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Location: Meteghan, Nova Scotia, Canada
Website: www.sheilalandrydesigns.com

Hi:
I have been doing art and creative things for as long as I remember. From the time I was very young, I love to draw, paint and do crafts. As I got older and purchased my own house, I learned to do a range of things from drywall to ceramic tile installation to installing hard wood floors. Somehow the satisfaction of doing things myself became quite addictive.

About 20 years ago, my girlfriends' father introduced us to scroll sawing. At the time I was doing decorative painting and we loved to be able to cut our own wood to paint without having to ask the men to do it. I immediately fell in love with the intricate process and soon began designing my own patterns.

One thing led to another and I met a group of editors from All American Crafts publications at a trade show in Chicago. They saw my work and I was asked to allow them to publish some of my projects in several of their magazines. (Craftworks, Paintworks and Creative Woodworks and Crafts). That was in 1997 and I have been working with them ever since. I earned the title of 'Contributing Editor' from Creative Woodwowrks and Crafts magazine shortly after and have had well over 100 projects published in their magazines.

Since my children are grown now, I have become a full time designer, mainly in scroll saw patterns. I developed my own website (www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) where I sell my scroll saw patterns, as well as offer free articles and patterns. I still work for the magazine and I am proud to say that I have had at least one project in each issue for over six years running, many times two or three. I still try to learn more every day and hope to learn to build larger items such as furniture. I am looking at this forum to make new friendships, learn new skills and hopefully help others too.

I grew up in Chicago but came to Nova Scotia almost six years ago. I have come to love Canada too, and feel that I am privileged to be able to call two countries home. My children are still in the Chicago area. My son is a Joliet, Illinois police officer living in Plainfield, IL and my daughter is still finding her way. I have had a busy life so far, but truly enjoy where my life is at now. I guess I am a workaholic, because I live, breath and sleep thinking about woodworking, but I hope to get back and do some painting in my spare time too. I also love technology and computers and get around here pretty good! Computers are imperative to my business and also my social life, as I keep in touch with my friends and children and also produce my own patterns. (How come there aren't 48 hours in a day?) I guess it keeps me out of trouble.

I am not married, but with a wonderful, talented man who shares my love of woodworking, computers and creating. He supports my creativity every day and is also turning out to be a wonderful designer and an asset to my business and life.

So I guess life is good! Sorry to be so lengthy, but I guess I have had a full life. And I know I am not done yet!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know everyone a lot better.

Sheila

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

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#1 posted 05-29-2010 05:09 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 05-29-2010 05:25 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

To get the most feedback on your projects, it’s best to only post 1 or 2 at a time. This way you will get feedback over several days and from a wide variety of members.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary

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#3 posted 05-29-2010 06:02 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 05-29-2010 09:46 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 05-29-2010 12:10 PM

Thank you all for the warm welcome! I was told about this site by Steve Good, who has a wonderful site geared to small woodworking projects and scroll sawing. I just filled in my name and went to sleep and I woke up to such a nice reception! I am going to take some time today to fill out my profile and stuff completely and look around the site to find my way. I hope to be active and posting very soon! I am looking forward to all that I will learn from everyone and seeing their wonderful projects and creations. I truly believe that we never stop learning our entire lives. When I taught decorative painting, I quickly realized that I learned something new from each and every class. I like to put the phrase ‘Knowledge is Power’ in my signature line, because I feel that learning empowers us, not in an arrogant way, but in a way so that we can appreciate people, things and the world around us fully. It may sound sappy but it is the way I choose to think. Thank you again for the nice thoughts. I think I am really going to like it here!

Sheila

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

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Max

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#6 posted 05-29-2010 05:29 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 05-30-2010 01:14 AM

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#8 posted 05-30-2010 05:09 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do, I’m sure you will.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#9 posted 05-30-2010 11:43 PM

A1 Jims welcome wagon

Here is a list of links that might be helpful for new members
Posting photos http://lumberjocks.com/GaryK/blog/8899
Who to contact regarding Lumber jocks questions
Martin Sojka http://lumberjocks.com/messages/new/msojka
Getting started http://lumberjocks.com/help/getting-started
Reading and commenting http://lumberjocks.com/help/reading-commenting
Finding information http://lumberjocks.com/help/finding-information

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#10 posted 06-02-2010 06:47 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a few months ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…

Wisty

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 06-02-2010 02:45 PM

Thank you very much everyone for the nice welcome! I am still looking around and getting to know the site.The links that Jim sent will really be helpful because this is a huge site. I hope to start joining in and getting my feet wet soon, and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and seeing their work.

Thanks again for the nice reception!

Sheila

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

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ND2ELK

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#12 posted 06-02-2010 02:55 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Beginningwoodworker

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#13 posted 06-04-2010 06:37 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#14 posted 06-09-2010 02:46 PM

Welcome aboard.

Like the Tardis Lumberjocks seems to be bigger on the inside than it appears from the outside. There’s all sorts here.

I hope you enjoy it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#15 posted 07-06-2010 04:59 AM

Your scroll work is beautiful I am just starting I still trying to turn my scroll saw on Have a good day

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