My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1246: New Basket Project DONE!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-14-2014 01:18 PM 1856 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am running very late today because as I was going through my morning mail we lost power for a bit. I was rather surprised because even though we had rain last night, this morning is sunny and calm and actually looks like it will be a very nice day. Go figure . . .

In any case, it is obviously back now and I was a bit excited about blogging today because I FINALLY got my drawing done and my butt to the saw and got my new project cut out and COMPLETED!

What I decided to make was a set of baskets made on the scroll saw. Now I know this has been done before, and I don’t for a minute think that I am pioneering this technique. I think that John Nelson was the first one to come up with this several years ago when I was just beginning designing. In fact – I had designed some of these types of baskets for Scroller when it was owned by Scott Kochendorfer and Roy King, and I think that Scroller still sells them today. There have been several others since that have designed boxes and baskets and other things using this technique, but my hope this time around is that since I have a bit more experience under my belt, I would be able to design something that is somewhat more refined and a bit different. I do have some boxes and other items that I sell on my site and even though I created the patterns several years ago, they continue to be strong sellers. So I thought I would create some nice new baskets that people can enjoy using this fun technique of layering wood.

The first piece that I came up with is a spring basket. I wanted it to have a nice and graceful shape and be functional enough to make a nice table decoration or even an Easter basket.

Since my computer skills have also improved since my last go-round with this type of design, I was able to draw this up so that it uses a minimal amount of wood. Being true to the ‘spring’ theme, I chose to put a little bunny silhouette in the handle, which I think looks great! I think that this would look lovely with some pretty flowers in it or filled to the brim with Easter candy and “Peeps”!

I am really thrilled at how this turned out, and I plan to make several new designs. I had forgotten just how much FUN it was to cut designs like this. They are GREAT for even new cutters to try and they are very forgiving.

These are just snapshots here, and I will be taking better presentation pictures for the pattern in the next few days. I plan to have at least one basket on the site by the next update sometime next week. I am really happy with the shape and I think others will like it as well. :)

You may have noticed the little “x” and “o” and heart on the wall behind the basket. As you know – today is Valentine’s Day and I woke up to all kinds of little foamy stickers like this all over the house!

Over the stove . . .

On the refrigerator . . .

Even my little bear Boris had a piece of chocolate for me!

There was a big balloon over my computer . . .

And this cute little guy hanging over my computer screen . . .

I am finding little chocolates tucked away everywhere!

Keith and I met five years ago sometimes this week. It was at a time when both of our lives were somewhat in disarray and we were both going through some really difficult things. Neither of us really remembers the exact day, so we only know it was ‘some time around’ Valentines day.

We never really are big on cards and things of that nature, as we both feel that every day we show each other appreciation for each other. I am really surprised that Keith left all of these little reminders around this morning for me to wake up to. Perhaps he is mellowing out as the years go by!

A day doesn’t go by when I am not grateful that he is part of my life. I know it may sound like a cliche, but sometimes you DO find a light in the darkness when you least expect it, and are not looking for it. I can’t believe it has been five years already. When I look back to where I was then and where I am now, I know that I am so fortunate to have such a good life.

I wish you all a wonderful day today. May you find happiness and joy in the friends and family you have surrounding you.

Have a wonderful Friday!

-- 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 02-14-2014 05:20 PM

The new basket is beautiful with the alternating woods and the rounded ‘weavings’! The bunny is cute. The handle (to my eye) lacks the elegance of the basket. Like it was an afterthought. Perhaps it is simply the camera angle and the edges are not really as sharp as they appear.
So sweet of Keith to surprise you with all the treats! My hubby fixed breakfast this morning-eggs, bacon, hash browns and a cup of hot chocolate! We celebrated our 30 years anniversary last month! Happy valentine’s Day and have a great weekend!

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 02-14-2014 05:45 PM

Thanks for your observations, Candy. The handle was really intended from the start to have a bunny on it, but I am also going to be offering a couple of different handle options. There is no good way to soften the edges of the handle with the bunny on it unless you use a Dremel. Then it wouldn’t be very even. I am going to offer a plain handle and perhaps a flower as alternatives.

I really appreciate your views. Happy Valentine’s Day to you. I am still finding chocolates all around the house. :)


-- 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 02-14-2014 05:56 PM

Good morning Sheila! I love the basket and can think of lots of different ways of using it. I think it would make a great baby shower gift filled with lots of baby necessities. Fancy bread basket, plant holder etc. etc.! It will a pattern I will definitely be getting.
Good for Keith! Little surprises like that really make you feel appreciated. Happy Valentine’s day to you both! Jim is taking me out for lunch today – love anything where I don’t have to cook!
Enjoy your day. A beautiful day here, sunny and mild.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 02-14-2014 06:06 PM

Now I like that basket design. Clever.

Sort of 3D prinitng for Scrollsaws.

Any plans on angled cuts, Sheila?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 02-14-2014 09:51 PM

Thank you both! I made a nice chicken with garlic and rosemary and stuffing on the side (well – I guess you would call it dressing!) I went to a nice fabric place in our little community that a woman has from her home basement. She has been in business for over 35 years and it was amazing to see the variety of quilting prints she had! I didn’t get much, but Keith’s auntie did! Lots and lots of beautiful prints. I did get a meter of beautiful white linen to embroider on and I was thrilled with that. We spent about two hours there and I thought dinner would be late but when I got home, Keith had already put the chicken in the oven. He’s batting 1000 today! ;)

Angled cuts would be fun and interesting Martyn. As I said, this type of basket has been around for a bit, but not so much so with the tapering as I did on this pattern or some of the other ideas I had. Angling the outside cuts would be something to definitely explore. :)

Have a great evening! Sheila

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

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#6 posted 02-16-2014 08:43 PM

Basket Beauty, I say

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 02-16-2014 11:38 PM

Glad you like it Roger! :) Thank you so much!


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

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