It seems like forever since I designed a woodworking pattern. With all the new directions that I have been working in (not to mention the holidays!) there were several other deadlines that I needed to meet in other areas of my business.
I try to do as much as I can with each part of the business – both painting and scroll sawing – but now that the magazine that I worked with for the last 15 years is no longer there, other things have taken its place as far as my time goes.
I don't think I mentioned it before, but Keith and I were invited to submit designs to a new scroll sawing magazine in Germany and we have been working with them as well. Some of our favorite colleagues (like Sue Mey) have already been working with them and we are honored to be in such good company. We get frequent orders from Germany and Europe in general, and with the ability to send out PDF files instantly to those customers, it is a good thing for everyone. We hope to expand our business abroad and look forward to this new venture a great deal.
I am also working on a project for Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts magazine published by Fox Chapel. I have had some things published with them in the past, and they are wonderful to work with. Both Keith and I are pleased that they also enjoy our work, as they have given us several opportunities to contribute both projects and articles in the past several months to them, which we gladly did. It is a pretty good feeling to see all of this new interest in our work. It takes the sting out of losing the other magazine last August. And it certainly keeps us busy.
I don't really have a great preview of the project for you all just yet. It is not a difficult or complex project, but I still think it is a nice one. Based on a similar project that I did for the Christmas season, I think people will really enjoy it. I hope to be cutting it out today and then I will be able to show it next time.
I am also working on some boxes for the scroll saw. I love small boxes and I think that it is high time I designed more of them. I have some ideas for boxes in styles that I haven't seen yet anywhere so hopefully others will enjoy them as well.
Always busy . . .
I did want to show you the new pattern that Keith created. He posted it on our site the other day and I also think it will be popular. It is another beautiful set of Bible verses done in what is becoming his trademark style:
Shown here is the set of all three plaque patterns (SLDK534 Proverbs 3:5, John 3:16 and Psalm 23.1) but they are also sold individually. Just follow the link to the set page and scroll down for the individual product links. We hope you like them.
We also added in some new painting surfaces for my painting followers.
My "Winter Blues" mask project is now up and live at ToleTown: (www.toletown.com)
The packet is available with your membership there (which is very reasonably priced) or you can purchase the lesson on its own. The lesson includes my VIDEO that shows the ombre Painting Technique. (Winter Blues Venetian Mask Ombre Technique)
All the lessons and former classes are available for ToleTown members, making it a great value. You also have the ability to actually download the video too, which means you will have access to it as long as you wish. It is really a nice way to expand your painting skills.
I also added the LARGE (10") mask wood blanks to the site:
I decided to offer all the mask shapes in a larger size than the ornaments (250%). This way they can be used for wall hangings or many other things. They are 10" wide and made from 1/4" high quality birch plywood and sanded smooth – ready to paint. They would also work with all the previous mask patterns that I created. The item number is SLDPK120 - Large (10') Mask Wood Blanks and there is an option to pick your shape on the order form. The mask used in the Tole Town project (Winter Blues) is Mask "D".
It is snowing here again today and my whole world is white. My cat Pancakes is laying at my feet here on the throw I have on my lap belly-up with he feet in the air. I would take a photo, but if I get up to get the camera, I know he will move. He is "quite comfortable".
I hope you all have a great weekend. I am going to spend the day cutting my new project as well as working on the next. I hope to have something to show you all next time.
Happy Saturday to you all! 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"