My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #142: We're Up and Running!! (Well - sort of!)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-23-2010 12:18 PM 4084 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I did it! Last night sometime after supper, I got brave and hit the ‘publish’ button on my new site. After looking at it all week long, it seemed that it was time to really check things out. I still had to finish those few pattern packets, but I needed to try some things out like making sure the processor and ordering process worked and I didn’t want to wait because the general phone customer support isn’t available on weekends (except if you choose to purchase an after hour option, which I do not) and I didn’t want to get stuck.

Although the site is published and ‘live’ it will take a day or so to connect to the domain name of I expected that after what happened a few weeks ago. Right now it is a “404 resource not found” error but it will kick in sometime today I hope. You can get to it by hand-typing in the browser and everything works fine.

Upon publishing, I immediately tried to do a small order and although the order went through, I never received word from my processor. That was troubling, as the information comes to me instantly usually and I knew I missed something. I called the processor, and from their side, there was no activity. I then had to go to the host and I did the online chat thing to see if they could see what was up. Apparently I missed hooking a processor to each type of payment deep in one of the layers of the pages and it was a matter of checking a box. I republished (as you need to do with every change you make) and tried another order and – IT WORKED! I was so relieved and excited!

I am sure there will be some tweaking, but it is really pretty much good to go!

Being the child I am, I posted the notice on my private Facebook page so my friends could see the new look. I had all the new products there on the front page and even though I didn’t quite finish the pattern packets yet, I wasn’t expecting any sales and thought nothing of it. As I said, my ‘friends’ list on Facebook has grown quite a bit, as I do consider my fellow woodworkers friends and wouldn’t you know that within about five minutes, one of them placed an order. I was thrilled and excited at my first order on the new site. Then I read the order. . .

It seemed that six out of the seven patterns he ordered were the brand new ones that I hadn’t completed the packets on! Geeze! I am such a DORK, I thought! They were almost done, but needed to be assembled and proofread before I sent them out. Why am I such a child anyway?? I guess in all my excitement, I put the cart before the horse a bit.

So in my moment of glory, I had to humble myself and email him his ONE patter of seven that was ready with an explanation that the other six wouldn’t be ready until today! DUH! I also offered him a couple of additional patterns on the house for the inconvenience (and my stupidity) and he was nice and gracious and didn’t mind at all. He was quite understanding and I was very grateful for his patience.

So I spent the night finishing all the packets up. I didn’t finish until about 10pm and I sent them to my friend Leldon who has done a wonderful job of proofreading them for me. He is a great friend and has the knowledge and expertise needed to see mistakes that others would miss. Since I have been sending the patterns to him for a final look, I have had no problems whatsoever.

With that being said, I am all caught up at this point. I will be watching to see when my domain name kicks in, but I have had a substantial amount of visitors from my friends on FB and hopefully things will be rolling soon. As soon as I am sure the domain name is good, I will send out notification to my customers and invite them to come and see. So far the reviews are good, but I hope that even my friends will let me know if there is something that can be improved on.

I really do love the new software too. After fearing the change as much as I did, I am thrilled that I made it. The new program is so much easier to work and so organized it will make the time spent working on the site minimal and leave more time for us to design and create. The company has been good too, and I am very pleased with their customer support. All in all, it is a very happy ending to a great chapter in my business. And it is only the beginning.

If you get a chance, take a looksie and let me know (honestly) what you think. I am open to suggestions and excited for everyone to see the new presentation.

It is certainly a great day for me! :)

-- 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 10-23-2010 01:05 PM


The new site looks GREAT! I don’t know if it’s the color scheme or a new layout, but it seems to be a lot more clear and easier to navigate than your previous one.

I think I’m going to “have a go” with one of your baskets – very cool.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 01:16 PM

Holy cow! You’ve been busy! I hadn’t realized how many items you had, nor the detail in some of the designs – some of them look as though they would need a laser to cut them.

By the way, the site looks good. I was momentarily confused by the blank window when I clicked the word next to a black arrow and saw nothing, then I scrolled down to the bottom of the page and saw the instruction to click the black arrow. Maybe you could link the word button to the arrow button (make it one) so that it will automatically open to the next level.

Keep up the good work. I enjoy reading your blogs, and may one day get interested in scroll sawing (I did some as a kid, in the Boy Scouts on one of those old “buzz box” scroll saws – too noisy, and it vibrated till my hands were numb)

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 01:22 PM

Thanks to you guys.

