Sheila Landry Designs

by Vera Souther 

From the carefully wrapped items to the embossed packaging paper, each order from Sheila is a true work of art in and of itself. Sheila’s customer service knows no bounds. She will call you to make certain that she gets you what you want. Example, my first order she called me to see if I needed left and right beveled mitten ornaments. She truly goes out of her way to make sure that it is perfect.

Her carefully cut wood and MDF surfaces are a dream to paint on. There is no need to do an initial sand on her pieces. Sheila makes sure that they are ready for that first coat of paint or sealer.

Sheila’s pattern packets are so detailed with step by step photos that even a beginner would have success painting her designs. There is never a question as to what to do next. But if there happens to be a question, Sheila is extremely responsive. She will call, email or respond directly on your social media post.

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Address:  Sheila Landry Designs, PO Box 410, Meteghan, Nova Scotia, B0W 2J0 Canada
Phone:  (902) 482-7174

Since Sheila was a child she always knew that she wanted to do something creative for a living. She loved to color, draw, paint, sew and even embroider. When she had small children of her own, she loved decorating their rooms and making them fun things to play with.

Soon others were asking her to make stuff for their own children and to give as gifts. She found this was a nice way to be creative as well as earn extra money on the side while still being home to take care of her kids.

One thing led to another and she found she wanted to learn to cut her own wood pieces. She had taken up decorative painting and loved painting from the many books available. However, it was difficult and expensive to find the shaped wood pieces for many of the projects, so along with her friend Cari, each bought their own scroll saws and began cutting their own pieces.

Back in those days she followed instructions from the pattern books pretty much to the letter. She found it difficult to get some of the paint colors though because it was before online ordering was available. This was when she began deviating from the patterns and adding her own color schemes and experimenting. This led her to designing her own patterns.

When living in the Chicago area she was fortunate to attend one of the big trade shows there. She met with a group from All American Crafts Publishing (the company that published Paintworks, Quick and Easy Painting, Craftworks, and Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazines). The editors from both the painting magazines as well as the craft and woodworking magazines wanted her to contribute designs to them. This was back in 1997 and she has been designing ever since.

Sheila was a Contributing Editor for “Creative Woodworks and Crafts” magazine from 1997 until the magazine folded in 2015. During that time, she developed and grew her scroll saw pattern business and took on a partner, Keith Fenton. Keith holds up the 'scroll saw pattern' end of the business at Sheila Landry Designs and most of the new scroll saw patterns are created by him.

Sheila now designs her own wood pieces as well as patterns and it seems that she is becoming known for her "self-framing bevel cut" ornaments and plaques. These pieces are unique because the center area is cut on a slight bevel, allowing them to be pushed back into the outer frame area and glued into place. They have become quite popular among the painters!

Last year Sheila decided to paint multiples of Lynne Andrews' "12 Days of Christmas" set on her own wood pieces. There was so much interest in this project that she decided to create a Facebook Group page so that other painters could participate in her journey. Little did she realize how popular it would become! Before long several hundred joined the group which has been a wonderful way to share and get to know other painters. This isn't an online class but is more akin to a "support group" where painters help each other through photos, comments and positive encouragement.

This year, she did a second club with Lynne Andrews who designed a beautiful Noah's Ark series on a set of ornaments Sheila sent her. The response has been tremendous and both are thrilled others are enjoying creating these lovely ornaments.

Sheila has also been working closely with Amy Mogish and doing pieces for her Halloween Club. It has also been extremely successful and more series are planned for the future.

The painting side of her site has grown so much that Keith is planning to split the original site into two separate entities. Sheila Landry Designs will remain the woodworking site and there will be a new branch - Sheila Landry's Tole Painting Designs - that will be dedicated to painting. It is felt that this addition will make things a bit easier and less confusing for their customers.

Sheila loves working on wood pieces for fellow painters and can't help but feel that each piece has a potential of becoming a 'future heirloom'. She is very grateful for all that have helped her along the way. Even though the work is hard, it is something that makes her heart sing!

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