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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1367: Travelling Down the Crackled Highway - A Learning Curve

07-24-2014 12:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I always have a great feeling as I see the Purolator man driving away after a pickup. Usually it means that I just completed a project and it is on its way to the publisher.  That's always a feeling of relief for me, as more times than not I am coming from dealing with the nerves that accompany submitting to the magazines. Yesterday was no exception.While I still have some writing to do on the ornaments that I showed yesterday, I wanted to take a day that was a bit 'unstructured&...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1366: New Ornaments Completed

07-23-2014 10:45 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

I had another busy day yesterday. I had to take my kitty Coco to the vet yesterday to get a little bump on her paw checked out. Fortunately, it turned out to be nothing and she is fine. I was kind of worried that she would have to go through surgery or something like that to get it removed, but the vet said it wasn't a concern.  I am sure Coco was happy as well, but she still wasn't thrilled with the ride to the vet and back (about 45 minutes each way). She was just thrilled to b...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1365: New Ornaments Cut

07-22-2014 11:39 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

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 sli...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1364: To The Scroll Saw!

07-21-2014 12:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I was able to finish up my drawing yesterday. Whether or not I was able to squeak the project in under the deadline for submissions remains to be seen. I honestly was not sure of the cutoff date, but in some ways (to me, anyway) it didn't really matter. Either way I wanted to create these designs. Either way I win. As time goes by and and I do what I do longer and longer, I have discovered that there are a world of options open for me. I used to get rather tense about deadlines and t...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1363: Some New Designs

07-20-2014 12:16 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

It seems like it has been a long time since I made a scroll saw design.  It also seems like it has been a while since I painted. Or even embroidered on my 'off hours' for that matter. While I know this isn't really the case, I find myself wondering "what actually am I accomplishing each day" and find myself scratching my head. I know that things have been getting done. I suppose that like with anything, when you really enjoy doing something, it seems like a lon...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1362: This and That

07-19-2014 12:15 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I will start off today by thanking everyone for all the kind thoughts and notes and sharing their memories of Dirk with me. I found myself reminiscing about so many wonderful people, places and times and I found much comfort in that. I thought of things that I hadn't thought of in years, and I believe that is just how Dirk would have wanted everyone to remember him. I am sure that is how we will heal. I must admit that I had very little ambition yesterday. Those of you who know me an...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1360: My Version of the Seahorse Pattern

07-16-2014 12:14 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I am happy to say that I had a wonderful day yesterday. I was able to get my emails under control early on and I did have a chance to work on the Tracy Moreau seahorse design that I had shown you all in yesterday's post. We also had the bonus of Keith's mom coming to visit, as well as a pop-in visit from our friends Bernie and Ellen. Keith's mom makes the best potato salad in the world and she brought some to share for dinner. We caught up on chatting and she did her needlework wh...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1359: The "Day Off" - Trying Again!

07-15-2014 12:24 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I have to smile to myself when I think about yesterday.I do so because the way that the day turned out for me. It wasn't bad, mind you, but it was totally NOT what I intended it to be.I had worked so hard over the weekend on my "Nevermore" painting pattern. I had finished  painting the design sometime Saturday I think and I had committed myself to finishing up the pattern by Sunday. Normally, this would not be a huge or difficult task, but the pattern is headed for an ...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1358: "The Raven" Completed

07-13-2014 12:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 12 comments »

I have always loved reading Edgar Allen Poe stories. From as far back as I remember, he has been one of my favorites. I loved the depth of emotion he wrote with and the feelings that reading his works evoke. He was certainly a gifted author.I often talk about all the ideas that live in my head. As a designer, I feel very fortunate to have that because it wasn't very long ago when I remember struggling to think of new things to create that would be both unique and exciting. But lately, tha...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1357: Nevermore

07-12-2014 11:50 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

What a wonderfully positive day I had yesterday. I really appreciated all the wonderful comments that you all made and sent regarding my new painting design that I am creating for the August issue of Interactive Artist Magazine. This is my first project with them, and I wanted it to be something special.  I already had a couple of offers to purchase the piece and many inquiries regarding the pattern.  Because this piece will be published, I won't have the rights to it until Dece...

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