Today's post will be quick. (Yes! I know I always say that!) But I really will try because I have lots to do today and need to keep moving.
We are getting ready for another site update, and hopefully we will have everything in place by tomorrow. Both Keith and I have some new patterns that we want to post and we hope to put some different patterns on special as well. I am still writing up the packets for my two new scroll sawing patterns and I should be done by this afternoon (barring all disasters!)
I was slowed down a bit because of putting in the new computer drive. While I didn't lose anything, I still had to rearrange the files and the back ups so that all the links I have on my computer work (I have a LOT of links!) It was more just 'busy work' than anything, and it wasn't much trouble, but it did take some time. I feel happy and secure now though because I know that everything is back in order and all of my files are safe on two separate drives. It doesn't mean that I won't back up externally though, and I will continue to do that as well. I only mention this once again because I can't stress enough the importance of backing up your files. I hope this serves as a reminder to you all.
I want to give you all a quick look at the two new project patterns that I will be adding to the site later today. They are both kind of "Valentine's Day" themed, but both could actually be used year-round.
The first one is SLD488 Hugs and Kisses Scatter Hearts:
It consists of five different heart shaped blocks along with the entire upper-case alphabet that can be scrolled into them. While I call them "Hugs and Kisses", you will be able to mix and match and scroll just about anything into these shapes that you want. You can even use the alphabet on a variety of other projects, which makes it versatile and fun. I love cutting lettering and I loved the pretty look of these letters.
Of course, I also included painting instructions to make them bright and cheerful:
I used my usual DecoArt Acrylic paint and Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter paint to make them look amazing.
My other project that I am adding in is my SLD489 Layered Damask Heart Shaped Box pattern.
This pattern will include the instructions for cutting two lids – one that is a full Damask design and the other a beautiful script monogram. For this pattern, I included two FULL alphabet patterns – Both the upper and lower case lettering for the negative scrolling (such as shown in my samples, where you cut the letters out of the main wood piece) as well as an overlay alphabet, so you can cut the lettering out of thin stock and glue them to the top of the box, sign boards, or anything you wish. This is also a very versatile design that can be used year-round for wedding favors, anniversaries or just about any time. After the little hiccup in my own design, I was pleased with the outcome of them.
Both patterns should be available up on the site by tomorrow (Saturday). I also hope to send out a newsletter over the weekend as well. You can sign up for our Mailing List if you haven't already and you will receive our bi-monthly newsletter announcing all of our new designs and sales.
One other thing that I wanted to mention is that I have received a list from DecoArt of their recently discontinued paints as well as a mixing chart to recreate the colors. You can download it here: DecoArt Discontinued Colors 2015 and download it to your computer. (Please let me know if it doesn't work – I am new at this type of file sharing!) :)
I will talk more about the DecoArt issue next time. I hope it helps you with the transition.
With that said, I will close for today. I want to get writing so that I can add my patterns to my site. The links to them will work once they are added, so please be a little patient.
It is cold but sunny here today. It looks like another beautiful January day. I hope you all have a great one as well as a wonderful weekend.
Enjoy your Friday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"