My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1633: Everyday Stuff

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-07-2015 11:35 AM 1328 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sometimes when I am at my busiest, I have the least to show you. There are so many things that Keith and I do to keep the business running that is 'un-glamorous' but necessary that sometimes I feel I have nothing interesting to show you in the mornings here. 

Yesterday was a busy and productive day. On Monday, it was my turn for my Art Play Date 2015 project to play, so I have been busy cutting skate surfaces to ship out to those who requested them:

I really loved making these cute skates and I had a great time teaching the project.  It really helped me push myself out of my own comfort zone by doing some videos to go along with the project and I feel that I learned a lot as well.

I also had other wood kits to cut and ship and I spent a good part of the day packaging them and taking them to the post office. We can tell that  it is getting to be that 'busy' time of year! 

In the morning, I finished up my video that will be posted on Toletown to go with my Autumn Harvest banner project:

I decided that instead of doing a video on the 'regular' painting process, I would highlight how I applied the DecoArt Weathered Wood  Crackle Medium to the header of the banner:

I recieve so many questions regarding applying the crackle that I felt that would make a great subject for the instructional video to go with the banner. While it is easy to do, there are a couple of things that should be avoided and I cover that in the lesson. 

Other than that, I spent the day answering emails and doing general office work. I was approached by a fellow painter to supply her customers with wood pieces, so I am working things out with that. I will show more of that later on. :)  

All in all, it was a good and busy day. I kind of wanted to draw and work on my bee, but I was rather tired by the time I slowed down, as I am also fighting a cold. I thought it best not to push ahead on something that I am so unfamiliar with when I wasn't feeling my best. So it was an early night. 

Today I feel good and although the cold is still hanging, it is manageable with some medicine. I plan on working on my project for Artist's Club today and buttoning it up quickly so I can ship it off. I will be painting and writing instructions today. 

I did want to highlight a couple of our patterns today as well. These are both cute for autumn decorating and were rather popular.  The first is Keith's "SLDK125 Welcome to the Nuthouse" simple segmentation plaque pattern:

People just always seem to love it and the shaping of the leaves is very forgiving for those new to segmentation work. 

My plan that I want to highlight is my SLDP209 Boo Ghost Trio Vignette painting pattern:

This one is simple and easy and also uses the Weathered Wood that I showed above. I can cut the wood pieces for this as well, if you email me I will give you a price. :) 

So that should do it for today. It is bright and sunny here in Nova Scotia this morning. Another beautiful autumn day. I still need to get my autumn decorations out, and I hope to do so in the next day or two. Our trees are beginning to have a golden blush on them and it won't be long before we are full of colors. 

I hope you have a great day today. Happy Wednesday to you all! Thanks for stopping by! 

-- 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 10-07-2015 08:24 PM

Thanks for all of the great information, and Keith’s “Nut House” is also a winner. I like the way that he’s included some carving for those of us who would like to add those details. Nicely done to both of you.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 10-08-2015 12:55 PM

Thank you very much, John. :) We always appreciate your kind words and comments.

I hope you have a great weekend ahead. :)


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

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