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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-12-2015 01:24 PM 1781 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1495: Micro-Cutting Part 1496 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1497: Website Update Completed »

I spent the day yesterday finishing up my three new patterns as well as taking the photos for the pattern. It filled up most of my day (along with my usual errands and post office trip) and by the time I was finished, it was nearly bed time. I am going to be working on the pattern packets today, and hopefully by later on in the day we will send a newsletter out letting everyone know that the site is fully updated. 



As usual, it took a bit longer than I expected, but the results I feel were good and I am happy with the photographs. With that said, here are the finished projects . . . 



First there is my SLD492 Shamrock Trinket Box:



It holds candy, jewelry or these surprise coasters or ornaments that are included in the pattern:



Next up is my SLD493 Celtic Monogrammed box. . .



It can also hold small treats or any small items you wish:



It comes with a full upper case alphabet, hand-drawn by me. 



And finally for me, my Celtic ornament set:



As you can see, I added some beautiful crystal rhinestones on them to enhance them using various shades of green. (Did you have any DOUBTS?!) I also did the same for the small hard wood pendants I cut:



I think they would make lovely gifts. 



Keith also has several nes patterns. . . 



His SLDK540, Proud Nurse, Paramedic, Firefighter and Officer plaques set:



And finally his SLDK541 Large Filigree Cross set of three crosses pattern:



His  patterns are available on the site now, and mine will be by later on today. The links to any of mine will work once the patterns are up there for sale. 



I did want to mention one last thing. . . 



I had a customer write me and tell me that she was getting a large amount of ads and video advertisements when reading my blog here on my site. I realize that Lumberjocks.com does have ads, so if you read it there at the Lumberjocks site, I don't have any control over that.  However, on my own site (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/scroll-saw-blog) I am a private and fully paid website, and I don't have any ads whatsoever here. If you are seeing them, chances are that there is some type of adware attached to your browser and you need to attend to that on your side. The only way I promote fellow designers and crafts people is through my links page and I don't believe in bombarding you with ads here on my website. I appreciate the customer letting me know though, as I don't want you to think that it is me that is doing it to you. :)



With that said, I need to end here for today and get to writing. These patterns are pretty straight forward as far as cutting goes, and I hope to have everything posted by later this afternoon. 



It is sunny and still calm here in Nova Scotia, and another beautiful winter day. 



I hope you have 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"



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CFrye

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 01:42 PM

Wonderful new patterns, Shelia! The pendants are delicate and, being a nurse I am partial to Keith’s new plaque!
Thank you both for your work, although I don’t think ‘work’ is the correct word!

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 02:05 PM

No, it usually doesn’t feel like work, Candy! Not to me anyway! :)

Thank you for your kind comments. Sometimes it feels as if I am getting nothing done, but then it all comes together nicely and I am happy with the result. Thanks so much for your friendship and support. We both appreciate it a lot!

Have a great day!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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grizzman

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 03:26 PM

you are so good shelia, this is really beautiful and you cutting always amazes me, i would think your pretty muc h at the top of your cutting skill, how do you rate that, do you feel you are at the top as far as skill level, im not trying to make you brag on yourself but i just wonder about it, is there something that you cant do as far as scroll work, this project here sure is fantastic…...im just excited to see a project like this, you and keith are quite the artists…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 02-12-2015 03:53 PM

Thank you, Bob.

I always think there is room for learning. That is why I like cutting my own pieces even though many kind people offer to cut my samples for me. For example – on the boxes and ornaments, I switched blades several times and needed to ‘adjust’ until I felt comfortable with the right sized blade for the types of wood and thicknesses I was cutting. My first guesses weren’t “optimal” and while I probably could have continued and finished the projects successfully with them, adjusting up or down a size or two really helped me fine tune things so that I could recommend the best options possible.

Also, what has to be considered is that I have what I feel is one of the best saws on the market. (The Excalibur 21 inch scroll saw )The low vibration and true cutting really help in small projects like this. As I said on the last post – I didn’t use a ‘zero clearance’ piece on the cutting table, although with another saw it may be necessary. I will try to put all of these observances in the pattern packets.

I look at the patterns as so much more than ‘line work’. They are mini-lessons and I feel that even if the projects are beyond some peoples’ level, they should be able to read the instructions and perhaps with a little practice, accomplish them. My goals for each pattern is to ‘teach’ others how to create the project and improve their skills. That is why I don’t just crank out fifty patterns at a time.

I find that many of my methods have changed and improved from my older patterns – even from a couple of years ago. That is where the classes and articles come in handy. It is too hard to keep changing over 500 patterns as my own skills evolve. I would NEVER have any new designs if I did that! But as I find new (and hopefully BETTER) ways to teach skills, I hope my customers use that knowledge and apply it to all their scroll work. :)

Thanks so much for your friendship and support. I always appreciate it!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 04:56 PM

Splendid boxes and interesting knots, Sheila. you have been busy. Then I seem to remember you are happiest when scroll sawing.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#6 posted 02-12-2015 05:00 PM

Yes! I have some more ideas too – but the next group will be painting ideas. It kind of goes in spurts. Doing three designs simultaneously was fun!

Thank you for the compliment. You know I think you make the best boxes around! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Celticscroller

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#7 posted 02-13-2015 04:35 AM

There is so much versatility in these patterns – love them! You’ve done the celtic knotwork very well. My favourite is the little heart – those will definitely be earrings!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#8 posted 02-13-2015 11:54 AM

Thanks, Anna! I am glad you like them! :) Yes – the hearts are small enough to be earrings. Most of the tiny pieces are.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#9 posted 02-13-2015 01:17 PM

Super nice, as always.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 02-13-2015 01:20 PM

Thank you, Roger. As always, you are a wonderful and encouraging friend. I hope you have a great weekend!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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