My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1128: Writing Our Own Story

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-11-2013 11:48 AM 2322 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I missed posting yesterday because I had an early dental appointment and had to get moving really early. My appointment was for 8am and when I got to the office, I was told they started at 7:30. That was great for a girl like me. Coming from Chicago where many businesses are open 24 hours, it was quite a change being here in rural Nova Scotia where many places don’t open until 9 or 10 and they close early as well. Even most of the restaurants are only open until 7pm (including weekends!) In Chicago, many people don’t even go out to eat until 8pm or later.

I suppose it is just the different type of lifestyle. I moved here to slow down a bit and enjoy the small town atmosphere, and that is what I am doing.

In any case, it was good to get that part of my day behind me early on. By 8:12 I was in my car and heading home and thankful that everything was good and I didn’t need any work. Like most, I fear the dentist after having a crummy one as a teen and any time I can get out of there unscathed, it is a major victory. A good way to start the day.

I was truly busy yesterday from start to finish. I had proofreading to do on the new patterns and also for my latest magazine submissions to begin with. Keith was out for the day working again and it was a good opportunity to take advantage of the quiet and go over things carefully. I am easily distracted when I proofread so I try to do final adjustments on articles and patterns when no one is around.

I had a finished order to cut and I thoroughly enjoyed that process. While I don’t take on many orders, once in a while I like to do something where I can follow my own directions and not have to think as much. It is like therapy.

Some time mid-afternoon, my friend Leldon posted a picture on my Facebook timeline. Apparently he saw the new issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine and my project(s) made the cover!

I must say that even after 15 years of working with the magazine, I always feel thrilled and flattered when one of my projects makes it to the cover. I could probably count on one hand the times that has happened, The magazine tends to put lots of Intarsia work on the cover, as it is more colorful than regular scroll work. Even when it is a smaller inset it is exciting, as it means that the Editors feel that it is one of their best projects and they are using it to sell their issue. But this time it is a full-fledged out and out cover, and I am really thrilled about it. Not only was my skeleton featured, but the little pumpkin that is sitting on the header is from my Crow and Pumpkins Pull Toy sculpture, and the bats are Keith’s ornaments. Team Sheila Landry hit a home run on this issue!

I also wrote an article about using the different finishes and Metallic Lustre from Decoart, and that is mentioned as well. It is so cool to see all of my hard work falling into place like this, and you will have to forgive me if I show it off a bit. I am very proud to be such a big part of this issue. The magazine will be on the stands sometime next week I think, and I hope you consider getting it. It not only supports us as designers, but it is a great source for many patterns at very, very reasonable cost. One magazine usually cost as much as a single pattern, so if you even find two projects that you would like to do in an issue, you are ahead of the game.

Later in the afternoon I began working on my project for the Terrye French Painting With Friends group. I have been excited about working with Terrye and had to wait until I met my other obligations before I could start. I drew up the surface which I am going to use to paint the project, and I am going to start the actual painting today. I think it will be a fun group to be a part of, and I look forward to getting started with them.

There are so many wonderful things going on for Keith and I right now in regards to our work. We are very grateful that we have such supportive family, friends and customers. Little by little we are growing and making our company a success, and we have you all to thank for that.

Call me an idealist, but I still hold on to the thinking that if we keep working hard at our goals, eventually we will achieve them. There may be some obstacles along the way, but if we stick to our plan and keep working hard despite the setbacks, we will eventually find success. I truly believe that.

We have had our ‘up’ days and our ‘down’ days as well. I try not to focus on the down days and let them pass with as little attention as possible. I believe that having a positive attitude and finding the good in as many situations as possible is what allows us to carry on and move forward. Attitude is so important to success. Learning to work through adversity is what pulls us out quickly and helps us put those not so good days behind us.

Sometimes we have to force cheerfulness. I don’t think that is a bad thing. As with anything, if you do it enough, it becomes a habit and before you know it you are doing it without thought. So even on the crummy days, I try to smile and focus on the good and happy things. And they are always there. Sometimes you just need to look harder to find them.

I see many people in my day who choose to focus on the problems and issues that they are experiencing. I understand that sometimes we all feel down and need to vent, as I do myself. But I also found that by talking about the negative things and giving them attention, we are making them a much larger part of our lives than they deserve to be. Not only does it keep ourselves down, but it usually spreads like cancer and brings those around us down as well. I don’t want to be that kind of person.

So I smile and I look at my life and I begin to count all the wonderful things that I am grateful for and before I know it, my attitude changes and things begin to turn around and positive things are the focus. Funny how that happens. Keith calls it living on my “Pink Cloud” but I call it appreciating all the good things I have. And as with the negative thoughts, the positive thoughts are also infectious and spill out to all of those that I encounter. And it makes my life better.

End of lecture.

I wish you all a wonderful day today. I truly hope that life brings you good things and good thoughts and that you have a day that is filled with happiness and creativity. Remember you have more control over things than you think.

Each of us writes our own story.

Happy Wednesday to you all!

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

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 12:44 PM

Thanks Sheila and congrats on the cover! !!

-- Nancy Antley

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 01:04 PM

Yes, congrats are in order. You’re awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 01:32 PM

Good morning Sheila, Congrats on taking over the cover! You and Keith deserve it for all of the wonder patterns you keep coming up with. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-11-2013 02:21 PM

Thanks, you guys. Without your support every day, I don’t know where I would be. You all really make what we do so much FUN! :D


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

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 04:23 PM

Congrats on the magazine cover Sheila – a well deserved recognition! Keep living on the “Pink Cloud”!
This quotation from the book “Your Thoughts Can Change Your Life” by Donald Curtis hits the nail on the head for me – “Nothing can happen on the outside until it happens first on the inside”

Looking forward to seeing the painting projects.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 09-12-2013 10:59 AM

Thank you so much Anna! I can’t wait to get my issue. :)


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

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#7 posted 09-13-2013 07:26 AM

Kudos to you and Keith! Well earned and deserved.

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 09-13-2013 10:26 AM

Thanks, Candy! :)


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

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