My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #477: Things That Go Bump in the Night

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-30-2011 11:17 AM 1360 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday – as most days – were filled with fun and adventure. I would say too, but my definition and your definition of the word ‘excitement’ are probably a bit different and what I would consider exciting, probably would even register on your radar.

Yes, I live a life that is a bit unusual it seems.

I spent the better part of the morning picking around the new software on the site Once again my theory that change, no matter how uncomfortable it may seem at the time, is not always a bad thing. It only took me a few minutes longer than usual to post the blog up there on the site. I had to do a lot of trial and error and a lot of extra clicking to see what is what and what happens when I do this or that.

But after a while of this exploration, it all began to make sense to me. It wasn’t really that bad after all. Later on, when Keith was doing some updating of the site, he said the same thing. The improvements made to the software really did help improve working on the site. How cool is that?

Just goes to show that we need to keep an open mind on things like that. After all, I wouldn’t think that they would go to all the trouble of changing things to make it harder to navigate and get to work. Not even on this planet.

We spent the day working on our new fall catalog of our patterns. Well, Keith mostly did the work on that while I did some drawing on the new project I am working on. I did help with some things though, like adjusting prices and of course, giving my opinion (I am good at that!) Instead of re-designing the entire thing, we decided to add a couple of pages of ‘new’ items in the front of it. It is getting quite large and we are very proud of it. Considering that we are a two man show, it is full of a variety of different types of projects that covers many different scroll saw and woodworking techniques. Now the painting section is growing too. Seeing them all together in their glory makes us both proud. We are up to 20 pages now and it is a nice validation of how hard we work.

We are going to be updating the site again over the weekend. Even though the catalog is up there now, we have a few new patterns to announce and I want to give a new sale code for mailing list customers only. I like rewarding my loyal customers with an extra percentage off and I figured out how to add a coupon code on the site which will do so. Promotions like that are fun and I enjoy giving people who enjoy our stuff a little bit extra for their support.

Later in the day I talked to my daughter Dani. She had started college a couple of weeks ago and I was very happy to hear that she is enjoying it and putting so much effort into it. She told me that she is getting all ‘a’s’ and ‘b’s’ in her classes, and I am very proud of her. Dani just turned 21 at the beginning of the month and it seems that she is finally settling down and figuring out where she wants to be in her life. It does my heart good to see how well she is doing and I am extremely proud of her. I like that she checks in with me so often and it helps buffer the fact that she lives so far away. It is good to see her happy and on a good path. It helps alleviate the worry.

In the evening, I was able to finish up my little army of 24 ‘Boo Bunny’ ornaments. They are not my original design, but were created by Peggy Harris, a wonderful designer and teacher. I think they came out darling and I plan to attach magnets to the back of them for those that I am giving out. There are six different poses and I made four complete sets of all six:

(By the way – they are cut from Baltic birch and painted with acrylic paints)

I haven’t decided whether to put my set on the tree, or display it on the refrigerator as a set. My little tree is quite full now, as I hung the five bats on it, as well as the ornaments that I had brought back with me from Chicago. I know I need to post a picture of the tree in all its glory, and I promise to do so soon.

Now I am warmed up with painting and my next project is going to be one designed by me. Sometimes it is fun to paint others’ designs just to get me going, but I have some ideas of my own that I want to work on.

Finally, for today I plan on working on getting the next scroll saw class up. I want to thank all of you who were so patiently waiting for it and I will hopefully get it posted by tonight. There have just been other things that I needed to get done and I plan to focus most of the day today on the next lesson. It will be good to have it there for the weekend.

So that is it for today. It looks to be a full day and I can’t wait to see what it will bring. It is still too warm here for me and I as up early this morning because it felt so muggy out but hopefully those days are coming to an end. I can only hope.

Have a wonderful Friday. Be creative and have fun. (Or better yet- have fun being creative!)

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 06:27 PM

Trick or Treat!


Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 11:55 PM

nice set Sheila :-)
and display´d on the fridge is a good thing
thank´s for sharing them :-)
good to hear your new software is easy to play around with for you

have a great day yourself


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 10-01-2011 12:38 AM

Thank you both! They were really fun to paint. Sometime it is fun patterns that aren’t my own. It is nice not to have to think about it so much!

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 10-01-2011 08:02 PM

I really admire your artistic ability, although I paint a pretty mean “stick” rabbit.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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