My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1118: Meeting Up With Some Friends

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-31-2013 11:25 AM 1485 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday turned out to be a wonderful day. While I didn’t get any woodworking or painting finished, Keith and I had the chance to meet up with a friend that I met here through my blog and spend the afternoon with her and her husband.

Anna and her husband Jim are from British Columbia, which is all the way on the other side of Canada. I had began a friendship with Anna when she started following my blog here and commenting on it. I love how Anna took our designs and put her own spin on them, many times doing wonderful things with them that I never even dreamed of doing. It is in that sense that I feel that the internet and networking in general was a great way to share our love of creating.

Anna and Jim are on holiday here in Nova Scotia for several weeks. They have been taking their time driving through the province at their own pace, taking many photographs and enjoying the food, scenery and all that Nova Scotia has to offer. (They are both avid photographers!) When I heard that they were coming right by our area, I was very excited about meeting them.

We arranged for a nice lunch at a little restaurant that sits right on the shore line. We all ate rappie pie, which I talk about frequently in my blog here, as it is probably one of the most popular Acadian treats that they offer in our area. Everyone enjoyed it very much and our visit at the restaurant turned into a three hour long lunch! The time passed by so quickly and I was happy that they weren’t too busy at the restaurant, as we felt very comfortable having a nice long visit.

When we did leave, we invited them over to our little place to meet our three ‘fur babies’ as well as see our set up here and our beautiful surroundings. We had fun showing them how everything we use for our business could be easily tucked away and how comfortable we are here in our little space. They seemed to like it here a lot and we had great fun playing show and tell. The ideas were bouncing back and forth all day as well, as they often do when creative people meet.

All in all it was a wonderful day!

After they had left, Keith and I decided to take the rest of the evening off and attend a movie. We went and saw “The Butler” which we both enjoyed a great deal. We drove home on a cool, crisp night with a million stars overhead. It was the end to a perfect day!

People are sometimes leery of meeting others face to face that they have only known through the internet. But this is a great example of how wonderful it can be to share interests and make friends with others who enjoy being creative. I have heard many stories between my woodworking friends and also my painting friends that are similar to ours here. I feel that nothing bonds people quicker than a mutual love of creating and crafting, and I am very happy to have met all the people that I have through my love of scroll sawing and painting. They certainly have enriched my life!

We thank Anna and Jim for spending part of their vacation with us. If we ever get to the opposite side of Canada, we will certainly look them up for a visit, and hopefully get to see their shop and all the things that inspire them.

This weekend, I am going to be finishing up the design that I showed yesterday, as well as working on some new painting designs. My day off did me well, but I am anxious to see how everything looks finished. And that is a great way to feel.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

-- 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 08-31-2013 05:38 PM

How wonderful to meet in person and spend time with online friends! I sometimes wonder what other folks look/sound like. We have the advantage of your picture and videos to know your face and voice. So glad you all had a great time and pictures to remember!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 10:23 AM

Hi, Candy! It is really nice to put faces with written words we read from people every day. We had such a nice time and even Keith – who is usually pretty shy – was at ease and comfortable. It was truly a wonderful day! :)


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

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#3 posted 09-17-2013 03:42 PM

Hi Sheila:

I’ve been home just one week since returning from cabin life. You can imagine the amount of LJ messages (4 months worth) I’ve been reading over morning coffees! Your blogs have been very entertaining, and of course your scroll art is absolutely charming and beautiful!

Anna and I communicate frequently (although communications were stiffled during cabin life without Internet service!) ... however, I did know of Anna and Jim’s travels back east, with the hope of them getting in a good visit with you. I’m so glad that happened!! One of these days I too am looking forward to meeting Anna in person.

An invitation is extended to you and your hubby to come visit me (and my workshop) as well, if you ever venture to this end of Canada :) Happy scrolling! ... Elaine.

-- Elaine in Duncan

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