I spent the day painting yesterday and working on my new pattern. I have come to the realization that it may be several days before I am finished. I just am not a fast painter. I don’t know if it is me or if it is my style or what the reason is, but that is the case. I am constantly amazed to watch other painters that I am friends with through painting pages on Facebook post the progress of their work with lightening speed. AND the designs are darling too! And here I go, poking along like a snail and feeling quite inadequate. But the bottom line is that in the end, I do usually like what I created, so I figure that it is worth the time I spend on it to make things happen. It’s just me.
I am not quite ready to show you all what I am working on yet, so in the mean time I may skip a day or so blogging or I will highlight something else. Today I am going to show off a piece that I just received yesterday in the mail. I had purchased it from a fellow woodworker who has a page here on Lumberjocks.com and does not only beautiful scroll saw work, but also pyrography.
The artist’s name is Pedro Santos and his Lumberjocks name is Pabreu. I just love his work. He does carving, band saw work and scroll sawing, and his partner Cris Pinho also does pyrography. They have an Etsy shop called ArtisIgnis and his items are really beautiful.
Not long ago, I saw a box that Pedro and his partner made that he posted either here or on Facebook. I just fell in love with it and when I saw the price, I thought it was very reasonably priced and I purchased it. It is a little trinket box with pyrography of a kitty and paw prints on it. I received it yesterday and it is truly beautiful.
It has a cute and whimsical kitty on the lid:
Paw prints going around the sides:
And it is nicely finished with black flocking on the inside:
Everything about this piece was done wonderfully and professionally. It was even wrapped with tissue and a logo sticker, and they included a personal note. I know these things sound like they are small, but the added touches, along with the quality of the piece really made a wonderful impression. I bought this box for myself, but what a beautiful presentation it would make for a gift for someone else too. This attention to detail just went to show that lots of thought and care went into making this, and I am really happy that I purchased it.
If you want to see their other items, I hope you visit their store. Even though they are located in Portugal, and I am here in Nova Scotia, Canada, the box arrived in just over a week. It took no longer for me to get it than if I ordered it from here in my own country.
I hope you don’t mind me highlighting some of these businesses that I have had experiences with and purchased from. I like to share good news with you all and I want to do what I can to encourage you to purchase from people such as Pedro who work so hard to bring quality hand crafted items to you that are beautiful. By supporting these craftspeople, we are not only getting wonderful and unique items for ourselves and for gifts, but we are helping fellow craftsmen survive in a world where machine produced crap is all too common. As for myself – I would rather invest in these artists than purchase things that will be in the landfills in a very short time.
I hope you have a great Saturday and a wonderful weekend. While it is still cool out and the day began with a dense fog, now that the sun in high in the sky the day looks simply beautiful. I plan to paint all weekend long and perhaps by Monday I will have something nice to show you. I’ll be in a good place this weekend and I hope you will also.
Enjoy the weekend and happy father’s day to the dads out there!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"