I didn’t quite get my new project finished yesterday. It turned out to be one of those days that I had one distraction after another and even though I did make progress, it isn’t really finished yet. That isn’t always a bad thing though. Sometimes distractions are there for a reason and I don’t feel at this point like beating myself over the head when at the end of the day I still accomplished quite a bit. I think that it is important to be able to be flexible. W...
Over the past week or so, things here have been moving fast and furious. Keith and I decided we were going to take a two to three week trip to Chicago and see my children (and meet my grand daughter) and stop along the way to visit friends and teach a class or two. I usually am pretty good at planning things, but doing so on the fly has some challenges – both expected and unforeseen – that go with it. There is a lot to coordinate, and that leaves room for things to go wrong. B...
Despite so many things that are going on, I was able to sit down and concentrate and get the drawing for my next project completed. It shouldn’t have been the task that it became, but there were just so many odd things going on that it seemed that I couldn’t get the job going. Once I started though, I put on a couple of good movies and was able to stay focused and get the job done. I think in the end it is going to be pretty nice. The project is for the February (I think!) i...
Yesterday was filled by doing lots of odds and ends. Among other things, I was trying to get some planning done for our upcoming trip to Chicago. I haven’t mentioned it much because things have been so up in the air about everything that it has seemed like things have changed every five minutes. It is a little unsettling to say the least. Add to that the issues with my car. It is nothing that I would consider to be “major”, but nonetheless it is a ten year old car with...
I often write about the importance of balance in our lives. I think the subject comes up so often (at least for me) because achieving balance isn’t something that just happens and then we are done with it. It is something that needs to be adapted as a lifestyle and attended to continuously. As soon as we forget about trying to keep a balance, something always seems to come along to upset things and throw them out of kilter. But that is just how life is. I often have aspirations of...
I know . . . I am a spoiled brat! At least I feel that way this morning. How can I not when I am so fortunate to now own a “Special Edition” of the FINEST scroll saws made? Oh – and it is actually PRETTY as well! After all, for someone like me who’s other job is an artist, it is an extra bonus to have such a fine piece of machinery color coordinate with the rest of the house. Especially since it sits in the corner of my kitchen. Ah . . . but now I am sounding lik...
It’s funny how those appointments (no matter how early they are) can mess up the entire day. Yesterday I had an early eye appointment, and even though it only lasted for an hour or so, it took quite a while to get back on track. My eyes have been giving me minor problems lately and it was time anyway for my annual checkup. I find that I am having a bit of trouble reading the computer screen – even with my glasses or contacts and as a result, in the past weeks I have been send...
With autumn upon us and winter quickly approaching, like it or not there are things we need to do to get ready for the upcoming season. I find this time of year a good time to get everything checked and make sure all is well before the long cold winter. Since I am planning to drive to Chicago in a couple of weeks, I took my car in for some routine maintenance. The ‘ole girl is nearly ten now, and like all of us who age, some things need to be replaced and others just kind of re-vamp...
Yesterday I spent the day lining up the next projects in my head for Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. While we are on the first day of October here, in the publishing world, they are getting to closing up the submissions for the March issue. I am used to living in this time warp, as I have been working with the magazine for over fifteen years now and I always seem to be living in multiple seasons at one time. It is just my way of life. Even the magazine issues seem to be living in...
A while ago I ask you to come up with new ideas for me to use my talent. One of you said to try nature, tree’s animals, then someone said Turkeys, OK I spent two days looking for the right picture. Then three days to come the stage I am now, I will try and go through each stage. and show how I come up t it. Stage one, looking for the right picture; Stage two was putting the pattern onto wood; and the third stage is doing the burning itself. I found a process which is, o...
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