My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #793: Headed to the Saw Today

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-18-2012 10:02 AM 6056 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It seems like a long time in coming, but I will finally be heading to the saw today to do some cutting. I was on such a productive roll last week and it seems that this week things just got away from me a little bit.

It isn’t as if I haven’t done anything, as each day has been busy and full. But sometimes all of my energy isn’t in the direction of cutting, and I suppose that is OK.

We have been considering taking on a new wholesaler to sell our patterns. We were approached a week or so ago from them and they had been to our site and liked our patterns and wrote us, asking if we were interested in allowing them to wholesale our patterns for us.

It was nice to be approached in this way, as it meant to us that our work stood out among the masses. But it just isn’t something that we wanted to jump into without clarifying the terms and making sure that everything was on the up and up. It helped that when we went to their site, we saw patterns from many of the well-known names in the woodworking industry. It helped give a little bit of confidence that we were working with a reliable company. After all, in order to work with them in this way, we need to pony up our entire inventory to them in order for them to sell our patterns. No matter how you look at it, that is always somewhat of a risk.

But we want to grow, and while we have two major wholesalers that I have been working with for over ten years, it is good to see someone new come into the mix. In order for the industry to grow, we need an influx of new people and the best way to do that is to expand. I also like that this company is located here in Canada (Nova Scotia at that) as it will be good to represented on this side of the border too by a larger company.

When we went to check out their site, we noticed that there were few scroll sawing patterns available there. Most of the plans represented were for much larger woodworking projects and furniture. At first I wasn’t sure that we would fit well, but in looking at things from another perspective, I think it is a good opportunity for us to carve our own niche into the market and be an expansion of what the site already has to offer. Since we have a good variety of patterns, we will appeal to many different tastes and skill levels and it may be a good opportunity to earn some more customers and get more people involved in scrolling. We will just have to see.

I suppose that the timing was right for us to be approached with this. It seems that this past week I worked very hard for the business, yet had little time to actually progress on my designing. I know I talked about this before, but while we want the company to grow, we need to be certain that we still have control over the growing and still have time to design. I am going to be honest in saying that I am not sure how that will work out, and you will all have to stick around and read to see what the outcome will be. It will be interesting to figure out the best way to delegate the day to day tasks and still have the time to keep designing and growing. It can be a scary thing.

While I am nervous about this undertaking, I am also anxious to see how we will be received. I imagine that I will need to wait at least six months to a year before I will be able to make a fair assessment, but patience is one of my strong points – especially where my business is concerned. I realize that with the economy what it is, any growth at all is a positive and I still can’t get over that we are doing as well as we are under the circumstances. It does help to fuel us and keep us working hard.

On other things, I received a couple of nice pictures from a customer the other day that I wanted to share. Sandra Heitman sent me some pictures of some ornaments that she cut from Keith’s pattern (SLDK207 and 208 Holly Ornaments and Self-Framing Mini Plaques) and I really liked what she did with them. She used some “Stickles” glitter paint to accent the tops and bottoms of the holly design and I think they look great:

The glitter comes in tubes and has a small applicator point, making it easy to apply. I think that the little bit of sparkle dresses up the ornaments perfectly, and I love the results. This kind of technique is just what I have been talking about these past few weeks when I talk about adding accents to make your work stand out a bit. I thought it was a nice way to make them stand out on a tree a bit and catch lights. Sandra did a wonderful job.

So today I still have some drawing to do, but I plan to get to the saw too. I am still a bit muddled in my mind as to organizing my thoughts on these projects that I am creating. We have all heard that without clear goals, you will never reach them, and I believe this is a perfect example of it. I know what I want to accomplish, yet I have two versions and methods that I want to do. They keep bleeding into each other and I find myself not quite defining one or the other. Today will be the day to just go ahead with ONE of them and see how things work. Then I will be able to concentrate on the other when the time is right. Thinking in two directions is unsettling and unclear and it seems to be what is holding me up on these.

Hopefully by tomorrow, I will have a picture or two for you to see. I am just going to dive in and see where I wind up with this project, and I hope it will be nice.

Have a great day today. Enjoy your weekend and do some things that you find relaxing and fun. Remember, autumn is not far around the corner.

-- 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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#1 posted 08-18-2012 10:12 AM

Sheila that sounds good

Rather you & Keith do it or someone

else might.

Gut feelings are good. :)

Well I’m going to look out the wee

saw and try it out. Although I do have

my eye on a couple of Hegners. :)

I’ll post a picture of the saw later.


The pattern package I got from you is

wonderful. I had not expected so much

I chose the download version as I’ve no

patience for snail mail. LoL

-- 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 08-18-2012 10:19 AM

Heagners are great saws Jamie. I heard a lot of good about them. I would love to see a picture of your saw. I hope the blade recommendations helped you and that you are able to obtain them.

I am glad you like the patterns. I always talk about how long it takes me and Keith to write the patterns up, but we do try to be very thorough so that even a person new to scrolling can understand them and accomplish the projects. Not everyone does them like us. Some just throw a picture of line work up and call it a day. I like to be different though and I have to put my best foot forward.

Getting the patterns via email is the way to go. I rarely send out ‘hard copies’ through the mail. It seems that under five percent of our customers choose to have the actual patterns mailed. I send the PDF files within minutes of the order (if I am home, which is most of the time!) I think everyone is happier with them that way. No inventory for me and no shipping expense for the customers (or time to receive them!) It is a win/win for all of us.

Let me know if you have any questions. I hope it will be fun for you! :)


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

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#3 posted 08-18-2012 12:36 PM

Shelia – I have always loved your patterns since I found your page. At first I started out with Steve ) the free guy) as a pattern source. Yes I look at other pattern pages and have purchased a few. Fretwork is what I enjoy the best and is most of my cutting. I plan on starting Keith’s Christmas ornaments next week. The ones that were featured in the latest mag.

It is good to see your business grow. I know you have put so much into it. It is a nervious time when considering expanding. Good luck on this venture.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 08-18-2012 12:54 PM

It’s Christmas time in the city.. Beautiful scrolling Sheila

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 08-18-2012 02:29 PM

Thanks, Jerrell! It is a great time for us. I really enjoy the business and especially seeing others (like yourself) enjoy our work. To me each of the patterns is like a mini-lesson. I hope that others learn from them and stretch their own abilities just a bit each time they use them. I also enjoy the interaction with people such as yourself, whom I would not have met otherwise. It is exciting to see things grow and become successful. It makes me just want to do more.

Roger – She did do a wonderful job on the ornaments, didn’t she? I think the sparkly accents she put on them was just enough to make it look even better. I truly enjoy seeing how others use our designs and add their own personal touches. It is nice to be a springboard for their own creativity.

Have a great Saturday! :) 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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