My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #783: Cover Girl

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 621 days ago 1280 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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No matter how many years I work with the magazine, I never get over the feeling I get when I have one of my projects featured on the cover of the magazine. There is a wonderful feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes with being on the cover, as it means that the publishers believe that my project is nice enough to entice readers passing by the news stand to stop and take notice, and perhaps purchase the issue. And that means a lot.

I just received word that the 2012 Holiday Issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine is out. Over the past couple of days, the people in the forums have been talking about it, mentioning that they were starting to receive their copies in the mail. On one forum, it was mentioned that Keith and myself were well-represented in it, which of course we knew because we were the ones that submitted the projects and articles. But seeing the actual issue made things more ‘real’ and it was indeed exciting.

When I went to the CWW website, I was able to get my first look at the magazine. I was really pleased to see the cover, which was a collage of the many different varieties of ornaments that were included. The Holiday issue is known for its great variety of ornaments and this year was no different. The great part about it was that not only were two of my ornament projects featured on the cover, but two of Keith’s as well.

The three holiday stars on the right are done by me, as well as the scroll sawn bell ornament. Keith contributed the beautiful filigree angel ornament as well as the traditional word art “rejoice” ornament. Between us we did pretty well, I think.

Besides the ornaments, I have a project featured that is a countdown to Christmas chalkboard calendar which can either sit on a mantle or you can add magnets on the back and put it on your refrigerator:

And finally, I have an article on using the textured paste (Margot’s MUD) to decorate ornaments and woodworking projects quickly and easily using this fun product.

All in all, I think we did pretty well.

I love working with my editor Debbie on my submissions to the magazine. Debbie is always looking for something new and different and she encourages me to write articles which review different products and finishes that I have worked with that can be used to enhance projects and give them some additional interest.

This is right up my alley, as most of you know I work closely with DecoArt, which has a huge variety of products for just that purpose. I love being able to try new things and incorporate them into my designing. I don’t always stick with only DecoArt, as I showed when working with Margot’s MUD, but I get to choose new products that I feel are fun and easy to use and that woodworkers will hopefully try so they can add some variety to what they do. It is really fun to be able to work like this, and I look forward to trying other new things and reporting back to you all about them. Perhaps I will find something that will interest you too.

Today I am still finishing up the pattern packets. I had quite a bit of correspondences to answer yesterday, as well as several customer inquiries. Each day seems to get busier here and it is just how I like it. I am able to talk to so many nice people throughout the day and answer questions for them and fill orders and it really gives my job a lot of variety and makes it fun. While I had hoped to finish up on the patterns for the snowmen, I am not quite there yet and hope to do so today. There are only so many hours in the day.

For those of you who are waiting, I thank you for your patience. I know you understand the time it takes me to create good instructions and in the end, the wait will all be worth it (I hope!)

So with that said, I had better get to it today. I have orders to mail out and patterns to write and some other things that I am beginning to work on. It is going to be a great day.

I hope you have a wonderful day too! Happy Wednesday!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 621 days ago

Sheila & Keith very well done.

It is a nice feeling to get in the front page

Even Dr Hook could not do that.


-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 621 days ago

One of my favorite songs, Jaime! Thanks for your patience on the snowmen. I will be working on them all day today. :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 621 days ago

Congratulations! Nice to know that your endeavor to be in the front is well granted. You deserve it. This is a good news. Keep it up.

Just to let you know… I am not affected with the floods here in Manila. I am in the high ground. I just pray that this rain should stop now. Two days already that I am staying at home because the roads to my office are flooded. Hope those affected can now recover.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 621 days ago

Congrats to you both. Gotta be a really gr8 feeling.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 621 days ago

Wow, Bert! I didn’t realize it was so close to you! I hope the rain stops also. So sad. You have too much and many of my friends in the States are experiencing a terrible drought. So much hardship!

You stay safe and take care. Glad to hear you are staying close to home.


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 620 days ago

Hi Sheila,

Congratulations to you both!

Can’t beat that…most of the cover is your combined efforts.

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 620 days ago

Well done to you both. Keep it up.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 620 days ago

Good morning Sheila, Congrats on being featured on the cover. The Toler and I have a mini contest to see which one of us can pick out yours and Keith’s work. I like to say I always win but it is usually a tie with both of us right. I am waiting for the snowmen to hit your site as I will be ordering them. Have a great day!

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 -

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#9 posted 620 days ago

Congratulations! Keep sharing your great work 

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 620 days ago

Thank you everyone for the kind words and support. This was the first time I have had a chance to come back here since this morning. I have been working on those pattern packets most of the day. We are so pleased with the cover, and between us, we do pretty well. It is nice to have someone to share this with. I know I wouldn’t be able to do nearly as much without someone to help carry the load. It really is nice.

We have lots of new stuff in the works, so we hope this is just the beginning! :)

Have a great evening! Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 620 days ago

Congrats to the both of you. Always nice when fellow LJs get the recognition they deserve.

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

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#12 posted 620 days ago

Congratulations Sheila (and Keith too!)
Well Deserved!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 620 days ago

Thanks, gfadvm and Mike! :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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