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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1014: Pocket Full of Posies

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-19-2013 10:48 AM 1559 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1013: Float Like a Butterfly Part 1014 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1015: One Last Tray (for now!) »

This will be the final set of pictures of the new trays. When I showed this tray before, it was only oiled and had its natural maple color. While it was very pretty then, I wanted to add some color to it to brighten it up:

When drawing this piece up, I thought that the border resembled a ribbon. The one part especially looked like a bow and I thought it made a nice base for the simple flowers.

While I could have chosen any color of the rainbow, I thought it would look nice in a pale blue. I knew I wanted to make the flowers white and I though that a light blue ribbon for the base would look good.

I once again used small 4mm yellow crystal rhinestones for the flower centers. The added shimmer in the candle light really adds a nice touch when it is lit.

I am thinking that I may shade around the blue areas with a darker blue to give the tray more depth, but that is the painter inside of me wanting to do that. I know that if I make things look too complicated, people that are new to painting won’t want to try it. I didn’t glue down any of the flowers yet though, so I may do that just for myself and offer it as an option in the instructions, as well as add one more picture. That way it won’t be too overwhelming.

I worked on the patterns for much of the day yesterday. I had to get some other things done though, so I didn’t get as far as I would have liked. I am trying to make some general instructions on how to post the upright pieces such as the butterflies on yesterday’s candle tray so that they are straight forward and simple. It really isn’t difficult to do, but sometimes I have trouble explaining and I do realize that people will be using different thicknesses for the add-on figures and I want to have some general instructions that they can apply to whatever they have on hand to make the pieces with. It sounds easy, I know, but making things clear in writing is sometimes a challenge (for me it is anyway!)

I plan on spending the entire day on writing and getting these all finished and up on the site. Hopefully I will be at least close by the end of the day.

I can’t believe that it is Friday already and that another week has passed us by. Time is going by so quickly. I guess I am having a lot of fun. :)

Have a good day and stay safe.

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



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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 04-19-2013 01:42 PM

Though I love the colors and feel of natural woods your use of color and the jewels was wonderful! What a difference in the first and second photos!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 04-19-2013 01:50 PM

Nice design Sheila.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 04-19-2013 01:50 PM

Thank you so much. You know – lots of people say that. They say they don’t like to color or paint wood, but when I show the two varieties, they always seems to like the colored ones best (well – most of the time anyway!) That’s why I keep doing two versions of everything. I know that everyone likes different things and I try to respect that. :) I appreciate your nice comments!

And thank you too, Lee! I just saw your comment after mine posted. :)

Sheila

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

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Rick13403

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#4 posted 04-19-2013 01:58 PM

Another great candle tray Sheila. I really like the added detail it really sets off the tray.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 04-19-2013 03:00 PM

Thank you so much Rick. I am glad that you like them. This one was really fun to cut and easy too. :)

Sheila

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 04-19-2013 03:11 PM

Sheila I had to look twice as it looked as if the flowers
were carved in at first. I like things that trick the eye.
My main reason for scroll sawing was for pre carving bulk
removal. Then I saw other ideas.

Hae a wonderfuk dae fae Sunny Scotland

Jamie

-- 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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scrollsaw

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#7 posted 04-19-2013 07:54 PM

Great job Sheila

-- Todd

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Celticscroller

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#8 posted 04-19-2013 10:01 PM

Hi Sheila. Ok I’m hooked! I love the painted details on all the trays and I’m not one for painting wood. They look great and as usual the rhinestones add beautiful detail.
Rainy wet day here in Monroe WA. I’m down here for a wood carving show.
Have a good weekend Sheila.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 04-19-2013 10:40 PM

Thank you all very much! Anna – I would love to see pictures of the carving show you are attending. You should do a little blog on it so we can all see! (hint, hint!) ;)

I hope you have a wonderful time. It is raining a little here too, but mostly windy and grey. The sun is already setting (it is nearly 8pm) and I am still working trying to finish up the pattern packets. I may not finish tonight, but I am well on my way and made great strides today. Hopefully I can get the new things on the site for tomorrow, along with a newsletter. We’ll see . . .

Have a safe and wonderful weekend. Thank you always for your support.

Sheila

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

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lightweightladylefty

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#10 posted 04-20-2013 04:53 AM

Sheila,

The colors really do add pizazz to your tray! I’m anxious to see a picture of the added shading also. I, too, would have chosen the wood . . . until I saw the painted one!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 04-20-2013 10:09 AM

Thanks L/W. I will try to get to the shaded one later this week and put up a picture. I will add a picture in of it shaded when I post it as a project. Some things really do look better left natural but others look so nice when they are colored. I think that the combination of leaving the wood on the sides of the piece natural looks nice too. It still allows the natural beauty of the wood to show through. :)

Sheila

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

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berniep

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#12 posted 04-20-2013 10:22 AM

G’Day Sheila, have just joined from across the big creek in Australia. Normally do not like painted wood, but yours grabbed me. having a mind that demands answers tried to work out why, it’s your choice of colours, they are so subdued and unobtrusive, dare I say beautiful.

Cheers
Bernie

-- Bernie

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Roger

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#13 posted 04-21-2013 12:40 AM

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh now that’s fine, fine.

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

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