This will be the final set of pictures of the new trays. When I showed this tray before, it was only oiled and had its natural maple color. While it was very pretty then, I wanted to add some color to it to brighten it up: When drawing this piece up, I thought that the border resembled a ribbon. The one part especially looked like a bow and I thought it made a nice base for the simple flowers. While I could have chosen any color of the rainbow, I thought it would look nice in...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1055: New Free Pattern Available on My Site
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 ...
Have you ever tried to do several things at once? I feel that is how my day went yesterday. I was doing some drawing, sanding some orders to go out and I even began painting my new Painting With Friends design (inspired by Terrye French) that promises to be a really fun and cute project. I actually didn't know which direction to head first. Keith was also busy, as he headed to the lumber yard and spent the afternoon and evening at our friend Bernie's shop planing and dressi...
What a wonderfully busy day I had yesterday! Even though I arose early (just after 4:30) I got to work right away and remained focused for pretty much the entire day. I was excited about seeing my twelve little ballerina ornaments come to life as I painted them in one by one. What started out last week as a “just because” pattern has quickly turned into something that will be quite significant for me. Apparently I am not the only one who enjoys ballerinas, and as it turns ...
Yesterday was one of those crazy/busy days that seemed to be over before it began. It seemed like the every day business tasks (answering emails, filling orders, talking to customers) filled the majority of the time. Before I knew it, it was getting dark and I was running out of steam. I am not at all complaining about this, as I realize it is part of having a business that is successful, but I am afraid it doesn't make for much interesting blog reading for you. So I decided to show...
I was really happy that so many of you liked the look of the Metallic Lustre Acrylic Wax from DecoArt that I added to my latest scroll saw projects. After allowing it to dry a day, I continued to finish off the project. I know we live in a world where we want immediate results on everything, but sometimes we just need to wait a little bit and let things do their job or run their course for the best results. Not only when crafting, but in many situations in our lives. After posting m...
As I mentioned before, the next several weeks will be quite busy for Keith and I. We are in the process of preparing to move in the next few weeks and there is a great deal of things we need to do. It isn't that we were unorganized while living in our current place, but rather that we are expanding our living space to nearly four times what we have today. Needless to say, we are beyond excited. While Keith and I think differently on several issues (and what couple doesn't?), one ...
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...
"There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe and mostly live." – Dalai LamaI was trying to decide what to write about this morning and I saw this on my Facebook timeline. It was a posted by a dear friend of mine named Charlotte who has her own decorative painting business called Roma Land Woodcrafts. I have known Charlotte for a couple of years now and w...
I had a lot of fun yesterday. While everyone was shoveling out and dealing with the snow, I was able to work on the scroll saw cutting out my new design. I was happy because I was having fun and doing something that I loved to do. What could be better? I had found a nice piece of poplar to cut my design from. While I may have preferred something a little harder, like maple, since I was planning to ‘decorate’ these pieces I decided that poplar would do fine and it would be a ...
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