My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #234: A Rocky Start - But It Will Get Better, Right?

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-23-2011 03:49 PM 5182 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today is already one of ‘those days’. Within the first hour of getting out of bed, I already found several mishaps that I had to deal with.

First of all, I came to my computer to read my mail and I noticed my Wacom pen tablet wasn’t working. At first I thought nothing of it, as the USB plug sometimes pulls out a bit and just needs to be pushed in. But that wasn’t the case. Upon further inspection, I realized that my cat Coco had chewed through the wire. She goes through periods of chewing those thin wires like that and hasn’t been doing it for over two years, but it seems she felt like it last night.

Since the cord doesn’t unplug from my tablet, I had to do micro-surgery on it and reconnect the four small wires inside, as well as the wires that wrapped around them. Over the last several years, I have become quite adept in reconnecting chewed wires on everything from the phone to keyboards, mice and routers. It is a skill that I have learned by necessity, not choice and it is a good thing that I really love the cats or Coco would have been sent packing a long time ago. Most of the time she is sweet and gentle and a lovely pet. She just gets her moments.

Upon successfully reconnecting the wires on my tablet with the pen up and running again, I went to the kitchen to get my coffee. On the way, I noticed that Coco had gotten sick on the floor. Obviously her midnight snack of wires didn’t agree to her. On the way to get paper towels, I stepped into a puddle of water on the floor. It seems my other cat Pancakes has taken to dragging his water dish half way across the kitchen and dumping the water. My next door neighbor’s cats have done the same thing for over a year now, and I found it quite comical. Whenever I was over at his place to do laundry, the water dish was in the middle of the kitchen floor and water was spilled along the way. Perhaps the cats have developed a type of communication system between the walls and his cats informed Pancakes how much fun they had dragging the dish and Pancakes thought he would give it a go. They are probably sitting there laughing to themselves at night thinking how funny we human owners looked cleaning up the water time and time and time again.

When all was settled, I again went to my computer and came across what was actually two messages from Sears. I had ordered curtains last week from their catalog and was expecting delivery to the pick up center yesterday. I had to order them twice, as the first order was screwed up. When I went through the ordering process, everything was in stock and fine. When I received the confirmation email only a few moments later, it seems that the curtains themselves were discontinued and not available, and they were only going to ship the valances. That would not do. So I immediately called the customer service to cancel the order. I was assured that everything was canceled and I proceeded to pick out something else out. This time I called to place my order, to insure me that everything would be available. It was and for the most part everything with that order went fine. However, I received an email this morning, stating that BOTH of my orders were ready for pickup. Upon checking my credit card statement, I discovered that I had indeed been charged for both orders. (Grrrrr!)

Of course it is Sunday and everything is closed. :(

I hope the day gets better. I realize that these are only minor things in the big picture of life, but I would like to start over please and see if I can’t do this better the second time around. I had better not do anything with power tools today or anything really important.

I did get the two trays sanded and put a light coat of mineral oil on them for photographing them yesterday. They are quite dry this morning and I need to dress up the candles and take the final shots of them in that state today. I then will add the color to them and re-photograph them with color for the final presentation. Well, that’s the plan anyway.

Below are pictures of the Sunflower Candle Tray:

From SLD342 Sunflower Candle Tray

The first picture is of the base, and the next two are of the overlay sunflowers. I think they came out nice. I agree with the others who suggested this as a picture frame. I think lots of the trays would be suitable as such.

From SLD342 Sunflower Candle Tray

And the close up:

From SLD342 Sunflower Candle Tray

The Patriotic Candle Tray is also done in the same manner. I really like it without color, although I think I will try to add some color just to see how it will look.

From SLD 341 Patriotic Candle Tray

The birdseye maple really looks good on this pattern. I love the figure of the wood.

And the close up:

From SLD 341 Patriotic Candle Tray

I will post the final pictures tomorrow (barring all disasters). I would have loved to finish them before this, as I have some other ideas that I really want to get busy with. Hopefully things will get better as the day goes on and I got all the icky stuff out of the way early. We will just have to do our best, I suppose.

I hope you have a fun day today and have lots of time to be creative. :)

-- 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 01-23-2011 04:33 PM

I love the patriotic candle tray. The way the stripes flow is just really pretty.

My “one of those days” was yesterday. I’m staying firmly inside hoping today manages to just be a Sunday :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 05:24 PM

This too shall pass… (big hug)

As for Coco’s gustatory excursions into the world of computers, have you tried Tabasco sauce? A few drops smeared on the wires should convince her to try Tender Vittles instead.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 05:46 PM

Thanks Lis! I am almost afraid to add color to it, but it may look even better. It was a very easy pattern to cut and lots of fun. Cross your fingers it will come out nice. :)

Paul – that is a GREAT idea!! She usually goes in spurts and there is seemingly nothing that stops her. Then she is good for a year or so. I don’t know. We have all the wireless stuff we can, but these light cords are her favorites. I will definitely give the Tabasco a try. I can’t afford another Wacom tablet!

Thanks! ((hug back)) Sheila

-- 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 01-23-2011 06:22 PM

I have to agree with you Sheila, I am uncertain about the colour. It might look better! But it looks really, really good right now.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 07:50 PM

I’m not American as you know Sheila but the last photo spelt Star spangled banner to me without reading the text. I think they are really quite amazing

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 01-23-2011 07:52 PM

well i hope that things have smoothed out this morning…oh the animals in our lives..the other day i caught my puppy…not so small anymore with the thin cord to my headphones in her mouth…one good chomp would have made them trash…unless i could develop the skills you have with small wires…but glad you were able to fix things…love the outcome of the trays though…congrats…whats next..

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

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#7 posted 01-23-2011 08:55 PM

those dear cats :-)
our cat had the same idea the first copple of years
and even thow I am very fammilair with electronic of all kind
I don´t like the microwire´s very much …lol
once when I got a new Drill ,just unpacked under 1 hour later
our cat had detroy the wire :-( ..........I realy was ready to sell it
but glad my daughter talked me in to ceep that …

and about the water dish or food dish I can tell you
that you deffently ain´t alone I think every dog or cat owner
had try´d the same ….and I just hate to get wet sock´s …..LOL

take care

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#8 posted 01-24-2011 06:25 AM

Wonderful candle tray Your work is amazing I have no words to describe for this job !

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#9 posted 01-24-2011 08:37 AM

Your cats remeinded me of a woman’s baby I once knew. She asked me if chewing on the lamp cords was dangerous? Funny if it weren’t so tragic, eh? Brunette too!! :-))

Those trays are awesome.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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