My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #204: Finished Sewing Box

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-24-2010 02:51 PM 4449 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it is getting down to the final stretch for me as far as getting all of my gifts done. I am happy to say I finished the sewing box last night and all I have to do is wrap today and finish up some little things. I even got some of my cooking done yesterday so I am feeling good about that.

I had one minor mishap yesterday when half the lights on my little tree died. I don’t have a big tree, but it is rather tall and slender. I actually keep it up year round in the corner of my living room because there are so many times throughout the year that I am photographing ornaments that I like to keep it around. It is only about 18” in diameter and very unobtrusive, and I just kind of like it.

When my daughter was small, we used to do crafts together and we decorated that tree for each season. On Valentine’s Day we had it filled with hearts. During Easter, we made Easter Eggs and decorated them with glitter and paint and stuff. Summer we did little bird houses and we even decorated it for Halloween. In the off seasons, I usually kept white lights on it so it would be neutral but at Christmas time I would change the lights to colored ones. In the past couple of years though, I have left the white lights though the Christmas season. Perhaps I was just being lazy.

In any case, half of the strand died yesterday afternoon and warranted a trip out – something that I had not anticipated. I did go back to the pharmacy which had all the Christmas things on sale for half price and there was exactly one set of white lights left on the shelf. It was as if they were waiting for me. I also decided since the cost was right that I would purchase a set of colored lights and use them for now. It would be something different and again make the little tree extra special.

One more incredible find that I came across was a beautiful box large enough to hold the sewing box that I am making. Those of you who read regularly already heard about my obsession with nice boxes and I was thinking that I would have to wrap this present ‘as is’. But as luck would have it, there was ONE incredibly nice box in which the sewing box would fit perfectly. (And who says that things don’t happen for a reason?)

So I arrived home and got to work finishing the sewing box. Aside from the final glaze, it is complete. I have several pictures here to show you.

I decided to paint a tape measure on the top of the lid:

From Diana's Sewing Box

Here is the lid with the finale in place:

From Diana's Sewing Box

And the final pictures with the thread and accessories in place. The machine:

From Diana's Sewing Box

The light bear:

From Diana's Sewing Box

Sewing box and more thread:

From Diana's Sewing Box


From Diana's Sewing Box

Pincushion, scissors and more thread:

From Diana's Sewing Box

Bear 2:

From Diana's Sewing Box

And the final box:

From Diana's Sewing Box

I am very pleased with how it came out. I can’t wait to see how she likes it. The best part doing a project like this is giving it to someone who appreciates it. I like doing this ‘folksy’ style of painting. It is a fun and easy process and I do find it quite relaxing. I just received some new paints from DecoArt to design with and I am rather anxious to do some new things for painting packets.

I have so many things that I want to do. I saw a great video on chip carving yesterday and I think it is something that I would like to try. I also want to do some carving with the Dremel and make some smaller jewelry pieces of animals and such. I would also like to try my hand at working some inlace into my scroll sawing designs. I have a long list of new techniques and things I want to try. The list goes on and on!

I do want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s projects and gifts that they are making for others, even if I hadn’t had time to comment on everything. I wish you all wonderful day filled with love, family and peace. And above all happiness!

Merry Christmas to you all!

-- 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 12-24-2010 03:03 PM

This is fantastic. What kind of wood is it?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 03:05 PM

Actually, it is pine. The walls of the box are joined pine and the base and top are of MDF. I didn’t turn the box myself, as it was purchased pre-made. I am glad you like it though. :)


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

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 03:24 PM

Hi Sheila

Beautiful piece. You are a very talented artist as well as a scroller. I am sure Diana will love the box. May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 05:19 PM

waow what a great paint job you did with that box Sheila :-)

Merry Chrismas to you and your beloved ones
enjoy the holyday´s

take care

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 06:36 PM

If I change my name to Diana! Is this ky box?! LOL. It’s really pretty and you do great work!

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#6 posted 12-24-2010 06:40 PM

Oh, Leldon! You don’t sew! (or do you?) I will have to paint you something to send to you! I just ran out of time this year. Time flies when you’re having fun, you know. :)

Thanks to Tom and Dennis too! I hope you all have a wonderful Merry Christmas!


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

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#7 posted 12-24-2010 10:11 PM

I had to comment on the beautiful work you did on Diana’s box. I know she will be thrilled with it and I hope you will take time to report her reaction(s). Thanking you in advance.

Have a very wondrous Christmas filled with love and good cheer.

Erwin & Edith

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 12-25-2010 02:08 AM

Love the tape measure on the top of the box. Happy holidays to you Sheila and a wonderful, productive 2011. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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