My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #543: One Deadline Down . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-05-2011 01:20 PM 1451 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I got most of what I wanted to accomplish done yesterday. Of course I would have liked to have more done, but that is just me.

I did get the calendar pieces all finished and stained and ready to go out the door. The only thing that is/was a problem was that I didn’t get them done until after it was dark out, so the pictures that I have for myself here aren’t very nice.

I finished gluing all the little metal washers to the backs of the pieces by early evening, but since I was using those Earth Magnets, which are quite strong, I didn’t chance at playing with them and sticking the pieces on for the photography. It is still dark now, and quite early and I want to set up the lighting properly at a decent hour for final pictures before sending the package on its way.

I like to take “final pictures” here before sending things to New Jersey to be published. Who knows when I will get the pieces back here for myself. I did make a set for myself, but I stained that one and it would short me the natural pictures if I don’t take them now. I wanted to show both versions for the pattern packets and for advertising them on my site just so people could see how each version looked.

In any case, I do have pictures to show here, although they are taken with low light settings and look quite fuzzy. I will get better pictures in a bit:

I am happy with the outcome of this set of pieces. I kept them simple, but they aren’t so easy that they will be boring. For the month of April, I chose to go with the Easter motif. I liked scrolling the eggs and it was fun to do. For those who don’t celebrate Easter, they can always use the floral motif from May and use different colors, or even use the garden pieces from June.

While I was waiting for glue and shellac to dry, I “de-autumn-ized” my house here. It wasn’t too difficult because I had only a few decorations, but here it is the fifth of December already and I wanted to bring some Christmas cheer into the place.

I did manage to change the lights from orange to multi-colored on my little tree. However, other than that, it is still ‘naked.’ I just ran out of time in getting everything done. I wasted well over an hour looking for the box with that I put all the lights in. It was shoe-boxed size and had the orange, multi-color and white lights for the little tree. I wanted all the lights in one place so they would be handy. However, when we cleaned a couple of weeks ago and reorganized, everything was moved around and I thought they wound up in storage. After making the trip to Keith’s parents and looking through the boxes there, I still wasn’t able to find them. Only after I returned home did I locate them in one of the new storage benches. (DOH!) There went an hour an a half! I suppose that is the danger of cleaning and reorganizing when you get older – you forget where you put stuff. :)

I also wanted to make some Christmas cookies and didn’t have the chance to. I don’t know why, as I haven’t really made Christmas cookies in several years. I used to make about 20 kinds and attend a cookie exchange and it was a lot of fun. But that was when the kids were young and they always gave a hand in both making and eating. It would be counter-productive for me to try to make time to make cookies and also try to make time to go to the gym three times a week. But I figured one batch wouldn’t really hurt too much. For some odd reason, I have had a taste for peppermint candy cane sugar cookies. I used to make them and they looked like little candy canes and had crushed peppermint candy in them. I don’t even really love peppermint much, but I have a taste for them anyway. I even got the candy to make them with. We’ll see what the day brings today . . .

Besides getting these out, I really need to work on getting my other packages that have to be mailed out in the next few days. That means wrapping and packaging and all that stuff. I don’t have too much going, but I do need to work on what I have. Since this was a big deadline hanging over my head, I will feel lots better once it is out the door. Then I can concentrate on my own stuff for a week or so.

The sun is just starting to peek through the pink clouds. It is very pretty out and the sky is full of pick and grey. It is a good way to start the week off and I look forward to making a lot of headway today with things.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the calendar pieces.

Have a wonderful Monday! a

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 02:29 PM

great work Sheila they look good :-)
but you maybee have to consider to make another for July since its not all
your costummers is from USA and therefor want something ells for that month

I know how it is with cokkies in this month ….. used to make them for the hole family
but as you said to me earlyer this year …. I ainĀ“t 20 and have to take it easyer :-)
so it will only be for ourself this year with one or three different cookies I think and the
the rest have to be bought .... its just the way it is ….. we have to learn to slow down a little
there is plenty enoff to be done in december without 50 different cookies to think of

have a great day :-)

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 02:56 PM

gr8 way to dress up a calender/s

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 12-05-2011 03:44 PM

these came out great sheila

in both finishes

happy holidays !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 03:49 PM

These are really a great idea, Sheila.

Nice work, too.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 03:52 PM

I am with you there Dennis! I just finished packing up the box (after re-taking the pictures) and I put in the pick up call for Purolator to get the pieces out to the magazine. That is always a relief for me. It is about 10am my time and I have already been working for five hours today. (And I wonder why I run out of steam after supper!) Tell you the truth, I am kind of tired now, but still have much to get done today. At least this will be on my own schedule for a bit. :)

As for the July month – I am going to offer some different pattern packets for those in different countries who celebrate things a bit differently. Since it was a US magazine, I went with the Independance Day theme for the 4th. But I will have other summer themes that can be used (like beach or baseball)

Thank you Roger and David. It was good to see them all finally done. Now five more months to go – but I don’t have to worry about them for a couple of weeks at least! :)


Thank you too, Lee! You snuck in there while I was typing! :D

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 12-05-2011 05:13 PM

Whew, you work hard on those. I like ‘em!


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