I read somewhere yesterday on Facebook that 'resting isn't wasting time – it is your body repairing itself.' (If it is on Facebook – it must be true, right? ;) ) I tried to take that to heart because I actually accomplished very little yesterday. I kind of spent the day milling around.
When Keith went to do the daily errands of going to the store and post office, I found myself fighting to keep my eyes open. I hadn't really slept very much the previous night and I gave in to having a mid-afternoon nap. But as soon as I laid down and tried to sleep the phone rang, the cat decided to get sick, and I finally just gave up. It wasn't meant to be.
But you all don't want to read about that. It is just a cold and hopefully I will be back to 'normal' in a day or so. It is by no means a tragic illness or anything that won't be overcome soon. I somehow feel the need however to explain my lack of production here these past few days so I apologize for sounding whiny or like I am complaining. This too shall pass.
Let's change the subject . . .
I did want to share with you some positive news about my friend Leldon. You may have heard me speak of him on occasion, as he is one of the best friends I have in the world. Leldon lives in Alabama and I have known him since he was about 14 years old, when he first began doing woodworking shows. That was over 15 years ago and we have remained friends all this time. I have loved seeing him grow into a young man and he now has a family and a cute little son and another child on the way. He is like my 'adopted son' because he is just my oldest son's age, but he is more like a peer.
In any case, I have loved seeing Leldon's success over the years regarding his woodworking. I like to send my own customers to him when they are looking for our designs finished and pre-cut because I know he will give them beautiful work at a fair price.
Lately, Leldon has been doing a lot of work for a shop in his area called "Southern Accents". He free-lances for the owner and has been called upon to make some pretty nice things. Last summer, he created a 12 foot tall replica of the state of Alabama for one of the shows there which was made of old barnwood and each of Alabama's counties was done separately. It was amazing. Here is a photo of what it looked like:
Last month, at the last minute Leldon was asked again to do some things for the Yellowhammer Forum which was hosting some of the Republican candidates. He had less than a week to make this beautiful sign and display and it came out wonderful. Here is a photo of Leldon and Sheena in front of it:
You can read about the adventure in Leldon's own words at his blog HERE. It was great to hear that people are appreciating him so much and I really love seeing him get ahead. I hope you go check out his site and blog and work. I think you will enjoy seeing someone who works so hard and is so talented get recognition. I know I am proud of him.
One final thing that I want to mention today is that Keith has a new pattern available up on our site.
His SLD658 Give Us This Day plaque pattern is a great design year- round that is easy to make, yet attractive. It would be a wonderful gift for Easter or anytime. We hope you like it.
I hope to knock this out once and for all this weekend and feel a bit more like myself. I have so much that I want to accomplish, but I need to give myself a little time. I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead. It began snowing here about half an hour ago, but it is wet snow and not sticking much. We really have been fortunate this winter.
Happy Friday to you all! Have a creative weekend!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"