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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #911: Last Minute Things

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-22-2012 11:54 AM 890 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 910: On Challenging Ourselves Part 911 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 912: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Beautiful (slightly SNOWY!) Nova Scotia! »

As the big holiday approaches us, I am finding that there are a lot of last minute things I need to do. I will certainly be busy.

Yesterday, Keith and I decided to do a quick site update. I was debating on whether to do this right now or not, but Keith had finished three new wildlife plaques and we thought it would be nice to offer them as soon as possible. On top of that, we had several new customers on our mailing list and we wanted to get a newsletter to them as quickly as possible.

It seems that the mail issues that our hosts were having were somewhat resolved. When we tested a mailing with Keith’s hotmail address, everything went through fine. When the actual mailing went out, the rate of bounce back was only a fraction of what it was a couple of weeks ago, so we think things are on the right track there.

I think I need to put a note as people are signing up which will advise them to add us to their address book. This will help prevent the newsletters from being bounced. I sometimes feel as if I am ‘bothering’ people when I get these back, but I need to remember that they were the ones who signed up because they wanted to receive updates. I need to learn to stop thinking in that manner and not take it personally.

I decided to put another pattern on the Free Stuff page of our site. I wanted to do something for our customers for Christmas and I thought that this would be nice. After seeing how nice my friend Leldon’s office Christmas tree looked using the little charms from one of my projects as ornaments, both Keith and I thought it would be nice to make a stand alone pattern of the charms as simple ornaments and offer them free.

The ornaments are cute and simple and we also thought that even the people that were newer to cutting on the scroll saw would be able to accomplish them. Leldon left his natural wood color and they look good. But I also included the simple instructions to make them sparkle a bit. Either way I think that people will find many uses for them and I hope they enjoy them.

If you didn’t already, I invite you to go over to the site Free Stuff page and download the free pattern.

We also decided to give our mailing list customers an extra coupon code which will be valid for the next several weeks. These customers will get 15% off their entire order at the checkout. This includes Gift Cards too, so they can get the cards at a discounted price and use them at face value later on and make their own sale. I will send the newsletter to any new people that sign up too, so they can take advantage of the coupon, so if you are interested, you can go to the site here and sign up for the Mailing List.

I like giving special sales like this. Especially in these difficult economic times, we realize that everyone is very careful as to how they are spending. We always try to create great patterns and spend a lot of time on detail and the instructions so that scrollers of any level can use the successfully. With all the free stuff available on the internet, we want to make it worth their money to purchase patterns from us. I enjoy offering sales and discounts to our regular customers, as it is our way of showing them that we appreciate the support we get from them. It may sound corny, but it is truly how we feel.

Today I will be busy wrapping and baking. We are heading to Digby tomorrow to spend the day with Bernie and Ellen. Their family will be there too, as well as their new great-grandson! It will be a great day of food and nice to relax and visit with everyone and enjoy the day.

I am bringing my favorite stuffing (by request) which I will put together today. It is made with sausage, cranberries and apple juice and is really yummy. I have two different favorite stuffing recipes that I make. The other one is simply butter, eggs and onions and is much like a souffle. Since I can’t decide which one I enjoy most, I like to make them both and bring them for the holidays. That way we get to sample everything without having it too much.

I also have a couple of recipes of shortbread cookies that I will be making today. One is with anise and the other has a touch of cinnamon added. Both are again my favorites and I will enjoy sharing them.

It is a tad too warm here for me these days. It has been raining pretty much all week, on the brink of snow. Hopefully it will get just cool enough to give us some snow for Christmas. If not, I suppose we will live with it.

I wish you all a great day this busy Saturday. I hope you are all caught up with your things you need to do and take some time to enjoy the day.

Have a great one!

-- 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 12-22-2012 02:04 PM

Hi Sheila,
Last minute to do… Why there has to be a target date? an expiration? a seasonal? These are always associated with cramming… just because we are doing it on the last minute. I should say, I have same situation. The Christmas gift I had in my mind will no longer be Christmas but just as token gift when some of my friends visit… I have 3 or more candle holder to do and some narra boxes 2×6 x 6. Well, hope you will beat the clock.
Have a nice weekend.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 12-22-2012 02:10 PM

I just have to finish a couple of things up, like baking and such. The gifts that are to be given are bought and everything that had to be mailed was mailed. Sometimes I send “surprise” gifts for some of the people that are in my life just to tell them they are important to me. I don’t always do it on a certain holiday or time because I like it to be truly spur of the moment with no obligation to reciprocate. That makes it fun for me and keeps it pressure free. Oh – and it is FUN!

I have played things very low key this year. I think that is what make things so special. In my younger days I had many a holiday ruined by putting pressure on myself. No more. I am older and (ahem) wiser! ;)

Merry Christmas to you and your family Bert! Thanks for all your input and your friendship! :)

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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BertFlores58

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 02:23 PM

Thanks Sheila for reminding me that it is really a nice way of doing things without pressure. It make my mind works well. Actually, this year my projectline are not so full… but that is the reverse if you don’t see much of my work in LJ. I was busy on my work this 2012. Course design, teaching and many professional maritime engagement. Merry Christmas too to your family. Agnes and I have Janna (daughter) at home however Richard is in New Jersey… Enjoy the day..

-- Bert

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Scroller47

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 02:43 PM

I would change weather with you. We just had a snowstorm with lots of things cancelled and last night was below zero. And that is in Iowa. Remember staying in Digby and had a great meal there when we did some whale watching in the area. Beautiful up there. Have a blessed Christmas.
John

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#5 posted 12-22-2012 02:49 PM

I lived in Digby for almost five years. Right across from the water. It was beautiful to see the sun rise on the ocean every morning. But where I am at now is beautiful also. Peaceful. Right along the Meteghan river and about a mile or so from the ocean. The best of both worlds! I am very fortunate to live in such a lovely place! I certainly don’t take it for granted. Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas too John. :)

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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#6 posted 12-23-2012 12:17 AM

Good afternoon Sheila. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and all the good stuff that goes along with the season. I had a nice baking day today and now I’m ready to share the season with family and friends. I hope you get the snow you are wishing for. It’s been very dull and wet here all day and no snow in sight.
All the best to you and Keith for a great Christmas.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#7 posted 12-23-2012 12:39 AM

Good evening Anna. I wound up doing all of my baking. I still have some wrapping to do but I can do that in the morning. It will be a good day tomorrow, I am sure. I watched Holiday Inn tonight and that brought back memories of when the kids were little and all kinds of things. I feel like I am in slow motion though – don’t know why. But all will get done in good time. We have the same weather as you it seems. Just messy out.

You have a great evening, 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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#8 posted 12-23-2012 07:53 PM

enjoyd the day ? :-) .... hope you all did
here I just have digged the chrismastree out of a snowdrift …....
yes we got us a major blitz today … so now the two bosses of the house
is busy decorating the tree while I try to get warm and dry again …. brrr…

merry Chrismas to all
Dennis

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