I can finally say that I am ‘finished’ with the Skating Pond Pattern. I spent all of yesterday completing the instructions and assembling the pattern packet. It came out to be 24 pages long and has 52 photographs included. It is by far the most ambitious project that I have made.
I decided not to include the individual stories for the characters, due to the size of the pattern already. I am really fighting with myself as to put them in or not. Part of me wishes to include them and another part of me want to allow those who create the set to make up their own stories and thoughts about each figure without my influence. I may make another pattern with the additional text just to see how it will be.
This pattern was the closest thing I have done to writing a book. It is quite involved and I am hopeful that everything is correct. Although I have proof read it several times, I also sent it to my friend who does the proofreading for my other patterns. He doesn’t paint and it will be good to have a non-painter look at it and read through it, as he will likely have questions or notice things that I may have missed. Having someone to do that for me has been a very valuable thing for me. It is so difficult checking your own work sometimes – especially after you have been looking at it for so long.
I went to the website of “Christmas 365” (the magazine that is publishing the project) and the only evidence I saw of the project was a flash picture of Dora and Edouard on the little bridge. I thought it was odd that they even used the bridge, because they never asked me for instructions on how to build it. I wonder if it will be a good fit in the magazine as I look at what the magazine offers. The publication doesn’t seem to be craft-orientated, as it seems more of a decorating magazine. This is only its fifth issue, as its first issue came out in November of last year. It is published quarterly and after only two or three issues it already changed hands and personnel and the entire style of the magazine changed. Only time will tell if the changes were for the better.
It will be interesting to see how my project will be presented. I was told that the figures would be placed in the margins over a couple of pages and not really shown as a complete, stand alone project. Initially I felt quite disappointed about that, but since then I have resolved myself that at least it is represented at all. Probably the most frustrating thing was that it has been on hold for almost a year now. I just wonder if being in that type of magazine will reach the type of audience that will want to make the set. It seems doubtful to me and I am going to try to market it on my own and see about putting it in the other magazines. It is such a long process and I just need to take things one step at a time.
Today I will be cutting out a set of the figures to see how long it will take me. I am actually going to stack cut them so I will be cutting three sets at once. I have a figure in mind as far as what I will be charging for the completed blank set to be painted and I just want to be sure before I post it anywhere. If the magazine is just now hitting the stands, I want to be sure on my price in case someone orders a set.
Then it will be time to get back to scroll saw patterns. I feel as if I have been away from that part of my job for a long time, even though it has only been a couple of weeks. I still have a couple more candle trays that I want to make available for Christmas which means I only have a short time to get them ready. Then I need to move on and work on things for the winter and spring. I also need to start preparing for the show in March. It will be here before I know it and I need to get organized so that I am not in a panic when the time comes around.
So much to do . . . .
I saw that Jordan posted the pictures of the final shoe projects that everyone participated in. I think that everyone did an incredible job. Not only is he an incredibly talented artist, but he is also a wonderful teacher and kind man to give so much of himself and share his talents with us all. I have a half-done shoe here that I do intend on finishing when the weather allows me to continue on. It is times like this when I really do miss having a full shop and a place to just make sawdust. I felt bad dropping out of the challenge, but I do know in my heart that I will finish it when it is a better time for me to do so. I am very thankful and grateful that the lessons will be there for me to follow, and I know that if I have any questions, Jordan will be too.
It will be good to get back to the scroll saw today. Besides the skaters, I also have a couple of simple things that I want to cut so that I can paint them for Christmas gifts. My evenings will be a bit empty with the skaters being finished, so I will fill them with painting gifts for the holidays. Christmas will be here before we know it.
So it is back to business for now and hopefully in the next several days I will have some new designs to show.
Have a wonderful Friday.
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"