Yesterday I had a really good day cutting. I spent the majority of the day at the scroll saw working on cutting the pieces for the decorative painting kits that I am supplying. I made a huge dent in the pile – much bigger than I would have anticipated – and with only a couple more hours of cutting to do today, I will finish the first leg of my mission. Of the hundred dozen pieces that I need for the first pattern, I successfully cut 72 dozen. Here is what 72 dozen pieces lo...
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...
It was a restless night. The wind was howling and gusting so loud that it was difficult to get a restful sleep. It is muggy out, but opening a window meant hearing the violent swirling of the wind through the trees as they complained with loud rustling and creaking. I would say that it is raining, but besides a sharp smattering here and there against the window between the blasts of wind, it does not appear to be so. The ground is only slightly wet and there are no large puddles. When the w...
I skipped posting yesterday because I felt there was little new that I had to show you. I know that sometimes when that happens, I find something interesting for a 'filler post', but I didn't want to take the time to think in other directions. I was on a mission. The new project that I have begun working on has consumed me. I find myself thinking about it most of the waking hours of my day, and even as I awake momentarily in the middle of the night to roll over. It has been a...
These past couple of weeks have been by far the warmest of the year. While I understand that most people have it worse, I can’t help but think if it is this warm in Nova Scotia, it really has to feel hot everywhere else. It is no secret that I don’t like the really hot weather. Unless I can be lounging on a beach somewhere enjoying the sun, it just doesn’t do it for me. My philosophy is that you can always put more clothes on if you are cold, but when you are hot and u...
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...
Thinking ahead is something that we do on a daily basis. several times a day. From the time we wake up, most of us begin to organize our days in our minds without much conscious thinking. For many people, the planning begins early, with that first cup of coffee. From choosing breakfast to deciding what we will have for supper and everything in between, we plan the short term activities that fill up our day. Then there are the long term plans. (When will I do my taxes? When will I begi...
I think having a good attitude really makes a difference. It is amazing how having a positive outlook and mindset can turn even a bad situation into something positive. My past couple of days are a good example of that. Earlier this week I had a spelling error in one of the pieces that I had cut. I have been working toward some important deadlines and designing several different projects at once. While I like to be busy, I will be honest in saying that I have been a bit overwhelmed by ...
There are very few woodworkers that I know that enjoy sanding. I am sure that there are some out there, but it seems that most of them really don’t like that part of the process at all. As usual, I don’t necessarily go along with popular opinion. While sanding may not be my favorite part of the process, I still find joy in shaping pieces and bringing them to life by sanding. I love to remove old, outer layers and see the fresh wood underneath exposed, revealing it natural bea...
The other day I received an email request and I thought some of you may be interested in it too. It is a survey from a marketing student from DePaul University in Chicago who is looking for woodworkers to participate. I believe it is only open for those of you who are in the United States. I attended DePaul for a year, majoring in music and my sister graduated from their business school with a masters degree. They are a reputable university and the survey is on the up and up. I took it...
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