After arising late yesterday morning (Nearly 7am – late for me anyway!) I actually had a productive day and I accomplished a great deal. I managed to really stay focused on things and got the things I needed to do finished in a ‘reasonable amount of time’ – whatever that is. The site is updated and we were once again pleased with the response we have had not only from our mailing list subscribers, but people in general. It is nice to be able to look at what we acc...
I am happy to say that yesterday we completed another site update. Even though I have done many projects that needed to be shipped off the the magazine lately, which meant that I couldn’t sell them just yet to my own customers, I am getting new projects released all the time that I am able to put up on the site and have new items for everyone to make. It all balances out, I suppose. Another thing that helps is having a partner. When I am working on a painting pattern or something t...
I had a really fun weekend. It is nice to know that I can do what I want to do, and it is still related to scrolling and painting. On Saturday, I had shown the little patriotic angel teddy bear that I painted. I had it in my mind that I wanted to offer this up as a free pattern on the site for the painters that follow me. I sometimes feel that I don’t have enough new stuff for the painters, as it is a part of the site that I am still establishing and developing. I am also finding ...
Yesterday didn’t quite go as I planned it. Sometimes that happens, and I have learned that we just have to roll with things sometimes. I had planned to spend the day painting, and in reality, I only had an hour or so before I was tired out and decided to call it a day. But sometimes that is just the way it is. In the morning, I needed to make a call to the vet. About a month ago, I had discovered a small lump on the chest of my kitty Richard. While I was concerned, I didn’...
I feel very relieved this morning. Yesterday afternoon I finished the written instructions for each of the four projects that are going to be published in the holiday issues of both Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine and also Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts magazine (Yes! I know it is confusing! The only two magazines that I know of that are geared to scroll sawing have such similar names!) While I have been a contributing editor to Creative Woodworks and Crafts for over 15 years, thi...
What a busy, busy weekend I had! I can honestly say that I did very little fooling around, but I was still unable to get my projects finished to the point where I can pack them up and ship them out today. I am close, but I still need to take pictures and packing is somewhat of an “art” in itself and I need to be sure that everything will safely arrive, so it will be all completed today and I will put the call in for pickup first thing tomorrow morning. I don’t feel as...
After a somewhat bumpy road of construction and design, I have finished my Christmas box. I say the road was ‘bumpy’ because there were a few issues that I had in both the design and the execution of creating this box. I can however say that I have ironed out all of those bumps and recreating this pieces should be very easy for those who wish to do so. I am happy with the results. Those of you who read saw that my first attempt of cutting the lid design included the misspel...
I think having a good attitude really makes a difference. It is amazing how having a positive outlook and mindset can turn even a bad situation into something positive. My past couple of days are a good example of that. Earlier this week I had a spelling error in one of the pieces that I had cut. I have been working toward some important deadlines and designing several different projects at once. While I like to be busy, I will be honest in saying that I have been a bit overwhelmed by ...
Once again, I have to smile at my own optimism. As I looked at the pile of pieces to cut after returning from my morning errands yesterday, I remember thinking to myself, “I can probably get that all done today.” That included sanding and finishing the pieces that I cut on Sunday. Sometimes I just make myself laugh. Needless to say, as the afternoon wore on, reality hit. I worked at what I would consider a “normal” pace – neither hurrying nor laboring on ...
Well I finally finished what I had been working on for the past several days. At least “Phase 1” of the design – creating the first prototypes. I now feel pretty good about things and feel like I am able to move forward with other things. Designing painting patterns is a great deal different than designing woodworking patterns. When working on scrolling patterns, the bulk of the time is spent in the drawing. Once the computer work is done there are usually only some m...
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