My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #537: My Ornament Exchange Gift

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-29-2011 12:31 PM 12475 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One of the best parts of networking being on woodworking and painting sites is seeing what everyone else is creating. Whether it is an original design, or that from a pattern, it is such a joy to see how people interpret and create things. Even when things are from a pattern, it is rare that the final piece is exactly like the sample. People have a wonderful way of adding their own personality and tastes into what they do and they make them unique.

Every time I get a chance, I participate in exchanges. I think that exchanges are a wonderful way to share our work and enjoy the work of our friends. This year, I had the opportunity to participate in the Christmas ornament exchange on Steve Good’s site. ( It is a wonderful group of helpful and creative people and I it is a nice place to ‘hang out’ and talk about scroll sawing.

Yesterday, I received my ornaments from my exchange partner Torsten Harms. Torsten lives in Germany and does wonderful work. We are also friends on Facebook and he is a frequent contributor to Steve’s site. When I opened the little box he sent, I was just thrilled with the beautiful ornaments that it contained.

There was a stand up tree:

A beautiful flowing angel:

A mama and baby deer:

And a delicate walnut heart, which would also be suitable as a pretty pendant:

It was such a wonderful box of treasures! I have the stand up tree sitting here on my desk and just looking at it makes me smile.

There is something about receiving a gift that is hand made that makes it really special. Perhaps because as someone who does woodworking, I know the amount of care and skill that goes into creating pieces such as these. I think that exchanges such as this bring us all closer and I know that I will treasure my wonderful little ornaments for a lifetime.

I want to encourage you all to participate in and exchange if you have the opportunity. We all love receiving something in the mail, and it also allows you to give a little special something of yourself to someone who lives perhaps half way around the world.

Thank you, Torsten for the lovely package you sent! It is a beautiful display of your talents and I know I will treasure the pieces for years and years to come. It made my Christmas extra special!

-- 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 11-29-2011 06:46 PM

Nice Sheila! Torsten does some fine work, doesn’t he? I received mine from Jimbo in New Zealand, and he included a couple of blanks of “Rimu” wood and a a turned pen! I have yet to cut mine, but it isn’t leaving the country so I don’t feel too pressured.

You are a great resource for both LJ’s and Steve’s site, so please keep the contributions coming!

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 03:35 AM


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#3 posted 11-30-2011 12:50 PM

I love exchanges! It is so much fun to get a little something special! I look forward to it every year. :)


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

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