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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1057: The Next Project

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-12-2013 10:40 AM 894 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1056: Another Site Update With Several New Patterns Part 1057 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 1058: Supporting the Creative Industrys - Taking Responsibility »

After arising late yesterday morning (Nearly 7am – late for me anyway!) I actually had a productive day and I accomplished a great deal. I managed to really stay focused on things and got the things I needed to do finished in a ‘reasonable amount of time’ – whatever that is.

The site is updated and we were once again pleased with the response we have had not only from our mailing list subscribers, but people in general. It is nice to be able to look at what we accomplish all in one place. I find that I really feel good about our site and what we have to offer people. It helps to have a gifted partner too. I can’t even begin to think that things would be anywhere near as nice if it weren’t for Keith. Having two people contributing and maintaining things really makes a huge difference. It allows each of us to pursue what we want while the other fills in the gaps. We also have a bit of a different style of designing, and I believe that it broadens our appeal.

We were a bit worried last year when we decided to leave the large wholesaler that we were selling our patterns through. We didn’t know if we would be able to make up the difference, as they were a large source of our income. But even through these past few months, which are typically our slowest time of year, we have done well and more than made up for the income that we used to receive from them. Plus we know that our patterns are being distributed the way we intended them to be. Perhaps that is why we are doing so well in the long run. (Not to mention that we no longer have to worry if our wishes were being followed regarding our pattern distribution. What a load off our minds that is!) All in all, we feel it was the best decision we have made. It just goes to show that sometimes you have to follow your instincts.

After the update was completed, I spent the rest of the day filling orders and I began working on the next project in earnest. That is the “12 Days of Christmas Keys” that I am reworking for distribution through the Artist’s Club. They will be selling the designs, but on their own surfaces. While Keith and I never mind cutting kits, I am happy with doing things this way this time because I feel that my time is better spent designing. I have so many ideas for the fall and winter seasons (and summer too for that matter!) that I really need to keep going in the design department. Since we are getting new customers every day and word is getting out about our patterns and service (thank you!) we want to keep offering the best patterns available of the highest quality. That takes time as those of you who read may realize.

I did some drawing yesterday and I am just about ready to begin painting again today. Since the shapes for the “12 Days” are a lot different that what I had originally created, they needed a unifying element to keep the set looking cohesive. This didn’t have to be complex, as the designs themselves are to be the focal point, but sometimes I have a bit more difficulty in making things simple than I do making them complex. It is sometimes hard to tone things down to a subtle accent, which is what I wanted to happen here.

Here is a sample of what I came up with:

(I nearly had a panic attack when I went for the sample picture and it wasn’t in my folder. I had forgotten that I renamed and renumbered the file and put it in its own folder! Whew!)

Right now it is “nothing special” but I can envision it finished and I think it will look pretty slick when it is finished. I hope so anyway.

As with just about everything that I do, I can also see a scrolled version of these in the works. I am sure that i will be thinking about it as I paint these in. :)

This morning I awoke just after 5. Perhaps I was making up for yesterday, or perhaps I just had enough sleep after getting up so late. I have been picking around the computer this morning and enjoying my extra hour. But now it is time to get to it and get to work on these. Hopefully they will not take me long to do. Since the designs are going to be a bit larger than the originals, there is the opportunity for a bit more detail. I will like that.

It’s mid-week already and while a soft and steady rain was falling when I awoke, it all seems to be clearing at this time. It is brightening up too, and although it is overcast, it may turn out to be a nice day after all. Everything is lush and green and I am still awaiting the summer heat to arrive, as it has been cool so far. All in good time.

I wish you all a great mid-week.

”And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald”

-- 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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Roger

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 10:55 AM

Have a gr8 rest of the week.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 10:56 AM

Thank you Mr. Roger! I was just heading over to read your blog post now. :)

Have a great one 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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MrsN

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 01:55 PM

Now Sheila, that sounds like something I would do. The one time I am on top of organizing and put something exactly where it belongs, I loose it and look every where else.

Very interesting preview, I can’t wait to see them finished.

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 01:58 PM

I really, really (really!) try to be organized, Katie! But alas, I am still “me!” LOL I hope you will like the new designs. I am thinking painting version as well as a scrolling one with some modifications.

Stay tuned . . . ;)

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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Celticscroller

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 04:50 PM

I have never experienced 5.00am – well not at the start of the day!
Looks like that would make a great scrolling pattern! I’m pushing to get my carved bust finished so that I can focus on my scroll saw for the rest of the summer.
Mild day here with a soft drizzle to water the garden. We’re back up to 21 on the weekend.
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 10:05 AM

Oh Anna – I am such a morning person! I love the quiet of the early morning and I truly love to get up “at the crack of dawn!” I have never been one to stay up really late, although I do it sometimes. Usually by 10 or so I am in “relax mode” and either unwind with a game or head off to sleep.I rarely don’t do much “work” after nine or so. I just run out of steam.

It is still cool and overcast here, with some rain. I am wondering if summer will ever arrive. I know it isn’t officially summer for a week or so, but we will have to see how things change between now and then.

Have a great day!

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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