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Exploits collecting "free" wood #6: A better way to haul logs

53 days ago by Monte Pittman | 34 comments »

Up till now, I have done my own logging. Spend 5-6 hours and come home with 8-10 logs. It was a struggle to keep enough wood on hand and drying to keep up with orders. About 2 weeks ago I run across a logger who said that he could help. A year ago I tried to find a logger to buy from with no luck. Wednesday he rolled in. They’re 16’ long. Roughly calculated out to 5200 board feet (Doyle scale). My savings, about 70 hours of labor, no wear and tear on equipment...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1327: On to the New Designs!

53 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

With all the cleaning and organizing, you can imagine that I have been a bit distracted.  In between boxes and sorting, I have been working on some of my newest designs for Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine's holiday issue. The holiday issue is one of my favorite, as it comes out in late August and kicks off the fall and holiday season.  While some may find it odd to be making snowmen, nativities and Santa’s before summer even has taken its hold, after working fo...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1326: Reorganization 2014: Phase 2

54 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I did get to work on my projects yesterday, but we also worked on the second of the three large closets that we are reorganizing and I must say that I am somewhat amazed at how quickly things fell into place.  When we awoke in the morning, we never imagined that we would be completely finished with "Phase 2" of our organizational project, and I must say we are very pleased with the results. The closet we worked on was the third of the three along our hallway wall.  It...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1325: Reorganization: Phase 1 Complete!

55 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Can we EVER have too much storage space?I sincerely doubt it.  As a woodworker/painter/crafter, there always seems to be an endless amount of supplies and materials that we need to have at hand.  Some of us are more conservative than others. We only buy exactly what we need to complete each project and have little build-up of 'extras.'But as a designer, I am very far from that description.  If I like a certain product, medium or even type of wood, I like to have it on h...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1324: Moving Right Along

58 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Things here are still in an upheaval and although we are making  progress, there is not much of interest to show.  Today I will (hopefully) finish up my drawing and start cutting my projects for the magazine articles. I feel as if I have been progressing very slowly on that front and I need to focus and move forward.  Keith has done most of the work regarding the shelving.  So far it is looking wonderful.  He is shaping the shelves so that we can make maximum use of t...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1322: Reorganization: The Hell. The Glory.

59 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Organization to me is like Pandora's box.  Once you begin one thing, it causes a 'domino effect' whereas you need to move on to the next (and the next, and the next.)  It all starts with a single idea. Then when that idea is implemented and completed, the overflow of that idea continues and grows like a cancer throughout your entire environment. I don't think that this is all bad. In fact, it is probably a good thing. For once you start to achieve successful org...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1323: Finishing Up New Patterns

67 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately, as it just seems that there is always so much to do and the time just passes too quickly. Even though I get up early in the morning, I find that before I know it, it is mid-afternoon and then dinner time and then darkness. I always enjoy being busy, as it means that our little business is thriving.  I never seem to run out of ideas and my 'to do' list keeps growing longer with each passing day. There are days when I feel on top of thi...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1315: A Perfect World - Panel 7

71 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I spent most of the day yesterday working on some orders for wood pieces that I want to ship on Monday.  Even though it is labor-intensive, I like that part of my job, as it allows me to be a 'woodworker'.  People think that because I design woodworking patterns that I spend most of my days in the shop. Actually, it seems that the actual cutting time I get is probably closer to 10 to 15% of my work time – if that.  I realize this is in part because I also design p...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1314: Still Catching Up

72 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

It is amazing how far behind one can get by just getting away for a day or so!  I have no regrets though and I hope to spend the day finishing getting caught up and back to working 'normally.'  I spent the day yesterday cleaning and organizing things.  It is funny how even getting a few new things for the house can trigger an entire avalanche of events to sort and reorganize.  My bedding and door mat arrived via FedEx just after noon (less than 24 hours from when I...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1313: A Much Needed Mini-Vacation

73 days ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

Sometimes the best 'vacations' are those that are done spur of the moment.  When I went outside to take the trash to the curb for pickup early Wednesday morning, I could already tell that the day was going to be beautiful. The sun was shining and the early morning mist was beginning to lift and after the long, cold winter it was a day when I just wanted to be outside.  The time was now. Keith and I had spoken of taking a short driving trip.  He had got his Miata ou...

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