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New Patterns and Adventures

As I sit here and begin writing this morning, I realize just how much things have changed since I began blogging several years ago. What began as early morning conversations between you all and myself regarding what the plans were for my day and what the previous day had brought to me has now evolved into something a bit different. In those early days of writing, I was striving to be successful and prove that success not only to others but mainly to myself. I had started writing at a time when my business was just beginning to build up steam and I was dedicated to making my mark in the creative world. It was before my partner Keith even joined me. It seems so long ago.

The fact that things have changed is no surprise to me. I remember in those early days of writing that I mentioned more than once how I believed that life, in general, was much like a kaleidoscope - forever evolving and changing into something else. I still believe that today, and I still believe that those of us who are able to be flexible and change along with things are more likely to have an easier time surviving. It just makes sense to me.

I also try to focus on the good and positive things here in my posts. While I realize that the world isn't full of lollipops and rainbows, I also believe that 'we follow where we focus' and that by concentrating on the positive and good aspects of our lives, it lessens the impact of the negative things. But that isn't always the easiest thing to do, is it?

Things have been so difficult for so many these days. While I like to dwell on what I call my "Pink Cloud", there have been many days of late when I have found that difficult, if not impossible to do. It is hard to be cheerful and joyful when so many are suffering. It is also hard to write cheerful and carefree posts without feeling as if you are minimizing the suffering of others or your own concerns. Sometimes it is a fine line to walk.

As a result, I have chosen to back off these past several months and take some time. I am grateful that I have been doing a great deal of 'busy work' in creating surfaces for decorative painters to paint on. While it has been overwhelming at times, more so than not it has kept me feeling positive and productive on days when I would otherwise despair. Those long, hard days in my shop where I have piles of wood to cut for orders have been my emotional salvation, as they help me focus on positive things such as how those who ordered them will use and enjoy the pieces and even how many of them will become family treasures. Having a part in that process was the ray of light that I have been able to hold on to on some of the darkest days. It has helped more than anyone can imagine.

It has also caused me to refocus and re-prioritize what I was doing. Our scrolling and woodworking customers seemed to have really looked to my partner Keith for his lovely word-art designs, and my painting followers have encouraged me not only to continue my own designs but also to expand the scope of surfaces that I offer. It has really lifted both Keith and me up these days, and we appreciate it very much. It has encouraged us to branch out even further and expand and grow our business more. We are grateful.

In my last post, I showed you all a design I was working on for the online painting community, Toletown. Over the weekend, I completed that design as well as an accompanying instructional video for the project. The video is now available at the Toletown site, but I will have it on my YouTube Channel soon. I was pretty happy at how it came out. Here is a photo of the finished project:

Wood Dishware Art Serveware Jewellery


I used all DecoArt Americana paints on the main design and their new Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint on the leaf frame. I love the new Extreme Sheen Metallics. They are probably the shiniest metallic paint that I have used. You can get them at the DecoArt site here (DecoArt Metallics Extreme Sheen) or at your favorite craft supplier.

I used one of my new painting surfaces (the SLDPK172 - Large Maple Leaf Beveled Wood Plaque) for the project:

Font Circle Symbol Logo Graphics


I thought it looked really nice on that. I think there are so many possibilities for this leaf surface! It will lend well to Halloween, Thanksgiving and autumn designs in general. I hope that everyone likes it.

Keith has been busy drawing as well. He now has three different "Answer" designs that he is offering as a special pattern set (SPECIALSET on our site):

Organism Handwriting Font Illustration Drawing


These fun designs are appropriate for many situations and are sure to be popular as gifts, at craft shows and sales, or to keep yourself. We hope you like them.

He also made a fun plaque for the coffee drinkers in the world:

Font Rectangle Logo Label Wood


I like this one myself, and it could easily be my theme. You can find the pattern on our site here: SLDK737 Coffee - Because Adulting is Hard

And because we love our scrollers:

Wood Sleeve Font Rectangle Gas


Keith made this nice pattern set (SLDK738 - Keep Calm and Scroll On) which includes both a male and female version, as well as fretwork or overlay figures. We hope that you enjoy this for your shop or the shop of someone you know loves to scroll.

On a final note, I wanted you all to be aware that I am venturing into something else that is totally new for me. Since I have shown many of my embroidery pieces here on my blog and on social media, I frequently receive requests to offer kits of some of the things I have been making. I have considered this for over a year now, and have slowly and carefully done the homework, researched suppliers, and tried to think of every aspect of providing kits for my designs. I haven't said much about it except to close friends because it has taken quite a while to get things in order. But I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. After much planning, purchasing supplies, and thinking things through, I am ALMOST ready to offer embroidery kits to my customers.

I am very excited about this, and I want them to be the best kits I can offer. In the past, I have purchased kits that were nice, but very 'incomplete'. This caused me to have to search out supplies and was quite a challenge. It was because of this that I saw a need for kits that had just about everything needed to make the project except scissors and a couple of truly 'common' household supplies. Each kit will contain the highest quality silk ribbons, glass beads, metal charms, silk, perle cotton and metallic threads, Ultrasuede backings, and even beautiful, high-quality needles. I have searched all over the world to obtain these supplies and have done all the 'leg work' so that it would be fun and easy to create using the best quality materials. Each kit will also include full, step-by-step instructions complete with color photos. I am very close to launching them and should be doing so in the next week or so.

I didn't want to muddy up either the Sheila Landry Designs site or the Tole Painting Designs site, so I renamed and designated my Etsy Store for this venture. I now call my store "The Stitching Kitty" and it will be the home of all of these lovely kits.

Recipe Font Art Table Tableware


I will make a formal announcement when things are ready.

So you see, I have been keeping pretty busy. With all the negative things going on these days, I find that bringing joy to others through sharing my love of creating is the best way I can cope with things. As always, Keith and I appreciate all of our followers and customers. So many of you have become real friends. We wish you all the best in whatever you do.

We will be sending out our newsletter probably later today, so if you subscribe to it, look for it in your email. Thanks again to all of you for your support. We are both so grateful.

Have a great weekend.
Thank you, John. :)

Sheila
 

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New Patterns and Adventures

As I sit here and begin writing this morning, I realize just how much things have changed since I began blogging several years ago. What began as early morning conversations between you all and myself regarding what the plans were for my day and what the previous day had brought to me has now evolved into something a bit different. In those early days of writing, I was striving to be successful and prove that success not only to others but mainly to myself. I had started writing at a time when my business was just beginning to build up steam and I was dedicated to making my mark in the creative world. It was before my partner Keith even joined me. It seems so long ago.

The fact that things have changed is no surprise to me. I remember in those early days of writing that I mentioned more than once how I believed that life, in general, was much like a kaleidoscope - forever evolving and changing into something else. I still believe that today, and I still believe that those of us who are able to be flexible and change along with things are more likely to have an easier time surviving. It just makes sense to me.

I also try to focus on the good and positive things here in my posts. While I realize that the world isn't full of lollipops and rainbows, I also believe that 'we follow where we focus' and that by concentrating on the positive and good aspects of our lives, it lessens the impact of the negative things. But that isn't always the easiest thing to do, is it?

