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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #718: Deadline Met :)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-31-2012 11:30 AM 1060 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I feel accomplished today. After what feels like I ran a marathon, I reached the finish line last night and completed the next set of painted ornaments in time for the deadline (which is today!) While I was a bit tired, I still must say that I finished all that I had set out to do and never had a doubt that I would. It is a good feeling.

I decided to call this next set of ornaments “Let’s Wrap It Up.” They are a dozen package shaped ornaments, painted in fun and bright Christmas colors and can be used for ornaments, magnets, wreaths and garlands, gift tags, or just about anything.

As with the previous holiday Christmas stocking set, I am submitting them for consideration to the Artist’s Club for their holiday (September) catalog. The deadline for the submissions is today, and I hope they choose to take them.

Here are the finished pieces:

Once again there is a variety of levels of painting there. Some are maybe a bit more difficult than others, but they are all easily accomplished with a bit of patience.

Even if they are not accepted, I am happy that I got them done. Either way they will be a good addition to the painting patterns on my site. And besides, I do like them. :)

But they are certainly not completed yet. Both these and the stocking ornaments still need the patterns written. That would include repainting them and taking step-by-step pictures for the instructions. But most of the ‘thinking work’ is done, and the rest should come quite easily.

Today I need to switch gears completely. On Monday, we sent our Christmas items to the magazine for publication. My goals for today and tomorrow are to finish up all the instructions for those projects, as well as write an article for using the texture paste that I used on the bell ornaments. I will be happy to get those things under my belt too.

When all that is done, I will finally be able to go back to finishing up the new bird cage ornaments that I was working on last week. I can’t wait to get them cut and see how they look in wood. It will be exciting to work on them and I am anxious to do that too.

I suppose you could say I am busy. :)

Things here with the computers are all back up and running. After spending much of the day yesterday troubleshooting, Keith discovered that it was his new power supply that was causing the low level hum in the speakers. He had to pack it up and send it back, and he tried ordering a different one. That probably won’t arrive until at least Monday, so for now he has his old one in there, which is adequate. It is good to have backup components for times like this.

So for now, it is back to normal. I will be anxious to hear if the designs are accepted or not, and I hope they are. Either way though I did OK. It will be a good day and I will be happy to work at a more relaxed pace and be able to take my time and catch up on answering emails. I really don’t mind deadlines though. I think they are good ways to push myself a little harder and keep me moving in a positive direction. And only good things will come of that.

On we go . . .

-- 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 11:49 AM

Good morning Sheila;

Those packges all look extremely good. So realistic looking.

So, after al that Keith went through, he had to send the new power unit back? I’m sure he’s very dissapointed about that. I know I would be.

Lee

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 12:01 PM

Yes, Lee, he was a bit disappointed. But he is very keen on ‘sound’ and even a lay-person such as myself could hear the soft buzz of the feedback. It was weird. It would occur when he rolled his mouse over certain links. Keith said it was when the hard drive activity increased, which bumped up the power supply. It made sense and when he put the older power supply back in, the noise diminished significantly. It was a pain to wrap it up and it will go back today, but he always pays the extra $10 or so that NCIX charges for RMA returns so it didn’t cost to ship back. In all likelihood though he will be charged the 15% restocking fee, as the power supply isn’t really ‘defective’ – it is just working at a frequency that interferes with his other components. The one he is using now is adequate, as I said, but a bigger one is really optimal for his set up. At least he has one that he can use temporarily. He was quite frustrated trying to pinpoint the cause of the noise. I felt for him. After three days of picking at the components, I bet he will feel good waking up today knowing he won’t have to pull a computer apart (again!) Now we just hope the new power supply won’t do the same thing. It is unlikely, but no guarantee. Cross your fingers! :)

I hope you have a good one today. I know I will be more relaxed!

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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grizzman

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 03:56 PM

somehow i missed on the problem keith had, so sorry, i know it had to be very frustrating… but hope his new one will work..lets hope…your ornament look fantastic, such a wonderful painter you are, but you know that, i hope they get accepted , you both have a great day…grizz

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 04:01 PM

Thanks, Grizz! I am back on track today. I know you wrote me the other day and I am sorry I didn’t get back to you. We had some down time off of the internet and yesterday I was pretty focused on finishing these up. I hope you understand. :)

Back to ‘normal’ today – whatever that is. Busy, but not “crazy/busy” I suppose.

Thanks for the nice encouragement. I hope to catch you soon! :)

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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MrsN

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 04:32 PM

I love the gifts! they are so cool! Congrats on finishing the painting before the deadline, I hope they get accepted.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 06-01-2012 10:57 AM

Hi, Katie! I am glad you like them. I was hoping that they would appeal to painters and even though some are simple, I hope that they will want to make them. I found out that the Artist’s Club liked them too and they are going to take them. :) YAY!

Now to get the pattern packets done . . .

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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