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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #544: That's How the Cookie Crumbles

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 966 days ago 814 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 543: One Deadline Down . . . Part 544 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 545: Holiday Inspirations »

Christmas is definitely in the air! Little by little I am getting ready for the holiday season. I used to get everything decorated and finished up all at once, but I am kind of liking doing things gradually as time permits. Each day it seems a little more festive that way as we approach the big day. That way too is a lot less pressure and mess.

Yesterday I spent the morning wrapping and packaging the calendar pieces to send to the magazine for publication. Keith also had a project heading out – a cool art deco type mantle clock that he designed. We needed to fit everything in the box in a way so that if (I mean WHEN) it was thrown around and jostled that the heavier clock would not crush the delicate calendar pieces. As always, I was up for the packaging challenge.

My editor Robert always expressed how much he admired my ability to package things. His favorite phrase was “you could throw the box off of the Empire State Building and it would be OK.” I took that as a compliment, as most of us know, packaging things so that they survive the various couriers and postal services is an art within itself.

Last year I wrote an article on packaging. It was published in the magazine and since then, I have posted a copy of it on my website. You can click on the link below to read it, if you want:

Packaging and Shipping Delicate Scroll Saw Work

I hope you find it helpful.

For the box at hand, I thought the best way to approach the issue was the “box within a box” philosophy. A month or so ago, our local grocery/gift store had a large box of smaller boxes that they were giving out. They were “free for the taking” and I was surprised that Keith alerted me to them. He usually mocks my box fetish and teases me because I tend to ‘collect’ boxes – just in case I need them.

These were particular nice though. They were apparently glove boxes, and were all black and had a separate lid that lifted off. I saw them as being perfect for shipping smaller pieces within a larger box. We had picked up about fifteen of them and I used three to package the pieces for the five months of the calendar that needed to be shipped. I was really happy that I had them, as I think that there is a good chance that everything will get there in good shape – despite the postal services.

We spent the afternoon doing our regular errands, and by the time I returned home, I had several emails and stuff that I had to tend to. By the time I finished with that, it was late afternoon.

I had wanted to make some Candy cane cookies for about a week now. I don’t know why, but I have had a taste for them. I even got the candy canes to crush to put in them. I am not particularly partial to peppermint, but once in a while I like it. So I decided I needed a break from the computer and made the cookies.

I used to make many types of cookies every holiday season, and it brought back memories of when the kids were young and they used to help me. Now, without the kids to help eat them, I didn’t need much to be ‘enough’. I wound up making a batch and storing half the dough to make another time. It was kind of fun to do though.

Maybe I wanted to make these because you got to play with the dough. You roll it out in a snake:

Then twist it to make the candy cane shape:

And there you have it!

They aren’t what I call “beautiful” but they are good enough and rather fun looking.

Oh, and in our travels I saw these cute little ginger cookies that I bought:

They actually taste really, really good and I like them better than the ones I made. The best part about them is they came in this cool little box:

Keith said that from my point of view, the box came with the cookies inside. Perhaps he is right! :D

Today I need to prepare several packages for mailing. It is getting down to the wire as far as shipping and I need to really get some stuff out. My car is my ‘wrapping center on wheels’ as I have kept the boxes of wrap and stuff in there until I really need to bring them inside. It is a good thing that I haven’t driven it much. It is packed to the gills with boxes of wrap!

I hope you are all getting all your traveling gifts wrapped up and sent out too. I hope you have a chance to read the article on shipping, as it may help you avoid some disasters regarding your work.

Have a great day and remember to take time to enjoy the season.

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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patron

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#1 posted 966 days ago

good morning sheila

i’m not into peppermint to much either

but that plate full of shrimp looks good

but not with morning coffee
maybe later with dinner

thanks for the morning reads
they are like sunrise

sure to please

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 966 days ago

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! David! You make me laugh!

Hummm . . . Shrimp cookies – now why didn’t I think of that??? lol I bet they would be a big hit with my Cat Children here!

You have a great day too!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Bluepine38

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#3 posted 966 days ago

Thanks for sharing the shipping tips with us, so far I have been lucky shipping my bowls, but one of these
days, I am sure I am going to find out that one did not make it, and I will have to do a replay. So far all
have been gifts to my very large immediate family, my maternal grandfather had 27 children that lived, so I
have to limit to immediate family or I would go broke. The sun is just coming up here highlighting the
mountains and shutting off my exterior Christmas lights. I am also decorating in easy stages, the outside
tree, which is now 14’ tall and growing and house are done, will get the inside tree today and start on
it in a day or two. Those cookies look good, but would tend to add inches, so I will pass. Thank you
sharing and hope your Christmas season keeps progressing well.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 966 days ago

Hi Sheila;

With my Ezee-Feed business, packaging is a big deal. We used to have custom made cardboard boxes, which should protect the units as they’re being shipped around the U.S. and Canada, but no. That would be too easy…About 10 – 15 percent of them arrived at their destination with damage. I oftened wondered if the delivery guys were trying to damage them, so I would look for another shipper. I admit, they are large, and heavy, so they’re no fun to deliver.

We ended up building crates to ship them in, and the units inside are braced is place with cardboard. I’m sure it’s a pain to unpack them, and it’s no fun for us either, but there is no damage…knock on wood.

The down side is it costs more to do this way, but I believe customers would prefer things be in perfect condition when they receive them.

A man gotta do, what man gotta do!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#5 posted 966 days ago

I would love to see pictures of your decorating. It sounds pretty being near the mountains. I do little surprise gifts when I can. I like offsetting the holidays and not putting the pressure on myself for one day. Sometimes I am late with things, but sometimes I am early – or I give little things for no reason at all. When writing it down hear, it makes me realize that I do it much like my own decorating – a little at a time. Aren’t we supposed to keep “Christmas in our hearts” year round anyway? So they say . . .

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful Holiday too!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 966 days ago

Sheila, that’s a very good idea…

Oh, I just thought you were making Cane cookies… or stuttering on a ”J”... LOL!

Merry Christmas!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#7 posted 966 days ago

uuuuh I´m glad I just have had a peice of choclate before I opened your blog Sheila
othervice my keyboards wuold be full of drool by now …..
that dish looks great to have on the Chrismas table among 50 other with candy and cookies … :-)

David ….please …. promisse us you never will make schrimpcookies
and try to keep them around for months …. yyaak … goodies from the oceans have to be made fresh
and eaten freshmade …. hmm …. I better prepare the fishing rods to go after a codfish or two
for newyear dinner and some eel to smoke to get on the darkbreadsanwiches with boiled eggmix
Sh… now I start to drool again by the thought of it ….
I´ll better go and do something about it ….

take care
Dennis

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#8 posted 965 days ago

:D

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 965 days ago

:——)))))) a logo people remember :-)

hmm just discovered I have to ordre new nylonline to the fishingreel

Dennis

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