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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #424: You Know It Don't Come Easy

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-07-2011 12:50 PM 1530 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 423: Another Lesson Up - Back to Drawing Part 424 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 425: Taking Time to be Perceptive »

The projects that I am working on right now require quite a bit of picking around on the computer. There is just no easy way to accomplish what I want to do. (Perhaps there is and I just fail to see how!)

I spent most of the day yesterday working on the line work for the next pattern. By 9:30 or so, I had just about enough. My eyes were sore from looking at the screen and I was really getting tired. The line work for the pattern was just about finished anyway. I still need to print it out and make sure that everything works well before I can assemble it into a packet. Hopefully that won’t take too long.

The more I do these though, the better I like the idea. The bottom line is that they look nice and I believe that is the most important part. One thing about drawing up patterns is that you only have to do it once. It isn’t like making something that you sell and have to make over and over again for everyone who wants one. To me, that would be redundant and not exciting in the least. I suppose that is how I am able to tackle each new design with a good amount of enthusiasm. Although sometimes they are similar, each one presents a new challenge. I rather chuckle to myself when I think that I had thought I would be able to make anywhere from two to three of these patterns per day. In reality, it takes a full day and then some to do one properly.

Besides finishing up on that pattern today, it is time to get ready to do another site update. It has been a couple of weeks and we have some new things that we want to add to it. I think I will add the three new designs that I have been working on here after all. Initially I had intended to have more of them under my belt, as I felt that perhaps other designers may jump in on the idea and I wanted to have a good base for my customers to choose from, but after seeing what is involved in creating them, I realize that they aren’t something that can be just dashed off in a few moments. Not if they are to be done right. They involve a bit more work than meets the eye. That is good for me. I am hoping that my customer will realize this too and rather than spend the time on doing this themselves, get the pattern from me and stick to scrolling. We’ll see . . .

In other news, the holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts is just now hitting the stand. (Yes! As we are all still sweltering in the summer’s heat!) Guess who has a large picture of her project on the cover?

Yes, that is my little ‘Rocking Reindeer’ front and center! I am always proud when I get any portion of the cover. Especially on this issue, which is one of the best selling issues of the year. It seems like such a long, long time ago when I created those little guys, and my other pull toy animals for that matter.

The polar bear pull toy is still in transit for publication as I write. Besides the reindeer, he is my favorite.

I heard from Jeannie last night that the show in Wisconsin did well. I didn’t get to speak with her, and I probably won’t be able to until she returns home, but from what I heard from her and others on Facebook and through messages, it was a nice show and very successful. She told me that there were a lot of people looking for my pull toy patterns and unfortunately I had not sent her any to sell. She had offered to sell patterns that were left from the show in March when we were there with her and I didn’t really want to burden her down with sending her additional stuff. She did give out catalogs though, and hopefully those customers who were asking will find their way to us. It is great to have good friends who do stuff like that for you and Jeannie is one of the best.

So that just about does it for today. It is very busy for me in so many directions. I still need to make my own holiday projects for the site and even though it is only August, I had better get to it. Before you know it, it will be snowing and too late to make Christmas stuff.

Always thinking ahead . . .

Have a great Sunday.

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



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Maveric777

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 02:29 PM

Good stuff Sheila. I bet it has to be a great feeling to see your ideas and or work on a magazine like that. Hope you have a great day…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 02:32 PM

Thanks, Dan. I never get over the great feeling I get when my project makes the cover. It is definitely a nice perk! I hope you have a good day too. :)

Sheila

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

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Rick13403

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#3 posted 08-07-2011 04:48 PM

Good morning Sheila,
I got my copy yesterday And found quite a few projects that I would like to do! Especially the rocking horse!! I also picked a couple of Keith’s to compliment the ornaments from you. So much to do, so little time. My day job takes up WAY too much of my time.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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#4 posted 08-07-2011 05:26 PM

What program do you use to make your patterns?
I got my book yesterday tooo!!!!!!!!!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 08-07-2011 05:27 PM

Hi, Mytoya! Hope you are doing well. ;)

I use Adobe Illustrator for drawing and all Adobe products for creating the packet.

Sheila

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

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#6 posted 08-07-2011 09:03 PM

I’m going to have to subscribe to that mag, Sheila!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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