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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1584: Scrolling Binge

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-03-2015 11:32 AM 1670 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One good thing about doing lots of types of creative crafts is that every time I get to do something else, it is new and fresh to me and I am excited about it. I love painting and I love the recent needle artwork that I have been attempting, but I also love creating cool wood things on the scroll saw. There is something that is so calming and peaceful about following a line with a tiny blade to create 'graceful wood'. 



It is sometimes difficult to keep up with everything that is going on in my head. I have ideas for so many projects, and often one idea can trigger six others. By the time I complete one thing, I have several other directions that I want to head. While it can be sometimes stressful, it is a good kind of stress. I always find myself thinking ahead to what is next and planning the next project (or two or three!) while I am working on my current one. While it can be overwhelming to some people, I like to look at it as 'job security'. I have said many times before that I doubt that I will ever live long enough to create all the ideas I have. So I have to do what I can when I can and see how far I can get on my ever-growing mental list. 



This past week or so I have been working on several new scroll saw projects. I have been busy drawing, and cutting and I have created no less than five new candle trays and three sets of ornaments. These aren't necessarily Christmas ornaments, but they are more suitable for just about any time of the year – including Christmas. They are all of a traditional Damask or Gothic theme. They are similar in style (meaning they will blend with each other nicely) but they are all distinctly different. I find that designing in batches like this seems to be most efficient for me. It is nice to keep my head in one style at a time and it makes drawing and cutting a breeze. 



I toyed with the idea of not cutting the ornaments out and just showing a photo of the enhanced line work, but I felt that I would be cheating myself out of the fun of cutting them. After all – to me that is the most fun and relaxing part of the process. There is little thinking involved at that point and I love putting on my cordless headphones and getting lost in the process. Besides, I wanted to use some of these ornaments for my 'Steampunk' themed all-season tree. As a bonus, I feel that I refine my cutting skills with each project I create. 



So for the past couple of days, I have been working on cutting the three sets of intricate ornaments. They weren't hard to do (although some were a little more difficult than others) and the day just flew by yesterday. By the time I was finished last night, it was nearly 9pm. I had a nice sized pile of scraps:



. . . and a pile of beautiful ornaments:



I wanted to show the scroll saw photo because people often ask how I cut in my home. As you can see, the mess is really minimal. After a five minute session with the shop vac, everything was once again neat and clean. We keep our clutter to a minimum, which means that counters can be fully cleaned easily and there aren't a lot of little nick-knacks here to collect dust. I really find there is very little airborne dust when cutting this small stuff. It is very easy to control. If I cut bigger stuff (either thicker wood or with a larger blade) and there is more dust created, I just pull the vacuum out more often and give it a quick go-over. It really works. 



Today I will be sanding and finishing these pieces, as well as photographing them for the patterns. I also have to do the formal photos for the five candle trays that I showed in snapshots earlier this week. Then on to write the patterns. 



We are looking to update the site by the beginning of next week. That way everyone in the USA who is busy for the holiday won't miss anything. I should be posting these eight new patterns by then and Keith will have some new patterns as well. 



I received some photos last evening from Curtis Customs (where my car is being renovated) and they are done painting it! I think the color looks amazing! 







It is a beautiful red candy three stage paint called Ruby Red. Even though it was red before, this color will look much richer and deeper. It is a awesome red with dark low lights and golden highlights. I am also going to have some black stripes on it in a matte finish, which will contrast beautifully with the glassy red paint. I can't wait to see it done. 



I was told that today they are going to be reassembling the car and then hopefully I can pick it up on Saturday or latest on Monday. It has been a long, long winter and the car has been being worked on first with the new top and then with this makeover for over two months. I see many, many beach days ahead for me! I feel as if I have been a prisioner long enough! Show me some sunshine! 



I want to wish all of you in America a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. Be safe and be smart and remember that your little furry four legged friends will be frightened of all the noisy fireworks, so try to provide them with a  place that is quiet and calm. When I lived in Chicago and Digby, I used to keep them in a quiet room and play some music for them so they weren't as aware of the loud 'pops' and noises from outside. Also – please keep them indoors if possible. As much as we don't like to think of it, there are people that are cruel to animals and think nothing of abusing them. The best way to keep them safe is to keep them in. 



I wish you all a fabulous weekend and happy Friday!  Have fun and enjoy your time!

