The day was so busy yesterday, and I am still catching up on orders and things today. While it is fun to take a break, I always worry about the pile of work that will await me when I return home. I suppose it is a good sign though, and our little business is doing OK. I am very grateful and happy for that, as it took us a long time to get here and we still have a long way to go.
Today I want to highlight some beautiful painting items that I received from a woman in one of my painting groups on Facebook. I belong to several, and often throughout the year they hold "exchanges" where members paint something for another and we get to share in someone elses' talent. I LOVE doing the exchanges, as I love sampling (and owning!) things that were made by my friends. As someone who creates thing myself, I certainly appreciate the time and talent that is put into another hand-made piece. I think in some ways people who craft are the ones that appreciate each other the best.
I received my Summer 2014 exchange the day I was leaving on vacation. My partner was Cheryl Jones from California and she not only designs, but also sells a limited amount of finished items. her Facebook page is Under the Lemon Tree if you would like to visit it and see her other work. Her designs are just adorable!
Here is a photo of all that I received from Cheryl:
As you can see, it wasn't just one thing, but several darling goodies! The main piece was this adorable plaque that is her own design. It is an adorable beach scene which included a beach-themed snowman (complete with starfish buttons!)
and a cut little bear eating watermelon and drinking a tall, cool drink:
I loved all the little details, like real seashells on the corners of the picture:
Everything about it was just adorable! Cheryl also sent me a little bag of "California sand" complete with shells and a cute domino which was also painted with a bear:
And on the upper corner of the picture, there was this cute tag:
All in all, it was a wonderful package! What a thoughtful group of items! I felt like it was Christmas!
I plan to be involved in more exchanges. Around Christmas, I participate in several ornament exchanges, and I really love my 'collection' from other woodworkers and painters. It is so much fun!
Today I will be working on my wood cutting orders. I have several to go out and it looks like I will be spending most of my time at the scroll saw. Those of you who read know that it something that I love to do, so I look forward to a great day!
I wanted to thank Cheryl here for taking the time to create such a nice package of gifts for me. I truly appreciate it and every time I see them I will think of her fondly as well as our awesome group.
I also wanted to thank everyone who was so patient while we were away. It is hard for us to get away sometimes, but it is much easier when we know that our customers are understanding and happy that we take some time for ourselves sometimes. I think it makes us do our job better in the long run.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"