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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #611: Wrapping Things Up

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-12-2012 11:34 AM 4901 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It snowed last night. Not quite the storm that they were predicting, but then again it never seems to be. I think that is how we become complacent and then when we are least expecting it we get hit. I can’t really tell how much yet because it is still dark out, but everything is white and I haven’t heard the scraping of the plows against the pavement yet. So I expect it isn’t too much. I am thinking that I would like to take a walk in the woods today. I haven’t done that yet this winter and it is both beautiful and refreshing. Most of our walks have been at night. While they hold their own enchantment (especially when the sky is filled with stars) we do stay on the road, as it is quite dark some nights and it is like walking through a tunnel. The other night, when the moon was full I was amazed at how light it was even at nearly 9pm. The moon lit everything up so brightly that it could have very well been dusk. It was truly beautiful.

The past couple of days have taken their toll on me and I find myself slightly behind in what I wanted to accomplish. I am not upset or discouraged though, as I feel that the slow time has been necessary and I am not going to apologize for it (even to myself!) Things happen, and if everything in life were neatly packaged, it would be quite boring and mundane. Highs and lows are necessary to feel the full breadth of living and I don’t want it any other way.

I did manage to finish both the ornament set and also the pendants from the shamrock patterns. I took the presentation pictures, too and they look pretty nice:

I also used my usual staining technique and stained the birch set different shades of green. This will look fun on my little tree and also add a variety of color.

I embedded little green crystal beads in both the natural maple ornaments and also in the pendants. I like that bit of glimmer that they give and I feel that it gives a polished and finished look to the pieces, which are otherwise quite simple. I may even brush some clear sparkles on the green ones. Whether people choose to include them or not will be entirely up to them, but I like to offer the option.

Keith teases me because I like to add sparkle to things. On Friday when we were heading to Digby, we were cleaning off his car and I noticed that my car sitting next to it had a thin, even layer of frost on it. It looked really beautiful over the bright red paint and somewhat resembled glitter. I jokingly said that I should paint the car with a clear coat of glitter paint and he just shook his head and rolled his eyes at me. (I love to push his buttons and get him going!) Of course I was only having fun with him, but it was worth it just to get his blood pressure up for a bit when I told him I was serious.

I plan on finishing up writing the packet for these ornaments today and hopefully I will be able to get the site update done before the day is over. Keith has completely redone our 20 page catalog over the past week and it will be nice to be able to offer that to our customers. It is a huge job and this time around he took all the pictures (hundreds of them!) and standardized them so that they are smaller files. Since some of the patterns are several years old, the formatting on the pictures was a mixed bag of resolutions and sizes and to be frank, some of them weren’t that good. He actually took every single picture in we have and optimized it and readjusted it to look its best and download quickly. It will be interesting to see the final size of the catalog, which at present is about 4mb. The important thing though is that the quality will not decline, and will in all probability be better than before. A win/win for us and our customers.

I look forward to wrapping things up today on these issues. It will feel good to start off the week with a clean slate. I have lots to do and new designs that I am thinking about and it will be good to have reached a finish point on many of these things that we are working on.

I hope you all have a good day today. Thank you again for your kind thoughts yesterday. It has been a somewhat difficult week for me, but knowing I have so many wonderful friends certainly makes things better. I am a very fortunate girl.

Take care and enjoy the day!

-- 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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patron

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 11:52 AM

awesome work
as usual sheila

the shades of green
really make it nice

glad you got your catalog ready too

now there will be time for your dream work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 11:59 AM

Hi, David! There is always something fun to dream about! Where do I begin?? :) Dreaming is good for the soul.

Sheila

Oh – and I forgot – Pendant Pictures! :)

They were made of various hard woods and about 1.5” in diameter. I hope you enjoy them!

-- 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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patron

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#3 posted 02-12-2012 12:11 PM

when do we get to see you
all dolled up
wearing these pendants

do we have to wait for christmas
and you standing next to the tree

maybe a voting from us then
for the best dressed lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-12-2012 12:12 PM

looking good Sheila :-)

early this morning when the temp. raised to just a few degrees celsius below zero
we got 1cm snow that made the roads nice and slippery …. :-)
now our garden looks as good as the neighbours … LOL

I don´t hope it turns abow zero …. need two more days with frost to compleet
the woodworm cure on the woodentools

later…. a costummer wants a cab
take care
Dennis

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 02-12-2012 12:25 PM

You know I am camera shy, David! I could have the cats model them for you, although they like to chew on the cords.

Dennis – I know your little lady there is probably hoping for more snow, but for your sake, I hope it holds off a couple of more days. Drive carefully and have a good day. :)

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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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 02-12-2012 01:05 PM

Sheila, you’re always as busy as a bee and you’re always so creative. These bows are beautiful and it sounds like ya’ll are going to be very busy this year since you now have a new revised catalog. I hope that you do have a wonderful year this year with your business. God bless.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 02-12-2012 01:20 PM

Shelia, you’re right that dreaming is good for the soul. One of my sayings is you’re doing O.K. as long as your dreams outnumber your regrets.

As usual, very nice work.

-- John from Horse Shoe

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Roger

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#8 posted 02-12-2012 01:52 PM

makes me feel like a Guinness. Happy St. Pats day early. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#9 posted 02-12-2012 02:19 PM

Have some GREEN Guinness, Roger! In Chicago where I grew up, they used to have green beer, parades and dye the Chicago River green! It was pretty murky to begin with, but it went from muddy green to Toxic Green! How festive! :)

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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Ken90712

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#10 posted 02-12-2012 04:20 PM

Great job as always! Alwys a fun Blog to read.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Will Mego

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#11 posted 02-12-2012 08:15 PM

We still do have the toxic looking green river and beer in Chicago. The river is actually getting fairly clean though.

I like the ornaments a lot, the uncolored versions inspire me to make shamrocks and such and set them into the sides of a bar or something.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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BritBoxmaker

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#12 posted 02-12-2012 08:56 PM

Surprise, surprise

Fractal ice patterns on my car, isn’t nature wonderful?

I just wish they could be there permanently, without the cold that is.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#13 posted 02-12-2012 09:05 PM

You have much cooler ice patterns in England than we do here in Nova Scotia!! It looks like etched glass! It was nice you had the presence of mind to photograph it. Very pretty! :)

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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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 02-12-2012 09:06 PM

Brit... Golly! For a minute there I thought you went into carving / etching glass! LOL

YES! Nature can really do a lot of beautiful things can’t it? Wonderful divine inspiration!

Sheila... Beautiful stuff… as usual… Very NICE!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#15 posted 02-12-2012 09:11 PM

Thanks, Joe (and everyone!) I am just finishing up the pattern now. Almost done!

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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