My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1502: Working on Some New Designs

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-20-2015 01:46 PM 1698 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today's post will be a bit short, I am afraid. Not because I have been idle, but much the opposite. 

I find that when I design lately, I work on a certain theme and wind up doing several different projects in that style. I am not sure if that is good or bad. On one hand it makes me feel kind of 'wishy-washy' because I can't seem to settle on one version. On the other hand, it is nice to be able to design a project for scrollers, and then be able to offer a painter's version that is similar. Working the same type of design in different types of media is both fun and exciting. 

I have given you hints of the projects already in previous posts. I created the pretty painted Celtic Heart Candle Tray originally as a painted project. I then liked it so much that I thought it would make the perfect scroll saw project as well. The Celtic heart pattern would be easier to cut than some of our filigree or fretwork designs and be suitable for someone newer to scrolling. My friend Anna commented on how she would like to see an Irish "Welcome" banner and I am thinking about how I want to create that.

And then there are my little Angel Bear Ornaments.  I had set a goal for myself of making them into 12 different styles – one for each month of the year. Why?  Because I like doing them, of course. They are darling little magnets that can be used in so many ways. 

I started with the SLDP214 Patriotic Angels

I then decided to dress them for Valentine's Day in my pattern” target=”_blank”>SLDP227 Valentine Angel Bears:

And now, for March, I dress them in greens and shamrocks for  St. Patrick's Day (SLDP236 March Angel Bears Painting Pattern):

(The links to the bears will all work after the patterns are posted this weekend)

I spent my working part of my day painting the samples a couple of times and taking my step by step photos for the patterns. 

It may not look like much, but it was after 10pm by the time I finished. Today I will be doing some more photography on the other two projects (the two candle trays/mats) and writing up the pattern packets. I hope to get everything posted on the site over the weekend. 

I know it may not be very exciting to read about, but it is a lot of fun seeing these little projects come to life. It makes for a happy day – even when the snow keeps on piling up (we got another several inches yesterday). 

It looks like another 'indoor weekend' for me. We have food and supplies and I truly don't mind it very much. I am happy here creating. 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend as well. I hope that you are warm and safe in your area. My friend and family from Chicago tell me that they are experiencing bitter cold temperatures. The Chicago schools were all closed yesterday because of record cold. I realize that for many this weather is a dangerous force in their lives and I really wish them the best. 

Happy Friday to you all. May you all have a wonderful weekend. 

-- 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 02-21-2015 12:22 AM

You just keep on creating and writing and we will just keep on reading and following….

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 03:44 AM

I love those cute bears! I still have a bunch cut out that my great niece and I work on every so often. They are so easy to do and so many different ways you can paint them. Your Celtic ones are my favourite. I think the way you did the faces – makes them a bit chubbier and softer looking.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#3 posted 02-22-2015 12:06 AM

Thank you both so much! I have been working on the patterns for the new things today. I can’t wait to get them on the site. :)


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

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