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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1101: Progress

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 257 days ago 592 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1100: To The Shop! Part 1101 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1102: Cutting, Routing and Scrolling Frames »

Yesterday I really remained focused and accomplished even more than I thought I would. After all was said and done, I am finished cutting six of the nine plaques for the next set of patterns.

It just goes to show how much work I can accomplish when I set my mind to it!

Keith was called by his former job and asked if he would help out and do some part time work for a couple of days. Since he was pretty much caught up with the magazine and even has some new patterns ready for the next site update, he thought it would be a good opportunity to earn a little extra. When he left his job nearly two years ago, he had worked there for over 12 years. He left on good terms and the company was supportive of his decision to come work from home with me and asked if it would be possible to call him back on occasion when they needed extra help.

It is nice to see how respected he is and how much they value his work. They call from time to time when they have a big shipment to get out and usually Keith is happy to help out for a couple of days. It is good for everyone involved and it just shows that you don’t have to burn bridges when you leave a place.

So being here on my own for the day (which is unusual) give me no excuse but to accomplish. I have been trying to keep from being distracted and focus on the task(s) at hand.

Even though I only finished six of the nine plaques, I have the other three all prepared and ready to drill and cut. I figure it will take me about half the day today and then I can go on to finishing them and writing the pattern packets and (hopefully) they will be ready for the site tomorrow. That’s an ambitious undertaking on my part, but you all know I am the “Queen of the Pink Cloud” and it is my nature to push things that I do to the limit.

Here is a (crummy) picture of what I have so far:

Sorry for the bad lighting, but it is dreary and raining out this morning and it is the best I can do without pulling out the light box. That will come later.

I wish you all a wonderful day. I hope you have a happy and productive time and have some fun in the process. After all – it is Friday! :)

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



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nancyann

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#1 posted 257 days ago

Very nice!

-- Nancy Antley

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Celticscroller

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#2 posted 257 days ago

Wow! You got a lot accomplished. I love the designs and I like the way you offset the pattern on some of them. I can see I’ll be busy in the Fall! Looking forward to seeing the next stage.
Enjoy!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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CFrye

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#3 posted 257 days ago

It is refreshing to hear of respect in the work place. Especially among former employer/employee. Glad Keith has that.
Only finished 6…That is AMAZING Sheila! All that in one day, it’d take me…I don’t know how long. Just the thought of attaching/releasing/re-attaching my scroll saw blade on one of those plaques is daunting to me. And you probably do it with my nemesis, the pinless blade. It just dawned on me that you cut the outside shape of the frames before the scroll work in the frame. I had learned to do the inside first (more bulk to hold on to…). Just curious and want to learn.
Raining here too. Love the sound of it on the metal shop roof. Don’t forget to take time to paint. Happy Friday!

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 256 days ago

Thank you all three. Yes – I don’t mind the rain either.

Candy – the frames are large enough to cut the outside first. There is plenty to hold on to so that isn’t really an issue. Also, I route the edges of the frame prior to scrolling. This way it is stronger before routing and I don’t have to route over scrolled areas. I only use a small curved routing bit, so not much material is removed. Sometimes I need to re-draw the lines in the design a bit, but that isn’t usually very difficult. You could also reprint a section of the pattern with the small frame motifs and reapply them to the areas after routing. It has always worked well for me. :)

Sheila

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

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Roger

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#5 posted 256 days ago

For a crummy picture, your fine cuttin is totally outstanding. :) Very crisp, as always. Nice designs Sheila.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 256 days ago

Thanks, Roger. I think I had my settings wrong on the camera and that is why it is so yellow. I can’t even remove it in Photoshop without making it look worse. I suppose that the blog here gets the “first-thing-in-the-morning-before-the-caffeine-gets-into-the-bloodstream” pictures. LOL They are usually good enough to get the point I am trying to make out, but I just like people to know that better ones are to follow.

Yes – I love making this type of design! The cutting is very fun and not really difficult! :)

Have a great day!

Sheila

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

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Dan Krager

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#7 posted 254 days ago

Off center…I GET it. Artistic. I understand like a grown up! I first thought you might have been snookered when you placed the pattern! :) Just teasin’
DanK

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 254 days ago

Hi, Dan. Maybe it is “off” because I am a little “off” :) LOL I still think if everything was centered, it would be a bit boring. But my OCD customers may think otherwise. That is why I will include the full motifs in each pattern. If they want to center the designs, they can.

I aim to please! :D

Sheila

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

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