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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #519: Writing Pattern Packets and 'Just Thinking'

11-11-2011 01:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

Today’s post isn’t going to be very exciting, I am afraid. I spent pretty much of yesterday working on the patterns for the new ornaments. I took ‘good’ pictures of each individually and then in the designated sets and I have to work a bit on those photographs before integrating them into the pattern packets. I also picked through the line work and made everything just right for both the small ornament sizes and the plaque sized designs. I hope to finish up the ins...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #518: Trial and Error and Finally Success

11-10-2011 02:02 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

First of all, I want to thank everyone for all the nice comments and personal messages you sent me regarding these ornaments. Nothing makes the extra hours and effort spent more worth it than knowing that others enjoy what you made. Anyone who creates can attest to that. The long hours at the saw spent working on these (as well as my sore back!) are now just a faded memory, replaced by a sense of accomplishment and achievement. It really does me good to see how much everyone likes these, ...

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Trials and Tribulations #1: Turned Down a Project... Not Enough $$

11-10-2011 04:54 AM by DamnYankee | 20 comments »

One of my previous customers (the Doll Wardrobes) asked me to build her a Hall Tree. She had pictures of two that she liked parts of, one she liked the bead board back of the other she liked the bench of. I did some rough designing and thought through the process/steps and determined the project would take about $350 in materials and take me about 40+ hours to complete. The time included shopping for the materials, the cutting, the assembly, and finishing (she wanted it painted). I then st...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #517: Almost There

11-09-2011 02:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 15 comments »

I made a great deal of progress yesterday in my ornaments. I am truly happy with them so far and I look forward to finishing them up today. I finished cutting the final two by around noon, and I also remembered to take step-by-step pictures of the final one so that I can include them in the instructions. That is something that I sometimes forget about when doing projects such as this. I am so engrossed with seeing if things will work out as I planned, that I forget to do the obvious. ...

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A Strong Aussie Dollar

11-09-2011 09:40 AM by degoose | 15 comments »

This is really for all the Aussies here… who do not read my regular blog… It is certainly nice to have a very strong Aussie dollar… not good for exports but certainly for imports.. now before I get bagged for saying this… let us look at some of the things we need that we have to import… for me the number one item is Titebond III glue… for the longest time it was just around the AU$ 90.00 mark for a US gallon or 3.75 ltrs… Thanks to the strengthe...

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Is your wood twisting like a potato chip?

11-09-2011 02:26 AM by Jewell Hardwoods - Tim Layzell | 0 comments »

If you are reading this post you probably already know live edge furniture has become very popular over the last couple years, and for good reason. In order to escape the particle board import furniture you find at the retail store, people have been drawn to the unique beauty of a live edge table. In every piece is the history of where it came from and how it became your inspiration. The problem is, a large slab needs to be dried slowly over a period of several years in order to ensure the...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #516: Quality Takes Time

11-08-2011 01:48 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I finally got a bit caught up with my sleep. The last couple of days have been odd. I suppose getting up so early has something to do with it, coupled with the time spent at the saw. Yesterday I felt a bit tense, like everything was going on too quickly and I wasn’t able to keep up with things. Every time I tried to sit down and work, something else would pop up that needed my attention. As time passed on, I felt more and more anxiety because I know I wanted to get to a certain poin...

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Boards. #8: Big Pineapple Farmers Market.

11-07-2011 10:32 PM by degoose | 18 comments »

As you may have read from a previous post, I had an order for some cheese boards to be sold at a farmers market at the Big Pineapple on the Sunshine Coast…Richard and Julie came by the workshop and perused my stock and in the end there were quite a few boards ordered including a few chopping boards and some sushi boards. [17 items all up]Deb and I went up to the Grand Re-Opening to have a look [and take some pics for you to see] That is the Big Pineapple… a tourist attraction s...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #515: Baby Steps Can Take Longer, But the Results Are Often Worth It

11-07-2011 12:42 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

It seems that I am out of the gate quite early this morning. I wouldn’t think I would have been because I was simply exhausted last night and could barely keep my eyes open. But I awoke today well before 5 am and it was one of those times when there was no point in staying in bed anymore and I figure I may as well get something done and take advantage of the extra time. So here I am. I don’t remember having much difficulty adjusting to time changes before. Perhaps I am gett...

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Selling Your Wood Work Tutorial #10: Dealing with Objections Part 2

11-07-2011 06:24 AM by Michael1 | 2 comments »

Dealing with Objections Part 2 Often times when selling, we encounter other objections than price objections or the customer wanting time to think about the purchase. What do you do if you get a downright “No” when you close the sale? Or what if the customer is reluctant to change the status quo? Maybe your competition is a larger better equipped shop and your prospect has objections to your capabilities or lead times. What...

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