What a wonderfully busy day I had yesterday!
Even though I arose early (just after 4:30) I got to work right away and remained focused for pretty much the entire day. I was excited about seeing my twelve little ballerina ornaments come to life as I painted them in one by one.
What started out last week as a “just because” pattern has quickly turned into something that will be quite significant for me. Apparently I am not the only one who enjoys ballerinas, and as it turns out there don’t seem to be many available patterns in either the decorative painting sector or the scroll sawing sector of the crafting world.
I honestly can’t remember the last time that I had so much interest and anticipation from people with one of my patterns. As a designer, it is truly thrilling to have so many cheering me on and encouraging me to continue. With working here on my own, I find that I often draw on the support of the many people I reach both here through my blog as well as on the forums and on Facebook. It isn’t as if I am reporting into an office and discussing the projects with my colleagues and associates, as would occur in a ‘regular job.’
Or is it? . . .
In any case, as I posted each finished dancer to my Tole Painting Facebook page as she was finished, I received amazing feedback and enthusiasm from the onlookers. I felt as if I had my own cheering section and even though in the end I was rather tired, I continued on – not wanting to disappoint. It was an incredibly exhilarating way to work and create and it made me want to strive to do even better.
I truly thank everyone not only on that forum, but ALL of my friends who read and comment throughout the day. Your motivation is something that to me is immeasurable!
With that said, I will present my twelve pretty little ballerinas – a painted up in bright and beautiful colors:
Unfortunately, you can’t really see the DecoArt Glamour Dust that is applied to the dresses and shoes. It makes each of them look like they are coated with sugar candy:
I am really proud of them and I think they came out beautiful. They are even nicer than I pictured them in my mind.
As always – there is a method to my madness regarding colors. I decided to paint these in a dozen different colors schemes, so that my customers can mix and match. The basic dresses/slippers are the same instructions, so that colors can be replaced easily with any color scheme desired.
I also did four different hair tones (blonde, brunette, auburn and dark brown) so that customers can easily further customize their ballerinas that way. I know that everyone will appreciate this feature a great deal.
The dancers stand approximately 5” tall. This size makes them suitable for a variety of purposes such as ornaments, small sun catchers, magnets or even placed onto a picture frame.
I plan to offer these pieces in kits, with the tops pre-drilled as I showed in yesterdays’ post. I also think that I am going to include the thin gold cord in the kits as well, as it will save my customers from running around and finding the proper thickness of cording.
I have had several requests for different sizes of ballerinas. I will be willing to do this as well, as many of my painting friends and customers don’t do wood cutting. I think they would make beautiful wall hangings either individually or in a small group, and be a special project for anyone who loves ballet.
So for the next couple of days, I will be writing pattern packets and working to get the site updated. I am sure that I will be cutting several sets of these lovely dancers, as I have already had many requests for the pieces. I have had many woodworkers ask about the patterns as well, and I am thrilled that the scroll saw pattern will be just as popular as the painting pattern promises to be.
It just goes to show that I need to follow my own path at times. What started out as a “just because” pattern is turning into something pretty nice for me. I sometimes doubt my own ideas and thinking, as many of us do. but I have been wanting to do this type of pattern for quite a while now and I am glad that I resolved myself to do it no matter if anyone liked it or not.
So often when we are in our own business, we get caught up in pleasing others. There is nothing wrong with that, as thinking about our customers’ wants and needs is essential to keeping our business healthy and helping it grow. But every now and again, we need to look inside ourselves and do what makes US happy. If for no other reason than to feed and inspire our own soul. It helps keep us fresh and excited about what we do.
Thank you all for your support and friendships and encouragement. You may not realize just how much you contribute to my life.
Have a fabulous Monday! :D
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"