I spent the day yesterday finishing up the remaining three poses of reindeer for my reindeer and sleigh vignette. Now all I need to do is assemble the two additional deer pattern packets and also the sleigh packet and I will be good to go. I had estimated that the sanding and assembly of the three deer would take half the day, and I planned to take the other half to kind of coast and do some things around the house, or some of my personal creating, but as usual I grossly underestimated myself and wound up gluing the last antlers into place sometime around 8:30. Will I ever learn?
I didn't really mind though, as I know I am really picky when it comes to making things like this. I used my Dremel to sand the deer parts and I was able to sit out on my little deck with my cordless headphones and coffee (with a touch of caramel flavoring in it) and listen to music as I worked on a beautiful, autumn-like day. Although many would not think it was beautiful (it was rather overcast, cool and somewhat windy) I did. The atmosphere along with my choice of music (Billy Joel – The Stranger for one album) brought back memories of those autumn days of high school, when we were all excited about the football games beginning and new classes and friends and all the activities that went along with those times.
Yes – I am odd. I was one who actually LIKED school. While I am sure my "memory filter" makes things a little better and perhaps more romanticized than they actually were, it was not a horrid time at all and I love how certain music can instantly bring me back to a certain time and place. It certainly makes the time pass quickly and more pleasantly when doing something like sanding. I was almost sad to be finished. (Almost!)
Upon completing this group, I consider the 'set' done. I am sure that many of you may be wondering why I only included five poses of reindeer, as Keith has questioned me more than once on this. But as usual, there is some kind of "logic" to offering only five poses. My thoughts on this are as follows:
Since these pieces have so many applications, I wanted to make it possible for people to just purchase which pieces they wanted from the set. Some may want only one or two reindeer – say to put on a mantle or a dining room table. Others may want only the sleigh – to have as a stand-alone centerpiece perhaps filled with candy or ornaments or holly leaves. Others may only have room for perhaps one or two reindeer and the sleigh. And still others may want to go all out and have the entire set of nine reindeer and sleigh on either a mantle or under the tree. So many choices!
For a brief moment I considered creating nine different poses on the deer. But after I did the first two, I realized that this would be a bit difficult. Even though these pieces are "dimensional", the head position of the deer needs to be always looking either forward or back – not sideways in the least – so I felt that limited me a great deal. So my thoughts are as follows: If one were to desire all nine reindeer (the eight usual and Rudolph) they could easily make two of each of the 'regular' reindeer. Rudolph would stand alone only because of his bulbous nose. For that reason, I am packaging them as follows:
- Two pattern of TWO reindeer, in different poses
- One pattern of Rudolph by himself
- The sleigh – by itself
I am certain you could hear Keith grumbling at me for complicating things for people, but to me – I feel that it is the best way for everyone. I plan to offer a discount for those who want everything (all four patterns) and I will be announcing that in our next newsletter (probably Wednesday when we do the next site update.) The patterns will also all be available at that time.
Here is a 'quick picture' of the entire set:
I think they came out pretty handsome. I need to 'dress' the new ones with some ribbon and I think I will tint Rudolph's nose in red. I am kind of proud of them.
I had many inquiries as to providing the finished pieces of the deer and the sleigh. For myself – I don't think that I will be able to accommodate this request. While I try to do 'production' work such as cutting ornaments and simple things like that to help with income, cutting and finishing more complex pieces such as this just take too much time for me to do. Especially with the magazine going under, I need to really be cautious as to where I spend my time, as this is my only living and income. The sleigh alone took several hours to complete, and most people would probably be insulted if I charged even minimum wage for the hours I spent making it. Not to mention the wood and materials.
I do know that there are others though who do things for a hobby or just to make a little on the side to support their woodworking 'habit' and they may be able to help out. I will happily offer them as referrals.
I am happy at the wonderful response that I have had to this group. Especially after the magazine folding, my confidence was a bit shaken. But seeing that there was a great deal of interest in something like this just showed me there is still hope for us. We are looking forward to continuing to grow.
On a personal note today, I want to wish my beautiful daughter Danielle a happy 24th birthday. Where, oh where did the years go? I am so proud of her and so happy to see her happy and doing well. Nothing make my heart fill more with joy. What a beautiful young woman you have become!
I love you Dani! xoxo
Have a wonderful Monday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"