My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #260: What an Incredible Day!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-18-2011 03:25 PM 5026 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After yesterday’s rocky start, you would think that the day was going to be heading in a downhill direction. Not so, I say!

The little hiccup here at LJ’s came and went so quickly that most people probably didn’t even notice it. With nearly 25,000 accounts to maintain here, I think that they do an outstanding job. In thinking about it and adding up the numbers, just think of all the pictures, projects and comments that all 25,000 of us post in a single day. It is simply mind-boggling! I find this to be one of the best organized and laid out sites on the internet. And we all get to use it for no charge whatsoever. I think we all owe Martin a great deal of appreciation for all the work he does to bring us all together here. I can never thank him and those who help him enough!

It was quite a busy day yesterday. I spent the remainder of the morning sanding and finishing the pieces from my newest candle tray. This one is a musical-themed tray and I decided to have overlay pieces on a musical staff. I cut three sizes of overlay pieces, as the staff kind of ribbons around the candle and the notes and notation overlays need to be different sizes to keep them in proper perspective. I am sure I made several more pieces than I will use, but they were really fun to cut and I kind of got carried away.

I oiled the pieces and let them dry a bit. Being winter, I believe the wood was quite dry because it seemed that they absorbed the mineral oil like a sponge and came to life immediately. After lunch, I took them outside on the deck and sprayed them with a couple of coats of shellac and they really look nice. It was so nice and sunny out and there was no breeze at all. I could tell that Spring is right around the corner, as the snow is melting to the point where I can see a hole of grass in the center of the yard. As much as I like snow and the winter, I hope we are almost done with it, as I have only five more weeks until we leave for the States. I want the driving to be safe.

While the pieces were drying, I started the drawings for the next project that I will be working on. This one is the giant snowflake that I created for the other designer to paint on. I also am doing to create a couple of painting designs on that surface to promote both my painting patterns and also selling the snowflake as a painting surface to tole painters. This will open another entirely new market for me and bring in a new clientele. I think it is always good to diversify and have several different avenues of business. I have already lined up resources to take over cutting these out if need be, so I will stay on top of things.

I am choosing to paint a northern lights theme in the snowflake. I love polar animals and I think that this will be a great subject for the snowflake surface. I envision the snowflake as dark blue to the point of almost being black, with the bright, iridescent streaks of aqua and green lights woven throughout. Accomplishing the look I want will be tricky, but I think that it will be different and if I can properly convey an instructional pattern which will effectively teach the process to others I will be successful. It will be a challenge that I think I am up for.

I realize that a black-ish snowflake isn’t really the norm, but it is something that I see in my head as being different and can be kind of cool if I can pull it off. I am even thinking of placing a polar bear in the scene, gazing at the lights. I once painted a sled with a polar bear and the northern lights, but it was a different technique altogether and my painting skills were not quite where I am now. The polar bear was more of a cartoon type bear and although he was cute he is quite different than what I have in mind now. I suppose it will be a test to see how far my skills have developed.

Later in the afternoon, I received a call that there were a couple of packages for me at the post office. (I love small towns!) Being the child that I am – and eager to see what they were, I dropped everything and headed out to retrieve them before the post office closed. One package was the blade samples from Olson that we are to pass out at the show. I will talk about that later on. The other one was a complete surprise – a box from our own Bob “Grizzman”.

The box was sizable and quite heavy. I had not been expecting anything and couldn’t wait to open it and see what it was. I felt like a kid at Christmas! My partner and I carefully opened it up to find and incredible jewelry box he made for me! I was thrilled and shocked at the same time. It is absolutely awesome!

It is made from Antique Southern Pine, Walnut, Padauk and Curly Maple:

From Jewelry Box

The figure of the Walnut is beautiful. I have never seen it with the cream coloured streaks in it like this:

From Jewelry Box

The drawer dividers are made of curly maple and can be removed and rearranged to suit my needs:

From Jewelry Box

Padauk Handles and Walnut drawer sides:

From Jewelry Box

The top of the lid has the most beautiful piece of walnut crotch, framed by a band of maple and padauk. Walnut diamond accents are on the corners:

From Jewelry Box

A close up of the trim pieces of the lid:

From Jewelry Box

The growth rings from the Antique Southern Pine are dense and tight. Simply beautiful!

From Jewelry Box

What an incredible gift from a wonderful and talented friend! Bob has been my buddy ever since I joined here and he is a fine example of what Lumberjocks is all about. I am so fortunate to have met so many wonderful people through this site. I couldn’t even begin to name you all! You have been friends in every sense of the word, and have been there for me in my good times and my not so good times and it doesn’t matter that there are miles between us or that we have never seen each other face to face. We are a great community of caring people who have a common love of woodworking.

I want to publicly thank Bob for the time and care he put into this wonderful jewelry box. It is a gift that I will treasure forever. Every time I look at it I will remember what good there is in the world and how wonderful people can be. I find that it is difficult for me to express properly how much this means to me. Thank you Bob!

I am sorry this got so long today. There is more to tell, but I will continue on tomorrow. What started out a day of uncertainty surely turned out to be a wonderful day. People comment to me about my positive attitude and I am happy to say that I enjoy looking at things in a positive way. My favorite saying is one I have stated here many times before “we follow where we focus”. I am living proof that it works. :D

When I was driving home from picking up my package, I couldn’t help but notice the full moon hanging low in the sky. It was so bright and full and it reminded me of a scene you would see in the movie. The sun was just about set and twilight was setting in. I wanted to take my nightly walk while the moon was low and bright. I took a picture of it and tried to capture how beautiful it was. I didn’t have a tripod set up, but it came out OK anyway. I just wanted to capture one final memory of the wonderful day I had.

-- 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 02-18-2011 04:59 PM

Sheila, has noticed this box in the projects section and was admiring it there. Nice to have friends. LJ’s come through again. Glad your day turned out better than it started.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 09:19 PM

thats a lovely box, beauifully made. You are one very lucky lady indeed, gonna have to get partner to fill it now eh!

I also noticed that you use Olsen blades, are they better than FD blades.

all the best, and hope the Northern lights venture isn’t too far away.

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