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...
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...
It was a perfect autumn day yesterday. What started with a thick layer of morning fog turned into a brilliantly bright and sunny, yet cool afternoon. The leaves in the trees across the road along the river are just beginning to turn golden on the edges, and soon they will have the deep, rich colors that fall brings before they float to the ground. It is my favorite time of year. We had a busy week and an even busier weekend. After the site update on Thursday, we hit a few milestones with...
As many of you know, I not only design woodworking patterns, but also I love to paint. While some of the woodworkers that I come across shun putting any type of paint on wood, others like to embrace the idea of adding to their projects with color. As for myself – I see the advantages of both. There are times when wood is best left to its natural beauty and other times when you can really do your projects a favor by adding color. I suppose it depends on the project and situation. I...
Yesterday seemed to pass by like a blur. While it was only Wednesday, it seemed like a weekend day and I was truly busy from the moment I awoke until after midnight when I finally turned in for the evening. Among other things, we spent the afternoon and evening out at the summer camp home of our friends from Digby. (Bernie and Ellen) We had been trying to plan our annual birthday dinner for both Ellen and me since mid-August, but one thing after another came up and we finally had a place...
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...
I am happy to say that we got all the new items posted on the site and everything is updated. Things have been fast and furious here and we find that we are updating a little more often. Our usual schedule was to do so about twice a month, but it seems that we have so many new things coming out that every other week is a bit better. I think it is better to have slightly more frequent updates rather than a longer time in between where we have so many new things that it may become overwhelmin...
I got quite a bit of work done on the new pattern packets for the Halloween ornaments and keys yesterday. However, I do see that finishing up will take another day (or two) to do and now I am looking at perhaps Monday or even Tuesday for getting things on to the site. I had ideally wanted to have them available by the weekend, but as usual I underestimated the time it would take to do so in my mind and it turns out to be a much longer process than first anticipated. So what else is new? ...
I had a really productive day yesterday. Not only did I finish painting the last of the new Halloween Key Ornaments and Petite Ornaments, but I also had some time to pre-cut some of the wood kits that I am going to be offering for the two sets. There has been a lot of interest for the wood pieces as well as the patterns, and I am happy to be able to offer wood. Although the keys especially are a bit trickier to cut with all the little bumps and turns, I feel comfortable doing so and I am ...
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