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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #892: A "Charming" Day!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-01-2012 01:08 PM 2261 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Part of what I love most about my job is that I get to ‘play’ and make cool things. While there are certainly many other requirements of running a business and keeping things in order, I still feel very fortunate for being able to call what I do a ‘job.’

Yesterday I worked on another new project. I showed you all a picture of one of the new ornaments that was in the set that I was creating, but that was only part of it. While the word ornaments were nice, I thought that they needed something else to make them even better. So I designed some additional pieces that would give them a bit more interest and make them a little more versatile.

I like giving lots of options in my patterns. While some of them need to be made pretty much one way, I think the best patterns (and the ones I have the most fun with!) are the ones that allow my customers to use them as a springboard for their own ideas and applications. By suggesting several different ways to use them, it allows people to develop their own creativity and personalize the patterns to their own taste and ideas. And I love seeing how others take my basic ideas and run with them. (Just like the beautiful quilt that I showed earlier this week!)

So as a continuation of the word ornaments that I teased you with yesterday, today I will show you the second part of the project. These little ‘charms’ are the second phase of the design:

Today I will be putting things together and creating the finished ornaments with them. As I write this, I still am not 100% certain how they will come out. My mind keeps doing little twists and turns and thinking of more ways to use them.

What fun I will have today deciding!

It is the first day of December today. Besides being my oldest son’s birthday (Happy Birthday Phil!) it is the beginning of the holiday season. I had some of my favorite holiday music playing in the background yesterday as I worked on these pieces, and I think I will do so today. My little ‘all season tree’ needs to shed its orange lights and beautiful autumn leaves and it is time to decorate it for the upcoming Christmas season.

Today will be a wonderfully fun day! I can’t wait to work on my ornaments and make them look awesome!

If you are looking for some new holiday ideas, DecoArt is hosting their own holiday celebration. They have started the “DecoArt's 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments” on their web page and will offer 12 days of fun and easy ornaments you can make. It’s free and many of them even have short videos showing the process used. It will be a fun way to introduce yourself to some new techniques and also inspire you to create your own projects. I hope you enjoy it.

It is a beautiful and sunny day here in Nova Scotia. Cool and crisp with another dusting of snow on the ground. Just cool enough to get me in the holiday spirit and inspire my work.

I wish you all a wonderful day too! Happy Saturday!

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



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BertFlores58

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 01:40 PM

Hi Sheila,
My Saturday just ended with a sucessful job. Finished the latch for the cylinder and the twin starbox. I am done on decision making while yours just began. I think the best motif for the coming yuletide should be bright contrasting colors. A flaming white candle in a tray of green pine leaves and brown cones.
Wish you the best on your decisions. Have fun.
Have a nice weekend.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 12-01-2012 01:44 PM

Thanks, Bert! I was planning to head over to your project and see how it came out. It certainly was a challenge and very well thought out. You can tell you enjoy the challenges though and it shows in the results.

Yes – I was thinking of some bright colors and a little bit of ‘sparkle!’ Keith always teases me because I like to add sparkles to stuff, but I suppose he is right! I will do two versions as I typically do – one with color and sparkles and one with natural colored wood for the conservatives. I do realize that wood itself has much natural beauty. But sometimes I just can’t help myself! ;)

You have a beautiful weekend too. Enjoy the day!

Sheila

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

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Celticscroller

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 06:46 PM

Good morning Sheila. And again, all I want for Christmas …..........more time to scroll! The new ornamants are going to look wonderful especially with colouring and some sparkle. I can see them in my mind’s eye. A little sparkle is a good thing!
Enjoy your day. A typical Westcoast wet day here. Happy December!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Spindoctor

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#4 posted 12-01-2012 07:31 PM

Hi Shelia,
Sounds like you’re have enjoying another great day. Your ornaments look super and would be fun to make.

Back to my decision making process in getting my Excaliber saw. Because of limited space, do you think the EX 16” would work alright on a heavy work table. Does it need a stand? I’m also considering putting in in a small walk in closet with it’s stand. Your thoughts might help.

Lois in sunny southwest FL

-- Lois, Keep calm and carry on~

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 07:36 PM

Good morning, Ann! Yes, the word of the day is “Sparkle!” (Just a tad though!) I hope you have a good day.

Lois – I think it would do fine. For myself, I don’t like cutting larger pieces. I only got the 21” saw ‘just in case’ I decided to go into some larger items but the 16” realistically would have done fine. My saw is sitting on a small cabinet and while it was a little steadier when on its stand, the difference was negligible. It is still steady as a rock. I don’t think you will be disappointed as long as what you put it on is stable itself. :)

Keep me posted and have a great day! :)

Sheila

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 12-01-2012 09:42 PM

Sheila I do like, loads of potential

I wonder if Santa will bring me a scroll saw. :)

Enjoy enjoying have a wonderful weekend

jamie

-- 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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Spindoctor

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 01:01 AM

Sheila,
Just to keep you posted. Today I ordered the Ex 16. Am thinking I’ll hear this week when they may expect shipment. We’ll find room somewhere…
Looking forward to this new adventure.
Lois

-- Lois, Keep calm and carry on~

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 12-03-2012 01:06 AM

Ohh, Lois! I am excited for you!!! That is going to be awesome! I think you are going to love it! It doesn’t take a lot of room – really! I live in a little place and it just sits there quietly in a corner minding its own ‘p’s’ and ‘q’s’ and being happy! :) Just a quick vac when we are done and everything is really quite clean. It doesn’t kick up dust like a sander or a router. I hope you will be happy with it!

Sheila

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

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Spindoctor

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 02:29 AM

Shelia,
Thanks for your enthusiasm and encouragement. Will keep you posted. It would be nice to be able to make something before Christmas but I’m not holding my breath.

-- Lois, Keep calm and carry on~

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