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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #668: Progress Report

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-11-2012 10:15 AM 906 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I really want to thank everyone for the nice thoughts yesterday. I felt kind of silly putting up here that I wasn’t feeling the best, but I didn’t want you all to think that there was something wrong or that I was really being lazy or something like that. :)

I spent the morning yesterday doing stuff like mail and running some errands. I had a couple of orders to go out and Canada Post was not open over the weekend or Monday so I had to get them out the door. I also had to go to the bank and transfer some money to my USA account so I could pay my taxes. (No wonder I wasn’t feeling good! LOL) I should have planned better and left enough there so I wouldn’t have to pay the transfer fees twice. Since my business is located there, much of the money that I make is from the US and goes into that account. I then bring it here to Canada which costs me exchange fees and stuff like that. Now I am transferring it back to the US and once again paying exchange fees on it. Quite a stupid move on my part. But trust me, I will be doing differently for next year, as I know what to plan for.

In any case it is done, and I will have tax season behind me which is always a relief. I have a better understanding of what I am going to need to pay now since this is the first year in a long time that I have shown some real profit with the business and hopefully that will continue. I just need to continue to work hard and keep things moving in a positive direction.

We are approaching the slow season for my business and I am happy for the production work that I have taken on. While the designing aspect of the job is never slow, the sales end tends to lag around this time of year and sales drop considerably. It isn’t time to slow down for me though, as I need to almost work harder so that when people are beginning to work on holiday stuff I have a variety of new ideas for everyone. I do have to start thinking about Christmas already, as the next issue of the magazine that I will be designing for is going to be the Christmas issue. (I can hear the whip cracking now and I had better get moving on it!) I also have several other things that I need to do in the mean time. I won’t be bored, that is for sure.

I did wind up doing quite a bit of cutting yesterday. I cut out about 600 boots for the production kits and I was pretty happy with the progress of that. I have about 6 hours or so of cutting ahead of me today and I plan to finish up the boots completely. That’s my goal anyway. That will mean that I will have cut 2400 pieces to date and will only have the 800 pumpkins left to finish up. My ‘loose’ goal is to get the cutting done by Friday, leaving the weekend for me to assemble and pack up the kits and then have them in the mail by Monday or Tuesday. If I can do that, I will really be happy.

Again I don’t find the task of making the kits to be unpleasant at all. I worked yesterday from about 3pm until 8pm cutting and it was a long stretch, but went really well. I love seeing the pieces piling up and in between sheets, I did a quick vac and clean up and changed the blade, applied the pattern to the next piece and it really broke up the job well. Not only did it keep things clean and in order, but I got to stretch and it was very easy on my body. Today will be a little longer stretch, but I can see the finish line ahead for this batch and I hope by tonight I can say I am done with these. The pumpkins are the easiest of the three shapes, and there are only eight pieces per set so they should really seem to go much quicker. I always do the most difficult parts of the job first and get them behind me and leave the easier parts for later on when I may become weary. Although the boots with their curly toes are a bit more involved than the hats. None of them are what I would call hard though.

So I am on the mend and ready for the race.

I am looking forward to a wonderfully productive day of cutting and getting close to the finish line!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time. -Orison Swett Marden

-- 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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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 04-11-2012 12:18 PM

Ready when you are, see you on the track!

-- 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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#2 posted 04-11-2012 12:29 PM

LOL! Love it, Martyn! See you at the finish! :D

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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Bluepine38

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#3 posted 04-11-2012 01:14 PM

Darn, I did not know they made helmets that small, I had better not let Barnaby see this or he will want
one. Thank you for sharing and have a good day.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 04-11-2012 05:28 PM

COOL cat helmets! What next?! LOL

Golly, whenever I want to transfer funds, I just do it on the Internet… no pain or strain…
... maybe, with it between countries, it makes a big difference… I have never done that. LOL

Do you pay taxes to both countries as well?

Heaven forbid!

It’s that time again!! I’d better get busy… LOL

-- 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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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 04-11-2012 09:37 PM

there I told you to beef up the Mustang ….. now you are in truble
but makes it a more interresting race …
ladyes and gentlemen start your engines !!!!

there is a word saying punished on the vallet makes you smart but rarely rich
.. do I know …. yes … just got the ticket …. have to pay 2000 $ exstra in tax …... AAUUCH :-(
my own fault .. I could have forseen that … since our morgage intrest has gone down last year
but not what I need right now being with out a job :-(
do you think I can pay with speciel handmade sawdust on recycled jars instead of money …..

take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-11-2012 11:35 PM

Oh, Dennis! That is where the saying “when it rains, it pours” comes from! I am so sorry that you have to pay more! That is just terrible, especially when you are out of work. :( I hope it all works out for you. Maybe they will let you pay over time. I will donate my race winnings to you!

Joe – Sad news is that I DO have to pay taxes both here in Canada and in the USA. It is a royal pain in the butt getting money from one country to the other. SO many fees! I should write about it tomorrow in the blog. I had quite a day getting things in the right place!

But I AM feeling better and got the second batch of pieces cut. (the 1200 boots!) I now have 2400 out of the 3200 pieces cut and the final 800 are pumpkins and should be easy-peasy! YAY!

I appreciate all the kind notes I received from everyone, as well as the nice comments here. I really feel like you are all a great part of my life. :)

I LOVE the race car cats. Wouldn’t it be fun to really have a race??? LOL

Have a great evening!

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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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 04-12-2012 06:55 PM

hey slow down Sheila that sound like stressfull factorywork ….. back to the designtable… NOW !!
thats where you belong :-)

yes I can pay over time if I can convince them that we don´t have enoff money to live for
if we have to pay what they demand :-(
tommorrow I will go thrugh the numbers and see if they have made a fault … not likely with my luck
but I have beaten the system a few times before in the courtrooms all the way to the highcourt … he he
it cuold be fun to go in another battle with them if its a case of priciples
both the sledgehammer and the broadsword hasn´t been used for years …. :-)
anyway the pens is fresh sharpened and the calculater with size A4 is ready for the numbers :-)

at the moment I go around like a made bull waiting to hear from a community in the other end of the country
they have a job that is like tailered to me as logisticman for all they have of humans that have to be droven
around like schoolchildren and elders ….. not counting on the job ( yes I am ) but it wuold be nice
for my confidence if they call me in for an interwiew … even though it will cost me 200$ to get there

have a great day
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 04-12-2012 07:06 PM

Well, good luck then Dennis! I hope you get the job too. I am like you in that sometimes I am up for battle and other times not. I hope you do well and I am happy for you to stand up for what you think is right. You know I wish you 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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BritBoxmaker

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#9 posted 04-12-2012 07:22 PM

Yes, good luck, Dennis

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

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#10 posted 04-12-2012 10:56 PM

thanks :-)

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