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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #147: There's No Place Like Home

10-28-2010 11:52 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

After yesterday’s adventure, I am happy to be able to stay at home and get some work done today. Although I know it is good for me to venture out into the real world sometimes, I can’t help but appreciate the comfort and security of my own surroundings. I have always been someone who enjoys their surroundings, and even though I look forward to the day trips I take, there is something comforting and safe about returning home. I don’t think that it is severe enough to be re...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #145: Mostly business stuff

10-26-2010 12:33 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday I was quite busy with many little tasks that added up to filling the day up. Did you every have a day like that? I must have checked off ten things on my ‘to do’ list that would have almost been forgotten about. Although I didn’t physically push the pile very far on the painting front, I plan to do so today. With all the little things out of the way, I should be able to dedicate the vast majority of the day to painting. I have received good reviews for the s...

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Shop Cleanup

10-25-2010 08:28 PM by sawblade1 | 4 comments »

This is the NE corner This is my table saw and south wall This is my workbench SW Corner As you can see from the primary views It was a mess!!!! This was after I cleaned up NE CORNER Table saw And south wall Workbench area SW corner I started Saturday afternoon by moving my CMS Station from the South wall to the East wall opening up much needed space along the narrow or 12’ section of my shop Enabling me to push my tablesaw out of the way for ...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #144: Growing Pains

10-25-2010 01:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I think everything is pretty much done. I really do. I am almost afraid to say anything though because there seems to be so many little details that I know there is bound to be something out of kilter. This morning I woke up to the message that none of the article links worked on the site. That got my eyes opened a bit quicker than my cup of coffee did. I did figure out the problem and it is now corrected. It was simple, but as with most cases such as that, when working with html and a...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #143: That Odd Feeling of Being "Caught Up"

10-24-2010 01:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I think everything is running normally now. At least I hope so. I was happy to say that I woke up this morning and was able to access my site by typing in the normal address. (I had to clear the cache in my browser, but it worked right away when I did) I had a couple of orders yesterday too, so it appears that all the mechanics of the site are functioning properly. It will probably take a day or so for the servers to catch up with the domain change but everyone should be able to access th...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #142: We're Up and Running!! (Well - sort of!)

10-23-2010 12:18 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 16 comments »

Well, I did it! Last night sometime after supper, I got brave and hit the ‘publish’ button on my new site. After looking at it all week long, it seemed that it was time to really check things out. I still had to finish those few pattern packets, but I needed to try some things out like making sure the processor and ordering process worked and I didn’t want to wait because the general phone customer support isn’t available on weekends (except if you choose to purchas...

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How to protect your designs

10-22-2010 09:04 PM by Tadd | 24 comments »

First, to ensure complete disclosure, I am an intellectual property attorney but none of what I am saying here is legal advise. Over the last few months of browsing this and other blogs, I have become rather upset about the misinformation being posted on these sites. I have seen many entries on Lumberjocks and elsewhere debating how to protect furniture design—and most of the comments are simply misinformed. I would like to direct your attention to a very recent case: Universal F...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #141: Taming the Programming Beast

10-22-2010 01:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Yesterday is the type of day which should reinforce what I have been preaching all along – we follow where we focus. For those of you who are regular readers, you know that the past couple of days have had me doing what I wouldn’t call my favorite aspect of the job – programming and data entry. Setting up the new site can be a tedious and daunting task for someone like me. I know enough to get by, but we all know how dangerous that can be. I had set the entire day asid...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #140: Every Day Isn't Exciting

10-21-2010 01:12 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Today’s post will be short, I expect. Unless I start to ramble. I don’t believe I have much to say that is exciting or very interesting. I spent yesterday buried under a blanket of HTML working on the web site. Dawn to dusk if you will. (In between I made a meat loaf – but that was just to take a break and get away for a bit.) I did reach my goal though of checking each of the nearly 400 products and checking and rewriting the descriptions. Somehow it doesn’t ...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #139: I Couldn't Do This Alone

10-20-2010 01:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

There are so many different facets to having my own business as a designer. Drawing the pattern and making the prototype are just a small part of the process. Once those steps are completed, then there is the task of making the pattern packet. This includes photography and writing. It also includes laying out the pattern in a packet format. Then comes the marketing part. I need to decide whether it going to the magazine or directly to the wholesalers and for sale on my own site. If it i...

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