My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #28: Another New Project in The Works

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-01-2010 12:59 PM 4160 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 27: I Love When That Happens Part 28 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 29: Subliminal Meanings in Scrollsawing »

It’s pretty quiet around here today. It’s one of those days when I can’t wait to get to the scroll saw, but it is only 7am and I don’t dare until another couple of hours. I was able to finish another drawing last night of a fretwork liner that I am going to market to set under the large jar candles. It will resemble the dresser tray in concept, but it will set underneath the jar. Many people thought that the little dresser tray was made for that purpose, as the size was perfect. In thinking at how popular candles are, I figured ‘why not?’ and I believe I am going to do a series on them. Since the Yankee Candles seem to be the most popular, I went out and purchased a white one so it will be able to blend with any of the seasonal themes I choose to do for this. I may wind up getting more in the future, because I love the different colors and scents they come in anyway, but since these are my models, I don’t want to burn them too much.

I can see many fun and easy little designs to do and I probably have a list of about 20 in my head. My partner thinks I should package them in sets when I market the patterns, but I think that individual items are better. If I do a set of two or even three and someone doesn’t care for one of the designs, it may discourage them from getting them. I will just keep the price within reason, as most of my patterns are sold electronically anyway.

I love candles and it seems that many others do also. My editor is leery about doing any type of candle holder or lantern type item because a couple of years ago some idiot made a candle holder pattern that was presented in the magazine and then proceeded to burn his house down to the ground with the candle. I don’t know all the details, but Robert (my editor) told me that he tried to sue the magazine for printing the pattern and the cost of his house. Sheesh! No wonder our economy is in such a funk! Blissfully, he wasn’t successful, but now most of the time when I present any type of candle item to Robert, I do so using the little cheesy battery operated candles you can get at the dollar store. (poopie!) Nothing like making your work look cheap when you are marketing it! I just get sad because it seems that people just don’t have to take responsibility for their own actions anymore. Everyone is looking for someone else to blame for their own stupidity. Every day it seems that another law is passed which alleviates the consumer of any and all accountability. (Oh, I could start a nice long rant here, but I think I will pass for today and spare you my thoughts on that! I want to stay positive today!)

This series of pattern, however are going right on my site and to the wholesalers. I don’t even know if the wholesalers will want them or not for the same reason, but I like them so I am going ahead with creating several in the next couple of weeks. I think they look cool and I am excited about them and want to do them. So there. :)

Well, it is Canada Day here in my foster country. I don’t want the day to pass without me saying Happy Canada Day, Canada! On holidays such as this, it is strange living in a country other than the one you grew up in. Days like today when everything is closed here and it is business as usual in the US are when it is most evident that I am no longer in my native country. Eventually I will take the citizenship test for Canada, because even though I got my Permanent Resident papers last year, they only last for five years and I have to reapply. (I guess I am ‘temporarily permanent’) It took me five years the first time to go through the process and I understand that reapplying isn’t anywhere near as tedious and time-consuming, but I figure that I may as well go for the citizenship test because once that is done, I am really and truly done with red tape and I only have to do it once. I will be a dual citizen because I never want to give up my US citizenship so that will be the avenue I will take. But I have several years until I have to think about that and with all else that is going on in my life right now, I think I will wait a bit.

So other than that, I guess nothing exciting is going on. This will be a short post by my usual standards. I hope everyone has a productive day and I hope I have a wonderful project to show you tomorrow. Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends! :)

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

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#1 posted 07-01-2010 04:59 PM

good blog today sheila…was just thinking…if you lived in Australia..guess what…you would be know as the women……...i like the way they say it over there…has a nice spin to it….....kinda like a croc dundee type of accent…well your day sounds busy to me…i think i want to do some design work of my own and see what kind of candle holders i can come up with..ive decided im going to get into the toy making business…along with other wood crafts…some boxes and bird houses…im just starting to work on my plan…but im excited and am going to start working on a inventory…so i can start having things to sell by first September i hope….ill pm you more details and get your opinion….have a great day…and happy CANADA…grizz

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

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#2 posted 07-01-2010 05:38 PM

We are having Canada Day celebrations here.. in Michigan… with a couple of my Canadian friends. I feel the same way you do—it’s weird having a day I always consider a holiday (today!) not be celebrated here. I’m sure it will feel similar for you on Sunday.

Re: the candles. I have been fighting too this. I’ve been wanting to make some nice little candle holders, but I’ve just been holding out on doing it yet. They are intended for tealights, so one would reason, with the little metal bit between the candle and the wood, nothing would happen. But I’m not totally comfortable with selling them yet. I may get some glass inserts to sell with them, and epoxy them in place. That way somebody couldn’t get a bare tealight and put it in it. But – it’s different than selling a pattern. I don’t blame your editor for being nervous. I hate that these are things we need to worry about. I had somebody ask me to make them a little container for their handgun, to store it in at night. I ran it past my lawyer and she told me it would be best if I not make it, it made her too nervous – as she said, “The ways somebody could sue you if THEY did something stupid are too numerous”

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 07:18 PM

Well, I finished my cutting by 1:30 and made some lunch and now I think I am going to switch gears and get some things done around the house here. We have some organizing to do and I will do the hand and finish work in a little bit.

Grizz – you are a rebel! Candles AND Toys? You are really pushing it! I have been reading lots of the threads on the toy stuff and I just sit here in disbelief and shake my head. I know I am probably setting myself up in the firing line but I don’t see how they could or would enforce such stuff. I am with the side that will use things that are safe in the construction and take my chances. I don’t sell retail anyway really, but I do sympathize with their cause.

The stupid and unnecessary lawsuits people jump to are really ruining things for everyone. I wish reality would take after the fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and someone would just say ENOUGH is ENOUGH and call others on what they are! Most of it is nonsense, and it waters down the legitimate people who have real issues. Again – I won’t go there now. (Boy, that is two soap boxes I avoided today! Yay for me and lucky you!)

You keep designing – Lis too – and I think that beyond reasonable caution you should let your creativity flow!!

Thanks for the comments :)


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

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