Well it is that time of year again and my daughter is back in the shop with me to turn Christmas gifts for her teachers and a few family members this year. She has I think a total of 8 projects that she wants to make this year. We started on Friday making pens for her teacher and 1 of her Girl Scout leaders who teaches at the same school so they each get school color Lanyard pens. I am so proud of the progress she has been making. I am still doing an initial start on the bla...
I suppose that yesterday was a pretty straight forward day. I mapped out my new project and got to work on the drawing part of things. I felt as if I was slow in starting, but once I got rolling things went along nicely. The next pattern that I am working on is a set of ornaments. They are what I call ‘classic’ in shape and I have chosen to make some pretty Damask scroll cuts on the inside of them. My Damask plaques have been very popular, so it just seems natural to follow ...
What a busy day yesterday was again! Once again, the week just flew by and here we are looking at Friday again already. I try to take time to enjoy these autumn days, but with so much to do, I seem to get wrapped up in things and before I know it, the day is over. As I look back though, I did get a lot of things done. I finished putting together my last packet for the new site update and also was able to write the newsletter and get it out by late afternoon. Writing the newsletter is co...
As I finished up the last couple of things that needed to be done yesterday, I stopped and thought about how fortunate I was to be doing the job I am doing. It is actually difficult for me to call what I do a “job” because I enjoy what I do so much that it doesn’t really feel like work. I know that I am the exception to the rule, as I see people complaining every day about their jobs, their co-workers and bosses. Many of them count down the days of the week to the days w...
Well, guys and girls – I can tell you already that this is going to be a short blog today. Every time I do something here on Lumberjocks (add a photo, comment or blog entry) it is taking me about five minutes for it to do so. I am happy that I don’t have a lot of pictures to share today. There are days the site just gets like that, and today I have too much to do to wait for it to “wake up!” :) Yesterday I switched gears and Keith and I did some of the ‘prod...
The weekend was wonderfully productive. While I certainly could add “Grossly underestimates the time it takes to do things” to my resume, I still accomplished a great deal. Last week I was working on some little bunny ornaments. I am excited about them because I had four distinctly different versions of them hopping around in my head. I didn’t know which ones to actually make, so I made the decision to make them ALL. After all, who’s to say that there is a limit ...
As promised, I gave my little bunnies a new look with a dash of some pretty pastel colors. I had mentioned that when I cut these little guys out the other day that I stacked them, so I got double the mileage out of my cutting time. The wood used here is 3/16” maple. That makes it an ideal project to stack-cut. I attached the two layers of wood using hot melt glue in the waste areas of the corners and the added thickness gave me a lot more control when cutting these precise swirls....
Right now I am multi-tasking. I suppose that I am always muti-tasking, but this time I am working on several different smaller projects at the same time. I have a lot of new ideas, and it seems that I just don’t have the time to finish one before I need to start on another. For a designer that is a good thing. One of the main things that I am working on is my next article for the magazine. The article is going to be about adding some “bling” to your scroll sawing proj...
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 ...
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