My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #782: "A" Is For "Almost Done"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-07-2012 10:40 AM 4435 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had hoped to have the two pattern packets done today and ready to put up on the site today (the snowmen pattern for both scroll sawing and painting) but there was a lot going on and I had another idea and it rather slowed me down.

It’s times like this when I am glad I am on a flexible schedule. And while I don’t think these ideas are bad (quite the contrary!) they do tend to throw things out of kilter just a bit. Good thing I am the ‘boss’ and have the ability to make my own decisions about stuff like this.

What happened was I was going along there and preparing the elements of the patterns for the snowmen. Since I kind of designed both the scrolled version and the painted version kind of together, my design files and photographs were kind of mish-moshed together. The line work on the two sets is almost identical, except for the added ‘stops’ that would keep the pieces together when cutting the detail lines in with the scroll saw. So there really wasn’t that much left to do in that department besides the final adjustments I make to the lines after actually cutting the pieces – strengthening certain areas as needed.

As I was working on the lettering, I had an idea. That is sometimes dangerous, but in this case, I thought of something that would make the pattern much better. Why not include the entire alphabet? It was a simple concept, but something that would really add to the value of the pattern, I though. Having all the letters included would instantly expand the possibilities of the pattern in both the painted and scroll sawn versions. Now, instead of spelling out just “winter”, customers could use the snowmen for garlands (“Let It Snow!”), wreaths with the family name or perhaps “Welcome” spelled out by the snowmen, or just about anything they could think of. Including all the lettering would make the project even more cool and fun for everyone.

But including the entire alphabet meant that I would need to work on the other 20 letters and a couple of symbols to make them ‘scrollable’ and work when cutting. I spent most of the afternoon doing that and finished just around dinner time. And now I need to continue to write the actual instructions and text and assemble the packets. So I am a day behind what I anticipated, but I think it is well worth it. The extra time will make a nice pattern even nicer.

Sometimes things like that just happen. Ideas come to me as I am working on something and I need to take a bit more time and change up my schedule a bit. But especially when it is for the better of the pattern, I don’t mind doing that at all.

I also talked with several customers yesterday through emails and on the phone. So many people send me ideas for designing that I just can’t keep up. In addition to my own ideas, I have lots of great ideas that are offered to me and I really and truly do try to implement them as quickly as I can. I try not to feel overwhelmed with things and I realize that I can only do one thing at a time. I appreciate that everyone is pretty patient and I hope that they understand if I can’t get to the ideas right off. I have to follow my own heart too.

When I awoke this morning, it was the first time in a while that it was almost completely dark outside. It was yet another clear reminder that before long, autumn will be here and the days will be much shorter. I am sorry to say that once again, my little “all season tree” is standing in the corner quite neglected. While it has its white lights on, it is quite naked otherwise. I had intended to adorn it with some summer ornaments and trinkets to give it personality through the summer season, but time once again got away from me.

I think about it more so now because it is on those dark mornings when I first awake that I admire it most. While dawn was just breaking when I began my day and soon after I awoke it was light, I know the days are coming when I will have a couple of hours of darkness in the early part of my day and will want it lit. I think that is when I give it the most attention.

So I will end here for today, as I am about an hour ahead of my normal time and I have several emails that I need to attend. I also have printing to do from the weekend orders, as the post office was closed yesterday and there are several orders that need to be shipped today. It will be a busy day.

I hope you all enjoy your day and do something you love.

-- 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 08-07-2012 11:11 AM

This is why I love your patterns! You always think of awesome extras to make patterns even more valuable and special. All of your extra thought and work truly does show up in the quality of the patterns that you make. The snowmen are so cute, and I love the idea of making a wreath with my last name or welcome. Now the hard part will be deciding if I should scroll it or paint it…I’ll have to do both and hang one at school.

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 11:22 AM

Thanks, Katie! I go through the same thing when designing – should I scroll or paint – or BOTH! I have many new followers that are painters because of the success of the patterns at Artist’s Club and I want to keep providing them with new patterns too. Besides – I also love to paint. I was saying last week that I had the urge to paint and this was certainly a productive way to feed my desire! I have so, so many new ideas that I could go on for years and not dry up on them!

I appreciate the encouragement and support. I have always been a quality not quantity person and I know that is the way I need to be. :)

Have a great day! Sheila

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 11:27 AM

Now that was clever thinking.

I wanted to do the Grand waines

names. :)

Is the cat Alpha Male? LoL

sorry the dog made me :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 08-07-2012 11:32 AM

He must be, Jaime! :D Yes, it seemed to make sense. I can see making a set of them as refrigerator magnets spelling out “I Love Winter” or children’s names or many other fun things. There is always so much fun to be had! (Did I mention I love my job??)

Happy Tuesday! Sheila

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

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