Even though Keith and I usually don’t feel like we are adding a lot of new patterns, it seems that our product line is growing by leaps and bounds. Our “loose” goal is to put out a newsletter about twice a month introducing our new designs and letting people know what we are up to and while I thought that would be something that would be difficult to maintain, I find that the newsletter are never short of new items or announcements. I guess we are both pretty busy. I rea...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1187: Doing Something for Myself - "Reaching for the Stars" Tree Topper
As a “professional designer” and a craft person, it seems as if I am always creating things for someone else. Be it the magazine, items to sell, or gifts to others, it has been somewhat of a struggle for me to be able to justify taking some time to make some fun projects that I want to keep for myself. Especially at this time of year. But when I changed over my little “all season” tree to a Christmas theme last week, I noticed that I didn’t have any type of s...
I had a wonderful fun and relaxing day yesterday. Although – my idea of ‘relaxing’ may not be what you are used to seeing. I had an early dentists’ appointment. The tooth he fixed a couple of weeks ago was having some issues and he needed to do an adjustment on it. I do have a great dentist and he always seems to get me in quickly when I need him. This wasn’t an emergency though and I had called a couple of days ago and he was able to see me early yesterday...
I had to switch gears yesterday and jump from snowmen and snow globes to chicks and spring colors. I suppose that is part of what I really enjoy about my job – I am never working on anything long enough to be ‘bored’ with it. This is truly an exciting time of year for me. I know that I can say that just about any time of year, but with the holiday season upon us, it seems that I am working on more projects and directions and the days pass by very quickly. I am sure that p...
This past summer I had the privilege of joining an incredibly talented and inspiring painter named Terrye French in her group she formed called “Painting With Friends.” When painting for the group, we are given rough line drawings or sketches that Terrye drew up and we are then invited to take the idea and run with it. We can develop it in any way we wish, and are encouraged to use our imagination and incorporate our own ‘style’ into it. Once we paint it and make ...
I often hear from people how much they wish they could be like me every day and just scroll saw or paint all day, every day. While I know that I feel very fortunate to be doing what I am doing, that isn’t always the case. Those of you who have been following me for any length of time realize that the actual scroll sawing or painting is only a small part of the process of owning your own business, and that those times are sometimes few and far between. I am not complaining though, a...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1173: New Projects Completed! Time To Write Pattern Packets!
I will get right down to business this morning because I have a LOT that I want to accomplish today! I pretty much finished up the new ornaments and today I need to write instructions for the pattern packet, as well as the ornaments that I showed earlier this week and the “Gloria” candle tray that was featured in the holiday issue of Scrollsaw Woodworks and Crafts magazine so I can get everything on the website and do the site update. Here are pictures of the “Gloria...
Yesterday seemed to go by in a blink of an eye. Both Keith and myself are working at top speed not only to finish our newest patterns for the projects and are heading to the magazine, as well as squeezing in a quick website update at Sheila Landry Designs and preparing everything we need for our trip. So far, so good – with one more day to go! We were able to put four new projects up on the site yesterday. So far, they have been pretty well received as they were some that were i...
I wasn’t going to write today, as I am in the midst of the chaos of my little space here in “pre-trip” mode. As most of you know, we have a small place, and normally we keep it pretty organized. I like a clean environment to work, function and live and while I am nowhere near a “neat freak”, you can usually walk in on any given day and there is some resemblance of law and order. As I look around today, that is not so much the case. Yesterday we had a wonde...
I didn’t quite get my new project finished yesterday. It turned out to be one of those days that I had one distraction after another and even though I did make progress, it isn’t really finished yet. That isn’t always a bad thing though. Sometimes distractions are there for a reason and I don’t feel at this point like beating myself over the head when at the end of the day I still accomplished quite a bit. I think that it is important to be able to be flexible. W...
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