My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1498: Snowed In

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-16-2015 01:42 PM 1885 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I never mind the snow very much. Being from Chicago, I am used to polar temperatures as well as blistering heat and humidity. Anyone who grew up in Chicago knows that it is just part of life, and the old saying "if you don't like the weather – just wait – it will be different in a couple of hours" is one that really put things in perspective living in The Windy City.  

I suppose that is why I take things like the weather in stride. When I moved here to Nova Scotia, Canada eleven years ago I had people look at me as if I were crazy. Many of my friends expressed that as well. After all, many people from Chicago retire to warmer areas and don't move further north. 

But the cold never really bothered me. It still doesn't. My philosophy is that you can always put on additional layers of clothing, but once you are nearly naked, you are pretty much stuck. I don't do well with humidity and the only times I really 'enjoy' the heat is when I can spend the day at the beach or in a pool. Those times seem to be rare as I get older. While I still enjoy those warm days at the beach, responsibility seems to get the best of me most days and it only happens a few times during the season. 

Like many, we have experienced one heck of a weather week. First about a foot of snow came mid-week. Then another. Then this weekend we were hit with another foot or so and more accompanied with some brutal winds. We now have a 3-4 foot base of snow with drifts anywhere form 4-7 feet high. Here is what looking out my door was like yesterday afternoon:

That view is from my deck, and the bottom sill of the bay window is about 5 feet from the ground. 

But it wasn't done yet. Add to that 90-140 km winds and another at least six to twelve inches before the day was through and you have yourself a real snow storm. Keith went out several times to try to keep at least our small deck clear enough to open the door, but he was unable to accomplish little else. The wind was too brutal. 

We took it all in stride though. While we were fully prepared to lose power, I am happy to say we did not. I have to hand it to Nova Scotia Power – they did well. While I heard of a few spotty areas without electricity, given the brutality of the storm, most of us stayed good. 

I decided to work on my painting projects, since I could continue to do that even without electricity. I had many distractions though, as I decided to do things like fill some extra water buckets and make a pot of soup (and coffee!) "just in case".  

One time, I returned from one of those distractions and went to my palette. It seemed my mid-green paint puddle  was 'missing':

I could have sworn that I just refilled it!  I looked further and it dawned on me what happened:

The trail lead from the table all along the back of the couch back onto the table and over the two chair pads. I found the culpret at the end of it:

"Mr. Greenfoot" (aka: Pancakes) thought he would do some painting of his own! He saw that I was painting shamrocks and decided he would paint his own, apparently. He decorated the entire kitchen! 

Thank goodness for alcohol, as it quickly cleaned up the mess. I left it on his foot though because for one – his feet are pretty much off limits and I also didn't want to put the harsh and bitter alcohol where he would lick it. It would wear off quickly enough.   

That was our big adventure for the day. The storm howled outside and I spent a good deal of time preparing for the power outage that didn't happen and visiting with my friends through Facebook. It seems that many of them were also hit with winter in different degrees. 

By evening Keith was able to clean the pathway in front of our house. We decided to try to go for a walk, just to see how things were. 

We donned several layers of cloths and headed out into the night:

While our walkway was clear, the hardest treck was from the end of it to the street, as our driveway had about 3 feet of more of snow to trudge through. But we made it and we nearly got to the mill at the end of our street when the drifts were so high we decided to turn around and come home. The wind was mostly at our back while we walked home, so it wasn't really bad at all. It was quite an adventure. 

It is supposed to be cold the entire week. Clean up for the storm hasn't really even started here this morning. I haven't heard the plow at all. I don't know how they are going to ge the driveways cleared because there is so much snow that I don't know where they are going to put it – even here in the country. It is deep and just a solid wall wherever we look. 

Needless to say, we won't be heading out to the gym or post office today. Canada has a holiday (as does the USA) so most places will be closed anyway I expect. It will be a good day to finish up my painting and maybe start on my next project. 

Keith kept busy all day and even finished up a new pattern. He calls it SLDK550 - Proud Military Plaque Set

All four patterns are included in the set. I think they are pretty cool. They are available now on our site. 

We are really fortunate that we were able to do 'business as usual' over the weekend. We had just updated the site and sent out our newsletter on Friday and were really busy with orders. I am happy we didn't disappoint anyone. 

