My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1194: Preparing for the Holiday

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-16-2013 11:54 AM 1315 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We made it through the snow/ice storm unscathed.

What began as several inches of snow in the morning, turned to falling ice pellets and rain by noon. I must say that I was a bit disappointed, as I feel that not only was the snow much prettier than ice and rain, but it was also safer.

Somewhere mid-morning, I tried to open the door to take a better look outside. Pancakes and Edgar ran to investigate just how deep the snow was.

It was about 5-6 inches and we were barely able to push open the door. I had thought about taking a nice walk down the road as soon as I was dressed. But that ideas was soon put on the shelf when by the time I had something to eat and showered and changed, the snow had changed to icy rain, accompanied by strong winds. My Winter Wonderland was turning into a huge mess.

So I decided to tackle the task at hand – getting everything that I wanted to mail out ready for the post office. As I made the final list as of what was to go, I realized that it was a lot more stuff than I had thought.

I am not great at sending cards and things. I get behind just like everyone else. Each year I buy a box of cards that I intend to send to those who touch my lives and more so than not, the majority of them don’t get finished or sent. The realization of how FEW got sent out in recent years was quite evident as I opened my box of Christmas wrap and such and found THREE nearly full boxes of cards from years gone past which were testament to my previous failures. For each year I simply run out of time and wind up abandoning the project altogether. Thus I store the cards for “next year” and I completely forget that I have them and buy more. The result is a good variety and quantity of cards on hand. But seeing them this year made me more determined – this year I will succeed in getting them out.

I spent pretty much of the weekend writing cards. I know that many don’t send cards anymore, and that is understandable. Postage is costly and people tend to communicate even more online than anything else. I have taken a fancy to sending “e-cards”, as they can even go out last minute and still be on time. But it seems that when I finally found a really nice site and subscribed to them, many of those on my list subscribe to it as well. That kind of takes the fun and surprise out of the card to me, although they are very pretty to watch anyway. So for this year, I decided to send some real cards through the mail, and while I realize that they may be a little late, they will be sent nonetheless.

I also had to get the boxes for my children ready to be shipped. Since they are going via courier, there is hope that they will all arrive on time. We did pare things down a bit with them though, as it is difficult for me to purchase things for them here in Canada and send them to the USA. The cost for shipping is high and I feel that they would rather have me give them the additional money and get something useful than spend it on shipping. But I did make them all something nice as a keepsake, as well as my dear little grand daughter Willow.

She is growing so fast and I am enjoying seeing her pictures as she gets bigger. I made her a special little keepsake that I didn’t want to show here just yet.

So once things get posted today, the major pressure is off. I am pretty set for things for my family here in Canada and I will feel a great relief by the end of the day. Our own family here is small, and we will wind up having a low key Christmas. It will be quite different without Keith’s dad here, and I am sure it will be even harder for Keith and his mom. We plan on having Keith’s mom over on Christmas Eve, and she is going to teach me how to make the Acadian dish of rappie pie which I speak of so often. That to me is the best gift she could give, as her rappie pie is the best I ever had. We plan to cook and watch some Christmas movies and just enjoy each others’ company, which will make it a great day.

On Christmas Day we plan to head to Digby to spend the day with Bernie and Ellen and their daughter Cindy. I call them my “Canadian Family” as they had long ago welcomed me into their home. I don’t think I spent a Christmas or major holiday without seeing them since I met them nearly ten years ago. It will also be a wonderful day, as we are bringing Keith’s mom to join us.

So little by little things are getting done. For the first time in a long while, I am not thinking much about “work.” I want to take this time to enjoy my friends and family and life in general. There is enough on our site so that work can be put on hold for a short while, with little negative consequences. There will be time to get back to it soon, but for now, I want to enjoy the season.

It feels odd not to be driven by deadlines and things of that nature. But it also feels good. Taking time to relax and enjoy what we accomplished is very important in our well being. I believe this with all of my heart.

I enjoyed watching the cats interact with Edgar (the elf doll) yesterday. It seems that they all took turns getting to know him. First Richard:

And then Coco:

I think it is going to be a good week.

Have a wonderful week yourselves. Please try to not get stressed out by the season. Take time to enjoy your friends and families and the time you have with them.

Happy Monday

-- 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 12-16-2013 01:36 PM

Have a gr8 week. Sip on a spiked eggnog to de-stress.. lol

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 01:57 PM

Thanks, Roger – You have a great week as well. I am in the home stretch here and feeling pretty relaxed. :)

Take care, 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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#3 posted 12-16-2013 01:57 PM

Glad you are safe. Say high to the cats.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 01:59 PM

Thanks Spunwood! They are all wound up on the holiday happenings. They sense when things are occurring and they are either wild and crazy or sound asleep – refueling! It is a fun time for all!!

Have a great week yourself!


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

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 03:40 PM

Hi Sheila..
As you know we are based in Canada also and ship our Scroll Saw products all over the world.
I was a little surprised that you say it’s expensive to ship to the USA?
Actually we are located about 10 miles from Niagara Falls Canada and using Canada Post
we ship to the USA and worldwide very reasonably…
That said… if we ship the Same Item ANYWHERE in Canada it’s almost DOUBLE??
It’s cheaper for us to ship to AUSTRALIA than it is 30 miles North to Toronto.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!
BigFoot Products

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 05:49 PM

Good morning Sheila. I’m glad you made it through that storm. It looked pretty messy! Enjoy your relaxation time. It’s nice to not have deadlines at this time of the year so you can enjoy time with family and friends.
I have to agree with you that shipping anything overseas or the US from Canada is expensive. I usually ship my overseas parcels in the States. There is a break point though where shipping in Canada is cheaper. It depends on the size and weight of the item. I check how much it costs here before I make the decision to ship from the US.
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 11:04 PM

I think it is like Anna says, David. It depends on the item and the destination. We also find that some items cost more to ship within Canada than to another country. I just don’t get it. :/

Nearly done Anna – Nearly done! Then it will be time to enjoy the season. :) Have a wonderful evening.


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

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