While yesterday seemed like a LONG day in more ways than one (long stories – never mind!) at the end of the day when things were all said and done, I was able to sit back and look at the accomplishments and feel pretty good about things.
There are some times when I really feel as if I move slow with things. I paint slow. I draw slow. I design slow. But as I look at all the projects that I have finished up, I can honestly look back with a sense of pride that what I have done is something that I feel good about. I honestly don't feel that making more of something is better. Especially if I don't take the necessary time to create it with care and attention to details. And that I do.
I finished up my three reindeer and sleigh patterns yesterday. I decided that the entire vignette would be included in three pattern packets. The first two you saw last week (SLD476 Standing Reindeer Set 1) which included two different poses of standing reindeer. The next was Set 2 (SLD477) which consists of the other three reindeer poses, including Rudolph. This pattern will be available on the site later on today (Thursday). And finally, complete the vignette, I added the SLD478 Fretwork Sleigh pattern, which will also be posted on the site later. What is nice about this set is that you could use each of the patterns independently or put them all together to make a beautiful centerpiece or heirloom quality decoration. I am really proud of them.
I worked pretty much all day completing the patterns. The sleigh pattern includes 28 step-by-step photos so that even a new woodworker with limited tools will be able to construct the piece quickly and easily. When looking it over at the end of the day, I felt really proud of it. It is funny to feel as proud about the pattern packet as the actual project, but I do. I am silly that way. I look at each of the patterns that I create as a lesson, and I hope that they help everyone who makes the project have a fun and enjoyable process. It know it sounds corny, but that is really how I feel.
Keith helped me take the presentation photos for the project yesterday too. He is really getting better and better at his photography and it is because of him that our site looks so classy and beautiful. He is the master of "consistency" and keeps me in line in that department and helps make everything look great. Those of you who have experience putting together websites know just what a huge task that can be. But he works very hard all the time behind the scenes to make things look their best.
When he isn't doing 'technical stuff' he is creating some amazing designs himself. For this round, Keith has three new designs that I think are outstanding.
The first is a beautiful frame and clock plaque (SLD392 - Family Frame and Clock)
I think it looks awesome on this pretty piece of hickory!
The next pattern he has is this SLDK290 - 10 Overlay Crosses pattern:
These crosses can be used individually or stacked, as shown. These are just five of the ten included in the pattern. They are great for ornaments, jewelry or accent on other projects. He made them simple enough for a newer scroller to cut yet there are some that are a bit more challenging as well. I think it is a great set.
And finally, he made a set of fun Halloween trivits or plaques (SLDK391 - Threen Halloween Trivits or Plaques)
They are really cool and I can think of lots of uses for them as well.
We also are having a "Spooky Specials" sale on some of our most popular Halloween patterns. It is getting to be that time of year when everyone wants to start making fall and Halloween projects.
We hope those of you who are interested in keeping up with our new things and don't get a chance to read my blog here every day will join our Mailing List. Now with the magazine being gone, it is probably the best wasy you can hear about what we have that is new.
I am writing and sending out the newsletter later on today. Keith will be adding my new patterns to the site as well. I have had LOTS of inquiries about the reindeer and sleigh patterns and thank everyone for their patience while I created the packets. I don't think you will be disappointed in them. :)
It is Thursday already. The sun is shining and it looks to be a warm and beautiful day here. The rain and humidity of the past couple of days seems to have passed and we are back to lovely weather. Soon the leaves will begin to turn (they are beginning to blush already!) and our area of here will be a beautiful palette of colors. My favorite time of year is approaching and I hope to enjoy it to the fullest. I hope you can as well.
Have an incredible day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"