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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #936: Slowly but Surely

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 586 days ago 920 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 935: Never Lose Site of What You Dream Part 936 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 937: New Supplier for "Bling" »

We have all heard the saying “Good things take time.” As I work on these new ornaments, I am finding that statement to be true. While in my mind I start out thinking that they could all be done in a day, in reality, they cannot. I still have too many ideas jumbled up in my head and I have to do all I can not to be overwhelmed by them. There are only so many directions that I can think of at once without being completely stopped from overload.

I found that for me the best thing I could do is not think past right where I am at the moment. When looking at a dozen blank pieces of wood, it is easy for me to get in a muddle as to what I will be doing next. This may sound silly, but if you all knew the amount of time I have wasted in the past because I am thinking about several things at once and as a result paralyzed because I don’t know where to start. When this happens, I need to just take one piece, put the others away, and start to paint or draw.

It’s that simple.

I found myself in that very predicament yesterday as I began working on these. But once I realized I was in that place and did indeed focus on one piece, things started moving. As a result, I finished the first three ornaments of the set that I am going to call “Haunted Masquerade.” Here are pictures of them for you to see:

So far, so good.

Once I got rolling on them, they really started to take shape. There will be 12 in the set altogether, and they will all be Halloween themed.

I find that photographing them was quite a challenge, as they are all finished with pearl, iridescent or metallic paint. They also all will have rhinestone studs accenting them as you can see. After spending quite a bit of time trying different lighting and settings on my camera and being quite unsuccessful, I remembered that we had the wonderful light box that Keith had built and it worked beautifully. (Sometimes I can’t see the nose in front of my face!)

I found though that I have on hand a limited quantity of rhinestones on hand, and it caused me to do some online research prior to writing this post to find a distributor that I could both order from and recommend in the pattern for others.

I think I hit the jackpot, as I found a company that is out of Canada, but ships to the USA too. Their variety of rhinestones is amazing, as is their prices. They ship the same day too and the cost for shipping the tiny stones is minimal. I am going to place an order as soon as I am done writing here this morning, as I want to have a quantity on hand for not only the rest of these, but other designing too. I find that many people love my embellished ornaments and projects and it is so easy to add some “bling” to them using rhinestones. I am going to be like a kid in a candy store!

I will let you all know how I do with them. I think I am going to hold off adding the rhinestones to the following pieces until my shipment arrives. I would rather wait and have a better variety to choose from.

Well, it’s Friday already and we are supposed to get a really cold spell here in our parts for the next few days. We have to run out and do some errands today, but after that we can settle in for a nice productive weekend. Hopefully I will get the rest of these done in the next couple of days. I hope you like what I have here so far.

Have a great Friday.

-- 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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Roger

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#1 posted 586 days ago

I can hear the Zydeko music playin in my head. Very nice masks

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 586 days ago

Now Roger! You are going to make me look up “Zydeko music!” I never heard of that so I don’t know if that is a GOOD thing or a BAD thing! LOL

Thanks! (I think!) ;)

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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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 586 days ago

This has the makings of a really good series about it. The sort that people will want to make/collect all of. Nice work, Sheila. I also agree that it’s a good idea to have a variety of sources for supplies and good to seek out new ones now and again. Thanks to you asking about UK sorces for scroolsawing wood I have now a couple more Birch ply suppliers.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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NH_Hermit

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#4 posted 586 days ago

Don’t feel badly Sheila, I had to look it up too. It’s basically Louisiana Creole folk music.

Here’s what Wikipedia says,

“Usually fast tempo and dominated by the button or piano accordion and a form of a washboard known as a “rub-board,” “scrub-board,” “wash-board,” or frottoir, zydeco music was originally created at house dances, where families and friends gathered for socializing.

As a result, the music integrated waltz, shuffles, two-steps, blues, rock and roll, and other dance music forms of the era. Today, zydeco integrates genres such as R&B, soul, brass band, reggae, hip hop, ska, rock, Afro-Caribbean and other styles, in addition to the traditional forms.”

-- John from Horse Shoe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 586 days ago

My beautiful cat Coco – Mardi Gras style! :)

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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 586 days ago

As always, very nice work, Sheila.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 586 days ago

Sheila your having fun, that is great.
I think that they are great even without the stones
But I’m Levi 501 and washed out. :)

jamie
Lost a dog yesterday (Mfutah)but located her within hours on Facebook.
Are folk not wonderful

-- 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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Celticscroller

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#8 posted 586 days ago

Sheila , these are beautiful! I like the bling on them! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the series.
It’s getting a bit milder here, up to 7 degrees this weekend. I might even make it out to my workshop without having to put several layers on to keep out the cold!
Enjoy and have fun!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 585 days ago

Thank you Lee!
Jamie – I am glad you like them too. Bling or not, they are fun!
Hi, Anna – I am glad you are getting your warmer weather. It was really cold here yesterday – the coldest day yet. But we are prepared. :)

Have a great day all! 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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