My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1047: Ready for the Scrollsaw

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-30-2013 11:28 AM 2823 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a decent day yesterday. For the first time in a week, it was a beautiful and sunny day outside. It was still quite cool for this time of year, but seeing the sun after so many overcast days in a row was a welcome sight. I truly enjoyed doing my errands in the morning, and it was hard for me to come back inside to work, but I knew I had to get drawing done for my final submission for the holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine.

This final designs would be simpler though. Much simpler than my other holiday submissions. But sometimes making things simple takes more thought than some of the more complex designs. I find the trick is to make something that is attractive and fun to make without it being difficult. Knowing which steps to keep in and which to eliminate are sometimes a challenge.

But I did figure things out, and as usual I find myself with several different options in my head, wondering which one(s) I should implement. The more I think about it, the more ideas I get. Time to just jump in and do it! :)

So today I will be cutting the pieces out and beginning the work on them. Since they are simpler, I feel that the cutting should only take a short while – depending how many versions I plan to make. I woke up excited this morning because I think they are really going to look cool. I like days like that.

Here is a ‘teaser’ for you to think about:

As you may have guessed, she is an angel. But that is all I am going to say for now.

I woke up this morning to another rainy day. Not a violent storm, but soft and gentle rain. I suppose it is all part of spring and it is difficult to feel bad about it when I see all the trees finally filling in with leaves and things all greening up. Down the road from us, there is a pond that now hosts two families of Canadian Geese. For several weeks, all we saw was the lone male, and I rather felt sorry for him. He would be sitting by the pond by himself most times when we went by, and I had thought he lost his flock.

But someone said that the male will scout while the female nests, and apparently that is what has occurred. There are now four adults and probably ten goslings that are living on the banks of the pond. Yesterday, when coming home, we saw both families taking a swim in the river. I wish I had my camera.

The warm weather will come with time, as will the sunshine. After the long winter it is sometimes just hard to wait. But I will keep busy until then and look forward to taking a road trip or two this summer when the time is right. For now I need to work and keep up so that I can take off on a whim if I wish and do some exploring guilt free.

I look forward to working on these today. The pictures of them in my mind are nice and seeing them come to life will be exciting and fun.

I hope you all have a great day too. Happy Thursday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 05-30-2013 12:31 PM

Great blog. It is ironic that sometimes when we create and set up a project that in my minds seems simple, then we take to making it and it is more intricate than we

As for the weather….me and Jenn are coming to Canada…lol. We are looking at about 90 most of the week with high humidity, not for me.

Send some of that cool Canaaaaadian air our way…

Be well Sheila and have a great day!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#2 posted 05-30-2013 01:01 PM

I can’t stand the humidity either! That is why I love it here so much. We are by the ocean too, which keeps the humidity down a bit (or the breezes do anyway!) Where I grew up (Chicago area) we had a lot of heat and humidity during the summer months. I couldn’t imagine life without air conditioning (although as a child, we never had any of course!) When I moved here I was horrified to see that hardly anyone had a/c. But after several years here, I can see there isn’t really a need for one. Most of the days that are warm have nice cool evenings. I do like it here a lot. :)

Have a great day yourself. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 05-30-2013 04:00 PM

Clever ideas always come out when the mind is bright and warm!

In you design above, I thought the other way around. When you have straight lines, cutting with scroll saw will be difficult but it looks simple. If you let the angel stand as you did previously on past projects, then vertical lines should be perpendicular to the base. That is where you think the background while doing the design not so much emphasis on the main object. Thanks Sheila … you make my mind working before sleep.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 05-30-2013 04:05 PM

Sheila I lived 90 miles west of Chicago for 27 years; also in Minnesota and Wisconsin for some time and the humidity is called “weather you can wear”. I now live in the San Jose bay area (some people call it the San Francisco bay area but San Jose is bigger) and I can tell when the humidity reaches 50% or higher. We do have A/C but rarely need to use it as evening temps typically reach 50° or less even if the day time temp reached 97° or more.

I am not a scroller but I have always liked to watch scrollers as they turn the wood around the blade with agility and precision I have never been able to master.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 05-30-2013 11:16 PM

Oh Sheila! You are going to keep me so busy over the summer! :) I like angel patterns so am looking forward to seeing this one.

A bit cloudy today but mild. Sun coming back with warmer temperatures for the weekend – no humidy! Can’t beat the Westcoast or maybe the Eastcoast! :)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#6 posted 05-30-2013 11:45 PM

Hi, all! Bert – these will be free standing pieces. You will have to just wait and see what they are. Simple and functional, too! :)

Oldnovice – Wearing the humidity is one way to put it. The air would be so thick that you couldn’t breath. Then add in the heat! Sheesh! Here in Nova Scotia I find it amusing when people complain about the humidity when I hardly notice it at all. If they want REAL humidity, they need to visit Chicago. I heard that your area is beautiful. People love the climate too, as they say it is very temperate and comfortable. Thank you for stopping by. I also enjoy the precision that the scroll saw offers. :)

Anna – Someone else said that to me on Facebook. That is my goal – to keep everyone busy so they don’t run out of things to do. I got my cutting done today, but I don’t know if I will post pictures until over the weekend because I still have some things to do with them before they are ready to show. But that will give you all something to anticipate.

Our day turned out to be rather nice after all. However, Keith was out for a bit and said the flies were terrible. He hasn’t complained about them before, so they must be really bad. I am allergic to the black fly bites and I get huge swollen bumps when bitten. It seems to be a problem that gets worse every year. Hopefully their stay will be short and I will be able to enjoy the outdoors too before long. Until then, I will keep working. ;)

Have a great evening everyone.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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