Doug – I am wondering about those instructions to tell you to click the arrow because on my screen they show right at the top under the heading of the blank page. The way the tree is linked up, it is impossible to put a link there. But I will look into it. I appreciate your telling me, as this is the kind of stuff that I need to know.

I really appreciate the feedback. :)


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

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#4 posted 10-23-2010 02:07 PM

Very impressive site! You are truely blessed with your God given talent. Your designs are outstanding and a notch above the rest. I wish you all the best in your sales. After seeing this I might have to take up scroll sawing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 10-23-2010 02:26 PM


I would agree that the category pages (such as wildlife plaques) need something other then the instruction on them. Can you link to the sub categories on that page?

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 02:35 PM

a wonderful day has arrived…so much hard work and its all paid off in the click of the mouse…so happy for you and as i search through the site i am impressed with its new design and features…its a dandy site…all your work available and now its sit back and watch the money roll in…lol…wish it was so simple….and i hope it does..i hope you see financial success for so much hard work….have a wonderful day and enjoy the happiness from today….grizz

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

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#7 posted 10-23-2010 03:17 PM

Great site Sheila. You’ll do well. Your work is very impressive. Keep on scrollin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 10-23-2010 03:52 PM

first congrat´s with lounching seems to be airborne very well from what I read in the comments
not even NASA cuold have done that with so few small isues still have to be corrected :-)

second : now you learned it ..LOL..either you put a sticker beside the news saying “coming soon”
or you better bee totely ready with everything when you post a new pattern

but using the coming soon can bee a good teaser way of lething people know you work for them
and something they can put in there wish list at home :-)

take care

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#9 posted 10-23-2010 04:03 PM

YOU NEW WEBSITE LOOKS FANATASTIC! It makes me want to go out and buy a scrollsaw! I love your holiday candleholders. Beautiful.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 10-23-2010 04:10 PM

Thank you to you all! So far so good!

As far as the window when you click on the parent category, the only way I can add anything in there would be to put another tree view. It is just the way things are set up. It would be redundant I think to do so with the tree view already on the side bar. There is no easy way to put the links in the box because those pages are indexed differently.

What I am going to do is make the print a bit larger so people can see it better.

Any I hope you ALL want to do scroll sawing!! :D That really makes me feel great when you say that!

And Dennis – Yes, I did learn. The patterns are all done and everything is ready. I already have a couple of orders go out! It is hard to believe that it is really working so well.

You guys and girls are great!


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

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#11 posted 10-23-2010 05:04 PM

You said honestly…. put some videos on it that will amaze more specially the functionalities.. I mean there will be a big difference if the candle light is blinking or changing hues while the tray is also changing color as it blends with the light.

I just realized how much it is worth for your effort and overtime. You have really made a website that is nearly speaks who you are. The effort is well rewarded. Excellent. Fast. Informative description and many other uplifting comments.

You need to celebrate and enjoy the upcoming responses of your clients.

God bless and cheers,

-- Bert

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#12 posted 10-23-2010 05:26 PM


Your new site looks great. I know you will find the upgrade / update was well worth all the effort.

Your designs are outstanding. I don’t have a scrollsaw and don’t know if I’d have the patience and skill necessary to do that caliber work but you sure make it tempting.

Good luck with your new site.

And remember…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#13 posted 10-23-2010 10:54 PM

Looks great. I too was surprised at how many patterns you have on there!! the only thing I could see to improve would be the drop down menus dropping when you click wildlife instead of a note to click the black arrow, but I doubt it is a deal killer except for the impatient who don’t take time to read the noter. Hope it works out for yoiu , All the best ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 10-23-2010 11:11 PM

Well, I think it is stupid that it is that way too but there is nothing that I can do about it because of the way the categories are set up. I am going to probably make the text bigger for the message, but that is about all I can do. I hope that people will be patient and figure it out. It was really the best way to divide everything up and streamline things.

Yep, I have almost 400 products there. It is funny when I see them all at once. We just finished the new catalog this afternoon and will be putting it up there tonight. It is 18 pages of stuff and it is odd for me to see it all in one book. Most of the things are pretty new too, although there are some things I have had that are standards.

Think how big it will be by next year ! . . . . .

:) Sheila

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

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#15 posted 10-24-2010 12:18 AM

Thats a great updated site you have there.
It seems so much nicer to look around, maybe because it is new.
Anyway, well done and now you can relax a bit as all the hard work has been done.
Your patterns, as always are great. Love some of your 2D frames and the idea of the eye glass holders.

-- Theresa,

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