Things have been so difficult for so many these days. While I like to dwell on what I call my "Pink Cloud", there have been many days of late when I have found that difficult, if not impossible to do. It is hard to be cheerful and joyful when so many are suffering. It is also hard to write cheerful and carefree posts without feeling as if you are minimizing the suffering of others or your own concerns. Sometimes it is a fine line to walk.

As a result, I have chosen to back off these past several months and take some time. I am grateful that I have been doing a great deal of 'busy work' in creating surfaces for decorative painters to paint on. While it has been overwhelming at times, more so than not it has kept me feeling positive and productive on days when I would otherwise despair. Those long, hard days in my shop where I have piles of wood to cut for orders have been my emotional salvation, as they help me focus on positive things such as how those who ordered them will use and enjoy the pieces and even how many of them will become family treasures. Having a part in that process was the ray of light that I have been able to hold on to on some of the darkest days. It has helped more than anyone can imagine.

It has also caused me to refocus and re-prioritize what I was doing. Our scrolling and woodworking customers seemed to have really looked to my partner Keith for his lovely word-art designs, and my painting followers have encouraged me not only to continue my own designs but also to expand the scope of surfaces that I offer. It has really lifted both Keith and me up these days, and we appreciate it very much. It has encouraged us to branch out even further and expand and grow our business more. We are grateful.

In my last post, I showed you all a design I was working on for the online painting community, Toletown. Over the weekend, I completed that design as well as an accompanying instructional video for the project. The video is now available at the Toletown site, but I will have it on my YouTube Channel soon. I was pretty happy at how it came out. Here is a photo of the finished project:

Wood Dishware Art Serveware Jewellery


I used all DecoArt Americana paints on the main design and their new Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint on the leaf frame. I love the new Extreme Sheen Metallics. They are probably the shiniest metallic paint that I have used. You can get them at the DecoArt site here (DecoArt Metallics Extreme Sheen) or at your favorite craft supplier.

I used one of my new painting surfaces (the SLDPK172 - Large Maple Leaf Beveled Wood Plaque) for the project:

Font Circle Symbol Logo Graphics


I thought it looked really nice on that. I think there are so many possibilities for this leaf surface! It will lend well to Halloween, Thanksgiving and autumn designs in general. I hope that everyone likes it.

Keith has been busy drawing as well. He now has three different "Answer" designs that he is offering as a special pattern set (SPECIALSET on our site):

Organism Handwriting Font Illustration Drawing


These fun designs are appropriate for many situations and are sure to be popular as gifts, at craft shows and sales, or to keep yourself. We hope you like them.

He also made a fun plaque for the coffee drinkers in the world:

Font Rectangle Logo Label Wood


I like this one myself, and it could easily be my theme. You can find the pattern on our site here: SLDK737 Coffee - Because Adulting is Hard

And because we love our scrollers:

Wood Sleeve Font Rectangle Gas


Keith made this nice pattern set (SLDK738 - Keep Calm and Scroll On) which includes both a male and female version, as well as fretwork or overlay figures. We hope that you enjoy this for your shop or the shop of someone you know loves to scroll.

On a final note, I wanted you all to be aware that I am venturing into something else that is totally new for me. Since I have shown many of my embroidery pieces here on my blog and on social media, I frequently receive requests to offer kits of some of the things I have been making. I have considered this for over a year now, and have slowly and carefully done the homework, researched suppliers, and tried to think of every aspect of providing kits for my designs. I haven't said much about it except to close friends because it has taken quite a while to get things in order. But I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. After much planning, purchasing supplies, and thinking things through, I am ALMOST ready to offer embroidery kits to my customers.

I am very excited about this, and I want them to be the best kits I can offer. In the past, I have purchased kits that were nice, but very 'incomplete'. This caused me to have to search out supplies and was quite a challenge. It was because of this that I saw a need for kits that had just about everything needed to make the project except scissors and a couple of truly 'common' household supplies. Each kit will contain the highest quality silk ribbons, glass beads, metal charms, silk, perle cotton and metallic threads, Ultrasuede backings, and even beautiful, high-quality needles. I have searched all over the world to obtain these supplies and have done all the 'leg work' so that it would be fun and easy to create using the best quality materials. Each kit will also include full, step-by-step instructions complete with color photos. I am very close to launching them and should be doing so in the next week or so.

I didn't want to muddy up either the Sheila Landry Designs site or the Tole Painting Designs site, so I renamed and designated my Etsy Store for this venture. I now call my store "The Stitching Kitty" and it will be the home of all of these lovely kits.

Recipe Font Art Table Tableware


I will make a formal announcement when things are ready.

So you see, I have been keeping pretty busy. With all the negative things going on these days, I find that bringing joy to others through sharing my love of creating is the best way I can cope with things. As always, Keith and I appreciate all of our followers and customers. So many of you have become real friends. We wish you all the best in whatever you do.

We will be sending out our newsletter probably later today, so if you subscribe to it, look for it in your email. Thanks again to all of you for your support. We are both so grateful.

Have a great weekend.
Sheila, you are a great inspiration the way you can keep moving forward, seeing a creative need and filling the void. You are so right that most kits do not include everything that you need. I have no doubt that this will be as equally successful as the scroll sawing and painting are. Keith's new designs are great.
Have a great weekend.
 

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As I sit here and begin writing this morning, I realize just how much things have changed since I began blogging several years ago. What began as early morning conversations between you all and myself regarding what the plans were for my day and what the previous day had brought to me has now evolved into something a bit different. In those early days of writing, I was striving to be successful and prove that success not only to others but mainly to myself. I had started writing at a time when my business was just beginning to build up steam and I was dedicated to making my mark in the creative world. It was before my partner Keith even joined me. It seems so long ago.

The fact that things have changed is no surprise to me. I remember in those early days of writing that I mentioned more than once how I believed that life, in general, was much like a kaleidoscope - forever evolving and changing into something else. I still believe that today, and I still believe that those of us who are able to be flexible and change along with things are more likely to have an easier time surviving. It just makes sense to me.

I also try to focus on the good and positive things here in my posts. While I realize that the world isn't full of lollipops and rainbows, I also believe that 'we follow where we focus' and that by concentrating on the positive and good aspects of our lives, it lessens the impact of the negative things. But that isn't always the easiest thing to do, is it?

Things have been so difficult for so many these days. While I like to dwell on what I call my "Pink Cloud", there have been many days of late when I have found that difficult, if not impossible to do. It is hard to be cheerful and joyful when so many are suffering. It is also hard to write cheerful and carefree posts without feeling as if you are minimizing the suffering of others or your own concerns. Sometimes it is a fine line to walk.

As a result, I have chosen to back off these past several months and take some time. I am grateful that I have been doing a great deal of 'busy work' in creating surfaces for decorative painters to paint on. While it has been overwhelming at times, more so than not it has kept me feeling positive and productive on days when I would otherwise despair. Those long, hard days in my shop where I have piles of wood to cut for orders have been my emotional salvation, as they help me focus on positive things such as how those who ordered them will use and enjoy the pieces and even how many of them will become family treasures. Having a part in that process was the ray of light that I have been able to hold on to on some of the darkest days. It has helped more than anyone can imagine.

