My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #962: More Bling

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-16-2013 12:52 PM 1888 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been quite busy this past week, doing many things to organize and also tying up some loose ends. I finally had some time to ‘play’ with some of the rhinestones that I received and try them out on one of the sets of painted masks. I had talked to my editor, and she was happy to allow me to write an article on embellishing projects. I am excited about doing this because I receive many requests from customers who wish to make their projects stand out from others when they sell them at craft fairs and shows.

I think that even though people know there are options available for decorating their pieces and going that extra step, they really like to see examples in front of them. Many times, I have explained some of my ideas to others, but only when I actually have shown the finished pieces did they really understand what I was talking about. I think that is my fault, as I must be a better ‘thinker’ than an ‘explainer’. (I made up that word)

Adding some sparkle to the painted masks really made them go up another level. While they were pretty before, that extra bit of “bling” really made them stand out and look festive. I found myself having a great time designing and playing around with different color families and sizes of stones to add just the right touch.

I took pictures of each, but they still look better in person. But the pictures aren’t bad and they do give at least an idea of the possibilities.

I think that they really look pretty nice. They look finished and professional and I am sure that I will use these for future projects. In the life of a designer, my holidays projects are right around the corner and I can think of many instances that I want things to shave a little bit of sparkle.

Today I hope to begin drawing some new designs. It feels as if I haven’t been at the drawing board in quite a while, even though every day has been filled form sun up to sun down. I suppose that all the behind the scenes work that both Keith and I have been doing hasn’t made really exciting blog material. So much of the time we spend is on marketing, computer work, book work and customer service that some days it leaves very little time for being creative. But that is a good part of the business and we are very happy that it is growing.

So many times I receive emails from people who want to start their own business and say to me “it must be nice just to cut on the scroll saw (or paint) all day!” Those of you who read on a regular basis know that idea of how we spend our days is quite far from the reality of how it really is. I truly look forward to just about every part of the business. But the actual cutting of the designs or painting them is just a very small part of the big pictures.

But to me, that is what makes it so fun and exciting. You never know what kind of day you are going to have and you never know who you may ‘meet’. So many of our customers become our friends and It is truly wonderful to get to know them and see what they make and share our creativity with them. There truly isn’t a day that goes by where I am not grateful for the job I have chosen – even on those days when I have to do paperwork!

With that said, I am going to sign off for today. I plan to spend the day planning and working again on some of my paperwork for taxes. I need to make an appointment next week with my accountant so I can button things up for 2012 and look ahead to 2012. The good news is that we definitely had a great deal of growth last year, even though the economy was hurting. So we must be doing something right.

We want to thank you all very much for your continued support and advice and suggestions. Whether you are friends or customers or advisers, you help make our business as good as it can be and we truly appreciate you all.

Have a great Saturday and do something that you enjoy to do. Doing something you love makes life so much better. I can tell you that from first hand experience.

Happy Saturday!

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 02-16-2013 12:58 PM

Sheila I’m glad your looking forward to 2012 LoL
The “Minds Eye” I thought every one could visualize the finished
item in there head, even from a drawing. Not everyone can
Shirley can only see the final product when it is 95% complete.

Have a great day Sheila


-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 02-16-2013 01:06 PM

That is just how so many people see things, Jamie. I know that from experience I can sketch and explain to my heart’s content and sometime it isn’t until the piece is almost completely finished that many people understand and actually “see” what I mean.

As a designer, I find that I always need to be aware of that. While I can envision a certain project in many shapes and forms, I find that I need to actually SHOW it to my customers so that they can understand and see what I am talking about. From there, they develop their own visions and variations and it really is nice to offer a catalyst for their own ideas. But the more versions that I show the more it trains people to look at things from several different angles and viewpoints and it helps develop their own ideas in the long run. It is a ll good. :)

Thanks to you for your input. I always find it helpful and inspiring. I wish you a wonderful day today. It is warm and sunny and nearly all of the snow from last weekend has melted. It rather feels like Spring!


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

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#3 posted 02-16-2013 01:28 PM

Sheila, you are right. I am a visual learner and a picture is worth a thousand words to teach me something. So, keep the pictures coming.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 02-16-2013 04:01 PM

Yes, Sheila, Jamie is right, 2012 should be a good one.

Isn’t it nice how some jerk has taught you to show a piece of your work in your photos?

Very nice masks.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 02-16-2013 04:06 PM

Yes, Lee! I am happy about the prospects of 2013. They won’t come without work though. Hard work at that. But that is something that I am not afraid of. And the pictures – I am not thrilled with them of course. I would like to have been able to show them nicely in their entirety, but I have to watch myself. Sometimes putting myself out here the way I do can come back to bite me in the bottom. As with anything, all it takes is one or two to ruin it for everyone else.

I wish you all the best for your business too. You are always a great support and I have a great deal of admiration for you. :)

Have a great Saturday!

-- 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 02-16-2013 06:28 PM

Hi Sheila. I agree with Lee about showing part of your work and not the whole piece. Too bad that there are people out there who take advantage of others.
The masks looks great and I can attest to how easy it is to use the stones from Rhinestone Canada. I was very impressed with their service too.
Enjoy your day. A beautiful sunny, mild Spring day on the West Coast.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#7 posted 02-18-2013 02:32 PM

Everything you do just goes so well together. Very awesome, Sheila.

-- 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 02-18-2013 02:39 PM

Yes, it is poopie Anna! But I guess that I have to do what I can to minimize stealing. I know though that all it will take is for one customer to post a full picture and it will be all over the place in a flash. So what is the point, I wonder? I guess I just don’t want to be the one to hand it to them on a platter (especially if they made me a “buddy” for just that purpose!) If they are going to steal it – let them at least work a bit for it. ;)

Roger – thank you as always! Did I tell you I am going to be a “Grammy” in August? I just found out! How cool is that? :)


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

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