My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #955: A Story for Silke

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-08-2013 12:32 PM 2122 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 954: A Great Day with our Dear Friends Part 955 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 956: Riding the Storm Out »

Even though I stayed pretty focused and worked all day yesterday, I still didn’t complete the pattern that I was working on for the painted Halloween masks.

I was a little disappointed in myself, but what I have so far is looking good, and I know that the small things that I am doing for the pattern are going to be what makes it the best it can be. I suppose I just need to take my own advice and be patient.

I don’t make as many painting patterns as I do scroll saw patterns, and because of that, I forget just how involved they need to be. Not to mention that I try to make the packets as attractive as possible, finding cute fonts and having very clear photographs that are properly color corrected so that they can accurately show the step-by-step process. I somehow forget how much time this takes. This pattern has 43 photos in it and it took most of yesterday to work on them all and get them all consistent and accurate, and that ate up most of the day.

I am able to show you the cover though, and I think it looks nice.

I am quite happy with the outcome and while it may not matter what the pattern itself looks like to others, I certainly does to me.

So (hopefully) today, I will be able to finish up adjusting the line work and the actual writing of the instructions. That is actually the easier part of things and not quite as time consuming. Then I can finish another site update and move on to other things.

In the mean time, I wanted to post something here for my friend Silke. Those of you from Lumberjocks will know Silke as Dennisgrosen’s pretty daughter. Silke has recently had some surgery that she is now recovering from. I was happy to hear she is doing well, but I know she said she was a bit bored, as she had to take some time off of school. I wanted to send her something, but it takes so long for things to get all the way to Denmark and by the time I got something posted, she would probably be back out playing with her friends. So I decided to post something here for her that you all can also enjoy.

It is no secret that I love cats. For as long as I remember, we had one or more cats in our lives. We used to dress them up and put them in our doll buggy and parade them up an down the block where I loved in Chicago. One day, I was on one of these ‘walks’ with my beautiful black cat “Cindy” (whom we named because she was black as cinders!) While passing a neighbor lady, she stopped me and said “May I see your little baby?” thinking that she would be peeking in on a doll.

I opened the hood of the buggy and out peered Cindy, dressed in a pink flannel night dress complete with a matching granny cap. The neighbor gasped! I think it surprised the heck out of her! I can only imagine that the jet black face and big golden eyes were the last thing she expected to see looking back at her! To this day I remember her reaction and smile!

My grandmother used to read us a story called “Whiskers” when I was young. It was a wonderfully delightful story about a naughty cat named Whiskers and all the trouble he got himself into. The best part about it was that the photographs throughout the story were those of real cats, dressed in various outfits. Needless to say it was (and still is!) my favorite book of all time!

Several years ago, while creeping Ebay for something or another, I saw that book listed. I immediately purchased it and now have an almost perfect copy of it for myself. It still remains one of my all time favorites and I want to share it with Silke today to help her pass the time. Of course you can all read through it too.

I scanned in the entire book into one of my Picasa photo albums. The pictures are large enough and you can easily read it and follow along the story. The link to it is here:

"Whiskers" by Marjorie Barrows

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do, and it brings some joy to you as it does to me. And I hope that it makes dear Silke smile just a little bit today.

Have a great Friday.

-- 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 02-08-2013 02:34 PM

I love your cover, its not even slightly crowded looking, even though you might think, that
that many masks might be but its not at all.Very nice selection.

I have a psychotic cat, he is my first cat. I have always had dogs, Clar was a near death wild stray,
kitten. Larry said we bring him in or he dies…..well the animal lovers we are there was no choice. :)
But my Abby our (cocker spaniel).. had other ideas, yummy lunch.... (shaking head) so 3 years later, we
still have a segregated home. Clar lives on the back porch and in our bedroom, and Abby has the run
of the rest of the house. When Clar wants to eat or go potty (back porch) then the kids (Turner and Abby)
go to the laundry room. Its a real musical chairs. Turner loves Clar though they are buddy’s, he is my
other Cocker. I’m getting way off track, sorry. The thing is I didn’t even know how cats act, so Clar was trained just like all my dogs. He comes when called, and does what hes told to do, in other words he acts
just like a dog.
Except when he goes nutts psyco,crazy….. or so I thought. Until I was informed…... oh, that’s how cats act. lol

-- Chrisy & Larry GR. MI.

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 02:43 PM

well i talked with dennis last night, well this morning really , via email, so i understand that there is a defendant need for kitty stories today for silke, i to have a bear story but will share it a different time, how wonderful that sheila was able to scan in her book, so meow meow this morning to all the kitties this morning, maybe you can get Richard, or coco to read this book to silke…feel good today silke, and thanks to Shelia for doing a wonderful thing and helping our silke to have a fun story today….:) :) :)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 02:44 PM

Sheila that is a great looking cover it oozes fun & style
I think folk are going to have a lot of fun with your suggestions and there own
imagination. You could have a Halloween competition. :)

Silke Get well soon.

Have a great day

-- 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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#4 posted 02-08-2013 05:51 PM

Good morning Sheila. Your pattern package looks great. I like the old English font you chose.
I’m hoping to get out to the workshop this weekend to start cutting the scrolled masks.

That’s a great book you shared for Silke. What a great idea to scan it in and she can read it right away. Hope she gets better soon.

Stay warm and safe with that snow storm you are having over there.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 05:57 PM

Congratulations! I just read the results of the contest.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 02-08-2013 06:05 PM

Thanks Anna – you too!

Yes, we are preparing for a lot of cold, wind and snow. We spent the morning making sure we are stocked up and got a fresh tank of propane so we can use the bar-b-que if we have to. (Then I can make coffee if we lose power!) ;)

They say we may get a foot or two of snow before it is over, but I don’t know. Better safe than sorry. I am making some food that we can quickly heat up if we are without power for any length of time. (Shepherd’s Pie and some Potato Leek soup) so we should be all set.

I had the book scanned in my albums before because I wanted to preserve the original. I think it was dated 1941 and I don’t want to handle it more than necessary. It was a good opportunity to share it with Silke though. :)

You have a great weekend. I hope you enjoy working on the ornaments! I would love to see pictures when you are finished.

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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#7 posted 02-09-2013 03:59 AM

Ok, I’m gonna say it, Sheila, you have a nice package….. :) Congrats on 3rd place in the wooden wearables also.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 11:32 AM

Thanks, Roger! ;)


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

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#9 posted 02-09-2013 10:17 PM

Hej Sheila :-)
I thank you for making my day a little shorter :-)
I look forward to read it
my dad will download the pictures for me and print them out tommorrow
its nearly midnight here so I just have to say goodnight and have a great sunday

hugs to all

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