My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1180: "Elf" Mode

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-02-2013 01:11 PM 1669 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s the month of December already and that only means one thing – Elf Mode.

While it appears I am in Elf Mode every day, during the holidays it goes to a new level. Not only do I enjoy making most of the gifts that I give, but I also like to participate in many exchanges that are held from several of the forums that I frequent. Yes – I LOVE to receive small pieces of others’ work!

Recently, in my never ending quest to be organized I purchased a nice brush box to hold my paint brushes. Since I have been experiments with different types of paint, I found it necessary to have brushes for each type that I use. I don’t mean BRAND of paint, as you can (for example) use your acrylic brushes with any brand of acrylic paint and be fine – but I am more referring to TYPE of paint. You wouldn’t want to use the same brushes for different types. (For example – the heat set Genesis paints use no water and are not to be in contact with water, so I wouldn’t want to use my acrylic brushes with them, as any paint or water left in them can contaminate the paint, and so on.)

So I am not being just fussy to want different brushes for different TYPES of paint.

But then came the problem – storing three sets of brushes. I wanted something that was both functional and it would be nice if it looked nice as well.

I came across a wonderful small storage chest from Mary Kingslan Gibilisco not too long ago. Mary is someone that I have following in the painting world for years, and I was thrilled a couple of months ago when I found her site and that she has over a hundred online tutorials on painting. Her lessons on theory and techniques are not only wonderful in themselves, but they provide a foundation for painters of ALL levels to use in their own work and designs. I have become an even bigger fan since then.

In any case, I ordered the wonderful brush storage chest along with several brushes. Mary also has her own signature line of brushes which is manufactured by Royal brush and they are high quality and don’t cost an arm and a leg. Mary offers several sets that bring prices even lower, including her WOW Set which is an incredible value.

I ordered up.

Last week I received my brush box and brushes. I was really thrilled. The box is plain as it is intended to be painted and customized by me, and I am still thinking as to what I will put on it. I have some ideas though and I hope to have time to do it soon. Below is a picture of the box:

You can get it here on Mary’s site – Brush Box – as well as see the many lessons and supplies she offers. It is a great place for any level of painter!

I had fully intended to break my new brushes in yesterday. Being Sunday, it was to be a Painting/Jammie day. But that didn’t really pan out for me.

I decided instead to get out my Christmas decorations and change over my little “All Season Tree” to a “Christmas Tree” as well as the few other decorations that I had throughout our house.

I had fun doing so, and found myself patting myself on my own back because of the EASE of my newly organizational system I had recently set up for my decorations. It made everything quick and fun and instead of hunting for some things and not putting others out, I had everything in front of me in one convenient place.

Among the items, I came across a candle box that I painted a couple of years ago. The design is by Betty Caithness, one of my favorite tole painter pattern designers and it is one of my favorite pieces to date.

I am very happy with how it came out (although it is showing up a little “yellowish” here. I had intended to give it as a gift, but I can’t seem to part with it.

In any case, it only fueled my desire to paint even more. I NEED to dedicate at LEAST a day per week to doing some painting. I think I owe it to myself.

I spent the rest of the day finishing up the mail orders that need to go out. We had a LOT of them, and there were many that required me to cut wood pieces for them. I am glad that I am selling more wood pieces, as it somewhat forces me to use my saw more. As a designer, it seems the times I actually get to cut are few and far between. I am happy that word is getting out that I will cut for painting projects as well. It’s just another way to have fun. :)

We closed out November with our best month ever in our web sales! I know you may have heard me say that before, but we have beaten our old record four out of the last five months. I am not trying to brag about that (well – maybe a LITTLE!) but we have worked long and hard to be successful and it is wonderful to see it finally starting to “work” for us. We are very proud of our customer service and products and patterns and it is encouraging to know that more people are discovering us. So all is good.

Today will be a busy day as usual. The last of my exchange gifts will go out, and then I need to start working on other “elf” things. I am happy that last week is behind me though and I am happy to be back on track and moving forward.

It’s MONDAY – my favorite day of the week! A day to start fresh and plan for new things. I hope you all have a great one!

-- 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 12-02-2013 01:27 PM

Wow! You have what they refer to as TALENT!

That is some wonderful painting – I understand why you want to hold onto it.

Have a great Monday


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 01:34 PM

Those are just beautiful

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 01:45 PM

Thank you both! I am not the designer as I said, but Betty has some BEAUTIFUL designs that I LOVE. I hope to be painting more of her stuff soon. :) I wish you both a 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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#4 posted 12-02-2013 06:01 PM

Love the candle box! Beautifully painted. Thank you for sharing another painting website. I’m looking forward to getting back to some painting now that I have had to close up the workshop for a bit – just way too cold theses days! We even have a threat of snow this week!
Enjoy your Monday and all the new week brings – and brag away about the success in your business. You have worked hard for it.

-- Anna

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 12-02-2013 08:26 PM

Thank you so much Anna! I truly love painting and I want to be able to do “both” – painting and scrolling. I need to do these things to remain true to myself. I think that happiness bleeds over to everything I do. I am sure that is why things are so successful for me. We are often afraid to take that step to doing what we want, but once there, I don’t think many of us look back at ourselves with regret.

Have a 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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#6 posted 12-07-2013 02:05 PM

You are an artist x10. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 12-07-2013 02:05 PM

Thanks, Roger! :)


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

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