My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1009: Yesterday's Progress

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-13-2013 11:14 AM 2102 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I am just going to post a couple of pictures. I made good strides yesterday, and I can see the finish line in sight. Some of the pictures aren’t the best, but after everything is finished, I will be sure to get the lighting as good as I can and take some really nice ones.

The first tray that I will show is the “Love, Hope and Faith” tray. I did this one in 1/2” ash and even though it is probably the simplest of this group of designs, I think it looks pretty nice. The stronger grain in the ash adds a lot to it, without overpowering it.

The finish is simply mineral oil followed by spray lacquer. It looks clean and nice and I think that it is a project that will appeal to many:

It just goes to show that you don’t have to go crazy on every project to make something that looks nice.

The next project that I will show today is the stained version of the Primitive Crows candle tray. For this tray I used some basic colors and the DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium. I chose not to paint the sides of the pieces, as I liked the way the cherry edges made the piece look more “antiqued.” Originally, I was going to sand the corners of the pieces to give it that rustic look, but I decided that the cherry edges were enough and it looked pretty good as I have it.

I added a small (3mm) gold rhinestone on the center of each of the tiny stars that the crow were carrying to give it just a touch of sparkle. (After all – crows like shiny things they say!) This made a nice contrast with the otherwise rustic piece and I thought gave it a finished look. I am pretty happy with the results:

I worked on three more projects yesterday and they are almost finished. One of them I am debating whether or not to re-do part of it, as I wasn’t really one hundred percent pleased with the outcome. I need to move ahead though with the group and also spend today and tomorrow finishing up the larger crow that I showed earlier so I can mail it out to the magazine. So I am on a deadline with that. I haven’t shown you anything on that since that first peek and I have been working on it all along, as it is probably the most complicated of the projects. I thought that I would just kind of surprise you at the end with that one.

So much to do!

I thank you all for the positive comments and encouragement that you have offered me. When working on my own here, it is nice to have feedback from outside sources and I feel really good about these projects and how they will be received. It is a lot easier to work hard on something when the response is so positive and it makes my days much brighter.

So that is all for now. Again – there will be more to show you tomorrow. We had a winter storm watch here yesterday and a bit of rain/sleet/snow fell, but it is calm this morning with no snow on the ground. I suppose it is trying to be spring anyway.

I hope you all have time to relax and do something creative!

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

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#1 posted 04-13-2013 12:29 PM

As said before, I love the Faith, Love, Hope tray. As soon as I see it on the site I will have one. THanks for posting and creating.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#2 posted 04-13-2013 12:41 PM

I Love the new patterns in ash, they will be a hit for sure. Best of luck with it, they all look terrific!

Have a great day,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#3 posted 04-13-2013 12:52 PM

Both of those turned out super nice. I like the colors of the crows & stars one. I like that font in the cutting of the 1st one also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 04-13-2013 02:32 PM

Sheila it would seem that the variants are infinite


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 04-13-2013 03:40 PM

I think you hit a homerun with the “faith, hope, and love” tray!!! It is very nice!!


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-13-2013 04:50 PM

Thanks so much, everyone! I like doing a lot of different styles of patterns. It really make things interesting as well as (hopefully) reaches out to many different people. I am happy you have enjoyed what I have shown so far. :)


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

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#7 posted 04-14-2013 03:54 AM

The “Faith, Hope, Love” tray will be the first one i’ll be cutting when the patterns are available. It is going to be a birthday gift!
I like Primitive crows tray painted better than the natural wood. I’m usually a natural wood person but sometimes adding the paint just makes the project stand out more.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#8 posted 04-14-2013 05:05 AM


It is simply amazing how many different designs you can originate. Your mind must never stop creating. The only thing that makes them all obviously Scrollgirl’s is their perfection!


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 04-14-2013 11:06 AM

Thank you both Anna and LW! I have another really cool design to show you both in today’s blog. Yes – my mind is always thinking of more and more things to make. I don’t see running out of ideas any time soon. I just hope they can all translate as well as these have been. I really appreciate all of your nice comments! :)


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

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