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. (http://www.stevedgood.com/community/index.php) 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!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"