It has also caused me to refocus and re-prioritize what I was doing. Our scrolling and woodworking customers seemed to have really looked to my partner Keith for his lovely word-art designs, and my painting followers have encouraged me not only to continue my own designs but also to expand the scope of surfaces that I offer. It has really lifted both Keith and me up these days, and we appreciate it very much. It has encouraged us to branch out even further and expand and grow our business more. We are grateful.

In my last post, I showed you all a design I was working on for the online painting community, Toletown. Over the weekend, I completed that design as well as an accompanying instructional video for the project. The video is now available at the Toletown site, but I will have it on my YouTube Channel soon. I was pretty happy at how it came out. Here is a photo of the finished project:

Wood Dishware Art Serveware Jewellery


I used all DecoArt Americana paints on the main design and their new Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint on the leaf frame. I love the new Extreme Sheen Metallics. They are probably the shiniest metallic paint that I have used. You can get them at the DecoArt site here (DecoArt Metallics Extreme Sheen) or at your favorite craft supplier.

I used one of my new painting surfaces (the SLDPK172 - Large Maple Leaf Beveled Wood Plaque) for the project:

Font Circle Symbol Logo Graphics


I thought it looked really nice on that. I think there are so many possibilities for this leaf surface! It will lend well to Halloween, Thanksgiving and autumn designs in general. I hope that everyone likes it.

Keith has been busy drawing as well. He now has three different "Answer" designs that he is offering as a special pattern set (SPECIALSET on our site):

Organism Handwriting Font Illustration Drawing


These fun designs are appropriate for many situations and are sure to be popular as gifts, at craft shows and sales, or to keep yourself. We hope you like them.

He also made a fun plaque for the coffee drinkers in the world:

Font Rectangle Logo Label Wood


I like this one myself, and it could easily be my theme. You can find the pattern on our site here: SLDK737 Coffee - Because Adulting is Hard

And because we love our scrollers:

Wood Sleeve Font Rectangle Gas


Keith made this nice pattern set (SLDK738 - Keep Calm and Scroll On) which includes both a male and female version, as well as fretwork or overlay figures. We hope that you enjoy this for your shop or the shop of someone you know loves to scroll.

On a final note, I wanted you all to be aware that I am venturing into something else that is totally new for me. Since I have shown many of my embroidery pieces here on my blog and on social media, I frequently receive requests to offer kits of some of the things I have been making. I have considered this for over a year now, and have slowly and carefully done the homework, researched suppliers, and tried to think of every aspect of providing kits for my designs. I haven't said much about it except to close friends because it has taken quite a while to get things in order. But I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. After much planning, purchasing supplies, and thinking things through, I am ALMOST ready to offer embroidery kits to my customers.

I am very excited about this, and I want them to be the best kits I can offer. In the past, I have purchased kits that were nice, but very 'incomplete'. This caused me to have to search out supplies and was quite a challenge. It was because of this that I saw a need for kits that had just about everything needed to make the project except scissors and a couple of truly 'common' household supplies. Each kit will contain the highest quality silk ribbons, glass beads, metal charms, silk, perle cotton and metallic threads, Ultrasuede backings, and even beautiful, high-quality needles. I have searched all over the world to obtain these supplies and have done all the 'leg work' so that it would be fun and easy to create using the best quality materials. Each kit will also include full, step-by-step instructions complete with color photos. I am very close to launching them and should be doing so in the next week or so.

I didn't want to muddy up either the Sheila Landry Designs site or the Tole Painting Designs site, so I renamed and designated my Etsy Store for this venture. I now call my store "The Stitching Kitty" and it will be the home of all of these lovely kits.

Recipe Font Art Table Tableware


I will make a formal announcement when things are ready.

So you see, I have been keeping pretty busy. With all the negative things going on these days, I find that bringing joy to others through sharing my love of creating is the best way I can cope with things. As always, Keith and I appreciate all of our followers and customers. So many of you have become real friends. We wish you all the best in whatever you do.

We will be sending out our newsletter probably later today, so if you subscribe to it, look for it in your email. Thanks again to all of you for your support. We are both so grateful.

Have a great weekend.
Hi, Anna. Thanks as always for stopping by. I don't know where I would be without my creative people and friends. It really does help give my life purpose.

I hope you are still getting warm weather and out of harm's way with the fires. It is terrible how many are suffering from things these days. It is hard not to feel overwhelmed.

Take care and please keep in touch. My best to you and Jim! <3

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It has been a wild and crazy month here for us at Sheila Landry Designs. Both Keith and I have been busy changing, rearranging and updating things at all of our venues. It has been thrilling and exciting for us both, and we are truly enjoying seeing everything come together.

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the final quarter of the year already. As usual, the time has just passed by too quickly for my taste. I suppose that has always been one of the biggest complaints that I have had. There is always so much that I want to accomplish and there just aren't enough hours in the day. I suppose I have been like that for as long as I remember though, and no matter how many ideas I implement, it seems that I will always have at least ten times more things that I want to do. But I do believe it is a good thing, as it leads to a full and busy life and one that drives me to accomplish. I hope that never changes.

Besides cutting and filling wood orders for my painters, I have spent the last week or so completing the final steps to really launching my new pattern kit line of embroidery projects. Since completing the ribbon embroidery project "A Perfect World" a couple of years ago, I have longed to develop and create kits of my own. I had many inquiries as to whether I would be making my own kits or sharing my techniques with others, and these encouraging words really fueled the idea that I could really do this. I have been actually seriously planning and thinking about this step for over a year now, and while it is somewhat frightening, it is also very exciting. I want everything to be just right.

In my last post, I mentioned that I settled on a name for this new division of Sheila Landry Designs. I am calling my new adventure "The Stitching Kitty". (What else?) Since having three separate, full websites to manage was probably a little much, I have designated my Etsy store completely to this arm of my business and renamed it The Stitching Kitty and will have everything embroidery-related available there. For those of you who like this kind of work, I would appreciate if you would go over there and see what you think. By 'liking' my shop, it helps it become more visible.

The goal of my store is to offer full and complete kits which include just about everything you need to make the projects. I did see a need for this, as when I purchased my kit(s) in the past, there were so many key missing items that I had to search for and track down and purchase, that by the time I had all the materials, the cost of the kit was nearly twice what I already paid. The only thing needed to complete my projects are scissors and some really basic sewing supplies that aren't really specific and used in general and easy and cheap to obtain. I have searched literally all over the world to find high-quality supplies to include, and I have invested a great deal in making this possible. Now the fun part comes - offering the designs.

I put two new in the shop this weekend. They are cute and fun and relatively quick to make. I feel that starting small and working my way to larger projects is a good path to take, as it will not only help me get my own bearings, but it will also be less intimidating for my customers as well.

