Yesterday was one of those days that seemed to be over just after it began. It seemed like I was just getting warmed up when it started to get dark and the sun was setting.
I spent much of the day working on the next installment of the calendar project that I am doing for the magazine. This is the third and final part of a calendar topper that I am creating with interchangeable figures that are held on with magnets. The idea is to keep the base of the topper (which the calendar hangs from) and change the overlay pieces to coincide with the month you are on.
The first part included the base of the topper along with the first two months of the year. The second part was the characters for the next five months, and this final part will be the figures for the last five months of the year. I also want to offer some different little pattern packages so that people can have some special ‘themes’ to work with. While they won’t be published in Creative Woodworks and Crafts, they will be available on my site for a very small cost so that people can fill in or change their own calendars to suit their own personal tastes.
Some of the ideas I was thinking about would be a birthday theme, a horse or western theme, cats, dogs, anniversary, or some themes that were more ‘generic’ than the regular holidays that I chose for the magazine article. Since the magazine is mainly distributed in the United States, I chose an Independence Day theme for the month of July. However, I realize that there may be others out there that are from other places that don’t necessarily want their calendars to show the red, white and blue them for the month. While it is suggested in the article that they could easily use the garden and flower theme that I created for May, I thought that offering these add-ons would be a bit more practical and something that would appeal to many. The cost for the additional themes would be nominal (I am thinking about $1 per set) and it would allow the customers to really customize their own calendars to their own tastes.
I don’t really have any good drawings to show yet because they are all ‘in progress’ and at a point where they still need to be refined and ‘tweaked’ before I cut them out. Hopefully I will finish the drawing process today and I can get to cutting them out tomorrow.
I also have been asked to join a group of scrollers to do a series of short articles for Advanced Machinery (http://www.advmachinery.com/) Advanced Machinery manufactures and distributes Hegner scroll saws and I have known the owner, Hanns Derke for many years. In addition to scroll saws, they sell many other high quality woodworking tools and machines. I find the company honest and helpful and I am happy to have this opportunity to contribute to promoting scroll sawing in this way.
AMI will be sending out a newsletter monthly which will have an article by myself or another designer from the scroll saw industry and we are to offer some helpful hints for someone who is perhaps considering learning to scroll saw or is just starting out. Even the veteran scroll sawyer may pick up some information that he hadn’t known about before.
I look at this as a great opportunity to gain some interest in scroll sawing and woodworking as a whole, and I look forward to writing the articles (and also reading the articles that my colleagues have written.) I think that any way we can promote woodworking in general is a good thing and will benefit everyone.
As time goes on, it seems that I am finding more and more to do. My list is long and I am trying not to be overwhelmed by all that is in front of me. I am grateful that I have so many good opportunities and also that I have a lot of new ideas that I want to see implemented in the upcoming year.
I wish you all a wonderful day today. Have a great day and find some time to be creative and do something you like.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"