I also received the composite photo for all the classes for the Art Play Date 2015 that I am participating in:

It will be much easier to encourage people to join if you can see ALL the wonderful projects that will be offered. You can check out the gallery to better see the projects and sign up through my link. The cost for the entire course is $99 and includes all 25 classes taught over 25 weeks by 24 teachers. You get access to the videos for a year and can watch them over and over if you want. You also get to download the written lessons so that you have permanent patterns of the entire course. These are some of the best teachers in the industry and the value is incredible (under $4 per lesson!) It is like having a convention at your leisure! My projects will be the Winter Ice Skates:

With a bonus project of painting on a REAL ice skate:

I am also offering a $7 discount on purchasing the ice skate kit, or a free SLDP225 Witch Boots pattern for those who sign up through my link. (That is how we get paid for teaching – by those who sign up through our site) 

I hope you consider it. There are many techniques to learn from this!

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and day 'off' for those who have a holiday. I also hope the snow hasn't affected you too much. Keep in mind that it is only temporary and soon spring will arrive. 

Until then – it is a good time to stay inside and do something creative! 

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 02-16-2015 02:05 PM

LOL Pancakes… The only thing that comes to mind is Inspector Klu-So in the Pink Panther movie… Now, all I’m hearing in my head is the Pink Panther jingle.. hahahaha. OH, and YIKES for all that snow. We have about 3” now here in KY, and it’s still coming down.

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

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 02:09 PM

Yes – he is funny! He and Richard even came to terms sleeping on my coat! (They typically don’t like each other!) Extreme circumstances make strange bedfellows! :)

I hope you survive your “Kentucky Blizzard!” ;)


-- 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 02-16-2015 08:44 PM

Very interesting classes on the Art Pay Date 2015. I’m sure you will get lots of responses.
I sure don’t miss those back East snow storms! We are enjoying an early Spring and the cherry blossoms are already popping out. Stay safe and warm.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 08:46 PM

It is still pretty cold, but the plow came by and we are good to go! :) All will be well! Spring will come again eventually! ;)

Have a great day!

-- 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 02-16-2015 08:48 PM

I take it you used the alcohol on the mess, not internally. Glad to hear you are coping well with the storms. We don’t do that bad in the UK because of the gulf stream. Lowest I’ve known it is about -10 centigrade. We don’t know how to cope with extreme weather as we get it rarely. When we do the country is paralysed. It might get down to freezing here tonight, so ice to scrape of the car windscreen. Oh the humanity!.

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

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#6 posted 02-16-2015 08:53 PM

Yes – alcohol does wonders on paint! (externally, that is!)

Those who aren’t used to extremes just don’t know how to deal with them. Since I grew up in Chicago, we are used to just about anything that comes our way. I am surprised at how many Canadians complain about the snow and cold. We are in CANADA for goodness sake! It is SUPPOSED to SNOW! LOL!

Weather is something you can’t really change (in the short term, anyway) so I don’t expel energy complaining about it. While I love the snow, I do feel for those who it puts a hardship on. To me, it is part of life in Nova Scotia.

Besides . . . there are so many other things to complain about. But I won’t go there . . .

I wish you a good week! :)


-- 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 02-16-2015 10:17 PM

Perhaps you could scroll a couple of tiny snow shovels, and put Pancakes an Richard to work? I’m in a similar situation to that described by Anna . . . snow is virtually gone, trees are budding, and the strawberry plants have full leaves already.

Not used to it being so mild this early . . . something is still coming for sure, and it’s going to be hard on the trees that have already gone to bud. A number of the local orchards have already been cut down in the last couple of years, and it’s a shame to see fruit trees being bought up for $1 per trunk. Wish I had facilities to process that wood.
Stay warm, and put a cat fence around your paints.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 02-17-2015 11:26 AM

Yes, we had that happen last year. Some things began budding and then we were hit with another cold spell. I hope that isn’t the case for your area.

Pancakes and I had a deep conversation regarding the painting issue. I gave him a stern, but loving warning and he PROMISES not to try to paint anymore. He looked like he really meant it so I am taking his word (for now) and hoping he stays out of my paints. I know seeing all the pretty colors is hard for him. He is so eager to help.

Have a wonderful day, John! Thanks for stopping by!


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

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