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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1307: A New Idea in the Works

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 81 days ago 732 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I woke up to a dense fog this morning.  I hope it means that it is finally getting warmer. Our weather here in Nova Scotia has still been pretty dull and rainy. But I suppose I should be happy that it isn't snow. Even I have had enough of that. 



It felt odd to be 'caught up' with everything. It isn't that I don't have anything to do – as I have lots of new ideas that I am anxious to work on – but with nothing really pressing, I find that sometimes it stymies me as to which way to head.  i want to try everything at once.



After a morning of doing the usual tasks of writing and answering emails and getting the daily mail ready to take to the post office, I was ready to jump in on the new project. I have decided that what I want to work on next will be a combination of a woodworking and painting project that can be used together.  It will actually be two projects, and both will be able to be used individually or they can be used together.  I haven't quite figured everything out exactly, but I am getting there. . . 



One more thing I want to show you though  - 



Yesterday I received a wonderful photo of a project from a customer.  What the customer did was combine one of my own patterns with a pattern he purchased from Sue Mey, a wonderful scroll saw pattern designer.  I have admired Sue's work for many years and I was really thrilled when I saw the results of our "accidental collaboration".  Ted combined our designs to make a beautiful plaque for his son and his fiancee, who just announced their engagement. I think it came out just beautiful! 







I think it is really wonderful and as I said, I am thrilled that he liked my pattern enough to use it for such a special gift.  It makes me feel proud!



Many times I have customers ask me if they can alter my patterns and use them in other ways.  I always try to let people know that not only do I allow this, but I encourage it.  As long as people don't claim the designs as their own they are welcome to do their own take on what we draw.  It is awesome to see the creative ways that people tailor our work to their liking, and I am pleased if my designs act as a spring board to encourage others to express their own ideas.  It is very fun to see! 



So that will be all for today.  I am kind of getting the ball rolling on the new design and I hope to be able to show some good progress soon.  Another week has passed and we are already looking at the weekend ahead.  I hope you all have a great one!  



Happy Friday! 

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 81 days ago

Sheila that is the joy of your designs, they can lead to so many unique projects.

Looking forward to the double project.

Drinking tea and having toast with rhubarb and ginger jam, just like my Gran used to make

Have a sublime day

Jamie
in Sunny Scotland

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 81 days ago

That is wonderful, Jamie! I truly love it and so does Keith! You turned a cute design into something magnificent!

I love the idea of the rhubarb jam as well. I am a huge fan of rhubarb! I am hoping to find some locally this season and make bread.

Thank you for sharing your pictur :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Celticscroller

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#3 posted 81 days ago

What a great idea for an engagement plaque and I love Jamie’s project and his choice of wood. Rhubarb and ginger jam – brings me back a year or two :)
Looking forward to seeing the new patterns Sheila. I’m out of the workshop for a couple of days at a wood carving show.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 80 days ago

Hi, Anna:
Thank you as always for stopping in. I hope you have a fabulous time at the carving show (I am sure you will!) and I hope to see a picture or two when you return.

I love strawberry rhubarb and hope to make some here soon. It is really a treat for me and I only get it once in a while.

Have a wonderful weekend! :) Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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