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...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #494: "Oh, Dear! Oh Dear! I Shall Be Late!"
I woke up this morning at 4:48 am. I knew I had a lot to do this morning, but opted to close my eyes for just a bit more anyway. After all, on Sunday I got up around five and didn’t go to bed until almost midnight. Surely I would get everything done. I woke up a second time around 5:50. This time I got up and got moving. I was watching my coffee in the microwave at exactly 6 am and thinking about all that I needed to accomplish before leaving the house this morning. I woul...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #492: Learning from Mistakes and Practice
Now that feels much better! What a difference it is to wake up to a clean work environment. It isn’t as if it was a pigsty, but I will admit that there was plenty of clutter and odds and ends like papers and stuff on the counters and the table and on my desk. I spent a good part of yesterday going through things and sorting and organizing and throwing things out. Even some of my supply closets and drawers, although I still need to do the ‘big sort’ with my craft suppli...
Today is what I am going to call a day to tie up loose ends. I get those every once in a while – usually in between projects where it seems that everything is everywhere and I just need a day to put everything away and reorganize it all and get things tidied up. As I look around my place here, there seems to be stuff scattered here and there and it can be mighty annoying and counter-productive for me to work with things like this. I really don’t like clutter, and with living ...
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