I had a pretty productive day yesterday. Among other things, I finished up painting my samples of the little witches’ boots. I now have all twelve done and today I will be creating the pattern packet and doing the ‘good photography’ on them. I did take some quick snapshots this morning so I have something to show you all. Here are the pictures of them for now: I didn’t set the light box up or anything like that so the coloring isn’t quite right, bu...
Thinking ahead is something that we do on a daily basis. several times a day. From the time we wake up, most of us begin to organize our days in our minds without much conscious thinking. For many people, the planning begins early, with that first cup of coffee. From choosing breakfast to deciding what we will have for supper and everything in between, we plan the short term activities that fill up our day. Then there are the long term plans. (When will I do my taxes? When will I begi...
I wanted to show you guys the place that I get the lumber from for the projects. Located in Berryville, VA right off of Rt. 7. If you are looking for a source in the NOVA area be sure to pay these guys a visit. http://www.localwoodva.com/https://www.facebook.com/pages/Local-Wood/267796797043
I sometimes wonder if it is legal to have so much fun! I have had some really incredible days and there seems to be no end in sight. There is such a wide world of creative things to do that seeing each one come to life is just one thrill after another. Keith has been no slouch either. I see what he has come up with in his designing and I think he gets better every day. It is nice to know that you have a partner with so much talent. What is good is that we both enjoy different types of...
When I lived in the Chicago area, I grew up with the notion that the weather could change at any time. One minute it would be 70 degrees and sunny and half an hour later you would need your heavy coat and rain gear. It was one of the residual effect of living lakeside and many errant weather forecasts were attributed to ‘lake effect.’ I find that living here in Nova Scotia is no different. Whether it is the ocean or the changing climate that the entire planet is going through,...
Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. It was one of those days that was somewhat quiet and I stayed focused and made good progress on my project. I tidied up the house a bit and then I spent some time refining some of the drawings. When I draw on the computer, I do so at 600% or more and sometimes what I am drawing comes out a bit more detailed than I want. I usually know what limitations that I have when scrolling even if things are magnified quite a bit. I forget about it some...
Shameless Self Promotion #1: Stuff I do, My first Kickstarter Project, Etsy Shop, Social Media, and my many websites...
Well, since I’m doing all this online marketing stuff to promote my business(es), I might as well talk about it every chance I get. In addition to woodworking and home repairs, I’m also a bit of an artist. I learned portraiture through my Mom when I was growing up, and have picked it up again recently. Here's some of my work: What’s this all got to do with woodworking? Frames, of course! Also, paper is made out of wood. But I’ll just stick to the frames ;...
Since my last muse of writing a blog, a lot has happened in my life and business. All of it has been good, I’ve just been so busy that I have not taken the time to write much. For instance, I went to North Carolina last June to teach a woodworking class at the John Campbell Folk School. I had a wonderful time away with the family, met some great guys, and had a wonderful time…...but have not taken time to document the adventure with the photos and stories I gathered while the...
Every day we are faced with hundreds of decisions to make. Most of them are simple and we don’t even notice we are making them. (What flavour of jelly you put on your toast, for example.) Some of them are more important and have lasting consequences. (While sitting in the eye doctor’s office and looking at a chart – “Which looks better to you? A or B?”) And others still may or may not have lasting impacts, but may eventually have a cumulative effect on you in...
Even though I spent most of the day yesterday drawing, I am still not finished with the last sets of designs for the calendar. I really wanted to be, but it just didn’t happen. I took time choosing my subjects and it wasn’t as easy as I initially would have thought. I still have the months of November and December to finish up and I hope to do so today. Sometimes when I have too many choices it gives me more of a problem then when I am not sure what I will be doing. With so ...
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