My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1013: Float Like a Butterfly

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-18-2013 10:45 AM 3430 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a good day yesterday and I feel that I accomplished a great deal. My goal is to have all of the new patterns ready for the site update that we will do by the weekend. That gives me two more days of writing and editing photographs.

I finished up my photos though yesterday, and that takes a bit of time to do. We had a beautiful spring-like day and the afternoon lighting is optimal for getting nice, clear pictures that have the truest color. For smaller items, I usually use the photo box that Keith made, but it is a bit too small for the trays so I work with a combination of natural light and artificial light, as well as adjusting the settings on my camera.

I am still very happy with the Sony camera that we picked up last year. Both the still photographs and the videos are much improved over the previous Sony camera that I owned. It seems that every year these little inexpensive camera advance by leaps and bounds.

Among other things, I was able to take the pictures of the colorized butterfly candle tray. For those of you who may have missed, here are pictures of it in its natural color:

While I feel that it is very nice done up in pretty ash, I like it even more stained lightly with some soft colored acrylic paints and the DecoArt staining and Antiquing Medium. I think the sheer color enhances the scroll work nicely, and it really looks good:

I don’t know if you noticed, but I couldn’t help but add a couple of pretty crystal hot fix rhinestones to accent the grassy base. I use the peridot green stones from Rhinestone Canada and they really look beautiful. Being born in August, the peridot is my birthstone and I have never been very fond of it. But for some reason, I just love the light green color of these stones and I think they look both subtle and pretty on the base of the tray – like little drops of water. I also used a single Black Diamond colored stone on each of the heads of the butterflies. You can barely see them, but they add a bit of shine – especially in the candle light. The do make a nice and subtle difference.

I have one more tray to show you that I had colored in, but I will save that for tomorrow. Since I will be spending most of the day writing, it will give me some pictures to show you then.

It looks to be another beautiful day here in Nova Scotia. The sun is out and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. While the blossoms are not yet apparent, I am noticing that most of the trees are beginning to bud. It seems late this year, but I believe that spring has finally arrived.

I hope you enjoy your day today.

”How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!”- Anne Frank (1929-1945)

-- 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 04-18-2013 12:19 PM

Great additions using the stones Sheila, I think it really adds a nice pop visually to the whole theme!

Thanks for the post and your kind words on my video, always inspiring to see your ideas.

Have a great day,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 12:46 PM

Another very classy candle holder

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 01:53 PM

Thank you both very much! I really appreciate your support and comments. I hope you have a great day! :)


-- 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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#4 posted 04-18-2013 02:38 PM

Nice Sheila it is increasing the options
They must make some crazy shadows when the candle burns down

We are Sunny/Rainy :)
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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#5 posted 04-18-2013 04:05 PM

Really nice candle tray, Sheila! I can’t wait for your site update.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 04:09 PM

Hi, Rick:
Thanks, as always for the nice comments. I am glad you enjoy what I make and I want you to know it means a lot to me to know that people enjoy my designs. It just makes me want to do better and better! :)


-- 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 04-18-2013 10:51 PM

Hi Sheila,
Wow and it keeps me imagining things again when I see your folded wing butterfly. May I suggest that instead of peg (pins), you can use (probably you have this in mind already) springs or wires that will serve as feet. This will allow any position where they want to land these butterfly. Since you are good in painting as I have seen on your use of those wires…. then you can also replace those antennae with those small wires and glue some small stones on the tip… A 45 deg cut on those wings and peg it to the body using your skills will make a real butterfly. Butterflies are commonly used as brooch designs, (remembering your mask brooch), this could be a nice one… Just a thought on my side… you keep my morning a mind exercise by just seeing your work. Thanks.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 04-19-2013 03:18 AM

Hi Sheila, I think I will like the natural wood tray – until I see the painted one! The splash of colour and the rhinestones really bring the detail up even more. Love it!
Rainy and cool here today but the weekend is supposed to smarten up.
Enjoy your evening.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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