It certainly has been a busy week. Everything seems like it is coming together and falling into place. Although I am cautious when using that phrase because it tends to make everything look as if it happened by chance. Those of you who run your own businesses know very well that what many times appears to be ‘luck’ is the result of many hours/days/months and sometimes years of planning. In any case, as crazy as it is, it is fun and enjoyable and very satisfying. I have writ...
While I am always grateful for the life I have and the people in it, there are some days when it seems quite overwhelming to me. I have wonderful kids, friends and people in my life who make every day good (they even make the not so good ones better) I have a job that I love which allows me to be creative and meet other creative people and share that joy with them. I live in a quiet, beautiful and peaceful place, yet I am still able to ‘visit’ and communicate with people all ov...
A VARIATION OF THE 80/20 RULE/Treat Your Supplier Like They Were Your Customer: This theory is more directed to business philosophy and practice rather than direct selling but if practiced, can lead to customers in areas you would otherwise overlook. The 80/20 rule as considered by most in business is nothing new. To my knowledge, it is taught in Business 101 at most colleges. I say “to my knowledge” because I did not major in business in college. No sir, I acquired my Masters degree ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #519: Writing Pattern Packets and 'Just Thinking'
Today’s post isn’t going to be very exciting, I am afraid. I spent pretty much of yesterday working on the patterns for the new ornaments. I took ‘good’ pictures of each individually and then in the designated sets and I have to work a bit on those photographs before integrating them into the pattern packets. I also picked through the line work and made everything just right for both the small ornament sizes and the plaque sized designs. I hope to finish up the ins...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #518: Trial and Error and Finally Success
First of all, I want to thank everyone for all the nice comments and personal messages you sent me regarding these ornaments. Nothing makes the extra hours and effort spent more worth it than knowing that others enjoy what you made. Anyone who creates can attest to that. The long hours at the saw spent working on these (as well as my sore back!) are now just a faded memory, replaced by a sense of accomplishment and achievement. It really does me good to see how much everyone likes these, ...
One of my previous customers (the Doll Wardrobes) asked me to build her a Hall Tree. She had pictures of two that she liked parts of, one she liked the bead board back of the other she liked the bench of. I did some rough designing and thought through the process/steps and determined the project would take about $350 in materials and take me about 40+ hours to complete. The time included shopping for the materials, the cutting, the assembly, and finishing (she wanted it painted). I then st...
I made a great deal of progress yesterday in my ornaments. I am truly happy with them so far and I look forward to finishing them up today. I finished cutting the final two by around noon, and I also remembered to take step-by-step pictures of the final one so that I can include them in the instructions. That is something that I sometimes forget about when doing projects such as this. I am so engrossed with seeing if things will work out as I planned, that I forget to do the obvious. ...
This is really for all the Aussies here… who do not read my regular blog… It is certainly nice to have a very strong Aussie dollar… not good for exports but certainly for imports.. now before I get bagged for saying this… let us look at some of the things we need that we have to import… for me the number one item is Titebond III glue… for the longest time it was just around the AU$ 90.00 mark for a US gallon or 3.75 ltrs… Thanks to the strengthe...
If you are reading this post you probably already know live edge furniture has become very popular over the last couple years, and for good reason. In order to escape the particle board import furniture you find at the retail store, people have been drawn to the unique beauty of a live edge table. In every piece is the history of where it came from and how it became your inspiration. The problem is, a large slab needs to be dried slowly over a period of several years in order to ensure the...
I finally got a bit caught up with my sleep. The last couple of days have been odd. I suppose getting up so early has something to do with it, coupled with the time spent at the saw. Yesterday I felt a bit tense, like everything was going on too quickly and I wasn’t able to keep up with things. Every time I tried to sit down and work, something else would pop up that needed my attention. As time passed on, I felt more and more anxiety because I know I wanted to get to a certain poin...
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