There are many ‘Santas’ these days, it seems. Even though it isn’t even Christmas yet, he has been busy bringing gifts from afar.
We went to the post office yesterday and were thrilled to find out that there were several packages for us. One of them was for Keith – he had ordered more pen supplies – and he was very happy with that. I was fortunate to have two boxes, one from a woodworking friend who is also a designer and another from our own Bob “Grizzman” and his wife.
I LOVE getting stuff! (Who doesn’t!) and I felt I had to open the package right away. I knew it would be something special and it definitely was. Bob’s wife Susan makes these beautiful folded star ornaments. A couple of weeks ago, Bob sent me some pictures from a craft sale that he and Susan did at their church and in the pictures I saw these wonderful ornaments that Sue made. They are made with fabric, and she embroiders cross stitching on each side of them.
Well, when I opened my box, there was a beautiful ornament in it! I immediately put it on my little happy tree and every time I look at it I smile! Here are some pictures for you to see:
And the other side . . .
I want to thank Bob and Sue for such thoughtfulness and kindness. I think that is what sites like this are all about – making friends and sharing ideas. The other day I talked to Bob on the phone for a bit and it was great to hear his voice and hear all the wonderful things he is up to. It is nice to know I have met a great friend through Lumberjocks and I hope one day I will be able to meet him in person.
The other box contained some fun Mardi-gras beads from a woodworking friend whom I have known for a long time. He does amazing intarsia work and is also a very funny and social guy. He participates on Facebook quite a bit and is a big part of our woodworking group there. I let my beautiful cat Coco model the beads for a picture, and she actually didn’t seem to mind them at all. I think she knew how pretty she looked in them!
She sat there for quite a while which surprised me. Perhaps she was in a festive mood too!
Oh, yes – and I am still working on finishing up the last piece for Ellen’s fence project. I bet you thought I forgot about that. I hope to finish it today and I should have some pictures tomorrow.
I took a little time out yesterday to make some Caramel Sticky Buns for my neighbor Lee’s birthday. Lee is a friend of Keith’s who lives next door and he has a heart of gold. He goes down to the wharf every day and feeds and cares for the feral cats there. He works with a woman named Adele who holds fund raisers and such to spay and neuter the cats and care for the sick ones and find as many of them as they can homes. Many people dump unwanted animals there and it is volunteers like Adele and Lee who help keep the population from growing and care for the ones that are there. Lee himself has five cats – all strays that he rescued – and he hasn’t missed a day going to feed and check on them in years. He is a good soul.
On a final note, I found this wonderful video to make you smile. This guy who shoots these videos has lots of funny animal videos and I enjoy every one of them. I hope you enjoy it too.
Have a wonderful day and “keep your spirits bright!”
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"