It was another day of fun and creativity yesterday. I had originally planned on cutting out the next candle tray, but it was quite windy and rainy all day long. I need to do a quick routing on the edges of each of the trays and I usually do that outside, but the weather just wasn’t cooperating. Even though it only takes a few minutes to rout, I thought it best to wait and go on to ‘plan B’.
I like having a ‘plan B’. I think it is something that everyone should have. Sometimes I even have a ‘plan C’ too. That is when I am really on the ball. I think I learned to do that when I was raising my children. My friend Cari and I would always have an alternate plan of action for any given activity at all times. Anyone who has had kids will understand why. You can always expect the unexpected and it good to be prepared. I think that is a great philosophy for life in general. That way we aren’t sidelined if things don’t go exactly according to plan. We have learned to back up our computers, why not back up the important things in our lives, too? I think it is a fine way to think.
So what did I do yesterday for a back up when I couldn’t cut out the tray I drew on Thursday? I drew some more.
I am feeling particularly creative lately and I don’t want to stop the momentum that I have. Now every design doesn’t come out like my Frank Lloyd Wright inspired one, as there is only one Frank Lloyd Wright, but there are quite a few things swimming around in my own head that will be pretty acceptable as scroll saw designs, I believe. Some days there is a whole school of things swimming around in there and I can’t wait to get going on them. I was fortunate that on a day that it rained and I couldn’t rout my tray that there were more ideas just waiting to come to life.
The second tray that I drew up used the Celtic Trinity design. I generally like the geometry of the Celtic designs, and they seem to be quite popular. I have seen many applications of them in carvings, and I am quite curious as to how they will work out using the scroll saw. I know they will not be quite as ‘deep’ as when we see them carved, so I have to be careful the way I draw so that they will still be attractive without the under and over relief that carvings are able to show. Although I suppose if the scroller was truly ambitious they could take a Dremel and shape the cuttings, but for the most part I know that won’t be the case (although I may want to try that too one day!) So for now, it will just be a regular 3-D scroll sawn design.
I also finished up the charms and edging on the shamrock candle tray, and it came out quite attractive. I have some teaser pictures for you to see how they look. First the shamrock tray:
|From SLD336 Shamrock Candle Tray and Charm Set|
And then the Celtic Trinity tray:
|From SLD335 Celtic Trinity Candle Tray and Charm Set|
I can’t wait to see how they look cut out. For the shamrock, I chose a piece of oak. I think that I am going to tint the oak as I tinted some of the other trays. the green shamrocks will stand out nicely on the light wood and look quite happy and festive.
For the Celtic Trinity tray, I chose a nice piece of sapele. I didn’t want it too dark, but I want it to be a nice rich color. The simplicity of the design and the clean lines should look nice one in that color.
I was planning to cut them today, but plans have changed and it appears that the dinner I was planning to go to tomorrow has been moved up to today. So today will be my Sunday and tomorrow my Saturday. (‘Plan B’ if you will.) So I need to wait one more day until I cut. Oh, the anticipation!
I also worked more on the site and it is getting quite close to the unveiling. I am heeding your advice and I am in the process of going through each and every one of the almost 400 products and rewriting the descriptions and checking the pictures and information so that everything is correct. I am also adding to most of them, a recommendation as to the skill necessary for cutting the projects. Although I didn’t develop any type of star system (or blades, as someone suggested) to rate the difficulty, I do say that each project is “a great beginner project” or “beginner to intermediate” etc. I think that will be a decent guide for the newcomer. Right now I am on product #37 out of three hundred and something so I have a long way to go. I don’t mind though, as things were all added in originally over the past several years and this will bring everything up to date and they will look far more consistent and the descriptions will have far more detail. This along with the beautiful photographs will certainly do a better job of letting people know what they are getting. I am very excited about it all!
So all in all it is going to be a wonderful day. I want to bake something to bring to the dinner tonight and I am looking forward to having a fun and relaxing day. After seeing these two drawings come to life, I am certain that I can get them to the wholesaler well within the time limit and they will make the next catalog cut, which will come out right around the new year. My contact there is very happy with the work and loved the Sweetheart Candle Tray and is looking forward to seeing these designs too. I hope they live up to her expectations.
The sun is starting to break through now a bit from behind the clouds so I think I will set these patterns up and try to sneak in between the raindrops to get them routed. Then rain or shine tomorrow they will be ready to cut. If not, I will always have a ‘plan B’ to fall back on.
Have a wonderful Saturday!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"