I had a good and busy weekend! It just goes to show that when I set my mind to doing things, I can really accomplish a lot. On Friday I finished up three drawings for new patterns. It may not seem like a lot, but I keep adding little extras to make them even more special and allow those who purchased the patterns to do lots with them.
To me, patterns are much more than just handing off some line work. Especially in scroll sawing, where the lines are what we follow with the saw. While there is some skill in creating patterns that "work" without pieces falling out, I believe that being a designer is far deeper than that. I look at my role as a designer as a teacher. I hope that everyone who purchases my patterns – even skilled woodworkers – will get some additional ideas from my designs. Hopefully I will put them on the start of a path they they will follow to their heart's content, and it will help them also grow as a crafter and artist. It may sound a bit idealistic, but it is truly how I think.
I am already a bit late posting this morning, as we had some early morning errands to do. (Yes – I have already been to the gym and back!) Usually I am writing with my morning coffee in my jammies, but today things were a bit topsy-turvy. I like it though, as I am a morning person anyway and I am looking forward to having a really productive day.
So back to the designing . . .
On Saturday morning I had another idea. I was planning to take the day Saturday to cut the three designs that I drew. But I thought of another design during the night and I really wanted to complete it with this group. So I sat down and drew again.
I didn't start cutting until about 2 – 2:30 in the afternoon. But that was OK. I had the place to myself here and spent the rest of the day cutting out not three projects – but four. I finished up about 9:30 at night and probably two minutes after I sat down to have a late dinner, Keith came home. The house was clean and I was in my jammies eating a light meal and probably by the looks of it I gave the appearance that I was lounging all day. But the large pile of cut pieces said otherwise.
Yesterday I spent the day assembling the projects and doing the initial coats of finish. I still have some more work to do on that front, and then I need to take the final presentation photos. But I wanted to show you at least some of what I did, so I decided to show you one design at a time.
Today I will show you the BUNNIES!!!!
I made this nice little trinket basket in the shape of a bunny! Not only will this be great for the upcoming Easter holiday, but I think for a baby shower (filled with cotton balls, swabs, etc) or a small child it will be cool:
The sides are done in a unique woven layered design as my other trinket boxes. It is made of curly maple with a layer of pretty walnut thrown in for contrast.
But that's not all . . .
Inside the box is a little surprise:
. . . because bunnies LOVE carrots! And what is even more fun is his little carrot is also a little tiny layered box!
Isn't that fun? What a special little box to hold a couple of jelly beans or a chocolate egg or two? I really liked making this!
And finally, we all know that bunnies multiply quickly, so I made some little bunny babies out of the waste areas inside the rings of the box:
I love the little walnut bunny! He is adorable!
I am not going to tell you what the other three designs are. I will be presenting them in the next couple of blogs. They are all fun and along these lines though, and they were quick and easy to cut.
I am going to take better photos today, and I will be building the pattern packets in the next day or so. The patterns will be up on my site later on this week – just in time for spring!
I hope you enjoy seeing these little critter boxes. I sure had fun making them!
Perhaps they will bring the spring weather along with them!
Happy Monday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"