#1783 Seeing Things Differently

I really love designing. Whether it is scroll saw projects, painting projects or even needlework, I like taking ideas that I have in my head and making them into reality. Sometimes people wonder how I began doing design work, but that is a difficult thing for me to answer. If the term “designing” means changing…

#1782 Emotional Real Estate

Did you ever feel that you were running in lots of directions at once?  Lately, that is exactly how things have felt for me. I have been busy from the time I wake until the time I finally go to sleep, but have been going from one thing to another to yet another. I don’t…

#1781 Some Distractions and an Update

As some of you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting as regularly as you all may have been used to. It seems that the past couple of months have been a bit unsettling for me and I have been a little bit distracted. I don’t know if reading about our move is becoming tiring…

#1780 Welcome Autumn!

As summer slipped quietly away, it made room for my favorite season of all – AUTUMN! Many people dread the passing of summer, as they see autumn as the gateway to the ice and snow that comes with the winter season that follows. I am fortunate in that my health is good and I am…

#1779 “Scary Faces”

As I continue my work as a designer, I also continue to learn and grow. I like to think that each project I do – no matter how large or small – teaches me ‘something’. I am often torn between working on my own projects and doing projects from other designers that I admire. Every…

#1778 A Wild and Crazy Start to the Week

OK – so it hasn’t been that ‘wild and crazy’. But it is barely 10am here and I feel as if I have put in nearly a full day already. All my mail is organized, my desk is clean, and the mail is just about ready to go out the door. It is a good…

#1777 Meow, Meow, Boo! (Part 2)

Today’s post will be a brief one. (Yes – I know! I always say that!) My day yesterday was pretty much filled with doing some ‘maintenance’ things for the business as well as our home. Unfortunately, there is nothing profound or exciting about that. I don’t really mind, though. The older I get, the more…

#1776 Meow, Meow, Boo (Part 1)

Some of you may have noticed that I have been a bit ‘unsettled’ lately. While I have been keeping my self busy, I have felt as if I haven’t been making much headway in several areas. Maybe the term ‘overwhelmed’ is a bit more fitting. I have never been one to make excuses for myself….

#1775 “Finished”

It is always a thrill to finish up a project. Whether it is a project that I designed, or one that I did that was created by someone else, I always feel a wonderful sense of satisfaction when I finally call it “done”. As most of you who read know, I am usually working on…

#1744 Odds and Ends

We all that those ‘little things’ that we want to finish up in our lives. I think you may know what I mean – those ‘extra’ projects around the house that we may have put off for some reason. They range from things that take five minutes to others that take five or more hours…

#1773 Site Update and Newsletter

This morning something occurred for the first time since moving to our new home. I awoke and it was still pitch dark outside. I admit that I had a somewhat fitful night. I am not sure if it was the excitement of the day or thoughts of the days ahead or the warm humidity of…

#1772 Finding that Balance . . .

It seems that I frequently mention in my blogs here the importance of finding balance.  I think for most of us, it is something that is an ongoing quest. We have our work and responsibilities to fulfill, and we have our home and family obligations. Sometimes that doesn’t leave much time for ourselves. I am…