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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #810: Planning Ahead Pays Off

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-07-2012 10:31 AM 994 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 809: Too Many Choices Part 810 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 811: One More Day »

What a day yesterday turned out to be! I must have made the coffee just right (or maybe it was the pecan bars that I made the night before and had for breakfast!) because I feel like I really accomplished a lot.

After a morning trip to the dentist (which I don’t like at all, but came out ‘unscathed’) and a stop at the gym, I had to stop at the store to pick up some things for my new projects. By the time I got home, it was almost noon and I thought that the day was going to be a wash. I still had some final tweaking on the drawings for the new projects and I got busy with that.

I then was able to head for the scroll saw.

It turns out that I am working on three versions of my projects right now, and that I will have three separate patterns from them. I kind of got things organized in my head as to what I am going to do though so other than thinking of clever names to differentiate them from each other, I am pretty much home free.

I got all three projects cut yesterday (YAY!) but it wasn’t without making a boo boo (no pun intended!) On my first piece, I had some of the lines for the fancy scrolled lettering too close and the cutting didn’t hold up. Of course, I was already through cutting it before I saw it wasn’t going to work.

So it was back to the drawing board (literally) to move some lines around and make it workable. Once again, that is why I like to cut my own designs out. I often get generous offers from people willing to test cut for me, but I much prefer to do them myself, as I can correct things right as I go along.

So it was “Take 2” and on the second attempt, things came out quite nice. I have a picture of the first project here for you right now:

The pieces are made of a wonderful curly maple that I had and are about 6” tall. I already oiled these pieces and it really brought out the ripples in the wood grain. I love it because it looks like the ghosts are ripply and go perfectly with the design. I think they look pretty cool!

But they aren’t finished yet. There is another little ‘surprise that I am going to add on today that will make them look even nicer. You will just have to wait until tomorrow to see what that is going to be!

All the while I was cutting, Keith was sanding the over 500 ten in square pieces of plywood we were preparing for our next order. He had picked up the wood the previous day and we wanted to have it ready when the next order came in. We both finished just before dinner and cleaned up the place nicely.

Just after we were finished, as I was oiling the pieces shown here, I received an email order for two hundred more kits. There are a hundred of each the Christmas stockings and presents that I showed the other day. That makes us happy because it means they are selling well (AND we are prepared!)

I spent the evening printing out the patterns for the cutting, as well as beginning to print the patterns for the kits. Keith got the wood pieces necessary for this order glued for stack cutting so we are ready to go today. We are both going to spend much of the day cutting, and I am going to try to progress with my own designs when we are finished with that, in the evening.

These are exciting times for us. It is funny, but I don’t feel overwhelmed in the least. The moral of the story here is that by thinking ahead and preparing for things, we are both ready to get this work done quickly and not be knocked off of our feet by it. Being organized helps us make the best use of our time and allows us to do more without being stressed about it. I can’t tell you how happy I am that we worked ahead.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

-- 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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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 10:56 AM

Those are super cool

Well worth a second attempt

It is great that you make everything that

you design, then you know it works.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 11:02 AM

It’s really the only way to be for my own peace of mind, Jamie. At least then I know everything will work right. These looked fine on paper, but we a bit weak when cutting them. Just best to see for myself.

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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Rick13403

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 12:29 PM

Hi Sheila, another great pattern! Don’t know where you keep them in your head but if I had just half of the ideas floating around in my head, I would have one big headache!!
Rick

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 12:43 PM

Yes, Rick! It’s a busy place in there sometimes (my head!) LOL I like it that way though and it keeps me out of trouble (for the most part anyway!) ;)

Thanks for the nice comment. Look in tomorrow and you will see them ‘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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Roger

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 10:35 PM

Those a scary kool. I really like that lettering

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 10:50 PM

Sheila

I guess the three ghosts are brothers, however, it seems two brother have the same name of “O” lol :)

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#7 posted 09-08-2012 05:52 AM

ive been busy for some time now, and kinda pop in to see what your doing, i see you got another nice size order, its always good to see your business going well…congrats…have a great weekend…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 09:20 AM

I liked making the fancy lettering too Roger! I was a little worried it wouldn’t be readable but it looks good here. :) It is fun to cut the swirls and such!

Arlin – they are twins! ;)

Glad to hear you are buys Grizz. Hope you are feeling good!

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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