I woke up this morning and it was already light out. That alone told me that I had overslept. But there was a reason for doing so, as it was quite a ‘busy’ night.
It seems that Keith’s cold has quite a hold on him. What started as a stuffy nose and some aches and pains now turned into a nasty cough. As a result, he was up much of the night trying to get comfortable and find a place where he could settle, as every time he laid down he began to cough.
Of course, the cats thought this was just swell. About three in the morning when we were rummaging through the cabinets to find our bottle of cough medicine, they thought it was time to party. Pancakes took to flying from one end of our small place to the other like he was shot out of a cannon. Naturally, it got the other two worked up, and quite a while later I got Richard to finally stop serenading us to sleep. I wound up on the couch and Keith got the bedroom where he could at least close the door and keep out some of the noise. The meds seem to have kicked in and he finally is sleeping. I hope he sleeps until noon.
What a night!
So an extra hour or so was warranted, I thought. I really have to engage my force field against this cold that Keith has. There is no way that I want to be sick and with being so close to each other all the time, I don’t know if I can avoid it this time. But I am going to do my best.
Other than battling the cold, we both had a pretty good day yesterday. Keith is drawing a new set of wildlife plaques that are going to be a big hit for sure. He understandably doesn’t want to do much cutting right now with his cold (and I don’t blame him!) but he is continuing to draw when he is up for it and I must say the patterns are really cool! I know everyone is going to love them.
As for myself, I did finish the line work for the new pattern that I was working on. As I said, I was really excited to get these pieces cut. I didn’t get started until the afternoon though because I wanted to be sure that everything was just right. I wasn’t disappointed though, because everything turned out pretty good.
The new pattern that I am making is for some cute winter sleds. I already have a pattern for Victorian Sleds and they have been very popular. I made them about six years ago though and I thought that I could make another set of perhaps a more modern version of sleds with some different scenes on the top. Below is a sample of what I have come up with:
I only got the tops cut out yesterday and one set of runners. The other eight sets of runners will be done today. I chose birch for the tops because they are somewhat detailed and need a wood that has an even and tight grain, plus – I wanted them light enough in color so that they will be easily seen on the tree.
The runners are cut in walnut, and I am cutting some of them in jatoba. Both types of wood will offer a beautiful contrast to the light top of the sled and give it a nice look. I think that the other options that you may want to offer would be to paint the runners red, and for that, you could use any light wood I would imagine – even plywood.
I am thinking of making a video which will show me cutting the poinsettia sled top, which was the most difficult piece. I don’t think that it was very hard actually, but I think that I could show some ways to those who are newer to scrolling some really easy ways to make it work well for them. I will try to see how that goes.
I have also improved on the way that I am going to assemble these sleds to that it is easier for people to put them together. I found that on the SLD140 pattern, there were some that had questions as to the method that I used to assemble them. Hopefully, by offering additional pictures in the pattern and also a slightly improved method, it will make this project a bit easier to finish.
So that is all I will talk about for today. It’s time to get going and get these little guys finished. I have more to talk about with these, but I will continue tomorrow, and have some more pictures as well.
There is a dusting of SNOW on the ground this morning. The kind that billows over the roof tops and swirls around the edges of the grass. Not enough to shovel, but just enough to remind us of what is to come. Perhaps I will finish my little sleds just in time!
Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"