My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #819: Some New Options

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-16-2012 11:27 AM 1844 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 818: Just Thoughts Part 819 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 820: Looking Forward »

I forgot to mention that I had some good news the other day. I had talked about the new ghost and pumpkins stand up figure vignette and how I was thinking of offering the wood pieces as a kit for the painters that don’t have access to a woodworker or cutting.

Below is a picture of the set that I am referring to:

This set is cut from 3/4” poplar and there are five pieces that make up the set. However, the other similar sets that I have, such as the snowmen:

The snowmen pieces were cut from 1/2” wood, and they are certainly thick enough to stand properly. I feel that if I were to make the kits for the ghosts and pumpkins 1/2” thick, the project as a whole would not suffer in the least.

The other day I mentioned that my main concern with offering these kits was the shipping costs. Unlike shipping ornament kits that are made of 1/8” plywood, which can be easily shipped in a padded envelope, these stand up figures exceed the thickness limit of basic shipping costs and push these pieces up into another category. Of course when that happens, the cost also increases dramatically to ship.

You can imagine that purchasing these pieces for say about $12 a set and then having to pay $12 to $15 additional shipping would be pretty discouraging. While the set is cute and nice, I don’t think that the blank pieces would be worth almost $30 to anyone. It just wasn’t feasible.

I currently offer the snowmen pieces as an 1/8” kit only for this reason. And while they are nice as refrigerator magnets or ornaments to be hung in a wreath, on a mantle or in a tree, I somehow think that the “Boo” ghosts lose something in the translation from stand up pieces to flat ornaments. They really are meant to be something that stands on their own.

I have explored the idea of making stand for the pieces. The skating pond set that I designed last year had clay stands:

I had made longer tabs on the bottom of their feet and had the customer mold clay stands around them as part of the project:

While this worked fine for that, I don’t think that it will look good with these types of pieces, as there is something really nice about the thickness and chunkiness of the wood that gives the project substance and makes it look nicer.

So I brought the actual pieces down to the post office to see my options, and for a change, I was pleasantly surprised.

If I could fit the pieces in a padded envelope, it would definitely bump the package up into another category, however the increase in cost was much less that I had imagined. While I would have to pay a couple dollars more than if I mailed just the paper pattern itself, it was not as expensive as I had thought and it would definitely be within reason to be able to work. That was great news.

I believe that I will indeed be able to try these pieces out for sale as kits, without having to double the price of the kit to make up for the shipping costs.

I am sure that customers understand that I don’t (nor do I try) to make any money on shipping. Even with shipping paper patterns, there are some cases when I actually lose a little money when actual shipping exceeds the range of charges that my site is set at. In those cases, I tend to let it ride, as it is usually not the case and it balances out from when perhaps actual shipping costs a bit less than anticipated. I just don’t want to offer these kits knowing that I am losing money each time one is ordered. I wouldn’t be able to stay in business that way.

So hopefully we can go from here and create some new kits to accompany the new painting patterns. While I may not sell a huge amount of them, I like to have them available for those customers that don’t have access to people who cut wood for them. I think it is a nice service to offer, and will add to our site.

With that said, I have only one more pattern to complete before our update. Things have been slow the past couple of days, as I have been distracted by a couple of other things going on. But I want to focus on the new avenues that I am exploring right now and look at the positive things that are in front of me.

I also wanted you all to know that Lee Valley has free shipping from now until September 24th on orders over $40. That is an easy number to reach (for me, anyway!) and it is a great chance for you to stock up on your woodworking supplies for your upcoming autumn and holiday projects. Their website is here:

Have fun shopping! :)
Have a wonderful Sunday.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 09-16-2012 11:57 AM

good morning ,I like the ghosts project best…something about Halloween ??.....watching the kids have fun and eat too much candy,etc !! Been following your creative process and am amazed at what you turn out ..Nice work !! ...hope you have a great day !!!

-- the dumbest question is the one you dont ask !!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-16-2012 12:00 PM

Thanks, Ron! :) You too!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Mark Shymanski

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#3 posted 10-16-2012 05:00 AM

I know I’m about a month late but could you make the stand up figure from two pieces of quarter inch that the customer could glue together to make the stand up thickness of half an inch?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 10-16-2012 11:34 AM

Well I don’t see why not, Mark. I have made some stand ups that are over 3 ft tall and have glued pieces onto them to make them more dimensional. I think I used some of the outdoor Liquid Nails or something like that and I never had a problem (don’t quote me on that – I THINK it was Liquid nails)

For outdoor signs and stuff like that I have used waterproof silicone (the gel kind) and found that worked well. I did a couple of signs with letters glued to it (hundreds of letters on this one!) and used the clear gel silicone. I let all the paint dry completely (and I mean completely) for several days or even longer and then glued the lettering in place. Every time I drive by I check to see if any letters were missing. ;) It’s been several years and they all hold well – even here in Nova Scotia. Now I have to tell you though that while they are outside, they are protected with plexiglas so they don’t get direct moisture. They are in a frame and the plexiglas is on the front, much like a shadow box. But they still have temperature extremes and are doing OK.

If you really need to, you can screw the pieces together and make sure they stay put. Just some thoughts. I suppose it would depend on what the project is. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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