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!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"