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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #493: My Little 'All Season Tree' Dressed Up For Halloween

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1041 days ago 967 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got almost caught up with things yesterday. although for most of the day I worked on my ‘secret project’ that I can’t really talk about here on the blog. I don’t mean to be rude by mentioning it, but it really filled the better part of my day and I didn’t want you all to think I was slacking. :)

In the evening, I decided to do some organization on the computer. I noticed that my Wacom tablet was having some problems that seemed to be related to the new keyboard but I wasn’t sure. It appeared that when I plugged my keyboard in to recharge, it would cause the tablet to stop functioning. I needed to get up and unplug it and then plug it in again to get it to work properly.

Last night, however, it decided to stop working altogether. This was not good because even though have a spare cordless mouse on the side, I have come to depend greatly on my tablet for not only drawing, but everyday computer work. After uninstalling and reinstalling software, as well as trying different ways to connect everything, I began thinking it wasn’t a software problem at all, and it may be a physical hardware problem.

A couple of years ago, soon after I got the tablet, one of my dear kitties (Coco) decided that she was going to chew through the wire. She has gone through stages like that where for a couple of days she chews through all the thin little wires such as the internet cables and the mouse and keyboard wires and even the phone wire once. Most of my devices are wireless, but there is no way to have everything that way and even so, many devices need some type of wire at some point, either from the transmitter or to recharge them. You would be amazed at the network of wires that are behind Keith’s and my computers right now, although they are quite neat and most of them behind cabinets that the cats can’t access, it wasn’t that way when Coco decided to snack on it, as it was at my former place.

In any case, we finally figured out that where I had repaired the wires had probably come loose. Apparently when I needed to physically plug in the keyboard to recharge, I was moving the loose connection and it caused it to malfunction. I needed to take the time to take everything apart and repair it again. This time Keith helped me solder the tiny wires together (there were four that had to be joined as well as a ground) and I felt like we were performing micro-surgery.

It was tedious and a bit nerve wracking but we got the job done fairly neatly and the operation was successful. My tablet is up and running and working properly again. I did however figure out that when I plugged the recharging cable directly into my hub, it still caused the tablet to not work. Since the keyboard is recharged through the USB port, it probably was too much for the hub to handle and I found that by going directly into the computer it worked fine. So that is the way it will be.

I can purchase a recharger that goes directly into a wall socket, and I may just do that. But for now, what I have does work fine and I have only had to put it on the charger twice in the week that I have had it. It shouldn’t be that big of an issue.

Today I plan to continue to tie up loose end and get several things ready to ship out. I also need to re-cut the pieces that dropped and get them ready to ship tomorrow. I am getting dangerously close to the deadline for that project to make it into the February issue of the magazine and I have to be sure it is on its way. Hopefully I won’t have any further issues and will manage to get it packed up and ready to go without incident.

I did want to show a couple of pictures of my ‘All Season Tree’ all dressed up for Halloween. I think it looks pretty cool.

From My Little All Season Tree Decorated for Halloween 2011

It looks quite skinny in the photograph and it is amazing how much more it fills up that corner than it shows in the picture. It must be something with the lens. As always, you can click on the title and it will bring you to my Picasa album and see all the pictures that I took of it.

For those of you who don’t like to ‘travel’ through cyber space, here are a few more pictures:

There is a little ballerina Halloween cat:

From My Little All Season Tree Decorated for Halloween 2011

A cool resin witch:

From My Little All Season Tree Decorated for Halloween 2011

Of course, my little compound cut bats:

From My Little All Season Tree Decorated for Halloween 2011

And even a cute hand blown glass tombstone:

From My Little All Season Tree Decorated for Halloween 2011

I have lots of hand-blown glass Halloween ornaments that I acquired at a teddy bear show many years ago in Chicago. I haven’t really used them at all until now and I am happy that I did. I also covered the tree with a thin film of spider webbing and it gives a wonderful hazy sparkle to the entire tree. I even found a package of six glittery spiders to crawl over the web:

From My Little All Season Tree Decorated for Halloween 2011

All in all, it is truly a fun thing to have. I think I am going to take more care in keeping my little tree updated with seasonal decorations. It certainly cheers the whole place up and makes everything look so festive. I smile every time I look at it.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures. It is nice to share them and it is fun to decorate for the holidays. It makes my day more enjoyable.

I hope you have a great day and find fun in the season too!

-- 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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#1 posted 1041 days ago

Your tree has great character! I always thought it was a crazy idea to have a tree up all year all, but this makes it all seem right! It is great looking. I can’t wait to see what the secret project is! I bet it’s a dozy!

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#2 posted 1040 days ago

oooo that is a nice halloween tree. I just took my son to the local halloween store to pick up a few decorations. He picked out a sword and a roman soldier helmet. Can’t believe the prices on some of the stuff there. Thanks for posting.
brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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