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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #350: Mid-week "Weekend"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1192 days ago 2570 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I suppose that you could call yesterday my ‘weekend’. As I said in my post, it was a time when I was on top of things and I went into town and did some errands, and I decided to get something that I had my eye on since before Christmas. I suppose it could be a small tool gloat if you want to look at it that way. It is a slick little set of four boxes that can store all that small hardware that we tend to accumulate. Lately, I have been also using several types of beads and jewelry finding and small pieces for embellishing and building my projects and I find that I have drawers filled with many little bags that I need to sift through in order to find the pieces I need. This would be ideal for keeping everything in one place and easy to get to.

It has a plastic case that holds four plastic drawers that slide out:

Inside each drawer there are dividers that you can arrange to any size you need:

And if you turn it on its side, it even has a nifty handle that you can use when transporting it:

It cost only $25 so it didn’t break the bank and I think it will fit on my closet shelf very nicely. I may even go back and get another one if I see the need, as you can stack them on top of each other.

I love finding stuff like that. As I said, I had seen it before Christmas and I had too much other stuff to get at the time so I put it off, but I have been meaning to go back and get it ever since. I can’t wait to get rid of all those little bags of small stuff and have everything neatly in one place.

We spent pretty much of the day poking around the stores in Yarmouth. We were looking at some of the gift shops and looking at the possibility of Keith selling some of his pens through them. He hasn’t come to any decisions yet on that, as the mark up for them that selling them that way would probably be prohibitive. He feels that there is no hurry though, and he doesn’t want to jump into anything without thinking it through completely.

Even though the weather was windy, cool and foggy/rainy, it felt good to get away for the day. It had been a while since we had a day out and I thought the change of pace was needed.

I got home around dinner time and I actually got just about an entire pattern drawn up in the evening. In evaluating my situation with the wholesalers, the magazine and selling my own work, I realized that it was time to do another couple of projects for the magazine. The wholesalers are good for a month or so and I just finished five projects to sell on my own site, but the magazine only has stuff for the next issue and then will be out of stuff of mine. I don’t want that to happen so it was high time I do something for them. It seems that I do their stuff last because I know once it is done, I won’t see it for many months. For example the article that I wrote on my shop is in their current issue, which I haven’t even received yet. I had a couple of readers already contact me about it and my editor also said he has received some positive feedback on it also. I remember that I wrote that article sometime last summer (July, I think) and I forgot completely about it. I can’t wait to see how it was presented.

So today I am going to work on the new project for them. As I said, I did all of the drawings last night and I am kind of anxious to see it come to be today. I was thinking about it a lot yesterday during my travels and I refined the idea over and over in my mind. It will be a good day making it today.

Stepping back and taking a breath did me good, I believe. I still have some organizational stuff to do, but that will come in due time. Until then, I have plenty of good productive directions to focus my attention on and keep things moving in a positive way. It feels good to be where I am.

I wish you all a productive day also.

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



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William

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#1 posted 1192 days ago

I wondered a while back while fishing when the tackle box idea was going to merge with small item craft storage. It looks like it already has. I’ve kept my smallest craft supplies in an old Plano tackle box for a long time now. It is basically just an older version of what you bought.
It does a body good to take a break now and then for no other reason than, just to be taking a break.
Has Keith thought about selling his pens on Ebay or Etsy? I have looked at these two options for selling some of my projects. The problem is that the things I make are big enough that shipping costs make it hard to sell them on sites like that. Pens could be shipped easily though. With your photography skills, he could put some great photos up and maybe sell good.
Another thing to look at is local prices if anyone else sells them. I don’t know about your area, but at crafts shows here, pens made on the lathe go for between fifty and a hundred bucks for the ones made out of exotic woods and other materials (deer antler is poplular here). Even the cheaper ones though made out of easily obtained local woods go for about twenty five.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#2 posted 1192 days ago

Or if you both really want to go out on a limb, here's= a good one. The puzzle pieces are lazer cut here, but I think you are good enough to cut them on a scroll saw. Then he can turn it. It sells on Etsy for only $175 plus shipping.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 1192 days ago

Thanks for the info on the pens, William. We are looking into all options to see the best one(s) that will work for selling his pens. It is good to see what others are going for, too.

I wanted to say I saw your recognition on Steve Good’s blog today. That is really cool! I didn’t know that you had a blog besides what you write here. I enjoy your posts and was happy to see your site.

I sometimes don’t have the time to read everything I would like to about my friends here and other fellow lumberjocks. I am glad I saw it. :)

Sheila

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 1192 days ago

Hi Sheila,

It sure feels good to get organized, doesn’t it. I suspect you may have the same condition as I do, being somewhat obsessive / compulsive. Alright, completely.

