This is such a busy time for me, as I have project going in many directions. The days just fly by and neither Keith or I can believe how quickly time is passing. It is Friday already and another week is coming to a close. While I did accomplish a great deal, I still have a bit more to do to button up these projects. We also have a wholesale order to fill, as the Artist’s Club accepted the painted version of the mask ornaments that I designed a couple of months ago (that seems lik...
Well, now that the fanfare of yesterdays’ big milestone is over, it is back to business here for me. I am looking forward to the next thousand or so entries and enjoying all the wonderful things we can learn together and share. Here at my place, I am in the midst of putting together no less than eight projects. It is truly a woodworkers’/painters’ dream come true, as each one is just a bit different and will require some different techniques to bring it to the finish li...
As I said yesterday, it was our day to go to Digby to visit our dear friends Ellen and Bernie and their daughter Cindy and have a nice dinner. Cindy needed to work on Sunday, so our plans were postponed for a day and pushed into Monday. One of the great things about working for myself is that my schedule is flexible like that. Most of the time I am able to shift things around when something like that comes up and we don’t miss out on anything. The key there though is that we need ...
What an extremely productive weekend I had! It isn’t always that I can claim that so I am pretty darn proud of all that I accomplished over the last couple of days. It feels good to work hard and actually see some physical results of that work right in front of you. That isn’t always the case. There are many times when I seem to work hard and even though every minute of the day is spent ‘doing something’ there is little to show for it. But this week, it will be a bo...
These last three days I have been in what seems like a drawing frenzy. It was just one of those times when I have several detailed ideas of what I want to make and I can picture things in my mind so clearly that drawing the designs seems to come almost automatically. That is a good place for me to be. Yesterday I finished up two more designs. One of them is something that is dimensional and took a bit more thought and time, but on paper at least, it appears that it will work out well. I ...
Hi, Everyone - I just wanted you all to know that yesterday we completed the site update. We are also offering a new free pattern just in time for Easter. These are two beautiful crosses that Keith designed. The Free Pattern link is here: Free Pattern They are from his larger pattern set SLDK215 Filigree Cross Ornaments which contains these two crosses, plus four additional cross designs. Today I am (still) finishing up the SLDP211 MUD Bunnies pattern packet. I am just about...
I spent the day yesterday sorting through bunnies and taking photographs for the MUD bunny pattern packet. In all, I had made 6 sets of 10 bunnies. I made a couple of extra sets because I wanted to add them to my “All Season Tree” for the spring months. As much as I loved the look of the polar bears and penguins and the soft ice blue beads, I knew it was time to change over and have some spring and summer items on it. I suppose that is part of the fun of having a tree up all...
Our first day of spring came in like a lion. A cold lion at that. It snowed throughout the day and was quite windy and bitter outside. Not really a good day for the beach. March is like that around these parts. Every year since I have been here in Nova Scotia it seems we have felt the brunt of our winter weather during February and March. It is hard to believe that in a couple of short months it will be warm enough to be sitting on the beach. But it will come. (Eventually!) I certa...
Are you tired of seeing my little bunnies yet? I hope not. I spent the day yesterday painting and finishing the final version of my Summer Bunny ornaments. This set is geared for decorative painters. The ornaments are made of 1/8” Baltic birch plywood and are cut silhouettes. I then based them in bright pastels and applied some DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and painted the faces of them with a light Ivory color. The crackling is subtle, and I am not sure how well you se...
I spent the day yesterday working on the final version of bunnies. This version is once again a silhouette, but it is going to be painted using a couple of nice techniques. I spent the afternoon working on the base coating and I used some crackle medium to give them a crackled finish. In the past, I have used the crackle medium with a dark under coat so that the crackles really stand out. This time however, I decided to use the bright pastel colors underneath for a more subtle effect. I a...
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