foundation of my business and give it structure and continuity. In a perfect world, deadlines would present themselves in an organized and methodical fashion, one by one with clear starting points and st...

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Part 35: Some Ornament Pictures

07-08-2010 12:57 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

Yesterday turned out to be quite a productive day. I cleared up all my correspondence and got all my cutting done and the pictures to the wholesaler and I even had a little time to paint in the evening. I even started to do some writing of the final packets I have to assemble, but I thought I would be fresher for something like that in the morning and opted with the painting. The ornaments were quite challenging but I was able to cut them without problems. They were stack-cut with one la...

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Part 36: Another Day At The Office

07-09-2010 12:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I don’t know where to begin this morning. After being buried in paperwork and writing yesterday, I may be close to being tapped out (for the moment anyway). I think today’s entry will be short and sweet so I can get back to finishing writing my patterns and get everything up on the site today. (I know – promises, promises!) I spent most of the day writing pattern instructions. Although I don’t really mind it that much, it does get to me after a while. It try t...

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Part 37: All The Animals Are Fed and Happy!

07-10-2010 12:44 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

This was surely a busy week. It is quite rare when I get to say this, but “I seem to be quite caught up”. All the animals are fed – the magazine has six projects/articles, the wholesalers have all the required material they need for their next catalogs, the site is all changed and up and running with everything new (although it was brought to my attention that there is a glitch in one of the tables that needs tending this morning), even my facebook page is updated. It is ...

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Part 38: Random Thoughts and Stand-Up Nativity Set

07-11-2010 01:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

It is raining again and finally we are experiencing some cooler temperatures. It is a wonderful relief from the hot and humid weather we have had. It is still a bit humid, but the weather service shows this being the pattern for the week so there is some hope that it will begin to feel more comfortable shortly. I understand that others have it far worse than here. Being from Chicago and spending so many summers there with a 103 heat index, I should be used to the heat and humidity. But I ...

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Part 39: Quiet Weekend

07-12-2010 12:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Well, here we are with another weekend under our belts. It was a nice, quiet weekend though and I accomplished a lot. Nothing really exciting to talk about though. I got a really decent response on my site from the emailing that I sent and only one person asked (politely) to be removed from the list. I am happy to say that the number of customers that are on the mailing list increased by over 100 since the last time I emailed. That is great in the long term. The site, however hasn’...

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Part 40: . . . . And We're Off!

07-13-2010 01:22 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Did you ever wake up and just know it was going to be a good day? I love when that happens! I feel like that today. (And, no. I don’t think I am “jinxing” myself. I don’t believe in that – although I do believe somewhat in Karma) Yesterday was a great day. There was no particular reason, but things just went according to plan – and then some. I got all my files in order and backed up on the new drive, I filled some orders, I made contact with the two ...

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Part 41: The Leaf Candle Tray . . . Almost There

07-14-2010 01:55 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I made a great amount of progress in yesterday’s design. Although I didn’t get to start cutting, it was with good reason and I am well on my way to get there today. Sometimes in laying the foundation out for a project, things just don’t come out exactly how we envisioned them. I see things in my head long before anyone ever sees them either on paper or in wood. I know what I want to accomplish, and because of how long I have been doing this it usually comes in the same n...

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Part 42: Successful Changes

07-15-2010 11:51 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I woke up an hour early this morning from a dream. I am sorry to say that it wasn’t a lovely dream about woodworking or designing or anything so creative. It was one of those startling dreams that shook you a bit so that you couldn’t get back to sleep. I laid there for a while and I finally knew it was futile to try to get back to sleep and I gave up. Besides, just think of what I can do with this extra hour today. I’ll look at it as a gift and we will go from there. :) ...

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Part 43: Sometimes the Lazy Way is More Work Then Anticipated (But We Learn Something)

07-16-2010 01:08 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

OK. This is getting scary. Do we only get so many good days in a given time period? Or are we really the masters of our own destiny? I am probably over-reacting, but I just really like when things work out like you want them to. I am kind of hoping that it is because thought and planning went into something that it turns out well. That gives us some sense of control. I would hate to think that it is only by chance. So where were we? Ah, yes. The autumn leaf candle tray. As I was sa...

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Part 44: Not Really Woodworking (Kinda/sorta, but not really)

07-17-2010 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

As I woke up this morning and looked at the clock the first thought in my head was “oh, my!” It was already past 7. I don’t know why I have myself conditioned to get up so early, even if I am not pressed. Maybe it is because I have the most control of things early in the morning before everyone else gets up and things happen that disrupt the day. Those of you who read often know how much I love the quiet of the morning. Today, I am sharing it with Mozart and some Glen G...

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Part 45: A New Way of Thinking Can Open Many Doors

07-18-2010 01:30 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It is amazing how sometimes you can envision a project before it is created and it comes out exactly as you thought it would. My leaf candle tray was like that. I saw it long before it was ever created and when I was finished it was astonishingly close to the picture I had in my mind of what it would look like. There are other times, however, when you know you want “something” but you aren’t exactly sure what that something is going to look like. It is as if you can se...

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Part 46: Scrollgirl's Gone Batty!!!

07-19-2010 01:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It is great to feel as if I really accomplished something. Although I didn’t finish everything on my laundry list of things to do yesterday, I got to most everything I wanted to done and at the end of the day I made the choice to call it an evening and just chill. I felt satisfied that I did enough for the day and wanted to sit back and enjoy the moment. I played some scrabble, watched a show or two and went to bed kind of early because I wanted to be refreshed and well-rested when I...

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Part 47: A New (Self) Challenge

07-20-2010 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I really appreciated the positive feedback on the Gothic Bat Candle Tray yesterday. It was a wonderful boost and some great suggestions were made. I am extremely intrigued by the Inlace Metal Dust that was suggested and I think that I have got to get my hands on some. Getting it here in Canada may be a challenge though as a friend of mine who does beautiful turning told me about it a while back and I couldn’t find any. I guess I have to hit Google and see what I can see. That would ...

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Part 48: The Best Way to Learn is to Teach Others

07-21-2010 01:43 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I was going to write about something totally different today. I had something happen yesterday that wasn’t very pleasant that related to my business and I was going to share it here and tell my story. It wasn’t a positive thing, but everything did turn out OK and I am back on track and I thought it may be one of those ‘lesson learned’ blogs that you might be interested in. Then I woke this morning and was going through my email and I received some responses from a...

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Part 49: Still On Track!

07-22-2010 01:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, today I am really slow getting out of the gate. Not really slow I guess, but woke up to several things that needed my attention. The first and most pressing issue was that I didn’t have internet. I am sure lots of you can relate to that crisis very much. We had some bad thunder and lightning storms last night (which isn’t really typical for Nova Scotia) and thought it was a safe bet to unplug everything electronic from the wall. We have everything on power bars and they...

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Part 50: Do You Hear What I Hear?

07-23-2010 01:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I really appreciate the nice things that everyone said about the Autumn Pumpkin Candle Tray. I was very happy with how it came out. On paper, it wasn’t too impressive but when I started getting it cut, I saw that it would be nice. It may be my favorite of the trays to date, even though I like the bat one so much. I really like it though. It is funny, but I keep going back and just looking at it sitting there on the table. I guess I am proud. I have a few painted pieces that are lik...

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Part 51: Quality is Better Than Quantity

07-24-2010 01:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I really love the discussions and thoughts that you all send me on what I write about. It gets me thinking in so many different directions and it gives me a perspective on my work that it is impossible for me to have here on my own. I received so many great ideas in the past couple of days regarding striking a balance with work and the level of designs and not getting burned out. It is as if we are all sitting here having a cup of coffee and discussing these things. There are so many typ...

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Part 52: Almost There

07-25-2010 01:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I slept in a bit on account that it is Sunday. I actually woke up at my usually time and rolled over and had ‘one more sleep’. It felt good because it seems that it has been a really long time since I have done that. I think that sometimes the mind set of slowing down helps actually makes us more productive. I don’t quite understand it or know how it works, but it seems that way anyway. It feels like a bit of autumn this morning. I know people aren’t quite ready f...

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Part 53: "You Know, It Don't Come Easy"

07-26-2010 12:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Well, I’ve done it. I made it to the other side. Sitting here next to me on the table is the final pattern for the autumn catalog. The wood is prepped (a beautiful piece of 5/8” birch), the pattern is completed, and I all have to do is my favorite part of spending a couple of hours at the scroll saw and cutting it out and finishing it. That’s the easy part as any designer can tell you. It’s funny, but at 8:13 last night when the printer was spitting out the fina...

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Part 54: Holly Candle Tray Finished!

07-27-2010 01:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Yesterday turned out pretty good. It felt great to have a handle on everything and things went pretty much according to plan. It was even sunny out, which meant that I didn’t have to do routing in between raindrops. If I had finished earlier on Sunday, I would have probably waited anyway because it rained most of the day. The Birch I choose for the tray was a really good piece. It was flat and clear and stable and would be the perfect background for the design. This tray, unlike...

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Part 55: Back to "Normal"

07-28-2010 01:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

It feels really good this time to come down from such a hard push. It is funny, but it takes a while to gradually sink in that the urgency is no longer there. I wonder if it is chemical thing in our brains or something. I am sure adrenalin has something to do it. I spent yesterday glowing in the aftermath of the previous couple of weeks. Much of the morning I caught up on correspondence in between applying coats of finish to my kitchen table. Miraculously, none of the cats decided to ...

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Part 56: Not Too Exciting Today

07-29-2010 01:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I am feeling quite a bit unsettled today. Sometimes it is when I am in between projects that I get like this. I also had some not-so-great news the other day and the scope of it is really sinking in. I guess it was the timing. If I were in the thick of things and pushing at this point, it wouldn’t give me as much time to think. Maybe that is why I like being pushed so hard or pushing myself. :) I did get a lot of work done yesterday. I finished the five new candle tray pattern...

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Part 57: A Good Story With a Happy Ending

07-30-2010 12:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I have a good story for a Friday. Earlier this week, I had a gentleman call me from Florida. It seems he received the latest issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts and really liked the “Welcome to the Nuthouse” segmenation plaque that was in there. He talked to me for a few minutes about it, and then asked me “what do you sell?” I didn’t quite know what he meant. I asked him what he meant. He repeated the questions and I figured that he didn’t qui...

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Part 58: Calm

07-31-2010 01:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I started the day feeling a little bit “antsy”. It is so rare lately that I have everything under my belt that I want to. I finished everything for the site yesterday and even got the first half of the mailings out announcing the sales. The catalogs are caught up. My editor has several projects to choose from. My friend received all her class material for the class she is teaching next weekend at the woodworking show and the fliers and printed material are sitting there and r...

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Part 59: Day Trip!! (Not Woodworking Related)

08-01-2010 02:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

After writing my blog here yesterday and doing some things here around the house, I got to talking with my partner. He asked what I was planning to do for the day, and I told him that I didn’t really plan to do any major work until Monday. It was turning out to be a beautiful day outside, with not a cloud in the sky and the temperatures already warm, so it didn’t take much discussion for us to decided – - ROAD TRIP!!! I may be OK with staying inside all winter, but on d...

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Part 60: What To Do Next?

08-02-2010 12:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

You know you are getting older when you have to recoup from the weekend. Not because you were doing any wild partying or anything like that. Just because you were active and busy and there didn’t seem to be a moment to spare. What fun though! Yesterday was another great day. I spent the morning and early afternoon catching up on housework and preparing the food I was bringing to the cookout. I finished the majority of what I wanted to do before we left. We had a really nice visi...

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Part 61: Things are Falling Into Place

08-03-2010 01:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It feels wonderful to see my business gaining some momentum again. Although I know it still has a way to go, it is a good feeling to see that I am gaining ground, even if it is just a little bit every day. it is a huge change from what I have experienced the past couple of years. Things had really slowed down and I had some personal things going on and had some people around me that were great influences in my life that only looked at the monitory side of things and it really sucked the li...

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Part 62: LJ's Is Just an Incredible Place

08-04-2010 01:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

I am getting a slow start today. It was one of those odd nights when I was just restless. It was pretty cool when I went to sleep, but I woke up at about 2:30 and it was muggy and warm. If I was under the cover I was hot and if I went on top of the covers I was too cool. Go figure. I almost called it a night at 4:30 and just got up, but I knew I would be dragging my wagon today if I did so I tried to get back to sleep. It must have worked because around six or so I was awakened by thunder...

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Part 63: Starting To See A Change

08-05-2010 12:09 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

All in all it has been a rather quiet week. I guess by quiet it means that there have been no disasters or anything like that. I have been working on a new set of ornaments and drawing for the past several days, but I have also been doing lots of organizational stuff and things on the site and filling orders and such that have really filled the days for me. I got my July figures from my largest wholesaler yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised. So far for this year, it was my best sho...

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Part 64: Back to the Scroll Saw (Finally!)

08-06-2010 01:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

After drawing and doing office stuff all week, I finally get to make some sawdust today. Even though it has only been a couple of days since I was last cutting, it somehow feels like weeks. I really like that part of the job. It is fun to see the drawings come to life and finally be able to hold the projects in my hand. I never think that things look as good on paper, and probably with good reason. They just don’t. I get a real sense of satisfaction seeing everything get cut out a...

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Part 65: New Musical Instrument Ornaments (With Pictures!!!!)

08-07-2010 03:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Well, I started today off with a bang. Literally. I barely had the sleep out of my eyes and a couple of sips of coffee in my body and I began finish sanding the set of ornaments I was working on. I accidentally caught the corner of the sand paper on a holly leaf and it broke off. I went to the freezer to get my cyanoacrylate glue and I had a not so nice surprise. It seemed that yesterday I was pretty hot and pretty busy and I had put a can of Diet Coke in the freezer “just for a m...

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Part 66: The Same Thing Can Be Very Different

08-08-2010 02:43 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It’s funny how you can take the same thing and make it look so completely different. I guess that I why I like painting so much. Even though I do appreciate the beauty of the natural colors of wood, there are times when it just isn’t possible or practical to use natural and exotic wood. My friend Cari and I used to have a lumber yard nearby when we lived in Oak Lawn, a suburb of Chicago. This was back when I had just started to scroll saw, as Cari and her father are the ones ...

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Part 67: Which Direction to go Next?

08-09-2010 12:09 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I have never been one to use an alarm clock much. It seems that I get into a certain rhythm and stay on that pattern until something in my life drastically changes. For quite a while now I am on the 5:45 – 6:00 plan. It seems that unless I really am wiped out, I naturally wake up at that time. I don’t fight it, as I love the quiet of the mornings and get some of my best writing done. I also sift through the emails and catch up with all the correspondence at that time. I like...

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Part 68: Pushing the Pile

08-10-2010 01:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, I am late out of the gate today. It was one of those nights that I guess I would call ‘eventful’ and I guess it was by choice that I slept in a bit. I had my ‘rain legs’ on all day yesterday. By that I mean that I get a certain achy feel in my legs before a storm. This isn’t a old thing for me. It has happened since I was a teen. It could be bright and sunny out and not a cloud in the sky and I knew that within the next 24 hours that it would storm....

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Part 69: Question for You (Kind of Woodworking Related)

08-11-2010 01:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 22 comments »

A couple of days ago, my buddy (Cosmos35) posted a blog which asked a question of all of us. I found this to be really an interesting thing, as it gave us a chance to really get to know each other a little bit better. As I read the responses, it was a nice chance to see what drove others to doing what all brought us here together in the first place. I love learning about people and since I have come here to LJ’s, I feel as if I have made many friends. Many of them don’t post t...

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Part 70: Thanks For The Great Responses Yesterday

08-12-2010 01:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

Well, after reading all the responses from yesterday’s post it really did bring home the fact that I do need to get moving more. When I used to live in the town of Digby, a little over a year ago, I did walk just about every day. Even if it was a short walk to the post office and back it got me out and stretched. I did take my walk here yesterday. The 2km loop around the river. It took well under an hour and I think it will be a nice start to doing something along that line every...

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Part 71: "The Great Blackberry Fiasco"

08-13-2010 01:55 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I’m going to start out this story with telling you that it doesn’t have to do with woodworking. Besides the bit of painting the wooden figurines in the evening, I just haven’t gotten very far in the wood department this week. It isn’t because I haven’t tried. My intentions were good and I was on quite a roll when I was going and it just seems that since I took that small break after finishing the candle trays and ornaments, I need to get back into a good worki...

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Part 72: The Two Choices are 'Scratch' or 'Sleep'

08-14-2010 12:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Well, yesterday was pretty much a wash. I went to the pharmacy in the morning to get something to deal with the bites and the pharmacist said “Wow. Those look bad” (no kidding) He gave me some cortisone cream and told me that pretty much my only option was Benedryl. He said that it should clear them up in a few days. I told him that it really made me sleepy, but he said there was really nothing else that would help. So I came home and put the creme on right away and held o...

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Part 73: "Relief"

08-15-2010 12:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

From the title of the blog, you can tell I feel much better. I don’t think she wants to be mentioned by name, but I owe a sincere thank you to a fellow Lumberjock who suggested a different strategy in dealing with my discomfort. As I said, I am a pretty healthy girl and don’t have to take any medicines for anything pretty much. Besides the occasional Tylenol, I am pretty good. Because of that I am not very familiar with what medication is available for various afflictions. ...

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Part 74: The Reality of a Crippled Economy Hits Home

08-16-2010 12:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Well, another weekend has passed and another Monday is here. It all goes by so quickly it seems. Especially with the silliness of last week. It seems that I spent most of Saturday catching up with the regular chores and yesterday just flew by. We went to our friends out by a lake and the weather was perfect and we had a nice afternoon. I got home by 9pm but was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open so I called it an early night. Today I got up early and am ready to start a product...

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Part 75: Back to the Drawing Board!

08-17-2010 02:48 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

It turned out to be quite a productive day after all. It feels good to be back in the swing of things. There is something that I find quite comforting in following a routine and it was great to feel ‘normal’ and productive again. The welts are all but gone from the bites on me and I no longer feel need for the medicine (although after finding the proper one, it wasn’t as much of an issue) My it was cool yesterday. It remained slightly overcast all day and it felt so muc...

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Part 76: Fretwork Cross Candle Tray and Charms

08-18-2010 01:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

After the initial delay of the morning yesterday, things went pretty well. The power remained on and as I understand it, it was out all the way to town for the time that it was. Although it remained overcast for most of the day, the misty rain subsided and by the time in needed to do the quick routing on the candle tray, the pavement was even dry. Things went very well. Since I changed my router bit, I have had little problem with burning. Apparently the dull bit was the culprit, and I...

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Part 77: A Day of Learning

08-19-2010 01:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Yesterday turned out to be a day of learning. For me, those are always good days. I had originally planned to take some quick pictures of the new project and one that my partner was just finished with and then spend the rest of the day drawing and working on the next one. That just wasn’t how it turned out to be. One of the best thing about being your own boss and keeping on schedule is that it allows you the flexibility to deviate from that schedule most of the time. At least f...

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Part 78: Another Skating Figure Complete - Meet "Sonja"

08-20-2010 01:11 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Yesterday was a good day for tying up loose ends. It seemed that about half the day was writing to customers and answering emails. I enjoy that part of the job though, because it really lets me get to know my customers a little better. I also get to see some of the wonderful work they do. I also have some personal correspondences to keep up with. I have one friend in particular who wrote me yesterday. She is a friend from high school, but we became friends more so when I kids were bab...

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Part 79: Finding Balance (sigh!) Again

08-21-2010 01:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

How quickly things can sneak up on us! There are times that I wonder if it is something I do to myself, or is it just life’s way of keeping us on our toes. I guess when I find the true answer to that, I will be well on my way to having “all the answers”. (That was a joke – not an arrogant comment. I know that sometimes when I write things, my subtle sarcasm can get lost in the print) I want a 48 hour day. I guess the realist in me knows that that isn’t g...

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Part 80: Lots of Good Ideas From You All

08-22-2010 01:42 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I want to begin by thanking all who gave me their tips and advice on how they stay on top of things. Sometimes I think that we are so close to our own situations that we can’t see things clearly – especially when we are in an overwhelmed state of mind. The first thing I did was make a list of what needed to be done. Look the beast(s) in the eyes, if you will. I am a “list” person to begin with, but sometimes when I get caught up and everything is going according ...

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Part 81: Implementing Some Good Advice

08-23-2010 12:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Things seem to be getting back to normal. The toaster is back to popping and at precisely 6:08 this morning I popped out of bed like normal. It was still quite dark out (as it will be from now on in the mornings I assume) but I was pleased that I seemed to be back on schedule. I never was one for an alarm clock, and I only used one at times when I absolutely, positively needed to get up by a certain time. When I worked outside the home or needed to get the kids to school I used one, but ...

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Part 82: My "Other Shop" (Lots of pictures!)

08-24-2010 02:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

I knew it was going to be a great day yesterday. I could just tell from the beginning. Did you ever have days like that? After seeing that beautiful sky when the sun first came up, how could it NOT be a good day? Sometimes things are just like that. After mapping out my day here and writing my blog and getting all the stuff I needed to do around here, I headed to the bank to see if I could get an appointment and find out some things with my USA banking situation. I only expected to bo...

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Part 83: Do We Ever Have "Enough" Wood??

08-25-2010 12:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I actually got up early today so I must be excited about something. I really don’t know what though. Maybe just work in general. I awoke at about 5:30 and really didn’t think at all about going back to sleep. Some mornings are just like that. There is so much going on in my head right now. Yesterday we spend the latter part of the afternoon sorting and stacking our wood supply and doing a kind of mental inventory of what we have. It is really quite impressive. Although t...

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Part 84: The "Magic List" is Working

08-26-2010 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Sometimes things go just right. After writing here yesterday, it seemed to turn out to be one of those days. I actually accomplished all that I set out to do and even though I didn’t have time to paint in the evening, I had to fight the feeling (once again) that I didn’t set my goals high enough or plan enough work for the day because I actually accomplished all of it. Maybe the “Magic List” is just doing what it is supposed to be doing – working! Is it that...

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Part 85: Short and Sweet - I'm Heading to the Wood Store!

08-27-2010 09:55 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

This one is going to be short and sweet. I’m heading out this morning for Halifax and East Coast Hardwood – one of the best wood stores I have ever seen! I know you will all be jealous but I only go a couple of times a year so give me my due :) I promise to have some pictures of this place so you can see how cool it is. I can’t wait to see what I will come home with either. It always inspires me. We are also planning to hit a couple of tool places, as well as Lee Vall...

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Part 86: I'm Baaaack! What a terrific day!

08-28-2010 01:42 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Well you could have all figured that I would be late with the blog this morning. That was kind of a given. We got up at 4:30 yesterday morning and hit the road and we didn’t get home until after 9pm. We were tired, but quite excited and wound up and I didn’t get to bed until after midnight. I woke at 5:15 this morning and got a drink of water and went promptly back to bed. It just wasn’t time yet! What an incredible day we had! It was perfect from start to finish. ...

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Part 87: "The Grizz"

08-29-2010 12:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am still kind of slow today. It is funny how you go away for only a day and it takes you several to catch up again. I am not complaining though. It is good to be missed. Not only by the cats, but also by friends and others. It was funny but when I left on Friday morning, there was one email in my mail box. I was totally caught up on correspondence and getting back to people that I needed to talk to and all. When I got home, there were over 40 things there for me. About half of it was...

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Part 88: Monday Ramblings and Customer (non)Service

08-30-2010 01:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Ahhh! One of my favorite days of the week! I can tell already that it is going to be warm today. It is so quiet and still out and I can hear that rooster in the distance crowing every five minutes or so. It sounds silly to me. Maybe because I was a city girl for so many years. Most people here are annoyed by it, it seems. My neighbor Lee says when he first hears it in the morning it makes him get up and close the window. He threatens to go over and do it bodily harm. It’s all wor...

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Part 89: Back to the Shop!

08-31-2010 01:36 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Sometimes I am just like a child. I guess that age has nothing to do with maturity, does it? Here I was yesterday, doing what I was supposed to be doing (drawing) and my partner called that he got off of work early. By early, I mean it was about 2pm. He asked if I wanted to head to Bernie’s and re-saw that wood we got on Friday (I guess he is a child, too!) and it took me about half a second to answer YES! I have been thinking about all those beautiful wood pieces since we got ba...

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Part 90: Losing LJ's For A Bit Really Made Me Appreciate it Even More

09-01-2010 01:29 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

All I can say is that I had enough of summer. I know, I know. You can all get your rotten cabbages and tomatoes to throw at me! I shouldn’t really complain because I know many people have it much worse, but the last couple of days have really been uncomfortable. I won’t go into a rant, but I just want to say that I can’t wait for autumn to be here. Yesterday when I went on my walk, I noticed for the first time that the leaves are beginning to start to blush on a few tr...

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Part 91: Quite An Adventure on the Horizon

09-02-2010 01:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Yesterday, as I was struggling with one of the warmest days here since coming to Nova Scotia, I received a thrilling phone call. It was from the Showcase Chair of the Northeastern Woodworkers Association. His name is Ken Evans and he called me regarding me teaching next March at the NWA’s annual showcase. I had mentioned that my friend, who is active in this large club, had approached me of the possibility of me going to Saratoga Springs in March to teach some classes on scroll saw...

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Part 92: A Very Delicate Repair Done Successfully

09-03-2010 01:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

It is a horrible feeling to break a piece that you have been working on for some time. After all the hours of drawing and planning, and then the additional hours of the actual cutting and seeing the piece come to a beautiful reality, one of the worst feelings is when you pick it up and hear it ‘crack’. The only thing that can be worse is when you do it to someone else’s piece. (Ahem – that would be me!) My partner had been working on a piece for over a week now. ...

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Part 93: Time To Batten Down the Hatches

09-04-2010 12:48 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I am going to be typing fast today. I was awaken this morning, not by the distant call of the rooster, but by the persistent pounding of the wind and the rain announcing hurricane Earl at my door. I had some great news to talk about, but I may save it for tomorrow. I want to keep things short today (If there is such a thing where I am concerned!). The storm should be with us most of the day, and already the winds are picking up. It seems ironic because it was another night of stagnan...

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Part 94: After the Storm - Good Things on the Horizon

09-05-2010 02:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

We didn’t do too badly with the storm and all. Although there was a bit of rain and some wind, there was nothing frightening or horrible about it. It has been dry here this summer too, so the rain is probably welcome by most. A little after noon, we figured out that we needed milk and ventured out to the store because nothing is open in our area on Sunday and there is a holiday for Labor Day on Monday so things would be closed also. It wasn’t even raining when we went out, alth...

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Part 95: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars

09-06-2010 01:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Finally. A Monday that people like. With the Labor Day holiday both here and in the United States, most everyone in these countries have the day off. However, with the Labor Day holiday comes the realization that summer is coming to a close and winter is not far off. I am certain that there will be plenty of grumblings about that on my facebook page. They already have started. I am ready for fall and winter. The past week was enough summer for me. I guess I found something that I di...

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Part 96: New Observation About My DeWalt Saw - Something to Think About

09-07-2010 02:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

There are times when I really feel guilty because I like my job so much. Not really too guilty, but sort of. I guess a better way to put it is that I feel bad for the people who really don’t like their own jobs. Maybe that is why I fight so hard to keep my business going and put so many hours in. The alternative seems very unpleasant to me. Although I have done many other jobs in the past, and I know if it comes down to it I will do what I have to in order to survive, I hope that I ...

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Part 97: A Very Exhilarating Day

09-08-2010 01:55 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I really don’t like drama. I guess I have had enough of it in my life to last my entire lifetime. There are people who thrive on it I know, but I don’t think I am one of them. I get really nervous and queasy when there is confrontation. I guess that is why I like writing so much. I can express myself without worrying about being bullied or cut off. In general, I think I am not an aggressive person. On paper, I am pretty good at standing up for myself and all but in real life...

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Part 98: Trying Out Some Corian

09-09-2010 01:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

After all the excitement of the previous day, yesterday brought with it a welcome calm. I took advantage of the general quite of the day and I did some major house cleaning and organizing. There is something about having neat and organized surroundings that provides comfort and peace in my life. I sent the next project off to the magazine. There are two projects there already there awaiting their publication along with a couple of articles, but the editors are already finished with them f...

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Part 99: Memories of My Beginnings in Woodworking

09-10-2010 01:55 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Another week is coming to an end. It is amazing to me that during these busy times just how quickly that seems to happen. I read many posts on my facebook and all around about school beginning and mothers putting their children on the school bus to begin the new year at school. Those days are long past for me, as my children are both grown, but I have many fond memories of that time in my life. The other day when I posted the picture of the fireplace mantle that my friend Cari and I bu...

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Part 100: Passing Another Milestone

09-11-2010 01:44 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Yesterday was a full day. It seemed that every minute I was busy but it was one of those days where at the end of it I looked at what I physically accomplished and it didn’t seem that it should have been so hard to do. I think some projects are like that though. They take much more out of us then we realize. My main accomplishment was getting the written instructions of the Skating Pond done and to the Assistant Editor (who is the woman who used to be the Editor) of the Christmas ...

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Part 101: Seeing Others Blossom

09-12-2010 01:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Again, I want to thank you all for the nice comments and private messages regarding my 100th blog post yesterday. I do enjoy talking to you every morning and although every day isn’t filled with making woodworking projects, sometimes it is really nice to share a good story or talk about something totally unrelated. I am happy you all like to read about the other things too. Today I have a good story to tell. I think it is a good story anyway, and it made me feel very happy. A c...

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Part 102: New Projects for the Week

09-13-2010 01:29 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

It’s Monday and I can’t wait to start the week. That’s a great feeling. I have several new things that I want to get working on and I am really excited about getting them going and seeing them come to life. Last week I showed my editor the star ornaments that I finished. He liked them a lot and I told him I could make a totally different set out of maple or another light wood and I would be able to use the paints I used on the candle holders and tint them red, white an...

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Part 103: Change of Seasons

09-14-2010 01:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

With the cooler weather arriving, it is a pleasure to see more and more people getting back to their shops and starting to work on projects again. As you regular readers know, summer is probably my least favorite season. I know that isn’t a popular opinion, but I have never been one to go along with the masses so I guess it is somewhat expected that I am not really fond of summer. From what I hear from my friends and customers in the States, it was for the most part a really brutal su...

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Part 104: Today I Get To Scroll Saw

09-15-2010 01:22 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

It has been a quiet week so far, but it has also been productive. It seems as if things go through cycles like that. I am not really used to quiet so it is rather odd to be able to work at such a good pace without many interruptions. Yesterday I finished my drawings and I got to the point of cutting the new sets of stars. I found a nice and light piece of maple to cut them from and the patterns are attached and I even drilled everything out. I often wish that they had blowers attached...

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Part 105: A Silver Lining After a Dismal Day

09-16-2010 02:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Well, yesterday turned out to be a day where things just don’t go right. I know we have all had those days, and it was just my turn apparently. I wasn’t any one thing in particular. Just a lot of little things that added up I guess. I did get all my cutting done, and that was a good part of the day. But in between cutting there were several messages that weren’t what I called positive. I can see my computer screen from where I cut, and I check in on messages every on...

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Part 106: Facing Challenges

09-17-2010 01:46 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

It is a cold, dark and rainy day so far today. I wonder if that is an indication of things to come? I have to go to the bank and the post office today and I really don’t look forward to getting wet. It is raining pretty hard and the wind is coming off the ocean so it seems pretty nasty out. Perhaps it will let up by the time the bank opens. I have a long laundry list of things to accomplish today. I don’t like this many loose ends and it is time to take a full day to clean...

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Part 107: Onword We Go!

09-18-2010 01:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I made tremendous progress yesterday in getting things organized. I was quite determined to get some things done, because I needed to get my head above water on several small tasks that have been hanging in the background. I like being organized and in order to be creative, I need to feel that things are in order. When I look at the calendar and see how time seems to be passing so quickly, it is sometimes difficult to understand how each day is consumed. My days are all so full and it real...

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Part 108: Crossing More Things Off My List

09-19-2010 01:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday I accomplished a tremendous amount of important things. I don’t have any pictures to show you, but sometimes the days when you get the behind the scenes things done are the most fulfilling. Accomplishments are not always measured with tangibles, you know. So what did I do which deserves all this fanfare and pomp and circumstance? I proofread and/or assembled instructions for no less than four projects which will be heading out for the magazine tomorrow! Yay for me! I...

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Part 109: Hitting the Ground Running

09-20-2010 01:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I did wind up taking advantage of the beautiful day yesterday and I played ‘hookie’. It was a beautiful and warm day and it was just too tempting for me to resist spending some time outside. I am looking at all the things that I have to do today however and I am certainly going to pay the price for it. Not really, but there are things that I have to get done that I need to do today and the list is a bit longer than I wanted. I know today will go by fast. We wound up going t...

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Part 110: Cutting Today!

09-21-2010 12:07 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I got all of the important things I needed to get done yesterday. That was a good thing. I still have a list of so many things that still need to be done too though, and I am continuing on today. I am however, going to get to the scroll saw and get some cutting done. I have been working on an order for something on the side and I am determined to finish cutting it today. It’s funny how little time I get to spend ‘in the shop’ or actually physically cutting. When I st...

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Part 111: A Woodworking "Beary Tale"

09-22-2010 11:51 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Once upon a time, there was a woodworker named Scrollgirl. She loved woodworking of all kinds and making patterns so others could join in her fun and make their own woodworking projects. One day, one of her friends on Lumberjocks asked her if she could do him a favor and make some bears for her. She was happy to do it and went right to work. She picked a beautiful hickory board to create her bears, with a warm golden color. “This would be perfect” she thought as she sanded a...

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Part 112: Back to Reality (In a good way!)

09-23-2010 01:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I thoroughly enjoyed writing yesterday’s post and appreciate all the kind comments on it. It was fun and made the project so much more personal and meaningful to me. I like when my mind wanders like that. (and yes, it was substance-free!) and it feels good to be able to think of such enchanting existences. For me it was a mini-vacation and I thank you all for joining me. Today it is time to return to the real world, however. Last night at 7:49pm I received an email message from t...

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Part 113: Random Thoughts on Groups and Stuff

09-24-2010 12:42 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

And so ends another week. . . Is it me, or did this one really go by fast? It must mean that I was too busy to notice. I think back to Monday when I sent out that package with the projects for the magazine and it seems like weeks ago. I did accomplish a lot this week though and I am happy that for the most part things got done. I had lunch with a couple of friends of mine that I used to see every week at the painting group I belonged to in Bear River. It was hard to believe that I ha...

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Part 114: Looking Ahead

09-25-2010 12:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

It is just another one of those days when I can’t wait to get up. There are so many wonderful and exciting things to do that my head can’t fall back asleep! It is quiet here and still quite dark out. I opened the window just a bit more and threw a light blanket over my lap so I can feel the cool air of the morning. You can barely smell that someone in the distance has a fire going, but it mostly smells like autumn. By that I mean it smells like the woods on a cool day. The sc...

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Part 115: The Plan

09-26-2010 02:11 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Yesterday I left you with me standing up in front of hoards of people and them looking to me to teach them about scroll sawing. The classes are to be about 45 minutes long (they are scheduled every hour) and each class can have about 40 students present. From what I understand, I will have a scroll saw there with me for quick demonstrations and I believe there will be some sort of screen so that everyone there will be able to see what I am doing. That will help a lot. Although I much pref...

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Part 116: Finished Drawing - On To Cutting

09-27-2010 01:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

It was a good day yesterday. Again I am excited today because I get to cut out a new project. I finished designing my next candle holder yesterday and I have an extremely beautiful piece of padauk just waiting for the scroll saw this morning. It is so pretty, with bright orange and dark brown streaks running through it. Unfortunately with cutting a scroll saw design into it, you tend to lose the pattern of the grain. It isn’t like a box or something like that, but it is still a prett...

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Part 117: Learning to Cut Padauk on the Scroll Saw

09-28-2010 01:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Boy, I really enjoyed cutting yesterday! This project is turning out to be everything that a project should be: somewhat challenging, a chance to learn new things, and most of all FUN. I haven’t really cut padauk on the scroll saw before. I had heard stories of how difficult it was however, and I have been a bit intimidated by it. However, even though it has some challenges, once I figured them out things went like clock work and it turned out to be a really pleasant experience. ...

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Part 118: Yesterday is Gone (Good!)

09-29-2010 01:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday was a day that I could have done without. It started out fine and everything was going according to plan until about 10am. I received an email from a customer saying that he couldn’t get to my website. The previous day, Steve Good (who hosts this wonderful scroll saw forum and site) had presented one of the patterns I had donated and informed his readers (which are over 5000 scroll sawyers) about the sale I was having until Oct 1st. I had also sent email notices to my now...

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Part 119: Busy Hands are Happy Hands

09-30-2010 01:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Well, it certainly turned out to be a better day then the previous one. Besides having to go to the dentist to replace a filling that fell out, everything else went fine. (I love popcorn in the evening!) Business was what I would call back to normal and there was a flurry of activity again and it made me feel good. I did receive an email from someone having trouble accessing the site, but I was able to redirect them to directly tap in the server. Apparently that was the ripple type eff...

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Part 120: The Power of Attitude

10-01-2010 01:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Yesterday I did an experiment. I wanted to see if I could make a really great day just ‘happen’. We hear so much about how our attitude affects the outcome of our day (week/month/life) but do we really believe it? Is attitude some magical and mystical force that is dictated by our own thoughts and actions? Or does everything that occurs in our lives just happen by chance? Hummm . . . . . We hear the saying about looking at the glass ‘half empty’ or ‘hal...

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Part 121: Building a Bridge

10-02-2010 01:40 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It seems like I have been all over the board the past couple days regarding work. I don’t know. Sometimes it just happens. I have so many directions that I could go in and I need to commit myself to going in one. Or at least one at a time. Doing only one thing is almost impossible these days. There has been so much opportunity from many different places and I don’t want to let any of them go. I find that I do one task for a while and then get distracted and do another task ...

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Part 122: Building a Bridge 2

10-03-2010 03:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

”We build too many walls and not enough bridges” – Isaac Newton I had a lot of fun yesterday. I finished my little bridge and even though I had made one previously that went to the magazine, I had learned some things on this site that made the glue up much easier and it went together like clockwork. It was only a couple of months ago when I struggled to make the first one, and it made me feel good to think that I learned so much in such a short time. It went together so...

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Part 123: Ironing Out Details

10-04-2010 01:37 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It feels so good to come off such a nice weekend. The weather was decent (it rained Saturday, but with the rain came a cooling relief from the humidity and much too warm temperatures we were having) and it feels like autumn should. Cool. Crisp. Exhilarating. I was quite productive, yet I still feel greatly relaxed and ready to take on the new week. I finished my bridge and also completed painting a couple of more figures for the pond scene. I had to re-cut a couple of pieces because when...

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Part 124: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

10-05-2010 03:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Okay, so I have to make a confession. I am addicted to this site. Reality hit me in the head like a ton of bricks this morning. When I first woke up and came to my computer things were fine. There were several messages in my mail box that were notifications on various projects I was watching and new posts that my Buddies here had put up overnight. As usual, I spent the first half hour or so of my day with my first morning coffee reading through everything and occasionally commenting. ...

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Part 125: My Own Self-Challenge

10-06-2010 01:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I am really excited again. Already I know that it is going to be a great day. I got up early again (well – maybe I should say earlier) because I can’t wait to get things rolling today. It is a good reason and a wonderful way to start the day. I have already read through all of my mail and it is still pitch dark out, but that is OK. By the time I am done here and showered and done my morning clean up it will be late enough to get going. Besides, we are having the roof redone a...

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Part 126: The Results

10-07-2010 01:48 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I laughed when I re-read yesterdays post last night! Not necessarily because it was humorous, but because my expectations couldn’t have been much further from reality. Even the other members of the ‘pink cloud club’ were probably laughing at me when they read it. As I was sitting here at my computer, positively exhausted with my body aching from standing at the scroll saw for over six hours, I just shook my head and thought to myself “What in the world was I think...

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Part 127: Scrollgirl's Day Off

10-08-2010 02:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Besides the days I take small road trips, it is rare for me to have what I would officially call a “day off”. Actually, I don’t think that it is possible. My work is so entwined with my personal life that I am unable separate the two aspects of my life. I only think this would be a bad thing if I didn’t love my job as much as I do. I get frequent warnings from many well-wishers who tell me that by doing woodworking as a “job” I have put myself at risk o...

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Part 128: Writing Instructions

10-09-2010 12:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I spent much of yesterday trying to get on track again. My mid-week break (although much appreciated) seemed to take its toll more than I anticipated. It seems that I spent most of the day catching up on things that I hadn’t thought would fall behind so quickly. I caught up with my emails and that felt good. However, I still need to solve some issues regarding the business and haven’t quite finished. I need to work on writing the instructions for several of the new projects...

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Part 129: Moving Right Along

10-10-2010 01:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I made good headway yesterday. Although I still have some of the pattern packet writing to do, I did get through much of it and I also got some other important things completed. I finished drawing and cutting the charm pieces for my Wright Inspired candle tray. I think the charms are as cool as the tray itself. They would make key chain tags or even a necklace. I found a piece of thin walnut that was as dark as the tray and it looked pretty nice. It took me only about half an hour to cut...

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Part 130: Thanksgiving in Canada

10-11-2010 01:45 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

One of the things I found hardest to get used to in moving to another country was the different holidays and celebrations. Here in Canada, today is Thanksgiving. As many of you may know, I am originally from the United States. I am used to Thanksgiving at the end of November. Football was in full swing, pretty much everyone enjoyed a four day weekend, and sometimes we even had snow on the ground. Aside from Christmas, Thanksgiving was one of our biggest celebrations. Here in Canada, it s...

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Part 131: Trying Not to be Overwhelmed

10-12-2010 12:18 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

One thing I find about holidays is that when we have one, the week just seems to fly by. I know that it shouldn’t matter to me because I work from home, but it just seems as if the week is cut too short and I have to do more just to keep caught up. Lately it seems that I have been all over the board. I say ‘lately’ but in actuality it has only been a few days. It seems odd that it was a week ago that I drew my last project and since then not only finished it, but also ...

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Part 132: Three Cheers for Lists!

10-13-2010 01:48 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Things turned out great yesterday. It was a very productive day and I accomplished far more than I expected. I took some of the advice that was offered and I made a list and just began checking things off one by one as I finished things. By the end of the day, I was able to lay my head on my pillow knowing that I did my best and with far less anxiety than I woke up with. What a great feeling! After getting my regular house stuff finished, I made a list and prioritized what needed to be...

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Part 133: Enjoying the Small Successes

10-14-2010 01:08 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

The light has just started to appear to the east but for the most part it is still dark out. My neighbor, who leaves for work every day at this time has started his truck up and it is warming up in the driveway. Over the sound of the engine, I hear a faint intermittent scraping noise. I looked out the window in the semi-darkness to see if I could distinguish the source. It was the windshield wipers on the truck, which was covered in a thin layer of frost. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ...

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Part 134: Good Way To Start the Day

10-15-2010 01:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It is only a little after 6:30 and I already scored a major victory! What a wonderful day it is going to be! OK – so it may not be major to everyone else, but it certainly is to me. Many of you may remember that I am in the process of changing over to new software on my site. This is an enormous and complicated task, as I have over 300+ products right now and the list is growing every day. Getting things in the proper order and presenting them in an organized way is no small task....

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Part 135: 'Plan B'

10-16-2010 01:40 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

It was another day of fun and creativity yesterday. I had originally planned on cutting out the next candle tray, but it was quite windy and rainy all day long. I need to do a quick routing on the edges of each of the trays and I usually do that outside, but the weather just wasn’t cooperating. Even though it only takes a few minutes to rout, I thought it best to wait and go on to ‘plan B’. I like having a ‘plan B’. I think it is something that everyone sh...

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Part 136: Full Day at the Saw

10-17-2010 01:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Today will certainly be a full day. Right now it is quiet, but as soon as the hour is decent, I need to start working on my two trays to cut out. I had a good day yesterday. We went to our friend’s house on the little lake and the colors were just amazing. Even though it was raining and the skies were gray most of the day, it didn’t take away from the incredible colors of the trees. It is that rare time when you can see all the colors at once – red, orange, gold and green...

