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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #908: Rainy Days in December

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 570 days ago 762 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s still raining here as it is around most of north America it seems. It rained all day yesterday and through the night and I am beginning to wonder if we are going to have a white Christmas after all. I suppose that makes most people happy, but I would much prefer the white stuff to cold, wet rain.

So what else is new?

I received the other five boxes of my shipment yesterday and once again marveled at the waste. The combination of both boxes and packaging materials that were used for just a handful of small items once again astonished me. Whether it was to save costs in the long run, or whatever other possible reason, it was still a huge waste of resources. I suppose that my only consolation was that I intend to reuse the boxes as well as the packaging for future shipments.

I used to be teased when saving not only the boxes but also the packaging materials from shipments I received, but I honestly can’t remember when the last time was that I needed to purchase packaging supplies. Those huge wads of thick paper fold completely flat and if you take the time to flatten them and re-roll them, they actually take up only a very small amount of space. I also fold the boxes themselves flat and they store very neatly behind the dressers in the bedroom. I always feel good to have a nice variety on hand because I am always shipping out something. It comes in handy.

I spent the rest of the day working on my gifts and then doing some much needed catching up on book work. With the end of the year quickly approaching, I want to be prepared with all of my figures that I will need to have to calculate my taxes. While I haven’t been perfect about keeping up with things, I have done far better this year than in previous years, and for the most part I have kept up pretty well with posting my receipts. It is however time once again to spend a couple of hours and catch up with the past few weeks of expenses, and I will be right back on top of it again. As the business grows, I am happy that I have been getting somewhat into the habit of regularly posting things and keeping records up to date. It wasn’t always like that, as I would frequently wait until the end of the year to do so. But as the business gets larger, doing things at the end of the year only is quite a daunting task and I find it far preferable to keep up throughout the year. A little work now and then makes a huge difference in the end.

I also needed to submit my projects to DecoArt for my endorsements. DecoArt has a wonderful program called the Helping Artist Program which not only provides a great deal of information on the wide variety of products that they carry, but also compensates designers for using their products in their publications. I have been in the program for over fifteen years now and as most of you who read realize, I truly love their products and use them frequently in my designing. They are reasonably priced, easy to obtain and most importantly high quality. I love the variety of paints and mediums that they carry too, as they have such a wide array of specialty products and paints that are very versatile with all types of painting.

Today I am going to work on my email. There is much in my mail box that needs attending. As was noted yesterday, it is nearly impossible for me to keep up with things as they arrive. Of course the orders and questions from customers are attended to immediately, but there are lots of other things that aren’t urgent and simply need to wait. Otherwise I would do nothing but that for the day. Sometimes that is exactly what it turns out to be.

I hope to get back to actually drawing and designing soon. I feel as if my time away has been productive, and the absence from drawing causes me to miss it even more. I am getting there though, and soon I will be heading in some new directions that will bring excitement to my day. This short time away is needed, and with Christmas in just a few days, I still have several things that I have to complete for my own friends and family. Being able to take my time and enjoy the day makes a big difference and I am glad that I am doing things this way.

I wish you all a good day today. Hopefully at some point this rain will change to snow. Until then, we will take it as it comes. Rainy days always seem to bet great days to stay in and accomplish something.

Happy Wednesday.

-- 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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Celticscroller

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#1 posted 570 days ago

Good morning Sheila. You’d love it here. I’m looking out on a white world. We have about 2 inches on snow on the ground but it’s turning to rain so will probably be gone by this afternoon.

Enjoy your day.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 569 days ago

Hi, Anna! I just saw this here. I don’t always get the notifications. It was trying to snow here today. Just got some “chunky rain” though. We will have to see what the rest of the week will bring. Very windy here too. Where’s the quiet, little white flakes?

I suppose you can’t get into your shop now that it is colder. What do you like to do in the winter to be creative? I am sure you do lots of fun things.

Take care Anna and enjoy what snow you have. I hope you have a great evening, 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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lightweightladylefty

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#3 posted 569 days ago

Sheila,

We had rain a few days ago here in Wisconsin that took away our snow, but Tuesday gave us another feathering. However, we’re under a blizzard warning now. Starting at midnight tonight, we’re to get 14 to 18 inches (with localized heavier snow possible) and 25 to 35 mph sustained winds and 45 mph gusts. The snow is supposed to continue until late Thursday, with high winds continuing into Friday. Thankfully we can stay home and stay warm and safe. I like snow, too, but would like it in smaller “dumps.”

