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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #159: The Skating Pond Scene is Finished

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1352 days ago 2978 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is with mixed feelings that I see this project come to a finish. Although I am very happy to see it done, it will feel as if there is something missing from my eveings. My favorite time to work on it was after dinner when everything else was done and I just wanted to put an additional hour or so into painting. I really enjoyed painting these figures, and I think by doing so in this manner gave each one the attention they deserved. It is wonderful to look at the pieces and to have documented the creation of the set, as it is going to make it very easy to share the process with others and hopefully they will want to take the time to create one for themselves. I am happy that I was able to share the process with you all too, as it really helped me map out things such as building the bridge and explaining how to make the stands. These will be very helpful when I am putting the final instructions together in the next few days.

I still need to update and finish the blog with the individual character stories. They are all there in my mind, and only need to be written and presented. I have debated on whether I would include them with the packet and I am leaning toward doing so. I think it will make the project more personal and fun for people and they can always change the characters any way they wish to suit their own needs. I have come to look upon the characters like a little skating family and each time I look at the completed scene, it is like reading a story. I hope it does the same for everyone else.

So without further delay, I present the finished skating pond scene:

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

Mr. Snowman happily watching Jacqueline and Anna.

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

There’s Carilynn with her son Stephen following behind.

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

There’s Joseph and Helen skating side by side. And our favorite shopper Danielle home from another shopping trip with her presents.

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

Did Edouard fall again? Dora is always there to help him up. And Henri has another message to deliver. I hope he stays out of the way of Sophie and Claude in their sleigh!

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

The beautiful Sonja is still practicing her spin. She can’t help but catch Phillipe’s eye while he is bulding a friend for Mr. Snowman. He doesn’t even see that Scott is up to mischief again.

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

And Eric is late for supper again. But he does have a beautiful tree, doesn’t he?

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

I hope you all enjoyed seeing how I created this scene. I used a 1/8” birch plywood board and then metallic and pearlized paint for the ice. I then used some thin batting for the snow. I supposed I could have used Sno-tex, but I fell that over time it would deteriorate and it would also be uneven and you wouldn’t be able to place the figures on the bordering snow. The batting can be replaced if necessary quite easily and fit to any place you choose to put the scene. I think it looks just fine.

Today I am going to be at Bernie’s and doing some dressing of the new wood so I can bring it here and be ready for making new projects. I still have several candle trays that I want to make and other projects that need to be worked on. And then there is all the items I want to make for Christmas . . . .

The list is long and always growing, but the important thing is that I am having fun and love creating. It is a wonderful place to be in my life and I am very happy to be here. Thanks to you all for your encouragement and suggestions.

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

I hope you all have an incredible Tuesday!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1352 days ago

I will, hope you do too :-))

That is truly a work of art. When does it go on sale? What will the patterns cost? Shortly as I recall. People will have to hustle to get them done to decorate with them this year :-))

-- "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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#2 posted 1352 days ago

Hi, TS!

I need to wait until the magazine (Christmas 365) publishes the pieces they want before I can sell the pattern. The issue it is in is due out very soon and they have first rights on it. I had sent it in to them in February and I was not thrilled that they sat on it all year long. However, they were going through some major personnel changes and things were reorganizing so apparently it got lost in the cracks for a while. When I told them a few months ago that I was going to take it back they really wanted it and got it into the next issue, which is now.

My own pattern to sell it will go for $14.95. It will include individual photographs for each of the characters, as well as several for building the bridge and also making the stands. It will actually be like a small booklet. I will also offer the pieces for the set pre-cut. I am thinking that the price for them would be around $59.00 There are 25 pieces including the bridge.

I more or less resolved myself that this would be something that people would want to do for next year and subsequent years. When the magazine held it so long and it wasn’t out in September, I knew I missed the cut for this season unless someone is quite ambitious. It isn’t the type of project you can crank out in an evening or two, although I am sure someone out there will prove me wrong. I think that something such as this will sell no matter what time of year it will be. I hope so anyway! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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BigTiny

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#3 posted 1352 days ago

Hi Sheila.

Beautiful job. In the instructions for painting, I hope you show both sides. It would be a shame to leave them two dimensional.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 1352 days ago

Hi, Paul:
The figures are painted both sides, but they are exactly the same. There isn’t a ‘front’ and a ‘back’ side, but rather two front sides. That way if they are placed in a window or whatever, both sides would look complete. i would imagine that you can do back sides for the few figures that need it, but most are side views and look proper this way anyway.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 1352 days ago

A splendid scene, Sheila, so dynamic. The pieces and the overall effect are beautiful. You should do very well from the patterns for this one.

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

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#6 posted 1352 days ago

Wow Sheila,
That is really nice work and creativity.
Painting them must have taken awhile.

-- Doug...

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#7 posted 1352 days ago

yaahuuu what we have been waiting excided for so long , the reveal of the hole scene :-)
congrat´s Sheila it looks very nice from here
it has been a pleassure to follow your big work on this , once more time it has been proofed
that beautyfull things take the time it needs and can´t be hasle thrugh

thank´s for sharing it with us

Dennis

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#8 posted 1352 days ago

Sheila, I think that scene is really beautiful. It’s so colorful and full of life. I think that it would look good in the center of a table at a holiday meal. You are so creative and also have other talents as well. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 1351 days ago

Beautifully designed bet you get a lot of interest in this one

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Rick13403

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#10 posted 1351 days ago

Congrats on another excellent design. I can’t wait to see it in the magazine. Can’t wait to see what is next.
Thanks for sharing your work with us.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 1351 days ago

That looks like someting I might try for peaceful migraine periods. I do some practice cuts and see if I can maintain any kind of accuracy?? That might be a big problem. Low physical activity helps at those time which are too often :-)) Gotta laugh, because it is a waste of water to cry :-)

How many paterns will you expect to sell in the next year?

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

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#12 posted 1351 days ago

This is beautiful, how big is it? I mean the whole set up. I still think that someone will find a way to put it on a track and have the pieces all skating and moving around, I really think that would be absolutely awesome to do.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 1351 days ago

Hi, everyone:
Thank you so much for the kind remarks. I am glad you all like it. As you know it is a project close to my heart.

I don’t know how many will want to take the time to make it, so I am not sure at all how many patterns and/or sets will sell. I don’t always think like everyone else so it is difficult for me to even guess. This is a project that I did for myself first and if it sells well, it will be a bonus. I will certainly keep you updated.

Erwin – the skating pond board measures 16” x 20” and the figures about 3” each.

I just returned home not too long ago and it was nice to come in and see the positive feedback. Thank you all again! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 1351 days ago

I can’t imagine you getting much negtive feedback :-))

How do you decide how many to print or they electric files?

-- "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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#15 posted 1351 days ago

I print everything myself. I have a good printer and have had a great deal of success with using a continuous ink flow system, which is where there are little vials that sit outside the printer and feed into it instead of purchasing individual cartridges. I have been using it for over a year now and it is far cheaper than any other means of printing and the quality is perfect.

Mostly though, what is ordered from me is done so electronically. All of my patterns are available in PDF format and about 95 percent of my customers order the patterns this way. My wholesalers also do their own printing so I don’t have to print ahead. It helps a lot with not having too much stock and the risk is lowered. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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