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Part 137: Almost There

10-18-2010 01:30 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I am quite proud of how things worked out yesterday. It feels wonderful when things actually work out how they are supposed to. I spent the day cutting for the most part and by 4pm I had not one but two new trays cut out. When I was writing about it yesterday morning, I was wondering if I would be able to accomplish it. After the Wright tray taking so long, my confidence in myself was a bit shaken. Not in the sense if I was able to do it or not but in the time line. Both patterns went...

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Part 138: Getting the Picture

10-19-2010 12:56 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am glad that yesterday is behind me. I am not (really) complaining, but it is good that today is a new day and will be much less tedious than yesterday. It wasn’t disastrous or anything like that, but it was just the kind of day where it seemed that I had to work much harder than usual to achieve not greatness, but mediocrity. I don’t mind working that hard for greatness. In that case, the end results is its own reward. I worked much harder yesterday than I did on the day w...

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Part 139: I Couldn't Do This Alone

10-20-2010 01:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

There are so many different facets to having my own business as a designer. Drawing the pattern and making the prototype are just a small part of the process. Once those steps are completed, then there is the task of making the pattern packet. This includes photography and writing. It also includes laying out the pattern in a packet format. Then comes the marketing part. I need to decide whether it going to the magazine or directly to the wholesalers and for sale on my own site. If it i...

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Part 140: Every Day Isn't Exciting

10-21-2010 01:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Today’s post will be short, I expect. Unless I start to ramble. I don’t believe I have much to say that is exciting or very interesting. I spent yesterday buried under a blanket of HTML working on the web site. Dawn to dusk if you will. (In between I made a meat loaf – but that was just to take a break and get away for a bit.) I did reach my goal though of checking each of the nearly 400 products and checking and rewriting the descriptions. Somehow it doesn’t ...

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Part 141: Taming the Programming Beast

10-22-2010 01:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday is the type of day which should reinforce what I have been preaching all along – we follow where we focus. For those of you who are regular readers, you know that the past couple of days have had me doing what I wouldn’t call my favorite aspect of the job – programming and data entry. Setting up the new site can be a tedious and daunting task for someone like me. I know enough to get by, but we all know how dangerous that can be. I had set the entire day asid...

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Part 142: We're Up and Running!! (Well - sort of!)

10-23-2010 12:18 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 16 comments »

Well, I did it! Last night sometime after supper, I got brave and hit the ‘publish’ button on my new site. After looking at it all week long, it seemed that it was time to really check things out. I still had to finish those few pattern packets, but I needed to try some things out like making sure the processor and ordering process worked and I didn’t want to wait because the general phone customer support isn’t available on weekends (except if you choose to purchas...

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Part 143: That Odd Feeling of Being "Caught Up"

10-24-2010 01:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I think everything is running normally now. At least I hope so. I was happy to say that I woke up this morning and was able to access my site by typing in the normal address. (I had to clear the cache in my browser, but it worked right away when I did) I had a couple of orders yesterday too, so it appears that all the mechanics of the site are functioning properly. It will probably take a day or so for the servers to catch up with the domain change but everyone should be able to access th...

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Part 144: Growing Pains

10-25-2010 01:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I think everything is pretty much done. I really do. I am almost afraid to say anything though because there seems to be so many little details that I know there is bound to be something out of kilter. This morning I woke up to the message that none of the article links worked on the site. That got my eyes opened a bit quicker than my cup of coffee did. I did figure out the problem and it is now corrected. It was simple, but as with most cases such as that, when working with html and a...

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Part 145: Mostly business stuff

10-26-2010 12:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday I was quite busy with many little tasks that added up to filling the day up. Did you every have a day like that? I must have checked off ten things on my ‘to do’ list that would have almost been forgotten about. Although I didn’t physically push the pile very far on the painting front, I plan to do so today. With all the little things out of the way, I should be able to dedicate the vast majority of the day to painting. I have received good reviews for the s...

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Part 146: Deep Thoughts for a Wednesday

10-27-2010 11:58 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I must really be getting old. I have an appointment to get my eyes checked this morning and I have been up since just past four being restless and thinking about it. It is now just after six and I have already gone through most of my mail and read the headlines and picked around here a bit. It didn’t help that it rained all night and I know that I will have to drive on the wet highway. Last April I had to go on the same road after the rain. The road is not in great repair and a...

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Part 147: There's No Place Like Home

10-28-2010 11:52 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

After yesterday’s adventure, I am happy to be able to stay at home and get some work done today. Although I know it is good for me to venture out into the real world sometimes, I can’t help but appreciate the comfort and security of my own surroundings. I have always been someone who enjoys their surroundings, and even though I look forward to the day trips I take, there is something comforting and safe about returning home. I don’t think that it is severe enough to be re...

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Part 148: Only Eight Weeks Until Christmas . . . (YIKES!)

10-29-2010 01:37 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Were you all as horrified as I was when you read that statement? I was doing my morning mail and cruising around my facebook to see what my friends were up to this morning and those words jumped out at me from someone’s post. I don’t know about you all, but it is time to kick into high gear for me and really get moving on making my list and getting some stuff done. As many of you have witnessed, I have been working on a couple of additional skating pond sets which are both to...

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Part 149: Skating Through Saturday on the Paintbrush of Life

10-30-2010 02:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

After my proclamation the other day of my dedication to working on my holiday gifts in the evening, I still had to pack it in by 11pm and slept until what I consider ‘late’ – 7:30am. I was a bit disappointed in myself but I was tired and in the past few years I have found that I need to go with what my body is telling me and give in or I will perpetuate the cycle. My health has been excellent in these past two years though so even though I sometimes feel that I don’t...

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Part 150: Dealing With Change

10-31-2010 02:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I heard some sad news the other day. Apparently there is another painting magazine that is going to cease to exist. As I was reading my facebook news feed which is a mixture of friends, family, woodworkers and painters, I caught the thread where the announcement was made by a very respected long-time author of many painting instruction books. My heart just sank. She had also said that not only was their painting magazine going to fold, but the other craft type publications as well. I co...

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Part 151: More on Changes

11-01-2010 12:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I very much enjoyed reading your responses to my blog yesterday. You all brought up some excellent points that I want to respond to and I hope you don’t mind if I continue the discussion here. There were many good points made and I would love to talk about some of them. As Tom said – balancing the old practical with the new technical is something to think about, and has raised several questions around here since I have been here. A couple of months ago, the discussion was br...

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Part 152: Some Decisions are Difficult to Make

11-02-2010 11:56 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I am at last seeing the finish line in painting the skating pond scene. As of today, I am on the last of the figure and then I only need to do the trees and lamp posts and I will be able to unveil the entire scene. I have thoroughly enjoyed recreating it, but there have been many distractions along the way and I am feeling that I can’t wait to get to the many other things that await my attention. The distractions haven’t been all bad, but some are certainly more productive tha...

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Part 153: Just About Finished

11-03-2010 01:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I made a great deal of progress on the skating pond sets yesterday. It was the first day in several that I really felt like I had accomplished a great deal. I finished the last of the characters, and now I only have the trees and lamp posts to complete, and then the stands for everything and I will be finished. I say that, but I am thinking about how I may want to store and present the pieces for my own set and the set I am giving away as a gift. Somehow I don’t like the idea of ju...

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Part 154: Trees and Lighting

11-04-2010 01:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I think that I shall never see, a poem so lovely as a tree. – Joyce Kilmer Well, my trees may be poetry but they came out nice. I designed four different trees for the pond, in addition to the large tree that will be the center attraction. I am only going to include one in each set, but I will offer additional trees and lamp posts if people want more. Although the trees are relatively easy to paint, they are probably the most time consuming to cut. As I showed in a previous pos...

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Part 155: Time to Take a Stand

11-05-2010 10:00 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am writing this blog last night because we decided to high tail it to Halifax in the morning for probably our last trip into the city before winter hits. Today, we went to a new wood place that our friend Bernie recommended today and got some incredibly low priced and high quality hard woods. Among our finds were some nice ash at $2.00 per board foot, some flaming birch for $3.00 per board foot and some curly maple which was also only $3.00 per board foot. We didn’t get a lot bec...

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Part 156: Last Trip to the Wood Store of the Season

11-06-2010 01:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

What an adventure yesterday was! I am very happy to be back home here safe and sound. We headed out just after 5 am and we didn’t make it back home here until almost 10 pm. Even though it was a long day, it seemed to go by very quickly. The only negative part of the day was the persistent rain, which doesn’t look as if it is going to stop until Thursday or Friday from the looks of the weather map. We knew that rain was predicted for the day, but we didn’t expect the q...

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Part 157: Improving on a Good Thing

11-07-2010 01:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I already know that it is going to be a great day. I only realized last night that we will have an extra hour and that this is the weekend we change our clocks. I always loved that extra hour. Even when I was quite young I enjoyed the advantages of it. Apparently I was even busy as a child and had little trouble trying to fill it. I decided yesterday that I am going to proclaim a “jammy day” today. I ran my errands yesterday and have no reason whatsoever to leave the house...

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Part 158: Almost done, but not quite . .

11-08-2010 12:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I can’t believe that I am still not finished with the pond scene! There are days I feel as if I am working so sloooooooow! Is it just because I am more careful? Or am I just taking too long? What is too long anyway? Speed has never been something that I have been able to brag about. Perhaps it looks as if I do things quickly because I put the hours necessary into the item to complete it it a relatively short time, but the hours themselves are definitely there. I have a friend ...

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Part 159: The Skating Pond Scene is Finished

11-09-2010 01:37 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 23 comments »

It is with mixed feelings that I see this project come to a finish. Although I am very happy to see it done, it will feel as if there is something missing from my eveings. My favorite time to work on it was after dinner when everything else was done and I just wanted to put an additional hour or so into painting. I really enjoyed painting these figures, and I think by doing so in this manner gave each one the attention they deserved. It is wonderful to look at the pieces and to have docu...

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Part 160: Back From the Shop

11-10-2010 01:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Yesterday was another day that just seemed to go by too quickly. I was fortunate that the rain seemed to let up for the most part for the day so that driving was not so treacherous. We still needed to be cautious though because many of the roads were flooded. About half a kilometer down our own street (right where the river bends) the river was actually so high that it bled into the street and flowed across it. Fortunately it was only a couple of inches deep, but it was a quick reminder th...

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Part 161: Handling Errors

11-11-2010 01:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Yesterday I had two very different incidents which involved errors and customer service. With the economy as it is in such a precarious position, I would think that each and every business would strive to give the best customer service possible. One place I felt passed the test. The other failed miserably. I thought it was interesting how things were handled so differently in the two instances. I thought they were worth sharing. A couple of weeks ago, I ran out of checks from my Chica...

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Part 162: Reaching a Milestone

11-12-2010 01:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I can finally say that I am ‘finished’ with the Skating Pond Pattern. I spent all of yesterday completing the instructions and assembling the pattern packet. It came out to be 24 pages long and has 52 photographs included. It is by far the most ambitious project that I have made. I decided not to include the individual stories for the characters, due to the size of the pattern already. I am really fighting with myself as to put them in or not. Part of me wishes to include ...

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Part 163: Trying to Find Focus

11-13-2010 01:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Many times when coming off finishing a long term or large project, I find myself feeling lost for a couple of days. I am going through that unsettled feeling right now. It is as if you are still wanting to work at that feverish pace that you were at and can’t find the right thing to focus on. It seemed to me yesterday that I was all over the board. I re-read the pattern for the skating pond and my friend who proof reads for me found 3 little typos in it. That wasn’t a big ...

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Part 164: Do You Want the Good News First, or the Bad News?

11-14-2010 02:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 18 comments »

I never thought that this type of job would be easy. When I started this blog I explained that I would offer insight to all sides of designing and my business – good and bad. I have been very fortunate that for the most part these past months I have had good days and felt somewhat successful. However, we all know that in the real world there aren’t only good days and that no matter how wonderful things seem when looking in from another side, that more often than not successful ...

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Part 165: Time - My Unexpected Friend

11-15-2010 01:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Time is not always my friend, but it can be if I allow it. I think that there are instances when we can use time to our advantage. Sometimes by just doing nothing. Although I wasn’t on a rampage or anything near as drastic yesterday, I suppose I was quite disappointed. I think that is the best way to describe my feelings. I felt quite blind sided by what happened and it came at a time when I was questioning my own creativity and just after I had spent a week focusing on getting e...

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Part 166: A Wonderfully Postive Outcome

11-16-2010 03:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

They say things happen for a reason, and I am one of those people who truly believes that. In any situation there are always several ways to look at things. Those who are pessimists tend to only see the negative side of things and focus on the bad things associated with the occurring event. Then there are the optimists who have a way of finding good in even the most troubling situation. I like being optimistic. Call me a fool, but I would rather go through my life with anticipation and ...

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Part 167: I Love Technology

11-17-2010 02:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I felt yesterday was quite a productive day. Although I didn’t get any drawing done, I was able to update the site and get the notifications out to the customers about the update and the new sales and such. I am really liking the new software for the site. It makes everything so easy and professional looking. I am now able to add images into the bulk emails I send out and even though I stick mostly to basic formatting, it allows endless possibilities so that I can make my notificati...

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Part 168: The Pink Cloud is a Little Green Today :(

11-18-2010 02:49 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Today’s post will be short. I have had to take some antibiotics for some things going on and they really are doing a number on me. I started them on Monday and need to be on them for a week, and I have felt progressively worse. Last night my tummy was pretty bad and I wound up calling the pharmacist. I was up most of the night. I also read up on the two prescriptions that I am taking and it is normal that while taking the meds that I am going to feel this way. So for the next couple...

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Part 169: Back Up and Moving

11-19-2010 02:46 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Although I took it quite slow yesterday, I did accomplish a few things. I planned on taking a nap in the afternoon, but I was involved in other things and I forgot. That was a good sign. I finished working on the drawings for the gingerbread candle try. The first tray I did was all gingerbread men. But then I looked at it and thought that he looked lonely so I altered the patterns to make him a girlfriend. I decided to include both designs in the pattern as some people have daughters...

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Part 170: Lights . . . camera . . . action!!

11-20-2010 02:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 26 comments »

Yesterday was quite a break though. I know it is the beginning of bigger and better things for me. For a while now, many of you have requested that I make videos to teach others both how to scroll saw and also to paint and finish projects. It was only this week that I discovered that my digital camera took such nice video. I knew it took videos, but for some reason, I thought it would be crappy and unwatchable. Maybe I was thinking of the crummy cell phone videos that I have seen. S...

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Part 171: So Much to Learn

11-21-2010 02:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

For the first time this season, there is a light dusting of white snow on the ground. It is actually quite pretty though and even though there is only a touch, it is enough to make me realize that the time is quickly approaching when I have to put my car keys away for the winter. I will probably have one more week of errands and getting things buttoned up and then resolve myself to the fact that I am grounded for the duration. I really don’t mind though, as there is much to do and ...

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Part 172: A "Talkie"

11-22-2010 02:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

I spent most of the day yesterday playing around with video stuff and reading about it. Usually Sunday is my painting day and with Christmas only a few weeks away I probably should have been working on my gifts, but I couldn’t help but explore this new ‘toy’ that I have discovered. I like the Windows Movie Maker software. (Now don’t start throwing rotten tomatoes at me! – I know anyone who says they like anything Windows puts out is instantly labeled “...

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Part 173: A Breath

11-23-2010 02:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

This is the time of the year that just goes by too quickly. In looking at the calendar, there is the realization that Christmas is just a few weeks away. For me it is even sooner, as I have to mail several of my gifts out. If they are to arrive on time, they have to be ready to go in the next week or so. It is easy for me to get caught up and feel harried. I am torn between continuing to create new things for my business and making other gifts for the people on my list. I love to make...

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Part 174: Getting Ready

11-24-2010 02:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Today I am going to hopefully finish up my gingerbread candle tray. I still need to cut the charms and stain them, and It could use another coat of shellac. Hopefully I will have some pictures tomorrow. I also want to get moving with drawing my next trays. I want to finish a poinsettia tray as well as a Nativity scene by next week so people will still have time to do them for Christmas. I know how I want them both to look, but again it is a matter of making them real and getting them draw...

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Part 175: Rambling Thoughts on Thanksgiving

11-25-2010 02:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

After growing up and living most of my life in the United States, I had come to take certain things for granted. It was only after moving here to Canada six years ago that I began to realize that things are sometimes different in other places and that there is a much bigger world out there. Now that I am in communication with others from all over the world, it is even more evident to me that these differences exist. Since I have been here in Canada, I have found that the people here are ...

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Part 176: Time to Focus

11-26-2010 02:56 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

OK. It is time to set some serious goals. I should be the poster child as to why goals need to be set. I find it amazing how I can be busy every second of the day, yet unless I have some specific goals in mind, I come through the day without seeming to accomplish much. Anyone out there have the same experience? I thought so. (Come on! If I can admit it – you can too!) I feel as if I have accomplished little of substance since the last catalog deadline a couple of weeks ago. O...

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Part 177: Finished Gingerbread Candle Tray

11-27-2010 03:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I finished the Gingerbread Candle Tray set yesterday. It was near-done for the past couple of days, but I finished cutting and staining the little charms and doing the photography on it. I think it came out OK. It isn’t one of my most intricate projects, but I found that a lot of people are interested in it and I think it will be a nice and quick project to get done in time for the holidays. Here are the pictures of the finished holder: From SLD337 Gingerbread Candle Tray and Ch...

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Part 178: Now That's More Like It!

11-28-2010 02:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I sure do love it when things click in! I honestly don’t know what differentiates one day from the next but sometimes it just seems that things get rolling and things just . . . .well, roll! Yesterday was an amazingly productive day. I finished my new candle tray drawing and I began the next one. I have the next one all laid out in my mind as to what I want and again, it is only a matter of getting it down on paper to make it a reality. I had initially planned on painting Christm...

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Part 179: I Am Right Where I Want to Be

11-29-2010 01:11 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Yesterday was a pretty good day. I did finish the drawings for the nativity candle tray, but it took me much more time than I anticipated. That’s OK though, because I am happy with the outcome. It just goes with the territory. I had planned on drawing until about noon or so – give or take. But at that point although I had the design done, I still wasn’t quite happy with it. I wanted to keep it simple, but I didn’t want it too simple. Sometimes it is hard to fi...

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Part 180: Silly Things Make Me Happy

11-30-2010 02:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Today’s post will be relatively short (I think). I really need to get cutting on my two new candle trays. I hopefully will be able to finish the main cutting today and be able to take photographs of them for tomorrow. There are only so many hours in the day though, so i want to get at it. Yesterday was a full day of fun. I didn’t get home until well after nine and spent the day at the mall and in the mini-malls doing my ‘final’ shopping for Christmas. The funny...

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Part 181: Poinsettia Candle Tray

12-01-2010 02:43 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Sometimes I have to laugh at myself when I look back and read the goals I set out for myself in any given day. I think if I ever actually achieved all I set out to do, I would be labeled “superwoman”. I don’t think it is necessarily bad to set our goals high. When my kids were young, I used to tell them “If you reach your goals, you are setting them too low”. Now I was only kidding when I said that, and I made sure they knew it, but I can’t help but thi...

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Part 182: Nativity Candle Tray is Finished

12-02-2010 02:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It is amazing to me how things work out sometimes. In contrast to the previous tray where the poinsettia candle tray took twice as long as I anticipated, the following tray that I cut yesterday (the nativity scene one) took only half the time I though it would. Hooray!!! The kicker is that I think it is every bit as attractive as the previous tray. I really kind of li like it. I used a simply scrumptious piece of maple that to make it that has a wonderful figure to it. It has some nic...

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Part 183: Accepting Disappointments and Learning From Them

12-03-2010 02:45 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I actually was able to accomplish all I set out to do yesterday. I didn’t finish working until just after 10pm but I was very happy to get that far with things. I took photos for all six of the new projects that are going to go up on the site today, and I also wrote the instructions for all six pattern packets. I sent them off to my friend to proof read them and besides one small line work error that didn’t convert correctly on one of the ornaments, it appears that I am ready to...

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Part 184: Random Thoughts on Business

12-04-2010 02:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

With the week closing out, I can honestly say it has been a productive one. Everything went well with the site update yesterday and it is getting easier to navigate around the software. I am finding myself feeling comfortable doing things and the tasks go rather quickly. The notification letters look really nice too. It is a vast improvement over the previous software which only allowed text and some basic html. This software uses ‘stationary’ which matches the tone of my si...

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Part 185: My Turn To Ask Some Questions

12-05-2010 02:44 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Recently when working with some purple heart wood, my partner noticed something unusual. (Maybe it was not so unusual, but it was to us) In choosing a piece of wood for his projects, he noticed that some of the purple heart looked more purple and other areas of it looked more brownish. He was choosing the piece to make some small overlay pieces on his new ornament patterns and thought the purple color would be suitable. In his observations, he saw that one edge in particular was quite ...

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Part 186: First Snow of the Year

12-06-2010 03:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

I woke up this morning to a light blanket of white snow. It isn’t the soft, fluffy snow that you see in movies though. It is the wet snow that was almost rain and by the time you see it on the ground, it is more like slush than anything. The streets are clear, as they are too warm for it to stick, but they are deceptively slippery. Winter is definitely knocking at the door. It is still falling now as I write, but it is more of a chunky rain than snow. The sun just came up but th...

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Part 187: Endorsements

12-07-2010 03:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Yesterday I was able to finish the little cardinal earrings that I needed to get done. They came out cute, and were not very hard to do at all. I had lost the pattern that I used several years ago and had to redraw them, but since they are so simple and so small, there wasn’t the need for lots of detail so things moved very quickly. They are tiny (only about an inch each) and I made them of 1/8” Baltic birch plywood. I used an eye screw as a hanger for them and now only need t...

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Part 188: Three New Videos!

12-08-2010 02:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 16 comments »

I accomplished quite a bit yesterday. Sometimes, when I am working on the office part of the business (correspondence, paperwork, etc.) it seems that I am treading water. I know my blogs aren’t as exciting to you all when I talk of the mundane parts of the operation of my business, but it is essential and necessary part of my job that helps me to expand and grow. I had some promising payoff yesterday that may be a very positive things for me. I almost don’t want to even mentio...

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Part 189: Some Packaging and Shipping Tips

12-09-2010 03:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Some days are just more quiet than others. I don’t mind though. In fact, I really do like those time sometimes. I spent the day yesterday working on my own holiday gifts for everyone, as I want to get them shipped out before too long. I know it is getting to be crunch time. I know many of you also make wonderful gifts that need to be shipped. In my years of sending my delicate woodwork to the magazine to be published, I have learned much about packaging items for shipping. Noth...

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Part 190: A Blog about Blogging

12-10-2010 03:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Some days my life seems like an oxymoron. It seems that I am forever burning the midnight oil and pushing myself to finish something, only to find that once it is completed it is weeks and sometimes even months before I realize the benefits of completing it. By the time the item is published in one of the magazines or in the catalogs, it has been so long since it was the focus of my attention that I am somewhat surprised when I finally see it in print. There have even been times, I admi...

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Part 191: Overcoming "Blocks"

12-11-2010 02:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Well, I started the day today with putting the coffee grounds directly into my cup instead of the pot. What does that tell you? I had heated the final cup from yesterday’s pot first thing while I was in the process of making a fresh one (I have a coffee press, so I do finish what is left the first thing when I get up) and I put a nice big spoon of grounds directly into my cup. Hmmm. . . . I actually set the alarm this morning to get up at 6:30 because I slept until 8am yesterday m...

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Part 192: Finding Inspiration

12-12-2010 04:22 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

After yesterday’s blog was finished, I went for my daily walk. As I had stated, it was snowing and turning out to be a beautiful day. I decided to take my camera on my walk with me so that I could share some pictures of what inspires me. I had spoken about being rather stuck on a gift that I was contemplating making for a friend for Christmas. Although I knew I wanted to makes something special, I was unsure as to which direction I would take. The recipient loves to do cross stitc...

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Part 193: Getting "Unstuck" by Changing Gears

12-13-2010 01:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I really like when I get so involved in doing a project that I can’t wait to get up in the morning to get at it. Today was one of those days. After feeling kind of stuck for a while on what to do for someone special on my list, I finally got the idea on Saturday and since then it has grown like a well cared for seed and looks like it is going to be turning out to be a pretty cool project. I decided to paint a wooden sewing box for a friend of mine who loves to do counted cross stit...

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Part 194: Project Progress and Thinking Back

12-14-2010 02:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

So much for a winter wonderland. Yesterday it rained and rained and RAINED! Needless to say, all the snow is long gone and what is left is a wet and muddy mess. Last night it was quite windy, but it seems that the wind has died down quite a bit and it is much calmer today. But looking in the forecast (which I don’t really hang my hat on) it is supposed to be above freezing at least for the next several days. So it will be quite messy. YUCK! I know there are many people who don...

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Part 195: Following Up

12-15-2010 02:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I am afraid that today’s post won’t be very exciting. Yesterday was a full day, but it was filled with much of what I would call everyday mundane tasks. I needed to catch up on some paperwork. And also I needed to write some letters to people to prod them for various answers to stuff that needed to be tended to. I am not particularly fond of that type of letter writing, as I feel as if I am pestering others to do the jobs they are supposed to do in the first place. I tend to ...

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Part 196: Did Anyone See Wednesday???

12-16-2010 01:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I am looking for Wednesday. Does anyone know where it went? I think I blinked and it was gone! Oh my goodness! I can’t believe that the day went so quickly. (Drink your coffee fast, Cozmo! I think it is going to be a short one!) I got out of the house by 9am and I didn’t get home until probably 5pm. Meetings and errands all day. Not even time to see Bernie and Ellen! I had to food shop too so I had to put all the food away when I got home. I will be making a nice lasag...

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Part 197: Teaching Through Videos

12-17-2010 02:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Sometimes all it takes is just one person to ask a question for me to be inspired. I believe that is why networking and interaction with others who have similar interests is very important. There are many small bits of information that we have learned from our daily woodworking and other related crafts and after years of doing things, we take them for granted. I believe this is true for all of us. In the process of creating, we have performed these steps so many times that they become sec...

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Part 198: Making Some Headway

12-18-2010 01:48 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

One of the best things about this time of the year is that everyone is kicking it into high gear and I am seeing so many wonderfully creative projects that people are making to give as gifts. It is so much fun to read the posts and see the pictures of these things. They range from absolutely stunning to absurd. (One of the most clever items I saw here on LJ’s was the ‘Toilet Seat Guitar’. If that doesn’t make someone smile in Christmas morning, nothing will!) I ...

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Part 199: Exchanges and Things

12-19-2010 03:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

What a great day yesterday was. It wasn’t as if I won the lottery or anything like that, but I just went through the day feeling like I liked the place where I was at in my life and enjoyed every moment of it. I got some things accomplished around the house, cooked a good meal while listing to some Pink Floyd and Charlie Brown Christmas music, wrapped a couple of things and then went to a nice birthday dinner with wonderful people and had a great evening. I even got to answer a coupl...

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Part 200: Diversifying and Exploring All Options

12-20-2010 02:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Well, we are all getting into the final countdown. It seems like I haven’t been at the scroll saw in years! I think it is good to get away though for a couple of weeks and shift gears to something else. I have a list of things I want to do soon after the holidays and I am very anxious to get at it. And of course there is preparation for the show. I think there is much to be said for diversification. It is good for us on so many levels. Perhaps that is why woodworking is such a ...

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Part 201: Procrastination Can Be Rewarding

12-21-2010 03:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

How many of us have made plans to do more than we accomplish over the holiday season? I know I do! It seems that no matter how much I plan ahead, the last week before Christmas is one of me wishing I had done more. I am SO happy that I spent much of the summer and autumn painting the skating pond set for Bernie and Ellen. That is one big relief to have it done (although I still need to build another bridge for their set. Oh well – I have a couple of days yet!) I needed to go to ...

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Part 202: Reality Check

12-22-2010 02:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I am sitting here this morning and having a difficult time getting started writing. Not because I have little to say, but quite the opposite. The problem being that what is going through my mind aren’t all pleasant or positive thoughts, but actually a rather harsh and realistic look at things and my business in general. I have posted in this series for over 200 consecutive days now, and when I began this blog, I decided that this journal of my business and how it affects my daily l...

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Part 203: Good Advice

12-23-2010 03:11 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I received many responses from several of you yesterday regarding my post. I do very much appreciate all the useful advice and support, and I thought I would respond in general to many of the suggestions here in today’s blog. I spent most of the day away from the computer, as I wanted to take a break from it for just a while and refocus on some other things that I am working on. I think that proved to be a good decision, as I accomplished a great deal and once again I have a good and...

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Part 204: Finished Sewing Box

12-24-2010 02:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Well, it is getting down to the final stretch for me as far as getting all of my gifts done. I am happy to say I finished the sewing box last night and all I have to do is wrap today and finish up some little things. I even got some of my cooking done yesterday so I am feeling good about that. I had one minor mishap yesterday when half the lights on my little tree died. I don’t have a big tree, but it is rather tall and slender. I actually keep it up year round in the corner of my...

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Part 205: Wrapping it Up

12-25-2010 02:34 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I have only three small presents to wrap before noon. My cooking and baking is done. The house is a mess and I don’t really care. It didn’t quite snow, but it is spitting a few flurries so there is some hope. I listened to Beethoven’s ninth symphony yesterday while wrapping and finishing up gifts and I can still hear it in my head as I am writing now. It is quiet here now because I don’t want to disturb the memory of it. I hadn’t heard it in years and had f...

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Part 206: The Holiday Continues

12-26-2010 01:46 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

It was a very nice day yesterday. Although there was no snow on the ground, my practical side got the best of me and I rationalized that it was far better to drive on dry pavement than in the snow and ice. The Mustang has been parked and won’t see the road until the spring thaw, but even with a more practical vehicle, it was still better to be safe this way than have the romanticism of a white Christmas. When I awoke this morning, there seems to be a hint of a dusting of snow on the ...

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Part 207: Aftermath

12-27-2010 02:45 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I feel like I have been on vacation for a month! I am not sure why, because I was doing things all the time. Lots of them had to do with the business too. But I suppose the main focus was getting my personal stuff done and really enjoying the holiday. And that I did. I have been wishing for snow for the last several days now. Having a beautiful white blanket during the holidays just sets the mood right for me. We have received nothing but a couple of light flurries which dusted the l...

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Part 208: Clenaing Up and Backing Up

12-28-2010 02:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Sometimes I can be somewhat dorky. By that I mean that the silliest things make me happy – things that are so small and insignificant that most normal people wouldn’t notice. I spent the entire day yesterday cleaning up and organizing my computer, and boy am I happy! As usual at this time of year, it really was a mess. I think that when I am pressed for time, I tend to not put things where they should go immediately and as with anything, they tend to build up. Even my desk ...

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Part 209: Taking a Break Now and Then

12-29-2010 01:09 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I think that sometimes getting away from things and taking a break can be extremely beneficial. Especially to someone like me who works from home and never really gets away from their business. Over the past several months, I have taken a couple of what I call ‘day trips’ but other than that, I hadn’t really had a break from things. I realize that this is part of owning your own business, but I also feel that sometimes it can get to you and you need to spend some time on ...

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Part 210: Celtic Candle Tray

12-30-2010 02:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Yesterday turned out to be a fine day. It felt great to be able to get back to the scroll saw and make something again. I know it was only a couple of weeks, but it seemed like ages since I had cut and getting back to it was very rewarding and relaxing. I cut out the next candle tray in the series. I still need to cut the charms out today and then I will be able to photograph it properly, but I at least took a couple of snapshots of it so I could show it here. I choose a Celtic design a...

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Part 211: Looking Back

12-31-2010 02:56 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

And here we are at the end of another year. I find this to be a time of reflection for most people. A time to both look back and look ahead. It is a time of evaluation, when people set new goals and look to the future with hope. There is something about a fresh start that seems to empower people. Here on the pink cloud of optimism we are no different. We look at the new year as a time to start fresh, with a clean ledger and use all the experience and knowledge we have gained so far in ...

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Part 212: Looking Ahead

01-01-2011 02:48 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I am really looking forward to the new year. It isn’t that 2010 was bad or anything. I feel like it was a great year for me and I accomplished a lot. I also set the ground work for my business and I am looking forward to seeing how all the new plans will play out. There are so many new directions and opportunities that are awaiting for me that I sometimes begin to feel a bit overwhelmed. I need to remind myself to stay grounded and focused and organized and that not let it get the ...

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Part 213: Website Updates

01-02-2011 02:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

It seems that there is always something new to learn. I am happy that I like learning new things though and I hope I always feel this way. I spent the working portion of my day yesterday learning how to do more stuff on the site as we are preparing it for the latest update. Although it took a little time and effort to learn the processes on the new software, I am really happy with the results and how things are beginning to look. It has only been a couple of months since we changed over ...

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Part 214: The Growing Business

01-03-2011 03:34 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

It feels really good to be working again. Even though that I have been piddling around sort of, kind of working, it seems that everyone is getting back into full swing again. These past couple of weeks were understandably slow, with several days of no orders or customer contact. Everyone was busy with family and friends and I am sure that the week prior to Christmas that few people would be buying more patterns an that what wasn’t already made would need to wait for next year. That m...

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Part 215: Taking Care of Business

01-04-2011 01:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday was really, really busy. I say that in a good way because I do thoroughly enjoy all the communication that I have with my customers. It seems like there are just days like that when customer correspondence is a large part of the business. It is nice though, because I get a chance to catch up with everyone and hear how things are. I have one customer who was battling cancer. She had last ordered via the phone in December and was going for some tests to see how she was doing af...

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Part 216: Self-Confidence and Reaching Your Potential

01-05-2011 03:11 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

In reading some of the responses to yesterday’s blog, it started me thinking. (Uh, oh! you say!) The final comment by TS really hit the nail on the head. He spoke of self-confidence and realizing one’s potential value and how important it is – especially for someone who is in business for herself. I realize that I have had trouble with self-confidence issues. I attribute that to many circumstances in my life. Although I write here every day and open my life and experi...

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Part 217: Do I EVER Learn?

01-06-2011 02:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I spent much of yesterday working on some custom type design work that I had promised a couple of people. I always say that I don’t want to get involved in production work, but somehow there is always a project or two that straggles into my life. The only way I accept these type of projects is on a “I will do it when I can” basis, but those of you who have been following me through this blog probably figured out that there is seldom a day when I sit here and scratch my hea...

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Part 218: Making Lemonade from a Snowflake

01-07-2011 02:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

It is amazing to me just how much difference the way you look at something can make. Looking at something with a different attitude and perspective can magically change something from unpleasant or distasteful to something that is fun and exciting. Physically, nothing at all has really changed. Only the way we look at it. This is an incredible power that we all have within ourselves. It costs nothing, takes none of our time and all we need to do is consciously apply it and it can make al...

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Part 219: Taking Care of Business

01-08-2011 03:09 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Well, today will be short as I am already late out of the gate . . . It seems that I never find myself short of things to do. I suppose that is part of owning my own business. Last night I had an order in the middle of the night and the customer brought to my attention that on his receipt that he received in the confirmation email, it only showed one item. He had ordered three items and forwarded the receipt to me and I thought it was strange because even though only one item showed on...

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Part 220: Moving Right Along

01-09-2011 01:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

It turned out to be a very good day yesterday. I was able to stay focused and not only finish up my work for the customer that had draw the plaques for him, but I also drew up another tray (start to finish) that I will be able to cut today. I like days like that. I felt as if I accomplished a lot and got to check a couple of things off of the list. For some reason, it seems that when there are lots of little loose ends hanging they tend to overwhelm me. It isn’t as if they take a...

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Part 221: Busy as a Bee!

01-10-2011 02:56 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

There are some days when I just absolutely love my job. Yesterday was one of those days. It reminded me why I fight so hard on those not-so-good days to keep this job and keep doing what I am doing. Funny thing was, it wasn’t that much different from most days I have. I printed out some orders that have to go out in the mail today, answered some questions from customers, laid out and cut out my newest project, made a good dinner, and I even took my walk in the evening. We have ta...

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Part 222: Variations on a Theme

01-11-2011 02:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

It has been said that variety is the spice of life. I think that is the case with most everything. Although we all seem to enjoy our own comfort zones, many times we become bored and stagnant if we don’t expand our horizons a bit here and there. The same is true with designing. It seems that when I design something that I really like, I not only want to do many variations on the original design, but also several different versions of other designs which will use the same technique...

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Part 223: Presentation Makes a Difference

01-12-2011 02:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Among the many hats I need to wear in running this business, photography is one of the most important and also one of the most intriguing. Although I realize that I will never reach the level of a professional photographer, I have seen a great deal of improvement in my photographs over the years and I am still learning to make my photographs better. This in itself can be a career, as many of you know. I look at the beautiful photography our own LJ member, tyskkvinna (Lis) does and her inte...

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Part 224: "The Project"

01-13-2011 03:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

There comes a time in every woodworkers life that they need to build something. This differs from the everyday projects that are inspired by art and creativity, because they are born out of necessity and functionality. For those of you who have see my ‘shop’ and have read my blogs from the beginning, you know that I work out of a one bedroom place. It is quite small here, but it is peaceful and beautiful and I have learned to make it work for me. My shop consists of a corner...

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Part 225: "The Project" part 2

01-14-2011 02:46 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

I must say, I am somewhat shocked. I don’t know why, but things are going quite smoothly and I don’t know what to think of it. We are starting day three of the project and so far I have no disasters to report. In fact, quite to the contrary. Everything is going well and I am very surprised how – well, nice – the pieces are looking. I received several emails and personal messages yesterday, but other than orders, I didn’t really respond. If you were one o...

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Part 226: "The Project" Part 3 - Are We There Yet?

01-15-2011 03:09 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

It seems like things haven’t been normal here for weeks, even though it has only been three days. It hasn’t been bad at all though, and now that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, it is very exciting. Phase one – building the units – is almost complete. I only have to finish the front of the doors and then we can install them. We needed to let the paint dry overnight and then we just need a coat of varnish on them and they are ready to go. They are...

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Part 227: "The Project" Completed :)

01-16-2011 02:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

As I sit here basking in the glow of organization, the sun is just coming up and I noticed that another six inches or so of snow has fallen. Already it is going to be a great day. Things are just about finished here, with every cabinet and closet getting a makeover. I figured out that there are five closets in this little place, along with the large cupboards in the bathroom and now the new storage unit. That is lots of storage space to keep organized! It is funny how infectious clea...

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Part 228: The Final Pictures

01-17-2011 02:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday I spent the day “putzing around”. It isn’t often that I can say that. I did a lot of fine tuning and mundane cleaning and I even made a pot of soup but I didn’t really even feel like doing much at all. Oh well, it was Sunday and I think we all have those days once in a while. It was good to have the house back in order. I wound up sorting through the one closet that was yet left untouched by the massive organization – the front coat closet and ...

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Part 229: Preparation is the Key

01-18-2011 02:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

No one is more aware of how quickly time passes than I am. It seems as if it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were at the car show on a wonderful road trip in the ninety degree weather. Yesterday though, we had snow throughout the day, with huge, fluffy flakes falling on the six inches that had already arrived during the night. Although winter is in full swing, I know that spring is just around the corner and before long the snow will be gone and warmer weather will be here. So w...

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Part 230: More Preparation

01-19-2011 02:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I appreciate very much the responses yesterday regarding questions that would be of interest to someone new at scroll sawing. The answers and conversations proved very helpful in allowing me to see what a new person would want to know. These questions are very helpful in preparing for the class and will give me a good starting point and open some pertinent dialogue with those attending. I spoke with Jeannie yesterday, who is my friend who initially petitioned for me to come and speak at ...

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Part 231: Two New Designs (and more to come)

01-20-2011 03:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I awoke this morning to another blanket of snow. Last night when we went for our walk, it was nearly all melted and the pavement was actually clear. We were just saying how warm it was outside. It is truly beautiful outside, with about two to three fresh inches on snow on the ground. It looks so clean and pretty. Lately we have been taking our walks at night. I don’t know exactly why, but we started this a few weeks ago and have stuck to it ever since. We don’t go behind ou...

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Part 232: Cutting on New Trays Completed

01-21-2011 03:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I spent most of the day yesterday cutting out the two new candle trays. I can honestly say that it was quite a pleasure to do so. Many times people say that they wouldn’t want to do woodworking for a living because it will take the fun out of it. I can see their point, but for myself, it is an extra bonus to be able to get paid for doing something that you absolutely love to do. I suppose that is why I am here. :) There are so many different aspects to the business of woodworking t...

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Part 233: An Unexpected Adventure

01-22-2011 02:57 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Life is full of adventure. Sometimes adventure comes into our lives uninvited. Other times we set out to find it. And then there are the times when we stumble upon it unintentionally and it takes us by surprise. Yesterday was one of those times for me. The day began normal enough. I got up and did my mail and wrote my blog here and did all of my regular morning routine. I had planned on finishing the two new candle trays and photographing them and moving on with other projects. M...

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Part 234: A Rocky Start - But It Will Get Better, Right?

01-23-2011 03:49 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Today is already one of ‘those days’. Within the first hour of getting out of bed, I already found several mishaps that I had to deal with. First of all, I came to my computer to read my mail and I noticed my Wacom pen tablet wasn’t working. At first I thought nothing of it, as the USB plug sometimes pulls out a bit and just needs to be pushed in. But that wasn’t the case. Upon further inspection, I realized that my cat Coco had chewed through the wire. She goe...

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Part 235: Two Designs Completed

01-24-2011 01:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Well, the cats are still alive. When I awoke this morning, all the electronics seem to be working. Nothing was chewed. No one got sick on the floor (that I have seen.) The water dish was only dragged slightly from its normal place, with only a little water spilled. It’s going to be a good day! :D There is another 4-5 inches of snow on the ground this morning (more flurries!) and it is really looking pretty outside. I need to go to the post office today though to mail out an order....

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Part 236: Calm

01-25-2011 02:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I can honestly say that things have been going fairly smoothly around here. It makes for a good life, but also a quiet blog. I finished compiling my submission list to the wholesaler yesterday and sent it on its way. We have almost 20 new designs to offer between us, which isn’t too bad considering that the last deadline was only about two months ago. If you also consider that the holidays were thrown in there and I spent a bit of time on gifts, we didn’t do too badly. I ...

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Part 237: Continued Progress

01-26-2011 03:08 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

The day seemed to fly by yesterday. I spent the better part of the morning and early afternoon catching up on paperwork and emails. It always amazes me how quickly I can fall behind in those departments. It seems that if I am not on top of things for even a day, they seem to pile up quickly. I like corresponding with my customers and my friends. My customers are nice and pleasant to talk to and they always have some good ideas or thoughts on my patterns. I love to see what others do w...

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Part 238: Still Drawing

01-27-2011 03:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I am still in the drawing stages of designing some new trays. If all goes well, I should be able to start cutting by tomorrow. I am in the process of making four new trays and I want to have them all finished by Monday. That is a pretty ambitious goal for even myself, but somehow I feel that proclaiming it in public, it will push me a little bit harder to accomplish it. I don’t really need a lot of pushing though, because I am rather excited about the new designs. The Easter bunny...

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Part 239: On to the Saw!

01-28-2011 02:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

We wound up getting about a foot of snow yesterday. It is still falling now, but only a few flakes at a time are slowly falling. It isn’t that cold out though and it looks like absolutely no wind, as the flakes are falling straight down and look as if they are doing so in slow motion. It really is beautiful. I passed on my walk yesterday. I probably should have gone, but I was finishing up the last two drawings for this next catalog deadline and some things still needed tweaking....

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Part 240: Getting Lots Accomplished

01-29-2011 03:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

It was a full day of fun and excitement yesterday. I even got some work done. I like days like that because even if I don’t accomplish everything I want to, I made a big dent in the list and it makes me happy. My new designs are all ready to cut, but the first order of business was to set up the final cabinet left from our reorganization and mount it to the wall. We received several cabinets for free last summer and although they were not of the highest quality, they were sturdy an...

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Part 241: Pictures!!

