Yesterday was an extremely productive day and I finished both my order for the large snowflake and also my new ornaments. It felt good to get so much accomplished. I don’t think I worked harder than I do on most days, but I actually reached the finish line on two things at almost the same time so there is a great feeling of accomplishment. Finishing up the snowflake puzzle wasn’t bad at all. I actually made two of them so one is sitting here on the shelf if anyone else decid...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #502: I Never Want to Know How to Milk a Cow
No one said that just because we are self employed that we have to like every aspect of our jobs. As with any occupation, there is good and bad. I suppose the trick is to be able to do much more of the good stuff and keep the bad stuff to a minimum. I think for the most part, I am able to accomplish that. But sometimes you just can’t avoid doing stuff you don’t really like. Some of you may remember way back in January when I teamed up with another designer who makes awesom...
I apologize to the faithful readers of my blog series for the delay in getting this bog out. I have had an exceptionally busy week this past week and have limited computer time. Hope you enjoy…. How to Present your products to win sales When you transition from the interview stage to the presentation stage of the sales cycle, it is important to remember that the sole purpose of the presentation stage is to lead into the closing stage and effectively be able to close the sale wit...
And so we begin another week . . How can the days seem to go by so quickly? I know that I whine about it all the time, but it seems that the days are so full that before I know it, the sun is setting and it comes to an end before I get half of what I intended to do done. I often wonder if it is part of getting older or is it just because my life is so full now. I am going to lean to the side of it just because I am probably the busiest that I have been since the kids were small. Thos...
I can’t help but notice the number of the entry to my blog here today. If someone had told me that one day I would be writing a 500 (+) part blog I think I would have thought they were crazy. (Maybe I’m the one who is a little crazy for actually doing it!) A year and a half ago, I was told about this site from Steve Good, who has a sizable scroll sawing forum. It was at a time when I was looking to expand my business and he thought that I may like it here. I remember him tel...
It is funny how sometimes we can take a simple task and turn it into something far more difficult than it needs to be. I think we all have been there. We know in our hearts that we are capable of accomplishing something (in fact, many times we have done it successfully several times before) and then someone will ask you to do it for them and it becomes something that feels unnatural and difficult. I call this a ‘command performance’ in my own mind when this happens to me. An...
As a designer, part of the daily job is depending on inspiration from outside sources to fuel our creativity and increase the flow of new and exciting projects. Without this stimulation, we can quickly become stagnant and unproductive, and our work can suffer greatly. For many, finding constant sources of inspiration can be a challenge. But sometimes, we stumble upon it in the most unlikely places. Yesterday began as a quite uninspiring day. Although I tried to be upbeat and optimistic...
OK. So I come here to write this morning’s post and I noticed that there is a contest for a Halloween candy holder. I have been kind of sluggish lately with getting some stuff done and kind of getting distracted (you all know how that can be!) and I am thinking the last thing I need is something else to get me off track. Or is it? Sometimes I do my best when I have twenty things to do in front of me. While I am not quite at twenty yet, it seems that things are kind of pilin...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #496: Be Careful What Lurks Beneath the Surface
There are days when I seem to work the hardest and at the end of the day it appears that I got little done. At first it seems kind of discouraging, but when I really look at the days’ events and evaluate the day, I realize that most of the time I did indeed accomplish a great deal. Yesterday seemed to be one of those days. I was up early and out of the gate like Secretariat running his final race. I got my morning mail done early as well as the blog here finished before the ...
Well, I got back on track and actually accomplished a lot of small things yesterday (and some larger things, too!) Overall it wasn’t a bad day at all and I even had the time for a short nap with the three kitties in the middle of the afternoon. I don’t do that often, but I find that taking an hour out when I am tired really does wonders because it refuels me and I last much later than I would have and I am far more alert. I feel better too and I am starting to believe that a ca...
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