It is so quiet out this morning that I needed to check if we even had the windows open. They were of course, and if I listen carefully I can hear the quiet flutter of the birds in the near by tree. It appears that everyone slept in this Saturday morning. And what a morning it is! Still and calm and only a few white wispy clouds high in a bright blue sky. The temperature is perfect – I imagine it is about 70 degrees right now – and the humidity is low and at a comfortable lev...
I needed to take a couple of days ‘off’. I find that I get so caught up in what I do, that time goes by and I don’t even realize how many days straight that I am working. That is the danger in having a job that you enjoy so much, I suppose. You tend to stretch the days longer and longer with fewer breaks in between and then you wonder why you are so tired. Even doing things we love can wear us out sometimes. We all know that feeling. We go on a holiday or spend the day ...
I was pretty happy yesterday. I actually set some goals and stuck tot them and I got everything accomplished that I set out to do. By the time I was finished it was about 10pm. That left just enough time for me to unwind a bit and visit with my friends online before heading off to bed. I know that every day can’t be like that, but once in a while it is nice to know that it can work. The one thing that is the top of my list that I did accomplish was creating the pattern for the trio ...
I’m back in the shop after 44 days absence due to back injury. Check; clear bench, tea, custard creams, music. Now lets make boxes! Well to start some experimentation. The liners for my EZ mitre boxes are Birch ply. The one for the last box, Amazed, was dyed black (spirit based wood dye used in Dance on a Volcano II and Any Colour You Like) and sprayed with satin acrylic spray. I’ve found that the same company that make the clear acrylic spray make this An ebony fi...
OK. So I lied. I don’t have the video ready for you all today. I got involved in finishing things up and once again, I just ran out of time. By the time everything was done, it was after 9pm and not the time to start editing (I am not a great video editor and need all of my faculties in order to do so! 9pm after a long day just wasn’t the time to start!) However . . . I DID get all of my eight skeletons FINISHED and they are all jointed and ready to play with! And they re...
It’s still early in the morning and I have already been at work getting things organized and attending to ‘desk work.’ I am almost caught up though and I feel a bit better about things and like it will be a productive day. Sometimes it is hard to keep up with all the paperwork and stuff – especially when there are other deadlines due. Not to mention keeping the house in order and doing the regular chores like laundry and cooking and cleaning. There are times when I...
Sometimes when I miss a day or so blogging, it is because I need a little break and some time off. Other times it is because I am in the midst of a project and there is really nothing interesting to report. Some projects are like that and the progress can be slow – like watching a pot of water boil! And still other times, I miss because there is simply too much to do and I need to catch up on things in the quiet hours of the morning. The third example is where I seem to have been ...
In the summer of 2005 American Chopper was holding a FAN-tasy bike competition. Part of the entry requirements was to make a three minute video and send it to them… so I did… this is that video… The URL for the video is: The Star Trek Chopper Now, you may be wondering why would I post that video here??? There are two reasons, first is because this is the only video I have showing off the whole wall entertainment center I built at my old house. If you look in the ba...
It was a great relief to finish the set of ornaments that I have been working on for almost two weeks. Having the pieces finished and in front of me was very satisfying. I liked how they came out, and I am very appreciative of the warm kind and encouraging comments that everyone has shown regarding them. But painting the pieces is only part of the process. Now comes the work of photographing them for the pattern packet, as well as adjusting the step-by-step photos that I had taken along...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1064: Patience and Flexibility - Two Ingredients for Success
Today’s post will once again be rather quick. On Wednesday night, we received a reorder for Haunted Masquerade kits from Artist’s Club and we needed to switch gears so we could get them done: I was happy to get this order so early in the year. That means that they are doing well and hopefully there will be more orders to follow. We immediately turned into “production mode” and got about half the order done yesterday. The printing of the patterns actually ...
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