The two designs are little Halloween Witch Hats that can be used for lapel pins, ornaments or magnets. Really, they can be used as any type of jewelry or decorating, and they are colorful and fun to make.

The first one is made with black and iridescent purple colors:

Plant Food Butterfly Pollinator Calabaza


I found some lovely metal charms and pretty beads to make the little tiny stars:

Blue Product Azure Textile Purple


I used high-quality Validani hand-dyed threads and silks and all glass or metal embellishments to make it beautifully textured and colorful:

Body jewelry Natural material Purple Creative arts Violet


The other hat was done in oranges with some purple added in:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


It also has beautiful details like a silk ribbon bow that I hand-dyed myself and a pretty crystal bicone bead to make it shine:

Purple Petal Creative arts Violet Headgear


Again, I used lots of different glass beads, silk threads, and textures - including a metal spider charm with a crystal rhinestone set into it:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


You can imagine the fun I am having with these!

Little by little, I am adding more pieces to my shop. I hope to build up things slowly while I am still doing my other designing and work.

Plant Calabaza Winter squash Natural foods Cucurbita


I am still working on wood stuff as well as creating some new painting patterns. My days are full and fun and it has been great to see everything coming together. I suppose that is part of why I have been laying low for a while with blogging. The research, gathering materials, and planning has taken a large amount of my time and it really doesn't make for interesting posts. I hope to return to posting more regularly as things settle in. I am feeling good about things though and I believe the time away from writing has been put to good use.

Keith has also been working on many new things. He recently completely updated the Tole Painting Designs catalog and is currently in the process of updating the much larger Sheila Landry Designs woodworking catalog. That is no small task and takes a huge amount of time and effort. In addition to that, he rearranged BOTH of the websites and made things a lot easier to find made them look much better. We hope you all like having things in two separate sites better, as we feel it is far less cluttered and less confusing for everyone. So far our feedback has been very positive.

Keith also has two great new ornament patterns for our woodworking followers to enjoy. The first set is a wonderful layered wildlife set of eight ornaments (Product SLDK741):

Font Circle Symbol Pattern Fashion accessory


I love this type of scrolling. The individual layers can also be stack-cut so you can make them efficiently for shows and upcoming holiday sales.

The other set is a beautiful set of dimensional slotted filigree bell ornaments (SLDK739)

Shoe White Black Fashion Font


While these are a bit of a challenge, they can also be cut in multiples, making them more efficient if you are making them to sell. They are beautiful in natural wood colors, but look stunning painted with pretty metallic paint, too. (I would even add rhinestones if I were doing them for myself!)

So you see, we have both been busy.

As I keep saying, I hope to get back into the habit of writing here in the mornings. I miss talking with many of you and appreciate your feedback and friendships. All I can say is that I will do my best to keep on posting as time permits. I hope you come and visit us at our sites as well. We are always trying to add fun and interesting projects for you all to enjoy.

Happy Monday to you and happy AUTUMN!
 

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It has been a wild and crazy month here for us at Sheila Landry Designs. Both Keith and I have been busy changing, rearranging and updating things at all of our venues. It has been thrilling and exciting for us both, and we are truly enjoying seeing everything come together.

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the final quarter of the year already. As usual, the time has just passed by too quickly for my taste. I suppose that has always been one of the biggest complaints that I have had. There is always so much that I want to accomplish and there just aren't enough hours in the day. I suppose I have been like that for as long as I remember though, and no matter how many ideas I implement, it seems that I will always have at least ten times more things that I want to do. But I do believe it is a good thing, as it leads to a full and busy life and one that drives me to accomplish. I hope that never changes.

Besides cutting and filling wood orders for my painters, I have spent the last week or so completing the final steps to really launching my new pattern kit line of embroidery projects. Since completing the ribbon embroidery project "A Perfect World" a couple of years ago, I have longed to develop and create kits of my own. I had many inquiries as to whether I would be making my own kits or sharing my techniques with others, and these encouraging words really fueled the idea that I could really do this. I have been actually seriously planning and thinking about this step for over a year now, and while it is somewhat frightening, it is also very exciting. I want everything to be just right.

In my last post, I mentioned that I settled on a name for this new division of Sheila Landry Designs. I am calling my new adventure "The Stitching Kitty". (What else?) Since having three separate, full websites to manage was probably a little much, I have designated my Etsy store completely to this arm of my business and renamed it The Stitching Kitty and will have everything embroidery-related available there. For those of you who like this kind of work, I would appreciate if you would go over there and see what you think. By 'liking' my shop, it helps it become more visible.

The goal of my store is to offer full and complete kits which include just about everything you need to make the projects. I did see a need for this, as when I purchased my kit(s) in the past, there were so many key missing items that I had to search for and track down and purchase, that by the time I had all the materials, the cost of the kit was nearly twice what I already paid. The only thing needed to complete my projects are scissors and some really basic sewing supplies that aren't really specific and used in general and easy and cheap to obtain. I have searched literally all over the world to find high-quality supplies to include, and I have invested a great deal in making this possible. Now the fun part comes - offering the designs.

I put two new in the shop this weekend. They are cute and fun and relatively quick to make. I feel that starting small and working my way to larger projects is a good path to take, as it will not only help me get my own bearings, but it will also be less intimidating for my customers as well.

The two designs are little Halloween Witch Hats that can be used for lapel pins, ornaments or magnets. Really, they can be used as any type of jewelry or decorating, and they are colorful and fun to make.

The first one is made with black and iridescent purple colors:

Plant Food Butterfly Pollinator Calabaza


I found some lovely metal charms and pretty beads to make the little tiny stars:

Blue Product Azure Textile Purple


I used high-quality Validani hand-dyed threads and silks and all glass or metal embellishments to make it beautifully textured and colorful:

Body jewelry Natural material Purple Creative arts Violet


The other hat was done in oranges with some purple added in:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


It also has beautiful details like a silk ribbon bow that I hand-dyed myself and a pretty crystal bicone bead to make it shine:

Purple Petal Creative arts Violet Headgear


Again, I used lots of different glass beads, silk threads, and textures - including a metal spider charm with a crystal rhinestone set into it:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


You can imagine the fun I am having with these!

Little by little, I am adding more pieces to my shop. I hope to build up things slowly while I am still doing my other designing and work.

Plant Calabaza Winter squash Natural foods Cucurbita


I am still working on wood stuff as well as creating some new painting patterns. My days are full and fun and it has been great to see everything coming together. I suppose that is part of why I have been laying low for a while with blogging. The research, gathering materials, and planning has taken a large amount of my time and it really doesn't make for interesting posts. I hope to return to posting more regularly as things settle in. I am feeling good about things though and I believe the time away from writing has been put to good use.

Keith has also been working on many new things. He recently completely updated the Tole Painting Designs catalog and is currently in the process of updating the much larger Sheila Landry Designs woodworking catalog. That is no small task and takes a huge amount of time and effort. In addition to that, he rearranged BOTH of the websites and made things a lot easier to find made them look much better. We hope you all like having things in two separate sites better, as we feel it is far less cluttered and less confusing for everyone. So far our feedback has been very positive.

