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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #410: Finishing the Unfinished Stuff

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1094 days ago 1126 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today is going to be one of those ‘tying up loose ends’ days that I have every so often. It seems that when going in several directions, I leave a trail of unfinished tasks that I need to do and some of them are completed in only minutes while others take a couple of hours. But having them hanging around seems to get bothersome and clutters up my already cluttered mind until I can tuck them away neatly and check them off the list.

These aren’t usually exciting days. They aren’t like when we are making a project and finally see it come to life, or when we are painting a painting and see the eyes looking back at us and seeming to take on a life of their own. They consist of things like crossing the ‘ts’ and dotting the ‘is’ and writing directions and pulling the furniture out of the corners of the room so that I can vacuum the tumbleweeds of cat hair (and stray saw dust) that reside under the couch.

The other evening, we had some friends stop by for a bit and bring their one year daughter. It was a day when we were both pretty busy throughout the day. I had just finished posting the video for my class and my partner Keith had literally just finished turning a pen.

For those of you who have had children, you know how little ones are. They are curious and into everything. Although this child was not walking yet, she crawled like the wind. The cats were horrified, as in thinking back I don’t believe that they had ever encountered a little human before in their lives. They each looked at her and kept their distance (thankfully) while the girl squealed with delight in seeing them. I could almost read their minds and I was sure each of them was wondering where they put their Harry Potter Invisible Cape so they could still observe this incredible creature but not be observed. Whenever the child caught one of their eyes, she would let out a laugh and point and you could see the offending cat recoil as if it had been struck, even though it was half way across the room. It was quite comical (although not for the cats!) Coco was the only cat with the presence to flee the scene altogether and after the first few moments, remained in hiding. Who said she wasn’t the smartest?

Besides the cats, one thing that was said to us was “Wow, we thought there would be sawdust all over the place!” from our guests. They knew that we did woodworking here from our little place and I suppose everyone probably thinks that about it here. Perhaps they thought by surprising us that they may catch us in a mess. I was happy to say though, it was fairly respectable. We do probably vacuum more often than most people and we do keep our mess quite confined. The tools we use inside here are probably the least offensive ones in your shop as far as mess is concerned, and most of the nasty stuff like routing is done on the deck outside. So it isn’t too bad.

But yesterday we needed to retrieve a pen from under the couch and gave it a quick clean under there. It wasn’t horrible, but one thing led to another and it turned into a half hour cleaning session – since it was already pulled out of place anyway. But I find I keep up pretty good and it isn’t too long in between the deep cleaning sessions. In all seriousness, the cats probably are messier than the woodworking.

I also need to write a couple of patterns today, which is a much more daunting task. The beautiful little polar bear pull toy is still hanging around here and I need to get him ready to send to the magazine for publication. It was a couple of months ago that I finished him and I thankfully took many pictures of the process and I spent a couple of hours yesterday working on the 30 or so pictures that I am sending them to use with the project. Thank goodness I had that many though (the original count was over 70 and I whittled them down to about 30.) The process of building him was not my usual and was quite a bit more involved. The pictures are a great reminder of what I did and when I did it and it helps me tremendously to have them as reference.

I also need to make the packet for Fiona, the Halloween pull toy so I can post it on my own site and get the instructions to the wholesaler. (What have I been doing with my time, anyway?) Since Fiona is built similarly it would be a good time to do her instructions too.

And of course, if I am wildly optimistic, I could say that I will attempt to put the witches hat pattern into packet form too. But even I, sitting on the pinkest cloud in the sky don’t see that happening today. If it does, I deserve a day off and a box of chocolates! (Godiva, no less!)

Oh, and I need to take a couple of photographs of some new projects that Keith has finished. We are planning to update the site by next weekend and want to have the new stuff ready. So what am I waiting for?

These things are perhaps a bit less glamorous, but a necessary part of the business. (Well – the dust bunnies under the couch weren’t, but they were necessary for my own emotional well-being) Although they aren’t exciting and fun, they do take a good amount of time and getting them all accomplished will be a good thing. Then perhaps I will be able to work on designing again. It seems like forever since I have done that. :)

I hope you all have a wonderfully productive (or not!) Sunday!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 1094 days ago

.... LOL small children and animals can be fun to waych but its not always turn out
to the best for any of them … since the children often has to find out the hard way
that they have there own line and if you cross that ….. huu huu wraaaaa ....

sounds like you are going to have a busy day :-)
now I´m going to the shop to unwrap the 6 parcels that have arived the last cuopple of days :-)
with some small things …. like new old irons for the old plough-plane I have had since last year with out cutters
so that is going to be restored in the next cuople of weeks and a little handwice is among the parcels too

the rest I can hardly remember …....... this ebay thing is dangerous to the wallet … but the things was needed so I can get other things finished and most of it I got to a fair price … even though the freight
also has to be a part of the price
just tooo many things on the wish list …. and so easy to be carried away with clicking …. dangerous for the wallet … LOL

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1094 days ago

It sounds like you are going to have a busy day too! But yours will be a lot of fun! Getting new stuff is always an adventure. It sounds like Christmas in July for Dennis! :) Enjoy your unpacking, my friend! I hope you have a fun day with your new toys!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 1094 days ago

I know how your cats feel. I’m like that with small children. They’re scary.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 1094 days ago

Yes, Martyn. As I get older I notice small children have that effect on many. You and the cats are not alone. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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turtlepan

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#5 posted 1094 days ago

Hey Sheila, So I am in the middle of scrolling out your latest Honey Bee Candle holder, and can’t decide what to start with .. cereal or toast? All I can think of while cutting the honeycomb is food!!!

-- John in GP

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WayneC

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#6 posted 1094 days ago

Reminds me of when our parrot first came home. The cat took one look and moved into the garage and did not come in the house for 6 months. When he finally did come back in the house, I heard my daughter franticlly screaming “Save the Cat, Save the Cat”. I went in the family room to find the Parrot and the Cat nose to nose on a foot stool. The parrot had walked into the room, hooked her beak on the foot stool and swung herself up on the foot stool. The cat had been peacefully sleeping there before her arrival.

This would be Pheobe….

Pheobe

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 1094 days ago

Now wouldn’t my three love her!!! LOL She would be the tormenter of all tormenters! She is beautiful though! I sympathize with Phoebe though!

And John – I loved honeycomb cereal! Mmmm! Now you got me thinking of it and I will never be able to look at that honeycomb again without thinking of you! I don’t even know if they have it in Canada. :/ There are so many of my favorites from the States that I can’t get here.

Keep on buzzin’ along!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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SeaBird

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#8 posted 1094 days ago

Thank you for the information you gave on cutting in your living space. I have been cutting out on our deck. Nice in summer and can watch the eagles and the salmon comming in to spawn. Not so nice in the winter. I am now in the process of converting a former guest bedroom into a winter shop. By the way, I live in Juneau, Alaska.

-- SeaBird in Alaska

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 1093 days ago

I would think that would work fine, Sea Bird. As you can see here in my Shop Page, I use the side of my kitchen. We have a shop vac in the closet next to the saw now and we just run it for a minute or two when we are done cutting. It really does stay pretty clean. I still use the small deck outside for big stuff like routing and such but you would be amazed how easy it is to keep it clean.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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