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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1557: Just about DONE!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-21-2015 11:51 AM 923 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today is the day. Before I lay my head on my pillow tonight, I will call my "Scary-Go-Round" pattern and project "Finished"! (SLDP238) After over a month of working on it, I can finally consider it 'done' and move on to other things.  



While a month may not seem very long to some of you, this project has occupied a huge part of each day (and night) and it seems that I have been living and breathing and sleeping with it nearly every second of each day. It will be a great relief to call it complete and I will be honest – I am ready to move on to other things. 



I spent all day yesterday finishing up the painting instructions and fine tuning the drawings. There were little things that I needed to add to the graphics to make them complete. I finished last night, and today I only have a few presentation photos to add and the page of resources and I think the pattern is 'good to go'.  I am pretty excited. 



The final manuscript of the pattern turned out to be 75 pages. 



It was only after I printed it that I realized that I had just written a BOOK!  At this point, there are 129 color photos in the pattern. These are all the step-by-step pictures and I only need to add the final pictures to make it complete. I am pretty proud of it. 



The fact that the pattern is large doesn't necessarily mean that it is complicated. I actually think it means the opposite. I wrote the instructions by breaking them down very carefully so that each step is small and easy and clear for even those new to painting and woodworking. In my opinion, ANYONE could create this beautiful piece. Even with little or no experience. 



I will be interested to hear the feedback I receive from my customers on this. I really hope it will be positive. 



Today I have to do the small final touches, as I mentioned, but I am also going to create a smaller pattern and kit using only the carousel characters. The pattern (and matching kit) will include the six carousel figures, complete with stands:





This way they can be hung on a tree or wreath, or used as a cute vignette or mantle. I think it will be just the thing for someone who doesn't have the room for the full blown carousel.  The pattern (SLDP239) will be up on my site later on today. (The link will work then)



I also am going to be offering a WOOD KIT for the ornament set, (SLDPK239) which will include the six ornament pieces with the bat motif on the top and  six-two piece stands. 





I think that people will find lots of fun places to use them for decorations.



Our website update will be later on today. As I said, by later on tonight everything should be posted. I am still awaiting some magnets to come for the kits, but other than that I am good to go. I plan on using the weekend to start cutting the pre-ordered kits and they should be shipping next week. Everything is falling into place. 



(If you want to join our mailing list, you can do so here: Sheila Landry Designs Mailing List) That way you will be notified through our newsletter of our new patterns and products. 



I really appreciate everyone's kind words and encouragement on this project. It has been a long go of it and it helped tremendously knowing how well-received it was. You don't know how much that meant to me and how it helped me through those days when I wondered if I would ever get it 'just right'. 



It is a beautiful, cloudless and cool day here today. The trees are all filling in and are turning lush and green. I really love it when it is so nice out. It makes everything better. 



Happy Thursday 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"



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Celticscroller

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#1 posted 05-22-2015 02:49 AM

Wow, that is a book! Your instructions are always wonderful and you put so much effort into making your customers feel that they can do any project you offer. A beginner can easily follow any of your patterns, they are so well thought out and detailed. It’s the teacher in you!

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 05-22-2015 10:04 AM

Thank you, Anna. This morning I can officially call it DONE! I worked on it (again) until nearly 8pm last night. (Plus a few other things.)

I am proud of it. I think it will be OK and I hope others like it as well.

It is a huge relief to me! :)

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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#3 posted 05-22-2015 12:04 PM

Kick back, and like StumpyNubs says: “have a cold one, because, you’ve earned it”

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

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#4 posted 05-22-2015 12:10 PM

Thanks, Roger! I will just for a second! There is no rest for the wicked! I must be one wicked, wicked girl! :)

Have a great Memorial Day 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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