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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #583: A Day Without Communication - Making Lemonade from Lemons

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 948 days ago 4582 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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"



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iltws2

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#1 posted 948 days ago

My fingers are too big. Cool

-- Medicaid Carpenter

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 948 days ago

Actually, you just put them on a slightly larger piece – say the size of the regular ornaments. As long as you have a bit of a frame to hold on to, it is not a lot different than cutting the original sized pieces. There are small holes in many larger designs and we cut them all the time without realizing how small they are. For these, I kept the two ornaments on the piece of wood and cut all the inside cuts for both of them first. Then I cut the perimeter of them off the frame last, keeping the frame in tact so that I still had something substantial to hold onto. It is a simple trick and allows you to keep all your finger nails! :)

Sheila

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

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NH_Hermit

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#3 posted 948 days ago

Aren’t you amazed how dependent we’ve become on the internet and instant outside communications?

-- John from Horse Shoe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 948 days ago

I know, John! I was thinking about how spoiled we have become! Not only with just communication, but in every aspect of my work. I caught myself want to ‘just check’ to see what was going on many times throughout the day. Like I said though, my biggest concern was my customers. I didn’t want them to think I was ignoring them.

I feel a lot more at ease today! :)

Sheila

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

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NH_Hermit

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#5 posted 948 days ago

My income is entirely dependent on the internet, and I get very antsy when it’s down. I’ve got my IPS in speed dial in my cell, as I too have my phone, TV and Internet all bundled. When it was down once, I was absent mindedly playing with the mouse when Veronika said, “It might work John, if you wish really hard.”

-- John from Horse Shoe

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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 948 days ago

Beautiful, Sheila and very delicate. Its amazing what we used to get up to before the Internet. Reading, whatever next? Lol.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 948 days ago

I felt like a petulant child yesterday in the beginning. I wanted to pout and stamp my foot! But also like a child, I was easily distracted and decided to make something good of the day. Concentrating on these little treasures put my mind in a good place – away from the screen and the modem. I am glad that something good came out of it at least! :)

Sheila

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 948 days ago

Looking good…

Y’all have a good Sunday too!

-- 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 948 days ago

It seems strange how dependant we’ve become on instant everything… Not all that long ago we didn’t even have computers as part of our everyday life. Now we just can’t feel comfortable when service goes down.

It seems most of my waking hours are spent in front of a computer now, so when it does occasionaly go down, I feel competely lost. Out of business, actualy.

And it is true that we get comfort out of knowing it’s not just us.

Well, at least you were able to get something done, instead of sitting around fretting over it.

Have a good day.

Lee

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

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