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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #655: In Anticipation of Spring

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-29-2012 11:20 AM 1228 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 654: Two New Projects! Part 655 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 656: A Mini-Lesson in Production Work »

Mother nature can be a trickster. Especially when it comes to weather. Just when you are lulled into enjoying one type of weather, you wake up the next day to something completely different. Add to that the volatile season of spring and that I live in Nova Scotia and you have a recipe for the unexpected and even on the best days you wouldn’t be able to predict what tomorrow may bring.

I woke up to snow this morning. I admit to having slept in a bit later than usual and when I awoke, it was already light enough to see outside. When I looked I had to look twice, as there was a thin white blanket of snow on the grassy areas and also on the branches of the trees. Looking across to the river, it did look quite pretty. But this is late March and while I love snow and the winter, I have mentally prepared myself to enjoy the warm weather and accept the heat, sweating and the bugs that came with it. I planned to spend more time at the beach this year, figuring out what work I can bring there so I can still feel productive while enjoying the quiet and the beautiful scenery.

I suppose it isn’t as if those plans are spoiled, but they will just be delayed a bit. Last week (while I was contemplating getting all my shorts out of storage, mind you!) when the weather was warm, I even took the Mustang out for a short ride. It felt so good to have my own car back, and I couldn’t wait until I would be able to drive again on a daily basis. It has been parked since November, and while Keith is good enough to take me where I need to go, there is something about the independence of not having to ask and just getting in and driving. And besides, it is so cool! During the short ride I took along the beach, I found myself thinking ahead to the upcoming summer with anticipation of the warm days to come. I even went ahead and ordered the new tires that it sorely needs so that it is safe and ready for the road. The tires are in and they are to be installed tomorrow. While the roads are clear and the snow will probably melt, it is still a reminder that the snow and cold isn’t quite finished with us yet. I must be cautious and patient.

Last year at this time, we were already heading to New York for the Northeastern Woodworkers Association's Showcase in Saratoga Springs. I was one of the featured speakers there and coupled that trip with teaching scroll sawing and painting classes, as well as a side trip to Chicago where I got to visit my children and friends. All in all it was a three week trip and during that time, we saw snow more than once in our travels. So having it snow now isn’t really that unusual.

In thinking about the show and the trip, I really wish I could be there this year, too. It was a wonderful time, and seeing all the wonderfully talented people and learning from them and networking was something that I would highly recommend to anyone who is in the area and may have a chance to go. Part of me considered attending this year, but with work here at Sheila Landry Designs gaining momentum, it wasn’t really a good time for us to leave for any length of time. It seemed that between the time we spent preparing, the three weeks we were actually away and the ‘recovery’ time of catching up when we returned, it was quite a bit to handle. We need this time to stay focused here at home and work on the business from this end. Perhaps by next year we will be in a better position to leave.

I spent yesterday working on the two projects and also the pattern packets for the kits finished printing. For those of you who are interested, here is what three hundred 16 page patterns looks like:

I have about 1/3 of them stapled and will do the rest today while watching a movie or something. There is no hurry at this point, and I find that it is a good activity later on in the day when my brain is tired and I want to wind down.

I oiled the two new projects yesterday and I was going to take the pictures, but I felt that the oil needed to dry over night so I held off. I am still debating on whether to add color to the mouse cheese tray or not, but I am leaning toward not doing so. I am going to be talking to my editor Debbie today and see what she thinks. I am sure we can offer the option, but I almost like the curly maple left natural, even though much of the curly nature of the grain is lost on the small mice and cheese. I am really on the fence with it.

I also plan to start cutting the kit pieces today. The sooner I do that, the clearer it will be to me as to the amount of time it is going to take to complete. Like the printing and the other steps involved, small steps are the best way to approach this and since they are not due at the warehouse until mid-May, I want to take advantage of the generous amount of time and do them little by little, keeping the job at a pleasant level. Who knows? I may surprise myself and just jump in and get it all done by next week. ;) You never know!

I wish you all a good day this beautiful Thursday. May your day be productive and the anticipation of spring inspire you to do wonderful things!

In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. ~Mark Twain

-- 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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Rick13403

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 04:47 PM

Hi Sheila, Too bad that you won’t be at Saratoga this year. We will miss talking to you and Keith. The Toler and I are planning to spend Saturday there. I’ll take some pictures and post them, most likely here if I can figure it out.
Rick And Kathie

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 05:05 PM

Wow! See what you started, Roger? :)

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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#3 posted 03-29-2012 05:56 PM

WOW!

That’s a lot of Color printing!

Are you using an Ink-Jet type printer?
If so, what kind of printer & how many cartridges did it take?

Are you using a Color Laser printer?
If so, what kind?

Pretty good sized Order(s)!

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 06:04 PM

I am using a Canon Pixma IP4700 series printer that I got for $50. The first two I got were about $100, and I liked them so much I got another one. I think they aren’t going to make them anymore which is a shame. I wish I would have bought a couple more of them. They are hard to find now for a good price, although Amazon had a couple for about $300.

I use a Continuous Flow Ink system that I wrote about in my blog here:

http://lumberjocks.com/scrollgirl/blog/20961

The ink system cost about $50 filled and to buy a set of five replacement bottles of ink, it cost me $35. This whole pile didn’t go near using five bottles. It probably used about 1/3 of the five bottles, except a bit more Black (maybe half) I hope this printer lasts a long, long time! :) It took four days to do, and I did rest it at night, but it was going in the background and all I needed to do was replace the paper every now and then.

I am proud of this little printer. The quality on everything is top notch, too. It even prints on CD’s and DVD’s and prints beautiful photographs. If they made them all like this for this price, they would be out of business!

(Thanks to the ‘printer gods’ all went well!)

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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#5 posted 03-29-2012 06:57 PM

I used a Canon Pixma ip4200 for a long time before I got tired of spending so much for ink!
... I hardly ever used the color… just the pigmented black mostly… the color part would, I guess, evaporate because I never truly used it enough to empty them… then, when I finally DID want color, I had to buy more ink! It got to me.

I researched Laser printers… Black & White… (in the process, I noticed that they had Color lasers available now!).
I ended up with the Brother HL-2270DW... it’s a dream to use… has many features like front & back printing for a book and other features that blew me away… The speed is also very good… Prints up to 27ppm Built-in wireless and Ethernet network interfaces Automatic duplex printing for two-sided documents Adjustable, 250-sheet capacity paper tray 32MB memory standard

Got it for about $80 on Sale…

I recently had to buy a Toner cartridge TN-450 that will be good for expected lifetime yield of 2,600 pages… a lot more printing for about the same as Cartidges for the Canon.

A lot has happened over the years in laser printers… in both B&W and Color…

In your spare time, you might take a look at the Color lasers… (color quality, etc. too)
Brother HL4570CDW Color Laser Printer is the Color version of what I got.

BTW, another surprise... It is super easy to connect the printer to your wireless router and have every computer in the house being able to print with its wireless connection! Amazingly simple to do! Beautiful feature.

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 03-29-2012 07:21 PM

Thank you so much for all the information, Joe. I will definitely keep this in mind when we are looking for a new one. Keith seems to feel that we are going to “kill” this one quickly using it at the capacity we are using it and he may be right. We will probably be in the market for another alternative before too long and we will definitely consider the Brother. I may PM you later on asking some questions about it when the time comes, if that is OK. I appreciate so much your taking time to share the information, not only with myself, but with all who read, too. :)

Take care, 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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Roger

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 01:09 PM

looks like lotsa work. wow! After lookin at that stack, I think you should take another vacation. :) Git-er-done is all I can say. Very good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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