My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #243: Wrapping These Projects Up

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-01-2011 01:44 PM 5287 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Staining and photographing the new candle trays took most of the day. I didn’t finish until evening and felt a great deal of relief having that part of the job under my belt. Although there still is the job of writing the instructions and updating the web site, it seems that seeing the project finished was a huge relief. I sent the photographs off to the wholesaler and felt a huge weight lifted from me. With me doing Christmas gifts for most of the month of December, it seemed that I had little to offer for the new catalog. At lest now I was able to give six candle trays, which was far better than the two I had ready just over a week ago. I suppose I need to be pushed every now and then, or I wind up being caught in the day to day aspects of the business.

Following are pictures of the finished stained trays:

The Bunny and Egg tray:

From SLD343 Easter Bunny and Eggs Candle Tray

I was concerned because the wood turned out to be much darker that the colors would look muddy, but I applied two coats and they looked really nice and bright.

From SLD343 Easter Bunny and Eggs Candle Tray

The Trellis and Rose Tray:

From SLD344 Trellis and Rose Candle Tray

I really like the colors that the roses and leave came out. I think that the staining adds a lot to this project. I could see making the roses white for a wedding or even peach or yellow for everyday.

From SLD344 Trellis and Rose Candle Tray

And the finished stained rose tray:

From SLD344 Trellis and Rose Candle Tray

And finally, the Lily Pond and Frog Tray:

From SLD346 Lily Pad and Frog Candle Tray

Since the natural wood colors are so similar to the stains, there really isn’t a lot of difference in the appearance at all.

From SLD346 Lily Pad and Frog Candle Tray

I think the stains are wonderful however, for those who don’t have access to the many different hard woods used in the original pieces. It is one thing for me to have the different species, but many people aren’t able to find such wood and the cost of getting them and having them planed down to size for such small pieces may be prohibitive. The stains are a great alternative, I think.

From SLD346 Lily Pad and Frog Candle Tray

I have had several requests to show how I use these gel stains when I do my class in New York. I think that is a wonderful idea and I am going to include a demonstration in the lecture. It is a simple process and far easier than people seem to think it is, and very cost effective. This week is the big craft HIA show in California, but I will be contacting DecoArt next week to see if I can obtain some samples to use for the demonstration and perhaps give out at the show. I think that once people try this method, they will find it is a great alternative to using expensive hard wood for these small details.

Today I am going to take the day off and get out for a bit. I don’t really have to get out, but I just want to. I am heading to Yarmouth for a couple of hours and a nice lunch out and I think it will do me good. We are expecting another storm tomorrow with almost a foot of snow (so they say) so I want to get some shopping done and prepare to stay in the rest of the week for the duration.

Now that this is done, all I need to do is write the instructions for the trays and get the new stuff on the site. My partner already has worked to get some of the items up there and started the next update. I should have it completed by the end of the week.

I also am going to put the show on the front burner for the next several weeks. The preparation for that will be my main focus and I want to be sure that everything will be ready to go. I am more and more excited about it and as the time gets closer, I want to feel comfortable in my presentation. I have a lot of information to offer, and I want to do it in an organized way so that people will be able to digest it. It will be a fun project and I am sure that I will be asking some advice along the way.

I hope you all have a good day today. May you all be happy and productive.

-- 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 02-01-2011 03:19 PM

sheila those are just amazing…such great design and what a great project for those who do this…im always impressed with what you come out with and as the project as a whole..the cutting and the painting and staining, it all comes together very nicely ….have a great day…grizz

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

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 03:31 PM

hello Sheila :-)
I just new it , the trellis tray simply just look great
if you will forgive a little joke with some thruth in it
if posted on Gardentenders you will have a hole new fangruop
they wuold simply love it , so they proppebly wuold order there
husbands out and empty the country for scrollsaws ….LOL

back to serius : I´m sure this tray is a potentiel bestseller since
it will be a great gift for scrollers to people that like gardens

if you go to town and prepare for a little blitz then don´t
forget something for the sweet tooth …lol

it sounds like you have a pretty good idea of how to deal
with the time on your little teaching session in the weekend
the few times inmy life I had the experience to do it
one time I cuold only fill the half time and in the other
we only got thrugh the half of it ….I´m glad I don´t have
to make a living by teaching

I´m looking forward to hear how it goes both before and after

have a great day yourself and enjoy the dinner :-)


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 02:28 AM

Thanks to both of you! Thank you for the nice comments.

I had a great day and made it back just as it was starting to snow. You would think that it was the end of the world because everyone was stocking up to get ready for the storm.

We have all our supplies and I heard from the wholesaler and everything is good! I can spend the next day or so writing instructions and getting my schedule ready for March. Fun days ahead! :)

I have food and a warm place and am all caught up – good feeling. Now I can catch up on mail and get some stuff done.

It will be a good week for sure! :) 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 03:02 PM

Hi Sheila;

These designs are beautiful!!!

You really are perfectly suited for what you are doing. I wonder how many people are fortunate enough to have found their passion, and are able to make a living doing it.

You are truly blessed.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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