Keith also has two great new ornament patterns for our woodworking followers to enjoy. The first set is a wonderful layered wildlife set of eight ornaments (Product SLDK741):

Font Circle Symbol Pattern Fashion accessory


I love this type of scrolling. The individual layers can also be stack-cut so you can make them efficiently for shows and upcoming holiday sales.

The other set is a beautiful set of dimensional slotted filigree bell ornaments (SLDK739)

Shoe White Black Fashion Font


While these are a bit of a challenge, they can also be cut in multiples, making them more efficient if you are making them to sell. They are beautiful in natural wood colors, but look stunning painted with pretty metallic paint, too. (I would even add rhinestones if I were doing them for myself!)

So you see, we have both been busy.

As I keep saying, I hope to get back into the habit of writing here in the mornings. I miss talking with many of you and appreciate your feedback and friendships. All I can say is that I will do my best to keep on posting as time permits. I hope you come and visit us at our sites as well. We are always trying to add fun and interesting projects for you all to enjoy.

Happy Monday to you and happy AUTUMN!
Congratulations Sheila on the launch of another source of your amazing creativity. I love the little witches hats. The embellishments are beautiful. Keith's ornaments are wonderful. His filigree bells are beautiful. Happy creating!
 

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It has been a wild and crazy month here for us at Sheila Landry Designs. Both Keith and I have been busy changing, rearranging and updating things at all of our venues. It has been thrilling and exciting for us both, and we are truly enjoying seeing everything come together.

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the final quarter of the year already. As usual, the time has just passed by too quickly for my taste. I suppose that has always been one of the biggest complaints that I have had. There is always so much that I want to accomplish and there just aren't enough hours in the day. I suppose I have been like that for as long as I remember though, and no matter how many ideas I implement, it seems that I will always have at least ten times more things that I want to do. But I do believe it is a good thing, as it leads to a full and busy life and one that drives me to accomplish. I hope that never changes.

Besides cutting and filling wood orders for my painters, I have spent the last week or so completing the final steps to really launching my new pattern kit line of embroidery projects. Since completing the ribbon embroidery project "A Perfect World" a couple of years ago, I have longed to develop and create kits of my own. I had many inquiries as to whether I would be making my own kits or sharing my techniques with others, and these encouraging words really fueled the idea that I could really do this. I have been actually seriously planning and thinking about this step for over a year now, and while it is somewhat frightening, it is also very exciting. I want everything to be just right.

In my last post, I mentioned that I settled on a name for this new division of Sheila Landry Designs. I am calling my new adventure "The Stitching Kitty". (What else?) Since having three separate, full websites to manage was probably a little much, I have designated my Etsy store completely to this arm of my business and renamed it The Stitching Kitty and will have everything embroidery-related available there. For those of you who like this kind of work, I would appreciate if you would go over there and see what you think. By 'liking' my shop, it helps it become more visible.

The goal of my store is to offer full and complete kits which include just about everything you need to make the projects. I did see a need for this, as when I purchased my kit(s) in the past, there were so many key missing items that I had to search for and track down and purchase, that by the time I had all the materials, the cost of the kit was nearly twice what I already paid. The only thing needed to complete my projects are scissors and some really basic sewing supplies that aren't really specific and used in general and easy and cheap to obtain. I have searched literally all over the world to find high-quality supplies to include, and I have invested a great deal in making this possible. Now the fun part comes - offering the designs.

I put two new in the shop this weekend. They are cute and fun and relatively quick to make. I feel that starting small and working my way to larger projects is a good path to take, as it will not only help me get my own bearings, but it will also be less intimidating for my customers as well.

The two designs are little Halloween Witch Hats that can be used for lapel pins, ornaments or magnets. Really, they can be used as any type of jewelry or decorating, and they are colorful and fun to make.

The first one is made with black and iridescent purple colors:

Plant Food Butterfly Pollinator Calabaza


I found some lovely metal charms and pretty beads to make the little tiny stars:

Blue Product Azure Textile Purple


I used high-quality Validani hand-dyed threads and silks and all glass or metal embellishments to make it beautifully textured and colorful:

Body jewelry Natural material Purple Creative arts Violet


The other hat was done in oranges with some purple added in:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


It also has beautiful details like a silk ribbon bow that I hand-dyed myself and a pretty crystal bicone bead to make it shine:

Purple Petal Creative arts Violet Headgear


Again, I used lots of different glass beads, silk threads, and textures - including a metal spider charm with a crystal rhinestone set into it:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


You can imagine the fun I am having with these!

Little by little, I am adding more pieces to my shop. I hope to build up things slowly while I am still doing my other designing and work.

Plant Calabaza Winter squash Natural foods Cucurbita


I am still working on wood stuff as well as creating some new painting patterns. My days are full and fun and it has been great to see everything coming together. I suppose that is part of why I have been laying low for a while with blogging. The research, gathering materials, and planning has taken a large amount of my time and it really doesn't make for interesting posts. I hope to return to posting more regularly as things settle in. I am feeling good about things though and I believe the time away from writing has been put to good use.

Keith has also been working on many new things. He recently completely updated the Tole Painting Designs catalog and is currently in the process of updating the much larger Sheila Landry Designs woodworking catalog. That is no small task and takes a huge amount of time and effort. In addition to that, he rearranged BOTH of the websites and made things a lot easier to find made them look much better. We hope you all like having things in two separate sites better, as we feel it is far less cluttered and less confusing for everyone. So far our feedback has been very positive.

Keith also has two great new ornament patterns for our woodworking followers to enjoy. The first set is a wonderful layered wildlife set of eight ornaments (Product SLDK741):

Font Circle Symbol Pattern Fashion accessory


I love this type of scrolling. The individual layers can also be stack-cut so you can make them efficiently for shows and upcoming holiday sales.

The other set is a beautiful set of dimensional slotted filigree bell ornaments (SLDK739)

Shoe White Black Fashion Font


While these are a bit of a challenge, they can also be cut in multiples, making them more efficient if you are making them to sell. They are beautiful in natural wood colors, but look stunning painted with pretty metallic paint, too. (I would even add rhinestones if I were doing them for myself!)

So you see, we have both been busy.

As I keep saying, I hope to get back into the habit of writing here in the mornings. I miss talking with many of you and appreciate your feedback and friendships. All I can say is that I will do my best to keep on posting as time permits. I hope you come and visit us at our sites as well. We are always trying to add fun and interesting projects for you all to enjoy.

Happy Monday to you and happy AUTUMN!
Good morning, Anna. I hope you are doing well. Thanks as always for your nice comments. They are very much appreciated. Yes - Keith does a wonderful job on the filigree stuff. It is always popular for us. :)

I hope you are still having nice days that you can spend in the shop.

Take care, Sheila
 

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It has been a wild and crazy month here for us at Sheila Landry Designs. Both Keith and I have been busy changing, rearranging and updating things at all of our venues. It has been thrilling and exciting for us both, and we are truly enjoying seeing everything come together.

