I am the first to admit that I am not a fast worker. Be it painting, scroll sawing, sewing or anything else, I find that it usually takes me quite a bit longer than the average person to accomplish most things.
I also admit that it used to bother me, but as I get older, it doesn't seem to do so as much anymore. As we accumulate large quantities of what we are making, adding to the pile just seems to . . . well . . . add to the pile and sometimes I feel that things lose their 'special-ness' when they just one of perhaps hundreds of similar objects.
I look at our website and that is a clear example to me. I think that between Keith and myself, we are offering over 500 patterns. Every once in a while we dig out something we liked that was created perhaps a year or to ago and feature it on a certain area of our site and I am amazed at how many of those patterns sell. I think that unless someone wants to spend the time to go through each category, things are bound to get lost among the hundreds of patterns we are selling. There just isn't a good way to show that many choices at once.
I suppose it can be viewed as a good problem to have.
What it has done though, is help me feel secure about things and it has allowed me to not only pursue other media to create with, but to really take my time on the new projects that I do. There is no sense of urgency or rushed feeling when it comes to adding new designs. We are gaining new customers every day and to those who just recently discovered us, everything we have is new. The large variety of choices we offer can be somewhat overwhelming. So I sit myself down and tell myself that what is most important is not the quantity of new patterns, but the quality of them. So far, that has been the formula for my success. Slow and steady.
With that said, I completed my new drawings that I showed yesterday in time for me to head to the scroll saw. The pattern for the new set of ornaments will be ready for tomorrow's site update, and I am pretty pleased with how they are looking so far. As I mentioned yesterday, my friend Leldon suggested I make a set of Damask style ornaments in Christmas light bulb shapes, as he thought they would be pretty popular. It didn't take much convincing on my part, as I love the Damask style and think it translates perfectly to the scroll saw. (Take note – I actually LIKE something that seems to be an ongoing trend! That doesn't often happen!)
It took me about three or four hours to cut the 12 pieces, and I am very happy with the results:
Each ornament is about 4" tall and I created them using 3/16" maple.
With me being me however, you know these aren't done just yet. (You know me better than that!) I not only plan to apply some beautiful crystals to them, but I have a couple additional 'surprises' in store as to how you can make them several different ways. I think that when those of you go to sell these at a craft fair or other similar venue, or give them as gifts, you want them to stand out and look incredible. Depending on what you plan on doing with them, I have a couple of ideas that will bring them from 'pretty' to 'outstanding'. These lights are really going to shine!
So today will be spent 'playing' and having fun with these. I am already excited because not only do I see them in my head as I want them to be, but even seeing them here 'nakie' they look good already. It's a pretty good start.
I hope you come back tomorrow to see what I do. I am pretty excited about it, and I hope that things come out as nice as I hope they will. I think that even though it may take a tad more time to add the 'extras' – it will be very much worth it. While I could just call it a day and crank out another design, I wouldn't feel right doing so knowing that there are other ways to make these even 'better'. Slow and steady will win the race.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"