Little by little I am beginning to feel a bit better. I felt better yesterday than Monday and I feel better today than yesterday. As long as I feel there is improvement, I am happy. I went to see my own doctor yesterday and she confirmed that there was swelling in my back. I got one more prescription to help with that so hopefully that will also help me get back to normal quickly. I was happy to hear from her that she thought I should move around and not just stay sitting or in bed. In the last few days I drew up three designs and I want to cut them out. I either stand at the scroll saw, or sit on a high stool. My scrollsaw is up a little higher than normal, so it is in a good position and I don’t feel like I have to hunch over to work on it. I think if I use common sense and take frequent breaks I will be fine.
When I arrived home from the doctors’ office, there was a package here for me. It was from Erwin and Edith (Bearpie here in Lumberjocks) and it contained one of those “Off” clip-on bug repellents as well as a beautiful carved scoop made of orange wood. I can’t tell you how much it touched me!
I have never seen orange wood before. It is smooth and has an interesting grain. It was a lovely surprise for me and it just goes to show what great people we have here on LJ’s. I want to thank Erwin and Edith for their kindness and for sending me these ‘goodies’! They are truly special people.
I feel so fortunate to have met so many wonderful people through this site. Even though many of you are countries away, it is a great network of communication and people and I appreciate your friendship and support and inspiration. I am very grateful to have gotten to know you all. Your kind words and encouragement and advice have meant so much.
In other news, I understand that the newest issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine is out and it has the article which features my little “workshop”. I have already received a couple of emails from people who say that it has inspired them and that they were quite surprised that I was able to do what I do in such a small space. I haven’t received my copy of the magazine yet and can’t wait to see it.
I had written that article last June and I truly have forgotten about it. Sometimes it seems so long from when I submit something and it is actually published that it is quite a surprise to me. This was, of course written prior to the updated cabinets we built in January, so I have directed people to the update in my Picasa Album. And now with the new lathe, my partner is in the process of designing another large cabinet to store it in and get it out of the way when he is not using it. I promise to have some more updates as we get the work done.
So today looks like it is going to be a good day. I am eager to see how my new tray designs will look cut out. All three are quite different in style and it will be interesting for me to see the final results on them. I have a little teaser picture of one of them that I started to work on yesterday:
Of course that is just the initial cutting without any sanding or finishing. I just though it would be nice to show you a portion of the design.
Many thanks to you all again for the nice comments and messages. It was pretty difficult for me the last few days when I wasn’t able to do anything really constructive. Just hearing from you all made it a lot better. I sincerely appreciate it very much.
Have a great Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"