What a beautiful morning I woke up to today! On this first day of June, it seems that we are finally getting warm and sunny weather. I heard, however that the midwestern United States got pounded again yesterday and I wish the best for all of you living there. Growing up in the Chicago area, we were very well aware of those violent storms that spring could bring and how frightening mother nature could be. It is certainly something that I don’t miss living here near the ocean.
I had a very busy day yesterday and I think it was productive. While I didn’t get as far as I would have liked with my projects (do I EVER?!) I did make pretty good headway and my goal of mailing everything out on Monday to the respective magazines is well within reach. That is my biggest concern right now.
I had some correspondence to do yesterday and I spend a good bit of time helping customers and answering questions. I never really mind that part of the job because it feels nice to direct others and share in their enthusiasm. With yesterday’s topic raising the question of whether the scroll saw is on its way out to pasture or not, it felt good to hear from people who feel as passionate about scroll sawing as I do. I think it will be here for quite a while.
For the final project that I am working on for the magazine, I decided to make three versions of the pieces to show our readers some different finishing possibilities. While this isn’t required when submitting something, I like to do so because many people tell me that they are unable to picture the variations in their head without seeing it. I know this takes a bit more time, but I also enjoy seeing the different possibilities come to life (and besides – it is fun to do!) so I take the time to do them.
As usual, I will be leaving one set in its natural color. As you can see, it is a set of angels:
These are made from 3/4” maple, and have at this point a mineral oil finish. There are going to be six pieces in the set, as you see. They are (as I stated) simple. But cutting 3/4” maple can be somewhat of a challenge in itself.
“What are they for?” you may be thinking.
I think I will leave you hanging another day or so an I will reveal that when the other sets are completed. I will tell you that they are a functional item and will be a nice holiday decoration.
In addition to finishing up these angels, I have already cut my next project out. This one is more of a painting project, and I think my painters who follow will really like it. I find that I need to spend a bit more time on my painting side of my site too, as people are always looking for new patterns there and I am far from running out of ideas.
So few hours each day to accomplish all of this!
I also received my pieces from the Artist’s Club yesterday that I am to transfer my “12 Days of Christmas” key designs to. The pieces they wanted me to use are tear drop shaped ornaments, instead of the keys. They felt that the “key” theme was a bit overdone but liked the paintings that I did and asked me if I would transfer it to their surface. In thinking about this, I thought it was a fine idea, as the keys took quite a bit longer to cut than the other kit pieces that I had provided them with in the past (the witches hats and boots, masks, Christmas ornaments, etc.) In fact, when I timed myself cutting the keys, it took almost three times as long to cut a set. With the hundreds of kits that we cut this past year, I was wondering if I had made the wrong decision even submitting them as keys. So when it was suggested to use their surface, I happily agreed to it. That meant that my time this summer would be spent designing more patterns instead of doing production work. Besides – we still have to keep them supplied with masks, so there will be a little production work to do after all. It all worked out for the best.
I may or may not post tomorrow, depending how far I get on things. I have a full weekend planned and while it will be busy, I will be having fun doing what I love to do. What could be better?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned. Stay safe and have fun and take time to do what you enjoy to do. Life is short.
I’ll leave you with a picture of my cat Pancakes. He is a good example of “relaxation” for you to follow. I think he found his “zen.” :)
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"