It has been a truly crazy couple of days for me.
Most of it has been good, but some of it has been silly. I have been in so many directions that I don't know what to talk about first!
I received TWO beautiful gifts from ornament swaps that I participated in this year! I love ornament swaps because it gives me a chance to have something that is made by a fellow woodworker or painter. It is always fun and exciting to give and receive a 'secret' gift from someone who shares the same love and interest in creating as I do. I always cherish my gifts that I have received over the years and every time I see them it reminds me of the wonderful people that took the time to create and send them.
My first gift came from the swap that they had at Steve Good's forum. This is one of my favorite places to talk woodworking. The people there are knowledgable and friendly and they even tell a good joke every now and then to make us smile. It is a great bunch of woodworkers with amazing talent and I was thrilled to be able to participate in their exchange.
My ornament came from Dan26. I think it is really lovely and I am proud to hang it on my tree as a reminder of my wonderful woodworking friends. Thank you, Dan for your beautiful keepsake! :)
My othe exchange package came from a wonderful group that I belong to on Facebook of some very talented women painters. My suprise partner was my friend Lynn, and I couldn't be more thrilled with all the 'goodies' Lynn sent me:
There was a georgous tree topper hand-painted Santa (complete with a palette and paint brushes! )
It also had a beautiful little tote bag with a hand-hooked Christmas tree on it, some hand-wrapped candy canes (Lynn has been know to love candy canes!) and even CHOCOLATES!!! What a lovely suprise package it was!!!
Even Pancakes showed his approval!
Lynn had lost her entire house in a fire in the summer of 2013, after spending two years totally renovating it for her retirement home. It was a very difficult year for her and throughout that time, our group became even closer as we rallied together to raise her spirits through her ordeal. It took nearly a YEAR before she could move back in, and many days of frustration and heartbreak, but the important thing was that Lynn and her little dog Colby escaped unharmed. Our entire group of friends have been bound together even closer as we tried to be the best support we could for Lynn during this difficult time. It does our hearts so much good to see MAGIC happening again for Lynn. We knew that all we had to do was BELIEVE and things would be OK! Our group of silly ladies has never been closer! :)
I am proud to place Santa right at the top of my little tree as a reminder of my wonderful and talented painting friends!
We are getting ready for another site update as well, although Keith has been added things as he creates them. His word art is really taking off, as people are just LOVING the wonderful phrases he comes up with. Here is a new set of Christmas word art plaques that can be purchased individually, or in a set (SLDK513) as shown:
And Keith came up with the idea of making CUSTOM patterns of this style. He put this up on the site yesterday and he already has several that he ordered and completed. (SLDKC01)
His turnaround time is usually a day or so, but so far he has been making them pretty quick for those who ask. He knows that people want to get right to cutting. Here are some other examples of how these personalized plaques can be done:
We can see this will have great potential! It will be wonderful to be able to provide these for our readers and customers.
I have TWO new designs as well, but I will show them tomorrow. It is getting to be a long blog and I need to get busy finishing them up so they will be ready for the site. See – I told you it was crazy! :) But in really a good way. I love being productive and busy and I find I am happiest when I am creating.
I hope you are all doing well too and getting everything you want finished up.
Thank you again both Dan and Lynn for your thoughtful gifts. I will always cherish them!
Happy Wednesday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"