My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #199: Exchanges and Things

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-19-2010 03:00 PM 4386 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What a great day yesterday was. It wasn’t as if I won the lottery or anything like that, but I just went through the day feeling like I liked the place where I was at in my life and enjoyed every moment of it. I got some things accomplished around the house, cooked a good meal while listing to some Pink Floyd and Charlie Brown Christmas music, wrapped a couple of things and then went to a nice birthday dinner with wonderful people and had a great evening. I even got to answer a couple of email questions for customers. I like hearing from them and liked even more that I could help them. One customer in particular made a suggestion for some ornaments for me to design next year and I think he had a great idea. It was all around one of those ‘life is good’ days and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

When I went to pick up my mail, I found that I had received some beautiful ornaments from the ornament exchange that I did from Steve Good’s site, Scrollsaw Workshop. For those of you who like scroll sawing (or those who are kind of interested in it and still deciding) it is a great site full of information and great people. In fact, Steve was the one who brought initially pointed me here to Lumberjocks and I owe him a great deal for doing that. It is probably the only other forum that I find time to regularly post on.

In any case, they had organized an ornament exchange there and I jumped right in. I love exchanges of all kinds. I used to do a cookie exchange every year near Christmas Time. My one friend’s mom would host it and there would be probably anywhere from 25 to 30 participants. We each made one type of cookies using a pound of butter (so if the recipe called for half a pound, we would double it, etc.) and we would count up our cookies and then when we arrived we would divide our number by the number of participants and that would be how many of each cookie we would get. The odd numbers of cookies in each batch were left for immediate eating. It was an afternoon filled with friendship and snacks and great conversation and stories of everyone’s busy holiday adventures. What a great way to spend the afternoon. (And, we would come home with loads of wonderful home-made cookies!)

I feel the same way about the ornaments I received. They are really lovely! I think it is always nice to receive something like this that is hand-made. My exchange partner Dan Eklund enclosed a nice card and said he was nervous because he got my name in the exchange. I don’t know why he would say that because the ornaments that he sent are really awesome! He made two dimensional ornaments and also a beautiful word art one. I have pictures of them to show you.

The first one is a dimensional Christmas tree:

From Ornament Exchange 2010

Next, there is one of a dimensional cactus. Dan is from Arizona:

From Ornament Exchange 2010

And finally there is a beautiful word art ornament of “Peace”

From Ornament Exchange 2010

I love these so much! I don’t receive many hand-made gifts it seems. I think people think that I can make them myself if I want them, but I usually don’t find the time to do so. I wind up giving most of what I do away or selling it. My friend Bernie has made me some things and I treasure them all the more because they are from him. I feel the same about these ornaments. When I look at them, they will always remind me of this time in my life when I am so happy and how much value my fellow woodworkers and friends are to me. They will certainly be treasured.

As we were driving to the birthday celebration yesterday, the sun was just beginning to set. It wasn’t as if you needed to look for it, as the entire sky took on an orange and pinkish glow. There was no way not to notice it. We stopped the car on a little hill and I was happy that I had brought my camera with to capture the moment. I know it may seem silly to talk so much about the place where I live and how beautiful I think it is, but it is something that I will always appreciate and don’t ever think I will get over.

From Ornament Exchange 2010

I hope I never do.

Have a great Sunday!

-- 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 12-23-2010 02:38 PM

An ornament exchange? What a great idea. Way better than the dreaded cookie exchange. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 12-23-2010 03:15 PM

I wonder if we could do one here next year. I was thinking about it! We’ll see where I am at but I would love to organize something like that!

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

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