I had a very busy day yesterday. But it was the kind of day that was also a great deal of fun. (I have had a lot of those lately!) I spent the majority of it decorating my new SLD485 Holiday Lights Damask ornaments that I previewed to you yesterday. I had cut several sets of them because I knew I wanted to play with them and experiment with many of the wonderful finishes that I had here from DecoArt and hot fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada. I had several ideas of how I wanted to d...
Lately we have been trying to keep updating our site about every two weeks. It seems with the holiday season approaching, we have lots of new things and we don't like to overwhelm everyone with too many new choices at a time. I guess it is a good problem to have. Since I do more painting things, they tend to take a little longer to complete than the scrolling patterns that I do. And even when I do scroll pieces, I like to offer different 'versions' so that our customers can c...
I know that I haven't been blogging as regularly as usual. There have been some things going on that have just sort of gotten in the way. Part of it was because I have been fighting a cold and it has taken its toll on me a little. I don't have my usual energy and I have been working at a slower pace and sometimes I feel like it is best to get to my daily tasks rather then take the time to write about them. I speak often about how busy we have become, and I certainly appreciate th...
Another busy weekend has come and gone. The speed that time passes continues to amaze me. I must be busy.It is cool here this morning, with just a bit of rain. After the past few days which were rather warm and sticky, I am happy for the change. Although our weather here in Nova Scotia seems very mild in when I hear about how hot it has been in other places. I feel very fortunate.I made some progress on my "Nevermore" plaque yesterday. I didn't quite complete it, but it will be ...
There are times when I feel that I am not accomplishing all I set out to do. It seems that there are times when one project or another is not coming together quickly enough, and I feel that I could be doing more. But then there are other times when I look at the new things that we are continually adding to our website and I feel a bit better about things. When the final tally is made, we see the site growing nearly every day and we are adding several new things per month, includin...
What an incredible weekend I had! It was a combination of accomplishing, relaxing, beautiful weather, good food, a Saturday night “date” and even some beach thrown in. I can think of little more that would have made it much better. It started off like any other weekend. However, the weather was absolutely supreme. It was sunny and warm, without being either too hot or humid, and it made Saturday just an all around pleasant day. Keith had to run into work for a couple of hour...
After what seemed like an eternity that I have been away from the scroll saw, I was finally able to get back at it and do some cutting yesterday. You would think that being a designer, I would spend several days a week at the saw. But reality isn’t quite like that, as there are so many aspects to running the business that takes up time (not to mention – the drawing part!) that it is only occasionally that I get to do so. Actual cutting is only a small piece of the puzzle – a...
So I’m starting another project for a going away plague for a fellow Soldier. It will be a shadow box with two crossed replica harpers ferry pistols… felt backdrop… a couple other features. I’m making it out of Red Oak… and now I’m at that critical point of to stain or put a natural finish. Well I already think I’ve made my choice on this project but would love to hear what others have to say.
Steve Ramsey of Woodworking For Mere Mortals stops by the shop to answer a few questions, I also present him with a plaque representing thee event that took place 1 month ago when the woodworking community came together to raise money to buy Steve a new Porter Cable Table saw. Steve is such an amazing guy, and this short video gives a behind the scenes look at Steve. The plaque is a recognition and a way of showing appreciation for the contribution that Steve gives to the woodworking comm...
Most all of my projects Have my brand on it in one place or another. Now, I don’t have a branding iron. But what I do have is a way of Chemically etching Brass plates with my logo on it. Here Is an example of one Now using the method I am going to show you, you can easily create custom plates as well for your projects. Not just logos but even plaques and signs.. Here are a few examples Here is how you can make an etched brass plate of your own….Now the first 2 vi...
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