We are in the midst of a snowy weekend here in Nova Scotia. Yesterday morning I woke up to about six inches of snow, and throughout the day we had several more fall. When we drove downtown to do our errands and go to the gym, there were times when you could barely see more than a few feet in front of you. The main road runs along the ocean and the fierce wind was blowing the snow and causing ‘white out’ conditions. It was certainly slow driving.
Upon seeing this, we decided to get done only what we had to do and get home as quickly as possible. We did our bit of grocery shopping so we would be good for the upcoming weekend, as we have an additional 30 cm (almost a foot) of additional snow coming on Sunday. I didn’t mind though because I need to do some “Elf Things” and get my packages out on Monday if there it any chance of them arriving in time for Christmas. It is going to be a busy weekend.
Our last stop was at the post office, as we wanted to make sure we had our mail before the weekend. Much to my delight, a very special package that I had been anticipating for several weeks had finally arrived. It seemed that my Christmas came early! :)
As many of you know, I enjoy spending some time of my day on Facebook. I love seeing what everyone is up to and I feel that it connects me not only with my family and friends, but other creative people as well.
Several months ago, I joined a group called Tole Painters Unite, which is a large group of painters. I truly love seeing all the pictures and posts of what everyone is painting, as well as offering help to those who are new. This is truly a wonderful and positive group, and besides being full of inspiration and creativity, it is full of fun.
There are several girls who stand out in the group that I have become friends with. They are from all over the world and many of them design their own patterns, as I do. Not only are they talented, but they have a wonderful sense of humor and support for each other. For example, this summer one of our friends Lynn had a tragedy when her house had a fire and burned. She and her dog were in it alone in the middle of the night when the fire broke out and she was lucky to get out with her own life and that of her dog. Unfortunately, she had spent the past two and a half years renovating the house (a beautiful Cape Cod home) and it is deemed a total loss. They are now going through months of red tape and insurance mess and they say it won’t even be settled for additional months. It is a hard time for her.
The girls in this group really stepped up though and helped Lynn through this devastation. They are always sending her brushes, paints, decorations and other things to help her rebuild her life and get things back to “normal” for her. It was so thrilling to see her begin to paint again and see her find joy in life once more. The support was amazing.
One thing that caught my eye was that some of the girls owned darling hand-crafted elves that they purchased from Brenda Griffith who owns a business called The Rusty Thimble. Brenda lives in Oklahoma and sells her finished Primitive style dolls and creations through Facebook and on Etsy. Her elves are just darling and she even set a special page on Facebook where her customers could post pictures and tell stories of what their elves were up to.
After seeing all the fun my friends were having with their elves, I had to order one. My other dear friend Charlotte had ordered one as well, within an hour of me ordering mine and we had to laugh because we both wanted to join in on the fun. Charlotte lives in Tennessee, and she got her elf last week. She named her elf “Prince Charlie” and he is already causing havoc in Charlotte’s world! Here is a picture of Prince Charlie:
Isn’t he a handsome elf?? You can see the twinkle in his eye though! You can tell he is looking for some mischief to get into!
So when I arrived at the post office and saw that I had a box from Brenda, my heart skipped a beat. I KNEW that my elf had finally arrived here and I couldn’t wait to meet him.
I got home and opened the box and all three cats came running. (I had told them that we were expecting a new friend to come live with us and they were also happy he was here!)
I took my elf out of the box, and everyone greeted him warmly. I decided to name him “Edgar Sparkles McKenzie” or “Mr. Sparkles” for short. Everyone gave Edgar a very warm greeting:
Richard thought that the cool “box toy” that Edgar came in was simply the BEST! He politely asked Edgar if he could try it out and Edgar told him it would be fine – after all – Edgar was packed in there for DAYS and he had quite enough of it! If he never saw the inside of that box again it would be too soon as far as he was concerned! Richard jumped right in and made himself at home:
Coco looked around to see if Edgar brought any food with him, and when she saw that all he had with him was a paint brush and a fabric candy cane, she quickly lost interest. She went back to her own bed and thought “what’s the big deal?”
But Pancakes really liked Edgar. He put out his paw to shake hands and extend his friendship. Since he was the youngest, it was likely that he and Edgar would become the best of friends.
They looked each other over and Pancakes loved the “bell toy” that was at the end of Edgar’s hat. “What a cool thing this is!” said Pancakes, as he jingled the bell.
Coco liked the bell as well. When she heard it jingle, she came back out of her bed to see if it meant that someone was serving dinner. But as soon as she saw that it was just the boys playing, she went back to her bed. “Silly boys!” she muttered. She was rather cross that it was a false alarm.
Edgar tried to be friendly as well. He found Pancakes’ favorite pink ‘mouse toy’ and held it out for him to play.
After a long discussion, Pancakes and Edgar decided that they were going to be great friends. Pancakes asked to try out Edgar’s ‘bed toy’ for himself and Edgar said “sure!” Edgar offered Pancakes his extra special candy cane to try as well. (Edgar didn’t know that cats don’t eat candy canes, but Pancakes was very polite and just said “thank you!” He didn’t want to hurt his new friends’ feelings!)
I am very happy that everyone got along so well. Bringing a new friend into the house doesn’t always go smoothly. But I think that Pancakes and Edgar are going to get along fine and I can only imagine the trouble that they will be getting into. Both of them have mischief in their eyes and I think Pancakes is thrilled with his new ” partner in crime” . . . er . . . “friend”!
I want to really thank Brenda for making such a lovely doll. She has brought so many people happiness and a lot of fun into many lives with her creations, and we look forward to what the future brings. I love Edgar already!
Today I am busy doing some secret projects, so I had better get busy. Time is ticking and even though I now have an extra helper, there is still much to accomplish.
I wish you all a happy and safe Saturday. May you find joy in your day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"