So you all thought I took the day off? I suppose that you could say that, although it wasn’t a choice of mine. It seems that the black cat must have really put her spell on my on Friday the 13th after all. Around 8pm Friday night the unthinkable happened – my internet went down.
All of a sudden, I was getting the dreaded “server not found” error on my screen. When Keith checked his computer, it was the same thing. We fiddled with our modem a while and then I decided to read (some REAL magazines) for a bit. Soon our neighbor Lee was knocking at our door, as his internet and cable TV were not working (we don’t have cable). I felt some guilty relief that it wasn’t ‘only us’ and just decided to call it an early night and not worry about it. After all, I was getting ready to turn in and go to sleep anyway.
When I awoke at my usual time yesterday morning, to my dismay things were still not up and running. Now I was getting antsy. I wanted to write my blog here and had no access. After unsuccessfully playing around a bit and trying to see if I could reboot the modem and coax it into working, I decided to focus on something else and do something productive.
I spent the early part of the morning rewriting my new pattern of the twelve heart ornaments and making one of them into a new ‘free’ pattern for the site. That would be a nice treat for my customers. I also decided to add into the existing pattern instructions for making the ornaments into small pendants. I experimented with sizes and at first I made them 66% smaller. They still looked big and clunky for necklaces. I then tried to go down to 50% and they looked much better. But would they be able to be cut? Hum . . .
As the morning turned into afternoon and still no internet, I decided to cut the smaller versions of the ornaments out and see how they would do. I had purchased smaller 2mm glass pearl beads on Friday with the thought of trying to make one of the hearts smaller. While I hadn’t really considered offering it in the pattern, I figured “why not?” and thought I would give it a try.
There were a few adjustments to be made when cutting the smaller versions. I made a quick ‘zero clearance’ overlay for my scroll saw table. This helped support the tiny and delicate pieces. I found small pieces of wood in six species this time – ash, jatoba, cherry, walnut, ebony and holly. I decided to make two pieces from each species to give some good variety. It was imperative for me to use tight grained wood for these tiny pieces so that they would be strong enough and hold together well. The only questionable wood that I picked was the ash, but this particular piece had a really tight grain to it and all of them worked splendidly.
I oiled them and finished them and glued all the beads into place and I think they came out nice:
Here is a picture for scale as to the size compared to the original size:
While the smaller versions are a bit more difficult to cut than the original pieces, I think it will be a good stepping stone for someone who is learning. It may be a good incentive for them to try something new and develop their skill. I found no real problem with cutting these smaller pieces. The key with doing tiny work like that is to slow down and be patient. I actually found it quite relaxing and fun. And I love the way the smaller pieces look! They are cute and delicate and very pretty.
Around mid-day Keith took a drive over to his parents to see what was up. We still didn’t have any communication, as our phone line is through the computer so it was also non-functional. Keith had a cell phone, but last week he accidentally left it in his pants pocket and it went through not only a wash cycle, but also the clothes dryer (DOH!) Needless to say it is dead.
When he called our internet provider from his parents, there was a recorded message that all of Meteghan River, Meteghan and Bangor were out and they were ‘working on it.’ It may sound bad but I found some comfort in the fact that we weren’t the only ones having problems. With things such as that, I tend to hope for a big problem because if it was only our line, I am sure that fixing it would take much longer.
I went to bed with the line still down, but I think I handled it pretty well. I got over the urge to check to see if it was back every 12 seconds and adopted a ‘whatever will be will be’ attitude. I suppose what bothered me the most was not being able to fill orders from the site or answer customers’ questions right away. I didn’t want them to think I was ignoring them or being lax.
But I awoke this morning and once again the green light was merrily dancing on the router. Oh Joy! As I looked on the table, I saw the 12 little pendants that I made yesterday and felt good about making good use of my ‘time off’. From lemons, I made some wonderfully tasty lemonade and all is well again.
Thanks to those who missed me. I can assure you that nothing sinister had become of me. It just seems that the black cat of Friday the 13th was twitching her tail at me after all. But she had her fun and all is well again.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"