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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1006: This and That and The Other Thing

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 477 days ago 1036 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1005: Time to Finish Some Things Up Part 1006 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1007: Project Progress »

Even though the majority of fretwork projects are pretty complex and elegant, I have always liked the charm of a more primitive style. There is something about the simplicity of primitive and country decorating that never fails to put a smile on my face. When I lived in the Chicago area, much of my house was decorated in a country style, and I thought that it had a warm and welcoming feeling to it.

One of the fun things about being a designer is that I am able to explore many different types of styles and themes through my designing. While some people tell me that they can pick out my “style” in my projects that are published in the magazine, I still feel like I offer a wide variety of types of projects for others to enjoy.

In this current group of projects, I chose to do some of the designs in the primitive style. As you saw in the previous posts, many of the designs were somewhat complex and would only be suitable for someone who has had a bit of experience at the scroll saw. What I like about making primitive projects is that while they may be a bit simpler to create, there is no way that they need to be boring or plain. My self-challenge was to create something that is both cute and appealing, yet simple enough to cut so that even new people will make the attempt to try it.

Primitive and country is really a popular theme now, as it seems that people may find comfort in its simplicity in our busy and overloaded world. I think that this project would be a great seller for those who like to sell their scroll work. It didn’t take very long to cut and with a few simple embellishments, it will be something that will appeal to many.

Yesterday I spent the day working on several of the projects at once. I sanded, shaped, and finished cutting the accompanying pieces for some of the other trays. It was a lot of this and that and the other thing all at once, and it is fun and exciting to see all the projects slowly coming together.

In going through my previous blogs though, I realized that I never gave you a glimpse of my primitive style tray that I am working on. While I plan to add a bit more to this project, I thought that I would set it up and show you the basic design.

I chose a crow and star theme because for some reason I really like the crows. They are simple and cute and fun to make and as you saw last week, I am making another type of crow design in this batch too that you will see in a day or so. In any case, here is what I have for you today:

The tray will have as you see, a base of funky little mis-shaped stars and have some cute and simple pumpkins and crows dancing around it:

I have some other little ‘surprises’ for it too, but that is where it is at today.

This was all done with the same piece of beautiful cherry that I cut the Filigree Candle Tray out of that I showed last week. I love the color and think it looks really nice with this project and gives it a warm and charming look.

I have a lot of photography to do today. Many of these new projects I am going to show in two versions – as I typically do. The first version will be shown in natural wood and the second one will be shown with some color and perhaps some additional embellishments added on them. I love giving choices and showing how one pattern can be finished to several different styles. I think it helps people become more creative, even if they don’t believe that they are.

With that said, I will sign off for today. It will be another busy day of working on several different projects at once. While it is an extremely busy time for me, I am also having fun. It is great to see all these projects come together and it is probably the most exciting part of the process. I hope you stay tuned and watch them evolve with me.

Have a happy Wednesday!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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jjw5858

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#1 posted 477 days ago

This looks great Sheila. I love the tones of Cherry and would agree that country style woodwork is growing more interest for people that want to have in their homes. You hit the nail on the head with our overloaded world and I think this is why people want to reconnect with things that feel comfortable or from a more simple time. Funny how in a world of modern gadgets and fast pace results that we are finding ourselves more than ever searching in the past for slower times…lol.

Great looking work, and interesting blog.

Take care,

Joe

http://www.spoonscarver.com/

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 477 days ago

Hi, Joe:
I often feel like that. As I sit here in my beautiful, little, QUIET place across the river! I love my computer and the way I am able to communicate instantly with people all over the world, but I love living here in the country in a small, rural town away from the busy city. (Remember I grew up in Chicago!) I go to the city (Halifax usually) and I can only take it a while before I feel overwhelmed. I am often asked why I came here after the city, and I think the answer for that is because of the peaceful environment. I feel that it is more the lifestyle that I want and even though I do miss the city from time to time, I like the quite life I made for myself here. :)

Thanks for the comment. :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Celticscroller

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#3 posted 477 days ago

Good morning Sheila. The tray looks great. It’s funny how styles will go around and come back around again. The technical world has, I think, taken its toll on folks and it’s good to get back to the quiet simple life. I am blessed to have the best of both worlds. Even though I live in a busy city, within 10 mins I can be walking on the dykes by the river, on the beach or 30 mins to the mountains.
Looking forward to seeing all your trays finished and put together. Enjoy!
Typical Westcoast Spring day here – cloudy, wet and mild right now.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 477 days ago

Hi, Anna:
Yes, the best of both worlds is good. I feel the same way as you. It isn’t too far to the city, and even though it took a little while to get used to not having stores open 24/7, it is easy to plan ahead. We have another overcast day here, with light rain off and on. But soon everything will be lush and green and growing, so I don’t mind a bit! Have a good day too! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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BertFlores58

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#5 posted 476 days ago

The candle on the country style makes is so traditional. The looks may vary when a military color will be incorporated specially when stars are used on a design. I am just imagining things like putting a flag all around it and in the middle is a monument. Sheila, your designs always become a stimulus for my mind in the morning. The moment you create one, I do imagine things that are the other sides. There is really some impact in your designs that moves a person… that is unique in you. Keep it going.
Same have a nice Thursday,

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 476 days ago

Good morning, Bert:
Last year, I made one stars and stripes candle tray for the USA customers. Here is a picture of it:

I did have some ideas for dimensional patriotic trays for this year that I may be doing that will be a bit different. I got some work done on these today and I have some nice pictures for you all tomorrow. So far I am pretty happy with how they are coming out. Thank you, as always for your continued support. You are a great cheer leader and really make me feel good about what I do. I appreciate that a great deal.

Have a wonderful day! Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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BertFlores58

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#7 posted 476 days ago

Another beautiful outcome from the past… Looking forward as always for those pictures.. That will lighten up my morning again tomorrow. Have a sound sleep and good night.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 476 days ago

Ahh, old crows….......like me… I do like it. I like the stars n strips one you have pictured also

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

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