My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1154: We're Back!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-03-2013 11:22 AM 2308 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After such a long time of being away from the computer (for me, anyway!) it seems almost odd for me to actually sit down and write. It is funny how we fall into and out of habits – both good and bad – after only a few short days.

The last few weeks were filled with fun and adventure. Initially, I had wanted to log everything and keep up with you all on the computer, but it was so busy and by the time we stopped in the evening all I wanted to do was relax and recharge for the next day. So that is what I did.

We had a very busy and fun trip. Everything went pretty much as planned and the days seemed to fly by.

We drove through New England at what seemed the peak of the autumn colors. It was truly a beautiful experience. We decided to take some smaller roads and got off of the main expressway so we would be better able to see everything. It was a lovely ride.

We arrived in Albany the day before we taught a scroll saw class. Since we had the class scheduled for the evening, it gave us the entire day to look around and explore. The class went well we thought, and the feedback we received from the students was all very positive. Olson supplied us with scroll saw blades and Keith and I had the wood pieces ready for the students to use. The class went over many of the basics of scroll sawing, from choosing blades to applying the pattern to cutting. I think everyone had a great time and they said they learned a great deal. We are thinking we are going to go back in March to teach again with the same club, and look forward to that experience.

The next night was the painting class. Again, we were happy that everyone enjoyed the class and had a great time. I was surprised that everything went so smoothly, as we were only able to prepare for them for a couple of weeks. DecoArt came through with supplying the paint for the class and everyone loved working with the Weathered Wood Crackle.

After New York, we headed out to Chicago. The rest of the trip would be for the most part pleasure, and I would be able to visit with my friends and family.

We stayed with my daughter Danielle and her boyfriend John first:

We got to eat at some of my favorite restaurants as well:

Danielle had just got a couple of new kittens a few weeks earlier and they were both adorable.

The Siamese looking cat is “Link” and the tuxedo cat is “Scrambles.” They are brothers although they don’t really look like they would be. They were both fun and full of energy and made me miss my own kitties.

I also got to see my brother Bob, whom I have not seen in years. We had a wonderful visit together and caught up on lots. I don’t have a great picture, but he took one with his phone:

After a couple of days, we went to the other side of town and stayed near my son Phil’s place. I was thrilled to meet my new grand daughter, Willow:

She is just as beautiful and sweet as I thought she would be!

We had some time to visit and cook, and also went to the zoo. I got to see my favorite snow leopards at Brookfield zoo, including the new baby, “Everest”.

This was Willow’s second trip to the zoo already, and I am sure she will be a regular:

I am sorry to say that I didn’t take many pictures. I was too busy enjoying things to take time out for them. I think that is kind of a good thing though, and I am sure that there will be more to come.

It was a wonderful visit all around. I also got to see my long time friend Carlene and have a good visit. I have known her since we were both just starting high school and it was wonderful to catch up with here in person. All in all it was a great trip.

We left for home at 3am on Monday morning. We were both antsy and wanted to hit the road before all of the Indiana/Chicago traffic filled in I 80. We wound up driving 21 hours on Monday and finally stopped about midnight in the lower part of Maine (Portsmouth). We covered just about 1000 miles in a day and still had 1000 to go.

On Tuesday, we were on the road by about 8am. we drove through for the most part and only stopped at Bangor, Main for lunch and a final bit of shopping. We then went on until we arrived home just at midnight, after travelling another 1000 miles or so. It was two long days, but not unpleasant. It felt wonderful to be home.

Our own cats were thrilled when we arrived. They even forgot to ignore us and were all prancing around, meowing and head-butting us. I am sure they wondered what had happened to us and if we would ever return.

We have spent the last couple of days organizing and catching up on things. Being gone two weeks is great, but leaves a lot of things to do when returning. I have some writing to do today that is due for the magazine tomorrow, and I have some other paperwork that will keep me occupied for most of the day. We needed to shop for food, as we cleared out almost everything before we left and we also needed to organize our little place here as well. It will be very busy.

