It was a very nice day yesterday. Although there was no snow on the ground, my practical side got the best of me and I rationalized that it was far better to drive on dry pavement than in the snow and ice. The Mustang has been parked and won’t see the road until the spring thaw, but even with a more practical vehicle, it was still better to be safe this way than have the romanticism of a white Christmas. When I awoke this morning, there seems to be a hint of a dusting of snow on the grassy areas, but it is hard to tell.
We had a lovely turkey dinner at Bernie and Ellen’s place in Digby. It was a relaxing day with good food and good company. Ellen’s main fret was that the turkey she had made only came with one wing. She was a bit upset about it and mentioned it several times, but I thought it was hardly enough to ruin an otherwise pleasant dinner. She worries though, as she likes everything to be just perfect. As far as I was concerned, the dinner was perfect. I think had we not been told, no one would have been the wiser, as the turkey was laid out already carved on a large platter when it was served.
After dinner we all exchanged gifts and I am very happy to report that Ellen was thrilled with receiving the Skating Pond Vignette. It was wonderful to see the look on her face as she realized what it was, as she had only seen the original set sometime back in March or April. She immediately cleared a place under the tree and had me set it up right then and there so she could examine each piece, all the while saying how she couldn’t believe I took the time to make it for her. It felt incredible to have made something that was so appreciated. I was so very happy that I had spent those many, many evenings working on for her. As with the set that I made for my son, I wanted to give something really special that they would not be able to get anywhere else and would appreciate.
It is good to give back to those who have given to you over the years. As many of you may have experienced, there have been times when you have given something you have made to someone who is not quite appreciative of the time and effort it took for you to do so. I think as craftspeople we have all had that happen from time to time. Some people just don’t see the worth in an object that isn’t manufactured or store bought.
But giving something such as this set to both Ellen and my son, I knew that they would both enjoy it for years to come. My son has many of the holiday decorations that I have made over the years, and I enjoy seeing him decorate his own house with them from season to season. I hope that one day he will pass them down to his own children and they will become part of his own family traditions. And it will remind them of me in the same way that the original set I made reminds me of that painted set my own grandparents had under their tree. I suppose that is what traditions are.
Today is going to be a continuation of the holiday. We are going to visit and dinner and I will be able to present Diane with her sewing box. I hope that she is as happy with it as Ellen was with her gift. I am quite excited to see her reaction.
I am happy that the holiday spans over a couple of days. With all the weeks of preparation, it would be a shame if it were over in one short day. I find I like it better when spread over several days, giving time to really enjoy the company and food and festivities.
I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday, and continue to have a great weekend too.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"