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! :)
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"