I spent much of the day yesterday preparing and writing pattern packets. I am just about done today, but I have a couple of ‘re-takes’ on some of the photographs. Then I will be good to go.
After that, I plan on doing some “elf things” around here that I can’t really talk about. Some of the recipients of what I am doing stop in here from time to time to read and I don’t want to ruin the surprise. So I have to lay low.
This puts me in a little bit of dilemma. It leaves me (for today at least) with little to talk about in regards to what I am working on. But being around such creative people, I have some other news from therm to share with you that may be of interest. So I will do just that.
First of all, in reading Steve Good’s blog yesterday, I saw something that I felt was very nice. Sue Mey – a very talented scroll saw designer – posted a free portrait-style pattern of Nelson Mandela that she created. The pattern is on her web site and the link to it is HERE.
Sue lives in South Africa and I am sure Mr. Mandela had great influence over her. Yesterday Sue posted this thoughful dedication to him:
Nelson Mandela, also known by his clan name “Madiba”, one of the world’s most revered statesmen, has passed away at the age of 95. Jailed for 27 years, he emerged in 1990 to become South Africa’s first black president four years later and to play a leading role in the drive for peace in other spheres of conflict. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He continued traveling the world, meeting leaders, attending conferences and collecting awards after stepping down as president in 1999. He was also involved in peace negotiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and other countries in Africa and elsewhere. After his official retirement, his public appearances were mostly connected with the work of the Mandela Foundation, a charitable fund that he founded. The fight against Aids was one of Mandela’s primary concerns and he used his gravitas to raise awareness about the issue on the global stage. In 2004, at the age of 85, Mr Mandela retired from public life to spend more time with his family and friends and engage in “quiet reflection”. In November 2009, Mandela’s contributions to world freedom were rewarded with a unique gesture by the United Nations General Assembly. The body announced that his birthday, 18 July, would be known as Mandela Day. On his 89th birthday, he formed ‘The Elders’, a group of leading world figures, to offer their expertise and guidance “to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems”. He also played a key role in the decision to let South Africa host the 2010 football World Cup and appeared at the closing ceremony. His charisma, self-deprecating sense of humor and lack of bitterness over his harsh treatment, as well as his amazing life story, explain his extraordinary global appeal. I made this pattern from a public domain photo of Madiba in one of his bright and highly patterned print shirts that became known as a ‘Madiba shirt’.
I thought this was a beautiful way to honor someone who was filled with so much kindness and integrity. Feel free to visit Sue’s site for some other beautiful scroll saw patterns as well. Her site is filled with great designs and I have long admired her talents. Thank you, Sue for allowing me to share this.
Another site that I visit frequently is having a fun contest. Brenda Griffith is the owner of her company “The Rusty Thimble”, which creates fun and whimsical Primitive style pieces. Brenda makes dolls, ornaments, and all types of darling Primitive objects that are so darn cute, you just can’t help but smile.
You can visit Brenda’s BLOG POST for details on how to enter and see the prizes. Below is an example of one the darling dolls that she sells on Etsy.
Winter Christmas Snow Lady – Available at Brenda’s Etsy Store
Each piece is hand created from start to finish, and no two are the same. I have ordered a piece from her recently, and I hear he is “in transport” for him to come and live here with me in Nova Scotia. I am sure that you will be seeing more of him in the future, as I have some wonderful things planned.
Brenda is currently holding a special promotion for a giveaway for some of her items and some gift certificates to her site. All you need to do is post a comment on her blog or share her post for an entry. I think that promotions like this are a great way to “get the word out” about small companies such as these and help them grow.
Small companies such as Brenda’s which offer lovingly hand-made items are places I LOVE to promote and do business with. I find that supporting local businesses such as this is a great way to do our part in helping these individuals and helping our local economies as well. Buying from them instead of buying cheap imports will not only help strengthen our economy – but the things we buy from them will be something that we can treasure for a lifetime. I really think that we can change things one purchase at a time. It all adds up, and if we each do a small thing to help keep manufacturing at home, over time it will make a big impact.
I love promoting the small businesses of my many artistic friends. As time goes on, I meet more and more people who are so wonderfully talented and are trying to make it on their own. I know many woodworkers, painters, people who sew and even people who make soap who make absolutely wonderful things and put their hearts and souls into what they do. I LOVE giving their items as gifts, as they are each unique and something that people can’t get anywhere else.
I think I am going to take one day a week to promote home businesses here on my blog. Since most of you who read here are creative people, I think that it will be fun for you to see other creative people’s work and perhaps consider them the next time you are shopping for something special. I may also include suppliers, as I am constantly being asked where to get supplies for some of the items I make. While some of these companies are larger manufactures, I will throw them in the mix every now and then if necessary.
I believe we need to support each other as craftspeople and designers. In order to keep the crafting industry strong, it is important that we look to our fellow crafters for personal and unique items and gifts. If we each bought even one additional gift from a local crafter or shop this Christmas and Holiday season, it will make a difference. Those items add up and together we can turn the tides and boost our own local economies. One purchase at a time.
I plan to finish up my pattern packets today. I then am going to do some things around my house here that I can’t really share. It is cold outside here in Nova Scotia, and while we don’t have any snow yet, it looks as if we may have some before the day is out. I have a nice roast beef to pop in the oven today and I look forward to having a great creative day. I wish you one as well.
Have a beautiful Sunday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"