As usual, I earned the title of “Queen of Underestimation.” At least I kind of did plan for it this time, so I don’t feel too bad about it.
The second leg in the calendar project is just about done being cut. It is funny, but in my head I only allowed a day to get all the pieces done. Even I should know better. I am really OK though because as long as I get it out this week, I should be good. I don’t feel a great deal of pressure in that department.
The second part of this projects consists of the overlay pieces from March through and including July. For those of you who haven’t seen the first part of it, here is a picture for you:
It is a calendar holder in which the overlay pieces are held on by magnets and interchangeable. This is a project that is going to be featured in three sequential issues of Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine. The first part will be building the base and the overlays for the month of January and February (shown below.)
The second part will be the next five month’s worth of overlays. That is what I am working on now. While one month in itself doesn’t take very long to cut, depending on the details some of the pieces took a while. I suppose I should have figured more time for it, but I tend to underestimate things quite often and don’t allow for the usual interruptions of answering questions and emails and doing other things like going to the post office and printing orders. I need to gear my mind in these several directions at once, it seems.
Today I only need to cut the overlays for the month of July and I will be finished with the cutting part. I then have the fun job of staining and finishing up the pieces. I am making two sets of pieces to send to the magazine and keeping one here for myself. The magazine will get a set of natural colored pieces and also a set of stained one and both processes will be shown. For myself, I prefer the stained set so I don’t really see it necessary to make two.
I usually don’t keep many of my projects, but I particularly like this one and I think I will use it in my own kitchen. It is quite fun and I can also think of several other themes that can be used for the overlays (like birthdays, etc.) and may want to do some other things with it later on.
After last weeks major cleaning, I don’t want to start accumulating lots of stuff here, but this is kind of the exception.
Hopefully by tomorrow, I will have some more pictures for you of the new sets of overlays. So far they are coming out really nice and I think this will make a good project.
I am going to take the day to enjoy my job and have fun seeing it completed.
As a PS, I noticed that it is Mark Twain’s birthday today. He is one of my favorite writers. He always looked at the world with a sense of humor. One of my favorite quotes from him :
There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. -Mark Twain
Have a great day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"