01-30-2011 04:43 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I really made good headway yesterday. Today I am in the home stretch of things and it is going to be really fun to see all four of these trays come together at once. I have never really done four at a time like this, but since they are all kind of different styles, it is rather exciting. I will get right down to business and show you where I am at with everything. I took pictures this morning, but nothing here is finished or even sanded for that matter. I do sand things to be pretty sm...

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Part 242: A Variety of Designs Nearly Completed

01-31-2011 03:42 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

The weekend was quite a blur. It seemed that just about every waking moment was spent working on the four new trays. As with most projects, it seemed to take a bit more time than I had anticipated. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. It would only be bad if they came out crummy. I am happy with the results (so far) and in the home stretch on everything. I hadn’t decided to do four additional trays for the catalog deadline until about last Tuesday either. The original dead...

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Part 243: Wrapping These Projects Up

02-01-2011 01:44 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Staining and photographing the new candle trays took most of the day. I didn’t finish until evening and felt a great deal of relief having that part of the job under my belt. Although there still is the job of writing the instructions and updating the web site, it seems that seeing the project finished was a huge relief. I sent the photographs off to the wholesaler and felt a huge weight lifted from me. With me doing Christmas gifts for most of the month of December, it seemed that I...

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Part 244: Deal of the Day

02-02-2011 01:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I know everyone here loves to hear a good “tool gloat”. Yesterday in my travels, I found an incredible deal that I couldn’t pass up, although it wasn’t really a tool that I found – it was a printer. With having a woodworking pattern business, I suppose a printer can qualify as a tool, as it is an important part of my day to day operation. With the impending snow storm and all the current deadlines met, we thought it would be a good day to get out of Dodge fo...

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Part 245: On to Writing

02-03-2011 01:37 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

OK. So I think that I can stop wishing for more snow now. The last couple of days we really got a load of it. I didn’t go out for a walk yesterday, as it was still coming down quite hard but it looks calm out today and I think I will venture out for a little bit at least later on today. I suppose the most important thing here was that we didn’t lose any power. The lights flickered a little, but other than that it was a normal day for the most part. I had to do some stuff ar...

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Part 246: Time For a New Saw (???)

02-04-2011 02:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

With the show in Saratoga Springs right around the corner, there is much I need to do to prepare myself for the event. My partner and I have been in the planning stages, and it seems our nightly walks have turned into mobile business meetings where we discuss the upcoming event. There will be so much preparation necessary in order to make things run smoothly. Having never participated in a show of this size, I just don’t know what to expect. I think the best philosophy is to ̶...

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Part 247: More on Saws

02-05-2011 02:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

There is so much for me to consider when looking for a scroll saw. So many questions. So many different opinions. Like most people, I find comfort in familiarity and resist any type of change whatsoever – be it for the good or not. I am beginning to see that my quest for a new scroll saw is not going to be an easy one. There is so much information and so many models out there that I am quickly feeling a bit overwhelmed. I need to accept the fact that DeWalt no longer exists as I...

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Part 248: Assessing Information

02-06-2011 02:08 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I want to start out today by saying that I really do appreciate the comments about the scroll saws. I think that one of the best ways to decide which saw to go with is going to be by listening to others’ experiences with the different saws. I am sure that there are several saws that would be suitable for my needs, but with the number of choices out there, I think I will be able to find one that will work best for me and perform as I require it to. As I said before, the worse case ...

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Part 249: One More Day of Instructions

02-07-2011 01:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Well, the site update is all completed and everything is up and running. All the new patterns have instructions and they are all checked over and ready to go. Even the Spring catalog is completed and posted and ready for download. It was really a busy weekend. My plans for yesterday of painting and finishing the little ornaments seemed to go by the wayside. I did decide to offer up the little heart tray to my mailing list customers, which means I needed to make the picture in Photoshop...

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Part 250: The Business of Scroll Sawing

02-08-2011 02:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Work has been incredibly busy of late. I mean that in a good way. I don’t always get what I intend to get done, but it feels good to have a growing business and interact so much with so many interesting people. I sent out the notices regarding the site update on Sunday. That has seemed stir up a great amount of activity. I say this like it is unusual because I can remember not so long ago when sales on the site were almost non-existent. I am quite happy that we took the time to ...

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Part 251: Printers, and Scroll Saws and Blades - Oh My!

02-09-2011 01:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

As I am laying out the plans for the show in Saratoga Springs, it seems that each day brings more excitement. This is the way that this are supposed to happen, right? I have a list of what I need to have prepared for the show, and one by one I am getting things checked off. It is still seven weeks away, but so many things count on other people or companies and I want to be sure that everything is in order so there are as few surprises as possible. My new printer ink system arrived yes...

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Part 252: Getting that Last Set of Instructions Done

02-10-2011 01:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I have one goal today. I need to get those instructions finished for the Bee Candle Tray written and pack up that and a project by my partner to be shipped out tomorrow. Period. It is just one of those things where every time I begin to work on it, something of a bit more importance comes up and it keeps getting put on the back burner. But enough is enough and I need to get it done and out of here. It isn’t as if it is difficult to do it, but it is a little more involved than j...

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Part 253: Planning Ahead

02-11-2011 02:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I am pleased to report that I am done preparing the two projects to be sent out (Finally!) Yesterday I got over the hurdle of finishing writing the instructions, as well as getting lots of miscellaneous things done. On some days my self-discipline is not as strong as others, but I really stuck to it yesterday and did get things finished. Woven in between accomplishing that, we had two printers humming and printing out the copies of our patterns to take with us to sell at the show. We re...

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Part 254: Evolution of a Design

02-12-2011 02:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

I really love the way we get to interact with each other through places like this. I know that the internet sometimes gets a bad rap because people abuse it, but I also think that the way we use it here in Lumberjocks and other similar forums is a fine example of how great it can be. I have met people from all over the world here who I consider friends. I have learned a lot from so many who are willing to help others, and I hope I have also helped some people too. A couple of weeks ago, ...

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Part 255: I Need Some Lathe Advice

02-13-2011 02:22 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I was very pleased at all the positive feedback that I received from the project yesterday. It really got me thinking about an entire new direction of designing. However, I am not going to try to kid you – I know absolutely nothing about lathe work. All I know is that you spin a piece of wood and use a chisel to remove material. That’s it. I don’t know how many of you remember me talking about my good friend Cari who first introduced me to the scroll saw. Her dad w...

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Part 256: Thinking - An Important Step In Designing

02-14-2011 02:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

I want to start off by thanking you all for the responses to yesterday’s blog – both here and in personal messages. I have a lot of good information to start with and it is good to have at least an idea of what to look for when looking for a lathe and equipment. I don’t know if I will even be able to get started with wood turning for a while for several reasons, but I at least want to know what to look for and what questions to ask when I am at the show and during the tri...

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Part 257: Thoughts on the Business

02-15-2011 02:46 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Last night was one of those nights where I was lying in bed and my legs were aching and I thought either I am really getting old or it is going to snow again. I woke up to a fresh white blanket that is still coming down as I write and I feel a little better about it. Oh, I realize that I am still getting old, but at least now I can convince myself that I’m not that old. My legs are like built-in barometers and I could always tell when the weather was about to change. This has occu...

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Part 258: Keeping Things Organized

02-16-2011 02:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I got a large amount of work done yesterday, although it isn’t very exciting to write (or read) about. In preparation for my back up, I wanted to organize my computer and get everything where it belongs. I do this every month or so, but when I am really doing a lot of work it is very easy to have lots of files out of place. The biggest culprit is my “New Pictures” file. This is where I initially collect my reference photos for drawing. I usually use several photos at ...

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Part 259: Waaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!

02-17-2011 03:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Well, fellow Jocks and Jane’s – I suppose you get the short version today. . . . I got up as usual, wrote my blog here and was almost finished. Then horror struck – the site here went down. I thought it was my own Firefox conflicting with the site here, as that has happened before. I reinstalled Firefox and it didn’t help. I tried Explorer to see if it worked there. Nope. Then everything went down. :( I ate a banana for breakfast and made some more co...

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Part 260: What an Incredible Day!

02-18-2011 03:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

After yesterday’s rocky start, you would think that the day was going to be heading in a downhill direction. Not so, I say! The little hiccup here at LJ’s came and went so quickly that most people probably didn’t even notice it. With nearly 25,000 accounts to maintain here, I think that they do an outstanding job. In thinking about it and adding up the numbers, just think of all the pictures, projects and comments that all 25,000 of us post in a single day. It is simp...

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Part 261: More Preparation

02-19-2011 02:55 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Yesterday went by far too quickly. I don’t know how or why time seems to go by so fast, but it does. I see more and more grass through the banks of piled snow and you can just feel the air changing again. Winter is nearly over (now that wasn’t so bad, was it?) and we are definitely moving in the direction of Spring. Soon we will be getting to my least favorite part of the year – that muddy, dirty transition between winter snow and spring. This year though, I don’...

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Part 262: Changing Gears

02-20-2011 02:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Well, I suppose winter isn’t over yet. What started to be a sunny and relatively warm day yesterday turned overcast and cold. We even got another layer of snow. Nothing substantial though, just a reminder that we aren’t done with the cold weather quite yet. When I took my walk last night, the winds were swirling from all directions. The sky was mostly clear then, and even though there was light snow falling, you could see what seemed like thousands of stars in the sky. It wa...

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Part 263: Self-Indulgence

02-21-2011 02:42 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

The term “self-indulgence” has different meaning to different people. Some may see it as buying a new tool and perhaps spending a little more than necessary for the better model, others may see it as having that extra bowl of ice cream after a nice Sunday dinner. Since we all have different ideas of what makes us happy, the definition of being “self-indulgent” changes with every person who answers the question. Generally speaking however, it means doing something th...

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Part 264: Back to Some Woodworking

02-22-2011 02:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 19 comments »

I finally got back to doing some woodworking yesterday. I had finished drawing this pattern up last week and got it cut out, but it seemed that I was in several other directions the past several days and it was kind of woven in between all the other things I was doing. It is a simple design by my own standards, and I had mixed feelings about it. I find however that every design doesn’t have to be complex to be successful, and I think it will have a wide appeal. After seeing it fin...

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Part 265: Things are Falling Into Place

02-23-2011 02:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

As the days pass by quickly, I realize that I am down to four weeks until it is time to leave for the show in Saratoga Springs. One by one I am getting things lined up and ready. I spoke to Jeannie today (who is my friend that is deeply involved in the show and nominated me in the first place) and we went over several details about the coming event. All is falling into place. I was getting (just a little) worried because Jeannie was to set up my hotel arrangements and find a place for u...

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Part 266: Scrollgirl Sells Sea Shells in Saratoga Springs

02-24-2011 03:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Alright. I couldn’t resist the title. I suppose that I have sea shells on the brain. I spent the majority of the day yesterday once again preparing for the classes that I will be teaching a the show. With most of the scroll saw things lined up, that leaves the task of getting the painting items done and ready to go. Even though I have several weeks until I leave, I need to get this all in order and done because I have to order the paint and line up the brushes and all of that. ...

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Part 267: Little Curve Balls

02-25-2011 02:02 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

When is the last time you intended to do something and it really went “exactly as planned”? Be it a project or a trip to the grocery store, it always seems that sometimes things just come up to change the way we wind up doing things. I don’t necessarily think that this is a bad thing. Many times we benefit from these changes and learn from them. I believe the key to be adaptable and ready for variables and have a “plan B” (or plan C or D, etc.) As I get ol...

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Part 268: Classes Are All Mapped Out

02-26-2011 03:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

To start off, I will say that I am in a far better position than I was yesterday. I made some phone calls and figured some things out and it is quite a relief to me to get things in order and lined up. I spoke with my friend Jeannie and got the answers to most of my questions regarding the extra classes that I am going to teach after the show. I immediately felt much of the anxiety draining away, and I am happy to say that I had a most productive day. It seems that I am going to be te...

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Part 269: Plans, Plans and More Plans . . .

02-27-2011 02:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Remember the other day when I talked about those unexpected curve balls that pop into our lives? Well, yesterday I was thrown a little one and it is a good example of what I was talking about. With only three short weeks left to prepare for the trip, I am making good progress with checking everything off of the list, but there is still much that I want to accomplish and get ready for leaving. Being gone for almost three weeks is going to be a big thing for me. I can’t remember th...

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Part 270: Still More Details

02-28-2011 02:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I hope that everyone isn’t getting sick of reading about my preparation for the Woodworker’s Showcase. As you can imagine, it pretty much has been (and probably will be) the focus of my life for the next couple of weeks. It seems like it has been forever since I have been at the saw. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time, it seems. I read many posts where people wish that they could do woodworking as a full time job. I can see from what I read that they have visio...

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Part 271: Who Asked for "Snow"???

03-01-2011 01:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

I never said I was the sharpest knife in the drawer. I don’t really think I am stupid either. But what do I know? . . . If yesterday was an indication of the weeks to come then we are in trouble. It is amazing how such a simple plan can get so fouled up in such a short time. It started out simple enough. I wanted to get a new battery for the Mustang so it would be ready for the trip in three weeks. I had to be in Yarmouth (which is about 40 minutes away) for another appointme...

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Part 272: Busy Times

03-02-2011 02:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I got up this morning to an ominous email that threatened to shut down my website. Before the sleep was out of my eyes, I was signing into online chat with customer support from the place that hosts my site to find out what was up. The notice said that my account was delinquent, but I knew for a fact that not only did I pay it, but the charge already showed up on my online credit card statement. Surely this must be an error. I went to my credit card statement again, and sure enough th...

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Part 273: Just 'cause I Trip, Doesn't Mean I Have To Fall

03-03-2011 02:02 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Yesterday was just one of “those” days. It seemed that no matter what I did, it wasn’t enough. “One step forward and two steps backward” is the only thing I can think of to describe the day. I know, I know. I need these bad days to appreciate the good ones. I shouldn’t whine but I suppose I am human and going to anyway. There are just some days when I feel like I am climbing up a muddy hill with an elephant on my back. Nothing really disastrous happ...

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Part 274: Small Change of Plans

03-04-2011 02:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I should be the poster child for why it is good to plan ahead. If anything, I hope that my documenting the day to day things in my life can show others how important it is to think ahead and be prepared for those unexpected things. Unexpected isn’t always bad. It is just unsettling to some people. I think I mentioned not long ago how being flexible can be quite an asset in many situations. Yesterday was a good example of this. I received a call from Bernie at 8 in the morning a...

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Part 275: Anticipation

03-05-2011 02:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I think that sometimes the most exciting thing about an upcoming event is the anticipation you feel while making plans. As the time comes closer for me to leave on my trip, I find this to be the case. As the pieces fall into place, I find myself becoming more an more excited about the many things that I will do and people that I will be able to see. I am not feeling as nervous as I thought that I would be by now. There was a time in the beginning of the planning phase where I was wonder...

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Part 276: Finding a Way

03-06-2011 02:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Some say that necessity is the mother of invention. I tend to agree. Need is a great motivator. Needing something has a way of pushing us to think outside the box and perhaps be a little more innovative than we would normally be. Especially if we have limited resources. Many of you know that I live in a fairly small place. I don’t have a real shop, per se, but rather do most of my own work in my kitchen and living area. My bedroom doubles as a storage room for most of my beauti...

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Part 277: Another Milestone

03-07-2011 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Yesterday was good. I finished the two sea shell painting patterns for the classes that I am going to be teaching. I am fairly happy with how they came out and I hope they are clear and understandable. Writing painting instructions is so much different from scroll saw patterns. Scroll saw and wood working patterns seem to be pretty much cut and dry, but painting patterns have many variables in them. I often find myself when doing a painting adding another layer or changing the tone here...

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Part 278: Still Crunching

03-08-2011 03:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Today’s post will probably be a bit shorter than usual. It certainly isn’t very exciting. I spent pretty much the entire day yesterday working on my business and getting everything ready for my accountant. Actually it isn’t as bad as it seems. Just time consuming. I do have everything in one place, and it is only a matter of me categorizing everything and getting the figures in the right place. It is more sorting than anything. As I looked in my accordion folder wh...

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Part 279: Planning is Part of the Fun!

03-09-2011 02:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Well, I am happy to report that I am finished compiling the information that I need to get to my accountant to do my taxes. It really wasn’t that bad, because I had all the things in one place. Now next year I need to go a step better and do monthly reports to keep on top of everything. It shouldn’t be very difficult because I really am what you call a ‘small business’ and I don’t have that much activity. With the new site, tracking sales is not difficult at ...

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Part 280: Good Days/Busy Days

03-10-2011 02:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It is just after seven AM and already we have both printers humming away happily. For the past couple of days we have been busy printing out catalogs and patterns and other material to take with us for the show. Everything is going pretty smoothly, with one small exception, and we should be finished with the bulk of the printing today. We are having minor trouble with one of the ink systems, as we have after a bit of playing around figured out that we must have used an older bottle of in...

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Part 281: Sad News

03-11-2011 12:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I woke up this morning to news of the earthquake in Japan. I don’t even have “regular TV”, but get my news in the form of the NY Times and Chicago Tribune in my email box every day. I try not to dwell on the news, but I do like to stay informed. Many times it is overwhelming for me. Since joining here at Lumberjocks, I have met many people from all around the world. There are also many that I haven’t really interacted with, but I have sat back quietly and admire...

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Part 282: Overcoming Demons

03-12-2011 03:49 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

The days are winding down and I am getting closer to leaving my comfortable little surrounding here, I fear that I am beginning to feel a (ahem) small amount of pressure regarding the entire trip. As the thought of leaving my comfort zone and stepping out into the real world for three weeks approaches, I can’t help but feel a small bit of anxiety. It could just be because I am getting old. We all know that as we get older, many of us seem to find comfort in our daily routine. When...

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Part 283: Where Did That Hour Go? I know It's Around Here Somewhere . . . .

03-13-2011 02:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

“Daylight Savings Time” they call it. I am not really comfortable with it, as I much prefer the autumn when we turn the clocks back and gain an extra hour for the day. 25 hour days are good in my book. Not to mention that I got curious this morning and Wikipideia-ed it and spent another twenty minutes reading about it. After getting up while it is still dark for the past several months, I can’t help but feel like I am being lazy when I see the light streaming in my wind...

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Part 284: A Little Demonstration Piece for Class

03-14-2011 12:09 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Today’s post is going to be short. I know I have said that before, but then I get to rambling on. I can’t however today because I have an appointment in Yarmouth and need to get it in gear early. I am happy to say that I got to spend at least a little time at the saw yesterday. I worked on some of the pieces that I will be demonstrating with at the lectures. Since this isn’t a ‘hands-on’ type of class due to the size and time constraints, it is up to me ...

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Part 285: Planning for the Future

03-15-2011 02:02 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Hiccups are a part of life, it seems. Yesterday things went pretty well, although it seems that there are always little things to get in the way. There was a time when I felt that I was ‘over-preparing’ for this little adventure, but as I get closer to the day of departure, I am happy that I have done things the way I have and have allowed a good buffer zone for these little things that come up. I know it will sound silly to some, but part of me has felt lazy in the past month...

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Part 286: Another Piece of the Puzzle In Place

03-16-2011 01:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Another piece of the puzzle has fallen into place – but not without effort. One of the last things that I needed to think about was to obtain paint brushes for both the painting class and the scrolling class. Back in the days, my favorite brush company was very supportive about providing brushes when I taught larger shows. Of course they didn’t send new brushes for every show I taught at, but every couple of years, if I were doing a larger show I could request paint brushes an...

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Part 287: Five More Days of Prep

03-17-2011 01:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

”Time goes by so slowly for those who waitNo time to hesitateThose who run seem to have all the funI’m caught upI don’t know what to do” And running I am! I have never felt such exhilaration in preparing for a trip before. (And I mean that in a good way!) I am torn between wishing it would get here fast and knowing that it will pass so quickly that I want to take my time and enjoy every bit of it. I got to pick up my car yesterday from my mechanic. It is all...

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Part 288: Details, Details . . .

03-18-2011 01:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I look around and there are “piles” everywhere. Piles of papers, patterns, wood pieces, etc. Even the cats know something is up, as Richard is flying back and forth through the house this morning like an idiot (well- as much as he can fly with a short runway!) Since I have sat down here this morning, he has ran the length of the apartment at full speed at least a dozen times, as if a rocket was lit under him. What a nut! It’s time to enlist one of the most important el...

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Part 289: Land of the Lists

03-19-2011 12:36 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

It’s getting to be that time. The final countdown. I wish I could say that I was sleeping a bit easier, but I think that the excitement is just too much. I awoke up earlier than I wanted to this morning and I almost went back to bed, but I had already had the first sip of coffee and it tasted soooo good that it wasn’t worth parting with it. Besides, I have lots to do today and an early start would probably be good. I finished most of my printing yesterday. I have a nice li...

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Part 290: Odds and Ends

03-20-2011 12:42 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well folks, its kind of the same old story. We’ve all heard the saying that “no news is good news” and I am happy to report that this is the case. It doesn’t make for very interesting blog reading, but it makes for a very, very happy Scrollgirl. We are at T-minus two days and all seems to be going well. As we get down to the nitty-gritty, there are still no disasters and it appears that everything is going as planned. Yesterday, upon inspecting the little skatin...

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Part 291: Ready to Launch

03-21-2011 11:55 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

We’re down to the final day here – and not a moment too soon. I think if I had any more time to think, prepare or plan I would drive myself crazy. I haven’t been in crazy state of mind though. Quite the opposite. I have been quite calm and happy. I even took some time out to play a bit of Scrabble on my Facebook. Yesterday my site was down for almost the entire day. I first noticed when I tried to post my blog on it early in the morning. (I copy this blog to it ev...

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Part 292: Room to Spare!

03-22-2011 10:40 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

Sometimes I’m really good! For those of you who doubted we would be able to fit all the stuff we needed for the show in the little Mustang, I get to say “I told you so!” LOL I don’t mean this in a nasty way at all, but I must say that I am pretty darn proud that we were able to fit everything in – and even had room to spare. I suppose that I am so proud because before I had Mustang(s) I had a 1990 Buick Regal. If any of you are familiar with them, you know...

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Part 293: Day 2 - More Travel

03-23-2011 12:30 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

We made it through the first day pretty well. There are funny stories, of course and incidents, but I am going to keep this really short today for obvious reasons. Getting through customs and over the border was a lot more than we thought it would be. Usually the Canadians are the ones that scrutinize everything because they like to slap taxes on all that you bring over. But I was surprised that it was the US customs agents that were being pretty picky. Since the boxes were filled with...

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Part 294: Settling In - Let the Fun Begin

03-24-2011 01:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

This is so unusual being in a different place and having my routine changed. I suppose that I am quite the proverbial “creature of habit”. More so than I would have thought. I am going to the Center today and I promise to have some pictures of that added in later. Now I get to start meeting people and learning. I am very excited. We made it to Jeannie’s by afternoon, as planned. The rest of the trip was uneventful, which was good because much of the Northeast was ...

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Part 295: Setting Up

03-25-2011 12:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, we will finally be able to get into the convention hall and set things up today. We will also be able to meet everyone who is involved in the show. Yesterday was an odd day. I am really really glad that we got here when we did but I felt like it was one of those “wait to hurry up” types of days. Jeannie and her husband Bill were busy with the final preparations, as you can imagine. Keith and I spent most of the morning looking around and shopping. Our hotel is righ...

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Part 296: Better Late Than Never

03-27-2011 01:52 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Hi guys and girls! Is it too late to post today?? I hope not. It has been an incredibly eventful couple of days and this was the first chance I actually got to write. The show was crazy/busy today which is a great thing. I was there late last night doing the judging of the projects and I needed to get up early today for a 6:30 breakfast with the other judges. They kept me on quite a schedule. I have lots of stories and pictures for you all, but it is still difficult for me to write t...

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Part 297: End of a Great Show

03-28-2011 12:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Wow! The show was incredible! I promise to catch up better in a bit when I download all of my pictures. By the fourth lecture I felt really comfortable and “in my element”. People were SO nice and I was happy to hear such positive feedback about the lectures. Today we are leaving Saratoga Springs and heading for New Jersey and visiting the magazine. I will take some pictures and hopefully be able to catch up more when I get to Chicago and on a regular computer. I just wan...

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Part 298: Better Early than Late

03-29-2011 03:20 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Thank you all so much for the well wishes. It certainly has been an adventure! I am writing this on Monday night because we are off early tomorrow and have 13 hours of driving to get to Chicago. Right now I am in Milford, PA staying at Keith’s auntie’s house (she is a lovely woman named Sheila!) Today I finally got to see New York City. Google directions screwed up and took us through the city and we got to go through the Bronx and on the George Washington Bridge. I had ...

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Part 299: We have arrived in Chicago!

03-30-2011 02:37 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

(Well, Plainfield anyway!) After a week of excitement, we are ready to begin the next leg of our trip. We arrived in Chicago after a little over 13 hours of driving and everything went according to plan. For the next several days, (until Monday) we are staying here with my son Phil and his wife Brianna. It has been nearly four years since I have seen him and since then they have purchased their own house. Phil is a Joliet Police officer and lives in Plainfield, which is just outside the...

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Part 300: Playing Tourist

03-31-2011 02:07 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

There are so many things that I find different now that I am back. Even though I spent the majority of my life here and grew up in the city, I feel like a tourist. Everything is so different. I believe in one of my earliest blogs that I mentioned that I think that the one thing that we can count on in the world is change. What I am experiencing here is a fine example of that theory. I left the Chicago area seven years ago. Since then so many things have occurred. Where once there wer...

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Part 301: I'm really trying!

04-01-2011 04:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I have a load of pictures to share and I am having trouble getting them loaded up here. I am at my son’s computer and he has things set up differently than what I am used to and I don’t want to mess with his settings. We went to the Museum of Science and Industry yesterday, as well as Navy Pier and I got some nice things to show you. It will just take a bit to get everything in its virtual place and uploaded properly. I don’t want to have to do it twice, so I will wait ...

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Part 302: Finally some pictures!

04-02-2011 04:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I had some time this morning (everyone is still asleep) and I prepared some pictures for you to see from the show. This part was the items that were up for judging. There were so many beautiful and incredible pieces that were displayed that it was truly hard to pick which ones were the best. Fortunately, we were able to give out several “honorable mentions” which were indeed honorable. Most of the pieces I took pictures of were of turnings. I don’t know why this occur...

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Part 303: A Little Hiccup

04-03-2011 10:11 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, things were going a bit too smoothly. Today I went with Phil to the store and we took my car. When we returned we parked it on the other side of the driveway and I noticed a puddle of oil under the rear axel. Thank goodness everything is open Sunday in Chicagoland. We took it into Firestone where he usually takes his cars and trusts the owners and it turns out that the differential seal on the rear axel is shot. So I am waiting for it to be repaired before we leave tomorrow. I c...

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Part 304: Back on the Road

04-04-2011 02:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Did you ever wish you had two lives to live? Sometimes I sure do. I have been fortunate to experience two completely different lifestyles and wish that I could live them both. At least with technology and things being what they are today, it isn’t all or nothing one way or the other. I can experience both worlds pretty much on a daily basis so it is at least workable. This week has been just wonderful. Seeing my son and his wife and my daughter has been so good for me. It give...

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Part 305: Back in Saratoga Springs

04-06-2011 03:33 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Hi, everybody! We drove most of Monday and half a day today and are back in the Albany/Saratoga Springs area. We arrived here around 1pm and had a nice lunch at Olive Garden restaurant. I haven’t eaten there in ages and love their soup. We then took the afternoon to go through the large shopping mall nearby and just bummed around a bit. It was the first time we really had some slow time since we left two weeks ago and we just enjoyed it. It rained pretty hard all day yesterday...

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Part 306: Homeward Bound

04-10-2011 10:31 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Hello, my neglected friends! I just wanted to say hi to you all. Its 4am on Sunday and we are more than ready to hit the road and begin our journey home. The week was good, but it was oh, so busy! I have had enough ‘road food’ to last a lifetime and I miss the soft cuddles of my dear Coco, Pancakes and Richard. Surely they think I have met with evil by now! I have many adventures to tell about and many pictures to share, but find that I will do so better in the comfort o...

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Part 307: Border Song

04-12-2011 03:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I am trying to think of an easy and organized way to tell you all about everything on the trip. With the time changes and busy schedule that I was on – especially at the end of the trip – I would have needed to be superwoman to be able to keep up with you all and post daily. The classes at the Center all ended in the evening, either at 6pm or 9pm and after that and the ride back to the hotel I was simply too tired to write. After being away from teaching for so long, it was t...

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Part 308: Still Recovering

04-13-2011 02:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

It seems to be taking a little longer to get back to normal than I would have liked it to, but I suppose that is to be expected. As I look around here, there seems to be more chaos than ever, although at last the piles seem to be going down as everything is once again finding its place. Yesterday turned out to be a ‘running day’ for us again, as I got word that my taxes were completed and I needed to make the trip to Yarmouth to pick them up and get them in the mail. Having t...

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Part 309: Returning to Normalcy (slowly)

04-14-2011 12:57 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am finally feeling like I am getting a bit back to normal today. I was still so tired most of yesterday, but I did manage to accomplish a lot of things. I keep wondering if the reason it is taking me so long to get to normal is due to the scope of the trip or the length of time I was away, or is it just because I am a tad older than last time when I traveled. I haven’t been away for so long before though. And even though we had the laptop and everything we could think of with us, i...

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Part 310: The Lectures

04-15-2011 01:36 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I can’t believe that I am still sleeping like I am. I am not sure if it is the cold or the relief of returning home or the adrenalin level finally returning to normal after everything. Maybe it is a little bit of everything. I just feel like I have never been so tired in all my life. The cold is really on its way out now, with just a little congestion and sore throat left. I haven’t taken medicine for it is a couple of days, and the fact that it is tolerable without anythi...

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Part 311: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like CHRISTMAS (!?!)

04-16-2011 01:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Working in the publishing industry sometimes make you feel like you are Alice in Wonderland. Nothing makes sense. There is no sense of time, space or season. Displacing holidays has been a part of my life for many, many years. I remember well the hot summer days when my friend Cari and I sat at the pool, watching the kids swim while we were on the side painting Santas and Christmas items. I remember how ironic it was that the beads of sweat would be falling on Mr. Snowman while I was t...

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Part 312: Ready for Cutting

04-17-2011 01:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Just when I thought I was in the clear from this cold, it seems to have reared its ugly head again. Yesterday. around mid afternoon, I began to get pain in my head. It felt like it was in my sinuses, but I barely felt stuffy. By 9pm, I needed to take some medicine for it because it was really getting to me and not subsiding. I awoke in the middle of the night, again stuffed to the point where I couldn’t breath and had to take another dose. This morning my nose is clear, but I still...

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Part 313: My New Excalibur EX21 Scroll Saw!

04-18-2011 02:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 17 comments »

After several months of waiting and anticipation, the moment finally arrived when I got a chance to really get to know and work on my new Excalibur scroll saw! Even though I had the saw delivered to the show in Saratoga Springs, there was little time for me to enjoy it and really run it through the paces. I was very busy at the show and I must say that I was only at the booth a couple of hours a day, during which time I was usually talking to people who stopped by. Both Keith and I were ...

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Part 314: More on the Excalibur Scroll Saw

04-19-2011 01:56 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 20 comments »

I want to start out today by saying that I didn’t get the video done yesterday. There was just too much going on with things and my partner Keith and I were both kind of taking turns on the saw. We both have projects to submit to the magazine for the Holiday issue and it is kind of ‘crunch time’. as we were away for a while and need to really get our projects done. I did, however save a piece from my own arsenal to cut in hopes of making a couple of small clips today. ...

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Part 315: Two Short Videos for You

04-20-2011 01:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 30 comments »

Well, I actually was able to shoot a couple of short videos for you yesterday. I find that I feel much more at ease behind my keyboard writing than I do in front of the camera. I suppose that is natural, and I am sure with practice I will get better at it. These are both showing some of the highlights of the new saw. The first one shows the general set up and highlights the tensioning of the saw. I want to stress the point that the knob on the back end of the saw is used to raise and lo...

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Part 316: Sharing Through Teaching

04-21-2011 01:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I am very pleased that you all liked the short videos that I posted yesterday. It shows me that there are lots of people who are interested in scroll sawing and would like to learn more about it. It also makes me want to do more teaching and help people understand how much fun and how relaxing scroll sawing can be. Earlier this week, I received some wonderful pictures from my friends Erwin and Edith (Bearpie here on Lumberjocks.) While I was away, I had received a message from Erwin tha...

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Part 317: An Unexpected Post

04-22-2011 01:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I awoke this morning to my daily email delivery of the New York Times and the headline read ”Nation’s Mood at Lowest Level in Two Years, Poll Shows” I get the paper delivered to me each day in order to kind of keep up on things that are happening in the world. The Times (I feel) has a good range of both national and world articles and does a good job in keeping me updated with what is happening. I also get the Chicago Tribune sent to me, which arrives around lunch. Unlik...

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Part 318: New Project Finished

04-23-2011 01:45 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Throughout the week of still catching up and making videos and probably thinking a bit too much, I did manage to complete my first project(s) for my submissions to the magazine for their Holiday issue. Last year I was fortunate enough to have several different projects and ornaments accepted. Between my partner Keith and myself we were well represented. I believe that it was my all time high as far as number of projects published with four. This year because of many reasons, I am only ...

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Part 319: Playing Hookie

04-24-2011 01:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Sometimes you just have to spend the day doing something silly. I woke up yesterday morning, fully intending to spend the day drawing the next design for the magazine and getting some work done and somehow by mid-morning, I decided that I wanted to “play” do something else for the day. I think the thought first occurred to me as I was putting some things away and looked into where I stored all of my acrylic paints. The bright colours were calling to me - “Come play w...

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Part 320: Pacing Yourself

04-25-2011 12:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I got up just after six this morning, which is just about right. It is good to feel like I am getting back to normal. I think six a.m. is a fine hour to wake up. Not too early whereas you would feel sleep deprived, yet early enough to get a jump on the day. It is just about right as far as I am concerned. I feel refreshed and highly motivated after the last two days. Stepping away from things for a bit really does wonders. Even if it is a half-step and I am still working on projects,...

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Part 321: I Need Some Advice from You

04-26-2011 01:07 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

OK, now it is my turn to have the questions. I know there are many seasoned woodworkers out there that will hopefully be able to help me with this: What do I do to get the dark, moldy-looking streaks out of oak? I did my usual of Googling it, and most of the responses said to use some bleach, but I don’t want to ruin the natural color of the oak or have it blotchy or streaky. Let me tell you more about the wood: I have a couple of boards, let’s say half an inch thick an...

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Part 322: More Cutting

04-27-2011 01:21 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I want to start off by thanking everyone for their help on the oak pieces. I was glad to hear that the problem could be solved and worked on the two pieces yesterday. I made a bleach/water solution and put the board in the shower and sprayed them liberally with the mixture. I let it set for a bit, and then used a small scrub brush to work it in further. After a couple of hours, I rinsed them and allowed them to dry in a well-ventilated place. They really do look much better. By the ...

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Part 323: Concerned About My Friends

04-28-2011 01:07 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I spent the last hour or so trying to find out news about my dear friend Leldon from Cullman, Alabama. Yesterday Cullman was hit with a vicious tornado that wiped out most of downtown. The pictures are devastating and apparently the local hospital was also hit. I worried about him most of the night and even though he was able to check in to his Facebook page after the storm went through his area, he said it was like nothing he has ever seen. I was a bit relieved to see that he reposted on ...

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Part 324: Still Learning

04-29-2011 02:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I awoke at my usual six a.m. this morning, only to come out on the couch and promptly fall asleep while cuddling my dear kitty Richard. Now I am slightly behind in doing what I wanted to do. Oh, well. I suppose it happens to everyone from time to time. The previous night was restless because I was worrying about my friends so I suppose that I am making up for it. I heard from both Bob (Grizzman) and Leldon yesterday and I was very relieved that neither of them or their families were ...

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Part 325: I Am Kind of Exasperated Today

04-30-2011 01:30 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

Did you ever feel like absolutely no one does their job right?? I realize that this is somewhat of a way of life, with cut backs on employees and services and everyone seeming to be overloaded. I try to be patient – really I do – but some days it is in your face and you just can’t avoid the rampant incompetency. Now, I usually am a pretty patient girl. I make mistakes too and most times others’ errors don’t really bother me that much as long as they are wil...

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Part 326: I Finished My New Project!

05-01-2011 02:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Well, yesterday turned out to be a wonderful day on many levels. The weather was nearly perfect. The sun was shining and it was warm enough for a light jacket. I even had the top down on the car when I made a trip to the grocery store. It is amazing how getting outside for a while can do wonders for your mood. Even if it is a short time. I definitely had “spring fever!” However, there was work to be done and I was also excited about seeing my latest project come to life. ...

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Part 327: A New Opportunity

05-02-2011 01:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday seemed to go by very quickly. I spent the day writing the instructions for my two projects that are going to the magazine for the holiday issue. I am pretty much finished up though and the package will be ready to be picked up today or tomorrow. They should have it by the end of the week. Writing instructions is a very important part of my job and it takes a great amount of time. The more I talk with and answer questions for people, I become more aware of what information to ...

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Part 328: A Pretty Good Day

05-03-2011 12:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Things got incredibly busy yesterday. I spent most of the morning getting things ready to ship to the magazine for the holiday issue. In the process, I knocked over one of the Rocking Reindeer figures and when it hit the floor, it broke. :( Fortunately only the runner came off. I had used epoxy on it and the glue just let go. As I picked it up I dropped it again (sigh!) and the other runner snapped off in the same manner. (DOH!) So I scraped off the remaining glue from the pieces and...

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Part 329: Just Plain Busy (and a New Toy!)

05-04-2011 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I must say that I am feeling a bit relieved today. There seemed to be a lot of little things piling up yesterday and I think it was getting to me a bit. Sometimes it is the small things that can add up and create anxiety. Each one of these things in itself was not really that big, but thinking about them all at once began to overwhelm me. When I realized that stuff was getting to me, I sat down, made a list and began checking things off one by one as I accomplished what I needed to do. ...

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Part 330: Many Business Decisions to Make

05-05-2011 01:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday we spent most of the day updating the website. Although there were not loads of new items, there were enough to give people a variety of new items to work on. I also switched the free pattern that I am giving away. This month I am offering a couple of mini songbird plaques that are self-framing. They have the option of coloring them in with some acrylic paint and hopefully it will encourage others to get their feet wet with painting a bit. I suppose the teacher inside me always ...

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Part 331: Still Deciding

05-06-2011 12:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I want to start off thanking you for sharing your experiences on Etsy yesterday. I received several messages, as well as what was posted here and I am still deciding what I am going to do. One thing that I noticed on Etsy is that they discourage you from posting a link to your own website (unless i am reading it wrong.) If that is the case, then I don’t think I am going to do anything there. They say it would display “avoidance of fees” but I don’t feel that would ...

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Part 332: Time For More Designing

05-07-2011 12:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Boy, the days are just flying by! I can’t believe that another week is done and we are already at Saturday. It truly amazes me how quickly time seems to pass. Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. I needed to make a trip to Digby to do some things and I got to see some friends that I haven’t seen in a while. I also got to stop at Bernie and Ellen’s and have a short visit with them. As usual, Ellen made a wonderful lunch as soon as she heard I was going to sto...

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Part 333: The Plan

05-08-2011 01:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I don’t feel as if I have anything exciting to write about today. I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. It seems that I am somewhat in between projects and even though I am in the process of creating new things, I am at a point where things are partially done and not at a point where I am ready to share them with you. I am feeling on edge a bit because I still feel a bit disorganized and need to get a handle on things so that I can move ahead. There are perhaps too m...

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Part 334: Life is GOOD!

05-09-2011 01:21 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Did you ever have a day when you just can’t wait to get up and out of bed and get going? I love those days and today was one of them. Even though it is raining out, I can already feel that it going to be a good one. Yesterday turned out to be a wonderful day too. After writing my blog here, I really got going and decided to attack my paperwork. The pile was sizable, as it not only contained the regular stuff that I had accumulated in the last two months, but also all the receipts...

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Part 335: "I See the Light!"

05-10-2011 01:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I was very excited when I got to the post office yesterday and found that the light for my new saw had arrived. It was supposed to be sent to New York last month and either it got lost (gotta love the post office!) or just plain didn’t go out. In any case, I needed to reorder it and it has finally arrive. In all the years I have been scroll sawing, I have never had a “proper” light. At one time I had the swing arm type of desk light, but I found that the vibration from...

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Part 336: Another Pull Toy Replica

05-11-2011 01:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I can’t remember when I last felt so good about things. I have always loved what I do, but it just seems like things are really falling into place and it is truly a pleasure to get up every morning to work. I don’t know if it is the new tools or my friends or being organized or just being at a good place in my life that makes it so enjoyable. Perhaps it is because I am doing what I have always wanted to do. It feels so wonderful being able to draw and make fun things and be cr...

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Part 337: "Learning to Fly"

05-12-2011 12:36 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

We all have “off days” once in a while. I suppose yesterday was my turn. The day started out nice enough, and I was ready to take on the world. But then I noticed some bites on my neck and they were itching and really starting to swell. I honestly don’t know when I got them. I was only out for a bit the previous day and they much have attacked me between the car and the front door. Before I knew it there were several welts on my neck that were swollen and itching l...

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Part 338: "De-Bugging" and Some Project Progress

05-13-2011 12:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Well, it looks like help is on its way. After Verna’s suggestion of trying Avon Skin So Soft to combat the black flies, I also did some reading on the subject and found that many of the other commercial brands of insect repellent used basically the same formula. I remembered that I had received a gift set of SSS for Christmas and dug it out to see what I had. Although I didn’t have the oil in the traditional form, there was a tube of gel oil. I thought I would experiment to se...

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Part 339: Black Flies 1 /Scrollgirl 0

05-14-2011 12:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Apparently, knowing your enemy does not necessarily guarantee victory. My mission was to go to the post office and get some mail out. In order to do so, I had to cross enemy lines (the great outdoors). I was not unprepared. I dutifully donned my long sleeved hoodie, even though the air was warm. Underneath, I had applied a layer of repellent (skin-so-soft) to avert the nasty little beasts. I knew they could see me and that they were waiting, yet I bravely stepped outside and into ...

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Part 340: Down for the Count

05-15-2011 01:40 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

As the day progressed yesterday, so did the symptoms. I made a trip to the pharmacy around noon and wound up getting some allergy relief tablets recommended by friends and the pharmacist. However a new symptom began – back spasms. I am not prone to this, and have only had it once in my life. I didn’t lift anything or twist in an unusual way but as the day but they became increasingly severe. By 10:30 or so, it was bad enough to make the trip to the hospital. With the ...

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Part 341: Maybe Tomorrow

05-16-2011 02:30 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am sorry guys and girls. Things are still pretty much the same here. I am sure you don’t want to hear about my aches and pains so I am skipping the blog for today. I really appreciate all of your thoughts and kind wishes. Hopefully by tomorrow I will be starting to feel back to normal. Have a really good Monday. :) Sheila

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Part 342: Slowly Improving

05-17-2011 01:44 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I want to start out by thanking everyone again for the nice thoughts. I haven’t really replied to each person individually and I trust you understand. I began feeling better yesterday and it was a great relief. I was able to actually do some drawing during the day and accomplish something. I promise I am not pushing anything, but it is quite difficult to sit and do nothing all day. When I do feel up to it, I will have a lot of cutting in front of me. That is good, as I love to pla...

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Part 343: Getting Back to Normal

05-18-2011 01:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Little by little I am beginning to feel a bit better. I felt better yesterday than Monday and I feel better today than yesterday. As long as I feel there is improvement, I am happy. I went to see my own doctor yesterday and she confirmed that there was swelling in my back. I got one more prescription to help with that so hopefully that will also help me get back to normal quickly. I was happy to hear from her that she thought I should move around and not just stay sitting or in bed. In ...

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Part 344: Poopie Happens

05-19-2011 12:46 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I had a fairly good day yesterday. The past several days when I wasn’t feeling so well, I was able to draw up three new candle tray patterns and they were all at the point where they were ready to be cut. In keeping with my own tradition, I like to tackle the most difficult/time consuming one first. I don’t know why I like to work this way, but for me it always feels good to do the hardest thing when I feel the freshest. I really liked the way the butterfly candle tray looke...