When I read about the waste in packaging you received, it reminded me of a package I received recently. I had purchased a 3’ fluorescent fixture and after I got it home I found that the ballast was broken loose from the fixture. I called the manufacturer since we had purchased the fixture at a store about 75 miles from here and we weren’t about to go back to return it. They said they would send out another fixture if I would email photos of the damage. We were away when the package arrived and when I went out to the workshop where it had been left on the porch, I couldn’t figure out what it was. The package was over 48” x 15” x 15”! The fixture in its box is only 36” x 3” x 2”. Talk about wasted packaging material! The large box was rather damaged but the fixture was unscathed. Do you think some companies only purchase one size of box? ;-)

I, too, save the packaging materials. When I get more than I think I can use, I take it to a little store in town that does occasional shipping. I can’t bear to think of all that waste.

If I were rich (and not so practical), I’d send you a dump truck of snow for Christmas!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Druid

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#4 posted 569 days ago

Not raining everywhere . . . Here`s what we woke up to here in BC.

More falling at the moment. Wish I could send you some. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Vicki

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#5 posted 569 days ago

I have a little problem I need your advice with and I hope this is a good place to post it. I have a DeWalt now and the difference in cutting from my Delta is AMAZING. I am having trouble when cutting 1/8” ply with a #2 flying Dutchman blade. I am making a few 3 1/2” ornaments and I set my speed on 2 and it still seems too fast for me to have enough control to make the intricate shapes. Some of the areas are real tiny and I overcut or the blade goes too far sometimes. Any suggestions for slowing things down and increasing control. I cover the wood with packing tape and spray glue the pattern to it.
Thanks!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 569 days ago

Hi, Vicki:
This is certainly a fine place for you to ask. It is a common problem when cutting thin wood. My partner Keith addressed this issue on a project that he posted HERE on Lumberjocks. Keith said this:

”When cutting thin material with small detail work in it such as this, I usually stack cut two sets at once since even the tiny 2/0 sized blades benefits from the added resistance of another layer. Even with woods as hard as hard maple which we often use, anything thinner than 1/4” starts getting more difficult to cut detail in, . I just stacked a piece of scrap 1/8” plywood with my hardwood as I often do since I only really want one finished set.”

In addition, both Kieth and I found that we did better with the Olson 2/0 Regular reverse tooth blades for this type of cutting. Now I know that many people swear by the Flying Dutchman blades, but I tried all of them two different times – several years apart (thinking that maybe the first time I didn’t have the skills that I do now) and both Keith and I find that the Olson blades give us a lot more control. I have a great deal of difficulty turning with the FD blades, and I have tried over and over with them because I thought I was “missing something.”

But give the first suggestion a try first. Add a layer underneath to give you more resistance. Even if it is scrap wood or cheap luan, it will help you have a lot more control. If you are still having problems, then I really suggest you try some of the other blades and see how you do with them. It may surprise you.

Let me know how you do and ask me anytime you need help. Good luck! :D

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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Vicki

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#7 posted 568 days ago

Thanks so much Sheila. That’s a great idea and since it’s for Christmas ornaments, 2 for 1 is great bonus. I’ll let you know if it helped. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Vicki

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#8 posted 547 days ago

Hi,
I finally had time to try your suggestion. It works fabulously! Thanks so much. I read a good tip that I liked for stack cutting too. They put masking tape on the front of the second and any other subsequent blanks, and on the backs that touch the fronts and used spray glue to attach them all. It was nice and neat, but required the heat gun to seperate.
Have a great day!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 547 days ago

I am really glad it worked out for you Vicki! Sometimes just trying something new helps a great deal. Your tip is good to know too. I used to spray both sides of a sheet of paper to stick larger pieces together for stack cutting (one side at a time, of course!) and it worked pretty good. But as you may have read, I have been having a bit of difficulty getting good spray adhesive that works consistently. But your idea is good and will be a great alternative for others too. Thanks for sharing 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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