Today's post will be fast and furious. (Umm – we'll see about that!)
After posting yesterday and beginning working on the pattern packet for the SLD486 Merry Christmas Word Blocks:
. . . a thought occurred to me.
While I had drawn up an entire alphabet for the SLD487 Alphabet Ornament Shapes (well – two versions actually) I had only intended to include the letters for "Merry Christmas" in the other pattern. But I got to thinking . . . "What am I thinking?" and I decided to also include the entire alphabet for that pattern as well. That way people can make beautiful blocks in whatever words they wish – family names, seasonal phrases, or whatever.
Then – me being me – I felt the need to include both the beautiful lettering as shown above (with the lovely strike through on each letter) but also a set without the strike through lines on the letter`s so it would be somewhat easier for those scrollers who may not have as much experience in cutting to still use the patterns to create beautiful projects.
So there went my afternoon . . . ;)
But you know – I wouldn't do things any differently. I just can't help but think that putting that extra effort into my work is appreciated. I would rather be a day later and have less patterns and have them be really NICE and something that people will enjoy to the fullest then just crank out as many patterns as I can. It is just my way.
So by the end of the day, I did complete the pattern for the Merry Christmas lettering, and I am working on the Alphabet Ornament pattern today. But all the drawing is done on that, so it should be up on the site by the end of the day, along with the other new patterns we are offering.
In my travels through my things yesterday I also came across another pattern that I had intended for Creative Woodworks and Crafts holiday issue this year that never made it to publication. I had received my projects back several weeks ago and it was too early to push them so I put them aside. Well now it is getting close to crunch time, although these ornaments are FUN and SIMPLE and will be a cute project to offer. So I am also going to add this SLD466 Decoupage Christmas Packages ornament set for you all to enjoy:
These are made using beautiful paper that I purchased from Etsy and downloaded and printed on card stock. NO painting skill is required. The ribbons and bows are simple overlay pieces and I studded each design with beautiful crystal hot-fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada.
What a FAST and FUN way to make some quick ornaments for gifts and giving! You can easily stack cut several of these ornaments at once (along with the card stock, which makes them SUPER EASY to do!) and I used Decoart Decoupage which comes in a variety of finishes (EVEN GLITTERED!!!) and the results are just fabulous! The pattern includes six different package shapes and I promise you will have a great time making them! I am also going to be offering the wood kits for these packages for my painting followers, as you can finish them up in a variety of wonderful ways.
Keith also came up with another beautiful plaque that he just finished cutting yesterday. His SLDK514 Magic of Christmas plaque is what I think one of his most attractive yet! I love the font he used on it and it is truly a beautiful project.
There is still plenty of time to make some of these fun projects!
And finally, I wanted to share a photo that I received yesterday. This was sent to me by Michael S. – a brand new scroll sawyer:
This was the FIRST project that Michael had cut! Didn't they come out wonderful? I LOVE hearing how much people enjoy our patterns and designs. It means more to me than anything. Michael said he had so much fun cutting, he didn't want to stop. It really made me feel pretty happy.
Well – I had better get busy. I still have to finish writing my patterns and getting them onto the site. I also have to get the newsletter together and mailed out later on today. If the links to the pattern pages don't work right away, check back later. Once the products are up, they will be fine.
I wish you all a wonderful Friday! Have fun and enjoy your 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"