Some days are just more quiet than others. I don’t mind though. In fact, I really do like those time sometimes. I spent the day yesterday working on my own holiday gifts for everyone, as I want to get them shipped out before too long. I know it is getting to be crunch time. I know many of you also make wonderful gifts that need to be shipped. In my years of sending my delicate woodwork to the magazine to be published, I have learned much about packaging items for shipping. Noth...
I accomplished quite a bit yesterday. Sometimes, when I am working on the office part of the business (correspondence, paperwork, etc.) it seems that I am treading water. I know my blogs aren’t as exciting to you all when I talk of the mundane parts of the operation of my business, but it is essential and necessary part of my job that helps me to expand and grow. I had some promising payoff yesterday that may be a very positive things for me. I almost don’t want to even mentio...
Little table just needs stain and finish now. Tenoned all the face frames on the FMT. Glued together legs for another table. also planed a bunch of alder.
Yesterday I was able to finish the little cardinal earrings that I needed to get done. They came out cute, and were not very hard to do at all. I had lost the pattern that I used several years ago and had to redraw them, but since they are so simple and so small, there wasn’t the need for lots of detail so things moved very quickly. They are tiny (only about an inch each) and I made them of 1/8” Baltic birch plywood. I used an eye screw as a hanger for them and now only need t...
I woke up this morning to a light blanket of white snow. It isn’t the soft, fluffy snow that you see in movies though. It is the wet snow that was almost rain and by the time you see it on the ground, it is more like slush than anything. The streets are clear, as they are too warm for it to stick, but they are deceptively slippery. Winter is definitely knocking at the door. It is still falling now as I write, but it is more of a chunky rain than snow. The sun just came up but th...
Good Evening LJ’sOne of the biggest challenges facing small businesses in my eyes is not money but time. Time? but why well after starting my business I learned the most valuable asset is time And also one of the most mismanaged ones also. My father put in plain English Time will buy you money, but money will not buy you time. Time comes and it goes never returns or goes back, is never recovered or recycled, once it is gone you can’t change it or bring it back, but you can contr...
With the week closing out, I can honestly say it has been a productive one. Everything went well with the site update yesterday and it is getting easier to navigate around the software. I am finding myself feeling comfortable doing things and the tasks go rather quickly. The notification letters look really nice too. It is a vast improvement over the previous software which only allowed text and some basic html. This software uses ‘stationary’ which matches the tone of my si...
I actually was able to accomplish all I set out to do yesterday. I didn’t finish working until just after 10pm but I was very happy to get that far with things. I took photos for all six of the new projects that are going to go up on the site today, and I also wrote the instructions for all six pattern packets. I sent them off to my friend to proof read them and besides one small line work error that didn’t convert correctly on one of the ornaments, it appears that I am ready to...
It is amazing to me how things work out sometimes. In contrast to the previous tray where the poinsettia candle tray took twice as long as I anticipated, the following tray that I cut yesterday (the nativity scene one) took only half the time I though it would. Hooray!!! The kicker is that I think it is every bit as attractive as the previous tray. I really kind of li like it. I used a simply scrumptious piece of maple that to make it that has a wonderful figure to it. It has some nic...
Gordon is my right hand man, I thought that I would tell you a bit about how he has changed my life.Gordon and I were introduced to each other by his brother in law fifteen years ago. I was in hospital with his BIL and he thought that we would get on. Gordon is also disabled and has many similar interests. We both like Counrty & western music along with the 60’s & 70’s music we grew up with. We both went gun slinging, It is the UK so we fire blanks. Will we ever grow up? I hope not.Go...
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