As my opening post, I think it important to thank Steve Ramsey over at woodworkingformeremortels.com for making hobbies fun again. Aside from the honest and clean entertainment value of Steve’s Friday videos, I find his message to be inspiring. I feel good about going out to the garage and making useless crafts of dubious quality instead working on improving the house. He has reminded me that I must improve myself before I can improve the world. And that I improve the world by impro...
Merry Christmas from ‘Down Under’ to all my LJ Budies and their families.
After quite a busy day yesterday, I am happy to say that I almost accomplished everything that I set out to do. For me, that is as good as anything. While I didn’t get my little tree changed over to Christmas yet, I did finish painting the new ornaments and charms for the pattern packet. I had to wait to take the final pictures for the packets, and I will be doing that today. I found that the DecoArt Craft Twinkle paint (the sparkle paint) that I used on these takes a bit of time ...
I made good progress yesterday working on the new ornament sets, and in the process, something came to mind. An epiphany if you will. Although I am sure that the idea has probably been addressed before, it had not occurred to me until yesterday. I felt as if the fog had been lifted and I had one of those “ah-ha!” moments we see played out in the movies. In any case, I think I may be on to something. In my never-ending quest to eliminate spray adhesive as much from my life as ...
I have written about this before, and I probably will again. I once again participated in an ornament exchange that was set up by the scrollers on Steve Good’s forum. It is an event that I look forward to every year, as it gives me a chance to experience not only the work of other scrollers, but also enjoy the friendship and sharing that it entails. I love exchanges. I think that it is a great way to learn about fellow crafts people and own a little piece of something created by the...
Any of you who know me know that I tend to be an optimist at times. You also know that I sometimes underestimate the time it takes me to do something. Well it seems that yesterday my optimism collided with my underestimation and I made the mistake of saying that my sled ornaments would be completed today. Oh, they are cut and sanded. Everything came out really nice I thought and worked like it should. As a matter of fact, I found a great deal of pleasure in cutting these ornaments out. Wh...
I woke up this morning and it was already light out. That alone told me that I had overslept. But there was a reason for doing so, as it was quite a ‘busy’ night. It seems that Keith’s cold has quite a hold on him. What started as a stuffy nose and some aches and pains now turned into a nasty cough. As a result, he was up much of the night trying to get comfortable and find a place where he could settle, as every time he laid down he began to cough. Of course, the cats...
This would make a great stocking stuffer. EDIT: I have fixed the wobbling problem. Check out tomorrows Second Slice to find out what I did wrong and how I fixed it.
Another video from the Grand River Woodturning Guild. This one is Christmas ornaments and the great thing about it is how scalable the ideas are.. you can do a lot or a little.. advanced or simple.
One thing that I love about doing design work is that there are so many aspects of the process to consider. In addition to drawing the patterns on the computer, the projects need to be cut, assembled and finished in order to make sure that everything was done properly. Once that is finished, the actual instructional pattern packets need to be created, which include clear and concise directions on how others can replicate the project easily. This often includes not only step-by-step photogra...
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