Even though Keith and I usually don’t feel like we are adding a lot of new patterns, it seems that our product line is growing by leaps and bounds. Our “loose” goal is to put out a newsletter about twice a month introducing our new designs and letting people know what we are up to and while I thought that would be something that would be difficult to maintain, I find that the newsletter are never short of new items or announcements. I guess we are both pretty busy.
I realize that many of you don’t see Keith’s new things if you don’t subscribe to our Mailing List (you should do that!) so I will show them here. His work is really amazing and I find he just gets better and better!
Since his filigree ornaments are so popular, he designed two new sets that are not only suitable for Christmas, but can be used after the holiday season.
The SLDK340 Filigree Instrument Ornaments would be a wonderful gift for a music or band teacher, someone in a choir, or anyone who plays a particular instrument. I think they would even look nice as a theme for a small tree or placed on a wreath, or made larger as wall hangings. There are lots of ways to use this design, even after Christmas!
Another filigree pattern that Keith designed is this set of fun and frilly snowman. (SLDK345 Filigree Snowmen Ornament Pattern) Again – they are great for after Christmas decorating when the house looks so empty after taking all the Christmas stuff down. I think that is why so many people get sad in January. They pack up all the festivities and everything is “blah” until spring. I always LOVE “Winter” themed decorations because they brighten up those cold snowy days.
Keith also designed a nice set of Christmas Tealight Candle Holders (SLDK346) that are quick and easy to make, but will make a wonderful little add-on gift or a small gift for someone special that you want to remember. He put all three designs in one pattern packet so you can make just one holder or the entire set. I think they are cute and they are already selling really well on the site.
As a non-holiday item, Keith designed this beautiful Happily Ever After Plaque or Frame Not only would the plaque be suitable for a wedding or anniversary gift, but it would also be nice as a housewarming or family gift as well. There are two options for the plaque included with the pattern – with and without a photograph – and both are really attractive.
As for my own new patterns, I am finally able to release this cool SLD441 Snowflake Damask Self-Framing Plaque. I think it is one of my all time favorite of the popular Damask plaques and I plan to make two more plaques to go with it in the very near future. As with the other plaques like this, I offered a variety of finishing options using some cool DecoArt products and/or crystal rhinestones. It was really fun to make and I think it will be nice to keep it up until spring.
I also am offering this simple set of Musical Note Ornaments that are nice and easy to cut. I had several requests for a pattern set such as this, and they will be great to use in several different ways.
Finally, I am offering the pattern that I have been working on this past week – PWF02 Snowman Collector Painting Pattern. I am happy that people have been so eager to get this pattern, and I am also offering the Sign Board Wood Kit as well as the Snow Globe Ornament Wood Kit. I am finding that the wood kits are ‘catching on’ and that there are many painters who like them and are ordering them. Offering them as well as the painting patterns has really helped our business grow.
Keith is also in the process of finishing up our new catalog of our designs. This time he has completely reformatted the catalog, as the number of products we have is growing by leaps and bounds. He updates the catalog about twice a year, and we realize that in a few weeks, we will have additional products that aren’t going to be included as we make new items, but at least it is a good base for our customers to see what we have to offer.
When looking at the catalog of our work, I am very proud. Seeing all of our stuff in one place like that is sometimes overwhelming, as we can’t really believe that WE made all of that stuff! And the good part is that there is plenty more to come!
I am very proud of our little business. While it is a lot of work to keep up with things, it is certainly a satisfying way to spend our days. I hope you didn’t mind this little preview that I showed here today. I know that some people don’t get the newsletter and miss some of the new products and I like to show them here in the blog as well as in the newsletter.
I want to thank you all for your wonderful friendships and support. You all make my days very happy and fun. Both Keith and I are very grateful.
Happy Tuesday to you all!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"