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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #888: Little Sleds Finished!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-27-2012 11:21 AM 2145 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 887: What Was I Thinking? Part 888 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 889: I Really Love My Job »

Today was one of those mornings that I couldn’t wait to get going. I got up a little earlier than usual, and went back to bed, thinking that I would get ‘one more sleep.’ But lying there and thinking about what I was going to do today was too much for me and I just had to get up and get started.

I had a good day yesterday, and got lots of odds and ends done in addition to getting my little sleds finished up. Once again, I used the photo box that Keith made and had some really good results right off the bat. Photographing three dimensional pieces such as this are sometimes difficult. If I hang them on the tree, I think that a lot of the detail gets lost in the busy background. If I sit them flat on a table, the shadows seem to take over and it is difficult again to see what is going on. But setting them in the box that he made really worked out nicely. I think you can see lots of detail and the pictures really show the sleds off nicely.

I was even smart enough to take a picture BEFORE I assembled them together of just the tops:

(I’m getting there!) :D

I really love how these ornaments came out. Everything went together just like it was supposed to. Sometime I think that I am getting the hang of this designing stuff after all! The sled tops are made of solid birch (not plywood) and the runners are made of walnut and jatoba – both which look beautiful and rich.

I oiled them with mineral oil and then sprayed a light coat of shellac to seal them. They have a warm, rich sheen to them but are not shiny. I am happy with them.

I still want to do a video showing my cutting suggestions for doing some of the tighter cutting, such as the poinsettia. I need to have some quiet time here to do that, and I promise I will get to it soon. I am going to be assembling the pattern packet today, which will include the step by step photos and instructions. I am also going to get started on drawing my next design up. The next one is a quick one and should come fairly easily (I hope I didn’t jinx myself with that!)

We are planning to do an update on the site over the weekend. When we do so, I will have the plans for these sleds up and ready to sell. I feel like I am on a roll now and it feels good to see these come to life.

It is just getting light out now, and already it is a good day. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me today. I am sure it will be something wonderful!

I wish you all a happy, happy Tuesday! :)

-- 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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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 11-27-2012 12:19 PM

These are gorgeous, Sheila! Nicely done!
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 01:18 PM

Thanks, Dan! They are FUN to cut, too! :D

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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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 01:55 PM

These are really cute—and, I may be in trouble because my wife just looked over my shoulder and commented: Those are cute. I really like the wreath.”. ;-)

Have to check out your website this weekend.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 02:00 PM

Yes, they will be up there by then. You may want to get on our mailing list. I only send out a newsletter once or twice a month (I don’t have time to send more!) and it announces when we add new things to the site. It also sometimes has a special coupon code in it to give a discount to newsletter subscribers only. Our way of saying thanks for keeping in touch. The link to signing up is here:

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I don’t share anyone’s email with any other party, so your information is safe. :)

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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#5 posted 11-27-2012 03:25 PM

these turned out really nice, i like the two different woods, now you just need some mice to take them out and give them a try…lol

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 03:27 PM

I thought the kitties could use them as skates, Grizz!! Wouldn’t that be fun!! :D

Sheila

(Thanks for the kind words!)

-- 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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Celticscroller

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#7 posted 11-27-2012 06:21 PM

Oh yes! You definitely have the hang of this designing thing! I liked your idea (two days ago) that these could be enlarged too. They would look great under the tree with a vintage teddy bear. Your photographs are great too. A light box is perfect for taking photos of product.

All I want for Christmas …........is more time to scroll!!
Enjoy your day Sheila.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 06:25 PM

Thanks so much Anna! Your enthusiasm is contagious! I am really happy with these too. they were not only easy, but FUN to make! All kinds of possibilities here! I really appreciate the support! :)

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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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 11-27-2012 10:34 PM

they are nice Sheila I didn´t see it coming the way they did
it must be all that citric acid and the amoniumwater
I inhale these days …. LOL
if keith still have stopped nose then give him a kop of 8% amoniumwater he can snif to
that will defently clear the airways ….. :-)

yes I´m on to the next restoring :-)
but now they don´t have any BLO on this island :-(
how can a clerk ask what it is … when they have sold it the last 50 years and still have LO
and I bought it from the same person the last three times

your remembering is great …. it was last year in Dec Silke was upset over not geting a white Chrismas :-)

take care
Dennis

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CalgaryGeoff

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#10 posted 11-27-2012 11:27 PM

Wow,Sheila you sure have talent and patience to make the scroll work pieces you create. Very iressive.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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BertFlores58

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#11 posted 11-27-2012 11:50 PM

Excellent 3D from combined 2D. With these, the photography in presentation is also another idea. The color contrast of the sledge is also making the project visible in 3D. Thanks for these ideas.

-- Bert

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Bigrock

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#12 posted 11-28-2012 12:02 AM

HI:
As they say in the South, “They are as cute as a Button”. I like them a lot. I also like the three dim. look over the flat look.
Have Fun and stay Busy

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Roger

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#13 posted 11-28-2012 12:52 PM

Luv the sleds with the 2-tone woods. Actually, I’ve never seen anything you’ve done that I didn’t like. Keep on scrollin.. You need a version of the “Keep on Trucking” guy, only in a scrollgirl form.. :)

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

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