Calendar Topper with Seasonal Overlays

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 746 days ago 1441 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought it was time that I add a project in! I have been forgetting to do so here on Lumberjocks and I don’t want you all to think I was getting lazy. After seeing the contest where you got to pick your favorite project from the previous year, I realized just how few projects I actually post here. I suppose I see lots of things that I design that others make from my patterns and it feels like I have a good presence here regardless.

In any case – this project is one of my favorites to date. It is a calendar topper that is used to hang your pre-purchased wall calendar. Since it is only a topper, it doesn’t matter if you get the same size calendar every year, as just about any size will work well with it.

The center oval is recessed and there is a Rare Earth Magnet in the center of it. It holds the overlay ovals which have the months of the year scroll sawn and mounted to them. The base itself is of maple, as are the oval backing pieces. The lettering is of mahogany (1/8” thick)

The overlay pieces are all scroll sawn of 1/8” maple. I chose to stain the pieces, using acrylic paints and a gel staining medium to make the acrylic paint semi-transparent. While I like adding the color to the pieces, they also look attractive if left unstained, as the detail lines are scroll sawn into them.

There are also three Rare Earth magnets embedded into the base, which holds the three seasonal pieces. On the back of each overlay piece, there is a small (3/8”) metal washer. This makes the pieces easily removable for storage and changing. I plan to make more sets with other themes such as birthday, horses, etc.

I now have the pattern for this project available on my site. The entire series of pieces was published in Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine in three installments.

I hope you like the project! Thanks for looking.

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 746 days ago

these are great, first class as always…looks like someone is having a good time with there scroll saw…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 746 days ago

Always, always, always Bob!!! I hope you are having a nice visit there! We will have to catch up later on. :) Thanks for the nice comment! :D


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 746 days ago

these came out beautiful sheila

having seen them in bits and pieces
isn’t quite the same

i do like the colors muted
as you did here

i now these will be a hit

very well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 746 days ago

These are really nice. I had to look at all 12 of them. I can’t even pick out a favorite.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 746 days ago

Thanks Curt and David! You know, I do show things in progress on the blog in the morning and I don’t remember to post the final project. Lots of times in the morning when I am writing the blog, I snap a quick photo at 5am and it doesn’t really show the final project. It is kind of nice to see things up here in a good way. I appreciate your nice comments and I am glad you like them. I think August may be one of my favorites, but it is hard for me to pick, too. It is nice to change them every month. I have mine here and I really do like it. :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 746 days ago

Looks like a fun project

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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Bob Kollman

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#7 posted 746 days ago

That looks like a fun project…..:)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 746 days ago

The themes and detail are spot on. The colouring adds wonderfully to the overall effect. Good post, Sheila. I look forward to more in the future.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 746 days ago

Very nice, as always, Sheila.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 746 days ago

Very GOOD, Sheila!

That’s turning into a really COOL Combo… limited only to your imagination!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 745 days ago

Very innovative !
I love calenders and this works for me ..

-- Kiefer 松

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#12 posted 745 days ago

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