My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #663: And Yet Another Idea . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-06-2012 10:59 AM 1387 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a full day of working yesterday, I am still finishing up the site update. Sometimes I think that my own ideas are the things that slow me down the most.

Just when I think I am getting caught up, it seems that I have another idea and then I try to get it finished and include it in the current deadline. If I don’t, I start to feel that I am not trying my hardest and I get disappointed with myself. So I push.

I used to do the same thing when I participated in neighborhood craft sales and teddy bear shows. It would always seem that the week before these shows were when I would have some of my best ideas. I would then struggle to do everything that I could before the deadline would arrive, and as a result I would feel quite apprehensive. I have felt this the last couple of days and it just goes to show me that I need to relax and do what I have and let things be.

The ‘brain child’ of these past couple of days has been a set of little sea life dishes, much like the kitty dish that I showed yesterday. I love these little dishes. They are fun to make and can hold anything from candy to small soap to spare change. They require little time and effort so the results come quickly and there is a great deal of satisfaction and accomplishment in making them. I had originally designed the bunny dish (my first one) just before I joined here at Lumberjocks about two years ago. Initially, I was going to make an entire line of them, but as usual there were other projects that sidetracked me and I never really got around to doing them. (There are so many undeveloped ideas in my head that I don’t think that I will ever get them ALL out!)

In any case, when I finished up the seashell candle tray last week, I thought it would be nice to make a couple of these little dishes to match the tray. That way they would make a cool looking little set for a seaside cottage or a bathroom. I started to think with a “Just do it!” mentality and got it in my head to get going on these dishes. If only there weren’t more hours in the day!

But they are done for the most part. I am (once again) finishing up the pattern packet today. It was quite overcast yesterday and I was too lazy to change the light bulbs to photography light bulbs and the pictures came out extremely yellow. I did what I could in Photoshop and the pictures are good enough for here, but I need to retake them today and finish assembling the (LAST!) pattern packet for this update. Here is what I have now:

They are done again in ash, which I love working with. I filled them with cotton balls and little squares of colored glycerin soap. Finding the soap was another ‘adventure’ (more like a scavenger hunt!) After looking at several places around here for those little guest soaps, I finally got the idea to buy bars of glycerin soap and cut it on the scroll saw into small squares for the picture. I think it looks cool (kind of like Jell-o though!) and was very inexpensive.

I also decided to add some color to these figures, although I don’t know how much you can tell with this picture. The sea horse is a beautiful new golden yellow from DecoArt called Butterscotch and the scallop shell is another new color called Coral Blush. With all the yellow overtones of the picture, it is hard to see the true color. When I take them again, I will post the pictures in my gallery.

I planned on doing some production cutting today. The boots are next in line and waiting. But that will have to wait another day. I am going to finish up this pattern and get that website updated first and get my newsletter out. I am partially through the instructions and they shouldn’t take very long. The update should be ready to go live today.

Being busy is good, but sometimes overwhelming. As always, I try to look at the glass as half full and I am grateful for having so many ideas and things to do. I only need to learn not to feel so overwhelmed when my brain works faster than my hands at making new things. I wish I never had to sleep.

Today looks beautiful and sunny out. It will be a good day with lots of natural light and I will be able to get some nice pictures I think. Keith helped me with the calendar pictures the other day and they came out wonderful (you will be able to see the new ones on the site after the update) I am very lucky to have a partner who not only has the ability, but is willing to help me when I get overwhelmed like this (AND may I add – do a better job that I did originally!) He understands more about the photography stuff than I do, as you can see by his pen photos. I am very fortunate.

I wish you all a good day today.

-- 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 04-06-2012 11:38 AM

you are on to a good thing here sheila

these ‘bowls’ are very nice

just keep thse two in the bathroom

i would think candy
if they were on the coffee table
were i fortunate to come for a visit

i’d hate to spit soap on you floor

-- 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 04-06-2012 11:42 AM

Yes, David – the soap looks pretty appetizing, doesn’t it?? When I used to get my mouth washed out with soap as a kid, they didn’t use such nice ones. They used Naptha. If I were really ambitious (and had more time) I could scroll some shell shaped ones, or starfish. That would be cool! ;)


-- 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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#3 posted 04-06-2012 02:14 PM

Hi Sheila,

You reminded me of having my mouth washed out with soap once, when I was a kid…now days that would probaby be considered child abuse.

It sounds as though it happened to you fairly often…were you a bad child?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 04-06-2012 02:21 PM

Of course it would, Lee! How many of us ‘older’ people could relate to the scene in “A Christmas Story” where Ralphie sat there with the soap in his mouth?

For me and my friends this was a way of life. I bet 90 per cent of the parents of the 50’s would be considered “abusive” by today’s standards.

But heck, I didn’t swear unless I wanted to taste that crummy brown naptha soap! It didn’t take much for me to learn.

Ahh . . . childhood memories! ;)


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

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#5 posted 04-07-2012 01:56 AM

I don’t know anything about scrollsawing but I LOVE the pic of the Easter cat!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 04-07-2012 11:20 AM

Why thank you! I found several fun cats for Easter and I enjoy sharing my silly pictures in between project. I am glad you like them 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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#7 posted 04-07-2012 05:10 PM

Yes… and when you felt a switch or hand on your butt when you really did something bad did a job that you would NOT soon forget… (I can’t imagine you knowing that, though)...

“Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child” has no meaning today… and it is STILL needed badly!

... as the world turns …

Happy Easter / Passover…

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

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