It seems like forever since I designed a woodworking pattern. With all the new directions that I have been working in (not to mention the holidays!) there were several other deadlines that I needed to meet in other areas of my business. I try to do as much as I can with each part of the business – both painting and scroll sawing – but now that the magazine that I worked with for the last 15 years is no longer there, other things have taken its place as far as my time goes.&nb...
Today I am going to tell you all about an important lesson that I learned (again) yesterday. Not so much because I am proud that I escaped disaster, but more so because I want remind you all the importance of "backing up" your computer files that are important to you. It is something that most of us do far less than we intend to do and because of that, we cause ourselves a lot of unneeded anguish. I'll start at the beginning . . . A couple of days ago when I was workin...
A few weeks ago I went on a trip to Costa Rica in search of some really unique wood. What I found was just amazing! The forestry was brilliant with radiant colors and huge timbers. Along my journey I encountered Sura wood, Teak, Almendro, Ipe, Laurel, Guapinol, and Cedro Macho. I purchased a ton of this wood and am bringing it back to my shop to sell. Check on my website to see when these exotic woods arrive. Also keep a look out we will be posting future projects using this wood. :)ht...
Yesterday was one of those crazy/busy days that seemed to be over before it began. It seemed like the every day business tasks (answering emails, filling orders, talking to customers) filled the majority of the time. Before I knew it, it was getting dark and I was running out of steam. I am not at all complaining about this, as I realize it is part of having a business that is successful, but I am afraid it doesn't make for much interesting blog reading for you. So I decided to show...
I frequent antique dealer’s web sites, to view American period furniture for new project ideas. Recently I came across a rather interesting piece, a chair that I find quite rustic for the price asked. But hey, who am I to judge the value. I guess we are in a seller’s market where handcrafted furniture can command what the buyer will bear.To see what I mean, visit this site to see a $3,000.00 chair: bridgesovertime.com/mauro-mori-handmade-rose-albitia-chair-cappellini/ OK, I s...
The world we live in is ever-changing. That is probably one thing that we can be absolutely sure of. Since the fall of Creative Woodworks magazine, Paintworks, and all of the All American Crafts publications, many of us who are in the designing and creative industry were dealt a harsh reminder of just how volatile being a free lance designer can be. We have the freedom of choosing what we do with each day. We don't have to 'punch in' and account to a cranky boss or super...
It seems that this year more than ever I have noticed that people seem to have the 'winter blues.' With the holiday season over and cold weather setting in all over the USA and Canada, it seems that most people are dreading the upcoming months of cold and ice. Here in Nova Scotia, we had a relatively mild December. Usually we are already deep in the grips of cold and ice by the year's end, but this year it was much warmer and there was very little snowfall to speak of. There ...
I am just going to write a short post today to let you all know that we completed another site update. I also will be sending out a newsletter later on today to let our subscribers know the same. Sometimes I sound as if I am repeating myself here, but I do realize that many of you just check in from time to time and don't read my posts every day. In the past I have had people come to me that have missed when I show new products and I understand that not everyone gets to see each post...
Those of you who read often know that I am a "morning person". I love getting up in the morning – the earlier the better. Anything after about 5am and I am good to go.Because of that, I don't tend to be a 'night owl'. Usually after dinner I slow down a bit and do some things that don't require a lot of thought or concentration. It is what I consider my 'down time.'But lately, since I have jumped back into full swing after coasting a bit in Decembe...
I had a good and busy weekend. It feels really good to be back to work and return to something that resembles 'normal'. Between the past several weeks of one thing or another, I haven't really felt like I was in a good 'production mode' for a while. But that is fine, as we all need a break from our regular routine once in a while. Usually I go pretty much non-stop and even when I take time 'off' I am doing something work related. Slowing down a bit for the past mon...
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