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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1354: New Project Progress and Update

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-09-2014 11:49 AM 1054 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was a rather mish-mosh day where I was pulled in many directions. There was still a great deal of catching up to do after the power outage of the weekend, and although I know I am very fortunate to only have that to deal with, it still takes a great deal of time.



I am also having computer issues, where either something is configured improperly or something is not functioning properly. Both Keith and myself spent several hours trying to pinpoint the issue, as we can't quite see if it is a hardware or software issue. My first inclination would be to just get another one, but cooler heads prevailed and we are going through a series of tests and checklists. Needless to say I am spending the morning backing everything up once again – just to be sure.



Many people don't understand that computers now days consist of several components that can be re-used in the next system. My own computer is made up of several drives, along with the motherboard and the video card, etc. Just because one of these things are failing or damaged, doesn't mean that you can't reuse the other parts. While my first inclination would be to just "get a new one", I realize that getting all new drives and components isn't really necessary – especially if only one aspect of it is outdated or damaged. So it takes a little diagnostic work.



In the mean time, I am trying to make sure that everything I need is backed up. Naturally, all of my patterns and pattern files are backed up on a regular basis. But this time I am also backing up things like music, online magazines that I subscribe to, fonts, and other things that may not be included in a weekly backup.  If it is necessary to rerun my operating system, I want things to go as smoothly as possible.



Besides the computer stuff, Keith once again updated our website. We have several new patterns that are now available on the site, including my SLD473 - 12 Chalky Beach Ornaments Pattern and Kit  







And Keith's SLDK381 Backyard Barbeque Plaque  







Keith also has a new Bible quote plaque (SLDK380)      



    



We also have a new free pattern for you all to enjoy, and made a nice box set of my multi-layered trinket boxes (TRBSET1)







We think there is something fun for everyone. :) 



And I did get a chance to work on my new project as well. After three tries, I got the background for my new project just about where I want it to be:



I can't wait to start painting the subject today. It took two trips to the sander, but at last I got the look I was envisioning for the background. :) I think it will be pretty cool when done. 



So with that said, I need to keep moving. If  you are interested in our new free pattern, please feel free to visit the site. You can also join our mailing list if you wish to receive our newsletter which goes out about every other week. That way if you miss seeing something new here in the blog, you will be sure to see it there. 



It is overcast and very windy again today. I believe it has been raining as well. Hopefully we won't have much of a storm, as I understand that some people in the towns nearby still don't have power as of last night. Surely more bad weather will only complicate things more. 



Have a great day today. We are mid-week already. Time is sure going by quickly. 



Happy Wednesday to you all!

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



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Roger

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 12:57 PM

Wish you & Keith a gr8 week

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

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 12:58 PM

Thank you, Roger! I hope you do as well! :)

Sheila

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

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 02:15 PM

cant wait to see what you do with your new project, i love your paintings, sorry your having computer troubles, they can be very frustrating, i hope between you your able to get things fixed, i also hope you were able to reel RICHARD…back into the kingdom…lol…have a good day, and i hope your not plagued with any power outages, we had a few last week, and when you rely on air conditioning to stay alive….lol its important to have…have a great day…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 02:20 PM

Hi, Bob!

Yes – the computer stuff is frustrating sometimes, but at least it is ‘controlled’. The full backups are finished now so I have security knowing everything is safe. My board is older though and soon it will be time to replace that. That mean re-running all the programs and re organizing everything. It can take a couple of days.

Richard wasn’t really on the lamb, but he just was exploring at the base of the stairs. He came right back up when I moved the bushes, but it was funny that he thought he couldn’t be seen. :) Silly kitty!

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

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#5 posted 07-09-2014 05:06 PM

Glad to hear you and Keith weathered the power outage and storm last weekend. Good luck with your computer issues—I know what a pain that can be. I switched to Mac back in 2010 and am always amazed when I have to use the Windows based computer we have at home. Frankly, I try to stay away from it. Best wishes on getting everything back on track.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 07-09-2014 05:13 PM

Thank you very much, John. I have used both a PC and a MAC and each has their positive and negative things. My mother board is a few years older and I suspect it may be part of the problem. I have been considering changing to a newer one, but as you know – even a controlled change means several hours of reformatting and reorganizing. I have backed everything up completely, so I am ‘safe’ for now. I just don’t want to jump the gun and buy unnecessary equipment.

Hopefully it will hold on for a while. :)

In the mean time, I will forge ahead . . .

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

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#7 posted 07-10-2014 04:13 AM

The new patterns are beautiful Sheila. You and Keith have been busy! Looking forward to seeing how your painting project comes together. Love the background. Good luck with your computer.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#8 posted 07-10-2014 10:26 AM

Thank you very much, Anna. I am glad you like the new things. It is funny – it always seems like we have little to add and by the time I am done it is far more than I expected. The background is slow in coming but I should make good headway today. I hope you are having fun in the shop, too. Weather here has been perfect. :)

Take care, Sheila

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

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#9 posted 07-11-2014 11:34 AM

Hey Sheila, tried my first candleholder today from the collection, doesn’t do your work justice but your designs are great for any skill level

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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