Sometimes when I miss a day or so blogging, it is because I need a little break and some time off. Other times it is because I am in the midst of a project and there is really nothing interesting to report. Some projects are like that and the progress can be slow – like watching a pot of water boil! And still other times, I miss because there is simply too much to do and I need to catch up on things in the quiet hours of the morning. The third example is where I seem to have been ...
It was a great relief to finish the set of ornaments that I have been working on for almost two weeks. Having the pieces finished and in front of me was very satisfying. I liked how they came out, and I am very appreciative of the warm kind and encouraging comments that everyone has shown regarding them. But painting the pieces is only part of the process. Now comes the work of photographing them for the pattern packet, as well as adjusting the step-by-step photos that I had taken along...
As it turned out, I spent the bulk of yesterday finishing up and refining the 12 Days ornament set(s). What I thought would only take an hour or two, wound up taking until nearly 10pm in the evening. I say that without dismay or disappointment. Things just take time. While the main parts of the pieces were completed, I still needed to do refinements on them as well as finish them. The edges of the ornaments weren’t painted, and while the edges of the laser cut pieces that were pro...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1067: You Can't Miss Me If I Don't Go Away From Time to Time
Last night at about 10pm, I finally finished painting the 12th piece in the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ ornament set that I have been working on. While it may not seem like a big project, it was one that took me a lot more time than anticipated. I know I say that a lot, but this time I really mean it. I had originally estimated that the set would take me about a week to do, but as it turned out, it has been a week and a half. At first I thought that it was because I was ‘...
I got up this morning and I still felt a bit tired. Those of you who know me and have read over these past three plus years know that doesn’t really happen often. I suppose that it is just one of those times when I need to take a breath. I worked pretty much all day yesterday on packing up the order for wholesale. Keith did the drilling (for the hanging holes for the ornaments) and helped pack the patterns into the plastic bags while I finished printing the patterns and then added ...
What a beautiful morning it is! One would think that starting the day with a mundane chore like putting the garbage on the curb would be poopie, but I think with the right point of view, even something like that could be pleasant. Yes – I know I am crazy! Shortly after it got light out, I was making my morning coffee and saw my Google reminder that today was garbage day. While I waited for the water to boil I thought I may as well get it to the curb early. There was a foggy mist...
Well folks – after a weekend of pretty much continual painting, I am still only about one third done with the project that I am designing. I don’t remember the exact day I began working on it, but it was sometime in the middle of last week. There were some other work related things that came through in the mean time (a nice wholesale order and doing some printing for my friend Bernie) and that of course took me away from things for a bit, but other than that, I have been trying ...
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 ...
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