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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #490: My Calendar Topper

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-13-2011 01:45 PM 1536 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finished up on the calendar yesterday and I am pretty happy with it. I think it is a fun project and will make a nice series. I needed to take the pictures this morning because everything was drying and I will have it ready to send out tomorrow. The pictures are not exactly what I wanted, but it was still dark out when I took them. I am going to re-take them later on today and get better ones, but for here they will at least give you the idea of what I am doing.

Each month will have three pieces that will be held in place by magnets. There is also an oval disk that will fit in the recess which will have the name of the month, also held on by a magnet. Since the names of the months are glued on to the ovals, they will be quite sturdy. I used maple for everything except mahogany for the lettering of the months. I think it made it stand out really nice. The pieces will have small flat washers glued on the back which will stick nicely to the magnets and make everything easy. The calendar itself will be hung by a small screw in the back. Since the oval is recessed, the screw will hold the calendar evenly against the wall. Most calendars are held by a central hold punched in them and I felt that this was the best way to hang it from the topper.

Here is an example of the separate pieces for the month of January:

They are really quite easy to cut out. Although the snowflakes look busy, many of the holes that decorate them are only drilled, which gives lots of extra detail without having to cut a lot of extra holes.

Here is how the pieces look mounted on the topper:

As with many of my projects, I also am offering a stained version using the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium and Acrylic paints. This is super easy to do and adds a bit of color for those who prefer it. You just brush the tops of the pieces and the cutting lines really make it easy to stain the different sections. I think it really adds a nice touch to the pieces. (I also brushed the snowflake piece with some fine clear glitter medium to make it shimmer!)

Here is the group for February:

And the stained pieces:

I think you get the idea.

I am going to be offering the instructions for the base as well as the January and February overlays in the first article, and then the next five months in each of the next two issues of the magazine. There are too many pieces to offer the entire project all at once and this will at least get people started and things rolling. It is going to appear in the February issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, which will be on sale right at the beginning of January so the timing will be perfect for people to make it.

Now that the basic process is thought out, things will go pretty smoothly. This is a really fun project and I am happy that I took the time to really get things nice. It is easy to make and hopefully everyone will like it.

Today will be spent finishing up and taking better pictures. I want to make sure that everything is photographed nicely prior to shipping it , as I know it will be many months before I get it back.

I hope you all like it too!

Have a great day today!

-- 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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littlecope

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 02:39 PM

Great Idea and Very Well Done Sheila!!
I’m thinking these will be good sellers for you…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 10-13-2011 02:52 PM

Thanks, Mike! I hope that people like them and that they do well. I am going to sell some additional ‘packs’ for the overlays too, like maybe cat or dog silhouettes for pet lovers, or stuff like that. That way people don’t have to change all the pieces every month and can just do what they like or match it to their own decor. :)

I am happy you like 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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flskipper

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#3 posted 10-13-2011 02:56 PM

Sheila, what an outstanding project this looks to be. It is well thought out and very practical. In the past, I have always used a woodburning tool to burn the edges of my cuts to make them stand out, and that was very time consuming. I think what you are doing with the colors will make my life a lot easier, and make the projects look even better. You are on a roll. Congrats.

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Roger

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#4 posted 10-13-2011 03:00 PM

an awesome “interactive” calender. fantastic Sheila

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 03:49 PM

Thanks, skipper – I find that using mineral oil tends to darken the edges and makes both the outside edge and the veining lines stand out and look much like it was burned. I did very little Photoshop adjustments in these pictures besides basic cropping and levels. Yet the lines in the ‘natural’ pieces look nice and defined.

All the wood I used (except the month names, of course) is maple. Keith had thought that I should use a different wood for the overlays and the base, but I felt that with the oil finish it wasn’t necessary and I didn’t want to over complicate the project.

If you haven’t tried it, try the mineral oil. It is cheap (about $5 per liter) has no odor, covers well and as a bonus makes your hands nice and soft! LOL I allow it to absorb over night and then spray with a couple of coats of spray shellac and it gives a beautiful and warm finish to just about any wood. No drips or plastic-y looking poly. It is not as durable as poly may be, but with this kind of work, it is ideal I think!

Thanks to you too, Roger! :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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stevebuk

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#6 posted 10-13-2011 06:43 PM

love it sheila, really inventive. If we have the weather here we had last year the snow will be stuck on in Nov and taken off in march.. 8-)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 06:50 PM

Thanks, Steve. Yes, it was the same here. Pretty soon I have to park my car for the winter. I will probably be getting lots of scroll sawing and painting done then!

I finished up the details today on the topper and took a picture of it so you all could see how it looks together.

It is shown with a typical Lang Calendar. I was happy with 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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#8 posted 10-13-2011 07:08 PM

wow, these look awesome!

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 10-13-2011 07:35 PM

Sheila,

You are absolutely W O N D E R F U L !!
That is SO COOL!

When I FIRST started looking at it, slowly scrolling down, uncovering the cat…

It looked like you went 3D on us with a box with a cat laying in it! LOL *

As I continued to scroll down, it became very obvious that it was a calendar instead! LOL

Super NICE!

You should feel REALLY GOOD and PROUD of yourself!*

Thank you very much!

-- 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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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 10-14-2011 01:14 AM

very nice topper Sheila

I think it will sell like hot glue ….. ;-)

thank´s for the look
have a great evening
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 10-14-2011 01:15 AM

Thank you again, all!

Dennis – I think I will stick with it! :)

Have a great night yourself!

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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MrsN

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#12 posted 10-14-2011 02:02 AM

I love this project!!! It is awesome, and would look fantastic in my kitchen ;)

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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BertFlores58

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#13 posted 10-14-2011 03:04 AM

Really a fine work!!. Even we have only two climate here, it is nice to visualize that over there have different changes every month. Though it is designed as topper, how I wish that those numbers for days, week, and years will be produced from you hands. I like most is the elliptical backing of the month lettering. You made my mind works a lot everytime you produce a new project series. Thanks for posting. How I wish I could see the design for the November.. my birthmonth. Have a nice day always.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 10-14-2011 03:35 PM

Thanks Katie and Bert! :) I am also going to offer different overlay packs like horses and maybe cats and dogs and other non-seasonal things so people don’t have to change everything each month. The twelve months will be in the magazine and there will be others available on my site after the initial project is published. I like it and and I am very happy to see all the positive responses I received from posting it. Thank you so much! :)

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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