Yesterday was spent getting things ready for the site update. Between finishing up the patterns for the new stuff, designing and cutting the new free pattern that I am offering and even drawing up a couple of additional quick designs it kept me pretty busy. I finished the pattern for the calendar topper and that is about ready to go. It came out to be 22 pages long, and includes all 12 months. I left the April and December months for Easter and Christmas respectively, as people can stil...
Yesterday was one of those days where everything was falling into place. I had a lot of odds and ends to finish up with, but the satisfaction of seeing those project get done was really motivating and it kept me pushing to do more. I love when that happens. I finally got the cheese tray photographed. In speaking with my editor, I also found out that I still had several weeks until it was due to be in New Jersey at the magazine. After running right on deadline since last fall, it was a s...
I had another good cutting session yesterday. Everything went smoothly and according to plan. I finished cutting the first group of kits out (the hats) and looking at the two full boxes of 1200 pieces, I felt a great feeling of satisfaction. I am not generally a ‘numbers girl.’ Attaching numbers to things only tend to de-personalize them (is that even a word?) But as always, I am open to looking at things from new perspectives and when doing this amount of work, it isn̵...
Hello to all and all are Welcome, Intro: Hi, my name is Kory Kiker and a couple of weeks ago Ms. Debbie contacted me about conducting an online class for those interested in learning the art of intarsia. I was very excited about the chance to share a few things I have learned in the last three years of doing intarsia art. Before intarsia I did a lot of wood carving so I hope this helps give each project more depth and definition. I will tell you now that most of the things I’ve lear...
Hello again! First off let me apologize for the absence of posts lately. I have had a severe case of Lifus Interuptus and with one thing leading to a BaZillion others I have been unable to sit down and put thoughts to screen, even now my Newfoundland is trying to see how much drool can fit in a keyboard. So sorry and hopefully the posts will be a little more regular for a while. Sssoooo… let us begin with the fun part of this project. Cutting the gears out. I am splitting th...
I seemed to have a pretty decent day yesterday work-wise. I did the final drawing and tweaking on the new project that I am working on. This one I will be doing for my own site and not selling off to the magazine. I also got the entire thing cut out and I hope to get all the finishing and assembly done today. So far it is cute, and I am happy with it. It will be a nice and quick project that will also be fun. Keith is working on some outstanding snowflake ornaments and they are really...
OK scrollers – I have been scrolling for about two years and have posted many projects. What is next on the business plan. This is the question I can’t seem to answer. What way do you take you hobby/ part time business and still make it FUN. I have kinda been in a lull since Christmas. I have done many craft shows and they seem fun and I do sell well at them but they seem few at this time of the year. I would love to have one about every six weeks to two months but that is not ...
OK Scrollers, and anyone else, I need some help and information. I went to see an ENT for one of those check up things. After a lot of questions he was none too happy that I scrollsaw or anything else related to power tools. Now I use a DeWalt (52DB there) and a bucket head vac. but I can find its noise rating. I have been wearing the over the head earmuffs (with a 25DB noise reduction rating). Today after a lot of research I purchase some of the foam inserts as a second level of protection. ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #592: Done. (complete. through. ended. ready. finished)
I had a rough night last night. For some reason I couldn’t really sleep. I think it was because I was thinking about packaging things up and calling for the parcel to be picked up by Purolator to go on its way. For those of you who haven’t been following along, the last week was a bit of a struggle for me. I am not sure why, but finishing up this project took more effort than it should have. Perhaps I am a just a bit tired or out of sorts. I was up several times during t...
Well, it wasn’t because of lack of effort that I didn’t finish yesterday. With looking ahead at what I need to accomplish today to finish, I think it was much more my usual nemesis – underestimation – that is to blame. It is funny how I always do this. Perhaps it is because of my optimistic ‘pink cloud’ thinking that I choose to embrace. I really and truly try to be realistic with my time lines, but it is yet to be an ability that I have mastered. I ...
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