My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1305: Getting Ready for Another Update

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-30-2014 11:45 AM 1145 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was happy to get so much done yesterday. With a bit of concentration, I was able to complete both my article for the magazine as well as the instructions for the five note cards that I showed here yesterday. The courier came and picked up the package early in the afternoon and the items are on their way to be published.

Another deadline met and checked off!

That means today that I am able to start something new. I have a variety of new things that I want to work on. I haven’t picked up my paints in over a week since I finished my snow leopard pair so I feel as if it is time to work on something that I wanted to make which included both some woodworking and painting. I am still thinking it through a bit though, and not quite decided how I wish to proceed.

But that is of little consequence, as we are preparing for another update on our site and I am going to work on that. I had finished the eight scroll saw patterns that were geared for those new to scroll sawing and I only need to complete the packets and they will be ready to go. Each design has two patterns in two sizes so that is sixteen designs in all.

While they are simpler, I think they are still attractive. They are made to be cut from 1/8” birch plywood so they will be a bit stronger and easier to manage. Of course, as one progresses they can move up to using hard wood. It is just a matter of choice.

Here is a sample of the Pintail Duck set:

Sorry to have to skew things, but you all know how it is . . . :/

In any case, the eight sets are mostly wildlife themed and I think that people will like them, There are bears, fish, moose, ducks, hummingbirds, butterflies and even a lighthouse and boat set. If they go over well, I will certainly be adding to the collection. I designed them to fit in standard sized frames (8” x 10” and 5” x 7”) so that there is as little muss and fuss as possible. I hope people like them.

Sometimes designing ‘simpler’ things is more difficult than designing complex patterns. Knowing just how and when to back off is (I am finding out) an art in itself. The key is not to over-complicate the design and still have it detailed enough to look attractive. I hope that applies here. :)

With that said, I will keep it short today. If all goes well, our newsletter will be sent out by this evening. If you aren’t on our mailing list and would like to be, you can sign up here:

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Looking at the calendar I see it is the final day of April. What a whirlwind this year has been already! We have had so far a fabulous year and we hope it continues. With all the new things Keith and I have in store for you all, we are optimistic that it will.

The sun is shining and it looks beautiful outside. It is finally beginning to look ‘greener’ and things are finally beginning to bud. Perhaps spring has arrived after all!

Have fun and stay safe! Happy Wednesday!

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

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