Lately we have been trying to keep updating our site about every two weeks. It seems with the holiday season approaching, we have lots of new things and we don't like to overwhelm everyone with too many new choices at a time. I guess it is a good problem to have.
Since I do more painting things, they tend to take a little longer to complete than the scrolling patterns that I do. And even when I do scroll pieces, I like to offer different 'versions' so that our customers can choose which one suits their own taste and the market they are selling to. For this reason, I find that sometimes I really seem like I am running behind in things in compared to Keith.
But it is what it is and I do really think that my customers enjoy the diversity that both Keith and I can offer to them. I always say that our differences really do compliment each other and I honestly believe that. It is wonderful to have such a talented partner to work with and I do think that between the two of us we are better able to 'cover the bases' and offer a better variety of patterns. So we go with the flow and try to bring you what we have every two weeks and go from there. It makes it fun and interesting.
Yesterday I completed the remaining pieces in my new Painting With Friends Christmas Pull Toy Set pattern. I am really thrilled with how this grouping came out and I know from the positive responses that they will certainly be strong sellers. Here is a photo of the finished pieces:
I am really pleased with these. I will be putting them on the site today as a "Pre-Order" item, as I will be spending the next day or so working on the pattern for them. I will be offering the STAND UP WOOD PIECES as shown here for sale, as well as 1/8" THIN ORNAMENT WOOD KITS for those who are interested. I have had several requests for both kits and I think they would look wonderful hanging on a tree as well as on a mantle or a table centerpiece.
The other pattern that I am finishing up today is for my SLD483 Slotted Damask Ornaments that I show the other day.
The ornaments are obviously finished, but I am spending the day completing the instruction packet prior to sending our our newsletter. So they should be up on the site by the time you get the newsletter later on today (Thursday). If you want to sign up for our newsletter, you can do so here: Sheila Landry Designs Mailing List We put out a newsletter about every two weeks to announce new specials and patterns and we never share your information with anyone. That way if you miss a blog post or two you will still be able to see what we have new to offer.
I have also added my SLD474 Damask Christmas Shapes Ornament Patterns to the site. These pretty ornament pattern has two versions – WITH and WITHOUT the date. I also included the full use of numerals so that the pattern can be used for several years to come.
And for the painters, I have the painted version of these ornaments - SLDPS224 Traditional Damask Ornament Pattern and Wood Kit where I offer the pattern and the easy painting instructions, as well as the wood cutouts for these pretty ornaments. All instructions to create the porcelain-like crackle finish are included. They truly look lovely – almost like stone.
Now for Keith's additions to the site -
He created another addition to his Self-Framing Leaf Bordered Series – a beautiful Pheasant (SLDK238)
He also added to his word art plaques, which have been so wonderfully popular. This is his SLDK396 Self-Framing Love Always Plaque:
And here is his SLDK397 Sisters Always and Forever plaque:
And for Thanksgiving, his SLDK398 Self-Framing Give Thanks Plaque:
And finally – for the upcoming holiday and Christmas season, Keith made these beautiful SLDK450 Joy and Peace Sectional Scroll Saw Plaques.
The pattern includes both versions for our Christian and non-Christian customers.
So you see, we have both been really busy. As always, we both appreciate so much our wonderful friends and customers who are so encouraging and supportive. Every day is filled with something positive to focus on. I think that is much needed – especially in today's harsh world.
I hope you all liked seeing this little preview of our work. Since Keith doesn't blog, I want ot share his work with you all as well. He is such a wonderfully talented partner and adds so much to our business. I love giving him the credit he deserves.
If you subscribe to our newsletter, watch for your copy late this afternoon or early evening. I need to finish up my pattern packet first and then I will work on the newsletter. It will also highlight some of the new sale patterns we will have as well as these products.
It is windy and rainy and it appears that many of the leaves have already fallen. Autumn's glory is certainly at its end. But focusing on these many wonderful fun designs keeps me chipper and happy and I look forward of what is to come.
I wish you all a wonderful Thursday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"