My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1564: Ready to SHIP!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-01-2015 11:49 AM 1252 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1563: "The Zone" Part 1564 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1565: Winding Down »

I had a very busy, yet very productive weekend. It rained most of the time here in Nova Scotia (as it is now) so I didn't really mind at all. I never really mind working though, as I really do love my job. 

I worked on getting the first big batch of carousel kits completed. It was a milestone for me because it brought to reality something that I have planned for and dreamed about for nearly two years. I am really proud of them. 

As I look at my kitchen table this morning, this is what I see:

It represents months of work and it is nice to know that every single piece was created by hand with care and excitement. The ladies that ordered these kits ahead have been wonderfully supportive, and I thought of them every step of the way while cutting, sanding and assembling things. 

Today everything will be getting packaged and boxed up and I will start shipping them out. I expect it to take all day. In a world where everything is automated and done by machines, it is nice to have a business where I can still be personally involved with my customers. 

As our business grows, I know it can't always be like that. But I want to enjoy the moment while it is here. I hope that no matter what comes my way in the future, I will still be able to offer beautiful products and personal service. 

I was really, really tired last night. I pretty much got all of the cutting you see here done in under a week. Along with that, I created a new pattern for Tole Town as well as a video. My days have been really full. 

After dinner last night I did something I haven't done in a while – I embroidered. Even though I could have started packing things up, I choose to take a couple of hours to just sit and do my needlework. I figure I kind of earned that. 

It will feel pretty good to ship these kits out. It will feel even better to hear that they all arrived safely and to see what the ladies do with them. As a designer and a teacher, I know the joy is just beginning. 

I am going to take a breath, and then I have more to create. I need to design some scroll saw projects and I have more painting  projects already on the drawing table. The best is yet to come!  

I am really happy to be able to do what I love. I appreciate so much the great support of my customers. Your encouragement and friendships really make my job fun. 

Happy Monday 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 06-01-2015 12:31 PM

Sheila, A wonderful feeling of accomplishment I’m quite certain. So gald you’ve gotten that milestone under foot. Press on with PRIDE ( Professional results in daily efforts). Do so enjoy your daily journal entries.

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

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#2 posted 06-01-2015 10:51 PM

A very productive weekend! And some embroidery too! Looking forward to seeing that project.

We had our woodcarving show this weekend. Great talent there. I’ll be posting some photos on our Facebook page this evening and there will also be photos posted to the webpage in the next few days.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 06-02-2015 12:02 PM

Hi, Russell and Anna:
I am sorry I didn’t answer yesterday, but I was buried under ‘stuff’. :)

I am glad you enjoy my posts here. When I am in the midst of a long project such as this, I sometimes wonder if I am being boring with the day-to-day stuff. I am glad you find value in it, as many feel that they like seeing what it entails to run a small business on a daily basis. I also find a lot of encouragement on those days when things don’t always go just right.

I hope to have some other cool things to show you soon. I will probably show my embroidery piece as soon as it is done, Anna. It is close and I plan on working on it later today.

I can’t wait to see the photos of your woodcarving show. I love seeing the talents of others. :)

Take care and 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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