It’s going to storm here today, it seems. It actually looks quite gloomy. That’s OK though, as I have lots of indoor things to do today and being inside will help me stay on them and get them done. Although it is a holiday in the US, it is a pretty normal Monday here in Canada. I wonder if there will be any mail yet, as it is quite slow in getting back up and running. I had a really good day yesterday. I cleaned up a lot of odds and ends and got things set up for the 72 ska...
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? ...
Boy, I really enjoyed cutting yesterday! This project is turning out to be everything that a project should be: somewhat challenging, a chance to learn new things, and most of all FUN. I haven’t really cut padauk on the scroll saw before. I had heard stories of how difficult it was however, and I have been a bit intimidated by it. However, even though it has some challenges, once I figured them out things went like clock work and it turned out to be a really pleasant experience. ...
First of all I want to start by thanking everyone for the kind words of support we received yesterday. After a trying day on Thursday, it felt good to hear from so many of you and know that we have so many followers and friends that do care and appreciate all that we do. I am not going to allow a couple of people to change the way I do things. We will just move forward from here and what will be, will be. Now lets change gears and talk about some fun and positive things . . . On Thursd...
Yesterday I really remained focused and accomplished even more than I thought I would. After all was said and done, I am finished cutting six of the nine plaques for the next set of patterns. It just goes to show how much work I can accomplish when I set my mind to it! Keith was called by his former job and asked if he would help out and do some part time work for a couple of days. Since he was pretty much caught up with the magazine and even has some new patterns ready for the next sit...
I had a wonderfully productive day of finishing up phase 1 of my new tray yesterday. As the day before, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the saw and seeing the tray come to life was a fun experience. I was also pleased with the good response that I received from everyone regarding the design. There were lots of inquiries as to when the pattern would be available, which is a good indicator that it will be popular. While I will not be able to sell the pattern until after the May issue of C...
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 ...
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 think that I shall never see, a poem so lovely as a tree. – Joyce Kilmer Well, my trees may be poetry but they came out nice. I designed four different trees for the pond, in addition to the large tree that will be the center attraction. I am only going to include one in each set, but I will offer additional trees and lamp posts if people want more. Although the trees are relatively easy to paint, they are probably the most time consuming to cut. As I showed in a previous pos...
It is amazing to me just how much difference the way you look at something can make. Looking at something with a different attitude and perspective can magically change something from unpleasant or distasteful to something that is fun and exciting. Physically, nothing at all has really changed. Only the way we look at it. This is an incredible power that we all have within ourselves. It costs nothing, takes none of our time and all we need to do is consciously apply it and it can make al...
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