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the final quarter of the year already. As usual, the time has just passed by too quickly for my taste. I suppose that has always been one of the biggest complaints that I have had. There is always so much that I want to accomplish and there just aren't enough hours in the day. I suppose I have been like that for as long as I remember though, and no matter how many ideas I implement, it seems that I will always have at least ten times more things that I want to do. But I do believe it is a good thing, as it leads to a full and busy life and one that drives me to accomplish. I hope that never changes.

Besides cutting and filling wood orders for my painters, I have spent the last week or so completing the final steps to really launching my new pattern kit line of embroidery projects. Since completing the ribbon embroidery project "A Perfect World" a couple of years ago, I have longed to develop and create kits of my own. I had many inquiries as to whether I would be making my own kits or sharing my techniques with others, and these encouraging words really fueled the idea that I could really do this. I have been actually seriously planning and thinking about this step for over a year now, and while it is somewhat frightening, it is also very exciting. I want everything to be just right.

In my last post, I mentioned that I settled on a name for this new division of Sheila Landry Designs. I am calling my new adventure "The Stitching Kitty". (What else?) Since having three separate, full websites to manage was probably a little much, I have designated my Etsy store completely to this arm of my business and renamed it The Stitching Kitty and will have everything embroidery-related available there. For those of you who like this kind of work, I would appreciate if you would go over there and see what you think. By 'liking' my shop, it helps it become more visible.

The goal of my store is to offer full and complete kits which include just about everything you need to make the projects. I did see a need for this, as when I purchased my kit(s) in the past, there were so many key missing items that I had to search for and track down and purchase, that by the time I had all the materials, the cost of the kit was nearly twice what I already paid. The only thing needed to complete my projects are scissors and some really basic sewing supplies that aren't really specific and used in general and easy and cheap to obtain. I have searched literally all over the world to find high-quality supplies to include, and I have invested a great deal in making this possible. Now the fun part comes - offering the designs.

I put two new in the shop this weekend. They are cute and fun and relatively quick to make. I feel that starting small and working my way to larger projects is a good path to take, as it will not only help me get my own bearings, but it will also be less intimidating for my customers as well.

The two designs are little Halloween Witch Hats that can be used for lapel pins, ornaments or magnets. Really, they can be used as any type of jewelry or decorating, and they are colorful and fun to make.

The first one is made with black and iridescent purple colors:

Plant Food Butterfly Pollinator Calabaza


I found some lovely metal charms and pretty beads to make the little tiny stars:

Blue Product Azure Textile Purple


I used high-quality Validani hand-dyed threads and silks and all glass or metal embellishments to make it beautifully textured and colorful:

Body jewelry Natural material Purple Creative arts Violet


The other hat was done in oranges with some purple added in:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


It also has beautiful details like a silk ribbon bow that I hand-dyed myself and a pretty crystal bicone bead to make it shine:

Purple Petal Creative arts Violet Headgear


Again, I used lots of different glass beads, silk threads, and textures - including a metal spider charm with a crystal rhinestone set into it:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


You can imagine the fun I am having with these!

Little by little, I am adding more pieces to my shop. I hope to build up things slowly while I am still doing my other designing and work.

Plant Calabaza Winter squash Natural foods Cucurbita


I am still working on wood stuff as well as creating some new painting patterns. My days are full and fun and it has been great to see everything coming together. I suppose that is part of why I have been laying low for a while with blogging. The research, gathering materials, and planning has taken a large amount of my time and it really doesn't make for interesting posts. I hope to return to posting more regularly as things settle in. I am feeling good about things though and I believe the time away from writing has been put to good use.

Keith has also been working on many new things. He recently completely updated the Tole Painting Designs catalog and is currently in the process of updating the much larger Sheila Landry Designs woodworking catalog. That is no small task and takes a huge amount of time and effort. In addition to that, he rearranged BOTH of the websites and made things a lot easier to find made them look much better. We hope you all like having things in two separate sites better, as we feel it is far less cluttered and less confusing for everyone. So far our feedback has been very positive.

Keith also has two great new ornament patterns for our woodworking followers to enjoy. The first set is a wonderful layered wildlife set of eight ornaments (Product SLDK741):

Font Circle Symbol Pattern Fashion accessory


I love this type of scrolling. The individual layers can also be stack-cut so you can make them efficiently for shows and upcoming holiday sales.

The other set is a beautiful set of dimensional slotted filigree bell ornaments (SLDK739)

Shoe White Black Fashion Font


While these are a bit of a challenge, they can also be cut in multiples, making them more efficient if you are making them to sell. They are beautiful in natural wood colors, but look stunning painted with pretty metallic paint, too. (I would even add rhinestones if I were doing them for myself!)

So you see, we have both been busy.

As I keep saying, I hope to get back into the habit of writing here in the mornings. I miss talking with many of you and appreciate your feedback and friendships. All I can say is that I will do my best to keep on posting as time permits. I hope you come and visit us at our sites as well. We are always trying to add fun and interesting projects for you all to enjoy.

Happy Monday to you and happy AUTUMN!
Saw your much waited for blog yesterday morning, but didn't have time to read it. I am in Michigan with friends and had a busy day yesterday, help with fencing and then a boat outing. They have horses and where redoing some of the fencing after buying this place. Last night by the time every thing was done I only had time to read it. My friend has just left for work today. Thanks for the reply last time of the books you where reading, wanted to tell you about some of the books I have been reading, maybe another time. Been gone from home since beginning of August. 3 weeks to go yet.
I just admire your work, ambition and organisation so much, it is fun to read your posts. You put so much effort into each one. Even one every two weeks would be a treat, don't knock yourself out trying to do everything you use to do in an expanding business. The things you do still have to add up to the same number, or you will be over taxed. When you add numbers to an equation you have to subtract numbers so the sum is the same. Now that is the sum of the matter…..

The hats look super cool, very nice job. I hope you can turn a profit selling the kits as it has taken so much time getting the quality products from here there and every where, and it costs so much more. Then again if you have any stock left over, that come off your overall profit, but I guess you will recycle into another project. I think you are on a roller coaster that you can't get off. not that you want to.

The 3D plaques are neato too. on of these days I will try some scroll saw projects, they will have to be simple.

Thanks again for all the time you put into your work.
 

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It has been a wild and crazy month here for us at Sheila Landry Designs. Both Keith and I have been busy changing, rearranging and updating things at all of our venues. It has been thrilling and exciting for us both, and we are truly enjoying seeing everything come together.

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the final quarter of the year already. As usual, the time has just passed by too quickly for my taste. I suppose that has always been one of the biggest complaints that I have had. There is always so much that I want to accomplish and there just aren't enough hours in the day. I suppose I have been like that for as long as I remember though, and no matter how many ideas I implement, it seems that I will always have at least ten times more things that I want to do. But I do believe it is a good thing, as it leads to a full and busy life and one that drives me to accomplish. I hope that never changes.