I have several new ideas that I am going to be working on for patterns though. With the beginning of November upon us, I realize that any ideas that I have for Christmas and the holidays need to be finished soon. Then it is on to spring designs.

While it was wonderful to be able to see everyone, it is certainly good to be back. I love my little place here by the river and I look forward to the next several weeks of autumn and even the upcoming winter. It feels great to be content with the life that I have.

It may take me a few additional days to get back to “normal”, but that is expected I would think. I am well on my way to doing so, only with a greater appreciation for the life I have.

Have a great Sunday. Enjoy that extra hour!

”Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.” ― Sarah Ban Breathnach

-- 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 11-03-2013 11:37 AM

welcome home sheila

glad you had a safe and invigorating trip

willow looks just like you
when you were that age lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-03-2013 11:39 AM

Hi, David! Willow was adorable. It felt good to hold a baby – it has been so long it seems. Then in other ways it seems like only yesterday that Phil and Dani were that small. Yes – she looks just like her dad and her auntie! That little button nose, I think! :)

Have a great Sunday!


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

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#3 posted 11-03-2013 12:06 PM

Good times. Good memories. Always make em. The baby will be asking for car keys in a few weeks it seems.

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

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#4 posted 11-03-2013 12:23 PM

Welcome Back Sheila (and Keith!)
It looks like a Great Time was had by all…
Traveling is a lot of Fun
but there really is
“No Place like Home!” :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 11-03-2013 12:43 PM

Thanks, Roger and Mike:
As much as I loved seeing everyone, I am so happy to be home here. It feels “right” for me to be here and I can’t wait to get back to designing. :)


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

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#6 posted 11-03-2013 01:02 PM

Good morning and welcome home Sheila and Keith! Sounds like a great trip seeing the NE fall color display and Willow AND Everest! Now you need a vacation to rest up from your vacation. Glad you are home safe.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 11-03-2013 01:05 PM

Sheila, was missing your daily updates. Was the class you taught for a club/group and do they perhaps have a website? Glad to see your trip was a success and very planned out it sounds like. Home sweet home, nothing like sleeping in your own bed? pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#8 posted 11-03-2013 01:41 PM

Welcome back Sheila. Spending time with your family is really exciting and it updates all the imagination that you only dream about them after a long period. I am glad that your trip to and back were all safe. Getting back to work with your mind refreshed will be very productive. On the other hand, I have also a break on woodwork because of trainings I had attended including one in Hong Kong where my wife joined me. Well, looking forward to have same habit of reading your daily blogs.
God bless,

-- Bert

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#9 posted 11-03-2013 01:58 PM

Super re-cap! Thanks. Great to have ya back and ready to paint and scroll.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#10 posted 11-03-2013 03:23 PM

Welcome back Sheila and Keith. Glad the trip was excellent! Are you looking at the show in Saratoga in March?

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#11 posted 11-03-2013 05:51 PM

Good to see you back and I’m glad you had a really good time

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 11-03-2013 06:36 PM

Thank you all for the warm welcome back. I missed my internet “family” while I was away. It seems to be taking a couple of days to get back in the swing of things, but I should be designing again by tomorrow. I was happy to go and happy to return home as well. :)

Have a great Sunday! Sheila

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

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#13 posted 11-03-2013 06:47 PM

I’m glad your back, I was wondering why you didn’t have your daily blog. At first I thought something happen to you. I’m glad you had a good time and welcome back!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 11-03-2013 08:59 PM

Welcome home Sheila and Keith. It’s great to hear about your trip and see the photos of your beautiful family. I’m glad you had a safe and happy time. Looking forward to seeing more designs. It’s always good to get a break and go away from everything for a bit and I think home gets appreciated even more!
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#15 posted 11-04-2013 09:28 AM

Hi, Dennis and Anna! It is good to be back. I loved seeing everyone and I am happy that we went. But I am also very happy to be home. I missed 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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