My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1114: New Design for the Magazine and Lots of Other Things

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-27-2013 09:41 AM 2479 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1113: New Halloween Key Ornaments Part 1114 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1115: Halloween Key Ornament Variations »

Today was the first day of the season that I woke up and it was still pitch dark outside. Even though I am nearly through my first cup of coffee, it still is just now barely getting light. Another sure sign that summer is weaning and autumn and winter are quickly approaching.

I need to write quickly today, as the day is already full and looks as if it will be a busy one. My dear kitty Coco is having some problems and I had to call the vet last night. The problems didn’t seem emergent enough to take her to the clinic last night after it was closed, but he wants to see her first thing this morning, which is good. They open at 8 am and I am to call there for an early appointment. I am not really looking forward to taking her on the almost hour long ride, but I hope they get to the bottom of her issues and the sooner the better. I want to see her on the mend.

In the early afternoon, I have another commitment close to town here. I don’t know how long it will take, but it may very well take the entire afternoon. I am hoping that I can get some cutting done though, as I have my next project for the magazine drawn and want to cut it out tomorrow so I can send it on its way.

I did the drawing on it yesterday, and it is for the January issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. Since the Damask style designs were so popular, I thought that I would make one for the magazine. Here is a little sample of the line work to get you thinking:

I was really overwhelmed at the response to the Halloween key ornaments yesterday! I received so many messages and comments from people asking when they would be available that it really made me feel great! I also presented them on my favorite painting page on Facebook and asked if the painters would be interested in them in a painted or ornament version and again the response was overwhelmingly positive. So I will be working on re-cutting them and converting them to painting patterns very soon.

I am not quite done with the scrolled versions of the keys either. I should have them ready to show tomorrow in a couple of finished versions. What I showed yesterday was just the basic keys, finished with mineral oil. I have some cool ideas yet to try.

I am aiming for a site update by the end of the week. Many of you have asked about that. My suggestion is that you sign up for our Mailing List and you will receive our newsletter announcing all of our new patterns and products. We only send one out about twice a month, and we don’t share any of your information with anyone. It is the best way to really keep up with things besides reading here.

I am thrilled about how our little business is growing. We had many new people join our mailing list yesterday after seeing the key ornaments, and I am also experiencing many new customers that are painters and are getting my wood piece kits. In the midst of everything, cut out and sent a couple yesterday. I love having the breaks of cutting the simple painting pieces, as it keeps me at the saw a little in between my own projects. I also love the retail side of making these kits because the painters are just the nicest people in the world. I always seem to make a new friend when filling these orders.

So for the most part it is good. While I am worried about my dear little Coco, I am hopeful that she will be OK. Other than her problem (blood in her poopie) she seems fine and happy and is eating pretty good. Perhaps it is just a digestive disturbance or a small ulcer that can be helped with an antibiotic or change of food. I certainly hope so.

With all that said, I am off to begin my busy day. The sun is coming up and I need to get started and try to finish some drawing before I hit the shower and get going.

I wish you all a truly wonderful 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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#1 posted 08-27-2013 10:19 AM

Building snowmen! Winter fun! Be safe in your travels today and hope the vet has good news about Coco.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 08-27-2013 10:34 AM

Thank you very kindly, Candy. I am just now getting to jump on the treadmill! I will be happy when I have her back home here. I know she won’t enjoy the excursion. :)

Take care and 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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#3 posted 08-27-2013 01:45 PM

Good morning Sheila, Hope things go well at the vet’s today. I really liked your Halloween keys. I have been watching the painted versions wishing for a scrolled version and my prayers were answered! I also am interested in the spoons that all of the painters are doing. Any chance I will be seeing any on your site soon? Any ways, there is an idea for you to work on. Thank you for all of the hard work and great patterns.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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