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Part 345: Another Tray Finished

05-20-2011 01:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

I had a very productive day yesterday. I was able to get the next candle tray cut out entirely, as well as sand and finish the butterfly tray and the new one. The more I work with my new saw the more I like it. I have never had a lamp that was attached to the saw like that before and it is a vast improvement over having my little task lamp and having to move it around so that I can turn my pieces when cutting. It is great that it is out of the way. There are however a couple of things ...

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Part 346: And Yet Another Tray

05-21-2011 12:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Will I ever get tired of seeing how walnut seems to come to life when it is finished with oil and spray shellac? I doubt it. Walnut is just one of my all time favorite woods. I think that I could make just about anything using walnut and as long as I take the time to finish it properly, it will look impressive. I cut another candle tray out yesterday. The wood I used was (you guessed it!) walnut! This time I made a moose scene and it seemed to me that walnut was really the only choice ...

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Part 347: Photographing Your Projects

05-22-2011 02:02 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

One thing that I like so much about my job is that there is such a great variety of steps that need to be done in order to keep everything running smoothly. The saying that “necessity breeds invention” comes to mind when I am in the midst of doing so many of these other tasks. For someone such as myself, who is trying to make a living on my designing abilities, learning all the different aspects of what it takes to not only design patterns, but to produce and market them is a ...

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Part 348: Writing Pattern Packets

05-23-2011 01:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Here we are at Monday again already. It is hard to believe that another weekend has come and gone again. I spent the majority of the day yesterday working on the pattern packet for the Grizzly Pull Toy and I do believe that it is finished. I only need to have it proof read and it will be ready to go. I wound up putting 19 step-by-step photos in the pattern and that is what seemed to take much of the time for me. I realize that it may be a bit of overkill, but after talking to lots of pe...

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Part 349: New Goals and Challenges

05-24-2011 12:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

There are times when I plan to accomplish things and everything just seems to fall into place. I make a time table and I actually stick to it and achieve everything that I put on my list. Things are on schedule. One would think that I would be happy when this occurs. I suppose I am, but it also makes me a bit uneasy. Did I miss anything? Did I do enough? Maybe I am not pushing myself hard enough? Perhaps I should go and look in the mirror and see if it is really ME looking back at...

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Part 350: Mid-week "Weekend"

05-25-2011 01:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

I suppose that you could call yesterday my ‘weekend’. As I said in my post, it was a time when I was on top of things and I went into town and did some errands, and I decided to get something that I had my eye on since before Christmas. I suppose it could be a small tool gloat if you want to look at it that way. It is a slick little set of four boxes that can store all that small hardware that we tend to accumulate. Lately, I have been also using several types of beads and jew...

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Part 351: Sometimes Things Take More Than A Day

05-26-2011 12:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am beginning to see that finishing stuff in one day isn’t always possible. That may sound like a simple and obvious statement, but somehow for me it is somewhat of a new revelation. I spoke the other day about setting goals and accomplishing and whether or not they are set high enough or on the other side of the scale, too high. There were several good thoughts that you posted in the comments that made me think about the process a bit more and come to some perhaps revised though...

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Part 352: Rambling and Some Pictures for Dennis

05-27-2011 01:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

There is something about polar animals that enchant me. I don’t know what it is. I have always looked at them as creatures of great beauty. It strikes me as odd because as a painter, I am quite fond of color. I love painting wildlife and big cats and playing with the shading and tones and making them look realistic. Most of the Arctic animals are various shades of white and grey. You would think that would bore me. However, I did once paint a snow leopard in greyscale and it was ...

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Part 353: Finishing Touches on the Polar Bear

05-28-2011 01:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday was one of those fun days of working. I spent most of the day putting the finishing touches on my Polar Bear Pull Toy. Sometimes, as with a project such as this, that is my favorite part of designing. All the gritty work is done and it is time to have fun and do all the little things that complete the project. I went to my favorite little store where I get a lot of the craft and jewelry supplies that I use. Actually it isn’t even a store in itself, it is a grocery store...

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Part 354: My One Year Birthday Here on Lumberjocks!

05-29-2011 02:44 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 22 comments »

I never was big on birthdays: From Birthday Cats They always made me crabby and uneasy. I didn’t like the attention that came with them and the fact that it was a kind of day where you were more or less expected to have fun. But over the years, I have come to like birthdays. They are, in essence, celebrations of our lives and I feel I have a lot to celebrate. I find them a good excuse to have fun with your friends and enjoy the day: From Birthday Cats Today is my one year ...

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Part 355: What To Do Next? (And Other Random Thoughts)

05-30-2011 01:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Some days you can be busy from dawn to dusk and when the day is done, you just don’t know why it went by so quickly. Yesterday was very much like that. There were many things that I had been neglecting around the house that needed attention and it seemed that I spent most of the day doing that. It was not unpleasant though, as getting things accomplished around the house always seems to bring me a sense of satisfaction. I like being organized and find that I get much more accomplish...

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Part 356: Today Is Another Day!

05-31-2011 01:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Well it was good to get that out of my system. Sometimes it is best to take the plunge and just do what has to be done. I am not going to say there weren’t some rough spots. There was a point in the mid-afternoon where there was lots of stuff all over and I was beginning to feel quite overwhelmed. But I forged on and sorted and actually threw out the stuff that was no good and no longer useful and it was just about dinner time when things were back in place (only a bit neater!) and ...

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Part 357: Inspiration

06-01-2011 11:41 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I must be excited about June being here because I got up so early this morning (just after 4!) It was one of those funny times when you are just lying there for half an hour or so in the dark and can’t sleep. Nothing is troubling you or anything bad like that, you just are thinking about the upcoming day and can’t wait to get started. After a while, I thought “what the heck” and got up. I think the cats think I am crazy. :) Yesterday was a good day. I will ha...

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Part 358: Busy Times, Good Times

06-02-2011 02:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I am a little slow out of the gate today, but it wasn’t without purpose. Yesterday was a very full day and I accomplished a lot. My early start paid off and although I thought that by the middle of the afternoon I would have a bit of a letdown and get tired, that didn’t really happy. I didn’t start cutting until late afternoon and finished up around ten. Even after that I was still excited about the project and got some of the general sanding done on it and the first coa...

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Part 359: Patience

06-03-2011 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Did I ever mention three very important factors in being a designer? They are patience, patience and patience. I don’t think it would hurt if you throw a little patience in there either. It is amazing how you find yourself thinking thoughts like “it only six months” or “I’ll see it in print by this Christmas!” (said in April). The funny part is that you are thinking these thoughts with no sarcasm or frustration whatsoever. You are really and truly e...

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Part 360: Wacom Tablet Review for Drawing Patterns

06-04-2011 01:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I have a good story about a company with GOOD customer service that I would like to share today. With all the bad things we hear, I think that it would be nice to talk about something good for a change. I suppose this will be a kind of product review, but I am not sure if it belongs in the review section or not because some may not see it directly relating to woodworking. but I know that I have seen many posts on “Sketchup” here so it tells me that there are lots of people that ...

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Part 361: Sometimes the Best Challenges are From Within Yourself

06-05-2011 12:46 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Some days it seems that when I am getting the most accomplished, I have little to talk about. Calm is good though and I am working on some things that could be ultimately very important to my business and career. Besides spending about half the day doing the usual mundane chores around the house, for the remainder of it I was working on the pieces from the pond set that I need to send to be photographed for the catalog. Even though I have painted the set several times before, I find that...

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Part 362: The Weekend of a Thousand Excuses

06-06-2011 12:40 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

There are so many things that can get us off track when we are doing something. It takes a certain amount of discipline to stay on course sometimes. Especially when we are not completely confident in ourselves. Those of you who have come to know me through this series know that from time to time I get this way. I truly appreciate your wonderful support yesterday, and I did make progress, but unfortunately not the amount of progress that would have made me happy. It feel as if I have be...

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Part 363: Progress

06-07-2011 01:36 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday turned out to be quite busy. I am pleased to say that I pushed the pile a bit, and also got some definitive answers on some things, however I still need to keep a good pace up and continue on. Yesterday I was reminded of a very important word – focus – and that is what I need to do. I finished the base coat painting on the five figures. I also got to the post office and got the package off to return the mouse to Wacom. That was good to check off of the books. When...

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Part 364: Unstuck

06-08-2011 12:37 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I have made some good progress on my skating figures, and will be finishing them up today. I realize that I may have sounded like I was behind schedule in doing them, but actually, I am quite ahead of the deadline, which is the 27th of this month. In reading your responses and also the personal messages from you, I do see that perhaps I do drive myself a bit hard at times and should give myself a break. I looked at the calendar yesterday and saw that I had plenty of time to do a good job a...

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Part 365: The Finish Line is In Sight

06-09-2011 01:09 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I can almost see the finish line. It is a good place to be. This job has been going so slowly it seems, but I have tried to be extra careful and take my time and get everything just right. It feels odd not to work at my usual pace. I fight the feeling that I am slacking, but there is a part of me that knows better and I am just being thorough so that I don’t miss anything. This is important. I watch the days tick off of the calendar and it is hard to believe that we are almost ...

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Part 366: Still Finishing Up

06-10-2011 01:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Well, I am still finishing up some things on that skating pond pattern. I know, I know! You are probably all quite tired of hearing about it. Imagine what I am feeling with working on it so long! I made the stands for the figures yesterday and did a final going over of all the paint. I did any necessary touch ups and applied several coats of clear matte spray over them. They do look nice. I went to pick up the mail, and there in my mailbox was the current catalog from the Artists Cl...

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Part 367: Done!

06-11-2011 01:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Well, I am really happy that one is finally under my belt. the good thing is that I actually had fun finishing up. In looking at the finished project, I don’t know why it was so intimidating to me. Compared to the original set, it is quite pared down and simple. But I still think it has its charms and perhaps it won’t be quite as overwhelming to others as it would be to do the entire set. It is actually kind of nice this size. On the plus side, pretty much everything went ...

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Part 368: Switching Gears

06-12-2011 12:36 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

After working on something that has consumed me so much for the past several days, it seems strange to finally have it completed. Even though the time I had spent on the previous project was really only about a week, it seems quite a bit longer because of the hard time I was having with it. Someone said the other day how they like to just sit back and admire their finished projects for a bit after they are done, and I find myself kind of doing that. Even though I had completed a much la...

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Part 369: Designing at a Variety of Levels

06-13-2011 12:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

The day is just starting and already it looks to be a good one. Even though it is kind of gloomy out and raining, I feel good about it and I feel like I am going to accomplish a lot. Sometimes when we do the most work, we don’t seem to have much to show for it – at least on the surface. Planning something out and sorting out the details frequently takes longer than making the projects themselves. At least for me it does. I have a busy month ahead of me. The next few wee...

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Part 370: On to Something New (finally!)

06-14-2011 12:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I woke up this morning and knew exactly what I wanted to do. I like when that happens. It is a good way to start the day. Especially at these “in between” times when I am finishing off one project and looking to start another. Yesterday I did the final proof reading and packaged up the project to be shipped to Washington state for the catalog. You would have thought I had it all behind me, but I was still picking at it and making sure everything was all right. I also wante...

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Part 371: New Designs and Challenges

06-15-2011 01:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Ahh, the smell of sawdust and the quiet sound of the Excalibur humming . . . It’s going to be one of those days! I love my work. (Yes – I know! I was a little whiny in getting that last project out the door! It passed though.) One of the best things about what I do is the great deal of variety that comes with the territory. One of my greatest horrors would be to do a job that is the same every day, where you need to preform the same tasks over and over again and have ...

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Part 372: Two New Designs

06-16-2011 12:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Finally it is a day when I woke up to a clear sky and sunshine. It has been quite overcast and rainy for the past several days. I think the last time it was sunny out was Saturday when I washed the car. I have been waiting for a bright day so I can take some pictures of the latest projects with some natural light. Usually I use artificial light, but I like to experiment with both, as some things just look better with natural light. One day I will have to get some photography lights, but n...

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Part 373: "Roasted Birch" - a New Discovery for Me

06-17-2011 01:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I love when I am so excited about work that I can’t wait to get out of bed to start the day. It may sound silly to some of you, but it does happen a lot lately. I was lying in bed thinking about the new projects and I couldn’t wait to finish working on them today. What has got me all worked up, you ask? It seems that I have stumbled upon a type of wood that I had never worked with before and used it out of necessity and now that the project is finished, I absolutely love it....

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Part 374: My Turn for a Tool Gloat

06-18-2011 11:23 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Yesterday I had some errands to run. On the way home, we saw that our lumber yard and hardware place was having its annual yard sale this weekend. In the past, we have found some OK bargains there. Lots of what was on sale was stuff that we didn’t find very useful, but once in a while there was something good there. In any case, we figured it was worth it to stop by and take a look. They had a tent that had a variety of smaller tools on sale. There were a couple of drill presses...

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Part 375: I'm Starting to Plan the Scroll Saw Class

06-19-2011 01:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

As some of you may know, I have been asked to do a class on scroll sawing to present it here on Lumberjocks. I think that this will be a great way to introduce people to scroll sawing and get involved. Many of you that I have talked to already have a scroll saw sitting in the corner of your shop that is seldom used. I have had many requests as to instruction on how to use it properly, as well as blade choice, etc. As with many things that I do, in thinking about the class it is sometimes...

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Part 376: Goin' To The City

06-20-2011 10:09 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I got the site updated with all the new stuff yesterday, and the weather looks to be good for the day so we are dropping the top on the Mustang and heading out to Halifax (to go WOOD SHOPPING!) and see what fun is in store for us! Our first trip of the season! Actually, I am writing this yesterday so that you can read it tomorrow, which by now is today and I am long gone, as we are leaving at 5am. (How’s that for something to go with your morning coffee and tea?) Sorry for short ...

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Part 377: Wood Shopping Hangover

06-21-2011 12:34 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

We left the house approximately 6am and didn’t return until nearly 10pm. The sun was just sliding into the ocean as we were on the final leg of our trip on the (almost) longest day of the year. It was one of those beautiful pinkish-orange sunsets and the water was like a glass mirror, reflecting the soft light back to the purple hills of Digby Neck as we drove south on Rt 101 along the shore. It was a fine end to a very full and enjoyable day. The next statement that I will make m...

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Part 378: Odds and Ends

06-22-2011 12:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Boy, I got a lot of little stuff out of the way yesterday. You know those days – where there are a ton of small things to do and it seems like they just get in the way of moving ahead. I like days like that because when all is said and done, it feels like you accomplished quite a bit. I even thought through the next project that I am going to be working on today. I got a newsletter out. It was the second one that I sent in June, but it seemed that there was enough new stuff and p...

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Part 379: Working and More Class Planning

06-23-2011 01:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I thought that I would have gotten a bit farther yesterday than I actually did, but I can’t say it was a bad day at all. I suppose that sometimes things just take more time then we anticipate. I used to do that more then I do now, but I have been pretty realistic about mapping out and achieving my goals lately. I think writing things down here in the mornings helps me a lot with sticking to a plan. Even if I want to change things up in the middle of the day, at least I have a framew...

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Part 380: Progress

06-24-2011 12:55 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Yesterday seemed to fly by and before I knew it, it was ten o’clock. It was one of those days where you get so caught up in a project that you look up and it is already dark. I am not done with the project yet. I thought I would be by now but it was one of those times when I underestimated what I was doing and things took a bit longer than expected. Now I am not saying that is bad. I have actually enjoyed making this project quite a bit. That is after all what it is all about, i...

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Part 381: Taking My Time and Enjoying the Creation Process

06-25-2011 12:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I love to build things and play. From the time I was small, some of my favorite things were building sets and play sets. When I was young and we lived with my grand parents, they had this farm set that was really cool. The barn was metal and it had a green metal tractor with chipped paint that pulled a little plastic wagon. The plastic fence kind of hooked together but it never wanted to stand on the carpet, which was frustrating. There were these little flat strips of plastic material ...

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Part 382: Meet Fiona - The Halloween Witch (Pretty Scary!)

06-26-2011 12:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I had such a good time yesterday finishing up my latest project. Each step and addition I made to it made it look a little better. Building stuff like this is so much fun and I really get a lot of satisfaction out of making these little replicas. The hardest thing for me to do was to be patient and let the glue dry for each step. I knew if I didn’t wait, I would have a mess on my hands. I forced myself to walk away after each piece or set of pieces was glued and try to get busy on ...

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Part 383: Decisions, Decisions

06-27-2011 01:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

It seems to be one of those days where I am a bit unsettled on which direction to go next. I have about a week left for the deadline on the catalog that gets mailed in early September and I am not quite certain what to do next for submissions. Traditionally, this edition of the catalog is the kick-off for new Christmas items for the upcoming holiday season, but it also introduces many Halloween items too. Since it is probably the last of the large mailings to customers prior to Halloween...

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Part 384: Rolling With the Changes

06-28-2011 01:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

I suppose I kinda, sorta got “unstuck” yesterday. As usual, I find that being patient and staying on my own path proved to be the best solution. In the past, I have spent much time and energy trying to “fix things” that I had no control over. This left me with less of both to move ahead and continue on. It was a domino effect that greatly limited what I would accomplish. As difficult as it is for me to do, I have learned to stop trying to fix everything. I am al...

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Part 385: Along Came a Spider . . .

06-29-2011 01:21 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

I worked on another candle tray yesterday. I did decide to go with the Halloween them for the time being. Whether it is the right or wrong decision, only time will tell but I wanted to go with my gut this time just to see what would happen. The design I came up with was pretty simple. In cutting it, I found that it was on of the easiest things I have made in a long time. (really) Simple isn’t bad thougha (we talked about that before) and it will be very easy for a new scroll sa...

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Part 386: Moving To Another Deadline

06-30-2011 12:07 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am kind of working in several directions at once these days. That tends to happen when deadlines are coming up and we are in crunch time. I worked on my spider web candle tray and got it sanded and oiled. I also picked on the little charm pieces and got them to where I wanted them. At first I did them and I think they were a bit large. I wanted them smaller than the larger spider that I showed yesterday, but they had to be big enough that the legs wouldn’t be even more fragile a...

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Part 387: Why Am I So Unsettled?

07-01-2011 12:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I don’t know guys and girls – I am just unsettled today. Nothing is really wrong, but it seems like I can’t seem to stay focused on one thing enough to accomplish anything. It isn’t that I don’t have ideas. Sometimes I think it may be that I have too many of them. It is really a bad time to be this way too (is there ever a good time?) I’ve got until mid-week to get what I have to the wholesaler and that stuff has to finish out the year with them. T...

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Part 388: Know When It's Time to Make Changes

07-02-2011 02:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 16 comments »

When things aren’t going exactly how you want them to in your life, you have two choices. You can leave them the way they are or you can change them. Although I realize that we don’t always have the ability to change each and every situation, more times than not we do and for some reason or another we choose not to. Change often brings discomfort, as most people like the sense of familiarity and the security that goes along with keeping things as they are, even if they are hu...

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Part 389: Growing Pains

07-03-2011 01:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Usually I don’t see myself as someone who complains and moans a lot. Some may disagree, of course, but I think for the most part, I let a lot of things go and try not to sweat the little stuff. There is something that makes me want to apologize for yesterdays’ post being whiny and there is part of me feels really good because I am standing up for myself. Not that I have really done anything yet, but just drawing the line in my own head and knowing within myself that things are ...

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Part 390: Lots of Little Things Accomplished

07-04-2011 01:02 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It’s going to storm here today, it seems. It actually looks quite gloomy. That’s OK though, as I have lots of indoor things to do today and being inside will help me stay on them and get them done. Although it is a holiday in the US, it is a pretty normal Monday here in Canada. I wonder if there will be any mail yet, as it is quite slow in getting back up and running. I had a really good day yesterday. I cleaned up a lot of odds and ends and got things set up for the 72 ska...

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Part 391: Finishing Some Things and Starting Others

07-05-2011 12:57 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Well, everything that is going to be submitted for the catalogs this holiday is sent. Here it is only the middle of the year and I can’t help but feel my retail fate is sealed. That sounds ominous I realize, but it just seems kind of foolish to me. Even the magazines don’t take five months to get their publications out. I suppose that I am not doing their job though, so who am I to say. I have resigned myself to the fact that things are that way and I don’t want to wa...

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Part 392: Setting Boundaries

07-06-2011 01:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Those who know me well know that I am fairly easy going. I have had my share of turmoil in my life, and I am at the point where I just like things to go smoothly. If I get pushed a little bit, I tend not to be reactionary, but rather think things through and consider whether it warrants fighting back or letting it slide. Most of the time I let things go. After all, is it really worth a conflict? I like being this way. I like the reputation of being even-tempered and cooperative. In m...

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Part 393: Preparing Patterns

07-07-2011 01:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I woke up this morning to a sunny and hazy day. Although the sun was just rising, I already could tell it was going to be a hot day. Yesterday was probably one of the warmest days of the year here so far. It was sticky and still and slightly uncomfortable. I spent as much time as I could out on the small deck with Pancakes, my kitty, as it was slightly cooler there, but I didn’t have a lot of things that I could do outside, as I needed to do work on my computer. So I sucked it up a...

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Part 394: And Now For Something Completely Different

07-08-2011 01:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Part of the reason that I like my job so much is that there are so many different aspects involved in the day to day activity of it, it never seems mundane or boring. Sure, it would be great if I could just scroll saw all the time and not have to worry about anything else, but I think that after a while, even that would lose its luster and not be much fun. Having a job that is fun and exciting is something that everyone wants and few people have. We have all heard the saying “It is...

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Part 395: What Happened to Friday? I Blinked and it Was Gone!

07-09-2011 01:22 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday kind of slipped by me and I never touched a paint brush. I am not complaining (well . . . sorta) but it was just one of those things. At lease when I put down my keyboard from my computer, which was after 11pm, I felt as if I accomplished some important things. We all have those days where we start out intending to get ‘X’ accomplished and wind up with alphabet soup. Even though that some days I can neatly go down my list and check things off in the process, more o...

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Part 396: Productive Days are Good

07-10-2011 01:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

For a rainy day, I didn’t do too badly. In fact, I got a lot accomplished yesterday. It was one of those good days where everything flowed along nicely and even though I was in several different directions, things seemed to move right along and by the end of the day, I made a nice sized dent in what I wanted to do. I got 20 sets of the little skating pond cut. Psychologically that was a huge boost. Just seeing the little figures pile up so quickly (in only a couple of hours) made ...

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Part 397: Unexpected Success

07-11-2011 12:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It is odd how some days can begin by being just ‘ordinary’ days, but by the time the sun sets, they turn into something special. I love when that happens. It fills us with promise and hope on the not so good days when things don’t seem to be going exactly as we planned, and a sense of adventure in knowing that any day could turn into something special. Yesterday was just like that. It began ordinary enough. I did my blog here and my emails and all the morning house ...

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Part 398: Almost Routine

07-12-2011 12:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 23 comments »

I would like to be able to post an exciting or remarkable post every day. But some days, life isn’t very exciting or remarkable. That doesn’t mean it is bad. In fact, I would lean more toward those being good days. Although we all like to mix it up a bit, I have no problem with days that tend to be on the ‘routine’ side. People tell me on days like today that it isn’t really necessary to write here every single day. No one expects it and no one would thin...

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Part 399: Will 'Google+' be a Plus or a Minus?

07-13-2011 12:37 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I woke up early this morning, determined to not let the day get away from me. Even though I have been busy, it sometimes seems that I don’t have enough time in the day to get everything that I want to finished. There are many little things that take a small chunk of time here and there and before I knew it, yesterday I looked up at the clock and it was 4pm. I was truly surprised. I have had a lot of correspondence stuff to do in the past several days. I think that is a good sign...

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Part 400: Many Choices and Many Directions

07-14-2011 01:21 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

As usual, the days just seem to be going by too quickly. Perhaps it is because all of the ideas I have that it seems that I am always running behind and trying to catch up. I am not complaining, as it is good to be full of ideas, but it sometimes seems that no matter how much I accomplish in a day, there is still more that I wanted to get done. I don’t want to fall into that trap of never being happy with my accomplishments, nor do I want to feel as if I am resting on my laurels an...

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Part 401: Excuse Me For a Moment While I Do My 'Happy Dance!'

07-15-2011 01:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

YAY for me! I reached a nice milestone yesterday in my little sawdust-filled world! I finished cutting out my 72 sets of skaters! Now I know that may not sound exciting to you all, but it is a great accomplishment for me to have under my belt. It is one of the rare times that I actually PLANNED something and it actually WORKED! How many times have we planned something out and it looked wonderful in theory only to have life come in and mess everything up for us? I don’t know a...

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Part 402: The Benefits of Teaching

07-16-2011 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Teaching a large group of people with lots of different levels of expertise can be a challenge. I must admit, when I was approached to teach a class here on scroll sawing, I felt a little intimidated. After seeing all the beautiful projects here from so many talented woodworkers, my first reaction was to wonder what I could possibly teach them. I was first asked in March, just before leaving for the show that I lectured at in Saratoga Springs, New York. At that point it had been several...

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Part 403: A Sincere Thanks

07-17-2011 01:45 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I must say that I am somewhat surprised at the number of responses that I have had so far to the scroll sawing class. It is really so much more than I could have ever dreamed of. I remember when I first heard of Lumberjocks from Steve Good, he mentioned to me that there aren’t a lot of scrollers here. I took a look on the project pages and thought he was probably right, but I thought I would hang around here for a bit ‘just to see’. After all, I like other aspects of wo...

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Part 404: Living is Better That Just Going Through Life

07-18-2011 01:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

As I sit here on Monday morning and reflect on the weekend, I look back on it and think that even though I seemed to be busy every second of each day, I didn’t really get many things of substance accomplished. In reality I did check several things off of the list, but I can’t help but think that somehow I could have done better. I suppose that sometimes I am not the best manager of time. I noticed that there are times like this past weekend when I appear very busy and I reall...

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Part 405: Time After Time

07-19-2011 01:08 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I spent the bulk of the day yesterday printing out patterns and sanding 8.5” x 11” rounded rectangles of wood. It doesn’t sound like enough to fill the day, but it certainly was. Once again I played the role of ‘captain underestimation,’ grossly underestimating the amount of time it will take me to do things. (I never have been that good at math. There is something so impersonal about numbers that they just don’t hold my interest. They are an evil ne...

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Part 406: Some Hope For Selling Our Woodwork Items

07-20-2011 01:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

It seems that even though we are going through some tough times with the economy, not everyone is suffering as much as they have been in the recent past. I look to this as a sign of hope that people will be able to make a little extra money by selling their hand crafted items and that perhaps things are looking up just a little bit. There are many small businesses where I live. Most of Nova Scotia consists of small fishing and tourist towns where work and prosperity is seasonal. As time ...

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Part 407: Blame It On the Heat

07-21-2011 01:49 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

OK – I am late this morning. Everyone’s coffee is cold and you are either going to be late for work or have to wait to read. We all have days like that. At least you have coffee. I am on my second attempt of making it this morning. For the first try, I cleaned out the pot while the water was on the stove heating up and instead of putting the beans in the grinder (I have a French press that I use) I put the beans right in the bottom of the wet carafe. (DOH!) It’s ...

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Part 408: Mind over Matter

07-22-2011 01:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

Yesterday, I added a short video to my scroll sawing class lesson. I was kind of amazed that even though the video is only just over five minutes, it took me over half the day to do. I say ‘kind of’ because one wouldn’t think that something that short should take so long to accomplish. Especially when you see the quality. Not that it is really ‘bad’ mind you. I think it gets the point across Ok, but it isn’t really something that I would call ‘fa...

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Part 409: Diversification

07-23-2011 01:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I am happy to say that I finally got to do something that I have been trying to work on for at least two weeks. I finished a painting project. I don’t know why this had become such an issue within myself, but it seemed that everything else just happened to get in the way of things. There were so may loose ends here and there that I had to tie up, as well as other things that I needed to get finished, and in looking back on previous blogs I could see that I have not been idle, but I j...

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Part 410: Finishing the Unfinished Stuff

07-24-2011 01:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Today is going to be one of those ‘tying up loose ends’ days that I have every so often. It seems that when going in several directions, I leave a trail of unfinished tasks that I need to do and some of them are completed in only minutes while others take a couple of hours. But having them hanging around seems to get bothersome and clutters up my already cluttered mind until I can tuck them away neatly and check them off the list. These aren’t usually exciting days. Th...

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Part 411: One Big Check Off the List

07-25-2011 12:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Wow, I am glad that is behind me! I must say that yesterday was one of the hardest times I have had writing directions in a long while. Note to self – DON’T wait two months after doing a project to write the instructions for it – especially if it is one that is involved like this one is. So what caused all of this anxiety for me? The little guy below: From Polar Bear Antique Pull Toy Replica You would think he was pretty simple to make, right? After all, wasn&#...

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Part 412: Short and Sweet

07-26-2011 11:53 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Today’s entry will be short. (Really) I got up early today to a quiet but slightly overcast day. There is a little breeze going to but it isn’t even strong enough to earn the label ‘wind.’ It had rained last night, but it appears to be only lightly, as the ground is wet but not really. It was still almost dark at 5:57. A sure sign that we are already past the midpoint of summer. That’s OK though, as my favorite time of the year is approaching. Soon I wi...

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Part 413: Dog Days

07-27-2011 01:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

”Dog Days” (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere, they usually fall between early July and early September. The actual dates vary greatly from region to region, depending on latitude and climate. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun was res...

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Part 414: Some Benefits of Diversification

07-28-2011 12:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I am not sure why I am so excited about finishing up a pattern packet. Perhaps ‘excited’ is the wrong word. ‘Satisfied’ may be a better way to describe it. It was nearly 10pm last night when I finally finished everything together into a packet form. I had worked on it all day. I didn’t have any errands to run and only took short breaks for meals. It probably took a little longer than I expected, but as I am looking at it now, I know it was worth it. The...

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Part 415: Difficult Decisions

07-29-2011 12:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Sometimes we have days that we would just prefer to forget, even though in the end when we look back on them we realize that they were a functional part of our lives. We know that without these types of days, we wouldn’t be experiencing any growth and things would become stagnant. They are not always pleasant, and many times are downright painful, but they are a necessary part of life that we have to endure on our road to success. I have not always been good at taking a stand. Man...

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Part 416: The Next Scroll Saw Lesson is Posted

07-30-2011 01:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Yesterday I spent much of my working day getting things ready for the next lesson on the scroll saw class. So far, it seems that I start out with a broader subject for the lesson and then by the time I am done explaining details and posting pictures, it seems like it is getting too long and I pare it down a bit, saving the rest of what I had intended for the next lesson. I don’t necessarily think that this is a bad thing, and the result are very focused segments. I think that later o...

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Part 417: All is Quiet

07-31-2011 12:44 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Sometimes when I am the busiest at the drawing board, it seems that I have little to write about. After all, you all probably don’t want to read about every line that I draw. Although this may seem like a bad thing, in reality it is good. It means that I am focusing and getting the job done. The majority of the day yesterday was spent drawing. In between sessions, I caught up with my friend Jeannie with a phone conversation. She is heading out today to Richland Center, Wisconsin...

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Part 418: After all, what are Sunday's For Anyway?

08-01-2011 12:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I can honestly say that I didn’t do much regarding the business yesterday. It isn’t very often that I can claim that. It always seems that even if I spend the day painting or doing something like that it is still related to the business. I suppose it was just time for some time off. It was a beautiful day here in Nova Scotia. The sun was shining from the time it peeked over the horizon until it set into the ocean. The day was nearly cloudless, with only a few wisps here a...

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Part 419: A Really, Really, (really, really) Good Day!

08-02-2011 03:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

First of all, I am tardy today for a reason. We had some lightning and thunder in the early hours of the morning and the lights kept flickering We thought it would be best to shut down computers until things seem a bit quieter. (I still hear thunder as I write, but the rain is gentle and I had to do something!) Hopefully it will hold out so I can get some work done. I actually had a good blog planned. I know it has been quiet of late, but yesterday was a day that was full of adventure ...

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Part 420: Life Without a Computer

08-03-2011 12:43 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

OK – so I will admit it. I don’t deal well with life without a computer. I realize that will open me up to lectures of how everyone got along before without computers and how we have become spoiled by them etc., etc., and I should just suck it up and get along without it, but the best I will ever do to counter that is ‘agree to disagree.’ After all, people didn’t have indoor plumbing until the early 1900’s and I am sure that they were consider spoiled to...

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Part 421: The Power of Friendship

08-04-2011 12:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

As usual, I woke up today to several emails. Like anyone who has a routine, going through them first thing in the morning is one of mine. I like to see what I may have missed during the night and see if there was any orders or things like that which need my immediate attention. I like Google Gmail because it allows you to categorize your mail and add color coded labels on emails from people or places where you receive frequent emails from. For instance, orders from my site are one color...

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Part 422: Working

08-05-2011 12:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Sometimes when I am working the hardest, it seems that I have the least to write about. I spent the day yesterday pretty much chained to the computer drawing and that in itself doesn’t really make for an interesting blog. It was one of those days where I was able to stay truly focused (yes – even I have them sometimes) and besides taking a couple of breaks to respond to mail and such, I really did nothing but sat and drew all day. I did finish one entire pattern though, an...

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Part 423: Another Lesson Up - Back to Drawing

08-06-2011 01:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

It is funny how quickly the seasons begin to change. While so many people are going through sweltering heat, I have noticed a definite coolness in the morning air. Even if the temperatures get quite warm in the afternoon, the days are already starting off with a crispness that is reminiscent of autumn. It won’t be long. I find it is noticeably darker in the mornings too. It is almost back to the point where seeing full daylight as my eyes open in the morning will mean that I am ...

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Part 424: You Know It Don't Come Easy

08-07-2011 12:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

The projects that I am working on right now require quite a bit of picking around on the computer. There is just no easy way to accomplish what I want to do. (Perhaps there is and I just fail to see how!) I spent most of the day yesterday working on the line work for the next pattern. By 9:30 or so, I had just about enough. My eyes were sore from looking at the screen and I was really getting tired. The line work for the pattern was just about finished anyway. I still need to print i...

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Part 425: Taking Time to be Perceptive

08-08-2011 01:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I feel as if things are stuck in fast forward lately. The past couple of weeks have passed in what seems to be a day or so. Although I am not in a panic mode, I am beginning to feel anxious about things and I am longing to have that feeling of peace and accomplishment that goes with being caught up. I think it is time to make a list again and prioritize what needs to be done by when. Somehow that always proves to put me back on the path and calm things down for me. I am not sure how ...

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Part 426: Keeping Up

08-09-2011 01:02 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

There are days when I wonder if I will ever get to use the scroll saw again. Seriously. There are so many things to do within the business that actually cutting wood seems like a rare thing for me lately. I know that is why I enjoy it so much when I do get the opportunity to actually cut, but it also makes me wonder. There are many people that think that I get to cut and build things from the time I get up in the morning until I am ready to call it a day. That is so far from reality th...

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Part 427: Lettering as an Art (?)

08-10-2011 01:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in computer land today. I only have an hour or so of work left on the final pattern that I am getting ready for the next update. In tallying the new things that will be up on the site, my contribution alone will be five patterns and I will also be offering a kit. Keith has some very nice patterns to add also. Since we only updated the site a couple of weeks ago, I think that is a good accomplishment. I am wondering why I have been feeling like...

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Part 428: Unexpected Surprises

08-11-2011 12:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Sometimes days are heading in a direction, and out of nowhere something unexpected happens and the day takes a whole other path. Yesterday was like that for me. I was finishing up the third letting plan and getting ready to do the necessary things for the web site update and I received an email that needed my attention. It seems that I had to put my attention elsewhere elsewhere for a while and get some paper work done for something that I am working on. While I was doing that, I had ...

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Part 429: Say 'No' to Pink Clouds (??)

08-12-2011 12:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Several months ago I wrote that the bank I used in Chicago for the past 14 years had failed and was taken over by one of the giant banks (First Midwest.) It is funny (odd) that the second I found out about it, I had this impending sense of doom that this wasn’t going to be a good thing. Those of you who read every day and know me, know that I am quite the optimist. Even on the darkest days, I try to see the good in situations and much prefer to live in a land of hope, trust and an...

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Part 430: Finding Answers

08-13-2011 12:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Well, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but I am fairly sure that it isn’t over yet. I do find that in situations such as this, the best thing for me to do is to do my homework and not do anything in haste. I think that gathering as much information as possible and making an intelligent decision is the best way to go. That is the plan anyway. As soon as they were opened yesterday I placed a call to the bank. They did have a phone number listed on the notice and i...

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Part 431: Time for a Break

08-14-2011 01:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I had a good and productive day yesterday. I feel as if I accomplished a great deal. I have been working on a small job for my friend Bernie and I was able to complete it, as well as tie up several loose ends. I also did a little bit of cutting for my partner. I had mentioned last week that his aunt was here in town and she picked through many of the prototypes that we have of our projects here and choose some nice things for herself and did some early Christmas shopping. One thing she...

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Part 432: Moderation

08-15-2011 01:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am happy to announce that I was actually able to leave things behind yesterday and take a break from things. Even as I write that, I find it odd that I am rather proud of the fact that I didn’t accomplish something work-related yesterday. Like most people, we are creatures of habits and sometimes good habits are as difficult to deviate from as bad habits. In the past couple of years, I have really programmed myself to think that taking time off of work (or slacking as some may ca...

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Part 433: A Special Thank You to You All!

08-16-2011 02:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I want to begin today by thanking everyone for the kind and thoughtful wishes that were sent to me yesterday on my birthday. I was (and still am) greatly overwhelmed by the many people here who I consider my friends. I usually don’t think much about my birthday if I can help it. After all, it is just part of life. We have all had ‘birthdays’ or we wouldn’t be here. Usually the day comes and goes for me without a whole lot of thought. For the past several years I ...

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Part 434: If the Bird Gets Up Early Enough, Does It Catch Two (or even Three) Worms?

08-17-2011 11:57 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I woke up early today and was debating whether or not to try to get back to sleep. It would have been easy to do so, but there were too many things on my mind and after a couple of minutes of trying to feel sleepy again, I just gave up and got my day started. I really don’t mind though, as I could use the extra couple of hours to get a handle on things for the day. I still have emails to catch up on from the weekend. The combination of slacking off and going to a couple of dinners ...

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Part 435: Lots of Good News1

08-18-2011 12:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

My goodness yesterday was a busy and productive day! (By the way – it feels really good to be able to start an entry like that!) I was really able to stay focused and I accomplished a LOT of things and got some loose ends tied up in the process. It always seems to go that way, doesn’t it? You accomplish one thing and it dominoes into getting several other things done. First of all, I really, REALLY cleaned out my mailbox. This has been something that was bothering me quite ...

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Part 436: Glimmers of Hope - Even in This Economy

08-19-2011 01:11 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

It is very gratifying when you work hard for something and you begin to see some return on the investment of time and effort that you put in. Waiting takes a lot of patience, and I honestly believe that the reason that many people are unable to be successful in their own businesses is that they either don’t want to wait for things to happen, or they can’t afford to because of other circumstances. Having a successful home business has the illusion of producing maximum returns w...

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Part 437: Next Lesson Almost Done

08-20-2011 12:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday was one of those days that just got away from me. I was busy all day and I did accomplish a great deal, but before I knew it, it was over and time to turn in. I was able to finish doing the pattern packets, which was a major thing. I still need to do a final proof reading on them because there were just so many interruptions that it was a little difficult for me to concentrate. I need to be absolutely sure that they are OK before I send them ahead to the wholesaler for distrib...

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Part 438: Lesson 7 Is Posted

08-21-2011 01:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I woke up this morning to the darkness of the crisp and cool air. Could it be that the heat of summer is already weaning? It seemed like just yesterday that I was preparing to travel to the show in New York and hoping that we wouldn’t encounter snow. I remember standing in the parking lot at the border check on my way into the United States and the sky was grey and large snowflakes were blowing through the air. I realize that I have experienced nearly two full seasons between when th...

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Part 439: Commission Work Ups and Downs

08-22-2011 12:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Doing commission work can have its issues. I don’t really mind doing it – in fact I like it, but I certainly wouldn’t want to have it as a main source of my income. Lately it seems that I have had several people ask me to do special orders for them. Since I am all over the place these days and not pressed hard under many deadlines, I made an offer on these jobs and took them on. I think it is a nice change of pace for me and good practice to do some things that I don...

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Part 440: And On to Designing . . .

08-23-2011 12:29 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Well what a great day yesterday turned out to be! I spent most of the day working on drawing up the pattern for the commission job that I am doing. It was one of those days where once I got rolling, I really enjoyed what I was doing and the day just seemed to fly by. Once I was clear on what was expected, doing the actual drawing was a pleasure and by dinner time I was able to send my client some sample drawings for his approval before I added the final touches. I was happy to receive ...

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Part 441: Go While the Going is Good!

08-25-2011 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Sometimes the unexpected things in life are the best. The other day we were taking our morning walk. It was one of the first times we walked in the wood behind us in a couple of months because it has been quite muddy and rainy here. However, on Tuesday the sun was bright and warm and it was really a nice hike. Like most days when we walk, we talk about our upcoming projects and deadlines. With all the directions that my partner and I are on, there always seems to be something due. It ...

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Part 442: Challenge of the Day - Self-Discipline

08-26-2011 01:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

After what seems like a very long time, it is good to be back to doing some drawing again. It hasn’t been that I haven’t had ideas, but more because there just seems like so many other things get in the way. I look back on my own productivity and wonder if I should be more disciplined in what I am doing. Sometimes I think that is the answer, but then there are other times when I know that the other stuff that I do is necessary also to keep things running smoothly and everyone h...

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Part 443: Making Good Progress

08-27-2011 01:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I must start by saying that yesterday was a very productive day. I actually made a great deal of progress in my drawings and I am happy with the results so far. As usual, I am not as far as I anticipated, but I think that I will deal with only thing at a time for now. The important thing is that the designs look nice and that people are able to cut them. I am working on a set of songbird ornaments that are really quite cool. I suppose that they could be used for Christmas, but they cou...

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Part 444: On to Cutting!

08-28-2011 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I am going to make this a bit short today, because I am on a roll. Hopefully by tomorrow, I will have some pictures to post here. It feels great to be back in the production mode again. Even though it always seems like I am doing something, there is a nice difference to see actual results at the end of the day. We all know that there are different types of work and even though the unseen work is necessary, every once in a while it is good to see some actual results of a busy day. I s...

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Part 445: I Really Like When That Happens

08-29-2011 01:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

After a day of wondering and anticipation, we were fortunate to not be highly affected by the hurricane. We did get some rain, and it was quite windy throughout the night, but overall we did fine. We never lost power and this morning the sun is shining in a cloudless sky and even though it is a bit breezy, it finally cooled down to a comfortable level. Yesterday was quite sticky and warm – something we are not well equip to deal with here in Nova Scotia. Few people have air condit...

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Part 446: Birds and People and Things and Stuff

08-30-2011 12:57 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Thank goodness it has cooled off a bit! It was so nice to actually get a good night sleep . The past several days were so warm and muggy it seemed that I was up half the night and then woke up tired and felt like I didn’t get much rest. I shouldn’t complain because I know that many people have it much worse, but I will say that I was very pleased when the sun set last night and the air cooled down considerably. It was a very welcome change and made for a comfortable and restfu...

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Part 447: Lots of Stories - It Was a Busy Day!

08-31-2011 12:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, I can’t wait to get at things today. There is so much to do and it seems like so little time to do it. I don’t feel stressed at all though, only exhilarated. It is the good kind of busy that people like me strive for, and depending on how things go, the next few weeks should be quite productive. I always seem to have stories to tell and today isn’t any different. Although yesterday started out simple enough, the day brought with it some interesting things that m...

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Part 448: Everyday Business Stuff

09-01-2011 12:40 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday was pretty much an ordinary day. I spent a block of time laying out the patterns on the wood for my next set of skaters. I was planning to have everything ready to go by Monday, but then I realized that both here and in the United States was a holiday (Labor Day) and all the delivery facilities are closed. So Tuesday it is. I needed to reorder the plastic bags that I package the sets in and it will be interesting to see how long they will take to arrive. The company I use is ...

