Today I am revealing the fourth and final new trinket box pattern that I created over the weekend. I was really pleased with all the kind reponses that I have received regarding them. It feels good to make something that people seem to like so much.
I spent the day yesterday writing up the pattern packets for these projects. I tried to include some step-by-step photos so that even newer scrollers would be able to make the projects successfully. Actually they aren't that difficult at all. These 'woven' sides are very forgiving and they are wonderul ways to practice following the lines. Plus – if you waiver off a bit, it really isn't noticable. It is a great way to use up those smaller, odd pieces of wood you have too. And tell me – can we ever have too many boxes? (I think NOT!)
I wanted to make something other than an animal for the final pattern of this set. As with the other designs, they are nice and suitable for Easter, but can be displayed all throughout the spring and summer. The fourth designs I created was a little basket shape, which was filled with some cute posies:
I used a positive/negative scrolling method to create some interest. On this box, the contrasting lid liner acts as a backdrop for the centeral area, and the color really stands out. The wood I chose was oak for the box itself and mahogany for the lid liner and contrasting ring of the box body. I really like the look of oak, and while it isn't always the best choice for intricate scrolling or fretwork (because of its open grain) it holds up fine to this 1/2" thickness and looks wonderful.
For the mini-box in this pattern, I repeated the egg-shaped outline and and floral motif.
I also added some simple flowers as the accompanying scatter pieces. I love the way the ensamble looks together.
As with the other boxes, I finsihed them with spray lacquer for a nice, satiny sheen. I think it brings out the colors of the wood beautifully!
Of course, this box will be wonderful stuffed with chocolate eggs or jelly beans:
But after Easter, it will also be nice sitting on a bathroom counter or in a kitchen, filled with some softly scented potpourri. Or you can keep hard candies (or chocolates) in it and keep it on display on a coffee table in your living room. I can think of lots of uses.
I have all four boxes up on my website today, and the patterns are now available. I even created a little set so if you like all four boxes, you can purchase the patterns for them all at once and save a little bit of money. (Item number NTBSET1 on my site.)
I think they look pretty cool altogether.
I had a lot of fun showing you these designs little by little. As I said, the encouraging comments really felt wonderful. I enjoyed making these so much, and hearing the positive feedback was the best reward I would ask for.
Today I am going to be writing and sending out our newsletter. All the new patterns are posted on the site already and ready to be sent out. If you subscribe to our updates, look for your newsletter later on today.
It's another calm and quiet morning. Yesterday was foggy for most of the day, which meant that it is getting warmer. The snow is receding, too, and not only can I see more of my car re-emerge, but I can finally see the bottom step of our deck and even the bar-b-que. There is hope for warmer days ahead.
I hope you enjoyed seeing all of these little boxes. Thank you again for your nice comments.
Happy Thursday to you!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"