My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1555: Smaller Bites

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-19-2015 11:38 AM 1575 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not everyone likes the same things. I know I am stating the obvious, but sometimes, as much as we do realize it, we forget that.

I am no different. I see something I like and I find myself assuming that everyone I meet will like it as well. Be it food, a movie or even artwork or techniques. But having a partner like Keith helps keep me looking at things using realistic eyes. He and I are very opposite in our tastes and preferences. There is an old saying that 'opposites attract' and I believe that with my entire being. We are living proof of that. For even though we rarely like the same things – from food to movies and everything in between – we do agree on our basic life philosophies and ideas. In speaking for myself, I feel that Keith not only opens me up to new ideas in my personal life, but also adds an entirely new dimension and style to our business. Because of that, we find that we appeal to more types of people and are growing. And that is good. Somehow we stumbled on that 'magic formula' and formed a partnership that benefits everyone involved. I know I am very fortunate. 

Things are never really 'black' or 'white' though. Usually, reality is something in the large range of 'greys' that fall in between the extremes. Acknowledging this and respecting this in others is something that not only helps us get along with others better, but also allows us to expand our own thoughts and ideas and learn. Difference are good. 

So what made me think along these lines this morning?  

As most of you know, for the past few weeks I have been working on my Haunted Carousel project. It has been fun, involved, intricate and one of the largest and most complex project that I have created. I am in the final days of completing the pattern, and will be very excited to actually see it on the website. I am very proud. 

But in making it, I realize that a project this size won't be for everyone. I live in a small place here, and while I have had it out for the past several weeks as I created it, it made me see that something this large is not for everyone. Even the creating and building of it may be a bit overwhelming to someone who may only paint as a hobby or be newer to painting. It just may be too much. 

So what I decided to do was take a portion of it, and offer it up as an ornament set. After all, ornaments are fun and can go just about anywhere. People are decorating for Halloween more and more and the holiday seems to only be growing in popularity. I think that carousel ornaments would offer so many fun applications – in a spooky wreath or garland, or even on a seasonal Halloween tree, like I have. 

For that reason I am going to offer an ornament set of the main figures of the carousel. They will be fun to make, and just perfect for those who don't want the full blown carousel. 

The ornament set will include the six skeletal figures, plus the swan bench and moon bench side figures as well. I was debating whether to include the moon, but it is pretty darn cool and I think it would look nice in a large wreath with the rest of the figures. So why not? 

Each figure will have an additional bat and moon charm on the top of the pole:

This will not only offer a good place for hanging the pieces, but tie the figures together as well. The glittery, spooky bat is cute and fun. It can even be used as a pin, magnet or ornament on its own:

I am also going to include the stand pieces so that the ornaments can be free standing. This will look great on a table or lined up on a mantle, draped with spooky spider's web. The possibilities are just about endless! 

As with my other designs, I will be offering these as both the pattern alone and as a kit. I think this will appeal to those who don't have the room, time or desire to create the full carousel, but like the idea of it. 

Today I am finishing up the pattern. Everything has been re-painted and all the photos are completed. I only need to write the painting instructions and put things into packet form. I am in the home stretch. 

We are hoping to do a site update on Thursday. Keith is finishing up his new patterns which I think will be a big hit. I am not telling you more than that now because I want to reveal them when they are done. I think you will all enjoy them. :) 

It is another beautiful and cool morning here. Quite the pretty day. I have already opened up and can feel the cool breeze and smell the fresh air. The birds are singing, too.  Life is good.  

Enjoy your Tuesday. 

-- 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 05-19-2015 01:03 PM

That carousel is definitely a work of art. I’m still waiting to see you add a music box so that it turns and plays spooky music.

-- Kepy

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#2 posted 05-19-2015 01:50 PM

I probably won’t add music or lights to mine, although I will certainly suggest that in the instructions. I think it is a great idea and will really add to things. There is also plenty of room under the canopy for a small set of battery operated lights. Of course, that would require some additional holes being drilled, but I think it would look cool.

Perhaps for the Christmas edition I will build both features into the project. This was a lot for my own mind to grasp at this point. :)

I love the suggestions, though. . . :)


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

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 03:52 AM

Looking forward to the Christmas Carousel :)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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