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Part 449: Just Doing a Lot of Cutting . . . That's All

09-02-2011 12:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

There wasn’t a lot of excitement going on yesterday for me. I am not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing. I am leaning toward good. I suppose when thinking it over, the best thing would be to have a few non-exciting days in a row and then a couple of exciting ones thrown into the mix just to keep it interesting. There are times when we seek excitement and although I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I ‘look for trouble’, there are times when I choose to add...

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Part 450: The Mystery Blades are Surprisingly Good

09-03-2011 12:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I was very pleased that yesterday I was able to pretty much finish up the next set of skaters that have to go out on Tuesday. Between the saw and the new blades that I am trying out, everything worked out perfectly and was actually a lot of fun. Once again, I am quite impressed with the unknown blades that I am trying out for one of my wholesale companies. Not only are they sharp and accurate, but they last a really long time too. One blade lasted through three sets of 20 figures with li...

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Part 451: Sometimes "All Work and No Play" Makes Me Very Happy

09-04-2011 01:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

We have all heard the saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” but sometimes I think about that and I am sure that Jack didn’t do the same type of work as me. I love my job. I realize too that in that respect, I am very much the exception to the rule. Most people that I know go through each day doing their job so that they can come home to work on their woodworking or painting or being creative in other ways. I am very fortunate in that I have been able to...

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Part 452: Online Scroll Saw Class Lesson #8 is Posted

09-05-2011 01:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. It is a long weekend for many people here in North America, as we celebrate the Labor Day holiday today. This holiday always symbolized the final days of summer to many. When my children were young, usually school would resume immediately following the long weekend. I have wonderful memories of walking the kids to school on those cool mornings for those first days of class. Usually by the time they were done with their school day, around 3:30 ...

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Part 453: (Have you heard?) The Bird is the Word

09-06-2011 01:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

As I awoke this morning I couldn’t help but think that I made a good tactical move yesterday. Even though that above all things I wanted to stain in my bird ornaments, I made the choice to cut out the little skating ponds and get them ready to ship. Now I am the kind of girl that sometimes doesn’t look at the entire project. For example on the skating pond sets, I only seem to consider cutting the five characters on the scroll saw as the ‘work’ part of it. I tend...

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Part 454: A Good Day

09-07-2011 01:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I had to do some errands yesterday and that took up most of my day. I also was able to meet up with a dear friend from my painting group in Bear River that I haven’t seen in about a year. It was a really good day on lots of levels. My bags arrived and I will be shipping out the second batch of skaters this morning. It will bring closure to another project and allow me the time to focus on finishing up the bird patterns today and getting them into a packet and up on the site. the ...

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Part 455: Sometimes the Simple Things are the Best

09-08-2011 01:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I am the type of person that always tries to do the best work that I can do. I think for the most part this is a good thing and helps me grow as a designer and also as an artist. I have been scrollsawing now for almost 20 years and as time passes, I find myself still learning new techniques and skills. A clear example of this was when I went to New York this past spring and met with other scrollers of all levels. I felt that not only was I the teacher, but at times the student because the...

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Part 456: Inspiration from Friends

09-09-2011 12:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Well, it has not been too exciting here this week, but at least it is productive. I spent the majority of the day yesterday working on the pictures for the next pattern. I am just about done and should be able to assemble the pattern packet today and then get ready for the site update. I also began the process of the mandatory switching of credit card processing to the new merchant account that is required by my bank. We began the process with a conference call and the main processing c...

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Part 457: The Value of Doing 'Nothing'

09-10-2011 12:37 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Some days, I am not ambitious at all. Fortunately for me, it isn’t very often. Even though my head is full of ideas, I just didn’t feel like working on anything job-related yesterday. I just don’t know. Those of you who read and know me realize that this isn’t my normal attitude to just ‘do nothing.’ Usually I am in several directions, wondering which direction I should start first. But for some reason, yesterday the fire just wasn’t there. ...

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Part 458: The Calm Before the Storm

09-11-2011 01:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I am still enjoying my little bit of self-imposed down time today. As promised (to myself) I intend to do some painting and work on some silly projects. I suppose you can call this my very short term sabbatical (if there is even such a thing) in order for me to regroup and plan out the busy months ahead. As I mentioned yesterday, it would be nearly impossible to keep up my usual pace without some clear time to replenish and rejuvenate. I want to use today to map out some goals and think ab...

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Part 459: Feeling the Change

09-12-2011 01:25 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It always amazes me how as the seasons change, things just begin to feel different. Perhaps it is due to the angle of the sun in the sky, or that the days are getting shorter, but in the past few weeks you can definitely feel that something is different. In driving through the woods the other day, I noticed that the tips of the trees are beginning to lighten. Soon everything will be golden and then a riot of bright colors, giving one final extraordinary show before the cold winter sets i...

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Part 460: "Knowledge is Power"

09-13-2011 01:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

It is just beginning to get light out and I can already tell it is going to be a good day. I don’t mean just the weather, but I feel that something good or positive will happen. I don’t know why, but some days I just have this feeling and more so than not, I am right and something unexpected and positive finds its way to me. I wonder sometimes if this is what people would call a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy?’ it seems however, that most references to self-fulfilling...

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Part 461: Quality, Not Quantity

09-14-2011 01:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

As I look to the calender today and see that we are almost half way through September, I am once again amazed at how quickly time seems to pass. I truly don’t mean to keep complaining about it, as I know I mention it from time to time here, but I just can’t get over how the days go by so quickly. It never used to seem this way. It gets me to wondering. Does this mean I am a poor time manager? Or does it mean that my life is full and therefore the hours slip by quickly? I fe...

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Part 462: Premature Celebration (or "Don't Bank on It")

09-15-2011 01:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Well, folks. I spoke too soon. I started doing the end zone dance before I crossed the line and wound up fumbling the ball. I suppose we have all been guilty of that from time to time. Perhaps we are just so hopeful that things work out that we convince ourselves that they are before we actually have the proof in front of us. Then we realize that we aren’t on the solid ground we appeared to be and reality hits and we feel kind of foolish for assuming that things were OK in the firs...

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Part 463: (Happily) Back to Drawing

09-16-2011 11:52 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am pleased to report that although yesterday had a shaky beginning, in the end it really turned out to be a good day. I am learning my way around this customer service maze that I find myself in sometimes and I am actually starting to figure out the right person to contact when certain issues come up with my website. I know that sounds like it should be a given, but when maintaining the websites’ ability to take and process orders, it involves several codependent elements which al...

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Part 464: Wearing Many Hats

09-17-2011 01:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

In looking back at the past week, it seemed that many situations arose that called for me to play many different roles within my company. I was required to be a technical consultant, accountant, customer service representative, writer, advertising agent, administrator, teacher and photographer. Oh, and I almost forgot – a designer. It certainly was a full week! So many times people say to me that they don’t want to do woodworking as a living because it would take the fun out...

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Part 465: Sunday is My Weekend

09-18-2011 01:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I am pretty satisfied with all that I accomplished yesterday. I spent most of the day playing around with the new ornament design and I am at this point about half an hour from calling it a wrap and getting to cutting. There are eight birds in this set, as with the first set and the framework is the same so I found it quite easy to draw them up. It seems for me that once I start on a certain style, I get on a roll and things happen very quickly. I will be cutting them out tomorrow, as I...

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Part 466: A Quiet and Very Productive Day

09-19-2011 01:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Yesterday went pretty much as I hoped it would. That is always a good thing, but it doesn’t make for very exciting blog reading. That’s OK though. A day or two without turmoil in my life is a good thing I think. Every day doesn’t have to be an adventure. I spent the morning finishing up on the drawings for my next pattern set. I am happy with them and I think that they came out every bit as good as the first set. I am going to be cutting them out today and I always ...

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Part 467: Inspiration or Silliness?

09-20-2011 01:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Sometimes the goofiest things make me happy. Yesterday I needed to go to the post office and post an order that had come over the weekend. I also needed to stop at the store for a couple things since it was right on the way. Our local store is really cool. Although it is one building, one side of the building is a small hardware store and the other side is a craft/fabric store and all the way at the end, it has a small clothing/shoe section. The groceries are in the middle. What amaze...

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Part 468: White Rabbit

09-21-2011 01:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I am late today! Not because I was sleeping in or anything like that, but I had some things that I wanted to do before the sun came up and I got side tracked. (Besides, who has time to sleep these days!) The days are certainly full lately. I am taking time to enjoy things though and it isn’t at all bad. I made terrific progress on my second set of bird ornaments yesterday. I finished cutting them out, sanding them and getting a coat of mineral oil on them. They dried overnight ...

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Part 469: Winds of Change

09-22-2011 01:29 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I can’t remember the last time I heard such an uproar among so many people. Not when the earthquake hit in Japan. Not when the US narrowly escaped default on its debts in August. Not even when hurricane Irene traveled up the eastern coast of the United States. For yesterday, the really BIG news hit: They changed Facebook. Now I am not talking a little tweak here or there. I am talking a major overhaul. Not only is the overall appearance different, but the entire way that thi...

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Part 470: Holy Distractions, Batman! (But oh, aren't they fun?) :)

09-23-2011 01:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

You know that feeling you get when you see a project and you just HAVE to make it? Well, that happened to me the other day. On Tuesday I received my copy of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine and I saw the most darling little compound cut bats in it that were designed by my friend Diana Thompson. They were right there flying around on the cover: Well, Geeze Louise! WHY did she have to go and make something so darn cute?!? Doesn’t she know I have other things to do??? I...

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Part 471: Seasons Change

09-24-2011 01:45 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Yesterday was the first day of fall for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. Those of you who read know that it is my favorite time of year. Living in the woods allows me to witness all the beautiful colors first hand right outside my window. There are many hardwood trees in my area, and at this time of year, they offer a variety of colors ranging from gold to orange to crimson. It is truly beautiful. I went into town yesterday to do some errands and I couldn’t believe ...

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Part 472: Calm

09-25-2011 12:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Today is one of those rare mornings when I am sitting here and thinking about what I am going to write about, and there isn’t one particular thing that stands out in my mind. It isn’t that nothing is going on with me, I think it is more of a matter that there is nothing remarkable going on with me. (That is, worthy of me writing about.) Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. It just doesn’t make for exciting blog reading. But now that I think about, it kind...

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Part 473: Starting Off Another Week

09-26-2011 02:07 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Today is going to be a short post. I am just getting started on my next projects and I don’t really have much to say about them right now. I spent most of yesterday painting my little Halloween bunnies. I am getting close to finishing them and I may be able to do so by tonight. They are more detailed than I initially anticipated (like most things) and are taking a bit longer than I thought they would. But that is fine. They are fun and relaxing and coming out nice I think. I h...

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Part 474: The Creative Wheels Are Once Again Turning

09-27-2011 09:57 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Now that is more like it! What a good day it turned out to be yesterday. It had its rough spots, but I kept forging ahead and all in all it turned out to be pretty good and productive. While driving to do my errands, I saw the Blue Heron was visiting the little pond down the road again. I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but I saw it there a couple of weeks ago. It is truly beautiful and they are one of my favorite birds. I even did a painting of one a couple of years ago. ...

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Part 475: Backup Plans are Good

09-28-2011 11:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I thought I did pretty well yesterday. The Lumberjocks site here was down for most of the day and my blood pressure didn’t even rise (much) at all! It was one of those days where I came here in the morning to write and I couldn’t get on the site. I remember when it happened several months ago and I felt like I was missing a limb. I was pacing around like a caged animal and checking every three seconds to see if it was back. Not too comfortable. But yesterday, I had every...

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Part 476: Surprises

09-29-2011 12:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I am not really big on surprises. Not that I am a party pooper or anything like that. I just like things in order and organized and surprises usually blow even the best laid plans out of the water. Little things I don’t mind. But for the most part I like to see what is coming and be able to plan for it. Maybe it is because I am so careful at how I allot my time. There is always so much to do and it is sometimes quite a challenge to accomplish everything. Throwing even a small c...

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Part 477: Things That Go Bump in the Night

09-30-2011 11:17 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Yesterday – as most days – were filled with fun and adventure. I would say too, but my definition and your definition of the word ‘excitement’ are probably a bit different and what I would consider exciting, probably would even register on your radar. Yes, I live a life that is a bit unusual it seems. I spent the better part of the morning picking around the new software on the site Once again my theory that change, no matter how uncomfortable it may seem at th...

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Part 478: Finding My Comfort Zone

10-01-2011 12:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I really feel good about yesterday. It was one of those days where everything just marched along as it should and in the end, I felt like I really accomplished a lot. I felt good and I stayed really focused on what I wanted to accomplish and by the time the day was complete, I had done what I had set out to do and more. There were few distractions and I really had fun too. One of the most important things that I did was to get my next lesson up. It had been a couple of weeks since I post...

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Part 479: Researching 'Attractive' Possibilities

10-02-2011 01:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

A couple of weeks ago while picking around, I found something that intrigued me. I forget what I was looking for, but I stumbled across some magnetic sheeting on Ebay. Now I am not one to generally shop at Ebay. Once in a while I will see a copy of a ‘vintage’ painting book or something like that but other than that I don’t really want to take the time to scout it out and bid and all of that. Besides – by the time all the charges are added for shipping to Canada,...

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Part 480: Monday Madness

10-03-2011 11:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I am typing fast, as I am running out early this morning. There is lots to do on this busy Monday and I want to get an early start. One of the things that is on the list is to contact the place where I purchased the magnets sheets from and see what different types of materials they have to offer. Even though I like these thin sheets, I would almost like something that is just a little thicker with slightly more holding power. As I indicated on yesterdays’ blog, these are pretty m...

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Part 481: I'm Getting an Early Start Today

10-04-2011 12:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I got up early this morning. It was one of those days where you just wake up and feel good and get moving. I suppose that there is a lot on my mind, but that is usually the case and I don’t see today as being much different from every other days. There is always lots to do. It’s still raining (it has been for several days now) and it has been misty and kind of dreary. I am kind of waiting for it to dry up a little bit so I can take a walk in the woods. The trees are startin...

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Part 482: Out of the Zone

10-05-2011 11:50 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

It’s raining again this morning and I am starting to think that I should scroll saw an ark. I think it has rained for about five days straight now, and even though it isn’t violent weather, it just seems like a lot. I usually don’t let the weather get to me, and it certainly hasn’t now, but I have wanted to go for a nice walk in the woods and take in the sites before the leaves all fall. Each day I notice more and more of them are turning golden brown. I am wonde...

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Part 483: A Tribute

10-06-2011 12:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I had some thoughts on what I planned on writing about today. But somehow this morning I just don’t feel like it. After hearing of the passing of Steve Jobs last night I felt what I had originally wanted to talk about was trivial. I didn’t know a lot about Steve Jobs. Like most, I have heard of him and knew of his involvement with Apple and I knew that he was one of the pioneers of personal computers and electronics. Only through reading through the many articles and obituar...

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Part 484: I'll Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

10-07-2011 12:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

The past several days have truly been busy. I have so many things going on right now that it is hard to decide which thing I want to do first. Usually I wind up working on the project with the nearest deadline. Mixed into all the work projects and things that I do for my business, I have also been making some ‘secret projects’ which I like to send as little extras and give to people in my life. It may seem odd, but doing this is something that I truly enjoy and I consider it...

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Part 485: New Toys Are Really FUN!

10-08-2011 12:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

As I sit here and type this morning, I am in an entirely new world. Many of you know that I have the tendency to be somewhat of a geek at times. I love technology and computers and the ever-growing list of new ‘toys’ that are available for our technological pleasure. It is much like the wonderful world of woodworking, where there is always a new tool or gadget that we simply have got to get. And then for me there is also painting and art supplies. When will it end! So what&...

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Part 486: Trial and Error

10-09-2011 12:55 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Yesterday was a day filled with fun and also some frustrations. Just because I have been designing for a long time doesn’t mean that I don’t make mistakes and encounter obstacles. There is no guarantee that things are going to work right every time. Even when I really thought I had everything covered. I worked on my project for the magazine for a while yesterday. This was the one that I was talking about last week, that I have been thinking about and trying to come up with ...

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Part 487: Eating and Working (and Eating More!)

10-10-2011 11:33 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Well, I have one turkey dinner down and two to go! (One isn’t until the end of November though, so it gives me time to recover) It was a great one though, and everything was simply yummy. I didn’t stuff myself (too much) although by the end of the meal I couldn’t manage to finish my piece of pumpkin cake with dark chocolate ganache filling. It was really a crime but I had to toss the rest of it out. I could eat no more. I remember when I was young and my mother used ...

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Part 488: A Very Full Day

10-11-2011 12:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

There are so many things to be grateful for. When I look around and see the big picture of my life, I understand how very fortunate I am to have so many good things. I do realize this all the time and really don’t take anything for granted. My life hasn’t always been like this and I have memories in the not-so-distant past of when things were troubled and I had much to worry about. Not only for myself, but for those who I loved the most. Everyone goes through difficult times...

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Part 489: Using Mistakes as Tools for Learning

10-12-2011 12:34 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I never said I was the brightest bulb in the box. I do however find it sometimes amazing how I can find new and exciting ways to make mistakes. I can be pretty innovative at that. That should count for something, shouldn’t it? Yesterday I did get to cut out all the pieces for my new calendar project. I really think it is going to be cool. This project is going to be one that will be sent to the magazine for publication and I really wanted to do a good job on it. In fact, I am ...

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Part 490: My Calendar Topper

10-13-2011 01:45 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

I finished up on the calendar yesterday and I am pretty happy with it. I think it is a fun project and will make a nice series. I needed to take the pictures this morning because everything was drying and I will have it ready to send out tomorrow. The pictures are not exactly what I wanted, but it was still dark out when I took them. I am going to re-take them later on today and get better ones, but for here they will at least give you the idea of what I am doing. Each month will have t...

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Part 491: Time Out for Organization

10-14-2011 11:55 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Today is what I am going to call a day to tie up loose ends. I get those every once in a while – usually in between projects where it seems that everything is everywhere and I just need a day to put everything away and reorganize it all and get things tidied up. As I look around my place here, there seems to be stuff scattered here and there and it can be mighty annoying and counter-productive for me to work with things like this. I really don’t like clutter, and with living ...

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Part 492: Learning from Mistakes and Practice

10-15-2011 12:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

Now that feels much better! What a difference it is to wake up to a clean work environment. It isn’t as if it was a pigsty, but I will admit that there was plenty of clutter and odds and ends like papers and stuff on the counters and the table and on my desk. I spent a good part of yesterday going through things and sorting and organizing and throwing things out. Even some of my supply closets and drawers, although I still need to do the ‘big sort’ with my craft suppli...

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Part 493: My Little 'All Season Tree' Dressed Up For Halloween

10-16-2011 01:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I got almost caught up with things yesterday. although for most of the day I worked on my ‘secret project’ that I can’t really talk about here on the blog. I don’t mean to be rude by mentioning it, but it really filled the better part of my day and I didn’t want you all to think I was slacking. :) In the evening, I decided to do some organization on the computer. I noticed that my Wacom tablet was having some problems that seemed to be related to the new key...

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Part 494: "Oh, Dear! Oh Dear! I Shall Be Late!"

10-17-2011 05:07 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I woke up this morning at 4:48 am. I knew I had a lot to do this morning, but opted to close my eyes for just a bit more anyway. After all, on Sunday I got up around five and didn’t go to bed until almost midnight. Surely I would get everything done. I woke up a second time around 5:50. This time I got up and got moving. I was watching my coffee in the microwave at exactly 6 am and thinking about all that I needed to accomplish before leaving the house this morning. I woul...

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Part 495: Even Brighter Days Ahead

10-18-2011 12:18 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Well, I got back on track and actually accomplished a lot of small things yesterday (and some larger things, too!) Overall it wasn’t a bad day at all and I even had the time for a short nap with the three kitties in the middle of the afternoon. I don’t do that often, but I find that taking an hour out when I am tired really does wonders because it refuels me and I last much later than I would have and I am far more alert. I feel better too and I am starting to believe that a ca...

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Part 496: Be Careful What Lurks Beneath the Surface

10-19-2011 12:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

There are days when I seem to work the hardest and at the end of the day it appears that I got little done. At first it seems kind of discouraging, but when I really look at the days’ events and evaluate the day, I realize that most of the time I did indeed accomplish a great deal. Yesterday seemed to be one of those days. I was up early and out of the gate like Secretariat running his final race. I got my morning mail done early as well as the blog here finished before the ...

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Part 497: Chasing My Tail

10-20-2011 12:08 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

OK. So I come here to write this morning’s post and I noticed that there is a contest for a Halloween candy holder. I have been kind of sluggish lately with getting some stuff done and kind of getting distracted (you all know how that can be!) and I am thinking the last thing I need is something else to get me off track. Or is it? Sometimes I do my best when I have twenty things to do in front of me. While I am not quite at twenty yet, it seems that things are kind of pilin...

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Part 498: Unexpected Inspirations

10-21-2011 12:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

As a designer, part of the daily job is depending on inspiration from outside sources to fuel our creativity and increase the flow of new and exciting projects. Without this stimulation, we can quickly become stagnant and unproductive, and our work can suffer greatly. For many, finding constant sources of inspiration can be a challenge. But sometimes, we stumble upon it in the most unlikely places. Yesterday began as a quite uninspiring day. Although I tried to be upbeat and optimistic...

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Part 499: The Power of Labels

10-22-2011 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

It is funny how sometimes we can take a simple task and turn it into something far more difficult than it needs to be. I think we all have been there. We know in our hearts that we are capable of accomplishing something (in fact, many times we have done it successfully several times before) and then someone will ask you to do it for them and it becomes something that feels unnatural and difficult. I call this a ‘command performance’ in my own mind when this happens to me. An...

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Part 500: A Milestone

10-23-2011 01:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

I can’t help but notice the number of the entry to my blog here today. If someone had told me that one day I would be writing a 500 (+) part blog I think I would have thought they were crazy. (Maybe I’m the one who is a little crazy for actually doing it!) A year and a half ago, I was told about this site from Steve Good, who has a sizable scroll sawing forum. It was at a time when I was looking to expand my business and he thought that I may like it here. I remember him tel...

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Part 501: New Projects In Progress

10-24-2011 12:45 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

And so we begin another week . . How can the days seem to go by so quickly? I know that I whine about it all the time, but it seems that the days are so full that before I know it, the sun is setting and it comes to an end before I get half of what I intended to do done. I often wonder if it is part of getting older or is it just because my life is so full now. I am going to lean to the side of it just because I am probably the busiest that I have been since the kids were small. Thos...

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Part 502: I Never Want to Know How to Milk a Cow

10-25-2011 12:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

No one said that just because we are self employed that we have to like every aspect of our jobs. As with any occupation, there is good and bad. I suppose the trick is to be able to do much more of the good stuff and keep the bad stuff to a minimum. I think for the most part, I am able to accomplish that. But sometimes you just can’t avoid doing stuff you don’t really like. Some of you may remember way back in January when I teamed up with another designer who makes awesom...

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Part 503: New Ornaments!

10-26-2011 11:15 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Yesterday was an extremely productive day and I finished both my order for the large snowflake and also my new ornaments. It felt good to get so much accomplished. I don’t think I worked harder than I do on most days, but I actually reached the finish line on two things at almost the same time so there is a great feeling of accomplishment. Finishing up the snowflake puzzle wasn’t bad at all. I actually made two of them so one is sitting here on the shelf if anyone else decid...

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Part 504: Some Mistakes are Just Plain Stupid

10-27-2011 12:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 17 comments »

We have all done things that we know we shouldn’t do. I’m not talking about kicking a cat or mugging someone’s grandma or anything as drastic as that. I am referring to stuff we do in our shops or in our daily lives while in the process of making things or doing a chore in order to cut the corners just a bit and get us to the finish line faster. Sometimes we get away with it, but many times it turns into a mini-disaster and can ruin a project or even become downright dang...

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Part 505: Backups and Maintenance Today

10-28-2011 11:52 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Well, I got an early start today in hopes of getting a lot done. I am in the process once again of backing things up on my computer and before I do that I like to clean house and get everything in the right place. It has been a while since I did an entire back up and it is amazing the amount of new information that I have added here. I suppose I am a busy girl. My partner just expanded his computer by adding a couple of new hard drives and some memory. His computer is the ‘host&#...

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Part 506: It is Just One of Those Days . . .

10-29-2011 02:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Long story short – I wrote a blog. I had to answer an email. I closed my browser in the process of obtaining some information. I came back and the blog is gone. :( It is after 9am already and I have to get on to other things. We’ll just have to talk again tomorrow. I hope you all understand and have a great Saturday! (I hope the rest of my day goes better!)

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Part 507: Computer Gremlins - Just In Time for Halloween!

10-30-2011 12:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

OK We are going to try this again. Yesterday was a bit of frustration and I am still do not quite understand what happened. I have written blogs in different sessions before – even closed things out completely on my computer and came back and what I had written was still there. I am reading just above the boxes here that ‘drafts are saved every 30 seconds’ and I believe that. But yesterday, for some reason that wasn’t the case. Maybe in the spirit of Halloween th...

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Part 508: We Dodged a Bullet - The Storm Missed Us

10-31-2011 02:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Good morning to all of you today! Here we are the last day of October already. October is just about my favorite month of the year. I love everything about it – the beautiful trees, the cool weather and the final few warm days that are interspersed throughout the month. It appears we dodged a bullet yesterday here in Nova Scotia. Across the Bay of Funday in New England I understand that many places had their first snow of the year. Some of my friends had up to 24” (and pi...

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Part 509: Pause. Enjoy. Carry On.

11-01-2011 01:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Well, now we are into November. I know I am always saying this, but where the heck does the time go? The days are so full and yet they pass so quickly. Seeing October pass always makes me kind of sad. If I had to pick a favorite month of the year, that would probably be it. Not only because the beauty of the changing colors, but the relief from summer’s heat and the memories I have from Octobers past. It always makes me feel cozy and think of when the kids were young and when I w...

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Part 510: Mini-Road Trip

11-02-2011 11:46 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Today’s post will be a rather short one, as we are going to be off and running soon. We need to go to Bear River to pick up Keith’s remaining pens and see how sales went at the gallery there. They closed at the end of October, as they do every year and we are meeting with the owner to discuss how things went and make plans for next season. It will be an interesting trip. Since we didn’t really get the pens into the shops until August, we realize that much of the season...

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Part 511: Our Day Trip to Bear River

11-03-2011 12:57 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Yesterday was the perfect day to take a short day trip. Although it was cool out, the sky was clear and the sun was warm and there were still places that had trees with remnants of autumn leaves remaining. It was probably one of the last remaining times we would get that way this year, as we woke up to a thick layer of frost which reminded us that winter’s snow is not far off. The gallery shop that Keith had his pens at had closed for the season, its last day being Monday, and the t...

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Part 512: Being Productive and Helping a Friend

11-04-2011 12:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I finally got around to doing some drawing yesterday. It seems like it has been a long time since I have done that. Much too long as far as I am concerned. But things just need to be done and get in the way and I find that the time to draw and create seems to be something that doesn’t always come easy. As I look around this morning, there is a bit more clutter than I prefer to have around. To be honest, it is quite messy here and I need to take an hour and turn up the stereo and d...

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Part 513: I'm Really Getting Excited About This Next Project!

11-05-2011 12:09 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Although I made great strides yesterday, I am still not quite at the finish line. Sometimes things are just like that. While I anticipated that I would be done with drawing this new set of ornaments yesterday, I just finished up the sixth piece last night and I was tired and had to quit for the evening. It was about 9:30 and I had worked on them most of the afternoon and my eyes just couldn’t take any more. I started my day early yesterday (the usual 5am) and I did accomplish qu...

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Part 514: Bring on the Scroll Saw!

11-06-2011 01:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I was kind of proud of myself yesterday. I stayed focused. I was disciplined. I pretty much did nothing but draw all day. I did take an hour out to go for a hike in a new place in the woods near the house and that was nice and refreshing. The air was quite brisk and for the first time this year I had to put on layers of clothing to keep warm. But I was warm enough and the walk was just what I needed for a break from the computer. It reminded me how pretty things are around me. As we ...

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Part 515: Baby Steps Can Take Longer, But the Results Are Often Worth It

11-07-2011 12:42 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It seems that I am out of the gate quite early this morning. I wouldn’t think I would have been because I was simply exhausted last night and could barely keep my eyes open. But I awoke today well before 5 am and it was one of those times when there was no point in staying in bed anymore and I figure I may as well get something done and take advantage of the extra time. So here I am. I don’t remember having much difficulty adjusting to time changes before. Perhaps I am gett...

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Part 516: Quality Takes Time

11-08-2011 01:48 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I finally got a bit caught up with my sleep. The last couple of days have been odd. I suppose getting up so early has something to do with it, coupled with the time spent at the saw. Yesterday I felt a bit tense, like everything was going on too quickly and I wasn’t able to keep up with things. Every time I tried to sit down and work, something else would pop up that needed my attention. As time passed on, I felt more and more anxiety because I know I wanted to get to a certain poin...

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Part 517: Almost There

11-09-2011 02:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

I made a great deal of progress yesterday in my ornaments. I am truly happy with them so far and I look forward to finishing them up today. I finished cutting the final two by around noon, and I also remembered to take step-by-step pictures of the final one so that I can include them in the instructions. That is something that I sometimes forget about when doing projects such as this. I am so engrossed with seeing if things will work out as I planned, that I forget to do the obvious. ...

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Part 518: Trial and Error and Finally Success

11-10-2011 02:02 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

First of all, I want to thank everyone for all the nice comments and personal messages you sent me regarding these ornaments. Nothing makes the extra hours and effort spent more worth it than knowing that others enjoy what you made. Anyone who creates can attest to that. The long hours at the saw spent working on these (as well as my sore back!) are now just a faded memory, replaced by a sense of accomplishment and achievement. It really does me good to see how much everyone likes these, ...

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Part 519: Writing Pattern Packets and 'Just Thinking'

11-11-2011 01:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Today’s post isn’t going to be very exciting, I am afraid. I spent pretty much of yesterday working on the patterns for the new ornaments. I took ‘good’ pictures of each individually and then in the designated sets and I have to work a bit on those photographs before integrating them into the pattern packets. I also picked through the line work and made everything just right for both the small ornament sizes and the plaque sized designs. I hope to finish up the ins...

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Part 520: Finishing Up

11-12-2011 01:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Well folks, it seems I am finally going to be able to finish this up today. Yesterday I spent most of the day working on photos for the pattern packets of the new ornaments. Since there were 24 ornaments (12 of each finish), I wanted to have a single shot of each and also group shots with each type together. That’s a lot of editing, even if it is only a couple of steps. Then I had the step-by-step pictures to work on before I could begin writing. I have gotten in the habit of taki...

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Part 521: Time for a Breath

11-13-2011 01:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I felt a great deal of relief last night when I printed out the final copy of my new pattern packets. it was almost 10:30 pm, and it was a good feeling when I laid my head on the pillow knowing that I was just about finished. I am still awaiting on the final proof reading, but for the most part the thinking part and organizing my thoughts is done and I feel a great sense of accomplishment. I am not sure why these patterns seemed a bit different than usual. Perhaps because I knew that th...

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Part 522: Thank You All So Much

11-14-2011 01:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

While I am always grateful for the life I have and the people in it, there are some days when it seems quite overwhelming to me. I have wonderful kids, friends and people in my life who make every day good (they even make the not so good ones better) I have a job that I love which allows me to be creative and meet other creative people and share that joy with them. I live in a quiet, beautiful and peaceful place, yet I am still able to ‘visit’ and communicate with people all ov...

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Part 523: Another Opportunity

11-15-2011 03:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It certainly has been a busy week. Everything seems like it is coming together and falling into place. Although I am cautious when using that phrase because it tends to make everything look as if it happened by chance. Those of you who run your own businesses know very well that what many times appears to be ‘luck’ is the result of many hours/days/months and sometimes years of planning. In any case, as crazy as it is, it is fun and enjoyable and very satisfying. I have writ...

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Part 524: The Challenge

11-16-2011 01:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am trying not to feel overwhelmed at this point. Even though it is only Wednesday, it seems like the week was already six days long. To say I have been busy is an understatement, and even though that is a very good thing, I just need to not let it all get to me. I find myself with my head in many different directions again. Magazine, wholesalers, website, painting, etc. It makes me think of the stereotype of a three ringed circus with action going on everywhere. None of this is bad,...

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Part 525: Customer Service is Still Alive and Well

11-17-2011 01:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Today I awoke a little earlier than usual and I just didn’t want to go back to sleep. It was one of those days where my head was spinning about all the stuff I wanted to work on. I don’t mind though and I feel like I am ready to get moving a little early and hopefully accomplish a lot today. I pushed the pile pretty good yesterday. I just about finished up a special request from someone that I wanted to get done. I also did some errands and got some business stuff out of the...

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Part 526: On the Road Again . . .

11-18-2011 12:49 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Today’s post will be brief (for me!) because we are heading out soon. We discovered that there is this huge craft show in Wolfville at Acadia University this weekend and we thought we would scout it out. The link to the show is Here It looks like a really cool event. The booth prices are nearly $300 which is mighty steep, and it is $6 to get in the door, but we hope that means that it will be a lot of quality stuff will be there. This is not a flea market! So we are loading ...

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Part 527: The Day In Review

11-19-2011 03:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

We had a really good day yesterday and I put a pretty big dent in my holiday list. Although I don’t tend to go overboard on getting gifts. I usually give either something that I made with wood or painted (or both) and people seem to like that. Some of you may remember from last year that one of my biggest passions that I have is cool boxes. This year is no different. We have some places here that really do a great job of stocking cool and unusual boxes for gift giving and keeping...

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Part 528: The Domino Effect

11-20-2011 02:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Did you ever start one small project only to see it grow into a major event? I think we all have. When we were out shopping on Friday, we came across a piece of furniture that we thought would improve the look of our little place and also give us more storage. Actually, it was a three piece matching set. For those of you who know what a small place I live in (see the pictures of my work area HERE) you know that space is very limited where I am. The key to keeping things clean and func...

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Part 529: Organizing Can Be Quite Therapeutic

11-21-2011 12:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Today you are all going to get the ‘cheap version’ of a blog I am sorry to say. It seems like a long time since I have had the opportunity to sit down and think, let alone write. We are in the final stages of reorganizing, and fortunately for us, there is almost nothing left to clean out. That is the good thing about having a small place. We have been through just about every closet, cabinet and drawer in the place and have not only taken inventory, but pared down what we di...

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Part 530: More on Organization - Finally Finished!

11-22-2011 02:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It has been a busy several days and I feel like I have hardly been at the computer at all. I haven’t been making sawdust either, although I have had my share of breathing ‘real dust’ from all the deep, dark places I have been cleaning. What a job this was! Maintaining order in a small working environment is something that takes regular attention. It doesn’t just ‘happen.’ While I think that I am pretty good about keeping up with things, it is times l...

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Part 531: Let's Talk Turkey!!:D

11-23-2011 01:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, I suppose this last week or so has been my ‘vacation.’ I feel like I haven’t done any real work in weeks, yet every day has been full from sun up to sun down (and then some!) I look around and see that I have accomplished a lot, but somehow I don’t feel like I have. Why does that happen? Today I am preparing for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Even though here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving in the beginning of October, I am still American and I can&#...

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Part 532: Happy Thanksgiving - No Matter Which Country You Live In!

11-24-2011 01:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

If these are ‘days off’ how come I felt so tired at the end of the day yesterday? It was a good kind of tired though, and the day itself was filled with fun and preparations for today. We had our first real snow yesterday. As I finished writing my blog and the sun was coming up, it was coming down pretty hard. I had to go out and put the garbage to the curb (there was LOTS due to the reorganization project!) and it looked like a winter wonderland in the woods. Even the rive...

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Part 533: Back to WORK!!!

11-25-2011 01:48 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

It isn’t like it is a bad thing! But it’s time to get focused back in the direction of woodworking and work. One of the good things about what I do is that there is this kind of wave effect which allows me to take a bit of time off here and there and not really feel the difference. Once the designs are ‘out there’ they kind of do their own thing whether I work on new things every day or not. I do miss it though, and even though this past week was really functiona...

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Part 534: Two Videos About Creativity in Today's World

11-26-2011 02:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Yesterday I saw a couple of interesting videos. Although they are not directly about woodworking, I think that they pertain to many of us who are involved in not only creating woodworking projects, but also those who design their own patterns for furniture, boxes and all other projects. My brother was the one who sent me the links. He said that they made him think of me and how when watching them he wondered how differently my life may have been if everyone thought more like the guy who w...

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Part 535: Preparing for Germ Warfare

11-27-2011 02:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I’m getting ready to face battle here. My partner Keith has come down with what is turning into a nasty cold. The last thing I want or need is to get sick right now so I am doing everything I can to avoid sharing in the experience. To me there are just some things you don’t want to share. It started last week when we were doing the major cleaning. He was sneezing and saying his throat was sore and his nose was bothering him. We thought that it definitely could have been al...

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Part 536: Cutting today

11-28-2011 01:36 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Yesterday was a good day and I was able to finish up all the drawing that I needed to do for the next project that I need to send out to the magazine later on this week. That means that I get to spend the day at the scroll saw cutting. As always, that is one of my favorite parts of what I do. It will be nice to see everything come to life. My partner Keith is still fighting his cold. Unfortunately it has turned into a cough and sounds like it is going into his lungs. Even though he is ...

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Part 537: My Ornament Exchange Gift

11-29-2011 12:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

One of the best parts of networking being on woodworking and painting sites is seeing what everyone else is creating. Whether it is an original design, or that from a pattern, it is such a joy to see how people interpret and create things. Even when things are from a pattern, it is rare that the final piece is exactly like the sample. People have a wonderful way of adding their own personality and tastes into what they do and they make them unique. Every time I get a chance, I participa...

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Part 538: Still Cutting

11-30-2011 01:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

As usual, I earned the title of “Queen of Underestimation.” At least I kind of did plan for it this time, so I don’t feel too bad about it. The second leg in the calendar project is just about done being cut. It is funny, but in my head I only allowed a day to get all the pieces done. Even I should know better. I am really OK though because as long as I get it out this week, I should be good. I don’t feel a great deal of pressure in that department. The sec...

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Part 539: Formula for Success

12-01-2011 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I really had a full and busy day yesterday. I had a lot of fun, too. There are days when my job takes me in many directions at one time and everything is manageable. Those are the days when I go to bed feeling like I really accomplished a lot and have everything under control. I hope there are many more of them to follow. I like to talk about these things because it is a time when all the work and experience comes into play. I want to show people that there is hope for having a busine...

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Part 540: Busy Hands are Happy Hands!

12-02-2011 02:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Holy Moley, what a day I had yesterday! To say I was “busy” just doesn’t seem to cover it. But it was a really GOOD type of busy and I had an incredible time. Who would have thought that things could have been so much fun? I had made an announcement on Steve Good’s scroll saw forum that I put up a new free pattern. Steve had also mentioned to his readers about joining my mailing list. Well, that was all it took to keep me busy all day! I couldn’t believe...

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Part 541: The Waiting Game

12-03-2011 03:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

We all have heard the saying “good things take time” and I am discovering how true that is while finishing my latest project. Yesterday I spent the bulk of my time doing the final sanding and applying mineral oil to the many pieces for my calendar project. As you saw from yesterday’s post, there really were a lot of pieces and it was a slow process. I actually made three sets of overlay pieces for the project. Two were of 1/8” maple and one was of 1/8” Ba...

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Part 542: A Full Day Ahead

12-04-2011 01:49 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I had such a good day yesterday! It was a nice mix of work and friendship and being creative. I was all set to spend the day working on my project and I got a call from one of my friends that I used to paint with in Bear River and she was going to be in my little side of the world and asked if I wanted to meet up. Since I only see her once or twice a year, I jumped at the chance to do so and switched up on my plans. I suppose that is one of the best parts of being self-employed. You ge...

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Part 543: One Deadline Down . . .

12-05-2011 01:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, I got most of what I wanted to accomplish done yesterday. Of course I would have liked to have more done, but that is just me. I did get the calendar pieces all finished and stained and ready to go out the door. The only thing that is/was a problem was that I didn’t get them done until after it was dark out, so the pictures that I have for myself here aren’t very nice. I finished gluing all the little metal washers to the backs of the pieces by early evening, but sinc...

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Part 544: That's How the Cookie Crumbles

12-06-2011 02:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Christmas is definitely in the air! Little by little I am getting ready for the holiday season. I used to get everything decorated and finished up all at once, but I am kind of liking doing things gradually as time permits. Each day it seems a little more festive that way as we approach the big day. That way too is a lot less pressure and mess. Yesterday I spent the morning wrapping and packaging the calendar pieces to send to the magazine for publication. Keith also had a project head...

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Part 545: Holiday Inspirations

12-07-2011 01:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I am finding that as the Christmas season is getting closer, it is getting a bit harder to write here and to talk about what I am up to. The days have been busy, but most of what I am working on is ‘secret stuff’ and I don’t really want to put pictures and stuff up here. Too many of the people who are getting things are those who read and I am finding that it is difficult to be a secret elf and still write about my day every day. All I can say is “I have been busy...

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Part 546: I Do Believe That Enjoying Life is the Secret to Keeping Creative

12-08-2011 01:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Yesterday was filled with doing more ‘Secret Santa’ things, so again it is not easy to talk about them. I spent the day organizing things and making lists and getting things ready to send out. I know that I had better hurry, because time is running out. I try not to make too many Christmas things for the holidays for those who are on my list who live away from me. That narrows it down to just about everyone. I always felt a bit of disappointment when I received a cool Chr...

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Part 547: How Can I Recommend Something That I Don't Believe In?

12-09-2011 02:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 38 comments »

I like to try to participate in several different forums as time permits. Since I work here at home and live in a rather remote area, much of my socialization and networking depends on computers and forums such as these, as well as customer feedback. Lately, with the holidays approaching, I have been asked several times which scroll saw I would recommend. Although it may seem like it would be an easy questions, it isn’t as easy as one would think. Most of you who know me and rea...

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Part 548: Thanks for the Great Responses Yesterday!

12-10-2011 02:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I want to start off today’s post with thanking all of those who helped out and posted your thoughts and participated in yesterday’s discussion. The responses were quite overwhelming not only here on Lumberjocks, but also on the Sheila Landry Designs page and my Facebook. It just shows what a hot topic picking the right tool is and judging from all the responses and also all the personal emails I received, I think that together we all helped a great deal of people. Discussions...

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Part 549: A Thoughtful Moment

12-11-2011 02:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

It goes against every fiber in your being. After years of self training, struggling and pushing just about every waking moment, one of the most difficult things to do is to back off and actually enjoy doing little or nothing. Then all of a sudden someone says that word to you (“relax!”) and you look at them dumbfounded. The sound of the word triggers a vague memory in the back of your mind. You think back to a time long ago. Before children. Before you had your own business....

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Part 550: Please, Mr. Postman

12-12-2011 02:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

After the momentary calm of Saturday evening, yesterday I was back to the reality of the season. There is so much that I need to accomplish and I had a good but busy day. I spent pretty much of the day wrapping things and writing cards. Even though I am a big fan of Ecards, I still enjoy sending ‘real’ cards that you can hold in your hand and touch. I was never big on cards, and went through only a few spurts of keeping up and sending them out on time. It always somewhat ...

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Part 551: Catching Up

12-13-2011 01:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Well, I am really glad yesterday is behind me. It wasn’t that it was a terrible day or anything, but it just seemed like there were too many errands and getting everything coordinated and done was a challenge. I waited around here until about 11:30 for the pick up of my two kids’ packages from Purolator. I am very fortunate that they offer pick up service at no additional cost. I actually couldn’t believe it when I first heard about it. But they do and all I need to d...

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Part 552: Holiday Spirit

12-14-2011 02:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I must say that I am a little slow out of the gate this morning. I have been up for a couple of hours already, but I have spent the morning picking around Facebook and looking at all the great holiday pictures that my friends have posted. Everyone is certainly busy with holiday activities and I am so happy that they like to share them with everyone. My good friend and fellow designer Diana Thompson and another friend of mine from Canada Diane Benoit have been posting some great pictures ...

