There are so many wonderful reasons that I take the time to write here nearly every day. Of course, in the beginning it was to get our little company more exposure and let more people know we are here. But as time progresses, I have come to realize the many, many other benefits of blogging. Not only have I been able to communicate better with my customers and bring them information regarding a variety of techniques, but I have made some real and lasting friendships as well. That – as they say – is "priceless."
One of my most important goals here each day is to introduce people to new ways to be creative. I do realize that people are very different and that not everyone enjoys the same thing. There are woodworkers who only enjoy creating with tools, making beautiful things of wood and focusing on its natural beauty.
There are also painters who create amazing things with color. They paint on wood, fabric, old furniture, or just about anything they can get their hands on.
There are fabric artists that only use fibers to create. Be it silk, ribbon, wool or other beautiful fibers found in nature.
Then there are those who do a 'little bit of each' and are open to just about any type of creativity. That is the category that I think I fall in, and it means that there is a world of possibilities ahead. How exciting!
Many of you who read this blog regularly may notice that I tend to flip back and forth through many types of creating. In any given week, I will highlight woodworking, painting, embroidery and maybe even some needle felting, which is my newest media to explore. I love to merge the types of creating to make fun and unique objects which are beautiful as well, in hopes that they will entice you to give something new a try. This is important to me because I find that my biggest joy of life is learning new ways to create. It keeps me happy and busy and distracts me from the sometimes harsh realities of today's world.
Is that a bad thing? I don't think so. I think that finding joy in our lives is very important to our own happiness and the more joy we find, the more we can share it and spread it to all we encounter. How can that be wrong?
Yesterday I received a small package from a customer who has become a true friend. I met Anna through writing my blog, as she frequently comments on it on the Lumberjocks site where it is posted. Last year Anna and her husband Jim came to Nova Scotia and we were able to meet up and have a wonderful visit over lunch and then they stopped by our little place here for a bit. You would think that meeting a 'stranger' face-to-face would be awkward, but we talked pretty much non stop like we were friends for years. That is the good thing about creative people. They always seem to have that common bond.
I can't tell you how many wonderful people I have met through my writings and Facebook! These are real friendships with people that I would love to have in my life always. I am very fortunate.
Anyway – here is what I received from Anna:
A beautiful hand made card and an incredible ornament that Anna made using Margot Clark's MUD technique! I had used the technique in my witch boot pattern and introduced it to many new woodworkers.
The card has one of Keith's SLDK327 Filigree Stocking Ornaments on it that Anna cut on the scroll saw. (I had blogged and had some patterns that showed how to cut card stock on the scroll saw). It also had some beautiful crystal hot-fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada.
I love it for so many reasons. Mostly because of the friendship that I have with Anna because of my blog here. I would have never met her had I not written each morning.
Yesterday I had planned on making out some Christmas cards. I wanted to send something small to each of my friends that I regularly correspond with throughout the day on Facebook and here through my blog. As I made the list and it was growing and growing and growing, I realized just how many people are important in my daily life. I must say that I got a bit overwhelmed as I realized that there would be no way to send out as many cards as I would like.
I decided that instead of making Christmas cards, I will send out cards throughout the year, when I have the chance, to acknowledge just how much these people mean to me. After all – why do we need a reason to tell someone they are important and appreciated?
I know that my friends will understand, because most of them are creative souls and are in the same situation as I am. Things are getting close to Christmas and everyone is beginning to panic about getting everything done.
With that said, I will try to follow a quote from Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" -
<h1 class=”quoteText”>“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”</h1>
I think that my friends will appreciate some of the little "surprises" that will come their way throughout the year – when they are least expected. And it will be a way for me to keep the spirit of Christmas in my heart all year long.
I want to thank Anna for the wonderful gift she sent. I absolutely love it and will cherish it always. When I look at it, it will remind me that what I do here in the morning is liked and appreciated and opens doors for people like Anna to learn from people like Margot and be more creative because of it.
What more could I ask?
Have a wonderful Thursday! I hope you find some way to spread joy to others around you.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"