My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #837: The Greatest Rewards

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-04-2012 10:45 AM 1717 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What a good day yesterday turned out to be. Not only did I get a great deal accomplished, but I also had several nice emails come my way as well. It is days like that which show me that we are on the right track.

I spent the bulk of the day working with Keith on getting the website updated again. I noticed that I am mentioning that more and more and it seems that we are updating things on an average of every couple of weeks. That is great because we find that it is much easier to do things that way than wait until there is a huge amount of information to present. I think two newsletters per month is an acceptable rate and our customers really seem to be happy to hear about what we have added on from one issue to the next. That way too, we aren’t overloading people with too much information at one time.

We are – as always – looking for ways to make our site look great and be really easy to navigate. With such a variety of work and a growing amount of patterns, this can be a bit of a challenge.

Naturally, there is a “Search” box at the top of the page so if people are looking for a particular themed pattern they can find it easily, but many people come in and just want to browse around to see what we have and we both feel that it is important that things are categorized in a way that makes sense.

There is also the issue of the painting side of things vs. the scroll sawing and woodworking side. Right now we have sub pages for the painting items, but as we grow we are wondering if it wouldn’t be to our advantage to have a separate painting site altogether. But this means having to not only pay the costs of the additional site, but also maintaining it as well. It is something that we need to decide soon, as that side of our business is growing and we hope it continues to do so.

While we think that it will soon be inevitable, we also realize that the longer we wait, the bigger we are getting in that area and the more work it will take to transfer everything to a new site.

Decisions, decisions.

In any case, everything is updated now and the newsletter is out and all is well. I even added the article that I did on Margot’s MUD (the texture paste that I used on the bell ornament pattern) which teaches step-by-step how to use the product. The ornaments are pictured below, and you can read the article HERE.

I had a couple emails in the last several days from customers that have said how much they enjoyed my painting and woodworking designs. My editor forwarded a note that was sent to her from a gentleman in England who had made some of our projects from the magazines and also was a customer of ours. He sang high praises as to our work and how he thought we added greatly to the magazine. I can honestly tell you that letters such as that are the best rewards that we could ever receive.

I also had an email last night from a woman who painted some of my Halloween ornaments and was looking for more designs. She told me how much she enjoyed them and it truly made me happy that she took the time to tell me. It is nice to know that people are beginning to seek out our work and it really does make a huge difference in my mindset. I always say how much I love what I do, but hearing how much others appreciate it too brings immeasurable satisfaction and makes me just want to do even better.

Finally, when I awoke, I had a wonderful email in my mail box from a customer who told me how happy he was that I included painting instructions in many of my patterns. While he stated that he felt many projects were left natural, he said how much he enjoyed painting some of them and sent me several pictures of our designs that he completed.

I just couldn’t stop smiling!

I suppose this answered the questions I may have had yesterday regarding if I was adding too much to my patterns.

All this shows me that we are on the right track and doing the right thing. After being told by the one wholesaler that our patterns were too long and that people didn’t want painting instructions and that it just wasted paper and made the pattern more costly to print, I think the above pictures proved them wrong.

I maintain that people DO want to try new things. At pennies per page to print, I feel that the minimal cost is well worth it if we are offering designs that people will thoroughly enjoy and maybe learn from too. I always felt that if the information were presented to them as an option, they didn’t have to do things that way if they didn’t want. But perhaps they did want to expand their abilities a little bit and try something new. That would be good for us all.

These examples of customer feedback were only from one day. I frequently receive many emails that tell me how much people appreciate our detailed instructions, along with our good service. This, to me means more than anything. It is the best reward I could receive.

I think I am on the right track. And I plan to keep heading in that direction. While it may not be what everyone else does, I feel it is right for us.

Who wants to be like everyone else anyway?

Have a great day!

-- 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 10-04-2012 12:09 PM

All gr8 pics. I really like the trees around the witch and her caldrun. Life is good.

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

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 04:52 PM

Good morning Sheila. I have a whole library of scroll sawing books and have looked at many pattern designs on the internet. Your patterns are the best in my view. I really like the quality and the detailing of the pattern and also the painting options. Your step by step instructions are very clear and anyone beginner to expert can learn something new. I love the bell patterns you have just posted – they are on my list!
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 10-04-2012 05:20 PM

Thank you again, Anna and Roger. We really do try to make them the best. Knowing that our work is appreciated means a great deal to us.

Take care, 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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#4 posted 10-04-2012 08:36 PM

good to see you are on the pink cloud again :-)

thanks for sharing the pictures Sheila the black and white ( err woodcolour ) bird in frame
reminds me of the paperclip that is quite popular here special the H.C. Anderson theme
with all the people from his history´s :-)
but they do all kinds of paperclip /cutting with lot of ornaments/ lace in them
so I wonder why scrollworking isn´t more popular here than it is …. maybee they got scare
by using the fretsaw in the sloydclasses ... who knows …

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 10-04-2012 10:16 PM

Hi, Dennis! I am feeling a little better these days. Still have my ups and downs, but I try to focus on the good things and not let worrying about what my happen get me down.

I find that it still makes me feel proud and happy whenever I see that someone makes my designs. I so appreciate that people would take the time to do that. I love when I receive pictures of what people have done with my patterns. It makes me feel as if I brought just a little bit of happiness to them. That always is a great inspiration.

I would love to see the paperclip you are speaking of. If you have any pictures, please post them.

Thanks! 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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#6 posted 10-05-2012 11:39 PM

Sheila :-)
here is a few of the Danish sites with lots and lots of paperclip / papercuts
they have made the sites devided in groups like under projects on Lumberjock ... :-)
either on the leftside or at the top
the first two is just some I picked among many
then I descovered that Hans Christian Anderson himself actualy also did some paperclipping too … :-)
and that is what the next two sites are about the last of them is from the Odense museum
the city where he was born
take the time to let google or another translating maschine translate the sites to inglish

the last site is about making paperclip a little different way its called layer on layer

enjoy all 10000 paperclip ….. there shuold be enoff to the rest of the weekend …. LOL

have a great safe weekend both of you :-)
hugs from
Silke and Dennis

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