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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1241: Wonderful Gifts from a Dear Friend

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 02-08-2014 01:18 PM 912 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today is going to be a very busy, but fun day! I worked yesterday on my new project and got much of the base things done on it and today is the “fun” part of letting my brushes fly and make it into something special. I hope to have things close to being ‘finished’ by the end of the day – at least to a certain point.

Our ‘work day’ was cut a bit short yesterday because we went to Keith’s moms for an incredible lobster dinner. Keith’s sweet auntie Dorothy is visiting for a couple of weeks and it was a wonderful ‘excuse’ to indulge and have a great dinner and visit. Keith’s mom makes the BEST potato salad and besides feasting on lobster, we had that as well. It was an awesome treat and I was thrilled when I was handed an extra lobster “to go” for today, as well as some of the left over salad. I will certainly be eating good this weekend!

After dinner we had a nice long visit and stayed there late. It was a very pleasant day and a welcome diversion from the tons of snow we have been having. I can’t even say that I mind that though, as it is very pretty and we are fortunate enough not to have the bitter cold that has been plaguing other areas. For me, it is enjoyable to have all kinds of weather, as I will also find something to keep me busy.

I also wanted to show you a gift that I received from my very dear friend Leldon earlier this week. Leldon and I have been friends for over 15 years now, and I hope to see him in Saratoga Springs this March. It has been many years since I have seen him although we are always talking and keeping up with each other. Leldon also helps Keith and I by proofreading our woodworking patterns for us. It is great to have another set of eyes look over the designs. I have mentioned him many times before and he is a wonderful woodworker and designer in his own rite.

Anyway, earlier this week I received this BEAUTIFUL end grain cutting board from Leldon!

It is absolutely STUNNING in person and I sorely needed one. The wood just looks beautiful and it is by far the nicest cutting board that I ever had!

Not only that . . . Leldon also sent a smaller yet equally beautiful cutting board for Keith’s mom! He know how much she means to us and he wanted to send her a little something for Christmas. Isn’t that just so kind of him??

Her board is made of hickory and walnut and is the perfect size for her.

I am so fortunate to have such wonderful people in my life. Of course, Keith’s mom was thrilled with the board. She will enjoy using it very much, I think!

I just love my creative friends and family. Even though life can be hard sometimes, it is wonderful to be surrounded by so many kind, talented and caring people. Focusing on the good really makes our days brighter and happier.

Here is what is on my table for me to work on today:

You can probably figure out by now that it has something to do with “Easter.” It is going to be a lot of fun to play with it and I can’t wait to see how it comes out.

Stay tuned and have a wonderful Saturday!
Today’s Featured Project

SLDK179 Classic Collection Heart Basket by Keith Fenton

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



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Handtooler

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#1 posted 02-08-2014 01:46 PM

Thanks for your journal entry for today. I’m glad you got to visit and spend a restful evening dining on the fine foods of your area. Sheila, although you get lots of snow, yours is dry. In the southern USA ours is wet, icy and just a d**n mess. Traffic is snarled because of the hills.
Keith, that basket is exquisite! Anyone obtaining one will certainly want to show it off and brag about how they came to have such finery. Thanks y’all

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 02-08-2014 01:56 PM

Hi, Russell:
Yes – I don’t express my glee as much on the snow because I know it is hard on others. Me – I can stay in for a month and be happy creating. I know in the south that people don’t know how to deal with it and I sympathize with them. It gets messy here too and we have far more hills here than when I lived in Chicago. That makes it much more dangerous. I don’t drive my car from November until the spring thaw in April or so. I hope you remain safe.

Thank you for the nice comments on Keith’s basket. One of my favorites of his. Would make a nice gift stuffed with chocolates or even some flowers. :)

Have a great Saturday!

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

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#3 posted 02-08-2014 06:13 PM

Good morning Sheila. The Easter project is looking great! Looking forward to seeing the finishing touches. The woods in Leldon’s chopping boards are beautiful.
Enjoy the weekend.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 11:09 AM

Thank you Anna! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. I am making good progress on the project and I hope to finish it soon.

Yes – I am very fortunate to have a friend like Leldon! The boards are awesome! :)

Have a great day! Sheila

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

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#5 posted 02-09-2014 01:19 PM

Good friends are a blessing. Those cutting boards are very nice.That heart bowl is way kool. Have a good weekend.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 11:58 AM

Thank you Roger! I had a great weekend and I am sorry for taking so long to reply. I tried to stay off of the computer a bit on Sunday and take a little break from it. ;)

Keith’s basket is really pretty. A bit of a challenge though, but lots of people enjoy that! I hope you had a great weekend as well. We still have piles and piles of snow here. Just how I like it!

Sheila

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

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