Besides cutting and filling wood orders for my painters, I have spent the last week or so completing the final steps to really launching my new pattern kit line of embroidery projects. Since completing the ribbon embroidery project "A Perfect World" a couple of years ago, I have longed to develop and create kits of my own. I had many inquiries as to whether I would be making my own kits or sharing my techniques with others, and these encouraging words really fueled the idea that I could really do this. I have been actually seriously planning and thinking about this step for over a year now, and while it is somewhat frightening, it is also very exciting. I want everything to be just right.

In my last post, I mentioned that I settled on a name for this new division of Sheila Landry Designs. I am calling my new adventure "The Stitching Kitty". (What else?) Since having three separate, full websites to manage was probably a little much, I have designated my Etsy store completely to this arm of my business and renamed it The Stitching Kitty and will have everything embroidery-related available there. For those of you who like this kind of work, I would appreciate if you would go over there and see what you think. By 'liking' my shop, it helps it become more visible.

The goal of my store is to offer full and complete kits which include just about everything you need to make the projects. I did see a need for this, as when I purchased my kit(s) in the past, there were so many key missing items that I had to search for and track down and purchase, that by the time I had all the materials, the cost of the kit was nearly twice what I already paid. The only thing needed to complete my projects are scissors and some really basic sewing supplies that aren't really specific and used in general and easy and cheap to obtain. I have searched literally all over the world to find high-quality supplies to include, and I have invested a great deal in making this possible. Now the fun part comes - offering the designs.

I put two new in the shop this weekend. They are cute and fun and relatively quick to make. I feel that starting small and working my way to larger projects is a good path to take, as it will not only help me get my own bearings, but it will also be less intimidating for my customers as well.

The two designs are little Halloween Witch Hats that can be used for lapel pins, ornaments or magnets. Really, they can be used as any type of jewelry or decorating, and they are colorful and fun to make.

The first one is made with black and iridescent purple colors:

Plant Food Butterfly Pollinator Calabaza


I found some lovely metal charms and pretty beads to make the little tiny stars:

Blue Product Azure Textile Purple


I used high-quality Validani hand-dyed threads and silks and all glass or metal embellishments to make it beautifully textured and colorful:

Body jewelry Natural material Purple Creative arts Violet


The other hat was done in oranges with some purple added in:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


It also has beautiful details like a silk ribbon bow that I hand-dyed myself and a pretty crystal bicone bead to make it shine:

Purple Petal Creative arts Violet Headgear


Again, I used lots of different glass beads, silk threads, and textures - including a metal spider charm with a crystal rhinestone set into it:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


You can imagine the fun I am having with these!

Little by little, I am adding more pieces to my shop. I hope to build up things slowly while I am still doing my other designing and work.

Plant Calabaza Winter squash Natural foods Cucurbita


I am still working on wood stuff as well as creating some new painting patterns. My days are full and fun and it has been great to see everything coming together. I suppose that is part of why I have been laying low for a while with blogging. The research, gathering materials, and planning has taken a large amount of my time and it really doesn't make for interesting posts. I hope to return to posting more regularly as things settle in. I am feeling good about things though and I believe the time away from writing has been put to good use.

Keith has also been working on many new things. He recently completely updated the Tole Painting Designs catalog and is currently in the process of updating the much larger Sheila Landry Designs woodworking catalog. That is no small task and takes a huge amount of time and effort. In addition to that, he rearranged BOTH of the websites and made things a lot easier to find made them look much better. We hope you all like having things in two separate sites better, as we feel it is far less cluttered and less confusing for everyone. So far our feedback has been very positive.

Keith also has two great new ornament patterns for our woodworking followers to enjoy. The first set is a wonderful layered wildlife set of eight ornaments (Product SLDK741):

Font Circle Symbol Pattern Fashion accessory


I love this type of scrolling. The individual layers can also be stack-cut so you can make them efficiently for shows and upcoming holiday sales.

The other set is a beautiful set of dimensional slotted filigree bell ornaments (SLDK739)

Shoe White Black Fashion Font


While these are a bit of a challenge, they can also be cut in multiples, making them more efficient if you are making them to sell. They are beautiful in natural wood colors, but look stunning painted with pretty metallic paint, too. (I would even add rhinestones if I were doing them for myself!)

So you see, we have both been busy.

As I keep saying, I hope to get back into the habit of writing here in the mornings. I miss talking with many of you and appreciate your feedback and friendships. All I can say is that I will do my best to keep on posting as time permits. I hope you come and visit us at our sites as well. We are always trying to add fun and interesting projects for you all to enjoy.

Happy Monday to you and happy AUTUMN!
Thanks for your kind words, Brian. They mean a lot. It has been a bit hard not to feel overwhelmed at times. My mind works much quicker than my hands and body most days. I think for the time being a blog whenever I can write will be the plan. There just isn't time for it every day. As I mentioned before - the 'grunt work' isn't nearly as interesting anyway.

Your trip sounds so nice. I am happy to hear you get around so much to so many lovely places. Maybe next year I will be able to do some traveling - even if it is around here. :)

Have a great day and a wonderful vacation. Thank you, again. :)

Sheila
 

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It has been a wild and crazy month here for us at Sheila Landry Designs. Both Keith and I have been busy changing, rearranging and updating things at all of our venues. It has been thrilling and exciting for us both, and we are truly enjoying seeing everything come together.

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the final quarter of the year already. As usual, the time has just passed by too quickly for my taste. I suppose that has always been one of the biggest complaints that I have had. There is always so much that I want to accomplish and there just aren't enough hours in the day. I suppose I have been like that for as long as I remember though, and no matter how many ideas I implement, it seems that I will always have at least ten times more things that I want to do. But I do believe it is a good thing, as it leads to a full and busy life and one that drives me to accomplish. I hope that never changes.

Besides cutting and filling wood orders for my painters, I have spent the last week or so completing the final steps to really launching my new pattern kit line of embroidery projects. Since completing the ribbon embroidery project "A Perfect World" a couple of years ago, I have longed to develop and create kits of my own. I had many inquiries as to whether I would be making my own kits or sharing my techniques with others, and these encouraging words really fueled the idea that I could really do this. I have been actually seriously planning and thinking about this step for over a year now, and while it is somewhat frightening, it is also very exciting. I want everything to be just right.

In my last post, I mentioned that I settled on a name for this new division of Sheila Landry Designs. I am calling my new adventure "The Stitching Kitty". (What else?) Since having three separate, full websites to manage was probably a little much, I have designated my Etsy store completely to this arm of my business and renamed it The Stitching Kitty and will have everything embroidery-related available there. For those of you who like this kind of work, I would appreciate if you would go over there and see what you think. By 'liking' my shop, it helps it become more visible.

The goal of my store is to offer full and complete kits which include just about everything you need to make the projects. I did see a need for this, as when I purchased my kit(s) in the past, there were so many key missing items that I had to search for and track down and purchase, that by the time I had all the materials, the cost of the kit was nearly twice what I already paid. The only thing needed to complete my projects are scissors and some really basic sewing supplies that aren't really specific and used in general and easy and cheap to obtain. I have searched literally all over the world to find high-quality supplies to include, and I have invested a great deal in making this possible. Now the fun part comes - offering the designs.