-- 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 07-03-2015 12:48 PM

Oh boy oh boy… your Stang is lookin very good!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#2 posted 07-03-2015 12:50 PM

I am BEYOND EXCITED, Roger! I can’t wait to see it put back together in real light. I can’t wait to drive it! I spent last night making an awesome playlist to blast on the ride home. You guys may not see me here until snowfall! ;)

Have a great 4th of July weekend! :)

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 07-03-2015 01:49 PM

I envy you the ride and your beautiful area to drive at least until I remember your winter stories. My buddy doesn’t get to upset with fireworks unless they are too close and he is usually inside by choice. Thunder however is a different story and he becomes a 120 lb lap dog or at night will lay on top of me.
I forgot to mention that it is time for me to go fix his morning bacon and eggs.

-- Kepy

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#4 posted 07-03-2015 01:54 PM

We had an EARTHQUAKE here on Wednesday! It sounded like thunder. Keith and I were walking in the woods, so I don’t know what the kitties did, but others said their pets were very skittish. This picture will help alleviate your envy! ;)

That is the LAST winter that car will ever see!

Have a great weekend!

-- 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 07-03-2015 05:06 PM

Very cool looking ornaments! I can see some rhinestones being tucked into some of those! My favourite type of scrolling.
Your car is going to be awesome. Enjoy the ride home with the top down and music blaring :)

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#6 posted 07-03-2015 05:12 PM

I just talked to them and they are still painting the trim. They say it would be best to pick it up Monday so everything can dry. :/

Oh well – I waited this long, I can wait until Monday. . .

Thank you for the kind comments. Yes – it was hard for me not to make several sets and play with the many types of ways to decorate them. Especially the keys! I would love to see how you add rhinestones to them. I think you can also use the faux rusting process on them too and they would look pretty cool.

Have a great weekend, Anna. I hope your weather is as nice as ours. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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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#7 posted 07-04-2015 01:35 AM

Hi Sheila:
I think you made a real good choice in the body shop you got to repaint your car. From what pictures you have posted, they take there work seriously in that they prepared your car well before they painted. They used some of the best finishes that are on the market today. You did the smart thing using this company. Show some pictures after you get it back.

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#8 posted 07-04-2015 11:42 AM

Hi, Bigrock:

Yes – I am very pleased with the shop. It took a while, but that was expected. They are busy because they are so good.

As I said before, I saw they had a passion for what they do. That means more than anything. They aren’t driven by money, but by artistry and the joy of working on the cars. The fact that they offer photos all along the way is another thing that shows that they are proud of their work and going to do a good job. I am very thrilled with the outcome so far and I can’t wait to see it in person on Monday. I will definitely post some photos.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

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 07-04-2015 12:44 PM

Sheila, it’s good to see you having some fun at the Scroll saw. The car is looking particularly good. I’m not sure but I think, in the UK, we would call that Candy Apple red. Stunning anyway.

On the subject of ideas. Not all get realised but, I find, it’s always good to have a few in reserve, to look up, for those lean times when they dry up.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#10 posted 07-04-2015 01:03 PM

Yes, Martyn. It is a Candy Apple color. It was to be a bit darker than the photos show (neither is bad though) and I have to see it in person to see what shade it is. It is a three stage process:

That is what makes the ‘candy’ paint different (and more expensive). It is more labor-intensive and I understand that it is not for amateurs, as it is very easy to apply the tinted mid-coat layer incorrectly and wind up with ‘stripes’ where the overlap is on the spraying. But that is what gives the color depth and beauty.

We weren’t initially going with that process, as you can imagine the cost was much higher. I was going to go with a normal, two stage paint. The shop owner (Curtis) had told me to check out Ford’s new Ruby Red Metallic – as he thought it was beautiful. The candy paint/process was quite a bit out of my price range, being about twice as much as a ‘normal’ paint job. We did so and agreed to go with that color. It was a rich, deep red with gold-ish highlights and deep maroon-ish/black-ish undertones. It was stunning.

The day they went to pick up the paint, they discovered that the Ruby Red from Ford was indeed a three stage candy paint. (DOH!) The car was prepped and ready in the booth and to make a long story short, Curtis decided to give us the candy paint for no additional cost. So I am getting a lot more than I paid for.

I am very pleased with this shop. As I said, there were a few hiccups along the way, but I think they did the basic prep wonderfully and from the pictures, the paint looks amazing so far. I can’t wait to see it in person.

So I will keep busy this weekend until Monday when I can go and get it. I feel like a child waiting for Christmas! :)

Those reserve ideas do come in handy, too. It is what allows me to work in spurts the way that I do. You can never have too many ideas, right?

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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#11 posted 07-04-2015 01:05 PM

Oh – and since yesterday, I got new pictures – in the daylight. Still needs trim finished up, but you get the idea . . .

And of course, the license plate! ;)

Can you tell I am excited??

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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