As usual, I have about 50 projects that I am either working on or thinking about working on in the near future. Believe me when I say that this is not what I perceive as a problem, but rather an excellent place to be as a designer.
As I filter through all the ideas I have in my head, I try to not overwhelm myself. I honestly feel like a kid in a candy store in that I want to start with everything at the same time. It is a good thing generally, but sometimes it can ‘overload’ my brain and it can shut me down. I get stuck, not knowing which project to work on first.
At times like these, I just need to take a breath, close my eyes and start somewhere. Usually, that gets me moving and at least I finish up the day accomplishing something. Then I am back on track again.
Last summer, we split our Sheila Landry Designs website into two. The ‘original’ Sheila Landry Designs website has been dedicated to our my partner Keith’s and my scroll saw patterns, and the new site – Tole Painting Designs is for my painting patterns and wood surfaces for painters. It was a big step, but one that our customers appreciated, as it eliminated a lot of confusion as to what we offered as just patterns and what we offered as wood pieces to paint. We are happy we did that.
Then, I decided to also begin offering some embroidery and needlework patterns and kits. It seems that when I showed my needlework projects here on my blog, I would get many requests for instructions and kits for the projects which were my own designs.
It has taken probably close to two years of planning, but after practicing on projects, scouting out supplies and preparing the basic written instructions, I am happy to announce that my Etsy store “The Stitching Kitty” is officially launched and in full swing.
While I had a couple of patterns up on the site, as well as a couple of finished items, I think there were only about 5 products for the past several months and it didn’t make much of an impression.
This weekend, however, I not only added six little sheep embroidery kits and patterns:
But also I added some new physical products like my cute animal shaped bobbins:
Later on, I will also be adding supplies like ribbon and charms, and some of my sample pieces for sale. These will all be one of a kind and sold on a first-come/first-serve basis. It is rather exciting. I hope you stop by and ❤ it so you can keep up with my new products if that interests you.
I am going to be building on this series beginning this week, adding other little creatures from nature and flowers and bugs. They will all be a cute way to decorate throughout spring and summer.
This week I am going to be adding some new surfaces, too. I am going to be painting some of France Quirion’s little “Santa’s Family” elves. (You can get the pattern for them at her Etsy store by clicking the link) I love the little elves, but I am making some smaller ornaments for my little tree here, as hers are about 6″ – 7″ and a little large for my taste.
I have partnered up with her and she is allowing me to sell the surfaces that will go with these pieces, and since they are basic shapes, you can use them for just about anything. Watch my site for the update or I will blog about it when they are ready.
Finally, for me, last week I was able to make progress on my bentwood bucket that I am using to paint Amy Mogish’s “Going to Market” Club pattern on. This is a great series and features 12 of Amy’s adorable designs that are originally done as little market bag pins. Plus there is a bonus design for the bag itself. I chose to use a pretty bentwood bucket for my own painting, as I can keep it out as a decoration all year long.
You can follow my progress on my Facebook painting group “Let’s Paint with Sheila Landry” on all of these projects as well as many other projects that myself and our wonderful members are creating. It is a great place to share and learn and we have a wonderful group of painters that post regularly. I hope to see you joining us.
I wanted to also show you all that Keith has been up to as well. He has done a great job of holding down the ‘woodworking’ part of the business. With all the cutting that I have been doing for painting orders, I haven’t had much time to design woodworking projects myself.
His latest designs are these wonderful stand-up word art pieces, and also a new Hummingbird Clock pattern:
If you haven’t seen his latest designs, feel free to visit the Sheila Landry Designs website. There are lots of new patterns, as well as specials and great pattern set prices. Right now he has a limited special on all of his Napkin Holder Patterns:
Each one of these beautiful designs comes with a pattern for a mini-plaque, too. They are beautiful and fun to cut!
Well, that is about all for today. As always, I will try to come here more often to keep you all up with things. I am working hard on getting back into the habit of blogging. I find I get ‘busy’ and then there is so much that I am behind in telling you about that I become overwhelmed. I just have to make shorter and more frequent posts. All I can do is to keep trying.
In any case, I hope you all enjoy seeing what we are up to. I hope it inspires some creativity in you as well. Feel free to comment and share my posts so I get seen more. It really helps my cause here!
Take care and happy Monday to you all!