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Part 553: Calm

12-15-2011 01:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I have to be honest with you all, lately it has been a little difficult to write here every morning. I have been working on several different ‘secret’ things and I can’t really share them here. Last year, I painted my partner’s mom a box that she could keep her needlework supplies in and I was able to show the progress here, but since then, she has gotten a laptop and I know there are days when she does read my blog. Many of my other friends and family also check in...

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Part 554: Researching Where To Sell Your Items

12-16-2011 01:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

One of the best parts of belonging to creative forums such as Lumberjocks.com and Steve Good’s forum is seeing how creative others can be. And one of the best times to see all this creativity is around the holiday season. After the long hot summer, it seems that fall is the ideal time for people to get back to the shop and make projects not only for their own gifts, but also for selling at local businesses and at holiday craft shows. As a designer, it is very helpful to hear the st...

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Part 555: Thank You to Ellen35!

12-17-2011 02:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I am involved in several different forums. My association with groups an online forums began back in 1997 when I got my first home computer. I was just beginning to work as a designer in the scroll saw and woodworking field and I had met some people at some of the scroll saw picnics who used the computer frequently. I thought it was a great way to keep in touch with others from all over the country, and keep our passion for woodworking alive throughout the year. As the internet grew, so...

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Part 556: Crunch Time (?)

12-18-2011 02:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Well folks, it seems we are getting down to the wire. Everyone I talk to seems like they are kicking it up to high gear to get everything done in time for Christmas. Why then, do I feel so lazy? I have noticed this trend in myself the past week. Instead of being more keyed up and moving faster, it seems that I have adopted this ‘what will be, will be’ attitude and have slowed down. It isn’t really like me and it feels rather strange. Especially a week before Christma...

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Part 557: Making Progress

12-19-2011 02:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I spent the day yesterday for the most part working on the fence pieces for Ellen. I am happy with the progress, but as usual it is taking me far more time than I anticipated. I have everything mapped out in my head as to how I am going to paint these, and that helps the process, but it still takes a lot of time to actually accomplish. I worked on the candy cane piece for most of the time. While it looks simple, painting all the stripes is really the hitch. It is a lot of sections and ...

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Part 558: Three Down and One To Go!

12-20-2011 01:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Yesterday I finished the third piece of the fence characters for Ellen’s fence project. For some of you who didn’t get a chance to read, I will refresh you. Ellen and Bernie are what I call my “Canadian parents.” Bernie has been a friend of mine since I came to Canada in 2004 and they have kind of adopted me. From the time I met him, Bernie offered me the key to his shop which has a full line of tools. Since I have rented small places since I have been living he...

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Part 559: The Payoff

12-21-2011 01:30 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

As we get closer to the holiday season, things have slowed down considerably on the site. While the month of November was the best month that we have had so far, December has so far been a bit quieter and the orders have tapered off quite a bit. You would think that would bother me, but it really doesn’t. It only makes sense to me because of the type of product we offer. Patterns are the first step of the creation process and this month people are spending time using the patterns t...

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Part 560: 'Tis the Season to Be Jolly!

12-22-2011 01:51 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

There are many ‘Santas’ these days, it seems. Even though it isn’t even Christmas yet, he has been busy bringing gifts from afar. We went to the post office yesterday and were thrilled to find out that there were several packages for us. One of them was for Keith – he had ordered more pen supplies – and he was very happy with that. I was fortunate to have two boxes, one from a woodworking friend who is also a designer and another from our own Bob “Gri...

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Part 561: I Heard the Bells

12-23-2011 01:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Well it is my own fault that I am running late today. I just got out of bed and it is already 7am. That is just about unheard of from me. I usually get up somewhere around 5am. It is my ‘quiet time’ and I spend it not only picking around the web and catching up on emails, but also writing here. I have a lot I need to accomplish today and the last thing I needed was to oversleep. But I must have needed it so I will go with the flow here and get what I can done when I can. To...

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Part 562: Holiday Greetings to All!

12-24-2011 01:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

It seemed like only yesterday when we realized the season was upon us: We donned our gay apparel: Planned out how we were going to decorate: And got to work. The first order of business was to put up the tree: We may have had some trouble along the way: But in the end, we figured it all out and just took in the beauty of what we created: But we couldn’t rest there! There were stockings to be hung: Windows to clean. (Hey! stop fooling ...

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Part 563: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

12-25-2011 01:34 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

All I want to say today is to wish you all a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season from all of us here: Coco: Richard: And my ‘grand-baby-kitty’, Pancakes: Thanks to you Martin for offering this great forum which allows me to write every day and through which I have met so many wonderful friends. We really appreciate all you do to keep it going! May you all have a wonderful day filled with joy, family and friends! Sheila and Keith

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Part 564: Aftermath

12-26-2011 02:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

And so another Christmas has come and gone. We had a wonderfully full and busy day and spent it with both families. The day began with a beautiful sunrise over a fresh blanket of snow. We had experienced a little snow a week or so ago, but it had quickly melted and I was concerned that we weren’t going to get anymore in time for Christmas. But I when I awoke, it was gently snowing and there was a beautiful and colorful sunrise on the horizon. How pretty it was: We spent the ...

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Part 565: It Finally Got Me

12-27-2011 02:07 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Well, folks – while I seemed to dodge the bullet all through the months of November and December while everyone around me was sick, it seems that I have caught a cold. I let my guard down just for a bit and put away my mask just long enough for the holidays (no – I really didn’t wear a mask – I am just funning with you!) and BAM! It snuck up on me (you know, auto correct keeps telling me there is no “snuck” in the dictionary? But it is there and means &#...

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Part 566: Sleep in Heavenly Peace

12-28-2011 02:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I slept eleven hours last night. That was besides the two hour nap that I took yesterday afternoon. I think my body is trying to tell me something. I don’t feel all that bad. I am just (still) tired and feel like I can sleep more. My head is stuffy though and I have to take stuff for that. I plan on doing some drawing today though so I can get back on track and at least push the pile a little bit forward. I will be happy if I can see some progress anyway. So I just thought...

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Part 567: On the Road to Recovery

12-29-2011 12:45 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I feel like a bear. I don’t think I have slept so much in years. I really must have been tired or just catching up from the past several weeks. I spent the majority of the day either sitting on the couch with a sleeping cat on my lap watching ‘The History Channel’ or curled up in my own bed with all three of them curled at their various stations around my legs. One thing cats love is to sleep. And they love having company in their favorite past time. From the time I ...

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Part 568: Wandering Thoughts

12-30-2011 02:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

This final week of the year seems to have really gone by quickly. It is hard to believe that it is Friday already as I look back in retrospect. I am feeling a bit better, but still not quite myself. I truly appreciate all the nice thoughts and comments that you all have sent me and I assure you that I am well on the road to recovery. I made good headway with my drawings yesterday, and hopefully I will be able to finish up drawing that project today. While I tried to spend most of the...

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Part 569: A New Year's Wish to You All!

12-31-2011 02:11 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

And so another year is tallied in the books and we come to the close of 2011. l have always liked New Year’s Eve. Not because it was a reason to ‘party’ but it was a good time to reflect on the previous twelve months and plan ahead for the year to come. Those of you who read often know how much I enjoy Mondays. And to me bringing in the new year is like bringing in a big, giant Monday – filled with hopes, goals and dreams. It is a fresh start. A new beginning. A ...

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Part 570: Welcoming 2012

01-01-2012 03:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I spent the day yesterday in a flurry of activity. Perhaps it was because I was feeling more like myself but I also think that it was because I wanted to tie up some loose ends and start the new year off properly. I found myself full of energy as I tidied up things and organized and put everything in its place. It felt really good to do so after the chaos of the holiday season. Keith was busy preparing several pens for turning. While he hadn’t heard how the three shops that carri...

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Part 571: Better Late Than Never

01-02-2012 05:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

The site was down earlier today and I was unable to post my blog. I did write it before I headed out to the gym and this is the first time that I was able to post. (To those of you who wrote – thanks for missing me! :D) I had a great start to the new year yesterday. I spent much of the day at the scroll saw, cutting out my new designs. What I have drawn up is a set of Valentine Conversation Heart ornaments that can be used in many different ways. I love cutting letters, and it wa...

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Part 572: Some Intricate Cutting Tips

01-03-2012 03:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I am on the final day of cutting my new little Valentine’s day ornaments. While it is a bit slow going, it isn’t at all unpleasant, and I have been enjoying making them very much. Since I am cutting these pieces several layers high (four to be exact) and using a very small blade in order to make the detailed cuts necessary, it is very much a lesson in patience, and I have to resign myself to the fact that I am not going to be zipping around the pieces at the speed I do when on...

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Part 573: Progress Report

01-04-2012 03:40 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Winter has arrived here in Nova Scotia. While we had a bit of snow just in time for the Christmas holiday, it only lasted for two days and was just enough to make it look pretty. Even then though, the air was warm and calm. This morning however, we awoke to a blanket of white and biting winds. As I write now, there are large flakes of snow accumulating and everything around is grey. The air is bitter, too and for the first time we need to dress in layers. But I am ready. For the ...

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Part 574: Valentine Ornaments are Just About Finished!

01-05-2012 03:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 16 comments »

I had another good day yesterday, and pretty much finished the work on the new Valentine ornaments I was working on. I am happy to report that I didn’t even break any of the small pieces while I was sanding them and cleaning them up. All the scrollers out there know what a plus that is when doing something like this. It seems that sometimes breaking off small pieces is just part of the project at times. I find when I do break stuff, that the new Gorilla wood glue is excellent for...

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Part 575: Picture This

01-06-2012 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Today is one of those ‘in between’ days. You all know what I mean. I’m kind of finishing up one thing and starting another. I have been working on the pattern packet for the new ornaments yesterday and that took up most of my time. I played around with the pictures for the bulk of the day, trying to get them just right. There are so many things involved with taking pictures. I find that I am always learning and as we all know, learning something new takes a bit of tim...

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Part 576: Lots of Stuff on Scroll Saw Blades

01-07-2012 02:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

It has come to my attention that some of you are having difficulty finding the Olson scroll saw blades that I frequently talk about here on my blog. While I know there are other brands available that work very well for others, I have tried many types of blades and find that the Olson blades work the best for me. I especially think it is important to have a good blade that you feel comfortable with when cutting designs such as the one I just finished (my Conversation Heart Valentine orname...

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Part 577: Back to Drawing

01-08-2012 02:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I sit here and wonder if I missed something. Could it be that winter has come and gone so quickly? Although it is only January 8th it feels more like March already. We had some snow last week, but that is long gone and it is quite warm out. While I know that is good for many people, I kind of miss the colder weather. But I know I am not thinking like the masses. We did have one colder evening last week and we took a nice long walk. The cold air felt nice and refreshing on my face and...

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Part 578: Mindset Really Matters

01-09-2012 02:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

I really had a good time drawing yesterday. I spent the majority of my day working on drawing another set of ornaments for Valentine’s day. My goal was to make something that was a bit easier to cut than the ornament set that I had just completed, but also make them attractive and something that scrollers of all levels would enjoy doing. It took a little bit to get going, but once I got on a roll I really started to have fun with it. I love when that happens. These are the best t...

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Part 579: Inspiration

01-10-2012 02:21 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Yesterday turned out to be a bit of a change of plans. I had intended to get to the saw and cut out my new ornaments, but the weather was nice and we had some things to do in Yarmouth so we decided to take off and go there instead. I didn’t feel too badly about it because we really worked all weekend long. I suppose one of the good things about being self-employed is being able to do that once in a while. The weather was clear and the roads were too. Besides the small amount of s...

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Part 580: The Spice of Life

01-11-2012 01:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Those of you who know me well know that I am not a ‘random’ type of person. I generally like to keep everything pretty organized and when I do something, it is done systematically and orderly. I find that as my way to keep my busy life under control. I have always been somewhat like that. With that said, I realize that doing an assignment or project such as the one I am working on now is something if a stretch for me. It isn’t often that I do something that is on this...

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Part 581: Have a Heart!

01-12-2012 02:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I was gone much of yesterday, but I did manage to finish up my ornaments when I got home. I suppose that I was just too excited to leave them until the next day and couldn’t wait to see how they came out. I am really pleased with them and I hope that everyone else likes them too. After doing a final sanding on them, I dipped them in my usual mineral oil. I am finding this as my favorite method for finishing up fretwork and small pieces like this. It is quick and easy and doesn...

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Part 582: Winter Is Here!

01-13-2012 01:46 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Yesterday winter arrived here in Nova Scotia with a vengeance! It arrived with a few flakes starting to fall in the early afternoon and within a couple of hours, the snow was blowing sideways and building up in drifts. It made me rather happy. I am not quite sure why I like the cold and snow so much. I think it has to do with the coziness of curling up with the kitties all wrapped in a blanket. I have good memories of playing in the snow too, and of enjoying outdoor winter sports like ...

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Part 583: A Day Without Communication - Making Lemonade from Lemons

01-15-2012 01:21 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

So you all thought I took the day off? I suppose that you could say that, although it wasn’t a choice of mine. It seems that the black cat must have really put her spell on my on Friday the 13th after all. Around 8pm Friday night the unthinkable happened – my internet went down. All of a sudden, I was getting the dreaded “server not found” error on my screen. When Keith checked his computer, it was the same thing. We fiddled with our modem a while and then I de...

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Part 584: Sharing Ideas through Photographs

01-16-2012 02:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

It seems that most of yesterday was spent catching up with things and getting back to normal. Being offline for the day caused me to really get behind in my emails and computer things. While I accomplished a lot on the saw Saturday, there was a lot of stuff that I needed to do on the website that took a bit of time. One area on the site that I can’t seem to keep up with is the place where I show other customer’s photos. I have decided to look into a way to simplify how that ...

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Part 585: New Opportunities

01-17-2012 01:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday was one of those days that seemed to be over just after it began. It seemed like I was just getting warmed up when it started to get dark and the sun was setting. I spent much of the day working on the next installment of the calendar project that I am doing for the magazine. This is the third and final part of a calendar topper that I am creating with interchangeable figures that are held on with magnets. The idea is to keep the base of the topper (which the calendar hangs fr...

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Part 586: Still Drawing

01-18-2012 02:11 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I am still working on drawing up the new sets for the calendar project. I spent the majority of the day doing as much and I am making good progress. Hopefully, I can finish up today and then tomorrow will be a day of cutting the pieces out and then on to writing the instructions. I made a little sample picture to show you: Today is just one of those days that I am short on words. I don’t know if that is a bad thing, or a good thing. I am quite focused on completing this assig...

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Part 587: One More Day of Drawing . . .

01-19-2012 02:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Even though I spent most of the day yesterday drawing, I am still not finished with the last sets of designs for the calendar. I really wanted to be, but it just didn’t happen. I took time choosing my subjects and it wasn’t as easy as I initially would have thought. I still have the months of November and December to finish up and I hope to do so today. Sometimes when I have too many choices it gives me more of a problem then when I am not sure what I will be doing. With so ...

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Part 588: Today It's Your Turn - I Would Like Your Input

01-20-2012 02:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 17 comments »

I pretty much finished up my drawings yesterday. I just have a little tweaking to do today and then I can start cutting. So the day is pretty mapped out for me and I should have something to show for it tomorrow. I do have a question for you all though . . . Lately, I have been asked quite a bit about which glue to use in the smaller type of projects that I frequently do. I am looking for your input on this. I am going to ask you to tell me about your favorite glue for smaller appl...

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Part 589: Wood Glue Review

01-21-2012 04:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

I am really pleased with all the responses that I received yesterday on glues. There are so many different types of glue out there, that one can go crazy just trying to figure out which one is the best for the job at hand. Before I begin, I want to say that I am not affiliated with any of these companies that I will be mentioning. This was a completely informal poll that I took because I wanted to see what products that you feel are tried and true for your different gluing needs. As woo...

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Part 590: Getting to the Finish Line

01-22-2012 02:41 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Did you ever have one of those projects that seems to go on and on (and on) and you find yourself wondering if you will ever be finished with it? I am afraid that is what I have been going through with the project that I am currently working on (the calendar topper). Perhaps it is because it has been a three part series and I started working on it in September that it seems like it is never ending. Now you all know that it hasn’t been all I have been working on, or even the main fo...

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Part 591: One More Day

01-23-2012 01:54 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Well, it wasn’t because of lack of effort that I didn’t finish yesterday. With looking ahead at what I need to accomplish today to finish, I think it was much more my usual nemesis – underestimation – that is to blame. It is funny how I always do this. Perhaps it is because of my optimistic ‘pink cloud’ thinking that I choose to embrace. I really and truly try to be realistic with my time lines, but it is yet to be an ability that I have mastered. I ...

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Part 592: Done. (complete. through. ended. ready. finished)

01-24-2012 01:40 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I had a rough night last night. For some reason I couldn’t really sleep. I think it was because I was thinking about packaging things up and calling for the parcel to be picked up by Purolator to go on its way. For those of you who haven’t been following along, the last week was a bit of a struggle for me. I am not sure why, but finishing up this project took more effort than it should have. Perhaps I am a just a bit tired or out of sorts. I was up several times during t...

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Part 593: A Much Needed Break

01-25-2012 03:36 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Sometime around noon there was a knock on my door and the delivery man was here to take the package which contained my calendar project. As I saw the truck drive away, I felt a sense of relief that it was finally on its way. I had done all I could to make the project look good and it was now out of my hands. I still have to finish up the writing of the instructions – but that was the easy part. My camera (and subsequently my computer) contained probably seventy pictures to choose ...

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Part 594: A Milestone for Me Here on Lumberjocks

01-26-2012 01:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 17 comments »

Most of you who know me know that I am not a ‘numbers girl’. While I know that statistics are an important way to measure things, I usually don’t notice them much. I kind of noticed when I reached the top of the blog list, only because it is right there for us to see whenever we click on the blog page. I didn’t think much of it at first, but I do think it is kind of cool in a way. It isn’t that I have something astounding and earth shaking to share with you a...

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Part 595: Decisions, Decisions . . .

01-27-2012 02:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Every day we are faced with hundreds of decisions to make. Most of them are simple and we don’t even notice we are making them. (What flavour of jelly you put on your toast, for example.) Some of them are more important and have lasting consequences. (While sitting in the eye doctor’s office and looking at a chart – “Which looks better to you? A or B?”) And others still may or may not have lasting impacts, but may eventually have a cumulative effect on you in...

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Part 596: Stuck on Glue

01-28-2012 02:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I spent the day drawing my next project yesterday. Since there was nothing really exciting (yet) about that, I decided to do something a bit different for the blog this morning. Recently I did a very informal survey to find out which glues people like to use best for different applications. I find that glue is a very necessary tool not only in scroll sawing, but in general woodworking too. In consulting with my creative advisor, Pancakes he thought that it would be a good idea to...

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Part 597: Who Said Work Has To Feel Like "Work?"

01-29-2012 02:34 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday was incredibly productive. I say that like I am surprised because, frankly I am. Not only did I map out the main shapes for the pieces I am working on, but I cut them too and finished about 90 per cent of the drawings. I think by the late morning I will be done with the drawing part of the project and ready to paint. I didn’t expect that at all. It strikes me as funny that some projects are just easier to do and bring to reality. The journey between what I envision in ...

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Part 598: Moving Right Along

01-30-2012 12:18 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. It was one of those days that was somewhat quiet and I stayed focused and made good progress on my project. I tidied up the house a bit and then I spent some time refining some of the drawings. When I draw on the computer, I do so at 600% or more and sometimes what I am drawing comes out a bit more detailed than I want. I usually know what limitations that I have when scrolling even if things are magnified quite a bit. I forget about it some...

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Part 599: The Blink of an Eye

01-31-2012 03:21 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

When I lived in the Chicago area, I grew up with the notion that the weather could change at any time. One minute it would be 70 degrees and sunny and half an hour later you would need your heavy coat and rain gear. It was one of the residual effect of living lakeside and many errant weather forecasts were attributed to ‘lake effect.’ I find that living here in Nova Scotia is no different. Whether it is the ocean or the changing climate that the entire planet is going through,...

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Part 600: Kicking it Around

02-01-2012 01:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I sometimes wonder if it is legal to have so much fun! I have had some really incredible days and there seems to be no end in sight. There is such a wide world of creative things to do that seeing each one come to life is just one thrill after another. Keith has been no slouch either. I see what he has come up with in his designing and I think he gets better every day. It is nice to know that you have a partner with so much talent. What is good is that we both enjoy different types of...

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Part 601: The Courage to Think Ahead

02-02-2012 02:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Thinking ahead is something that we do on a daily basis. several times a day. From the time we wake up, most of us begin to organize our days in our minds without much conscious thinking. For many people, the planning begins early, with that first cup of coffee. From choosing breakfast to deciding what we will have for supper and everything in between, we plan the short term activities that fill up our day. Then there are the long term plans. (When will I do my taxes? When will I begi...

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Part 602: Happy Feet

02-03-2012 01:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I had a pretty productive day yesterday. Among other things, I finished up painting my samples of the little witches’ boots. I now have all twelve done and today I will be creating the pattern packet and doing the ‘good photography’ on them. I did take some quick snapshots this morning so I have something to show you all. Here are the pictures of them for now: I didn’t set the light box up or anything like that so the coloring isn’t quite right, bu...

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Part 603: Heading for the (Big) Shop

02-04-2012 02:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Today will be a fun day. We are going to our friend Bernie’s shop to dress some wood and bring it back here. It was Bernie’s birthday earlier this week and we are also going to have a celebration dinner there, as it isn’t only his birthday, but also his daughter’s, too. This is an annual event that we have and we are looking forward to not only a wonderful dinner, but a good day in the shop, too. For those of you who aren’t aware, my partner Keith and I liv...

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Part 604: A Busy Day Ahead

02-05-2012 03:50 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I am afraid you are all going to get the cheap version of the blog today. There is just so much I want to accomplish and it is already later than usual. I had one of those strange evenings where I was thinking so much that I couldn’t sleep. So much to plan and do. At about 4am I finally gave up and came out in the living room to read through some things on the computer, but after a bit, I fell asleep again on the couch and when I woke up it was already almost 8am. For me that is qu...

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Part 605: Bringing Old things to Life

02-06-2012 03:45 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am a bit late in posting today because there was a little switch-up on our schedule. We decided to get to the gym as early as possible so we could get back here as soon as possible and get to work. I think Keith is feeling the same sense of being overwhelmed as I have been feeling the past couple of days. There always seems so much to do and last night at 9:30 as we were both still working on stuff for the business, I heard him mutter “why aren’t there 48 hours in a day?”...

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Part 606: The Anatomy of a Pattern Packet

02-07-2012 01:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I spent most of yesterday writing the pattern packet for the little boot ornaments. Writing one pattern doesn’t seem like it should take a full day, but I finished it around 9:30 at night. It turned out to be 18 pages long. That’s a lot for 12 ornaments. It is like a small book. But after looking at it, I don’t think it is too much. It is just what it needs to be. No more. No less. Here is the cover picture from it: I find that creating painting pattern packets...

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Part 607: "And Now For Something Completely Different"

02-08-2012 11:40 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

For some strange reason, yesterday I just decided to switch gears. I still have the final proof reading of the boot pattern to do, but I wanted to get away from it for a day and move on to something else. Besides, we are looking at a site update by the weekend and I wanted to have something new up there for March that others will also like to do. So I refocused. And here is what I came up with: Well . . . part of it anyway. You didn’t really think that I was going to show ...

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Part 608: Please, Please Me

02-09-2012 11:59 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I made a great deal of progress yesterday cutting out the little shamrocks. I had some things to do in the morning and didn’t wind up really starting to set up things until just after lunch, so I got a later start than I intended. Still, I was able to cut out all 15 pieces (double stacked) and at least finish with that for the day. I didn’t get to sanding them and oiling them, but I will be doing that today, as well as cutting out the 15 smaller versions which can be used for p...

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Part 609: A Bit of a Roller Coaster Ride

02-10-2012 11:20 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

What an odd day yesterday was. It was filled with ups and down so much I felt like I was on a roller coaster. I couldn’t figure out if I was supposed to be crabby or not. For every time something stupid happened, something good seemed to follow to remind me that it isn’t that bad and restore my faith in the day. Even with the day behind me, I can’t quite figure out whether it was a good one or not. I think I will label it ‘good’ and leave it at that. I follo...

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Part 610: Memories of My Dear Friend

02-11-2012 12:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 17 comments »

I’ve come to the conclusion that if I didn’t write about yesterday, there wouldn’t be a blog entry today at all. It was such an emotional day for me, that it encompassed me and nothing else was really important. I realize it is somewhat off topic, but when I began writing here I warned you all that there would be days like that for me. After all, I am human and as humans we are driven by our emotions more than anything else. Yesterday was the memorial service for my de...

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Part 611: Wrapping Things Up

02-12-2012 11:34 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

It snowed last night. Not quite the storm that they were predicting, but then again it never seems to be. I think that is how we become complacent and then when we are least expecting it we get hit. I can’t really tell how much yet because it is still dark out, but everything is white and I haven’t heard the scraping of the plows against the pavement yet. So I expect it isn’t too much. I am thinking that I would like to take a walk in the woods today. I haven’t d...

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Part 612: I Could Never Do This Alone

02-13-2012 12:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Wow, was yesterday a busy one! There were so many details to attend to that the day just seemed to fly by. Today is another day that will be extremely full, as I have several tasks that I have to complete. But for the most part, the major things are done and the site update and new catalog are pretty much completed. (We want to proof read it just one more time!) I have to hand it to my partner Keith and give him lots of credit. He took most of last week redesigning and assembling the c...

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Part 613: Getting Reorganized

02-14-2012 11:56 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

While it didn’t seem as if I got as much done that I wanted to yesterday, I did accomplish a few things. I notice that these type of days seem to pop up right after a big push. I just needed a day to catch up on the house stuff and do things like clean my desk, organize my supplies and sort through my files. I still didn’t get the newsletter out, but I will be doing that today. I found that every time I began writing I got distracted so I thought it would be best to wait one mo...

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Part 614: Exploring New Horizons

02-15-2012 11:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

The other day I received an email request and I thought some of you may be interested in it too. It is a survey from a marketing student from DePaul University in Chicago who is looking for woodworkers to participate. I believe it is only open for those of you who are in the United States. I attended DePaul for a year, majoring in music and my sister graduated from their business school with a masters degree. They are a reputable university and the survey is on the up and up. I took it...

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Part 615: Things are Quiet and Busy

02-16-2012 12:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

I was kind of all over the place yesterday, with much to do and several different directions to go in at once. while some designers have the fear of not knowing what to do next, I think my problem is the opposite – which idea do I develop first. While it is good to be in this creative mode, I think from time to time we have to walk away from things for a bit, take a breath and regroup. That is exactly what we did. Since we didn’t go out or do anything special on Tuesday, I...

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Part 616: Looking Ahead

02-17-2012 11:12 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

As the days tick off of the calendar, I am still trying to figure out why they go by so quickly. There is always so much to do and every day is filled from start to finish with what seems like a hundred different tasks. I have noticed that the days are already getting longer, with the sun coming up earlier and setting later. That coupled with the relatively warm weather that we are having sure makes it feel like spring is just around the corner. I think I blinked and missed winter. The ...

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Part 617: What a Good Day!

02-18-2012 12:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Yesterday was filled with fun and surprises! It was one of those days where I set out to accomplish some things and actually got everything done – and then some. It really made me feel so very fortunate to be doing what I am doing and living the kind of life I live. Sometimes I just like to take a breath and drink in the contentment. I spent most of the day working on my new project. While I had somewhat of an idea as to where I wanted to go with it, the vision of the finished pro...

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Part 618: The Final Layer

02-19-2012 12:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I had a decent day yesterday regarding work, although I would have liked to get a bit more done than I was able to. There’s nothing new there, as it seems that most days are like that. I suppose I set my goals a bit high but I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing. After going through the morning mail, I had to get some things done around the house. I also got to talk to a friend of mine that I haven’t spoken to in a while, and it was good to catch up and hear wh...

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Part 619: How Can I Make Doing Taxes Sound Exciting?

02-20-2012 11:36 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

OK. I really can’t. There is nothing really exciting about putting a bunch of smaller numbers together to make one bigger number. Not unless you win the lottery or something. Then I could see how it could be fun. But unfortunately, the flow of these numbers is going the other way – out the door. But I am not complaining (really!) It is a part of life for everyone and in my own silly way I look at paying taxes as paying for services such as roads, national parks, securit...

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Part 620: Looking At Things Realistically Can Be a Good Thing

02-21-2012 01:53 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I really am proud of myself. I know it is probably silly to be proud of yourself for doing something that you should have been doing anyway, but I can’t help feeling like a huge burden is off of me. I spent the entire day yesterday working on organizing and categorizing my paperwork and getting everything in order. It isn’t one of my strong points, but it isn’t a disaster either. At the very least, I keep just about every scrap of paper and receipt in one place. That ...

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Part 621: A Clean Slate

02-22-2012 11:37 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I spent yesterday finishing up on organizing files and getting everything in ‘perfect’ order. After Monday’s day of sorting thorough receipts and figures, the simple act of putting things in their proper place and throwing out what isn’t needed was quite infectious and continued throughout yesterday. I am a list keeper – whether it be in my head or on actual paper – and I have had several things that needed this or that and were nagging me from the back...

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Part 622: Little Distractions

02-23-2012 11:39 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I never know what is going to trigger an idea. More so than not, when I am looking for something, I can’t find anything suitable but when I least expect it, something jumps out at me. Every project idea that I see isn’t always what I would call ‘original.’ But I don’t think that it always has to be. Lots of times I will see stuff that is already available or on the market that is a cute idea, but I think of how I can modify it or improve on it so that peopl...

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Part 623: Not Out of the Woods Yet With This Design

02-24-2012 12:08 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I’ve come to a point in the new project where I have to put my thinking cap on. While everything for the most part was going smoothly, I came across some things that I feel need to be changed. I didn’t have much of a chance to work on it yesterday because we needed to go to Yarmouth and meet with the accountant. Our appointment was mid-morning and since it takes us about 45 minutes to get there, after writing here and getting the regular morning stuff done, it left no time to...

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Part 624: We Can Chalk Another One Up!

02-25-2012 11:28 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

While simple, this latest project took a little figuring out. As I stated yesterday, I wasn’t really happy with some of the things that I initially drew and like many of the projects I design, it took some revisions to get it how I wanted it to be. I know sometimes people think I just draw, cut and I am done, but lots of times there are some little things that don’t go together quite right or feel right and I have to tweak things just a bit and re-cut or remake them. Other times...

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Part 625: Message Board Options

02-26-2012 11:54 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I really appreciate the thoughts and comments from yesterday's project. There were a lot of great ideas and it got me thinking in several new directions. I have lots of ideas for other chalkboard projects and I want to develop them, but I am also looking into adapting the patterns for dry erase boards, as several people suggested that. I haven’t had a lot of experience using dry erase products. While I did purchase a board last year to use when teaching the online Scroll Saw Clas...

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Part 626: Working on Pattern Packets

02-27-2012 12:40 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I had quite a productive day yesterday, but everything was done at a relaxed pace which even made it better. I sanded and re-coated the chalk board, which I am going to allow to dry a bit more before trying it out, and I also got caught up on my mail. I then put together a pattern, and I worked on making a second packet for the painted pumpkin candle tray that I made last week, which will take a bit of doing. One thing about painting patterns is that they are quite a bit more involved th...

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Part 627: Coco's Big Adventure

02-28-2012 12:18 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Since yesterday revolved around little more than taking care of my dear cat Coco, that is what today’s blog is going to be about. I know it isn’t woodworking or wood related, but since it occupied most of my day in one way or another, the page here would otherwise be blank. I hope you all understand. I value my pets very highly. They are companions who offer friendship, comfort and blind devotion. I have had pets all of my life – both cats and dogs – and learned...

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Part 628: The Extra Day

02-29-2012 11:55 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Every four years we get an extra day. I never really thought about it before, it really is something that is kind of special. Those of you who read regularly have heard me wish from time to time for that evasive 48 hour day. There are so many things that I want to get done, that I am always looking for more time to complete everything. I suppose that my wish has come true and today is exactly that. Today we all received the gift of an additional 24 hours. When you think about it a bi...

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Part 629: Divided We Fall

03-01-2012 11:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Not every blog is easy to write. While on most days I truly enjoy sharing my thoughts with everyone here, there are some days when it is difficult. I like to be positive and upbeat and focus on good things that inspire others to be creative and happy. My partner Keith teases me and tells me I live on the ‘pink cloud’ because of my optimistic view of things. He is more of a realist and tends to see the world from a darker perspective than I do. Perhaps as it really is. While ...

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Part 630: Christmas in March!

03-02-2012 11:27 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I seemed to have a pretty decent day yesterday work-wise. I did the final drawing and tweaking on the new project that I am working on. This one I will be doing for my own site and not selling off to the magazine. I also got the entire thing cut out and I hope to get all the finishing and assembly done today. So far it is cute, and I am happy with it. It will be a nice and quick project that will also be fun. Keith is working on some outstanding snowflake ornaments and they are really...

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Part 631: Teaching Through Baby Steps

03-03-2012 12:31 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

There are days when I feel like I do not accomplish all that I want to do. Usually, if I sit down and really think about it and list the things that I did throughout the day, I find that things aren’t really as bad as I originally thought and that in actuality, I did achieve a lot. It is just that what I choose to do takes time and thought, and I need to remind myself of that sometimes and not expect everything to be done in the blink of an eye. I am currently working on four patte...

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Part 632: New Project Just About Finished

03-04-2012 12:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

When I got up this morning, it was already getting light out. At first I thought I overslept, but in looking at the clock I realized that it was somewhere around the normal time I get up and it is just becoming light out earlier. Yes, spring is well on its way and soon winter will be behind us. Did we even have a winter? I hear of the fury of storms and tornadoes sweeping the US and I remember why spring is probably my least favorite season of the four. Growing up near Chicago, there w...

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Part 633: Writing, Writing, Writing

03-05-2012 10:53 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I am afraid that today’s post won’t be very exciting. I worked most of the day yesterday on writing instructions and I did get the materials ready to ship the Kitty Cat Chalkboard to New Jersey for publication. I don’t know why it seemed to take so long, but there were 18 pictures that I included in the instructions and doing the editing on them took me a bit longer than I anticipated. But that is all behind me now and the pickup is scheduled and it will be on its way lat...

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Part 634: Many Directions

03-06-2012 11:46 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

One thing about doing the variety of things that I do, I never really run out of new ideas. I enjoy the thought of moving from one style to another and while sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming, for the most part it keeps me longing to work and looking forward to each day and creating something new. The kitty chalkboard is out the door and on its way to the magazine now. I don’t know why getting things packed up and out the door seems to be so much of a chore, but there are time...

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Part 635: What You See Isn't Always What You Get

03-07-2012 12:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I am afraid that I don’t have many interesting things to talk about today. I spent the majority of the day yesterday working on photographs for the pumpkin pattern. I had shown the step-by-step pictures that I had taken earlier in the week and since then have taken more pictures to show the steps to painting the pumpkin faces. The results is quite a few pictures necessary for that one packet. In order for the pictures to be useful, they need to show the true color of what they are....

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Part 636: Time to Hit the Road

03-08-2012 11:06 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

With some purrr-suasion, my partner Keith convinced me that it was time to hit the road and take a break. He has been asking me to go with him for a couple of months now, and it seems that there is always something to do that needs doing and makes for a good excuse not to go. But it is winter and a mild one at that. We figured out that we haven’t really been anywhere or left even for a full day since last August. That’s too long. So last night on our evening walk, h...

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Part 637: It's Good To Be Back

03-11-2012 12:39 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Even though we were really only gone for three days, it seems like it was much longer. We did take the laptop with us, but it just didn’t feel like a good time to write. After almost two years of writing almost every day, it did feel good to have a little break from things and change up on the routine a bit. I think we all need that once in a while. I think it was long enough though and last night when we got home, I was very happy to be back here at our little place with our furry ...

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Part 638: Back to Work

03-12-2012 11:53 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

While taking some time off can is something that we all need and is really fun, the time comes when we need to get back to our routine and work again. It seems like weeks have gone by since we decided to take off for a few days and head to the city. In some ways it was really refreshing, but in others it was more tiring than our regular routine. In any case, it was fun. Even upon returning home on Saturday, as we unpacked and started to settle all our acquisitions into place, it set o...

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Part 639: Time

03-13-2012 10:44 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

As I sit here this morning and try to focus on a direction to move today, I feel a bit overwhelmed. I am not sure why, but it feels as if I have been not accomplishing much even though if I review the past several months, I do see that I have made progress on many things. Why is it we sometimes feel like that? Part of the reason we took a break was to get away and have a change of scenery. It had been many months of working every day without time off and I know that Keith was feeling it...

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Part 640: Sharing Our Passion

03-14-2012 11:18 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

There are many different avenues that one can take and still be on a creative path. While having choices is good, there are times when there are almost too many things to choose from and only so many hours in the day. While most of us are familiar with the phrase ‘spreading ourselves too thin’, there are times when things are not as defined as we would like them to be as far as which path to follow and it is hard not to want to do everything at once. I often feel that this is t...

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Part 641: New Bedroom Furniture Arriving Today

03-15-2012 11:34 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Today is going to be a little disorganized. Sometimes it seems that in the process of getting organized, things are in more disarray than ever. We are getting our bedroom dressers delivered, so that means that everything is out of sorts. I am rather excited, because it will mean that we will have more room and really upgrade things quite a bit. Keith was using a dresser that our landlord had here as a ‘semi-furnished’ place. It was one of those pressed board things with the...

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Part 642: New Dressers

03-16-2012 12:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, I worked on painting my hats a bit yesterday, but mostly we were getting ready for the delivery of the two bedroom dressers. You all know how that goes. Unpacking and getting rid of the old set and then doing some major corner cleaning and preparing for the new arrival. The set arrived about three pm and was brought in without incident. Good planning paid off because everything fit nicely and all went quite smoothly. We let the set warm up and inspected it thoroughly and it was i...

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Part 643: Still Painting

03-17-2012 11:28 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I am sorry that I don’t have more exciting things to write about these days. While I am busy every day, it seems that I am just kind of caught up in the day to day stuff of life and haven’t had time to create anything new. I haven’t even been here on the computer too much, except to answer questions and fill orders. I only have had time to socialize a little and try to keep up with my friends. I find I go through phases like that. I have lots of ideas that I want to wo...

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Part 644: A Great Idea From a Customer

03-18-2012 12:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

One of the things that I like best about how my business and ‘job’ is set up is that I really get to know many other woodworkers and painters. Not only do I regard these people as customers, but also as friends. Woodworkers and painters alike are they type of people who like to share information with each other and enjoy seeing others benefit from the things that they learned themselves, and part of why I like working in these fields so much is hearing the stories and seeing how...

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Part 645: Evaluating My Accomplishments

03-19-2012 10:40 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I am happy to say that I did accomplish just about all I wanted to over the weekend. It still seems however that sometimes things just move ahead at a snails pace. I honestly don’t know how some other designers come up with such a quantity of patterns over such short periods of time. It seems that some of them have dozens of new designs with every new issue of the catalogs. I know I go through times when I seem to produce more than at other times, but usually I am working the same...

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Part 646: Busy Days

03-20-2012 11:26 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

As I write this morning, I don’t know if I have many exciting things to talk about. I don’t know if that is good or bad. Truth is, I have been incredibly busy, but it is doing things that would be considered somewhat ‘routine’ and it kind of feels as if I have been writing about watching water come to a boil or something equally fascinating. I am in the final stages of preparing the pieces to be sent out to the Artist’s Club. I made great progress yesterday...

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Part 647: Old Habits are Difficult to Break

03-21-2012 11:04 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I didn’t think I would be writing today, but I suppose the title of this post says a lot. It has become part of my day for the past nearly two years and it is difficult for me to be here at home and not to write. I suppose I was getting concerned because of the content of the posts the last couple of weeks. While the title of the series was clearly focused on creating scroll saw patterns, I was feeling that lately life has gotten in the way and even though I have been extremely bus...

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Part 648: A Tough One

03-22-2012 10:43 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Things didn’t quite go as I would have liked them to yesterday. There were several things on different fronts that brought news that was not what I would call ‘good.’ Some of it could have been helped, and some of it could not. That is just part of life I suppose and I need to deal with things as they come. It was a tough day for the ‘pink cloud’ and it rather took a beating. I only mention this because I try to be honest when I write and not only focus on...

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Part 649: And . . . . We're Off!

03-23-2012 10:59 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I am preparing for another day on the treadmill today. It is Friday already and it seems that the week was spent either running or in negotiation. It’s these ‘unseen’ things that really seem to bog us down at times. But they are all for a reason and all functional, and part of the work and our lives. Yesterday was another busy one. The lecturing went well. I talked to two classes for an hour each and while I was quite nervous in the beginning, once I got rolling thin...

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Part 650: We Got So Much Accomplished Yesterday

03-24-2012 10:31 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I can’t even say that I mind that the day was so full yesterday. When all was said and done, there were several loose ends tied up and all in all, we accomplished a great deal. It just goes to show what some good planning and having a good attitude can accomplish. In looking ahead to the day, one could have easily felt that the number of tasks and stops we needed to make were somewhat overwhelming. There were many things that I had to do, both in Digby which is about 45 minutes dr...

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Part 651: Attitude is Everything

03-25-2012 11:24 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

So many times when we have something to do, the attitude in which we approach it can really affect the whole process. In looking ahead to the job of creating 300 pattern kits that I have in front of me, to some it may seem like a massive chore. I understand and respect that, because I realize that all people don’t have the passion in their hearts that I do regarding woodworking and my job. While production work may seem mundane to some, to me it has its virtues. I look at the tas...

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Part 652: The Sands of Time

03-26-2012 09:55 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Most woodworkers that I talk to don’t like sanding. Of the many steps in the process of doing a woodworking project, I think I am pretty safe in saying that it is the least liked part. In fact, I am amazed at the number of people who spend hours on a project that simply skip over the sanding step completely. I don’t always understand why they would do that. While it may not be the most pleasant part of making a project, it is among the most important in most things that we cre...

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Part 653: Cutting Time

03-27-2012 10:17 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

Today I will be able to get to the saw for a bit. I say that like it is an ‘event’ because frankly, it kind of is. I realize that I say that a lot, but as a designer there are so many steps to making a pattern, that the time spent actually cutting at the saw is many times the shortest part of the process. I really don’t mind that though because it does keep everything fresh and helps keep that sense of desire burning inside. While you may think that I will be cutting the...

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Part 654: Two New Projects!

03-28-2012 10:09 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

Well, I finally feel like I actually accomplished something! While part of me knows that I work just about every day, sometimes I feel that unless I see something tangible at the end of the day, I didn’t get anything done. It seems like forever since I was able to present a new project, and even though I know it hasn’t been that long, with all the other things that have been going on lately, I feel like I have been slagging lately. Yesterday was a good day. Finally, a day ...

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Part 655: In Anticipation of Spring

03-29-2012 11:20 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Mother nature can be a trickster. Especially when it comes to weather. Just when you are lulled into enjoying one type of weather, you wake up the next day to something completely different. Add to that the volatile season of spring and that I live in Nova Scotia and you have a recipe for the unexpected and even on the best days you wouldn’t be able to predict what tomorrow may bring. I woke up to snow this morning. I admit to having slept in a bit later than usual and when I awok...

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Part 656: A Mini-Lesson in Production Work

03-30-2012 11:04 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

The sun is just coming up this morning and I can see that there is no snow on the ground. Already it is a good day. It’s going to be one of those days which involves lots of running around, and part of me feels as if I am not going to accomplish a lot. But that is a bad attitude, and I should try to see if I can get my mindset in another direction. After all, we can’t only measure our accomplishments by the number of pieces we produce every day. We all know there is much mo...

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Part 657: Planning a Day of Cutting

03-31-2012 11:27 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday turned out pretty much as I expected – sort of. With all the running around we had to do, I knew I wouldn’t even be able to touch the saw, and I didn’t. By the time we got back from the gym, we thought we would get an early head start and do as many errands as possible prior to our 2pm appointment to get the new wheels put on the car, so we left shortly afterword. Ironically, it snowed off and on while driving up. It ranged anywhere from a few flurries floati...

