This is such a busy time of year for most people – myself included. I know I haven't even been blogging regularly, and I do miss that. But even my life has seemed to be busier than ever as we are doing things around the house and preparing for the holidays.
I got my little all season tree all decorated for Christmas. In the next few days, I will take a couple of photos and show it to you all. Every season and even year brings with it a different decorating theme, as I enjoy decorating it with some of my current creations. For this year, I had so many lovely ornaments that I was sent by others that I decided to have that as the main focus. While there are a couple of my own ornaments, for the most part they are those that were sent to me by friends through exchanges and as gifts and from my children. I am really pleased with it.
Yesterday I receive a 'surprise package' from one of my dearest friends. Diana Thompson is a wonderful designer whom I met many (many!) years ago at some of the woodworking picnics that I was attending. Diana has several books on cutting compound pieces on the scroll saw and she is a wonderful scroller and someone I looked up to very much. Several years ago she joined Facebook and we once again became friends – this time better than ever – as we got to visit on a daily basis.
I know that some people frown on social media sites like Facebook, but I feel that as with anything, they are what we make them. I have been able to really enjoy my friends from all over the world and get to know them better than ever through the site. I think it is a wonderful way to stay in touch with others with interests similar to your own, or to keep up with friends and family.
In any case, I am happy that I keep in touch with Diana. She has always been someone that I admired so much for her beautiful designs and I have come to know her wonderful, caring personality and sense of humor even better in the last several years.
What also makes me so happy about my friendship with Diana is that when we first became friends, she had mentioned that she wanted to learn to paint, but she didn't think she had the talent to do so. As someone who has taught others to paint for many years, I found it hard to believe that someone so creative and talented thought she didn't possess the ability to paint. Through the years, I have seen Diana begin painting small things and advance little by little to becoming a beautiful painter. You can imagine how thrilled I was to receive this wonderful box of 'goodies' that were all created and hand painted by Diana:
Besides an adorable pair of socks, Diana had a cute cutout ornament that she painted, and three cute ornaments that she turned on the lathe (Yes – she also does wood turning!) They will all immediately find a home on my little tree! And finally, she had a cute little Christmas stocking with a penguin painted on it which held two yummy squares of Ghirardelli CHOCOLATES!
Even the BOX was beautiful (she knows of my obsession with boxes!) and it will be something that I will keep out all year long to remind me of her wonderful friendship! I can't express my joy in receiving it!
I was really so thrilled to receive this box of goodies. It was a total surprise and it makes me remember the wonderful friendships that I have in my life. I am truly fortunate.
I am going to keep this short(ish) today because there is much to do. I didn't get my newsletter out yesterday as I hoped to do but plan on working on it right after my blog is posted. I then have some other things that need to be done. So busy!
I wish you all a wonderful day and good weekend ahead. Be looking for your newsletter later if you subscribe and even though it is such a busy time of year, I hope you all take some time to enjoy it and take in all the good things this time of year has to offer.
Happy Friday 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"