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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #582: Winter Is Here!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 922 days ago 3826 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday winter arrived here in Nova Scotia with a vengeance! It arrived with a few flakes starting to fall in the early afternoon and within a couple of hours, the snow was blowing sideways and building up in drifts. It made me rather happy.

I am not quite sure why I like the cold and snow so much. I think it has to do with the coziness of curling up with the kitties all wrapped in a blanket. I have good memories of playing in the snow too, and of enjoying outdoor winter sports like ice skating and ‘snow football’ when growing up on the south side of Chicago. I love how things look too when there is freshly fallen snow – especially since I live in the country in such a beautiful place. The river and the woods are almost magical when they are blanketed with a layer of white snow, and I enjoy the cold crispness of the air when we take our walks on these winter nights.

We walked early yesterday, before the darkness set in. It was quite grey out even at 4pm and the snow was still coming down and blowing almost sideways. I dressed in layers and we chose to walk toward the wind on the way out so the wind would be at our back on the way home. That was a good choice.

The only thing that was cold on me was my face. I wore a scarf, but since this was a wet snow, it got damp very quickly and did little to protect my cheeks and nose from the biting air. We only went about a mile or so and decided to turn around a bit short of our usual distance, as we were not only walking toward the wind, but we were heading gently uphill too. Coming home was pleasant enough though and we weren’t at all cold. It was quiet and pretty out and it felt good to stretch and take a break for a while.

When we returned, I went back to working on the pattern packet for the new ornaments. It is all finished now and I have it ready go. I can post the ornaments on the site now and move onto the next project.

I am really proud of this pattern. It may sound silly, but I do like the way it is put together. As I said in my earlier entries, I want this pattern to be very detailed so even new scrollers will be able to make these. In making it such, I included 14 step-by-step photographs so that really show the process of building these ornaments. I wanted it to be a mini-lesson in itself. I hope that even the newest woodworker will be able to read it and go through the process and easily accomplish making these ornaments. To some who are more experienced it may seem redundant, but I feel that I would rather have too much information available than not enough. If someone is already familiar with the process, they always have the option of skipping over the instructions that they already know.

I have been debating on whether to send out another notice to my mailing list regarding this pattern being available. I am not really good at deciding how much contact with my customers is enough and how much is too much and considered ‘pestering’ them. Typically, we send out one or two newsletters per month. I think that is a good pace considering the number of new patterns we have to offer. But since I have just sent a newsletter out last weekend, I think it may be too soon to send another.

I do have other avenues of advertising that this is available and I think I may try that just to see what the response will be. Many of my regular customer do read my blog here and they will certainly be aware of what I am up to. But I also have some other places that I could post and let those who do not follow regularly that there are some new things.

Today I need to get going on the final part of the calendar series for Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I only have about a week to get that out and I need to design the last five months of it and also get the samples cut and mailed out to New Jersey. I will start drawing on those designs today and hopefully they won’t take me too long. I pretty much know what I am thinking about doing, so it should move rather quickly.

I also have more designs for Valentine’s day that I want to finish, as well as another catalog deadline that will be due at the end of the month. I haven’t been good about getting a quantity of designs in the wholesale catalogs, as what they are looking for now are mainly spring and summer patterns and I am still here working on Valentines. It seems like it is always a bit of a battle to keep up.

I suppose it is enough to keep me busy and out of trouble though. I truly enjoy everything that I do and hope that my business continues to grow in the way it has been this past year.

I wish you all a wonderful day today and hope that you are all staying warm and cozy.

Happy creating!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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ellen35

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#1 posted 922 days ago

Sheila,
What a lovely scene. Creativity, Mother Nature style!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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huntter2022

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#2 posted 922 days ago

Sheila , that is a lovely winter picture .

I figured it out why you like the cold and winter !!

NO pesty bugs biting you .

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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spunwood

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#3 posted 922 days ago

love the photo too…keep warm!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Bluepine38

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#4 posted 922 days ago

Glad you finally got some snow, winter is supposed to arrive again this weekend with snow and cold, and
will hopefully stay around long enough for me to get in a little cross country skiing before it disappears again.
My little snow plow has just been setting so far this winter, but maybe I will get a chance to use it this week.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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grizzman

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#5 posted 922 days ago

happy winter sheila and keith..so glad you got a good walk outside, what a lovely picture…enjoy the beauty…have a good day and let the saw dust fly…i am thinking perogies for tonight’s dinner…dont know if i spelled that right….were cold here…31..but no snow..we rarely get snow here….....grizz

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

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MrsN

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#6 posted 922 days ago

I really do like the winter weather. I hope you announce someplace when you post the heart ornaments! I can’t wait to order them!

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 922 days ago

Thank you all! I just need to let you know (I forgot to mention this morning) that the photograph here is not my own picture! It is really similar to what I have here in the woods, but I didn’t take it. I apologize for forgetting to say that in the blog this morning!

Katie – I will have it up there today sometime. I still don’t know whether to send another newsletter out. I will certainly announce it here and on Facebook. :)

I am glad you like them. I am going to make some up smaller as necklaces I think! I already got the smaller pearls to embed in them!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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MrsN

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#8 posted 922 days ago

I really like the idea of making them into jewelry, I am going shopping tonight to find some of the little pearls. I need some valentine jewelry.

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 922 days ago

I just bought some smaller glass pearls today that are shown as 2.5 mm. I am going to experiment and see how small I will go on the hearts so they look nice with them. I will let you know what I find to work best. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 922 days ago

I know one that is envying you right now
while she try to sleep upset with a green face …... lol

glad you got little snow and not like in the alpe´s mountain in Austria/Swiess/french/Italy

have a great weekend
Silke and Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 922 days ago

Hi, Dennis:
The snow was short-lived! You can tell Silke that it mostly melted today and all we had was cold RAIN! :( I hear that it may snow over the weekend, and I can only hope!

I wish you a wonderful weekend too. I hope you have some time off to have some fun and do some woodworking.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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