My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #661: And Now . . . Writing

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-04-2012 11:19 AM 3147 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After all the production work over the weekend, it was good to take a break from the saw. Seeing the two projects getting finished up on Monday was a good feeling too. I really makes me feel like I am heading in the right direction.

But I am not one to sit on my accomplishments, and I know that there is still a lot of work to be done. I spent the day yesterday at the computer, writing the instructions for the seashell tray and also the calendar topper that is going to be put on the site with the next update.

The Seashell Candle Tray pattern was pretty much routine. I had much of it done already, but I still needed to add in the pictures as well as the painting instructions. It is pretty straight forward, and didn’t take me too long to complete it. I was actually able to cross it off of my list by lunch time.

The calendar project was a bit more involved. Some of you may have remembered that I did the calendar topper for the magazine and it was presented in three parts. The first part being the topper itself and the overlays for the months of January and February. The second part included March through July and the final part covered August through December. Merging these instructions together so that they all make sense and were easy to follow was a bit of a challenge.

I pretty much got through it, although it took me most of the day. In the end, however, I really don’t like my photos that I have of the calendar at all. While the first two are ‘acceptable’, they certainly aren’t my best photography. But by the time that I figured that out, it was already after 8pm and too dark to start re-taking them.

I also have the problem that I had dropped the box of the overlays for January and February and I had to send the only pieces I had for the magazine to publish. Usually on a project such as this, I would have made two sets and I did so on the subsequent pieces, but I am still ‘short’ a piece or two from February, so I need to use the photographs that I took before they went out the door last September. Fortunately, those pictures are the best of the bunch and if I have to re-take the rest of them, I do have everything I need.

So I need to finish that up today, as well as work on the new free design that I am putting up on the site. That should certainly fill the day.

I wanted to share a photo that I received from a customer (Dennie York) of what she did with my Easter candle tray pattern. She took the individual characters from the tray and made them into ornaments and also embellished them with beads and stones. I think they look amazing!

As I look at them, I must admit to you all that my little all season tree is looking quite naked right now. With all that was going on, I didn’t get anything up on it for Easter. I had it done up for St. Patrick’s day, and the three week interval just wasn’t long enough for me to worry about doing anything for the Easter holiday. Perhaps I will make a set of these for next year. I had asked Dennie and she said it would be fine to use her idea and make up a pattern packet of ornaments. It is definitely on my “to do” list for next year.

Today I will be finishing up the calendar packet as well as working on the new design. I got word yesterday that all my witch’s hats and boots and pumpkins were received at the Artist’s Club and good to go for the photography session for the catalog. I was really starting to worry because the package dropped off the tracking on the site for several days and it took much longer than I had anticipated for it to arrive. While I thought that I had plenty of time, it seems they came in right under the wire for the deadline, as the photography session is tomorrow and Friday. That would have been tragic if it would have missed. I don’t even want to think about it.

It makes me want to get busy again and finish up cutting the kits and make sure I get them into the mail quite early. I want to be absolutely sure that they are there and waiting when the catalog is mailed. I had better get busy with finishing them up right after the site update.

So that is all today. Just a lot of writing and pulling the loose ends together. Not a bad way to spend the day, I think.

Hope you all have a good one too. :)

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

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