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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #873: Happy Monday!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 620 days ago 2640 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another Monday is upon us. Why is it the Mondays come so quickly? It is hard to believe that we are nearly half way through with November already and approaching the end of the year. Again. Looking back on the past year, it all seems to be a blur. I know we had a car trip to Cape Breton in there somewhere. Several days in the summer were spent cutting out witches’ hats and boots and Christmas stockings and packages. The day on the beach when I drew the snowmen. It all went by so quickly.

I haven’t done much painting lately. While I promise myself I would do that at least on Sundays, it seems that there is always other things calling me that are difficult to ignore. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy the other things, but perhaps there are just too many things that I enjoy doing and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything.

Yesterday was a good day. While I didn’t achieve everything I set out to do, I did accomplish quite a bit. I need to teach myself to be happy with what I DID accomplish rather than scold myself for the things that I didn’t get to.

I got the house in order for the most part. I also worked on the pictures for the new ornaments. They came out lovely I think and today I will be completing the pattern packet for them and getting them, as well as the slotted designs onto the site.

I did a stupid thing too. While cleaning off the disk of the camera, I inadvertently deleted some of the step-by-step pictures for the pattern packet which showed me applying the beads to the ornaments. I had thought that I had already transferred them to my hard drive, but after dumping them off of the camera, I realized that I had not done so yet. I now need to cut an additional piece and take them over again, which won’t take too long, but will still take some time.

Yes – there is such a thing as being “too organized.”

I did design and cut a new ornament to give away for free on the site. It is also a slotted ornament, and I hope it will allow people who haven’t tried to cut something like that to stretch out of their comfort zone a bit and give it a shot. It is a Christmas Star ornament, and while it is simple, I think it is nice.

In looking at the calendar, I realize that there are only a couple of weeks left for Christmas designs. After all, I can’t really expect to introduce them in the middle of December and have them do well. I have quite a few things that I wanted to do this year and it seems that I only have gotten to a fraction of them. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing. I suppose you could look at it either way. On one hand it is unfortunate, as I would have loved to introduce many of these ideas this year. But on the other, it is what I refer to as “job security” for myself and I know I have a great line up waiting for next year. Usually by then too, the ideas are refined and even better than I had originally thought, so waiting can be a good thing too.

There is just no way to mass produce these new ideas. I know other designers can crank out designs at a much faster rate, but I like to actually build the projects. After all, that is why I began doing this in the first place. I cherish my time at the scroll saw and can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy it. As I do the painting projects. Otherwise, I would think I am in the wrong business.

Oh, and I didn’t forget about the video either. I have several segments that need to be edited today and uploaded. I hope to have that on my YouTube channel by tomorrow.

It is going to be a busy and exciting week, I think. Mondays are a fresh start and to me like starting a new chapter in a wonderful book you are reading. I always like the thought of them. It is going to be a great week of accomplishment and progress and I can’t wait to begin.

I wish you all a wonderful week too!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 620 days ago

The new star looks very good. The 3D theme continues to go well.

Funny thing about designs, I find, some are ready to go into production almost before the pixels are dry on the screen. Others, like you, I find are better tucked away to be brought out for the finishing touches at a later date.

Whilst things are slow for me at the moment I think I have my ‘design head’ sufficiently trained to kick into gear when an idea arises.

I agree with you its better to make as well as design. It provides essential feedback into the design process, as you found recently with decoration ball sizing. Even if you use 3D CAD, as I do, there is nothing like actually cutting some wood to tell you if your design will really work.

-- 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 620 days ago

Yes, Martyn, the actual making of the project is probably the best part! Seeing it come to life and learning what will work and what may give difficulty is probably the best part of the process. I know other designers don’t always cut their designs, and I realize that I would probably be able to produce a greater number of designs if I did not, but that would take all the fun out of it for me, as well as not have them the best they can be. “Quality over quantity” and all of that.

Feel better soon. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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BertFlores58

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#3 posted 620 days ago

Hi Sheila,
What a real beauty in 3d. They look small lanterns. They are very attractive too. If only I am around there, I will try to put a lighted pebbles (LED) instead…. keep it going. I like the circle to be a sphere then hang a Christmas ball in the center.

Martyn,
Allow me to say some of my geometry cannot be drawn in sketch up. And it can only be realized in actual measurement. Take a glance on this….

Thanks to both of you. You really inpire me.
God bless,

-- Bert

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Rick13403

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#4 posted 620 days ago

Good morning Sheila, Thank you for sharing another new design. i will add that to my to-do list.
Rick

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 620 days ago

What you mean like this, Bert?

Sorry, its drawn using TurboCAD, not sketchup

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

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MrsN

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#6 posted 620 days ago

I love your new desings!! I can’t wait until you update your site!
Both the 3d and the embelished ornaments are wonderful!!

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 620 days ago

with all these turbo-monday┬┤s I have to ask … are you prepping
for partisipating in the fast-week on saltlake dessert with something homebreewed in the Mustang :-)
had to ask this way since I saw the movie … the fastest Indian ever with Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins
in the leading part (also known from the movie Hannibal Lector )

I like the fact that you are cutting your own design as well … keep doing that
I think on the long run you wont regret it since you build up a confidence with your costummers
that is priceless both for you and your costummer to come and those you already have :-)

take care
Dennis

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BertFlores58

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#8 posted 620 days ago

Martyn, thanks n I need to study again this summer for turbo cad. I need it.
Sheila, Sorry too for invading you territory. I am just curious when design is the topic.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 620 days ago

Not a problem at all Bert! Thank you both for sharing your information here, as I am sure that many people are interested in it. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#10 posted 618 days ago

Those all look amazing Sheila. Very dressy, and classy.

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

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