It is snowing outside this morning. Rather hard, actually. I ventured out to bring the garbage to the end of the road, as we have had to have the bags sitting on our little deck these past two weeks. This isn't because we are lazy. There is simply no other place to put it. When our driveway was cleared last week from the big storm, the tractor dumped about 8 feet of snow onto our trash bin across the road. We probably won't see it for several weeks.As walked the trash out to the ...
It isn't often when I find myself ahead of schedule. Usually I am pushing hard to get everything done in the time frame that I have more so than not made for myself. I am pretty good at being disciplined and more or less keeping to that schedule, although I allow it to fluctuate a bit one way or another. My "working weekend" must have paid off though because initially we weren't planning to do another website update until later this week. We found though that we had eno...
It snowed this weekend. We have another several inches of fresh snow over some icy rain that fell. It just can't seem to decide what to do outside, so it is doing everything. It is hard to believe that the weekend has gone by so quickly. Not so much because I didn't accomplish anything, but more so because I got so many things done. Lately I haven't been blogging much on the weekend only to give myself a break from the daily routine. I figure that will give me more to ta...
I know I missed last week. Too much weather and not enough time. But here I am back again, the week turned out to be pretty good even with all the bad weather. Wound up having an extra day off and wife and daughter were away this weekend so in between dealing with the weather I was able to spend a lot of time in the shop and I got a lot done just didn’t finish much.. sounds strange right well here is what I mean. I got 32 pen blanks cut, drilled and tubes glued into them.. The...
Today's post will be a bit short, I am afraid. Not because I have been idle, but much the opposite. I find that when I design lately, I work on a certain theme and wind up doing several different projects in that style. I am not sure if that is good or bad. On one hand it makes me feel kind of 'wishy-washy' because I can't seem to settle on one version. On the other hand, it is nice to be able to design a project for scrollers, and then be able to offer a painter's ve...
For years I have watch the working podfather Matt Vanderlist, build things in his basement workshop. Many times as he is building a project some of his viewers ask him if he would provide plans of his projects. I can understand the hurtle he faced in providing plans, sitting down and drawing a complete set of how to plans is a huge time commitment, on top of his video editing schedule. As I was drawing some concepts drawings for a client, it hit me. Why don’t I offer to draw plans for h...
After the last few days of snow and wind, it finally seems to have calmed down here. As I look outside this morning, everything is calm and the sun is shining brightly. What a beautiful winter day it is! I am happy to say that our winter storm wasn't that bad for us. While I know it was a hard on many (and I feel badly for that) we were fortunate that we were safe and warm and power was uninterrupted throughout the duration. Adele was able to get to the wharf finally and check on the...
I never mind the snow very much. Being from Chicago, I am used to polar temperatures as well as blistering heat and humidity. Anyone who grew up in Chicago knows that it is just part of life, and the old saying "if you don't like the weather – just wait – it will be different in a couple of hours" is one that really put things in perspective living in The Windy City. I suppose that is why I take things like the weather in stride. When I moved here to Nova Scoti...
This was my first craft show ever….. I know I am slow and was concerned that nothing would sell. Plus the fact that this was a community garage sale with the typical garage sale stuff and I was the only craft person there. I had a vast array of projects on the table from small bowls to candle holders….from large bowls to jewelry boxes. However to my surprise many people liked what I had and told me I was under priced for the quality. What an encouragement for me, I now want...
Today's post will be a quick one. I just wanted you to all know that the patterns for the new projects are completed and listed on the site. We had quite a few new items this time and I am just going to post them quickly here for you all.Keith had several new word art patterns and a new cross pattern. The word art patterns are as follows: SLDK539 - Proud Woodworker, Scroller, Artist and Teacher Plaque Patterns. (ALL included in one set!) SLDK545 - Courage, Strength and Faith Pattern...
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