Many of you may have noticed that I haven't been posting as regularly these past couple of weeks. It isn't that I haven't been doing things, but I have been doing things that I really don't want to share in public at this point. Over the past six years of almost daily blogging, I have met many online friends from all over the world. I have also reconnected with friends and family from different times in my life, and I have enjoyed getting to know them again – some w...
I truly don't know where the time goes. I know I said that many times recently, but it is hard for me to comprehend that it is already December 11th and the Christmas season is upon us.Perhaps the reason for autumn passing so quickly is that it is my favorite time of year. After all, we know that when we are enjoying something a great deal time seems to pass in the blink of the eye.Maybe it is because this is also the 'busiest' time of year for most people. So many of my friends a...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1667: Different Strokes for Different Folks - DecoArt Traditions Brush Review
I am finding it kind of hard to decide what to write about these days. As Christmas is quickly approaching, I have been working diligently on some gifts that I am going to be sending out soon. As you can imagine, the gifts are heading for my family and friends, and many of them check in on my blog every once and a while. I do want to have what I am making them a bit of a surprise, so I can't really talk about things. It is a bit of a dilemma. We are two weeks away from Christmas, and...
I know I am not alone when I wonder where the time goes. It seems like just yesterday we were looking forward to spring and now already we are closing out the year. This week has been particularly busy for me because I have a few boxes that NEED to go out within the next couple of days in order to arrive in time for the holidays. I have really been pushing it. Naturally, because these things I am working on are gifts, I won't be showing them here in my blog yet. As you can imagine, i...
As a designer and and artist, I think it is important to continually learn and work toward advancing myself. It seems that every time I accomplish a certain technique or skill, I feel satisfied only for a short time and soon I begin to look for ways to push myself to a higher level. It is just my nature. Because I am fortunate enough to be able to work doing something that I love, I am able to explore these many facets of the artistic work in the name of 'work'. I admit that I am...
Lately, I have been receiving questions about what type of microphones I use when I make my videos. It got me thinking about the sound quality and how I can improve it on the cheap. I picked up the Takstar SGC-598 shotgun microphone for $30.00 online and I wanted to show the difference between a built in camera microphone, an external shotgun mic, and a headset mic can make. While you might not think this is directly related to woodworking, a lot of people are now filming their projects an...
This Build starts with taking measurements of the space and discussions with the client! Once a decision has been reached about the design I can jump on sketch and come up with a design and renders, from which I can print out detailed cutting lists etc. The design consists of 3 cabinets built separately and then rejoined on location. The location itself is a third floor in a house and the only access is a spiral stair case which couldn’t be worse! This has meant that the design has h...
As time keeps marching on, we are getting closer and closer to the holiday season, as well as winter weather. When I awoke this morning, I looked out on my deck and saw this: The first significant indication that winter is just around the corner. Even though it seems that this past year has gone by too quickly, I tend to take each day as it comes, and appreciate it for what it is. I don't dread winter as many of my friends and family do. If anything, I find it forces us to sl...
Even though I am creating something just about every day of my life, this time of year, brings me to a whole new level. As we enter the month of December, I can't help but feel a little stressed as I know my time to mail packages to my loved ones and friends far away is limited. Every year I vow to be ahead of the game, but it seems that most years I just squeak by. I also love to participate in gift exchanges. I have so many talented online friends that create in a variety of mediu...
Good day, my creative friends. It is a calm and peaceful morning here in Nova Scotia with an overcast sky and a hint of misty rain that can't seem to decide whether it wants to be rain or snow falling. I actually love these kinds of mornings. As I sit here sipping on my second cup of coffee under a soft, fluffy blanket with Richard curled at my feet I am listening to "The Nutcracker Suite" on my headphones and feeling quite cozy. It is going to be a fabulous day.I finished my pa...
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