My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #12: Tying Up Loose Ends

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-14-2010 01:57 PM 6788 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I sit down to write this morning, I feel as if I have little of interest to talk about. I pretty much am finishing up the things that have to go out to the magazine. I can proudly say that in the box I am sending three projects and two articles. The box won’t go out until tomorrow, but it will ensure my presence in another couple of issues of the magazine. How many? I don’t know. I guess that is up to the editors and the amount of space they need to fill. I can usually count on a couple of things per issue lately, and have seen as many as three. He likes to have a stockpile of things to choose from sitting in his office. My inventory of projects with him was getting rather low, as I was refocusing on my own business and getting new stuff both to my suppliers and my website.

I often feel as if I live in an Alice In Wonderland time-warped environment: Christmas in summer, Spring in October, Summer in December. Well . . . you get the picture. I guess working with wholesalers and the magazine is as good as falling down the proverbial rabbit hole as far as designers are concerned. I have given in to leaving a little skinny 5-foot artificial pine tree up in my living room all year round. When my daughter was small, we used to decorate it for every season and holiday. Hearts for Valentine’s day in February, bird houses for summer, Halloweeniee stuff for Halloween, etc. I keep white lights on it so that it goes with any season.

I still keep that tree up all year, not only because it reminds me of Danielle, but because I am making and photographing ornaments and things all year round. I call it an ‘all-season tree’ and when visitors inquire as to why my Christmas tree is up in June, I am able to decidedly reply that it is an ‘all-season tree’, NOT a Christmas tree as if it is the most natural thing in the world. (I’M not the crazy one, you know!) I think some people just chalk it up to me being an eccentric, artist/designer- type. Others may just figure it is because I am blond.

So with that said, I will keep this post short and sweet today and “get on with it” as the saying goes. (Hey! I hear that cheering in the background! No need to be rude!)

I am going to post a new project in my gallery. This is one I choose to keep for myself and not offer to the magazine. It is a set of two-dimensional, fretwork ornaments which are slotted together and each have a beautiful Swarovski crystal ball hanging in the center. The crystal gives the ornament a little bit of ‘bling’ (I love bling!) and sparkle. The cutting is rather delicate, and blissfully I didn’t break anything when cutting them out. I made mine out of maple again because of it’s incredible ability to hold these small pieces without breaking. For those of you who are beginning scroll sawing, maple is one of the best choices as far as strength.

Below are two pictures of the ornaments:

From SLD302 Dimensional Fretwork Ornaments

From SLD302 Dimensional Fretwork Ornaments

I hope you like them! :) I wrote a small tutorial on adding the beads and hanging them so they look good from the centers. You wouldn’t think so, but it is a bit tricky to get them to look nice. If you are interested in me presenting it here, let me know and I will. Otherwise you can download it as a free article on my site. It could come in handy for other projects you may do.

Hopefully after I finish the final writing and paperwork and packing, I will be able to finish drawing my next project so I can get back to cutting by tomorrow or so. I am working on several holiday projects and need to have them finished by the next catalog cutoffs in the next month or so. (Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!) Time to kick it up a notch!

I hope everyone has a productive and fun day. Happy Holidays! (Er . . . I mean Happy Monday!)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 06-14-2010 03:38 PM

Really intricate work, Sheila. I’m impressed. I feel sure the magazine will be.

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

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 05:17 PM

Sheila- Very nice ornaments. Do they flex to do the insertion at both joints? I laughed to read your ‘AliceInWonderland’ lifestyle writing seasonal articles. I tried that, and always seemed to be far too late (six months submission time) for the editors’ needs. My faulty planning. These are nice, though. And if you can keep this design for yourself, you must have fabulous designs to sell to the editors! Nice job.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 05:41 PM

Thanks Barb. They are two pieces with interlocking slots. They just slide together (no flexing required!) and you then need to glue them where they meet. The thin wood wouldn’t really tolerate much bending. :) I have a picture of the pattern pieces below. Thanks so much for the nice comments. I really appreciate it! !

From SLD302 Dimensional Fretwork Ornaments
(Ornament pattern)!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 06-14-2010 06:09 PM

realy beautyfull Chrismas nips
you have created there Sheila

thankĀ“s for sharing

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#5 posted 06-15-2010 02:39 AM

I laughed at the fact you have a christmas tree year round. Many years ago my in-laws were thinking about planting a few pine trees on their property. Since my mother in law can be very indecisive they used a spare artifical christmas tree to aid in placement. It could sit for a day and she could move it around to a “better” spot. She found a spot she liked and the tree stayed for 5 years. If the wind really picked up it would make the tree spin, but if you were not looking close the average person wouldn’t notice the fake tree.

I love your ornamant patterns!! They are all so awesome!!

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#6 posted 06-15-2010 03:44 AM

I really like these ornaments. They look like a good project for a non-scrollsaw person to try as a way to see if scrolling is something to pursue. Maybe? How much time, on average, would you say it takes to make one of these? I’m sure your generosity in offering free plans and tutorials pays off in the long run with loyal customers. No doubt folks would enjoy seeing your tutorial as a blog here.

I’ve been reading your blogs, but it takes me a while to know what to say. (Oddball, I know.) Anyway, here’s a late welcome to LJs and a thanks for sharing. :)

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 01:55 AM


Very nice. Love the Ornaments. You use 1/4” for that?


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 01:56 AM

They are 1/8” hardwood. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 04:08 AM

Ah ok. I’ve not worked much with Hardwood yet. It’s a little more pricy they Ply, so I buy Baltic Birch instead. I’d like to eventualy buy some Hardwood so I can see how much easier or harder it’s to cut.

I do have some Walnut and I cut some compound cuts for some Christmas Ornaments, which you can see in my Gallery, and it was very difficult to cut being 1”x 1”. But not tried anything less in size.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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