My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1746: 50 Shades of Grey and Other Adventures

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-15-2016 11:44 AM 1443 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If anything, we are learning that expanding to a full sized home from a one bedroom apartment is an 'adventure'.  While customizing things to our own needs and preferences is fun, it is a lot of work and takes a great deal of time. 

Yesterday we decided to take off to New Minas – a town that is about two hours away – as that is where the nearest Home Depot store is located. I mentioned before that I had not finished with my scroll saw room and one of the things that still needed to be done was to add in the shelving and some storage boxes to hold the pre-cut wood pieces for the kits that I am selling. Up until now, I have had three small(ish) Rubbermaid boxes that were about all I could handle in my little place. While they were sufficient for the most part, they didn't allow room for expansion or for me to really make things ahead of time. There just wasn't room to store them. 

I find it easy to cut a couple of extra pieces when filling an order. Sometimes there is just enough extra wood to accommodate an ornament or two and instead of either throwing the pieces out of having to store small scraps, I just keep cutting. This is especially true with my most popular kits, and it is a nice 'surprise' to have the wood pieces ready to go when I receive an order for them. It makes things so much more efficient. 

But that was a luxury that I couldn't really afford all the time, as space was so precious. One of the best things of having this new work area is that there is plenty of room for some extra 'stock' for order. That will make things so much easier. 

So I wanted to make a 'quick trip' to New Minas to both Michael's and Home Depot, which are located in the same shopping area. Michael's had some great containers in a good size for my purpose and Home Depot had some large bins for my basement storage place that I will show in a minute. There was no time like the present, so off we went. 

We did well and filled the car to its limit with containers. The day was beautiful and warm and sunny and we were back here by about 2pm. However, the move has taken its toll on both Keith and I and we were so tired that we needed to take a nap for an hour or two. Between the constant work and the sleepless nights planning everything, we have both been pretty exhausted. But the mission was accomplished and now I can spend the weekend staying close to home and continuing the organizational project. 

The day before was a good one, although I had a couple of "hiccups" in the process. Keith's mom came over for a visit and that was nice, and I tried to do some odds and ends that I was meaning to get to. Our new furniture in the dining room would be arriving any day now and I had patched a couple of places in the wall where there were nail holes and so forth. The owners left the touch up paint for all the rooms, but there were several shades of grey  paint to choose from. Last week I did similar touch-ups in the living room with excellent results. Keith was amazed at how the filled holes disappeared and how well the paint blended. You couldn't even tell that I did anything and the room looked great. But after a week or more of looking at spackled holes in the dining room, I though it was time to paint over them before the new pieces arrived. 

I started painting and noticed the grey seemed a bit darker than before. For the life of me, I couldn't remember if paint dried DARKER or LIGHTER than it was when it was wet. The color was close enough that I thought I was doing OK, but as it dried, I got this sense of dread as the new paint looked quite dark and obviously didn't match what was on the wall. (sigh!)

Me being me – I worked fast and not only did this to ONE wall, but all THREE. What I had on my hands was a MESS!

Genius that I am, I decided to allow it to dry and picked one of the lighter greys in color. Instead of testing the wall in a small area, I once again painted the entire wall over.  But alas – this time the grey was TOO LIGHT:

Now I was getting sad.  The last thing I needed to do was paint the entire living room and dining room. I would have to do them both because they are in essence, the same room and there would be no good stopping point.  

Keith mentioned that he had taken some old paint to the depot to get rid of it that very morning. He said there was a shade of grey in the mix, but he thought it was an old and obsolete one. So off I went to the dump to pick up the paint. 

I successfully retreived the paint, but alas, it didn't match either. There was one more candidate that I had but I didn't recall the label, as it was a different brand than all of the rest of the paint. However, there was no other choice but to give it a try and I did that in a tiny coner.  

It MATCHED!!  I can't tell you how relieved I was.  Within about 10 minutes, I was able to cover the mess on all the walls beautifully! 

Life was good again! Now on to the next project . . . 

I wanted to show you all Keith's progress in his basement shop.  After cleaning the basement, power washing it and painting the floors, he is building a large workbench for himself. It is quite an undertaking but he is doing a great job at it. 

He framed everything out to make it level:

And then he began adding framing for the work table:

He got further last night than the photos show, but I haven't been down there yet to get photos. I promise them for next time. :) 

His workshop will be very nice and roomy and I am amazed at how he turned unused space into something so functional. 

On the other side of the basement, I have my corner for all my seasonal decorations and painting surfaces. These are the bins that we needed more of. It is great to have them all the same, as they stack so nicely. Each bin is labeled on two sides with the season of what is inside. Most of them are only partially full,  allowing room for expansion. This way, all I need to do is grab the appropriate 'season' and all my decorations for that season are right at hand. What could be easier??

In the meantime, the kitties are all settling in nicely. After Coco's trip to "Narnia" last week when she crawled into a vent, she has been pretty good about not wanting to travel to new places. They have all loved the many windows and the many rooms to relax and explore in. I received and put together my printer cart a couple of days ago and they were all very 'helpful' in the process. I think everyone is settling in nicely. 

So that is it for today. I have loads of  projects to work on this weekend. I will keep showing you all of our organizations stuff as we get them done, as we hope this will inspire you in your own shop and home. 

There is still so much to do, but it is all fun and good and I am starting to feel less achy and more energetic. The hard part is over and accomplishing things one by one is really rewarding. It is all good. 

It rained hard last night and the wind was howling. We have a large valley behind us and the wind seems to follow up it to the house. It offers great breezes on those hot days though and for the most part is a good thing. It is something that we need to get used to though. 

I wish you all a wonderful and creative weekend. I know I will be busy here and I hope that I have a lot to show you on Monday.  

Be safe and have fun!  Happy Friday 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 07-15-2016 03:45 PM

You will be amazed how fast all that space will be used! Best wishes.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 06:13 PM

Have fun this weekend. You are going to have an awesome space to work!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 07-17-2016 01:36 PM

Good morning on Sunday! This is the first time I had a chance to skim the internet this weekend. I am sorry for the late response.

Yes – Keith has already filled up the basement with his RC car collection and stuff. He is amazed at how much he has now that it is all in one place. Funny how things creep up on us, isn’t it? I will probably post pictures of the finished shop this week in the blog. :)

Anna – the weekend is going well. I just LOVE my new work spaces – both my new shop area and the new studio. Both are pleasant, functional and comfortable to work in. I feel like a queen! I hope you 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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#4 posted 07-17-2016 07:29 PM

i love the kittie patrol, i bet there just loving all the new adventures, im really happy for you guys, maybe if you are in there enough to live and be happy, maybe you can slow down and go a bit slower,,,i know im getting old, but i think that only happens in the US,,,,so you guys over there in Canada….you guys dont age…..LOL.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 07-17-2016 11:11 PM

Hi, Bob. Yes – the kitties are starting to really settle in and love all the new space, views and rooms to explore. There are so many windows on both floors for them to look out of! We have beautiful scenery, too and there are some ‘regular’ cats that seem to like to stroll by in the back near the woods. There is a white kitty that I see nearly every day that takes a trip by and there was even a pheasant the other day. I can’t imagine what the kitties are thinking!

They still scatter when the door opens or someone comes in. I think they are scared of delivery men or the painter or the many others that helped us move. We are fortunate to have a ‘mud room/laundry room’ that has a door so that we can be sure to close it when bringing in stuff like the laundry from the line or the groceries. That we we are sure that they are safe here with us.

I hope it has been a good summer for you. All my best to both you and Sue. :)


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

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