Yesterday was busy from dawn to dusk – and beyond!
I am thrilled to say that the ornaments that I drew up over the weekend were accepted for Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts holiday issue of the magazine. I am really excited about this, because I haven't done much work with them and I hope to become a regular contributor. Last year I had one of my candle trays in that publication, and I have been trying to remind myself to submit to them regularly, but I often let the time slip passed without doing so. I was hoping that I wasn't too late for this issue and I was thrilled when I came home from the gym to find a note from the editor that she liked the ornament drawings that I sent and would accept them to be included. I don't care how many times I have been published – it is always a thrill and relief when one of my projects is accepted.
That meant that I really had to 'get cutting' and get them finished so I could quickly send them out. On top of that, my computer case arrived which meant that it was time to move the guts from my older, smaller case to the larger, roomier case that would accommodate more fans and make thing much easier to work on if necessary.
My partner Keith had generously offered his time to do the tear down and set up of the new parts. Besides the new case and new fan I also recently purchased a CPU cooler which would help things run cooler. The way the mother board is set up the sensor is right next to the video card processor and it causes the temperature in the case to read warm. A couple of weeks ago, as the weather was getting warmer, I had a couple of "dreaded blue screen" shut downs, as my computer is set to shut down when it reaches a certain temperature to avoid damage. This coupled with the fact that we could hear the fans in the case running full speed almost constantly alerted us to the issue of it being too warm to safely operate.
While the mother board is a little older, it is still good and functional and I wasn't in the mood for reformatting my entire system. We had purchased a CPU cooler a couple of months ago, but it just missed fitting inside the case I had. The best solution with the least disruption was to purchase a new case and move the system into a larger, and roomier home. I also got an additional fan and purchased a different CPU cooler that would do the job. The fan and cooler arrived last week, and the case arrived yesterday. Since I was going to be at the saw anyway, Keith generously offered to move my computer into its new 'home' for me while I cut.
He did find a wonderful helper in Pancakes, as he immediately staked claim to the new box that the case came in:
I am sure Keith was relieved to have assistance!
While they did that, I kept cutting. I always get nervous when my computer is torn down – although not as much as I used to. I had everything BACKED UP as I tell people over and over to do, and that alleviated much of the anxiety.
I didn't get started until later in the day. By the time we returned from our morning errands, ate lunch, took care of some business things and set up my wood it was probably late afternoon. I also made a few adjustments on the pattern that were requested from the editor. They weren't a problem at all and really made the ornaments much nicer. I cut a couple of copies as well, because (as usual) I have a couple of different finishing ideas to try.
As I hinted yesterday, I went with a Damask theme for them:
(This is the back of the ornament)
I made one set in curly maple and one in cherry.
Of course, these are right off othe saw. They still need to be sanded and finished. But they really do make a nice set:
So far, so good though. I hoped that my drawings that looked so nice on paper would be able to be cut without issue. I wa a little worried about the small dates on the ornaments, but they posed no problem at all. However, I wouldn't really consider them a 'beginner' project. I had to be really careful when I cut.
Funny thing happened though – I cut the first three on what I thought was a 2/0 sized blade (very small for you non-sawyers that are reading) so I would be able to get all the details nicely, and I later discovered that what I was actually using was a #2 blade! (the next larger size!) I must admit – I was "slightly" worried as to if people would be able to cut these OK while I was cutting the first three on the larger blade. I have been using a #3 blade for so much of my stack cutting, I didn't really notice that I wasn't using a 2/0 blade. After the first three ornaments, when I discovered this and I actually put in the RIGHT size blade (the 2/0) it became "easy-peasy" to finish up. I had absolutely no problem at all and I found that there was PLENTY of room between the motifs. (Big DUH for me!)
All in all – I am happy and proud of the project.
While I do have to put these patterns on hold until the magazine is published and they are released back to me, I do have several similar designs that I am working on that I WILL be able to release right away – so don't despair!
Today I will be finishing up these ornaments, and I will have some more photos for you all tomorrow. But first, I need to take my dear Coco to the vet. She has a little callouse or something on her paw pad and it is causing her to limp. I want to make sure it is nothing bad and see what they can do for her on it. That means a trip to Yarmouth and while I know I won't be lolligagging, I probably won't even get home here until this afternoon.
Oh – and the computer worked out fine. As I type, it is running at a cool 31 degrees C which is quite a bit lower from the 70 degrees C that it was shutting itself down at. I am glad the fix was for the most part 'easy' and I hope to keep these components for another few years.
It is foggy this morning, and cool. All in all, it looks like it will be a wonderful day. I hope you all have a great day as well.
Happy Tuesday 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"