It always feels so good when I finish accomplishing my deadlines. Whether self-imposed or work that I have to get done for others, I try to treat them with equal importance and prioritize them accordingly.
Lately it seems that I have been spinning many different plates. I know some of you who know me don't see that as being very unusual – and it reality it is not – but sometimes it just kind of gets to me when there isn't a break for a while.
I think that part of it comes from having so many ideas and wanting to do them all at once. I get very anxious and don't know which thing to do first. But that is something that I usually work out for myself and it all seems to be part of the process. I just need to be patient with myself.
Our biggest accomplishment yesterday was updating our site. We both had designed several new patterns that we needed to add to it. We are pretty happy with these new designs and couldn't wait to share them with you all.
The unspoken theme of this update was "back to basics." All the new projects we added were something that could be accomplished by someone newer to scroll sawing. More and more I am receiving notes and letters from people who are just starting out with the scroll saw. This is welcome and exciting news. We all like to see our industry grow, and I love it that many people seem to be interested in learning. However, I have had several people comment to me that they love our designs, but they just don't feel that they are good enough to attempt them, and they wish that we would make some designs that were a bit simpler.
That was something that hadn't occurred to me before. Both Keith and I are the type of people who always try to put our best foot forward and present our best work. As our own skills developed, we didn't even realize that many of our designs were a bit difficult for the average scroller. I think that is why communication with our customers is really vital. I believe that anyone who owns a business needs to constantly monitor feedback from their customers so they are best able to fill their needs. It is something we strive to do.
So I went to work and came up with some new simpler, yet still attractive designs that weren't quite so difficult. I am calling this series "Early Inspirations" and I designed it specifically with newer scroll sawyers in mind. This first batch of designs consists of eight patterns. Each pattern packet has two complimentary portrait style designs included. I also included two sizes of each of the designs – an 8" x 10" version and a 5" x 7" version so that the finished pieces could fit in standard size pre-purchased frames. I thought they came out pretty nice and while I am offering them singly, I also made a nice set of all eight of them at a discounted price. I hope that people enjoy them.
By having two sizes included, it allows the sawyer to try first on the larger and easier pattern and then as they get better move to the smaller design. In any case, here is a representation of what is in the set:
SLDEISET1 - Eight "Early Inspiration" Portrait Patterns
Again, you can get the individual patterns as well as the money saving set.
Keith had some great new patterns as well. Below is a picture of his Songbird Mini-Plaque Set1
SLDK367 - Songbird Mini-Plaque Set 1
It is a wonderful set of six pretty songbirds in one pattern. There are options to make them with or without the name plates underneath. If one chooses to make them without the name plates, the pattern would certainly qualify for something that a newer sawyer could accomplish. They are a nice project for one who may want to try cutting a bird for the first time. While it does take a bit of patience, they really are set up so that they aren't that difficult.
The final new pattern that Keith designed was the Overlay Faith Cross
SLDK366 Overlay "Faith" Cross
This is another great pattern for one who may not have a great deal of experience. The design is not too complex, but very clean and nice.
I love bringing new people into scrolling. Many times people have experience in other areas of woodworking, but have never tried the scroll saw. Many find they are amazed at just how easy it can be to learn – and how satisfying.
I hope that this encourages some of you to give it a try. Many of you already have saws sitting at the side in your shop and gathering dust (and not in a good way!) You may find yourself surprised at just how fun and relaxing working with the scroll saw can be!
For me today, I am going to be working on some painting projects. I have two things on my agenda and I hope to get started on at least one of them. Either way – I am going to have fun and enjoy my day. I hope you enjoy yours as well.
Happy Thursday to you all! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"