My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #444: On to Cutting!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-28-2011 01:27 PM 1163 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am going to make this a bit short today, because I am on a roll. Hopefully by tomorrow, I will have some pictures to post here.

It feels great to be back in the production mode again. Even though it always seems like I am doing something, there is a nice difference to see actual results at the end of the day. We all know that there are different types of work and even though the unseen work is necessary, every once in a while it is good to see some actual results of a busy day.

I spent much of the day drawing yesterday. I actually finished drawing eight ornaments which I am going to package as a set to sell. They are a little bit more detailed than what I normally do, but each one is like a mini project in itself. I can see these even being enlarged and used as stand alone projects without looking bland or plain as most ornaments would.

It is still a little too early to begin cutting here, but I have all the preparation and set up work to do anyway. That along with the morning dishes and other household chores will bring me to a more respectable hour and I can get going.

(Can you tell I am a little excited?)

Those of you who follow along know how much I love cutting days. Today is no exception. I always look forward to seeing what I worked on come to life in wood. It nearly always looks better on wood than on paper, and even on paper, these don’t look that bad. So yes, I am excited.

It is overcast and breezy outside. Quite dark actually for the time of morning. I am anticipating the arrival of Hurricane Irene sometime later on this evening. From all I have seen though, it seems that the storm is projected to move inland toward Quebec and we will only feel the skirting of the winds and rain. My place here is up quite high so I am not worried about flooding. Even though I am only about 100 meters or so from the river, the bank is probably at least 10-15 meters from the water below. It would really have to rise high before flooding would occur here. There is a good chance of power outages though and I should be ready for that. If all else fails, I can always find something around here to paint. I don’t need power for that.

As I am writing this now, the storm is just approaching New York City. I wish all my New England friends a safe and uneventful day. Though it is certain that they will feel the impact of the storm in some capacity, hopefully it won’t be as bad as predicted and everyone will be prepared and get through it unscathed. My thoughts are with them.

That said, I will carry on and get these things cut. If I have time I will begin drawing the second set later on today. I want to keep the momentum going.

Have a wonderful day everyone. I hope you all get some time to enjoy doing the things you want to do. Above all, stay safe.

-- 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 08-28-2011 03:57 PM

sounds like you are enjoying your time more
since you have divided it better

about the dishes

i would love to send you a picture of mine
so you can send them back clean

but i haven’t been able to load a picture
for two days thru the IMG button
on my comments

been trying to do a shop progress blog
but without pictures
‘it didn’t happen’

maybe there is another reason why i feel like a zombie
and worn out

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-28-2011 05:00 PM

you cuold always consider emergencypower on gasoline
but on the other hand what does it help if the internet isn´t working :-)
and sitting by the candlelight with hot chocolate and tinkering with little handwork
isn´t the worst to do
why is it that such a little storm like Irene can catch the America in the beds
I just wonder after all its only raise the water with 2-3 yards over dayly waters
thats under the normal every winther on the west coast of Denmark
well anyway we cross our fingers for you :-)

you know the other day when I did say the thunder and lightning was over the house
in 12 hourse there was counted 44000 lightnings in Denmark
nearly thought we was near at frontline in wwII … scary but beautyfull :-)

take care and have the candles ready

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#3 posted 08-28-2011 08:28 PM

I was thinkiong about you when iIsaw the projected storm track last night on TV. Glad to hear you are on high ground. We are too;-)) I always have to wonder why people who are routinely in harms way do not move to a safer spot? Hope you weather well!! (pun intended, as always!!)

-- 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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#4 posted 08-29-2011 12:29 AM

As always, it is so up lifting to read about your progress. Go with the roll, Sheila. Have a great day, weekend, but be sure to have some fun! LittlePaw

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 08-29-2011 05:03 PM

Thanks for the comments, guys. I am sorry I didn’t answer yesterday. I kind of shut down the computer in the evening just to be safe and I am still getting used to this ‘answering emails in batches’ thingy. ;)

The storm missed us and headed inland more toward Quebec. Besides a bit of rain and some nasty humidity with warm temperatures, we did OK. Last night was quite windy and it was hard to have the windows open without feeling the strong gusts. We only left them open a little. Today is a clear and bright blue sky but it is very breezy and gusty still. Much cooler though so I will take it!

On to working today. I appreciate your concern and I hope all my other friends in the Eastern United States fared well.

Take care, 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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