My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #242: A Variety of Designs Nearly Completed

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-31-2011 03:42 PM 5044 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The weekend was quite a blur. It seemed that just about every waking moment was spent working on the four new trays. As with most projects, it seemed to take a bit more time than I had anticipated. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. It would only be bad if they came out crummy. I am happy with the results (so far) and in the home stretch on everything.

I hadn’t decided to do four additional trays for the catalog deadline until about last Tuesday either. The original deadline for stuff was last Monday and it wasn’t until I finished submitting photos then that my mind moved into creative high gear. I kept thinking “What if I do . . . . ”? (fill in the blank) and before I knew it, I had four ideas that needed to be implemented. I seriously didn’t think that there was a prayer in the world for me to get them finished on time, but sometimes I surprise myself. I would have been happy to have three done, but the final idea was what turned out to be my favorite and also coincidentally was probably the fastest and easiest design to complete so instead of separating them into four separate projects, I decided to do them in a group – something that I rarely do – and either they will all be done or none of them would. This also pushed me a bit harder it seemed, as more was at stake. After all, I didn’t want to have four almost finished projects that didn’t make it to the catalog. That would have been too sad.

These small self-imposed goals are a good way for me to accomplish. I realize that some people may have trouble with staying on track, but I am pretty good at doing so if I have specific goals in mind. Even though my weekend seemed to slip away from me, I will have at least one ‘reward day’ sometime this week when everything else is caught up and tended to. I will look forward to that day and savor it. It is something I envisioned at times when I was tired this weekend. I stayed up apply oil finish until 11pm last night so the pieces would have time to absorb the oil by morning for pictures. I awoke early today, anxious to see how everything looked in the morning light (although it was still dark out when I got up) and I was able to take the preliminary pictures.

After writing this blog, I will be do the final presentation pictures of the sets, and then do the coloring of the pieces that need to be tinted and then the final presentation of the colored versions of the holders. I should have the pictures submitted by afternoon (barring all disasters).

So without further hesitation – pictures of the trays as they stand now . . .

The Easter egg and bunny tray seemed to turn a bit darker when I oiled it. I believe that I had used brown maple instead of regular maple. It still looks pretty though, and I made the bunny charms of walnut and holly to resemble chocolate and white chocolate bunnies. I also made two egg charms as alternatives using what I thought was maple, but seemed much lighter and more airy. I think the wood may have been butternut, and if it isn’t, I am quite baffled as to what species it really is. I made a second set of most of the overlay and charm pieces of this wood, as I plan to stain and color the pieces for the alternate views of the pattern. For now, I will just call it butternut.

From SLD343 Easter Bunny and Eggs Candle Tray

The detail on the eggs and bunnies candle tray:

From SLD343 Easter Bunny and Eggs Candle Tray

The next tray is the Trellis and Roses tray. Originally, I cut the rose overlay pieces in Jatoba. I found however, that the color really looked dark when oiled and I lost all the detail in the design. I also had the problem of which wood to make the rose bud pieces in, as they had both buds and leaves. I took a picture of it anyway just to show you:

From SLD344 Trellis and Rose Candle Tray

I decided to go with the Butternut roses and the overall look of the piece is much better:

From SLD344 Trellis and Rose Candle Tray

In the detail picture, you can see that the Butternut shows up well on the Oak trellis and the leaves and rose buds are both made of Cherry.

From SLD344 Trellis and Rose Candle Tray

The next tray is the Grapevine tray. I really love the way the Sepele looks when oiled. It is warm and rich and with this type of design is beautiful. I like this tray just the way it is, with no coloring or overlays.

From SLD345 Grapevine Candle Tray

I also took a picture of the edge detail that I was talking about before. I really like how the routed edge looks almost carved. Overall, I think this is a nice fretwork design and I hope that others will like it too.

From SLD345 Grapevine Candle Tray

And finally, my favorite design of the four (although I do love the bunny one!) – the pond scene:

From SLD346 Lily Pad and Frog Candle Tray

I found that I had some Yellow Heart left from when I did the little embellished star ornaments and they made the perfect base for the water lily flowers. I also found that I had some wonderfully green poplar in 1/8” thickness that I used for the frogs. I then used the holly for the flower centers and they look really cool.

From SLD346 Lily Pad and Frog Candle Tray

Upon oiling, I believe that the wood that I used for the base of lily pads was not poplar, but in fact hickory. When I peeled off the pattern and sanded it down, the grain looked much too pretty to be poplar and the warm brown that it turned to when I oiled it up leads me to believe that it was hickory. I was actually very pleased with this error, as it made a better contrast for the frogs.

From SLD346 Lily Pad and Frog Candle Tray

Overall, I am very happy with the projects. I don’t think that by doing several designs as once it took away from each individual design at all. I was able to shift gears fairly easily and concentrate on the task at hand at the time, and by being able to cut production style, the time factor was greatly lessened from what it would have been had I done each one start to finish.

So today I will continue to finish things up and take my final pictures. I still have one more full day ahead of me I believe, but it is a fun process and I am looking forward to buttoning everything up.

It is still snowing out so I have no plans to leave the house anyway. :)

Have a wonderful Monday everyone !

-- 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 01-31-2011 05:27 PM

They all look great Sheila. I think my favorite is the Trellis and rose. If you keep adding designs, it will make it really difficult for my wife to decide which ones I will have to make for her. LOL

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 06:29 PM

These look great!

I actually really like the darker tone for the easter one. It has a totally different feel than it did pale, but this is a better tone I think. A little less whimsical.

and oh my GOSH I still love that lilypad design! Beautiful!! :) Those woods really sing together.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 06:44 PM

Beautiful Designs, You are getting better and better. You are blossoming into a true master of your trade.
I really like the Rose candle trays!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 08:32 PM

Thank you all so very much! It is really fun to see these come to life. I appreciate your comments, suggestions and support very much. I am glad you guys like the rose one too because I wasn’t sure I liked it. Just goes to show what I know! LOL

And Lis – I was thrilled when I found that yellow heart for the water lilies. It all came together really nicely. I like doing ‘critters’ too! :)


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

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 07:33 AM

You sure a a busy girl!! Great designs.

-- 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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