I feel as if I am slow in getting the blog up here this morning. I have been up a while, but have been picking through the many emails that I have here and looking at what others are making for their Christmas gift giving. I love being friends with so many creative people on Facebook and through the forums. I think it is wonderful to see what everyone is doing and I feel very inspired by all that I see. I believe that artists and creative people feed off of each other, and by congregating...
Yesterday I pretty much finished up the last of the things that I needed to do for the Christmas holiday. Everything that I wanted to mail out had been posted and all the gifts that I had to get or make for my own giving here in Canada were complete. I still have some wrapping to do, but that should only take a short time and I will certainly get things done over the weekend. I think I am doing pretty well. It is a strange feeling for me to be so on top of things. I don’t think th...
Well, it’s that time of year again. I do always try to get on here and wish my old friends the very best for the holiday season. I even finished a project for a Christmas present but let it get away with the customer before I took pictures. It’s funny how you can get out of the habit. When I first signed on on LJ, I would no more than get a project finished until I had it photographed and posted. That was back when there were about 1200 of us and about 40 really active. I just che...
As the sun begins to illuminate the morning sky, I look out and notice that once again the snow is gently falling on us here in Nova Scotia. This time is isn’t the windy, violent type of snowfall that occurred the other day, but rather the soft, large flakes that gently float to the ground. It is getting lighter out, and I can see that already several fresh inches of snow have accumulated on the ground. As yesterday things were all cleared up from the weekend storm and once again th...
We made it through the snow/ice storm unscathed. What began as several inches of snow in the morning, turned to falling ice pellets and rain by noon. I must say that I was a bit disappointed, as I feel that not only was the snow much prettier than ice and rain, but it was also safer. Somewhere mid-morning, I tried to open the door to take a better look outside. Pancakes and Edgar ran to investigate just how deep the snow was. It was about 5-6 inches and we were barely able to pu...
With 2013 circling the drain I find my thoughts turning to this past year (and I can’t help thinking about the few years proceeding it, too). It’s been a rough go. I don’t know how far I should go back to make this all make sense to you. What I would really like is to tell my story, tell about my plan, execute my plan, and document my weekly progress (without it being too boring of course). All I ask from you is to follow along (if you have the stomach for it) and give me your advice, encoura...
The box is 4” square and made from canary wood and walnut, with a birdseye maple and walnut top. This started as an idea for the wifes Christmas present and grew to a little monster. I first decided on the box size being determined buy the length and thickness of the piece of canary wood. the piece was about 28 in long 4 1/2” wide and 1/2” thick so 4” square gave me some screw up room. At this time I figured I would use a 1/4” piece of plywood for the bo...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1193: My Little All-Season Tree - Dressed for Christmas!
As I write this morning, we are in the midst of what looks like a blizzard. We are not alone however, as I understand that much of the northeastern United States and Canada is also experiencing this storm. While they are calling for anywhere from 20-30 cm of snow with winds up to 80 kmh, some sources are saying that it will be changing to rain later on today, which will make it extremely messy/dangerous. Word of this storm has been around for the past few days, and while we already had sev...
It is that time of year, time to put up the Christmas Tree…I’ve grown fond of smaller trees (the so-called “Table Top” size), but apparently so have many other people, because they’re getting increasingly hard to find!Luckily, those of us who work with wood can improvise…This year, the Tree will go next to our Front Window, so others can enjoy it as much as we do…I placed the Tree stand in the desired spot and measured to the ceiling… The Sky is...
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