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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #487: Eating and Working (and Eating More!)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-10-2011 11:33 AM 1054 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I have one turkey dinner down and two to go! (One isn’t until the end of November though, so it gives me time to recover) It was a great one though, and everything was simply yummy. I didn’t stuff myself (too much) although by the end of the meal I couldn’t manage to finish my piece of pumpkin cake with dark chocolate ganache filling. It was really a crime but I had to toss the rest of it out. I could eat no more.

I remember when I was young and my mother used to tell me to finish everything on my plate or I can’t _ (fill in the blank with any phrase like “dessert” or “leave the table” or “play outside” – I am sure many of you remember those days!) While it did teach us not to take too more than we should, I wonder sometimes if it also didn’t train us to overeat when were were already full. Hummm . . .

In any case, the evening was very pleasant and it was a good change of pace to get out and be with some non-woodworking people for a change.

In preparation for the meal, Keith and I did get out and take a nice walk. It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining and it was cool but not cold with no wind. We headed out to nearby Eel lake to walk the loop there and get a breath of fresh air.

While the woods were pretty, I fear that we will have little color this autumn. It seems that the leaves are just turning from green to gold to brown and I see little evidence of any of the beautiful oranges and pinks that we had last year. It is still pretty however, and I like the woods there next to the lake. The lake itself was peaceful and calm and probably looks like thousands of other little lakes here in Nova Scotia.

In looking at the picture, I notice that there is still a lot of green left so there is hope that there will be some colors yet. I am not sure why some years the colors are deeper than others, but I am sure that there is a reason. I remember last year looking at the landscape and marveling at the shades of crimson and orange and yellow and green all at once. It was as if someone took a paintbrush and painted the trees.

In any case it was a nice walk and good to get out in the fresh air for a while.

I also got some woodworking done and got to work on my calender topper. I embedded the little magnets in it and everything went smoothly.

I also got the majority of the drawing done and I should be able to do some cutting today. Things are falling into place nicely and it finally seems like the project is coming together how I want it to. I have about half a day today to work on it though, as we are due to go out to my friend Bernie’s cottage for turkey dinner #2. Today is the ‘real Thanksgiving’ here in Canada and most places are closed. I did all my cooking already (actually I did it all on Saturday) so that will leave at least part of my day free to work on the sign. I have a deadline on it and I have got to get it into the mail by this week.

For those of you in Canada, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! For all the rest of you – happy Monday! I hope you have a good day whatever you do and find a way to enjoy it!

-- 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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ShopTinker

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#1 posted 10-10-2011 01:55 PM

If I remember correctly, the leaf color variations are caused by cold not freezing fall days. When we have a hard freeze the leaves turn brown and fall off. When we have cold, not freezing days the the leaves are teased into changing colors.

Enjoy your Thanks Giving. If I may make a suggestion, start with desert. My Dad always said “Start with the pie so you know you’ll have room. It’s a shame when you’re to full for pie, but it’s no harm if your to full to finish your potatoes.”

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 10-10-2011 06:30 PM

I look forward to seeing your completed project! It should turn out to be interesting in a good way! When I look out the windows here, all I see are green leaves. Maybe a hint of changing colors, but not much! I am ready for the cooler weather and it has arrived. Not had to have the A/C on for a couple weeks now! Its great!

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#3 posted 10-10-2011 07:10 PM

Looking GOOD!

I’m curious how you are going to use those magnets…
The main inlay-cameo is self explanatory… a complete picture.

With the bottom section, it appears that it could possibly be done in one of two ways…

1. Complete scene / picture.

2. Parts of The scene… Left part… Center… and Right… being able to change anyway desired.

I suspect it will probably #1 Complete Scene… (??)

It’s going to be Very Nice… whatever you decide to do…

BTW, I measure my Holiday dinners by what the Scale reads… & most of the time, it goes UP. :(

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 10-10-2011 07:44 PM

Thank you all for the comments. I love to keep you guessing. It is interesting to me to see what direction others think I will be heading in with it. Kind of fun, actually!

I just finished all the drawing and I am getting ready to head out to feed. That means that I won’t be able to cut until tomorrow. But I did select all the wood and things should go quickly then. I am really pleased with the drawings and excited about seeing it come to life!

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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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 10-10-2011 08:30 PM

”I am getting ready to head out to feed. That means that I won’t be able to cut until tomorrow.”

What kind of system are you using… and for what objective?

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”head out to feed”… Feeding your drawings to the system?

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”That means that I won’t be able to cut until tomorrow.”

Sounds like the system is working with your data in such a way that it will not be available until the next day. A Very Slow Computer system?

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”won’t be able to cut”

“cut”; what does it mean, in your system?
In the OLD days, my dad being a printer, a ‘cut’ was a Metal Negative that was used in the Page setup for the presses.

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#6 posted 10-10-2011 09:01 PM

Happy Thanksgiving Shelia!! I remember that saying, but it was always the same. “Someday you’ll wish you had every bite of food you waste.” I still think of that everytime I throw anything away, not just food left overs or soiled food, but wood scraps and sawdust too. ;-))

-- 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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#7 posted 10-11-2011 02:55 AM

Hi, Joe:
I am sorry, but when I said that I was “heading out to feed” I meant I was going out for dinner (feeding my mouth!) Just a bit of kidding on my part and using slang. I forget that sometimes it doesn’t translate well in writing.

My drawings are done and tomorrow I will be able to cut them on the scroll saw and see how everything looks in reality. I hand cut everything myself on the saw so it isn’t like I use a CNC or anything mechanical. I just like the designs to be drawn first in Adobe Illustrator on the computer so that I am sure they will work out when cutting them. If any adjustments are necessary, I mark them on my own pattern and then change them on the computer.

Thank you very much Bob! I am not a wasteful person either. I keep even the smallest of scraps – especially with the small details that some of my projects require. I grew up with little and I am one to fix things instead of throwing them out and getting new ones. I also remember what it is like to not have much and still try to live within my means on what I have. I do OK, I think. :)

You have a great night! Sheila

My computer is pretty up to date and quick and well able to handle all the graphics that I do with it. I find that necessary for me to get anything done and usually keep up with most of the software pretty well.

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 10-11-2011 03:21 AM

OMG… was my brain on a different track!! LOL

Sorry…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 10-11-2011 03:25 AM

LOL! No problem Joe! You make me smile! :D

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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#10 posted 10-11-2011 03:56 AM

Lots of people take a lot for granted. Several years ago one of the Seattle TV stations was asking people on the street if they could ever find themselves homeless? Everyone said, “No.” I thought to myself We live in an area that will have a #9 earthquake eventually. It will be the biggest ever recorded when the Continental Shelf pushes out far enough to break off the Jaun De Fuca Plate. The coast will drop 3 or 3.5 meters! It will be felt in the Midwest!! Or, there will be an economic collapse. I wonder if any of those nay sayers have been foreclosed? They might be learning to live they way we were brought up, eh? More will after the quake, when ever it happens.

-- 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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#11 posted 10-11-2011 05:38 AM

Sheila… That’s good… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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