#1806 Rescuing the Rabbit

As we arrive on this final day of November, we realize that Christmas and the holidays are right around the corner. Once again, I am in awe of how quickly time passes. It seems like just last week I was working on my glass pumpkin and teaching video for the November ToleTown project, and here…

#1805 The “Bunny Blunder”

I’ll start this post off by mentioning that it was a wonderful and productive weekend. After all the nice comments on my sloth picture, I was happy and very encouraged to continue in some of the directions that I have been heading. I am actually quite humbled by the kind comments I received from everyone,…

#1804 The Value of Online Classes – My Sloth Progress

I am slowly getting to the finish line with my sloth. I think that is quite appropriate, given that I am drawing . . . well . . . a sloth!  They don’t do anything quickly, now do they? Actually, I think this is going much quicker than I had anticipated. So far this has…

#1803 “Just Another Day” here in Canada . . .

There are two times during the year that seem to affect me the most regarding living here in Canada.  For those of you who may not know, I was born and raised in the United States. More specifically, in the Chicago area. I lived the first 42 years of my life there and I have…

#1802 Getting Settled

I seem to have really slowed down with  my blogs here these days. For those of you who are used to reading my posts every day, I promise you that I will get back to being here more often as soon as I can. It isn’t that I am doing less (I don’t believe) but…

#1801 New Patterns and UPDATE Time!

It is hard to believe we are at the end of another week already. I have been trying my best to stay caught up with things, and for the most part, I think I am doing alright. I have long ago abandoned the idea having to do “x” number of designs per week/month/year. If I…

#1800 Some New Woodworking Patterns

As I began to post this morning, I realized that this is my 1800th blog post. When I started blogging several years ago, I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that I would be capable of writing that many entries! Just thinking of 1800 titles alone just blows my mind. But it has…

#1799 The Value of “Creative Playtime”

It is probably the most frequent question that I receive as a designer. . . “How do you keep coming up with so many new ideas?” It is a big question and one that really has no quick answer. There are so many things that factor into creativity.  Our mood, general health, and overall attitude…

#1798 “Next Year” is HERE!

It was exciting. It was gut-wrenching. It was just short of amazing. At approximately 2am last night Nova Scotia time, the Cubs did it. They won a World Championship. It has been a long, long time coming . . . Most of you know I come from Chicago. I lived the first 42 years of…

#1797 My Winter Pumpkin

As a designer, we try to think of original things to create. When I mentioned that I wanted to make a “blue pumpkin with Christmas roses” on it, he cringed. He just didn’t see my vision. That is the risk we need to take every time we try something new. Over the years, I have…

#1796 Some New Projects

I am posting a little later than normal today. I am starting to wonder what ‘normal’ really is. I haven’t been doing anything in particular this morning that is interesting or fun, (like sleeping! 😉 ) but I have been doing the usual organizing and checking and responding to emails and general straightening of the…