I just like for things to be organized in a way that makes it easy to get things done. Searching for things makes me nuts.

Have a good day.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 1192 days ago

You are right, Lee. I hate having to hunt for something that I know I have. Worse than that is having to buy it again because I can’t find it. Lots of people comment on how much I accomplish. I honestly believe that I can do what I do because I take the time to put stuff back where it belongs and take these short breaks to clean up and reorganize. It is an ongoing thing with me and a habit. The time is always well spent. :)

Have a great day, too!

Sheila

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

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huntter2022

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#6 posted 1192 days ago

Shelia that a handy little storage box. I have the ones with the little drawers hung on the wall . I get so grrrrrr when I go to get a tool or something and it is not there . What is bad when you know you have it go out buy more then find the others

$175.00 for a pen ! It is nice looking pen but lazer cut. I don’t see him selling many of them at that price

Shelia unorganized thats hard to believe after seeing your booth at Sartoga

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 1192 days ago

Keith keeps me in line pretty well, Dave! LOL It is amazing how quickly things can go downhill!

Sheila

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

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Keith Fenton

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#8 posted 1192 days ago

$200 for that style and quality level of pen is quite typical from what I have seen. The highest level pens at high end pen shows sell to collectors for $1000-$2000 . They just aren’t for everybody. As with anything, you just have to find the customers that want this level of product. Look up Caran d’Ache pens http://www.pianki.com/Caran-dAche-Pens_c_30.html . I don’t know if they have it on this page that I linked to but they do sell a $20000 pen!

-- Scroll saw patterns @ http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com

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William

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#9 posted 1192 days ago

I had to go check out that site. Here’s the direct link there to a $10,500 pen.
And yes Sheila, I’ve had a blog for about a year now. While it will sometimes have additional content, it is usually mostly a duplicate of my project posts here. Lumberjocks has become my main online presence. However, I still keep up the blog because it’s mine. As long as blogspot is around, I’ve got it in case something ever happens to Lumberjocks (I hope not). If something ever happened to blogspot, then I’d have to pull all my project posts from here and store them somewhere. I learned the hard way when it comes to computers and the interent, have a backup of everything. When possible, have a backup to the backup.
Also, I have a few people who are not Lumberjocks members that like to keep up with my projects on blogspot. I keep trying to get some of them to join here though.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#10 posted 1192 days ago

Montegrappa Dragon Bruce Lee 18k Gold Pen Set w/ White Diamonds
Granted I understand a lot more went into these two pens than simply turning, but the set of two pens and the inkwell sells for $290,555.00
To the right customer, any price is reasonable. At one time I worked on the side, in addition to my regular job, I traveled once a month to Alabama and bought trailer loads of wholesale merchandise. Something I learned about the higher end items was not to set your price too high, but never set it too low either. If you set it too high, of course people will think the price is too high. Set it too low though and people feel that with such a low price that it must be junk, no matter what it looks like. Pricing sometimes is like walking a tightrope without a balance bar.
I’m glad I’m not in the business of selling anything anymore. For one single item, one customer may think the price is too high and walk away. The next customer may be weary because the price is so low, and walk away. It can be frustrating.
Moving over to Keith’s post now. I just went to find them and seen that he has posted some under projects.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 1192 days ago

I think I want a set of those pens on my wish list, William! See what a can of worms you opened?

LOL! you know I am kidding! Just think of all the WOOD and TOOLS you could buy with that much money???

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

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William

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#12 posted 1192 days ago

If I had a pen that cost that much, I’m afraid I’d never see it because it would stay under lock and key so my kids could sell it after I kick the bucket.
You can’t mention worms to me. The water is too high here for me to go fishing.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#13 posted 1192 days ago

Can you cut puzzles Sheila?
Here's one that’s only one square inch on Etsy. It costs $1,200.
How about intarsia?
Here’s a piece that sells for the bargain price of $2,400.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#14 posted 1191 days ago

Hi Sheila.

Glad to see you seem to be feeling better.

As for weather, it is 2 below zero C (28 F) at the moment here in Winnipeg. Third night in a row for frost warnings. (sigh) Lousy weather for motorcycling.

I have a neat little case I got from Canadian Tire a while back for $14.95 on sale. Has about 30 small drawers, about 2×2 x 6 inches deep. Got it for my leather craft hardware and it’s been handier than all heck. I’ve been watching for them to put it on sale again so I can get one for my wood stuff.

Have a great today and a better tomorrow.

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

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