My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #177: Finished Gingerbread Candle Tray

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-27-2010 03:04 PM 5102 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finished the Gingerbread Candle Tray set yesterday. It was near-done for the past couple of days, but I finished cutting and staining the little charms and doing the photography on it. I think it came out OK. It isn’t one of my most intricate projects, but I found that a lot of people are interested in it and I think it will be a nice and quick project to get done in time for the holidays.

Here are the pictures of the finished holder:

From SLD337 Gingerbread Candle Tray and Charms

And the overview:

From SLD337 Gingerbread Candle Tray and Charms

The wood I used to make it was aspen. It has been several years since I worked with it and I had forgotten how much I liked it. When cutting wood on the scroll saw, you are very much aware of slight differences in the grain and density of different woods. I believe mores o than when you are using other power tools such as the band saw and table saw. Although extreme differences are noted on the larger tools, you tend to pick up each and every nuance of textures and hardness when you are working with the scroll saw. I feel it brings you very close to the wood and so much of cutting is “feel” and the ability to adjust from one hardness to another. For that reason you are very quick to learn the properties of the different species of wood when you work them on the saw.

The aspen is a very soft wood with a very tight and even grain. It almost feels like pine when cutting it, although since the grain has virtually no distinct pattern, it is much more stable. I find that for a design such as this, with few really thin parts, it does a fine job. I also liked the color. It is a great ‘go to’ wood when you need something really light. I knew when I designed this piece that I was going to use the DecoArt Staining medium on it and I wanted a light base so that the colors would be true. I wasn’t disappointed.

This pattern is one of the simpler one I have designed of late, but it seems that there is a lot of interest in it. I already have several inquiries from people that watched the two demonstration videos that I made and were looking for the pattern. That is a good sign. Since I do feel it is an easier pattern, I am offering three versions in the set. Not only did I draw the candle tray with the boy-girl-boy configuration, but it will also include an all boy version as well as an all girl one. This didn’t take too much additional time, but will give my customers some choices and I will still charge the same amount that I do for the other candle tray packets and hopefully they will feel that they are getting a good value. That is really important to me.

I still have a couple of additional trays that I am going to work on before the next site update sometime next week. I am also working on a couple of videos with basic painting and scrolling techniques too. I want at least a couple of them available for the update. I would like to get some basic painting ones up there to go with the pond set. I sold quite a few patterns of it already and I think if people had some basic instructions on the painting process, they will be willing to try it.

I hope you enjoy the new design. I think that everything doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated to be attractive. Doing a variety of difficulty levels is fun and will help me reach all levels of scrollers and hopefully entice some new people to give it a try.

I wish you all a day of fun and creativity!

-- 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 11-27-2010 06:36 PM

So intricate, uncluttered and fun. Nice one, Sheila.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 06:39 PM

Nice job Sheila thats fine work

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

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#3 posted 11-27-2010 06:40 PM

Your work is a pleasure to see Sheila… so beautiful and so well done… I’m always looking forward to the next one…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#4 posted 11-27-2010 07:15 PM

wow these are really cool…you have done a super job here…your a great scroll saw girl , thats for just do a fantastic job…i almost expect the bears to spring to life and start dancing around in the circle…....its a cool one here sheila…low 40’s…would have to get the shop stove going for sure…....dont know if ive got enough umphh in me today…....keep on doing your great thing here..grizz…p.s i know there gingerbread…but i still think of them as bears…so let me have my own fantasy here…lol..

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 11-27-2010 07:25 PM

Thanks you guys! I am glad that you also like the simpler designs.

@ Grizz – LOL – they are little Gingerbread boys and girls! I guess they look kind of like bears! I did do a pattern when I was just starting out using little gingerbread animals to make a basket. They were cats, bunnys and yes, bears! I dug up the picture to show you! That would make a cute tray too though!

Hope you like it !

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

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 07:59 PM

It’s extra special since you let us watch you do it via. video. Thanks Sheila.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#7 posted 11-27-2010 10:07 PM

Sheila, it does look like a project that could be attempted by a novice. Or is that not so?
I was given a scroll-saw many years ago. It has sat on the shelf since it arrived. Mmmmm!

The design on the egg basket is nice it reminds me of Pudsey the BBC bear


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 02:31 AM

I think this would be a good project for a beginner, Jamie. There are little squares around the edge of the tray for the checks and it would be good practice. The ginger-people aren’t too difficult either and there are no small or delicate pieces. It would be a nice piece to kind of start out, I think. :)


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

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 04:51 AM

Is that basket pattern on your site Shelia?

-- 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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#10 posted 11-28-2010 06:05 AM

its looking good Sheila so does the basket .-9
even thow I had said to you that you sometimes can make those realy tuff and dilicat thing
both for yourself and for those who wants to changeling them self you also seems to
know now that less can be more powerfull and a lot of people seems to like it that way
so know you have all three concepts in place , know go rock the stadium

take care

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#11 posted 11-29-2010 12:27 PM

Hi again! The basket pattern is one of the first patterns I designed in 1997 and I no longer have it on the site. Since then, I have learned much better ways to make these patterns. There were about a dozen different ‘character’ baskets that I designed like this, but as I said, I was just starting out and didn’t market them very well. I also used different software (CorelDraw) to make them and I don’t even have that on my computer anymore. The last version I used was Version 9 and I believe that there are several since. I don’t know if it will even open with that.

I have thought about updating these patterns if there is enough interest. Back then, it was difficult to do anything in color because printing was so expensive and I didn’t have the resources that I have now. They are kind of cut though and I reach a lot more people than I used to and if I see an interest I may give some of them a try.

I like doing simpler things once in a while. Although I always try to do my “best”, I realize that lots of people like projects that don’t take a week to do that they can do rather quickly and still be attractive. I am surprising myself and seeing that the simpler things are in demand sometimes more than the complex patterns. :)


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

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