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Part 658: Wonderful Progress

04-01-2012 11:26 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Yesterday I had a really good day cutting. I spent the majority of the day at the scroll saw working on cutting the pieces for the decorative painting kits that I am supplying. I made a huge dent in the pile – much bigger than I would have anticipated – and with only a couple more hours of cutting to do today, I will finish the first leg of my mission. Of the hundred dozen pieces that I need for the first pattern, I successfully cut 72 dozen. Here is what 72 dozen pieces lo...

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Part 659: The Numbers Game

04-02-2012 11:12 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I had another good cutting session yesterday. Everything went smoothly and according to plan. I finished cutting the first group of kits out (the hats) and looking at the two full boxes of 1200 pieces, I felt a great feeling of satisfaction. I am not generally a ‘numbers girl.’ Attaching numbers to things only tend to de-personalize them (is that even a word?) But as always, I am open to looking at things from new perspectives and when doing this amount of work, it isn̵...

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Part 660: New Projects Coming Together

04-03-2012 11:50 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Yesterday was one of those days where everything was falling into place. I had a lot of odds and ends to finish up with, but the satisfaction of seeing those project get done was really motivating and it kept me pushing to do more. I love when that happens. I finally got the cheese tray photographed. In speaking with my editor, I also found out that I still had several weeks until it was due to be in New Jersey at the magazine. After running right on deadline since last fall, it was a s...

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Part 661: And Now . . . Writing

04-04-2012 11:19 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

After all the production work over the weekend, it was good to take a break from the saw. Seeing the two projects getting finished up on Monday was a good feeling too. I really makes me feel like I am heading in the right direction. But I am not one to sit on my accomplishments, and I know that there is still a lot of work to be done. I spent the day yesterday at the computer, writing the instructions for the seashell tray and also the calendar topper that is going to be put on the site...

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Part 662: A Nice Quick Little Project

04-05-2012 10:19 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Yesterday was spent getting things ready for the site update. Between finishing up the patterns for the new stuff, designing and cutting the new free pattern that I am offering and even drawing up a couple of additional quick designs it kept me pretty busy. I finished the pattern for the calendar topper and that is about ready to go. It came out to be 22 pages long, and includes all 12 months. I left the April and December months for Easter and Christmas respectively, as people can stil...

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Part 663: And Yet Another Idea . .

04-06-2012 10:59 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

After a full day of working yesterday, I am still finishing up the site update. Sometimes I think that my own ideas are the things that slow me down the most. Just when I think I am getting caught up, it seems that I have another idea and then I try to get it finished and include it in the current deadline. If I don’t, I start to feel that I am not trying my hardest and I get disappointed with myself. So I push. I used to do the same thing when I participated in neighborhood craft sales...

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Part 664: Holiday Preparations and Finishing Up

04-07-2012 10:57 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

This is my second attempt at the blog this morning. I had one partially written and something came up on my computer that made me shut down my browser and when I got back it was gone. Its a bit frustrating, seeing as things are supposed to be saved every so often, but sometimes things just happen. It wasn’t that exciting of a post anyway, as while yesterday I accomplished quite a bit, most of what I did was website stuff and pattern packet writing and stuff behind the scenes. That ...

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Part 665: Good Days

04-08-2012 11:07 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Yesterday was a good mix of fun and work. It was a beautiful day out with warm sunshine and cool air. My kitty Pancakes definitely has ‘spring fever’ and is anxious to come out on the small deck with me and sit. I don’t let my kitties outside at all, except on the deck when I am with them. After growing up in Chicago and seeing the horrible things that happen to outdoor cats, as well as hearing stories of pets here that are either harmed by other animals or vehicles, I...

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Part 666: Back to Work

04-09-2012 10:05 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

After a fun (and lazy) weekend, it is time for me to get back to work. We had a wonderful visit and dinner again yesterday but it is time to get back to things and get productive again. It snowed most of the day yesterday, and in Digby, there was even need for some shoveling as we saw. For the most part the roads weren’t too bad though and even though it was wet, it didn’t seem that icy. It is definitely one of the snowiest Easters that I can remember. But looking out this mor...

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Part 667: Under the Weather a Little

04-10-2012 10:39 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Yesterday I felt a bit under the weather. It was one of those days where I started out feeling kind of icky and it just never got any better. I went through my regular morning routine and later in the afternoon helped a friend out with her computer, but after that I felt rather flat and decided to lay down a bit. I had a bad night previously and couldn’t tell if I was just tired or what was going on. When I awoke I felt no better, and was just as tired, so I laid low for the eve...

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Part 668: Progress Report

04-11-2012 10:15 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I really want to thank everyone for the nice thoughts yesterday. I felt kind of silly putting up here that I wasn’t feeling the best, but I didn’t want you all to think that there was something wrong or that I was really being lazy or something like that. :) I spent the morning yesterday doing stuff like mail and running some errands. I had a couple of orders to go out and Canada Post was not open over the weekend or Monday so I had to get them out the door. I also had to go...

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Part 669: Hello Yellow Brick Road

04-12-2012 11:16 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

What a good day yesterday turned out to be. After the sluggishness of the past several days, it felt really good to have a day where I felt like I moved ahead and accomplished a great deal. I think my lull is over for now, and I hope that I can keep this momentum that I have and continue to cross things off of the list. My goal yesterday was to get through cutting the witch boots for the kits that I am making. I need 1200 of them to make the 100 kits and it is somewhat of a daunting ta...

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Part 670: Today Will Be My Lucky Day!

04-13-2012 10:55 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. As I watch the pieces pile up, even I can’t believe that I got that much cutting done in such relatively short amount of time. And I was there. Here’s what we have so far: You would think that this much cutting would be painful and boring, but it was much more the opposite. Considering that I have only about three full days of work invested, in the actual cutting, plus a couple of hours here and there, I think I am doing...

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Part 671: I Suppose I Am Only Human

04-14-2012 11:04 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, I didn’t quite finish up yesterday, Sometime around 5pm I just felt tired and decided that the small amount of cutting remaining could be done today. While I would have loved to be able to tuck myself into bed knowing that I was done cutting, I was beginning to tire and I didn’t want to push it at the risk of being sloppy or not cutting as accurate as I wanted. So I called it a night and actually spent the rest of the evening doing nothing productive. There was part of...

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Part 672: Here's the Drill . . .

04-15-2012 11:19 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I am probably going to keep today’s post short. I know every time I say that, I wind up rambling on and it doesn’t turn out to be that short at all, but today I really think that will be the case. I had another good day working yesterday. I did finish cutting out all the pieces for the kits and everything went according to plan. Now for the drilling . . . In thinking about how to do this, there were several think I needed to take into account. While some say it would ...

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Part 673: Packaging

04-16-2012 11:45 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

By the end of today, I should be pretty much ready to put in a call to Purolator to pick up the boxes of patterns. This will be a huge milestone as far as I am concerned and I will feel great about doing such a big job in a relatively short amount of time. When looking back on the last couple of weeks, I realize that I have woven some other projects in between doing the production work. Not only did that help to keep the work interesting, but it also helped me get things out in other dire...

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Part 674: Wrapping It Up

04-17-2012 11:13 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

As I look around today and see the boxes filling up with patterns, I can’t help but think that I learned a lot in the past couple of weeks. For someone like me who isn’t used to doing this type of work, I feel quite accomplished having completed this order. I’ll be honest and say that I am getting ready to move on to other things by now. I want to clear out all these boxes and get my world here back in order and get some drawing and designing done. Looking back though, I...

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Part 675: Closure

04-18-2012 11:13 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I figure you are all probably tired of reading about me doing this order, but it has really occupied so much of my time this past week or so that there is little else for me to write about. Today will be the final day regarding it, except perhaps in passing (I promise!) I finished getting everything packed up yesterday and took the remaining part of the day to get the house back to normal. In living in a small place, you can imagine the disruption that having the bulk of the patterns and...

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Part 676: A Duck Out of Water

04-19-2012 12:02 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I must admit that I am not always comfortable with change. Even if it is for the better, there is that accompanying feeling of uneasiness that things are different than what we are used to. As I get older, I find this to be even more true. It’s as if I don’t want to have to think about any more than I need to some days and when things are different, it pulls from my ‘think bank’ and takes my attention. But I also understand that change is necessary. Many times w...

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Part 677: The Butterfly Effect

04-20-2012 11:11 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It’s funny how changing one thing can cause such a need for changes elsewhere. I see this happen time and time again. We start by cleaning out a bedroom closet, and before we know it we are repainting the entire room. It is one of those chain reactions that we don’t always understand but continually see happening around us. Yesterday the new sofa arrived. Everything went according to schedule. The delivery time was promised at ‘early afternoon’ and by golly they...

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Part 678: Design Mode

04-21-2012 11:46 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

One of the great things about being a designer is that I get to work with all kinds of new and different products. Back when I was just starting out in my business, I used to attend an annual trade show held in the Chicago area that was hosted by the Craft and Hobby Association. The show was held at the huge Rosemont Convention Center and was a week long convention filled with classes, lectures and of course, the trade show. There were hundreds of vendors and while most of them didn’...

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Part 679: DecoArt Chalkboard Varnish Review

04-22-2012 11:35 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I spent the the entire day yesterday doing research and also some experimenting with some products that I intend to use for my next design. While this doesn’t seem to be the most exciting thing in the world (at least not to blog about!) it is something that is necessary so that when I draw my patterns up, they work out well. I intend to use the clear Chalkboard Varnish on part of my next project, which I am submitting to the magazine for their holiday issue, but I want to make sure ...

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Part 680: Busy Monday

04-23-2012 10:06 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

What a great weekend it was for me creatively! Yesterday I made huge headway on my holiday project that I am going to submit to the magazine and today I will be doing the finishing touches of the drawings and ready to cut. I also lined up probably five or six assorted projects and can’t wait to get to them. I am excited about many things and I don’t know what to start with first. Getting things organized and mapped out is usually more than half the battle. I don’t like...

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Part 681: More Transformations

04-24-2012 11:12 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Last week, I posted a blog called The Butterfly Effect in which I talked about how getting a new sofa led to making some necessary changes in our home and working area. One of the most necessary changes was to rid ourselves of the two clunky monitor stands that we used to hold our computer screens. Since the new sofa reclines on both ends, it was almost impossible to do so with having the monitor stands in front of it. Also, since the reclining mechanisms are underneath, we were no...

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Part 682: Additional Storage

04-25-2012 11:22 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

As many of you may know, I live with my partner Keith in a one bedroom apartment. While we realize that there are larger places available, we are happy here, as it is situated in a on a quiet country road right across from the Meteghan River. While it is small, there are many things we love about our place. -It is quite and clean. -Our landlord is a widowed paramedic and is only here one or two days a week. Her father built the house and she raised her family here, and many of the neigh...

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Part 683: Monitor Project Complete - All Systems Go!

04-26-2012 11:48 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Well, as the title states, the monitor stand project is just about complete. We are both very happy with the results and feel like we made a great investment in purchasing these stands. We went from this: To this: The entire transformation was under a week, which included the delivery time for the monitor stands. We ordered them last Thursday and they were here by Monday and we were ready to start building then. My old stand was completely eliminated, freeing up valuable f...

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Part 684: Discouragement Turns to Discovery

04-27-2012 11:23 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Not every day is sunshine and rainbows. While we try to make them all good, sometimes things just don’t work out like we planned. I was very discouraged yesterday with my designing. It was one of those days when what I saw in my head didn’t translate to the actual project very well. I spent the day playing around with the idea, only to have it look back at me as a mess. I had to try too hard to get things to work, which meant that if I was having that much difficulty, the...

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Part 685: Still Drawing and Cutting

04-28-2012 11:46 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Well guys and girls, it is just one of those days where I have been working, but there is nothing very interesting to show you. I am still in the process of drawing up the patterns for the bell ornaments that I am making and yesterday I began cutting them out. I have been experimenting with some different processes, and have been successful with some of them and not so successful with others, so while I am keeping busy and working here, it doesn’t really make interesting reading. T...

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Part 686: "Patience, Grasshopper"

04-29-2012 12:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I don’t feel so useless this morning about things. After spending most of the day playing around with my ornament designs, I finally feel like I came up with something that would be appealing and would be able to be explained clearly so that anyone who tries to make them can do so successfully. That may sound like an easy task, but for some reason or another, this time it was a bit more difficult. Maybe because I was working with a new product that I, myself was not so certain of. ...

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Part 687: Stage 1 Complete

04-30-2012 12:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

I had a decent working day yesterday. I was happy that things went the way they did, and having a good attitude about what I was doing made all the difference in the world. I think in writing yesterday about not being afraid to fail, I did well in convincing myself that it would be OK if things didn’t work out for me the first time. Also, hearing from others that I have so much admiration and respect for and seeing that they go through the same thing made me feel like it wasn’t...

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Part 688: Clear as a Bell

05-01-2012 11:07 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Now things are come fast and furious. It feels good to be out of the mud and actually seeing the results of my work again. For those of you who are wondering, my kitchen is a mess. There is a corner of counter that is piled with supplies and finished pieces that still have that little something left to do on them before the final photography, and there is a pile of clutter. But that is OK. There is lots to show for it. Let’s get right to the chase . . . After allowing the pas...

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Part 689: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like . . .

05-02-2012 10:44 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Hey! Wait a minute! Isn’t it just starting to get warm out? It is here in Nova Scotia anyway! While most of you are starting to get the garden ready and dreaming of days at the camp or the pool or the beach, I have been sitting here humming Christmas tunes to myself and getting my projects ready for the holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I was really happy about the responses I received on the bells yesterday. It seems like many of you are intrigued about...

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Part 690: Very Off-Topic Today

05-03-2012 11:52 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Today’s post will be a bit off the topic of woodworking and my business, but I hope that in some ways many of you will still be able to relate to it. When I first started writing this blog nearly two years ago, I knew there would be days such as this, and try as I do to keep things on topic, but sometimes life dictates that I just have to wander. I received some important news yesterday. News that was both expected and anticipated. While I don’t really have the need to get i...

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Part 691: A Wave of Mini-Disasters (It Will Only Get Better From Here!)

05-04-2012 11:21 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 16 comments »

Well, I just don’t know what to think. It isn’t even 7:30 yet and already my day started with ‘adventure.’ But I am still smiling, and that is the important thing and I am thinking that the day will only get better. (In fact, I am sure of it!) Actually the adventure started last night. It was about 9:30 and I was getting my jammies on and Keith called to me a phrase that I dread hearing: “The saw broke!” he said. “What?” I said th...

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Part 692: The Understudy

05-05-2012 11:32 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

After the rocky start yesterday morning, the day didn’t turn out to be all that bad. I truly do believe that attitude plays an important part in how we live our lives and that taking things in stride and moving on made a big difference in how I felt all day. One by one I was able to right all the things that went wrong and in the process, it gave me some time to think and reflect on all the other good thing in my life that are going well. Either I could have been crabby and spent my ...

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Part 693: Drawing

05-06-2012 10:53 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I am afraid that I don’t have much to talk about this morning. It was a quiet day yesterday. I spent most of it drawing and working on the next projects that I will be making. Keith is still sick and spent most of the day resting. That was a good thing, but I tried to be as quiet as I could so he would be able to sleep. He is not accustomed to sleeping during the day, but this cold has really hit him hard. I have kept my distance, and hope that I can fend off the germs enough so...

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Part 694: A Fish Out of Water

05-07-2012 11:27 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

We often hear the saying that “something is better than nothing” and I for one, am one of those people who truly believe that. Recently, I had a problem with my Excalibur scroll saw and while it is out of commission as I wait for the part, at least I have my back up DeWalt saw to use so that I can still get my work done. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be easy. I spent the last couple of days drawing and working on other things. But yesterday I got to the...

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Part 695: Lots to Keep Me Busy!

05-08-2012 11:57 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I had a pretty decent day of work yesterday. As usual though, I didn’t get as much done as I wanted. There always seems to be lots of things to do that get in the way of woodworking and designing. It seems that Mondays are like that sometimes, as I am catching up on the things once the weekend is over. I did get the Happy Birthday pieces sanded and oiled. I made two sets with the intent of staining one set and leaving the other one natural. They look good and fit on the topper n...

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Part 696: So, I Guess I am Back in Production

05-09-2012 11:12 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

A funny thing happened to me this week. I wouldn’t really call it funny in the comical sense, but rather it was more ironic. I was thinking about everything that I want to design and for some reason or another I haven’t really felt as focused and productive as I could be. Perhaps it is because Keith hasn’t been feeling well (he is doing better, and almost back to normal). Perhaps because my saw was ‘sick’ too. Or maybe it was just because I was overwhelmed by...

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Part 697: A Nice Surprise

05-10-2012 10:44 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Well yesterday was just a dandy! Even though it poured rain and the wind was howling most of the day, it didn’t put a damper on my spirits. I got a lot accomplished AND I discovered something that was pretty cool. It was a great day! In receiving the new for a second order on my Halloween painting kits, I knew I needed to kick it into high gear. I had some wood left here from when I made the last set of kits, and there was also more left that we had stashed at Keith’s paren...

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Part 698: Progress

05-11-2012 10:20 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I am afraid that I don’t have anything exciting to talk about this morning. While that doesn’t make for good blog reading, it is somewhat good news for me. I spent the majority of the day yesterday cutting the order of kits for wholesale. There was a moment there when I was cutting away, Keith was turning a pen and the music was playing in the background when I thought to myself – ‘Life is GOOD!’ I have been having lots of those moments lately. Sometime...

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Part 699: Picking Up Our Wood and Checking on One of our Shops

05-12-2012 10:48 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Today will be a day of cutting and printing patterns. Yesterday I was unable to get to the saw at all and we spent the day in Digby, picking up wood, paper for the patterns, visiting our friends and checking on one of the shops where that sells Keiths’ pens. It was a full day, and by the time we arrived home it was almost dinner time. As I said yesterday, the place was a bit untidy so I spent an hour or so putting everything in order and cleaning and vacuuming so that we could start...

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Part 700: Everything's Working (that's scary!)

05-13-2012 11:24 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Sometimes we plan things and they actually work out like they are supposed to. When that happens, it can be puzzling and confusing. Have I finally found the ‘magic formula’ to make things work? Humm . . . I spent the day yesterday cutting. (And cutting and cutting some more) It wasn’t a bad thing. In fact it felt really good to be at the saw. As I watched the piles of wood grow I felt a great sense of accomplishment. While I was working, my little Canon printer w...

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Part 701: Making Choices

05-14-2012 10:39 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Choices. We all have them and make hundreds of them every day. Some are automatic and simple (do I want cream or milk in my coffee) while others can be more difficult and have a lasting impact on our lives or businesses. This is especially true if you have your own business. While it may seem to be really glamorous and ‘cool’ to be able to make all the decisions regarding your future, sometimes it can get taxing. Some decisions aren’t as easy to make as others and the...

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Part 702: Up and Running

05-15-2012 10:37 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I finished all my cutting yesterday. There was a little more to do than I had originally thought, but it was certainly manageable for me to finish. I finished in the early afternoon with a decent part of the day left to do other things. The next thing on the list was to tidy up the area where I was cutting and get everything back in order. While I cleaned in between sessions, I wanted to make sure that things were nice and fresh and everything was back to normal. It is important to kee...

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Part 703: The Office Helper

05-16-2012 11:24 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I woke up this morning to the sound of the birds singing outside. There seems to be a family that decided to build a nest in the tall evergreen tree near the bottom of our steps right off the deck. The cats like that, as there is plenty of activity to entertain them from their window to the world. After pouring my first cup of coffee, I looked outside to see why there was so much activity. There was more than normal, even for the birds and the cats were quite interested in what was goi...

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Part 704: Time to Call in the Cavalry!

05-17-2012 10:50 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

. . . and as I sat there packing up the boxes with the 200 kits that I just finished cutting, an email popped up in my mail box. It appeared to be an order for another 250 kits! I reread it just to be sure. Yes. That is exactly what it was. As I looked around at the filled boxes and tried to digest what I just read, I tried not to be overwhelmed. But I must admit that in that first moment of realization, I did feel a bit like I was in quick sand. After all, these kits were not even o...

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Part 705: Scrolling Time Two!

05-18-2012 11:39 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

If you would have been a fly on the wall here yesterday, you would have thought we were actually working! Things were really rolling here for most of the day. The printer was humming all day, spitting out page after page of patterns and all the while we were sanding, gluing and then ultimately scrolling out the pieces for the new kits. Some time mid-morning the Purolator guy arrived to take the four boxes from the previous order out to be delivered. That was good because it made room fo...

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Part 706: Carpe diem

05-19-2012 11:23 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Well, we are in the home stretch of completing this order. After only two short days of working, we can tuck it under our belts and wrap it up. It’s a great feeling to look at the piles of pieces and see how much we accomplished in such a short time. It feels good to me, and I hope it does to Keith, too. Working together like this is something that is new to us. While we are partners, we are usually each working on our own individual projects, which are at different stages more s...

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Part 707: Regrouping

05-20-2012 11:15 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

What a beautiful Sunday morning it is! The temperature is cool, the sun is shining and there is a soft and gentle breeze. It is so quiet and peaceful, I can hear the river across the road. Even the birds are quiet this morning, with only one mourning dove cooing periodically. It is certainly going to be a wonderful day. We finished cutting the pieces yesterday for the 250 kits. As expected, it only took a couple of hours and we were finished by dinner time. We made a kind of game of ...

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Part 708: Which Direction First?

05-21-2012 11:13 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Some days we just can’t get up early enough. Today seems like one of those days. There is so much for me to get done today that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed as to what to do first. While these orders that I have been doing are very welcome, and I am truly grateful that I have had help with them, it seems like forever since I have taken care of the day to day tasks of the business. I spent the first part of the morning catching up on the emails that were piling up in my mail box....

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Part 709: Keeping On Our Toes

05-22-2012 11:56 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I made some headway yesterday on things, but I still need to remain focused. I realize that this is a time of opportunity for me and I don’t want to let it pass me by. I suppose that puts a bit of pressure on me, but I am rather used to that and in some ways I think I even thrive on it. Sometimes my best work comes from being under the gun. We will just have to hope that this is one of those times. I spent a good part of the day creating the pattern packet for the birthday calend...

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Part 710: Another Full Day

05-23-2012 11:04 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Yesterday seemed to just fly by. I worked for the better part of the day on updating the site, and then I needed to pack up the large order to be mailed out today. Before I knew it, it was just about midnight when the last pieces were packed and ready to go. It is good, as always, to see the order ready to go out the door. The previous order is still in transit, and hopefully it will arrive in Ohio soon. There is much to do and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling a bit ...

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Part 711: Double Duty

05-24-2012 11:10 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

As you all have probably realized, things have been really busy here for us lately. It seems that the business is growing and that is a great thing for us – especially considering the way the economy is these days. We are really happy and feel so fortunate that things are working out, and we also realize that there is much to do ahead that is both fun and exciting. Finishing the latest wholesale order was yet another big milestone. Even though I had help with it, I was beginning t...

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Part 712: A New Project in the Works

05-25-2012 09:59 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

It feels good to have some solid directions to move again. It isn’t that I haven’t been busy, but being able to focus on pushing forward a new design is probably my favorite part of the whole process. There is something about taking a vision that you have in your mind and slowly seeing it come to life. I know you all understand that because I have seen the same thing happen to many of you. There is something exciting when we transpose an idea to an actual tactical piece that ...

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Part 713: The Best Laid Plans

05-26-2012 11:35 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I never said I had all the answers. Part of this journey through life is figuring out things and learning from others and our own experiences – a pretty significant part at that. In feeling the pressure from ‘both’ aspects of my work calling to me (the painting aspect as well as the scroll saw aspect) I came up with a plan earlier in the week. I was going to work on the scroll saw part of my job during the day until supper and then spend the evening working on my painti...

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Part 714: Moving in the Right Direction

05-27-2012 11:33 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

After a slow start, it seems that I am finally gaining some momentum and moving forward again. However, it took a bit longer than I had anticipated for me to really feel that I was making progress and get started. I was beginning to worry if I would even get moving at all. But once I began painting, I started to feel good about what I was doing and things began to flow a bit better. By the end of the evening, I have nearly four of the twelve designs completed and with any luck, I can hopef...

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Part 715: Now We're Rolling!

05-28-2012 11:33 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It appears that I have found the solution for the dilemma that I was having regarding dividing up my time. I suppose that part of being a designer and the process of designing is that we learn more about ourselves every day. What may have worked for us at a certain point in our life may not be a good solution today. And even though we fins something that works in one set of circumstances, it does not mean that we can apply it to all similar instances and expect the same result. But at leas...

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Part 716: On to the Next . . .

05-29-2012 11:45 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

We had quite a day here yesterday, filled with excitement. Not the kind of crazy excitement that you are probably thinking of, but we are ‘mature’ (ha!) country people and it doesn’t take much for us to be excited. My partner Keith got his new computer case yesterday. For those of you who don’t know, he isn’t only my fellow designer, but also the ‘technological genius’ behind Sheila Landry Designs. While I am the one who has most of the contact ...

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Part 717: Growing Pains

05-30-2012 10:42 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Well, today is going to be a really short story. I have much to finish up and the clock is ticking away. Yesterday was quite a bit of chaos, with our wall of computers needing to be rewired. I suppose it didn’t need to be done, but Keith being Keith, he wanted it done right. Please don’t take that as a complaint, because it isn’t. I am happy that he is so thorough and tries to do things only one way – the right way. The process of adding the new case to his comp...

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Part 718: Deadline Met :)

05-31-2012 11:30 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I feel accomplished today. After what feels like I ran a marathon, I reached the finish line last night and completed the next set of painted ornaments in time for the deadline (which is today!) While I was a bit tired, I still must say that I finished all that I had set out to do and never had a doubt that I would. It is a good feeling. I decided to call this next set of ornaments “Let’s Wrap It Up.” They are a dozen package shaped ornaments, painted in fun and br...

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Part 719: Hard Work Can Bring Good Results

06-01-2012 11:59 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

After the crazy pace that I had been working the past couple of weeks, I spent yesterday slowing things down a bit. While I still have plenty to do, I know that if I step back and take a breath, I would be in danger of feeling ‘burned out’ and over done. I often receive emails from people who wonder how I avoid feeling overwhelmed and burned out. They see the amount of time that I put into my work and they warn me of not taking enough time out to enjoy life. I realize that to an outside...

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Part 720: Keeping Things in Balance

06-02-2012 11:31 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I must admit that I was a bit unfocused yesterday. I didn’t have my usual drive and ambition and saw myself moving at a much slower pace than what I have become used to. Is that a bad thing? I don’t know. I don’t really think it is anything permanent, but just perhaps the after effects of the last several weeks of working at full tilt. While I know that this is only temporary, when I really thought about all the things I still have to do I realized that this slower ...

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Part 721: New Printers

06-03-2012 11:03 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

All was quiet yesterday and all went well. I spent the majority of the day working on cleaning up the files on my computer as well as backing things up. It was the grand finale of my organization stage of the game and I feel pretty good that not only is everything in order, but duplicated on an external drive. It has been a while since I have done that and while I back up the main PDF pattern files much more frequently, I don’t do the entire system very often. One thing of note tha...

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Part 721: New Printers

06-03-2012 11:08 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

All was quiet yesterday and all went well. I spent the majority of the day working on cleaning up the files on my computer as well as backing things up. It was the grand finale of my organization stage of the game and I feel pretty good that not only is everything in order, but duplicated on an external drive. It has been a while since I have done that and while I back up the main PDF pattern files much more frequently, I don’t do the entire system very often. One thing of note tha...

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Part 722: Catching Up with Things

06-04-2012 10:55 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I am going to keep things short today, as there is much I need to accomplish. I spent the day yesterday writing and working on the photographs that will accompany my patterns and articles for the magazine. That pretty much filled up the day for me, and I did little else. I was able to finish up for the most part however, and the files will be waiting on my editors desk this morning. I am relieved about that. I still have one more article that I need to finish up, but first I need to tal...

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Part 723: The Juggling Act

06-05-2012 11:22 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I can’t remember the last time that I had so many good opportunities at one time and had such a strong purpose in my life. Each day when I wake up, there are several directions to head in, and each one is its own adventure. I am liking the way the business is heading. It is fun and satisfying and as I check each new thing off the list, I feel a good sense of accomplishment and I feel good that we are growing and expanding. I worked on several different aspects of the business yest...

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Part 724: This and That

06-06-2012 11:21 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I was rather busy yesterday. And I accomplished quite a bit. I know I say that nearly every day but somehow yesterday it seems like I accomplished more than I usually do. I can’t really tell if it is only that way in my mind or if it is in reality the case. Sometimes it is difficult to measure these things accurately. I soemtimes watch myself evolving in this business as if I am looking in from the side lines or watching a movie. Writing here each morning forces me to think abou...

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Part 725: Printers, Patterns and Photoshop

06-07-2012 12:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I got a late start writing this morning. Even though I have been up a couple of hours, I have been busy doing some more research on printers and also working on some Photoshop things. Before I knew it the time got away from me. The more I look into things, the more I think I will go with the Canon Pixma IP4920 computer. NCIX has it on sale for $75 and I did find the matching ink system that I need from the place I get it in Quebec. I had just purchased quite a good quantity of refill i...

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Part 726: The Importance of a Good Presentation

06-08-2012 12:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

While many of us do our crafts for pleasure, there seems to be an equal amount of people that sell our finished items on Etsy or Ebay or somewhere online. Even many of you who don’t sell your items still like to show them off on the many forums that are online. That is part of what social networking is all about and a large part of why we are all here. As a pattern designer, I also find that there is a great deal of importance on how my designs are presented in my patterns. After ...

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Part 727: One Step at a Time

06-09-2012 11:04 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

As I reread my post of yesterday this morning when responding to comments, I decided that perhaps I should try to take some of my own advice. It is funny to me how it can be easier to advise others sometimes while not adhering to that same advice for yourself. It reminds me of that old ‘can’t see the forest through the trees’ saying that we are all familiar with. Sometimes we are just too close to things to make a good decision. Things have been busy lately. That is...

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Part 728: Lollygagging

06-10-2012 11:05 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Today is going to be a self-test. I know what has to be done and I plan on doing it. It is time to adopt that ‘no-nonsense’ attitude and stay focused on the goal. I know it is not out of reach and there is no reason that I can’t attain it. These words that you are reading are coming from a semi-professional ‘lolligagger’. The definition for the term lolligagging (Yes. It is a real word.) is as follows: ”Spend time aimlessly; idle: “lollygagg...

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Part 729: I Didn't Quite Make It

06-11-2012 11:59 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

While I would like to start of the week here doing a victory dance because I reached all the goals that I had set for myself yesterday, I am afraid that isn’t the case. While I gave it a valiant effort, I didn’t quite finish what I wanted to do and the ornaments that I am working on will have to ship out tomorrow instead of today. In some ways, I am quite disappointed. I had set out to accomplish something and I failed to do so. Part of me dreaded having to write here today ...

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Part 730: Alleviating Fears by Communication

06-12-2012 11:56 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. While I began the day feeling tired and a bit overwhelmed, I was able to relieve much of my anxiety by simply communicating with others and talking things out. I find that sometimes people feel that it is difficult to pick up the phone and talk things over – especially when they are in situations such as the one that I felt that I was in (where I felt I was running behind.) I think that in our minds we often fear the worst, and those fe...

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Part 731: Taking the Day Off

06-13-2012 11:11 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Today will be my day off. Really it will. Even though I am sitting here writing this morning, when I am finished I am going to get ready to head out for the day. Already the sun is shining and it promises to be a warm and mostly sunny day today. It is the perfect time to get in the car, let the top down and take a ride along the coast and relax. The last several weeks have been crazy/busy. Not ‘bad crazy’, but crazy in a way that was beginning to become a little overwhelmi...

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Part 732: The Much-Needed Day Trip

06-14-2012 01:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I suppose you know that you need a day off when you mention it and everyone you know is cheering you on! While a teensy-weensy part of me felt a bit guilty for leaving, I knew in my heart that if I didn’t have a day off soon to recharge my battery, it wouldn’t be a pretty sight. It helped to label the road trip as a ‘business trip’, as we had to get some much needed supplies to keep things running here and I suppose it was easier for me to justify taking the day &#...

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Part 733: Another Organization Day

06-15-2012 12:20 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

With all the new storage boxes that we acquired the other day shopping, it was inevitable that what would follow would be an organizational session. Many people comment on how we are able to keep so organized running a business from our small place. Even Ellen (who is notorious for being neat) said something to me when we stopped there on our way home. She had said that her and Cindy (her daughter) were talking about us the other day and were both amazed that we are able to keep things so cl...

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Part 734: Much to Do Today

06-16-2012 10:46 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I want to get an early start today. The printer is already up and running and is busy spitting out the 500 patterns that are needed. I remain impressed at the quantity and quality of the printing from this Canon printer. It is a small one from the Canon IP series and cost under $100. Prior to Canon, I was a big Epson fan. Several years ago I took a Photoshop class at a local college and the instructor swore by them. At the time I had an Epson, and wasn’t too thrilled with it. I...

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Part 735: An "ouchie"

06-17-2012 10:50 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Many of those who read work with power tools on a regular basis, myself included. Those of you who know me know that I do everything possible to keep my workplace clean and safe. One big part of that is organization. Removing the clutter that you have around you when working with power tools allows you to focus completely on what you are doing, not what is next to your work table and possible vibrating and falling onto the floor. No matter how small the tool is, power tools are relentle...

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Part 736: A Very Productive Sunday

06-18-2012 11:34 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

It was a pretty decent day yesterday. The sun was shining and it was warm and not too hot out and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. I spent the early part of the day working on the pattern packet for one of the two new patterns. While it is not what I call difficult work, it does take a lot of time to migrate the photos, text and patterns into one place. The pattern is going to be another large one – approximately 15 pages, and it will have nearly 40 color photog...

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Part 737: Teamwork

06-19-2012 11:03 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Things are moving right along today and we are well on our way to getting our large order filled. It is amazing how much work can be accomplished when two people work together as a team. I look back to a couple of short months ago when I was taking on this project by myself. It seemed like a huge task and even though I was able to complete it in a reasonable amount of time, it seemed like it took much longer than it is taking now to do twice of what I did then. Perhaps in part it is b...

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Part 738: Sticking To It (or Not!)

06-20-2012 11:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

So far we are doing pretty good at knocking off this large order. We are now past the half way point in cutting the pieces, and I am pleased at the output rate. For the most part, things have gone pretty smoothly, but yesterday we had some trouble with a product that I have used for many years, and we are debating whether it is time to switch. One of the fastest and most efficient ways to apply the pattern to the wood with this kind of scroll sawing is by using temporary spray adhesive. ...

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Part 739: Watching the Pile Grow

06-21-2012 12:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

There are some days when I just wake up happy. Now I am not delirious or (too) goofy or anything like that. I am just content and pleased with the way things are heading and look forward to the day that is ahead of me. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. We are all looking for that ultimate happiness but I am afraid that many people just don’t know what it looks like. Of course, happiness means something different to each person. We all set our own rules and have our...

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Part 740: More Glue Issues

06-22-2012 10:15 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

We had a small change of plans yesterday, and we wound up taking the day off from cutting the final set of pieces for our kits. Keith was still having a lot of trouble with the spray glue, and he had to take a bit of time to chase around to find an alternative. While he was doing that, I spent the day working on writing the final pattern packet. He returned home after an hour or so and was unsuccessful in finding a feasible alternative to the Elmer’s spray glue. I suppose that is ...

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Part 741: Getting There . . .

06-23-2012 12:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

We had a really good day cutting yesterday. One thing that I learned early on when doing a project was to do the most difficult parts of it first and save the easiest part for the end. That way, you tackle the most difficult parts when you are fresh and excited. It wasn’t as if cutting any of the pieces were difficult, but some of the shapes were certainly easier and quicker than others. Of the four different sets of pieces, the Christmas stockings were definitely the fastest ones ...

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Part 742: Pieces Cut - On to Packaging

06-24-2012 11:06 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

We finished cutting the pieces for the 500 kits yesterday. Everything went quite smoothly. It took us less than three hours to finish cutting the 80 kits that were remaining. Not too bad, I think. Afterwards, we did a complete and thorough cleaning of everything. We vacuumed from the floor to the ceiling and everything in between. The whole process took about an additional half hour, which wasn’t too bad considering. We are now ready for our final stages of the projects. Near...

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Part 743: One Step Forward . . .

06-25-2012 12:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Two steps back. Well, you all probably have heard the saying. While we were forging ahead yesterday, I was finishing the last of my printing when I came across an error. I was doing the final proof reading for the last of the patterns before I printed out 150 copies and I was checking the item numbers of the DecoArt colors that I used for the project. I was sitting here at the computer and thought it would be easy just to type the number in the search box at the DecoArt website to make ...

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Part 744: Thoughts From the Pink Cloud

06-26-2012 12:22 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I woke up this morning knowing that by the time today is over, all the boxes will be packed full of the pattern kits that we have been working so hard on this past week and a half. That is a good feeling. Somehow this job seemed to take longer than that. Not because it was any more difficult, but I think it was because in between cutting and packing boxes, I was also writing up the pattern packets. Most nights I wouldn’t even begin that part until after spending the day cutting. ...

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Part 745: Recovery

06-27-2012 11:43 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

It’s all done and ready to go out the door. At approximately 9:30 last night I packed the last kit up and I have six 25 lb. boxes ready to be picked up by Purolator to begin their travel to the distribution center. I think every part of my body ached as I zipped the last zip lock bag closed, but I felt a wonderful sense of accomplishment and relief. We were finally finished. Keith was tired too. He helped me pack all day, even though I was going to do it by myself. He insisted b...

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Part 746: Time to Rest

06-28-2012 11:09 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

Just one more day. I think it is going to take just one more day of recovery before I feel like I am working in full swing again. I don’t think that is a bad idea, because the entire company (both of us!) and the customers alike will benefit from it most. Yesterday when we were driving home from Yarmouth I was thinking that I was beginning to understand why weekends are two days long instead of one. One day is certainly not long enough to recover from the week’s work and c...

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Part 747: Cherries Jubilee

06-29-2012 10:40 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

While a good rest was very much welcome and needed, it is always good to get back to being productive. It had been quite a while since I so shamelessly took the day on with such unfocused abandon. While I don’t see it becoming a habit with me, it was fun for the moment and did wonders for not only my physical being, but also my mental attitude. I am (somewhat) happy to report that the house here is still a tad messy, my music files are still for the most part in some state of disa...

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Part 748: A Word About Selling Your Finished Items

06-30-2012 12:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

I had a good and busy day yesterday and it felt great to really be back working. Even though I was only ‘off’ for a couple of days, it was enough to feel refreshed and rest enough so that I looked forward to getting back to work. That is a great thing. Kieth and I worked on the site update yesterday and I was able to send out our monthly newsletter. It felt good to get a newsletter out and touch base with our customers. We only send out one or possibly two newsletters per m...

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Part 749: You CAN Mix Work and Play

07-01-2012 12:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I was really happy with the response that we had from the newsletter. We posted several new projects which were mostly Keith’s because of my time being taken by the two painting projects, and we had a lot of people come and get the new patterns. It had been a while since our last newsletter – I thin the last one was sent out the end of May – and I like to touch base with our customers and update the sales even if we don’t have a lot of new things to add. I honestl...

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Part 750: Back to a Routine

07-02-2012 11:15 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Summer has definitely arrived here in Nova Scotia. Even at this early hour of the morning it is quite warm. I have heard the rest of the people in North America talking about how hot it is, and it is difficult for me to complain because what is considered ‘hot’ here is still much cooler than what they are experiencing. Still I much prefer the cool, fall weather on a day to day basis. Yesterday was a good day. I did some drawing and hope to finish up my next pattern to the p...

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Part 751: Still Learning/Still Creating

07-03-2012 12:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I started my day today learning something. I suppose that is a good way to start things off, even if it wasn’t your intention. Some days I am sure we can get through the entire day without learning a thing. Here it is before 8am and I already learned something important. I feel like I am already ahead of the game and today will be a fine day. I got a lot done yesterday. I got all caught up on my financial and book work, (something that I have pledged to myself to keep up with th...

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Part 752: The 'Not Really a Blog' Blog

07-04-2012 11:39 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I got distracted this morning and I am afraid I don’t have a good blog. I did finish cutting the ornaments yesterday, but with the 4th of July holiday and all, I got thinking this morning about my kids and the many Independence Days of the past when they were growing up. I started looking through some pictures that I wanted to share of them, and I took a long trip down memory lane. That stuff happens. While I am organized to a point now, one thing that isn’t very organized i...

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Part 753: For the Birds

07-05-2012 11:58 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Yesterday turned out to be a good and productive day. I not only finished up my ornament set, but I also finished the drawings for the next project that I will be offering. I really liked working on these. After the large production order, it was a welcome change to do something that was so detailed and precise. It was a good exercise for my mind. I have decided to incorporate the birdcage into a design of a small plaque that I will be offering free on my site. I like to offer a fr...

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Part 754: New Free Pattern Posted

07-06-2012 10:35 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

After a crazy week of holidays, it’s hard to believe it is Friday already. Between Canada Day here and Independence Day in the states, the week certainly seems to have gone by quickly. Fortunately for us here in Nova Scotia, we haven’t had to experience the searing heat that many of my friends and family have endured. While it has been a bit warm and muggy, it is nothing like what others are going through and for that I am thankful. I spent yesterday writing the instructions...

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Part 755: Moving on to the Next Project

07-07-2012 12:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It doesn’t take long after finishing one project to figure out that there is still a lot more to do. One thing that is for certain is that I will never be bored. After finishing up the new ornaments and patterns yesterday and getting them posted on the site, there was little time to rest on my laurels and sit idle. There is still a catalog deadline for one of my wholesalers coming up quickly and I want to submit a couple of things at least. Even though I have been working constant...

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Part 756: Wonderful Possibilities

07-08-2012 12:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

As I mentioned the other day, on Friday I received an email from my editor inquiring about the next project I was to be submitting for the magazine. The holiday issue was heading out to the printer and she was looking ahead to the next issue and beginning to map it out. This took me a bit by surprise (it should not have, but I have been busy in so many directions that I just wasn’t thinking about what to do next for the magazine!) Keith had asked me the week before if I was going t...

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Part 757: Submission Finished

07-09-2012 11:27 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It feels odd this morning writing and not being able to show the work that I did over the weekend for the magazine. I am not always good at keeping surprises, especially on such a large scale. I tend to be more like a child and share my own excitement about something new that I am doing. But this time around, I think it is probably best for me to keep things under wraps – at least for a while anyway. The magazine industry is having a rough go of it. With all the advances in commu...

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Part 758: Thinking Ahead

07-10-2012 10:18 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Another package went out the door yesterday. In it was the our latest submissions for the magazine. I still always feel a wonderful sense of relief when that happens. I think it signifies closure in a sense and knowing we did our best and for the most part our job is done for the time being. I still need to complete the instructions for the current project that I just completed, but that should be finished today. Then on to new things. The remainder of the day was spent answering email...

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Part 759: The Ten Minute Blog

07-11-2012 11:11 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Yes – I am timing it. It was either that or nothing and I know if I opted for ‘nothing’ that I would hear from some of you. It is nice to be loved! :) Today is going to be a busy one. But busy in a good way. We are taking a short road trip to Bear River (after the gym) because Keith talked to Rob from the shop Flight of Fancy and Rob had sold all of Keith’s fountain pens and needed more. That is a great problem to have, especially in this economy. It seems t...

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Part 760: Power Drawing

07-12-2012 11:16 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

We had quite a busy day yesterday. We hurried to get out to the gym and get home so we could be ready to make the trip to Bear River to take care of Keith’s pens. He had talked to the gallery owner Rob, and Rob needed him to come down not only to replenish the stock with some more fountain pens, but also to show him how to change the cartridges in them. I suppose that a couple of customers had inquired as to how to do so and Rob had forgotten. Keith didn’t seem too anxious to...

