My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #989: One Basic Idea - Four Versions

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-21-2013 11:45 AM 1920 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our first day of spring came in like a lion. A cold lion at that. It snowed throughout the day and was quite windy and bitter outside. Not really a good day for the beach.

March is like that around these parts. Every year since I have been here in Nova Scotia it seems we have felt the brunt of our winter weather during February and March. It is hard to believe that in a couple of short months it will be warm enough to be sitting on the beach. But it will come. (Eventually!)

I certainly have enough to keep me busy here. I had a good week and made good progress, but I don’t want to slow down my pace just yet. There is so much more that I need to accomplish and as always the days are just flying by.

I worked on the pattern packet for the new (painted) bunnies yesterday. I am happy to say that I did manage to get it completed. Today I will have that pattern up on the site.

For today, I need to finish the pattern for the MUD Bunnies. That involves a bit more because I want to take some step by step photos for the instructions. Hopefully it will be ready to go by the end of the day.

I am very happy the way these sets of bunnies came out. Seeing them altogether is quite a sight. I completed 60 here in the last week. There are the four sets of ten, with extra sets of the painted and the MUD bunnies for my little all season tree. The four different versions are as follows:

The scrolled version – Natural Finish – Embellished with rhinestones and a sheer bow:

The stained version – Stained Finish – Embellished with rhinestones and a sheer bow:

The MUD version, using Margot’s MUD texture paste with rhinestone embellishments and satin ribbon:

And finally, the painted version using Weathered Wood Crackle finish and some acrylic paint (with rhinestones and ribbon, of course!)

It is a great deal of fun doing so many versions of the same project. I love seeing them all together and I know that the different styles appeal to different people. Personally, I can’t really tell you my favorite. I do like them all and am happy that I don’t need to make a choice.

This was really fun to do like this. I had pictured each individual version in my head and I was having trouble deciding which ones to make into patterns. The decision to make all of the versions is (I think) a good one, as it will allow my customers to choose which version they like the best.

It does take a little longer to do of course, but I think that hopefully it will give people ideas of just how many ways you can develop the same concept. It stretches our creativity just a bit.

With that said, I will sign off for today. The site here on Lumberjocks was having some issues and I am happy to have been able to post this entry.

I wish you all a great day today. There is still a light blanket of snow on the ground, but at least the sun is shining today. Spring will arrive eventually. It always has in the past. I have no doubts.

Have a wonderful day and do something creative!

-- 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 03-21-2013 03:44 PM

As usual, very nice work. I agree making some different versions of the ‘same’ thing is work, but it does allow you to reach many different taste. Have a great day.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 03-21-2013 06:05 PM

Hello Sheila

As usaul a nice blog

I like the picture # 4 with the cracked finishing paint

Thanks for sharing and continue with your beautiful ideas

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 03-21-2013 10:14 PM

Wow, how different they all look when you see them together. Beautiful!
Sunny but cool here. Back out to the workshop I go!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 12:18 AM

Easter Bunny’s comin to town.. Very nice, Sheila

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 12:34 AM

I am sorry to all of you that I didn’t get to respond to these comments sooner! Sometimes I get mixed up on the blog posts and I truly thought I had. Thank you for the nice comments!

Yes! The house is LOADED with bunnies! I made 60 of them this week and they are all hopping all about looking for spring! We had snow today (Saturday) so they are rather confused! There isn’t a snow bunny in the bunch!

But if we all keep thinking warm thoughts, spring will hopefully be here soon. Have a great weekend and thanks again for stopping (hopping!) by! :D


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

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