I put two new in the shop this weekend. They are cute and fun and relatively quick to make. I feel that starting small and working my way to larger projects is a good path to take, as it will not only help me get my own bearings, but it will also be less intimidating for my customers as well.

The two designs are little Halloween Witch Hats that can be used for lapel pins, ornaments or magnets. Really, they can be used as any type of jewelry or decorating, and they are colorful and fun to make.

The first one is made with black and iridescent purple colors:

Plant Food Butterfly Pollinator Calabaza


I found some lovely metal charms and pretty beads to make the little tiny stars:

Blue Product Azure Textile Purple


I used high-quality Validani hand-dyed threads and silks and all glass or metal embellishments to make it beautifully textured and colorful:

Body jewelry Natural material Purple Creative arts Violet


The other hat was done in oranges with some purple added in:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


It also has beautiful details like a silk ribbon bow that I hand-dyed myself and a pretty crystal bicone bead to make it shine:

Purple Petal Creative arts Violet Headgear


Again, I used lots of different glass beads, silk threads, and textures - including a metal spider charm with a crystal rhinestone set into it:

Purple Creative arts Violet Body jewelry Art


You can imagine the fun I am having with these!

Little by little, I am adding more pieces to my shop. I hope to build up things slowly while I am still doing my other designing and work.

Plant Calabaza Winter squash Natural foods Cucurbita


I am still working on wood stuff as well as creating some new painting patterns. My days are full and fun and it has been great to see everything coming together. I suppose that is part of why I have been laying low for a while with blogging. The research, gathering materials, and planning has taken a large amount of my time and it really doesn't make for interesting posts. I hope to return to posting more regularly as things settle in. I am feeling good about things though and I believe the time away from writing has been put to good use.

Keith has also been working on many new things. He recently completely updated the Tole Painting Designs catalog and is currently in the process of updating the much larger Sheila Landry Designs woodworking catalog. That is no small task and takes a huge amount of time and effort. In addition to that, he rearranged BOTH of the websites and made things a lot easier to find made them look much better. We hope you all like having things in two separate sites better, as we feel it is far less cluttered and less confusing for everyone. So far our feedback has been very positive.

Keith also has two great new ornament patterns for our woodworking followers to enjoy. The first set is a wonderful layered wildlife set of eight ornaments (Product SLDK741):

Font Circle Symbol Pattern Fashion accessory


I love this type of scrolling. The individual layers can also be stack-cut so you can make them efficiently for shows and upcoming holiday sales.

The other set is a beautiful set of dimensional slotted filigree bell ornaments (SLDK739)

Shoe White Black Fashion Font


While these are a bit of a challenge, they can also be cut in multiples, making them more efficient if you are making them to sell. They are beautiful in natural wood colors, but look stunning painted with pretty metallic paint, too. (I would even add rhinestones if I were doing them for myself!)

So you see, we have both been busy.

As I keep saying, I hope to get back into the habit of writing here in the mornings. I miss talking with many of you and appreciate your feedback and friendships. All I can say is that I will do my best to keep on posting as time permits. I hope you come and visit us at our sites as well. We are always trying to add fun and interesting projects for you all to enjoy.

Happy Monday to you and happy AUTUMN!
those ornaments are great!
 

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Hello to my Lumberjocks followers. After taking several months break, I have decided to go back to blogging again. Since I was going in many directions when I last posted, I decided to take some time off and get things sorted out. After over 1800 posts, I thought it was a much-needed rest.

I have decided to continue blogging but on a central site that would do better to encompass the many types of things that I create. I felt that while Keith is continuing to do scroll saw patterns and I am continuing to make wood surfaces for painters, a lot of my posts were in relation to not only those subjects, but also painting and even needlework. Posting on the Wordpress site will allow me to reach those who are interested in what I do on a larger scale.

I hope you decide to subscribe to my Wordpress blog. I have made some great friendships here on Lumberjocks and have missed talking to you each morning. But as I always say - life is like a kaleidoscope - forever evolving and changing. In order to be successful in our lives, we need to be able to adapt and change, too.

The new address for my blog is here: https://sheilalandrydesigns.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/604/

I hope to see you there.

Have a great day!
 

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Hello to my Lumberjocks followers. After taking several months break, I have decided to go back to blogging again. Since I was going in many directions when I last posted, I decided to take some time off and get things sorted out. After over 1800 posts, I thought it was a much-needed rest.

I have decided to continue blogging but on a central site that would do better to encompass the many types of things that I create. I felt that while Keith is continuing to do scroll saw patterns and I am continuing to make wood surfaces for painters, a lot of my posts were in relation to not only those subjects, but also painting and even needlework. Posting on the Wordpress site will allow me to reach those who are interested in what I do on a larger scale.

I hope you decide to subscribe to my Wordpress blog. I have made some great friendships here on Lumberjocks and have missed talking to you each morning. But as I always say - life is like a kaleidoscope - forever evolving and changing. In order to be successful in our lives, we need to be able to adapt and change, too.

The new address for my blog is here: https://sheilalandrydesigns.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/604/

I hope to see you there.

Have a great day!
I have missed your morning posts, gave me a chance to just sit down and enjoy your work before I started my day.
 

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I have a new blog post on my Wordpress account. :) I hope you come and visit there.

https://wordpress.com/post/sheilalandrydesigns.wordpress.com/643

Sheila
Thanks so much, Marcus. :) I had taken some time off (after over 1800 blog posts!) but now I am back. Because of time constrictions and the global reach of WordPress, I will be writing the main post on that page. But I will still notify my friends and followers here every post - even if it is just like above. I hope you come and visit me there. I will be discussing all types of creativity from woodworking to painting to needlework. I feel it overlaps anyway.

Again - thanks! :)
 

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I have a new blog post on my Wordpress account. :) I hope you come and visit there.

https://wordpress.com/post/sheilalandrydesigns.wordpress.com/643

Sheila
Been busy as usual this past winter and posted a number of projects and Utube video's, Missed your blogs and creativity, but as you are going to notify us on this site and I get the email notification, will continue to check out all the fantastic things you do. Right now I am down south in BC doing another volunteer work project at a church camp. Will be home in two weeks.
 

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I have a new blog post on my Wordpress account. :) I hope you come and visit there.

https://wordpress.com/post/sheilalandrydesigns.wordpress.com/643

Sheila
It is good to hear from you again too, Brian. It has been so hard for me to find time blogging. As I was expanding and posting to other venues, it had turned into a 2-3 hour block of time. I just didn't have that to spare. And then, as with most things, the more I got behind in posting the more overwhelmed I felt.

But I will try to post every now and then. Hopefully, a couple of times per week. The best I can do is put a notice here on LJ's, as the formatting is all different to post to this site. I suggest following me at WordPress if you want notices. :)

I am happy you are keeping busy and hope spring has come to your side of Canada. Ours is slow in arriving, but I think quite typical for our area. Once the black flies are gone, I will be able to enjoy the outdoors again.

I wish you a great "long weekend"! :D
 

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