Although I made great strides yesterday, I am still not quite at the finish line. Sometimes things are just like that.
While I anticipated that I would be done with drawing this new set of ornaments yesterday, I just finished up the sixth piece last night and I was tired and had to quit for the evening. It was about 9:30 and I had worked on them most of the afternoon and my eyes just couldn’t take any more.
I started my day early yesterday (the usual 5am) and I did accomplish quite a bit. By noon I had all the outdoor errands finished and I was ready to settle in for the weekend. I then had to do some things around the house here like laundry and such and tidy things up a bit. I don’t like working with a mess around me.
I have dreams of someday training the cats to do the housework for me, but that takes time too. Wouldn’t it be nice if that were possible? I can picture it . . .
But realistically, they would probably start some kind of cat’s union or something like that and before long I would have to be bringing them fresh haddock every hour on the hour and the whole point of them doing the work for me would be lost, as it would take more time to get the fish than do the chores myself in the first place. Perhaps things are better left as they are.
I finally got back to drawing about mid-afternoon which in itself was somewhat disconcerting. But I took it in stride and while there are still some things that need attention with the house today, for the most part I was able to settle into a semi-clean environment and get some ‘other work’ done.
The good part is that the ornaments that I am doing are quite cool. I am very pleased with how they are looking on paper and since I am usually surprised at how much better most things look when they are actually cut, I can’t wait to get to the saw and cut them. I took a snapshot of one of the drawings to tease you with here:
These ornaments are going to be self-framing, meaning that they will be bevel cut on the saw and the center will drop back slightly. They will all have the same ribbon frame, which is going to be really fun to cut and then each one will have a negative image scrolled into them, like the tree.
As of now, I have six of them done and I want to do at least a dozen. Initially, I was going to put them all in one set, but they turned out to be quite involved and I think I need to divide them into two. I don’t want to cut them however until I have all twelve drawn.
I finished drawing the sixth ornament around 8:30 last night and I thought I was finished with them, but after I printed them out, I realized that some of the designs needed refinement and I had to pick around with them for another hour or so. That is one thing about drawing on a screen that is magnified to 800% or more. Everything looks bigger. Then when I print it out, I see what can actually be accomplished and what needs refining.
These ornaments aren’t going to be the easiest ones that I have ever made, although they aren’t going to be the most difficult either. The frames, although a little complex, will take a little time to do but they will look really stunning when they are finished I think. Since they are self-framing and the oval center is cut on a bevel, they are not going to be able to be stack cut. (Although you could easily cut the frames in two layers and then separate them to cut the center pieces. I think that would work fine and I think I will include that in the instructions as an option.) They aren’t a set that can be cranked out in an evening, but I think they will be well worth the effort.
I am fighting with myself as to whether I will make a couple of sets or not. What I want to do is leave one natural and perhaps stain the frame of the other set with a deep, jewel-toned color. I have some gold leafing that I have been dying to use on a project and I think that perhaps using a lighter color of wood such as maple and staining the frame dark and adding the leafing will look beautiful and rich. The more I think about it, the more I want to do that. I think it will be a unique and fun option for those who are adventurous and want to do a little more than just cut them out.
So hopefully today I will be able to button up the drawing on the remaining six. Since the frames took a great deal of time to get just right, the insides of the ornaments should go relatively quickly. This project is quickly turning into one of those that I can’t wait to get back at and finish. I am thoroughly excited about it and can’t wait to see how they come out in the end.
I am happy that I have done all my outside stuff for the weekend and can stay here and concentrate on this project for the next two days. I really do love my job and I look forward to the next couple of days.
I hope you all have great weekends planned, whether it is going to be spent in the shop or working on holiday gifts or even just watching a game on Sunday. Taking some time to do what you like best is a great reward for working hard the rest of the week. I am fortunate that my favorite thing to do is also my ‘job.’ I try to never forget that.
Have a great day today!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"