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Part 761: New Deadlines

07-13-2012 10:54 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

I suppose that there will always be deadlines that I have to think about. But that is a good thing – the more deadlines, the harder I push myself. I think that is one of the reasons that I am here everyday writing. By writing about what I plan to do, it puts it out here for all to see and that somehow keeps me pushing to get what I say I am going to do done. It sure helps when we are self-governing and have a day when we aren’t quite as ambitious as we would like. I know that...

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Part 762: Progress Report on New Design

07-14-2012 11:54 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 16 comments »

I finished up the drawings for the new set of ornaments yesterday. Then I went to work getting them laid out and started cutting them. So far they look pretty good and even though once again the cutting isn’t what I would call ‘beginner’, I think that with a little time and concentration that most people will be able to do them. I am finding that the most difficult thing that I have had to encounter with designing is that my designs are getting more detailed and more ...

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Part 763: Scrollgirl/Videogirl

07-15-2012 10:51 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 20 comments »

Just when I thought I had enough to do . . . I was cutting out my recent project the other day and I was thinking (THAT is always dangerous!) I have been getting a lot of questions lately and I have talked to many newcomers to scroll sawing and for some odd reason I had the urge to teach again, so I thought I would do some more videos. There are so many times when I wish that I could just be with someone to show them how to do things. It would be far easier than trying to explain thing...

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Part 764: Part 2 of the "Reindeer Games" Ornament Video

07-16-2012 11:37 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

This morning I will be brief (really!) I did get the second part of the video done and uploaded. It is about 16 minutes long and took over 2 hours to upload last night! I am continuing to get the subsequent parts ready, so they will be up soon. But for now, the video is here: http://youtu.be/6XFIER1ZFG4 You can also watch it here if you like: Thanks for all the good feedback on yesterdays’ post. I do appreciate it a lot. I will be incorporating these into the class ...

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Part 765: Part 3 of the "Reindeer Games" Ornament Video

07-17-2012 10:53 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 16 comments »

Yesterday was a different kind of day. I had some time alone here at home because Keith had some family things to do and was gone for the entire day and night. It is rare that he is not here, as with both of us working from home here we are usually both here together. It was odd not having someone here to bounce ideas and thoughts off of, although I did have my three feline companions to keep me company. I decided that since I had all of this ‘quiet time’ in front of me that ...

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Part 766: Seeing Double - Part 4 of the Video Series

07-18-2012 10:41 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Yesterday I received my newsletter from Lumberjocks and in reading it, I noticed that Debbie had mentioned that I would be adding on to the class that I ran next year. I was glad that they thought it warranted being brought to the attention of the readers, as I am sure that many who followed the class don’ necessarily read the blog here on a daily basis and it was nice that they announced it so that those interested could again come and see what we are doing. So far, the feedback ...

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Part 767: Video Part 5 - Final in the Series (and then I am Taking a Small Break)

07-19-2012 11:56 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Boy, am I excited today! There is so much that I have to cram into the day, I don’t know where to start. I have one adventure ahead of me and I am finishing up on the adventure of the video series here and I am wrapping up the submissions to the fall catalogs today and closing out my next magazine article. All I can say is – Wow! Good thing summer is our ‘slow’ season! Remember I told you how I liked the story of “The Ant and the Grasshopper?” Well,...

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Part 768: The Adventure Begins

07-24-2012 11:37 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

As wonderful as getting away was, it is always a great thing to be home again. You would think that being gone only three nights wouldn’t be long enough to be on a vacation, but there came a moment approximately 6pm on Sunday night when Keith and I were going to dinner where we both just wanted to be home. The thought having to stay in a hotel room for even one more night was no longer appealing to us and we decided to take however long it took to drive home and be in our own bed for ...

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Part 769: The Blogless Blog

07-25-2012 02:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Sorry for being so late everyone. I am still trying to catch up on things. My email box is still full of things I have to attend to and I hope to accomplish catching up with that today. I spent the evening uploading pictures to my Picasa account and I mapped everything from the trip out so that took some time. I didn’t really ‘fix’ any of the pictures in Photoshop, so what you see is kind of what you get. I created a separate album for each day: Day 1 Day 2 Da...

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Part 770: Settling Back In

07-26-2012 11:03 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

It is odd that after three days back from our vacation, it is only now that I am beginning to feel caught up. We were only gone four days and three nights, but it seems that the time it takes to recover seems almost as long as the holiday itself. Am I getting old, or what? I still have some emails to catch up on, and I plan to try to do that this morning, but overall I actually got some work done yesterday and feel like I am getting back on track. I do admit that I spent a great deal of...

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Part 771: Looking Ahead

07-27-2012 11:54 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I can tell that it is getting lighter just a bit later every morning. Its just that time of year, I suppose. Already, even though it is still quite warm, you can feel autumn coming. I don’t know how, but it is just a feeling I get. It has nothing to do with calendars and logic and things like that, and it is quite undefined. But already I am thinking ahead to fall and baking yummy treats and the cool evenings and warm afternoons and it makes me happy. Friday is upon us already. ...

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Part 772: Finding My 'Zen'

07-28-2012 11:24 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I am in the final stages of ‘organizational mode’ today, and while that is very beneficial to me, it doesn’t always make good reading. A I sit here this morning and try to come up with something interesting to write about, I am afraid it is one of those mornings where a juicy topic eludes me. Some days are just like that. I spent the day yesterday doing many small and pesky tasks around the house here. I fine tuned the files and folders on my computer. I proof read my l...

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Part 773: Tying Up Loose Ends

07-29-2012 11:21 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Yesterday I spent pretty much of the day getting the pattern ready for the site update, as well as doing the update itself and writing the newsletter. It still takes me a bit longer than it probably should to do the website things, but it did get done and I believe that it what is important. There are several things that I need to consider when doing an update, and even though Keith does much of the work and organization there, it still can be challenging for me at times. I was also able...

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Part 774: I'm Not Trying to be a Spammer! (Really!)

07-30-2012 11:10 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Considering that I thought I was pretty much ‘caught up’ with things yesterday, I certainly was busy. It is a good thing that I didn’t have a lot to do because as the day went by, I kept thinking of more and more odds and ends that I needed to work on. Besides that, I received a great response from the sale that I have currently on my website so that kept me hopping the rest of the day. I have to be honest though, and I really loved it! I have the best customers in the...

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Part 775: Seize the Day

07-31-2012 11:55 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Like any other Monday, it was our day to go to the gym. After getting all of my usual stuff done here around the house, we headed out. The day was already beautiful by then, with the sun warm and the usual morning haziness nearly gone. We decided to put the top down on the car, and enjoy the morning air. We drove past the mill down the street from us, and it was good to see it looking ‘healthy’ again. Last spring, during a storm, the old dam just gave way and crumbled under...

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Part 776: Snowmen on the Beach

08-01-2012 12:03 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I am going to start out by talking about the new designs I have been working on. As they are evolving into reality, they are becoming more interesting and fun. One of the single ideas that I had seems to be evolving into several different possibilities, like the branches of a tree growing from the trunk. It is rather exciting because these concepts can be applied to several others I have been thinking about, creating a whole new range of patterns. that really makes it fun. It all began...

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Part 777: Uncharted Territory

08-02-2012 10:59 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I awoke early this morning (even early for me!) I suppose that I was anxious to begin the day. It was still dark out, which is unusual these days, as most of the time by the time I get up the sun is already beginning to illuminate the morning sky. I can feel the days getting shorter though, and I know that it won’t be long before I will be writing here in the dark in the mornings. Autumn is certainly on its way. I had a very productive day yesterday. Not only was I able to finish...

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Part 778: Timing Is Everything

08-03-2012 11:38 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

Sometimes the best thing you can do for a project is nothing. But that can also be the most difficult part of the process when you are anxious to see the outcome, or are on a schedule to get it finished. There have been many times when I have been guilty of rushing through something that I am making for one reason or another and I come to regret it. But as I get older (and supposedly wiser) and have more experience, I find that rushing through part of the process to finish is more often t...

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Part 779: Is It Winter Yet???

08-04-2012 11:45 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

My goodness it has been a hot summer! While it is slightly warmer than normal here in Nova Scotia, in reading posts from my friends all over the USA, it has been brutal. Summer, as many of you know is not my favorite season. I still maintain that I would rather ‘bundle up’ to get comfortable than to be nearly naked and still hot. Those of you who look at me with disdain when I express my love of winter need to remember these horridly hot days you are going through now before y...

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Part 780: Cracking Up

08-05-2012 12:29 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 14 comments »

Well, I will start out this morning by saying that I think I am ‘cracking up.’ Maybe it’s because I have been using this crackle paint on my new snowmen, or maybe it is just me, but I am certainly not thinking the way I should be. Yesterday turned out to be a pretty good day. Besides another heavy day of traffic from the site (thank you everyone!) I spent the day painting the little snowmen pieces for the next pattern packet. As I showed yesterday, I am using a product...

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Part 781: The Crackle Finish Video is Posted

08-06-2012 11:38 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

After showing the snowmen ornaments in which I had used the crackle finish, I had many people write and ask me questions about the product. I thought it would be a good time to try out the new camera and make a video showing how to apply the product. Things went fairly well, but as with learning anything new, there are a couple of ‘glitches’ that I had to deal with. I did a little better with the filming itself, although at the end of the video, I accidentally dropped the hea...

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Part 782: "A" Is For "Almost Done"

08-07-2012 10:40 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I had hoped to have the two pattern packets done today and ready to put up on the site today (the snowmen pattern for both scroll sawing and painting) but there was a lot going on and I had another idea and it rather slowed me down. It’s times like this when I am glad I am on a flexible schedule. And while I don’t think these ideas are bad (quite the contrary!) they do tend to throw things out of kilter just a bit. Good thing I am the ‘boss’ and have the ability t...

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Part 783: Cover Girl

08-08-2012 11:04 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

No matter how many years I work with the magazine, I never get over the feeling I get when I have one of my projects featured on the cover of the magazine. There is a wonderful feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes with being on the cover, as it means that the publishers believe that my project is nice enough to entice readers passing by the news stand to stop and take notice, and perhaps purchase the issue. And that means a lot. I just received word that the 2012 Holiday Issue ...

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Part 784: Using My Time Wisely

08-09-2012 10:59 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I woke up this morning an hour or so early. Not because I was worried or troubled or ill or anything like that. But just because I wanted to start my day. These are the good days. I have never really needed eight hours of sleep anyway. When the kids were small, I used to get by fine on about four hours a night on the average. There just always seems so much to do and time slips by so quickly. I remember once seeing an episode of ‘Seinfeld’ where Kramer was reading a book o...

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Part 785: In Between

08-10-2012 10:18 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I am happy to say that the new patterns are up on the site and completely ‘completed.’ While they were finished yesterday, I wound up spending some more time re-taking photos and working on fine tuning things of that nature. While everything looked pretty good yesterday morning, I knew that I could do better on the presentation photos and we had a beautifully bright day so the lighting was optimal for re-shooting the pictures. To me it wasn’t much of a decision. Many ti...

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Part 786: Direction

08-11-2012 10:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I am once again moving in a forward direction. It wasn’t that I was stagnant or out of ideas or anything of that sort, it was just trying to make the decision as to which idea I would develop and which direction I needed to move in next was causing some apprehension. After all, choosing more than one direction can be counter-productive if not carefully considered, and I didn’t want to make my decisions lightly. There are so many ideas, details and opportunities in front of ...

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Part 787: New Designs

08-12-2012 11:23 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I started off early today and now after a couple of hours of ‘doing things’ I don’t seem that far ahead of the day. But that is OK, because I was in the process of planning out my next design and I got distracted. My head is whirling right now. I wish I could do 10 things at once. I realize that it is coming up on my favorite season of the year (autumn) and I have so many ideas that I don’t know which one to do first. Yesterday I finished drawing up my next ma...

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Part 788: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

08-13-2012 11:24 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I never for a moment think that I have all the answers. In fact, I often think that the day I stop learning will be the day I take my last breath here on Earth. Sometimes learning something is an entirely new experience. We see something fresh and new and it is exciting to learn about it and expand our knowledge. We have a feeling of pride and accomplishment as we learn these new things, and it makes us feel great. Other times, we re-learn something that we knew in the past, but over ...

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Part 789: Let's Have Some SNOW Already!

08-14-2012 11:01 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

These past couple of weeks have been by far the warmest of the year. While I understand that most people have it worse, I can’t help but think if it is this warm in Nova Scotia, it really has to feel hot everywhere else. It is no secret that I don’t like the really hot weather. Unless I can be lounging on a beach somewhere enjoying the sun, it just doesn’t do it for me. My philosophy is that you can always put more clothes on if you are cold, but when you are hot and u...

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Part 790: Things and Stuff

08-15-2012 11:37 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

Yesterday was a full day of all kinds of things. But all was good. People often ask me how I stay so organized when I am doing so many different things. I think that the answer to that is quite easy – maintenance. Even though I wanted to charge into the next project(s) that I am thinking about, I looked around here and things were getting a little shabby around the edges. Not myself actually (although I am sure some would argue with you!) but the usual tell tale things like my ...

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Part 791: Planning

08-16-2012 11:10 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday was a busy day, but from the outside looking in, it may have seemed that I accomplished little. There were many things going on and errands to run and I spent the bulk of the afternoon and evening doing things away from the house and planning on the next projects. Planning is an odd thing. While I believe it is the backbone of most of my projects, it is something that no one can see, touch or feel. Yet it is there. And without it the entire structure of the project would be ...

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Part 792: Ebb and Flow

08-17-2012 09:52 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Not every day can be the most productive. Even if we do get a lot of things done, everything we do isn’t always notable or worthy of mentioning. But there are some days when I find that those mundane chores that need to be done on a daily basis fill up the majority of my day. Usually when I write here, I like to talk about things that are above and beyond the day to day routine. After all, we all do things like washing clothes, cleaning floors and cooking meals and I don’t t...

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Part 793: Headed to the Saw Today

08-18-2012 10:02 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

It seems like a long time in coming, but I will finally be heading to the saw today to do some cutting. I was on such a productive roll last week and it seems that this week things just got away from me a little bit. It isn’t as if I haven’t done anything, as each day has been busy and full. But sometimes all of my energy isn’t in the direction of cutting, and I suppose that is OK. We have been considering taking on a new wholesaler to sell our patterns. We were app...

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Part 794: Enjoy the Process

08-19-2012 11:51 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

As time goes on, it seems that the world is migrating more and more towards instant gratification. We are continually looking for ways to have things completed in record time, with fewer steps and the least amount of effort. While I realize that this is not news to anyone, I just wanted to bring it up to make my point. While doing things more quickly and efficiently can be a very positive thing, I sometimes find myself wondering what the hurrying is all about. Yes, I understand when we a...

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Part 795: Moving Forward - The Next Phase

08-20-2012 10:55 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

It’s another early morning today. I suppose I am excited about all that is ahead of me today. It is a new day and a new week is beginning and I can’t wait to see what is in store. There are good things happening all around and allowing them to unfold before me fills me with anticipation. I am not as anxious as I have been in the past. After years of doubt and being unsure of so many things, I think that we have built a sturdy foundation for the business that is diverse enough...

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Part 796: Working . . .

08-21-2012 10:29 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Yesterday was one of those days when I felt like I worked all day and still didn’t finish. I wonder where the day went. I suppose when looking back, I did accomplish quite a bit, but I wish that I could have finished cutting out the ornaments for the next project. Before cutting, I needed to do some final ‘tweaking’ of the line work so that everything would be able to be cut without falling apart. In between that, there were other things to do and it was nearly 4pm by ...

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Part 797: Business Decisions

08-22-2012 11:05 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

I did not have the best of sleeps. There was a lot on my mind that is unsettling and kept me awake much of the night thinking. It wasn’t all bad (in fact, one part was very positive) but the potential for things going either way was present and overshadowed the good possibilities. I sit here each morning and write about my business with a positive attitude. Even when things don’t go as I would have liked, I try to look at the situation and find the positive side of things an...

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Part 798: We're Still Standing

08-23-2012 11:19 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

The past 24 hours were not the most pleasant for Keith and I by any means. They were filled with anxiety and stress and negotiations and many of the things that I try so hard to avoid. But being a growing business, we all know that it isn’t possible. These things are all part of the process, and since they aren’t avoidable, we banded together and met them head on as a team and as a result, we think we came out of it alright. Part of me feels like I have been through a war. P...

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Part 799: Cutting Again Today

08-24-2012 10:51 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

It will be a flurry of activity here in a bit. There is much we need to accomplish today. Besides filling the order at hand, we have to be in Halifax for Keith’s brother’s wedding this weekend and won’t be here. I mention this because I don’t think that I will be able to write tomorrow or Saturday morning and I know there are lots of regulars who will wonder what happened. We need to get out of here quite early and if I did write, it probably wouldn’t be anyt...

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Part 800: Home Again

08-28-2012 10:03 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

While it felt kind of odd to have a couple of days away from the computer, it wasn’t really bad. In fact, I think that I needed the time to finish things up, regroup and in between, have some time with family and friends. Things were a bit rough last week. There was just too much going on and I was feeling rather overwhelmed. Between the big order, working on new patterns, and getting things ready for the new distributor, and preparing to be gone for a couple of days, I found myse...

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Part 801: The Catalyst

08-29-2012 09:56 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I want to get back on track today and have a productive day. It seems to me that yesterday was the type of day when I got some things done, but didn’t feel that I accomplished anything. Perhaps it is because I didn’t really finish anything, but rather just pushed several piles forward a bit. It is hard to measure our productivity some days. Sometimes we can see the finished work physically piling up, and it is very satisfying for us, as it sits in front of us like a trophy f...

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Part 802: Back on Track

08-30-2012 10:22 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

Well, yesterday proved to be a good day. Having a focus and mapping everything out allowed me to see all the things that needed to be done and I was able to prioritize them and start getting things done one by one. it felt really good to move in a direction with certainty that I was actually accomplishing something positive. I believe that is part of the ‘magic formula’ for being successful – knowing your goals and what you need to get done. It sounds simple, but it is i...

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Part 803: Back In Control

08-31-2012 10:35 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

After over a week of feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious, I am finally feeling like I am getting caught up and back on top of things. Although struggling with attending to several things in many different directions, I think that I made a good dent in things yesterday and hopefully by today I will be caught up. Again (at the risk of harping to you all) I credit “The List” for helping the most in making this possible. Many times just a mental list is enough to help me accompl...

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Part 804: Just Thoughts

09-01-2012 10:11 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I awoke early this morning. It was just one of those days when I had enough sleep and wanted to get my day started. I have been up over an hour already and it is still pitch dark outside. I suppose I am a bit ahead of the sun today. In checking through all my mail and facebook stuff, I noticed that last night was the rare ‘blue moon’ phenomenon. I stepped outside to have a look, and the moon was still high in the sky, although not blue in the least. (Yes, I know that it real...

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Part 805: Site Update Completed

09-02-2012 09:39 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

So far it is the perfect morning. It is quiet and cool and I even had to throw a blanket over my lap (besides my cat Pancakes) to keep warm. I love it when the nights and mornings are cool. I sleep well and feel better in the long run. I am sure that later in the day it will warm up, as it does every day. But not to the point where it is hot and uncomfortable. I think we are done with those days for this season. I finished up the web site update yesterday. I also got the easel pattern...

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Part 806: My "Extra" Day

09-03-2012 10:12 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

It’s like having an extra day. Even the gym is closed. And it has come at a time when I am ‘kinda-sorta’ on top of things anyway, so today is really is going to feel like a treat! We made great strides over the weekend. All the pieces for our kits order are cut. They only need to have the hole for hanging drilled in them and then package them up and they will be on their way. We were planning to send them out tomorrow, but I have yet to receive the UPC stickers from ...

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Part 807: Doing the Math

09-04-2012 11:26 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

I must admit it isn’t one of my strong points. For as long as I remember, I really don’t like doing numbers. I suppose that I get by well enough. After all, I have made it through over half a century and done OK. But being a small business owner and watching the business grow means that it is no longer optional to stay on top of the figures and keep track of things along the way. After all, how can I make intelligent business decisions if I don’t have full and accurate...

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Part 808: Time to Draw

09-05-2012 09:56 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I woke up this morning to a quiet and gentle rain. Even now as I am sitting here writing, it is a wonderfully soothing sound. It is still dark out and I can feel the cool air coming in from the window – almost to the point of needing a light blanket. Autumn is definitely on its way. I find myself retiring early, just so I can awake earlier to enjoy these mornings longer. I know these next few months will pass quickly and I wish to enjoy every second of them that I can. The early...

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Part 809: Too Many Choices

09-06-2012 10:44 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I had a good and productive day yesterday. While I had hoped to finish drawing and begin cutting, I didn’t really get that far. But that is OK. Sometimes things happen for good reasons and I believe that was one of those times. I have been having trouble lately progressing with some of the new ideas that I have had lately. By the term ‘trouble’ I mean that I haven’t moved ahead as quickly as I want to on them. This isn’t because I don’t have enough ...

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Part 810: Planning Ahead Pays Off

09-07-2012 10:31 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

What a day yesterday turned out to be! I must have made the coffee just right (or maybe it was the pecan bars that I made the night before and had for breakfast!) because I feel like I really accomplished a lot. After a morning trip to the dentist (which I don’t like at all, but came out ‘unscathed’) and a stop at the gym, I had to stop at the store to pick up some things for my new projects. By the time I got home, it was almost noon and I thought that the day was going...

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Part 811: One More Day

09-08-2012 10:03 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Well, I know I said that I was going to have more pictures of the finished ghosts, but I kind of changed my mind on things and it is going to take me another day. Yesterday was a really good and productive day. I certainly can’t blame idleness for not having furthered my work on the pieces. I was just working in another direction and was on such a roll that I didn’t want to stop. Both Keith and I put in a full day of preparing our wood for our latest order and we spent pretty...

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Part 812: Finished Ghosts Word Art

09-09-2012 10:29 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I got much of what I intended to get done yesterday. It was good to feel so accomplished and it was also great to see my designs be completed and come to life. I worked on two of the three new patterns, although I am only going to show the first one today. I’ll save the others for subsequent entries. In any case, here is a picture of the finished vignette: I really liked how they came out. I used the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium to add a sheer hint of color to just...

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Part 813: Project #2 Done!

09-10-2012 11:05 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

This one is going to have to be quick. I had some things I needed to get done this morning and I am running a bit behind. Plus, with the handicap of Pancakes on my lap, it makes it hard to type fast. I wanted to show the pictures of the second project of this group today. I really think it came out cool and I was pretty happy with the results. This one was the word “Boo!” spelled out in some Gothic type lettering along with two creepy pumpkins. I cut these letters from ...

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Part 814: If First You Don't Succeed

09-11-2012 10:54 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

Lately, I have so much that I want to get done and it seems like I have little time to do things. I have a list of ideas a mile long and during the time it takes to check off one thing, there are probably two or three more that I have added to the bottom of it. Yesterday I worked on the third set of stand-up ghost word pieces. I had hopes of finishing them up yesterday. But in the process of getting things done, I went ahead too quickly and ruined the paint on one of them and had to rem...

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Part 815: Betrayed

09-12-2012 10:23 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 21 comments »

I don’t know where to begin today. I am truly feeling ill because of some things that are happening with my business. Those of you who read on a daily basis, know that I typically don’t gripe and moan about things, as I usually try to look at the bright side of things and focus on that. But some times it is difficult to find the bright side in a situation and there is nothing but darkness. Yesterday I found out some extremely troubling news regarding one of my wholesalers. ...

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Part 816: Finding the Right Path

09-13-2012 10:41 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Normally, I am not one for drama. In fact, when I read about others’ arguments and fights being aired online I tend to turn the other way. I don’t like to instigate turmoil. In fact, I much prefer look at the good side of things and trying to find positive things in the world to focus on. It just seems far more productive to me. As I look at the number of posts that I have written here on my blog (over 800 now) I am proud because I know that the vast majority of them are po...

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Part 817: Next Project Finished

09-14-2012 10:43 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I had a decent day yesterday. I did accomplish a lot, both physically and also I got a lot of thoughts in order regarding the ongoing issues that I am dealing with. Again, both Keith and I truly appreciate the support over the last couple of days, and many of you have asked how you could help. The more I hear from people, the deeper I see the problem is seated and I realize that it has been going on much longer than I care to admit. That is very troubling, but it is also water under the br...

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Part 818: Just Thoughts

09-15-2012 11:52 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It’s a busy day ahead. The things that occurred this past week have really slowed me down production-wise and I need to focus back on the tasks at hand and get ready for another site update. I have been side tracked again as you can imagine by some of the issues of the past days, and while I don’t want to dwell on these negative things, they do require my attention in order to rectify them as quickly as possible. Many have asked me to name the offending company, and I don...

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Part 819: Some New Options

09-16-2012 11:27 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I forgot to mention that I had some good news the other day. I had talked about the new ghost and pumpkins stand up figure vignette and how I was thinking of offering the wood pieces as a kit for the painters that don’t have access to a woodworker or cutting. Below is a picture of the set that I am referring to: This set is cut from 3/4” poplar and there are five pieces that make up the set. However, the other similar sets that I have, such as the snowmen: The s...

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Part 820: Looking Forward

09-17-2012 11:21 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Here we are at another Monday. Where did the last week go? I find that this time of the year seems to pass too quickly for me. Perhaps because it is my favorite. We are in the middle of September already and after a long and lazy summer, there is much excitement ahead. I must admit that I struggled last week. I sit here each morning and try to send positive messages to everyone about how ‘we are our own destiny’. The way we react to certain situations can greatly affect t...

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Part 821: When one door closes . . .

09-18-2012 10:07 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

I know we have all heard that saying – “When one door closes, another opens.” And while the saying is intended to give people hope in times of despair, usually when someone recites it to us we are not very receptive to its meaning. Going through difficult times can be really tough. Especially when we are cast out from our ‘comfort zones’ and changes are occurring in our lives and we feel we have lost control. As humans, we find comfort in familiarity and ro...

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Part 822: Finishing Up Some New Projects

09-19-2012 10:25 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

I don’t know where to begin today. I suppose I want to start off by saying that I was rather overwhelmed at the response from the interview article that was in the Lumberjocks Emag yesterday. Not only did I receive many nice messages in all the places that I posted this blog, but I also received many private emails from people that I have come to know, and even people that I haven’t met until now. It brought things into perspective as to the scope of people that I reach here ev...

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Part 823: New Day Dawning

09-20-2012 11:31 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

When I woke up this morning, something occurred to me. Isn’t it nice how each day brings with it the chance for a fresh start? I realize right off that the above statement is quite simplistic, and also that some of us are in situations that unfortunately continue from day to day. But on some levels, there are bits and pieces of our lives that are still in our control. To me, each day is like opening a book to a new chapter of my life that will be written as the day unfolds. And ...

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Part 824: Patience

09-21-2012 11:18 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

I started writing a blog once already today. I had half a page done, and I didn’t really like how it read, so I deleted it. The funny part of it was that the subject of the post was ‘indecision.’ Perhaps it should have been written after all. While going through the many changes that our business is experiencing at this time. it is sometimes difficult to know if what we are doing is the right thing. I suppose there is nothing in this life that is certain, and the only w...

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Part 825: Differences

09-22-2012 11:02 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Many times when we hear of two people having ‘differences’ we think it is a bad thing. The mere term brings to mind visions of conflict and discontent. But when looking at things from another perspective, perhaps as an artist or creative person, differences are not viewed as something negative, but rather sought after in order to provide value through uniqueness and individuality. The more unique they are, the higher the value. I think that it is interesting that a word woul...

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Part 827: From Teacher to Student

09-23-2012 10:48 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

As I watch the seasons once again change, I can’t help but think about how quickly time passes. There is one side of me that can’t wait for cooler temperatures of autumn and winter to arrive, while the other side of me is beginning to be cautious about what I am wishing for, as that time will pass quickly too. It was humid and muggy yesterday here in our area. The kind of mugginess where everything feels almost damp and you can’t tell if you are too warm or too cool ̵...

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Part 828: More Than One Way to be Productive

09-24-2012 11:17 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Recently, we have been looking into some new things for the business in order to help it expand into other areas and grow. While these things are quite exciting, the newness of everything was beginning to somewhat overwhelm me, and I was feeling rather anxious the other day. Was I getting lazy in my thinking? I don’t think so. I always like new things and I am a strong proponent of diversification and branching out to several areas with your business. I learned long ago that countin...

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Part 829: Building Pattern Packets

09-25-2012 10:48 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I finally got my wish. When I awoke this morning, it was crisp and cool outside. Just how I like it. It seems that finally the autumn season has arrived here in Nova Scotia, and for that I am very happy. Perhaps the stickiness and humidity of this weekend was the last song of summer, and from now on these cool temperatures would be the norm. At least for a while. As I sit here and write this morning, I have a blanket AND a kitty on my lap (Pancakes) and I believe we are both very conte...

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Part 830: On Learning New Things

09-26-2012 11:17 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It seems that no matter how old I get, I never get tired of exploring new things and learning. While I do consider myself somewhat nostalgic, I also love technology and learning things on the computer. This is particularly true when it comes to learning computer graphic programs, as working with them is just another form of art as far as I am concerned. Seeing what these programs can accomplish is no less than astounding as far as I am concerned, and I truly appreciate the power and depth ...

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Part 831: Designs That "Live Inside My Head"

09-27-2012 11:51 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

There have been many times when I have mentioned the designs that ‘live in my head.’ I know that probably sounds kind of creepy, but they are there and they are real. (No – I haven’t been drinking anything more than my usual coffee, but I will say that I was unable to get my usual brand and I am trying something different this morning. But back to the story . . . ) The longer that I do this (design), the longer the list gets of things I want to do. While some o...

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Part 832: 'Lacy Wood' (Not Lacewood)

09-28-2012 10:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Adding something to things doesn’t always result in improving them. Sometimes the best way to make something better is to take away from it. That is certainly true when you scroll saw. There are so many reasons that I love scroll sawing. I like the way that it is something that doesn’t require a lot of tools. All you pretty much need is a scroll saw and a drill or drill press and you are for the most part good to go. I like that the variety of work you can do with the scrol...

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Part 833: A Bit Overwhelmed

09-29-2012 11:44 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I think that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. There is so much that I want to accomplish and the days just keep slipping by. It isn’t that I don’t accomplish anything, but it somehow doesn’t feel like it is enough because the list of things I didn’t get done somehow always seems longer (and is growing!) And that is not good. There has been a great deal going on lately. Besides what I write about here, there are other things that are happening in my life that I do n...

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Part 834: My Weekend 'Off'

10-01-2012 11:18 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I’ts funny how time off can mean different things to different people. While some people live for the weekend to totally switch gears and not think about their jobs until Monday, there are others who really don’t mind their work, and take each day as it comes and enjoy it. I definitely fall into the second category. Being fortunate enough to be doing something that I love to do and work in a creative field, much of the time I am working it doesn’t even feel like ‘...

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Part 835: Inspiration

10-02-2012 10:49 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

For the first time in a while, we decided to take an evening walk. I am sorry to say that we have gotten out of the habit of walking, as life has been busy and things have just been in the way. Or we were too tired. Or one of a hundred other excuses. We still go to the gym three times a week however. It has almost been a year now since we started and for the most part, we have stayed on that schedule. I mention this all because with the type of work we do, and also with the busy schedul...

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Part 836: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

10-03-2012 11:38 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I am feeling a bit more like myself these last couple of days. And that is good. I must be honest and say that these past couple of weeks have been trying on us. After the issues of a couple of weeks ago came to light, it really has shaken me to my foundation. Things are still up in the air there, but I have really and truly refocused on other positive things and avenues to follow. It hasn’t been exactly easy, and it has taken a conscious effort, but like anyone who gets hit in th...

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Part 837: The Greatest Rewards

10-04-2012 10:45 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

What a good day yesterday turned out to be. Not only did I get a great deal accomplished, but I also had several nice emails come my way as well. It is days like that which show me that we are on the right track. I spent the bulk of the day working with Keith on getting the website updated again. I noticed that I am mentioning that more and more and it seems that we are updating things on an average of every couple of weeks. That is great because we find that it is much easier to do thin...

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Part 838: Mind Games

10-05-2012 11:34 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday was one of those days where I accomplished a great deal, yet by outer appearances you wouldn’t think I accomplished much at all. It was one of those days I spent tying up loose ends and answering correspondence and filling orders and getting my computer ready for a backup. It is funny how tidying up your computer can be just as satisfying as tidying up your house. I think that people’s computers and ‘virtual worlds’ closely resemble their real world. If ...

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Part 839: Testing the Water

10-06-2012 12:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I reached a milestone yesterday. I finished something that I had been working on for the past several weeks. This was not easy for me, for while some of what I was doing was similar to what I always did, it involved thinking about things in a different way. And at times it was difficult. I find that as I get older, learning new things becomes a bit more of a challenge. I understand that is natural, so I don’t feel too badly about it, and I allow myself time and try not to be too ...

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Part 840: Rumors of My Retirement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

10-08-2012 10:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I received a couple of emails yesterday regarding my post of Saturday. They expressed concern that I may be giving up designing scroll saw patterns and looking into something else. I just want to come out and say for certain that it is not my intention at all to do so, and if I led some of you to think that I was heading in that direction, rest assured I am not. This past month or so has been somewhat tedious for both Keith and myself. As when anyone loses trust in someone that they had o...

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Part 841: We're "Growing!"

10-09-2012 11:52 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 20 comments »

The past couple of weeks, I had talked about some new directions that Keith and I were going to try out. While this direction may seem similar, there is still a LOT to learn. A month or so again, I was approached by Jim Barry, the owner of WoodworkersWoodshop.com which is a great company that distributes both paper and electronic woodworking plans for over 20 designers. He ships world wide and has a great reputation for being fair and honest. Jim asked me if we would be interested in ...

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Part 842: Rolling Up Our Sleeves

10-10-2012 10:46 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

It seems like the last few days have been a blur. Like when any holiday weekend occurs, things sometimes tend to be kind of messed up. Here in Canada, we had Thanksgiving on Monday, and many things were closed. But because of circumstances, we celebrated on Keith’s side of the family on Sunday and we went to Bernie and Ellen’s (my ‘Canadian Family’) yesterday. On both days we had wonderful dinners and spent nice days visiting. On the ‘real’ holiday we ...

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Part 843: Out of Focus

10-11-2012 11:43 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

There are days we accomplish a great deal and days where . . . well . . . we don’t seem to accomplish much. I often write of the days when I have been able to check a number of things off of my list of things to do. Most of the time that is the case, and I feel like I pushed the pile a decent amount in a good direction. But the past several days it seems that ‘life’ has just gotten in the way of getting things done and I haven’t seen much progress. I realize that...

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Part 844: House Cleaning

10-12-2012 12:00 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

House cleaning. It isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to do (in fact – there are few people that I know of that enjoy doing it) but it is something that is necessary to keep our lives in order and make things run smoothly. Some of you may be thinking that I am talking about tidying up your work spaces and vacuuming your rugs, but I am actually referring to getting all of your business dealings in order and organizing your records. Many small businesses (and larger ones t...

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Part 845: Appreciation

10-13-2012 11:45 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

What a beautiful day it is today. The sun just came up and the sky is blue and the clouds are pinkish-orange on the bottom. In our area, the trees are really beginning to show their color, and it is one of the prettiest times of the year. We had a week of wind and rain off and on. While driving by the ocean yesterday it was churning up like I had not seen it before. I suppose that is a sure indication that autumn is here. This week went by quickly – more so than usual. I am sure t...

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Part 846: Getting Ready for a Busy Week

10-15-2012 11:41 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Even though I planned on taking the day off yesterday to do some painting for myself, I never touched a paint brush. I suppose there was just too much else that was going on and I wound up working on that all day. I started out the morning with the intent to take it slow and perhaps work on some things that I want to make for myself or give as gifts, but since I was up early, I thought I would spend ‘just a little time’ on some new things that I was drawing, and it sucked me i...

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Part 847: Always Learning

10-16-2012 10:17 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I was awakened quite early today by my beautiful kitty Coco. For some reason, she was calling out to me just before 5am. Of course, as soon as I got up and came out to see what she wanted, she promptly went into her bed and fell asleep. She’s still there now, almost two hours later. You gotta love her! Since I was already up, there was no sense in me trying to go back to sleep. It was a time when it was too close to my normal time of awakening (around six) and I knew that even...

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Part 848: Drawing and Thinking . . .

10-17-2012 12:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

It seems that these past few weeks I have lived a rather ordinary life. (That’s not a complaint!) It has just been a bit more of a challenge for me to think of some interesting things to write about. But recently, a friend of mine shared an idea with me that got me thinking. And that has led to making some fun plans. Going about my day to day work however has not been boring for me at all. In fact, it has been rather exciting and while it may not make for good reading here on the ...

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Part 849: Size Matters

10-18-2012 11:32 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 10 comments »

It is just a perfect morning so far today. There is a chill in the air and at least around my place, the trees are really reaching their peak of color. I want to be sure to take some time and take a walk today in the woods to enjoy how pretty the leaves are. I know that probably within a week or so, the beautiful colors will fade and most of the trees will be bear. I need to enjoy the beauty while it is here. This time of year goes by so quickly for me. I don’t know if it seems th...

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Part 850: Exploring New Things

10-19-2012 11:41 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I am going to keep things short today, not because there is nothing happening, but because I have been busy working on the new patterns and everything is rather going according to plan. While that is good news for me, it doesn’t seem to make very interesting reading. I have been pretty focused on the new patterns, but in the back of my mind, I am working on a couple of new ornament sets for the upcoming holiday season. I also have a project that is going to be due for the magazin...

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Part 851: New Project and Site Update

10-20-2012 11:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I spent much of the day yesterday writing a pattern packet and doing computer work. It seems that at the rate we have been making new things, it has been prudent for us to update the site every couple of weeks. From the feedback we receive from our customers, having two newsletters per months isn’t excessive in their eyes. I am happy about this, because the last thing that I want is to be pesty and bothersome to our customers and subscribers. I am not the greatest person when it...

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Part 852: Fun Project in the Works

10-21-2012 11:32 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

I was going to take Sundays off from posting, but there were a couple of things that I wanted to talk about today. I think that I will revise my plan to make posting on a Sunday as optional thing for me to do. After all, I am the one who makes the rules here when it comes to how often I post. I suppose I can change my mind if I like. :) First of all, I want to thank everyone who commented an viewed my Autumn Leaves Word Art project here on Lumberjocks. Last evening, it made it to the numb...

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Part 853: My Pumpkin "Die-O-Rama" (LOTS of Pictures!!!)

10-22-2012 12:08 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Well, yesterday I decided to take a day to do something that I really, really wanted to do and have FUN! We all need those days every now and then – even when you do something you love for a living. So many people tell me that they would never want to do woodworking or make things for a living because that would take the fun out of it for them. I can see their point, but I just think that you need to find other creative ways to have fun with what you are doing. While many of you m...

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Part 854: Exchanges

10-23-2012 11:15 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Yesterday, while I was drawing some new designs for the magazine, the postwoman came to our door with a package. I can’t say that it doesn’t excite me whenever I receive something through the mail. Whether I ordered it or not, it is always fun to have a package delivered and see what is inside. I hadn’t ordered anything recently, but when I looked on the return address label and saw an address that I was unfamiliar with, the light bulb clicked on. “This was from my...

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Part 855: Time Warp

10-24-2012 11:15 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

The warm summer days are definitely behind us. I sit her this morning writing with a cat at my side and another on my lap, enjoying the warmth of the blanket I am tucked under. It’s cool in here today, but that is just how I like it. Somehow it makes the coffee taste even better. I truly enjoy the autumn. I wish it would last forever. But then, as with anything I think that I may begin to take it for granted. We all tend to do that. We become so familiar with things around us th...

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Part 856: A Bit Under the Weather

10-25-2012 11:32 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

It’s already a beautiful day today. The sun has fully risen and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. It is cool out and calm, and the leaves are turning their final shades of amber before falling. How nice. I am running behind a bit today, so I will keep this brief. (I know – I always say that!) I have been fighting a bit of a cold and I am hoping that it won’t get hold of me. I haven’t been sick in quite a while and I am hoping that I can battle this without it g...

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Part 857: Experience

10-26-2012 12:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

One of the hardest thing that I find to do is to look back at my older patterns. While part of me is very proud of the advancements I made in creating pattern packets, there is another part of me that looks back to when I was just starting out and wishing that I could do them all over again. There have been so many advancements that I have made in the past fifteen plus years. I have different software, learned new skills and have spoken with many customers directly and learned of better w...

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Part 858: Choosing the Next Direction

10-27-2012 10:57 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It seemed to me like I spent the past week rather stuck in the mud. Between fighting this silly cold (which can’t decide if it is going to be a full cold or not!) and working on some of the older patterns, I didn’t seem to make much forward progress. However, one big accomplishment that I did make was that I designed my next project for the magazine, start to finish. As always, it felt good to see the box go out the door and know that I was caught up in that direction. The d...

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Part 859: Readying for the Storm

10-29-2012 09:57 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Even though we don’t have TV, it is hard to get away from the talk of the impending storm that is heading up the east coast today. While we are not in its direct path, being on the west side of Nova Scotia leaves us in an area of concern and we are preparing for its arrival. I want to thank everyone who has emailed me and sent messages, checking in to see how we are doing. While I don’t anticipate any big trouble, living in a rural area we may experience a gap in communicatio...

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Part 860: Weathering the Storm

10-30-2012 10:06 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

We made it through the day and night with little incident. It appears that the storm took a turn inland earlier than anticipated and we are out of harms’ way. Besides some rain and a couple of gusts of wind, we did fine. I am grateful for that, but in reading of all the devastation that came in the path of hurricane Sandy, it is difficult to feel a great deal of joy. Seeing what people are going through is terribly painful, and I feel very deeply for those who have had loss. I s...

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Part 861: Some New Designs Drawn

10-31-2012 11:31 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

I had a really good day drawing yesterday and was able to stay focused. That may not sound like a big deal, but with the way things have been going lately for me, it was. I am not one to typically be so easily distracted as I have been, but recently it seems that things have just been happening that have pulled me off of my game. I find that as humans, it is easy to fall into a ‘habit’. Be it good or bad, we seem to find comfort in the predictability of the patterns we follo...

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Part 862: New Order and Question Regarding Double Sided Masking Tape

11-01-2012 12:05 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 16 comments »

I’ll first start off with saying that I had a great drawing day yesterday. I finished drawing up the project I showed you yesterday, and even went over everything and ‘fine tuned’ the lines. I am very anxious to begin the cutting process and see how they look when they come to life. But then . . . I received a wholesale order for Christmas ornament kits. Wanting to stay on top of things there, I need to change gears and spend the day cutting that order. This is a...

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Part 863: Time to Work

11-02-2012 11:23 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday was what even I would call a ‘productive’ day. Between Keith and myself, we cut nearly 1000 ornaments (960+ extras to be exact) drilled them, and printed patterns and packaged them into 80 pattern kits that are sitting here ready to go out the door. We feel pretty good about it. The more important thing though was that it was actually FUN to do. I realize that we all have different ideas of what “fun” is, but it was really quite enjoyable work and look...

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Part 864: Tale of the Tape

11-03-2012 12:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

As I said yesterday, I was away for most of the day and didn’t return until late evening. It was however, a productive day and Keith and Bernie got a great deal of wood prepared for cutting on the scroll saw. We were running rather short of thin ornament wood and now we will have a decent supply that should last us for a while. We were also able to do some errands while in town and went to Bear River to pick up the remaining pens that Keith had for sale in the gallery. Although he ...

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Part 865: New Dimensional Ornaments!

11-04-2012 12:01 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 17 comments »

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. Those of you who read know that I frequently wish that my days had more hours in them, and today is the one day of the year that my wish actually comes true. A 25 hour day! Now how I am going to use that extra hour is hard to decide. There are so many wonderful directions that I am heading in right now that I could choose from a variety of tasks. Yesterday was a very productive and happy day for me. All week I was working on a new ornament ...

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Part 866: It's Not Just Me

11-05-2012 12:55 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 9 comments »

There is something about working together with wonderfully talented people that really elevates my own level of designing. Even though the company name is “Sheila Landry Designs”, there is far more to the company than just me and my own creations. Since teaming up with Keith Fenton almost three years ago, I found that I have created some of