I finished up on the calendar yesterday and I am pretty happy with it. I think it is a fun project and will make a nice series. I needed to take the pictures this morning because everything was drying and I will have it ready to send out tomorrow. The pictures are not exactly what I wanted, but it was still dark out when I took them. I am going to re-take them later on today and get better ones, but for here they will at least give you the idea of what I am doing. Each month will have t...
I have been asking questions and seeking information about Consignment store opportunities both in my BLOG and through other sources. As I described I ran across a Consignment store opportunity that seems like the perfect starting point. The basic details are. 1. You lease store shelf/floor, wall space by the foot. A three foot shelf will run me about $20 per month.2. I set the selling price of all items I have in the store. I also place price tags on all items per store instructions.3. Th...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #489: Using Mistakes as Tools for Learning
I never said I was the brightest bulb in the box. I do however find it sometimes amazing how I can find new and exciting ways to make mistakes. I can be pretty innovative at that. That should count for something, shouldn’t it? Yesterday I did get to cut out all the pieces for my new calendar project. I really think it is going to be cool. This project is going to be one that will be sent to the magazine for publication and I really wanted to do a good job on it. In fact, I am ...
There are so many things to be grateful for. When I look around and see the big picture of my life, I understand how very fortunate I am to have so many good things. I do realize this all the time and really don’t take anything for granted. My life hasn’t always been like this and I have memories in the not-so-distant past of when things were troubled and I had much to worry about. Not only for myself, but for those who I loved the most. Everyone goes through difficult times...
A friend and I went to a craft fair located in Hillboro Kansas. Both of us have our wares in a store in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas called Prairie PastTimes. Its a store that feaures all things handmade in the Flinthills. Well, she makes jewerly and I do scrolling. So we thought we would check out what the craft fair was making and what was selling. A little bit about the craftfair; it is probably one of the biggest in Kansas, don’t know that for sure. I haven’t read what th...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #487: Eating and Working (and Eating More!)
Well, I have one turkey dinner down and two to go! (One isn’t until the end of November though, so it gives me time to recover) It was a great one though, and everything was simply yummy. I didn’t stuff myself (too much) although by the end of the meal I couldn’t manage to finish my piece of pumpkin cake with dark chocolate ganache filling. It was really a crime but I had to toss the rest of it out. I could eat no more. I remember when I was young and my mother used ...
This past Friday was one of my more proud moments. My 8 year old son was finally mature enough to sit still long enough to get a tool tutorial from his old man. He has been wanting to use my saws. Seems he has all of these great ideas floating around in his head . . . wonder where he gets that from. So, he came up with a pattern which I helped him attach to a piece of 1/4” plywood. After the tutorial, away he went. Here’s the action; From October 9, 2011 . . . and the result. From...
Yesterday was a day filled with fun and also some frustrations. Just because I have been designing for a long time doesn’t mean that I don’t make mistakes and encounter obstacles. There is no guarantee that things are going to work right every time. Even when I really thought I had everything covered. I worked on my project for the magazine for a while yesterday. This was the one that I was talking about last week, that I have been thinking about and trying to come up with ...
It’s raining again this morning and I am starting to think that I should scroll saw an ark. I think it has rained for about five days straight now, and even though it isn’t violent weather, it just seems like a lot. I usually don’t let the weather get to me, and it certainly hasn’t now, but I have wanted to go for a nice walk in the woods and take in the sites before the leaves all fall. Each day I notice more and more of them are turning golden brown. I am wonde...
I got up early this morning. It was one of those days where you just wake up and feel good and get moving. I suppose that there is a lot on my mind, but that is usually the case and I don’t see today as being much different from every other days. There is always lots to do. It’s still raining (it has been for several days now) and it has been misty and kind of dreary. I am kind of waiting for it to dry up a little bit so I can take a walk in the woods. The trees are startin...
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