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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #398: Almost Routine

07-12-2011 12:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 23 comments »

I would like to be able to post an exciting or remarkable post every day. But some days, life isn’t very exciting or remarkable. That doesn’t mean it is bad. In fact, I would lean more toward those being good days. Although we all like to mix it up a bit, I have no problem with days that tend to be on the ‘routine’ side. People tell me on days like today that it isn’t really necessary to write here every single day. No one expects it and no one would thin...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #397: Unexpected Success

07-11-2011 12:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It is odd how some days can begin by being just ‘ordinary’ days, but by the time the sun sets, they turn into something special. I love when that happens. It fills us with promise and hope on the not so good days when things don’t seem to be going exactly as we planned, and a sense of adventure in knowing that any day could turn into something special. Yesterday was just like that. It began ordinary enough. I did my blog here and my emails and all the morning house ...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #396: Productive Days are Good

07-10-2011 01:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

For a rainy day, I didn’t do too badly. In fact, I got a lot accomplished yesterday. It was one of those good days where everything flowed along nicely and even though I was in several different directions, things seemed to move right along and by the end of the day, I made a nice sized dent in what I wanted to do. I got 20 sets of the little skating pond cut. Psychologically that was a huge boost. Just seeing the little figures pile up so quickly (in only a couple of hours) made ...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #395: What Happened to Friday? I Blinked and it Was Gone!

07-09-2011 01:22 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday kind of slipped by me and I never touched a paint brush. I am not complaining (well . . . sorta) but it was just one of those things. At lease when I put down my keyboard from my computer, which was after 11pm, I felt as if I accomplished some important things. We all have those days where we start out intending to get ‘X’ accomplished and wind up with alphabet soup. Even though that some days I can neatly go down my list and check things off in the process, more o...

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Rockler: Anyone notice? (UPDATED)

07-08-2011 06:21 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 14 comments »

Has anyone noticed the latest sale flier from Rockler? It’s the one with the sale that goes from 7/9 to 7/29. Unlike all their other fliers or even the online one. It has a 50% off coupon on the back page on the 2nd item. But nowhere does it say that the item has to be of equal or lower price. It does have fine print that excludes some items but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen this without the lower priced item as the second one. I wonder if it would work. Buy a $2 hin...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #394: And Now For Something Completely Different

07-08-2011 01:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Part of the reason that I like my job so much is that there are so many different aspects involved in the day to day activity of it, it never seems mundane or boring. Sure, it would be great if I could just scroll saw all the time and not have to worry about anything else, but I think that after a while, even that would lose its luster and not be much fun. Having a job that is fun and exciting is something that everyone wants and few people have. We have all heard the saying “It is...

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Saw Blade Question

07-07-2011 06:11 PM by WoodArtbyJR | 4 comments »

As I have stated in previous blogs, I lost my blade sharpening guy at the begining of this year (another causuality of the ecomomy). Fellow LJ MrEdd told me about a place that he takes his blades. A world wide company named Leitz Tooling. They have a delevery route that is close to my home so I meet the salesperson and take advantage of their service. Prices are good ($15 for a 10” 40 tooth carbide blade sharpening). Haven’t tried the blades yet since I got them back but how ...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #393: Preparing Patterns

07-07-2011 01:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I woke up this morning to a sunny and hazy day. Although the sun was just rising, I already could tell it was going to be a hot day. Yesterday was probably one of the warmest days of the year here so far. It was sticky and still and slightly uncomfortable. I spent as much time as I could out on the small deck with Pancakes, my kitty, as it was slightly cooler there, but I didn’t have a lot of things that I could do outside, as I needed to do work on my computer. So I sucked it up a...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #392: Setting Boundaries

07-06-2011 01:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

Those who know me well know that I am fairly easy going. I have had my share of turmoil in my life, and I am at the point where I just like things to go smoothly. If I get pushed a little bit, I tend not to be reactionary, but rather think things through and consider whether it warrants fighting back or letting it slide. Most of the time I let things go. After all, is it really worth a conflict? I like being this way. I like the reputation of being even-tempered and cooperative. In m...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #391: Finishing Some Things and Starting Others

07-05-2011 12:57 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

Well, everything that is going to be submitted for the catalogs this holiday is sent. Here it is only the middle of the year and I can’t help but feel my retail fate is sealed. That sounds ominous I realize, but it just seems kind of foolish to me. Even the magazines don’t take five months to get their publications out. I suppose that I am not doing their job though, so who am I to say. I have resigned myself to the fact that things are that way and I don’t want to wa...

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