My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #561: I Heard the Bells

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-23-2011 01:39 PM 1251 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it is my own fault that I am running late today. I just got out of bed and it is already 7am. That is just about unheard of from me. I usually get up somewhere around 5am. It is my ‘quiet time’ and I spend it not only picking around the web and catching up on emails, but also writing here. I have a lot I need to accomplish today and the last thing I needed was to oversleep. But I must have needed it so I will go with the flow here and get what I can done when I can. Today the blog here really will be short, but you all are probably busy too so it will all balance out. (See how nicely I am able to rationalize things out??)

The good news is that I FINISHED painting the last piece of the fence project for Ellen! YIPPIE! I did make the last piece a bell, and although it is nothing spectacular, it came out acceptable. I took a quick picture of it this morning for you all to see:

All I have to do today is put a couple of coats of outdoor varnish on the pieces and I should be good to go on that one. (I hope the varnish dries enough by tomorrow so it doesn’t stick when I wrap the pieces! LOL)

The bell is much fancier than it appears on the picture. I quickly snapped this one this morning and it is under the ‘what you see is what you get’ category again because of the time factor. I have lots of errands to tend to today and don’t have time to play with it to make it look nice. I will take some pictures of the full set if I can later on and put them in my folder. It has silver metallic shading and all the gold has a nice metallic wash on it. The clapper and ‘dots’ on it have some gold sparkle paint washed over it so it looks a bit more festive. The shimmer paint is kind of subtle which is why it doesn’t show up on the photos. I wanted it pretty but not gaudy. I love a little shimmer here and there – don’t you?

Completing this is the last of the big things that I need to do. Now I have to do some wrapping and my cooking for the two places we are going on Christmas Day and I will be pretty much OK. I wanted to make the kitties some toys, but I put them on the bottom of the list only because they can’t read a calendar and if they get their surprises a day or so late, they won’t be any the wiser. I suppose I need to choose my battles at times like these. I will bribe them with treats and they will certainly understand (or forget.)

I wish you all a good day today. Is it Friday already? Have fun and enjoy some holiday cheer.


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-- 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 12-23-2011 02:03 PM

That cat does not look happy, Sheila! He looks embarrassed! ;-)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 02:18 PM

LOL! Mine would never let me do that to them! I was surprised that Coco let me put the beads on her the other day without eating them! Thank goodness other people dress up their cats and post pictures I can use! It spares me and mine the humiliation! :D

By the way – it got light out and IT’S SNOWING!!!! YAY! I hope it lasts! (Merry Christmas Emporium!)


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

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 10:35 AM

Hi Sheila.

Glad you got snow. Must have been ours that got lost. Unlike the usual deep freeze we get here in “Winter-peg”, sunday is forecast to be 1 degree above and the same for monday! We have maybe an inch of snow compared to our norm of a foot or more. Seems more like Halloween than Christmas…

LouAnn is still in the band-aid hotel and it looks like the best we can hope for is a 6 hour pass on the day for her to come home for dinner. She’s on IV antibiotics every six hours so she has to be back in time for her next dose. They’re waiting to see how much of the toe will have to go. So far the first joint is positively history, but how much more is up in the air untill she sees the specialist again next week.

All I want for Christmas is my missus home…

Have a great one.


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