My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #522: Thank You All So Much

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-14-2011 01:33 PM 4206 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While I am always grateful for the life I have and the people in it, there are some days when it seems quite overwhelming to me. I have wonderful kids, friends and people in my life who make every day good (they even make the not so good ones better) I have a job that I love which allows me to be creative and meet other creative people and share that joy with them. I live in a quiet, beautiful and peaceful place, yet I am still able to ‘visit’ and communicate with people all over the world, who not only inspire me, but also become good friends. I am a very lucky girl.

For those of you who read often, you know that sometimes I get all warm and fuzzy like this. I don’t always know what brings it on, but every once in a while I just take a step back and look in awe at my life and I feel so grateful that I have to say it.

Yesterday I posted my new patterns up on my site and at the various places that I have on the web here (Picasa Web Albums, Facebook, Scrollsaw Workshop, etc.) While I do this often, it is rare that I post to everything at once. Usually it is just here or there, but I was particularly proud of this project and I thought I would spend the time and do so. I also put out a newsletter to my subscribers announcing that the patterns were now available.

The response that I received was overwhelming. In all the time that I have been doing this, I have never received such a reaction to a mailing. Maybe it was the timing. Maybe the product. Maybe just a little bit of both. It was like all the planets and stars and sun were aligned properly and things just worked out.

I planned on doing some drawing for the rest of the day, but I am happy to say that I spent the afternoon and evening filling orders and answering emails and corresponding with my customers. It was great.

I really love my customers. I enjoy when they share their pictures and ideas and thoughts with me. It’s a part of the business that I don’t ever want to change. When I receive an order from my site, I am the one that sends it out. I know that many sites have the ability to be fully automated, and I do believe that my site is the same. If I wanted to change things, I could set it up where my patterns are uploaded as downloadable files (like I do for the free pattern) and the customers would be able to self-serve without me being involved at all. But I really don’t want to do that. To me, that somewhat de-personalizes (is that a word?) things and to me it would take away part of what I like about it.

I know that as I grow I need to figure out ways to do things more efficiently, and I think that in many aspects I am doing just that. But for now at least, I like that I personally fill each order and have direct contact with every customer that I have. I want to hold on to that as long as I can.

Yesterday as I was filling an order, I recognized a customer who has purchased some of my patterns before. As usual, I put a little personal greeting in when I sent her order. A little while later, I received a nice message back from her, including some pictures of what she has done with my patterns. I was thrilled that she had such fun with them and it made me feel good to see that she not only enjoyed them, but had several orders for the finished projects. This is one of my favorite parts of designing.

Here are the pictures Carol sent me:

The first picture is a variety of my embellished ornament designs where she embedded different beads and stones into the pieces. I think they look great!

The second picture shows how Carol scrolled names into the tops of the little sled ornaments that I designed to personalize them for people. She said she has many ordered.

I really appreciate when people share things like this with me. Sometimes they seem to be timid about it and say they hope I won’t be insulted because they changed the design. Nothing could be further from how I feel. I always am very flattered that someone would take the time to modify my designs to suit their own needs. Many times, seeing the different ways that they utilize the patterns also sparks some new ideas in me for future designs. It is all good.

So with that said, I just want to say ‘thank you’ again to everyone for all your support and friendship. Whether you are family or friends or customers or a little of each, I truly appreciate your comments and feedback and ideas. You just make me want to do even better!

Have a great Monday!

-- 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 11-14-2011 02:30 PM

Those are very nice, Sheila. I especially like the sleighs with personalized names on them. An entire tree of those would look so neat. You could have one (or two or three) of each with each family member’s name on it. To mix it up, one could use different wood species scattered all over the tree. Even without a large family, one could make some without he names.
Very good idea.


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#2 posted 11-14-2011 03:55 PM

yep…your a great hands on site owner, you want to be involved with the whole process , making sure they get exactly what they want the way they want it, very personalized …your terrific about that, i just love seeing the two pictures, seeing your patterns made by someone else and the little changes they make to help it be more personalized for them is way cool, it makes me feel all christmas e…....dont know how to spell that one…lol… here it is a bright and beautiful monday…have a great day…grizz

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

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 05:10 PM

thankĀ“s for sharing the pictures with us :-)
have a great day over there both of you :-)

take care

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 11:06 PM

Hi Sheila, you have every right to feel proud of your product and your site. I have followed you from Toys in the Attic to Sheila Landry Designs and I think this is your best work ever. Not that I had any complaints about the earlier patterns. I can see how you have grown in your designing skills over the years. Keep up the good work and the rest will take care of it self.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 12:56 AM

Sheila, Congratulations again… including those self framed ones you have recently done. It is only the beginning and is never ending. Keep it up! The original will always be the origin. Yours will always be the design as the beginning and others just make out from it. Go for more beginnings because the past are just history…
God bless.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 01:53 AM

You guys are the BEST! It was another busy day again today and it was so nice to see the comments you left me here. I really like this forum and the people that I have met here. I think we have a good group. We all support each other and inspire each other too. I am very happy that visiting here with you all has become part of my daily life. Have a great night everyone. :)


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

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