As I sit here this morning and wonder what I am going to write about, I can't help but think about how quickly time is passing. Here we are already in the meat of July. While the calendar indicates that summer is just beginning, I am already starting to see many people posting projects for the fall and winter season. I don't think this is a bad thing, as I myself am working ahead toward autumn and even Christmas projects. I think it is necessary to stay ahead of things and have ...
Yesterday was a rather mish-mosh day where I was pulled in many directions. There was still a great deal of catching up to do after the power outage of the weekend, and although I know I am very fortunate to only have that to deal with, it still takes a great deal of time.I am also having computer issues, where either something is configured improperly or something is not functioning properly. Both Keith and myself spent several hours trying to pinpoint the issue, as we can't quite see if...
Today's blog is going to be a bit shorter than what you are used to (I promise!) I am still getting back on my feet and I spent the day yesterday finishing catching up with things and beginning work on my new project. This project is a Halloween themed item and it is really going to be cool (I hope!) It is more of a painting project, but I also think that I am going to make a scroll sawn version of it as well, as I think it will appeal to the scrollers and adapt well to an all wood ...
I suppose I spoke too soon on Saturday. After all the cries of "wolf" continually from the weather channels, we had really become accustomed to not paying much heed to their dire warnings of impending doom. Since Keith and I don't even get 'regular TV' we only had heard about the storm from others. I checked the map on Friday to see Arthur's progress and it appeared to hit land and be winding down. Surely by the time it reached Nova Scotia, it would be minimal. ...
Even though I know it isn't the case, it seems like a long, long time since I have been drawing and designing. I think that so much occurs in between different types of things that I do (drawing, cutting, painting) that it only appears to me that it has been a while. It was only last week that I finished up my Chalky Finish (or not!) Beach Ornaments. Right now the pattern and pieces are only available at my ETSY store . I re-opened my store about a week and a half ago and I think it ...
Back in May I got a phone call from a Company That was looking for a person with my experience and skills. So a week later I went to talk with them, and found what they were all about.I previously had experience as a cabinet door and drawer fitter, plus a case assembler.Also have time setting up woodworking machinery. sicker, molder, multi-head boring, thickness plainerand wide belt sander.But for the past 10 years I have run my own business, custom building furniture and repairing But it ...
I had a very busy day yesterday. I was surprised and thrilled at the response to the posting of my new patterns and surfaces in my ETSY shop. I also had several orders for wood pieces from other sources – including people that bought my wood kits from Artist's club previously and are looking for more. It is great to see that my long term thinking on this is working out. So much of owning and being successful business is thinking ahead and making decisions that are going to help the ...
t isn't often that I say I am "swamped". Usually I am pretty darn organized and really on top of things. But there are times when there comes a burst of activity with my little business and I have to regain my composure.This is NOT a negative by any means! I look at it as very much the opposite – especially at this time of year which is typically quite slow. It is an early indicator of things to come and helps us get ready for the busy autumn and holiday season. I am alrea...
http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/articles/from-hobbyist-to-seller-starting-a-side-business/ Deciding to sell your work can be aggravating, or it can be rewarding. Thankfully, I count myself in the latter camp. In the article I offer my thoughts about making the jump from hobbyist to part time home business owner. Hope you all enjoy the read! Also included is the video I shared recently.
No one likes to fail. I don't think anyone in their right mind would go into something or try something with the hope of failing. It just wouldn't make sense. Yet – like it or not, failure is a real part of our everyday lives, and try as we may, failing from time to time is something that is usually unavoidable. Failure is an important part of the learning process. Many scholars and scientists know that without experiencing some form of failure, it is nearly impo...
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