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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #520: Finishing Up

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-12-2011 01:10 PM 844 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 519: Writing Pattern Packets and 'Just Thinking' Part 520 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 521: Time for a Breath »

Well folks, it seems I am finally going to be able to finish this up today. Yesterday I spent most of the day working on photos for the pattern packets of the new ornaments. Since there were 24 ornaments (12 of each finish), I wanted to have a single shot of each and also group shots with each type together. That’s a lot of editing, even if it is only a couple of steps.

Then I had the step-by-step pictures to work on before I could begin writing. I have gotten in the habit of taking pictures along the way whenever I make a new project and I try to include them in the pattern. With all the resources that I have, it costs me no more time and I find that it really does make a better pattern packet. Not only does it help me organize my thinking when remembering how I did things, but I think it also helps the customer who may have not done this type of project before to better understand the process. All in all it is a good thing.

It takes a while longer to do things this way, but I really like it. I got into the habit of doing things in this manner and I see no reason to go back. I would rather err on the side of providing too much information or being redundant in my instructions than leaving something out and assuming that people know. I always try to look at things with the attitude that I am teaching the process to someone who is new to scroll sawing and hope that I can instruct them properly. How else can we work to expand our craft and keep the newcomers interested?

I hope at some point today to get the new project up on the site. I usually like to update things when I have at least a few new items to present, but there has been many inquiries for this project in the last few day and people are looking for it, so I want to get it up there as quickly as possible. But I still want to make sure that it is done properly and proof read and correct – especially since I know that so many copies will sell quickly. I picked through the line work quite a bit the other day and dare I say that everything in that department is where I want it to be.

So I don’t have much to talk about today except I am moving right along and getting things buttoned up. Sometimes even my work is a bit ‘routine’ it seems. Everything is working well.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. The cold front has arrived and it is quite windy out. It rained pretty much all day yesterday, but it was quite warm for most of the day too. The cold air didn’t arrive until nightfall. Winter is definitely on its way.

It may seem like it is taking a long time to finish this project up, but I really don’t mind. It feels good to take the time it needs and I am completely enjoying the process, knowing that the final results will be what I envisioned.

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

-- 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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grizzman

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 05:54 PM

good morning..what a picture, its fogged in but it is still beautiful to me, but man, where is the snow…well im glad to see things are moving along here, and your projects are doing well huh….and i noticed this is number 520 …wow…what a great contribution…i remember the first time you showed up…a wonderful day for lumber jocks i think…yep…well time for breakfast…you have a great day…susan is at the bazaar right now, we got it all set up and ive come home to, rest my body…have a great day…grizz

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 10:06 PM

what not even one little mishab at the end of the fog …. yubiiiii …. enjoy the rare moment Sheila :-)

thougt I shuold have made a little in the shop …. but no some concrete had to be demolished
and I thought it cuold be winged with my litle grinder and a diamond cutting knife on it ….....
but no … no as you know every knew project call out for a new tool so I had to surender and bought
the big 2000 watt = ca. 3hp grinder and a diamond cutting wheel to it …. auch said the wallet
but what do you do when you discover the concrete is nearly 20 cm thick :-(
you just go for the nastyest beast you can find …. and have alot of respect for it including remembering
all the safty gear you have a round :-)
one way or another I just make dust to the gold medal ….. LOL
but it was cold to day this morning we were just slightly under the freezing point
and have south eastern wind …. yep the winther is sneaking in on us …. Brrrrr

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 11-13-2011 12:24 PM

Hi, Grizz! – I hope Sue does well at the bazaar. I have heard so many mixed stories this year. Some people do well and some do terribly. I suppose it is all about timing and where they are held. I have seen her stuff and it is really beautiful. Your stuff is awesome, too. I really think that people will respect the quality and design and I wish you both a fun day.

Dennis – Stay safe using that big equipment. Getting rid of concrete is really not easy. Some 25 years ago when we put an addition on our house, there were large chunks of it that were left over from pouring the foundation and I was the one who cleaned them up so we could save a little money over having someone else do it. Boy! Did I get a workout! Getting new tools is fun, but I can’t say I envy you on this one, my friend! Take care and be safe. :)

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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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 12:00 AM

one thing is for sure
if you plan on dealing with concrete wet or dry doesn´t matter
you can deffently skip the gym that month …. LOL

and I´m still in one peice but I don´t think my mucles agree with that
deffently found a few I didn´t knew I had ….. LOL

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 11-14-2011 12:15 AM

Oh, I believe that, Dennis! When I did the concrete thingy I was in my mid-20’s and in good shape. After an hour or so, I thought I was going to die! I remember laying in a hot bath tub after the work was done with every muscle in my body screaming at me! You take care and take it easy for a while. You need time to recover. Be happy the task is behind you now! :)

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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