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You Came To Me

You came to me as a lamb, gentle

Whispering the desires of my heart

Shown to me as glittering array

Beckoning my soul to gather

You came to me, soft as silk

Soothing to my heart you came

Melting me to submissiveness

You came to me the lioness

Strong in loving ways, a fortress

Withstanding the elements of hindrance

Casting all aside this way and that

You came to me electric

Lighting my heart to a revival’s beat

Static~like with no friction

The flow of current run steadfast

You came to me as a waterfall

Overflowing to a mist refreshing

Washing my stained memories to nothing

A cleansing unfathomable

You came to me purposeful

Knowing only to unselfishly give

To fill a void of destitution

With all that you had, you came to me

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A Different Perspective

I wanted to show you these clocks from a different perspective compared to what I did in my blogWhen I am blessed with an opportunity to design a clock and I’m not talking about my shelf designs although that gives me pleasure to put those together, to design something that brings a smile and a joyful heart is most gratifying. It’s not work for me because I enjoy it so much…that includes writing poetry. 

They get to see the project before I do the final print to make sure they like it or may want to make a change. Once I’m finished with the design for print, I examine the printout until I’m satisfied that the recipient will be just as pleased or more than I am.

I put myself in the place of  a child who knows that his mother hears his laughter, and know she hears his cries and that she wipes tears from his eyes. I wrote this knowing that a mother will love to read these words that her child has expressed for her. This is my passion to bring love and joy into the lives of others.

There is nothing like holding the finished product in my hands for the first time

This next one is special in a different way. She already knew what she wanted so I asked her to send a sketch to give me an idea. To my surprise, I received a complete design and decided to use her art for the clock to make it even more special for her.

I tried to fill the design with color but was unsuccessful and became disappointed. After some thinking I decided to look into the artwork I have to see if I could accommodate her with something she would like. I remember one of her desires before the project started, that she wanted the Bible to come through the heart and she displayed that well in her artwork.  The Bible clip art chosen was perfect and I decided to use my Bottomless Heart design because it is so versatile and I liked that it gives the look of a bookmark.

She wanted the book of John, chapter 4, verses 23 and 24. She also opted for a digital clock instead of a dial.

                                          

I had explained to her the problem I was having with the fill color of her design and after completing the design, I emailed a copy to her and it was the first time she ever saw the change and she loved it right away and decided to go with it….except for one thing. She wanted to make sure it was going to be a digital clock because I sent her this one….

It was a minor fix that turned out well if I may say. I can still see the look on her face when she got the clock….her eyes lit up and her smile sparkled.

I really like what I do and can’t wait for you to see what’s next.

MyQuesMark Giveaway Winner

The winner for the 5×7 MyQuesMark Designer Clock giveaway has been announced.

Congratulations to The Laotian Commotion 

She has chosen the Love In Time design and you get to see what it looks like….

Love In Time

5×7 MyQuesMark Love In Time
Designer Clock

…..but she gets to hold it…. 

Many thanks to The Mahogany Way for holding this giveaway. 

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Giveaway Starts Today!

Today is the first day to enter for the MyQuesMark Designer Clock giveaway. It is being held at The Mahogany Way, my daughter’s blog.

All the details are there, so hop on over to enter!

Good luck!!

I Sold My First Clock

Everyone has a niche. I like doing so many things, it’s difficult at times to stay forward on any particular avenue. I find myself at times….as I’ve said before….trying to do too many things at one time. The only thing that gets me is disorganization, so it is important that I get a handle on this now; especially since I do believe I have settled into a groove that is I believe is my niche.

I like to write, I like to write poetry, I love to create designs with my Serif DrawPlus X5 software….I’m really in my infancy using this software, learning new things all the time. I like putting stuff together….measuring, cutting, drilling. I can never shake that feeling that this is where I’m supposed to be….doing what I love to do, working my passion. But I do know there are so many different types of artwork out there it’s hard to get noticed. As I continued to search for that one thing that really settles in on ya….I came up with a way to utilize all of the major things I love to do, all in one. I like to be unique in some way, either in my artwork or with some thing I have in my mind to put together as a clock or some other piece. The ideas I have for clocks right now are nothing really fancy, but different enough to bring that hmmmm….

What I am offering may not be any different than anything else out there, but it is unique.

I did a post on the origin of MyQuesMark. I’ll have to dig that up again so you can see the different changes that have come along….I should do that soon…..

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I started this clock with MyQuesMark on a blank page…no background. Once I found the color combination I liked I started to write…..

Sometimes the words come to me easily, as this one did. Adding my Bottomless Heart design gave me the direction I wanted to go with this poem. After the poem was written it was time for the clock……

The colorization of MyQuesMark usually sets the tone for the overall color of the total clock design….but not always…..the background is almost always next to the last thing to do.

My signature is included along with the date stamp. The date on the clock represents when the design was completed on ‘paper’. I thought it would be nice for people to know when the clock they purchase was first ‘born’.

Here are pictures of a prototype I put together to see what it would look like.

This will be in MyQuesMark series of clocks titled ~Love In Time~ named after the poem.

The early edition of my clocks are a bit rough but will improve. Saying that I will follow up with this….I make each clock one by one. They will not be perfect, but will be well made, sturdy and strong. I take pride in my work and what you are about to see is my very first shadowbox. If you like the homemade rustic look with a touch of elegance, you will love my clocks.

The clock above is one of three art designs I took to my old job at Safelite Autoglass to see what kind of feedback I could conjure up. They were very well received by everyone I had a chance to talk to. Before leaving, I had two orders in my pocket….I wasn’t expecting that but I was delighted!

Brian, who works in the warehouse was the first to put his order in. The designs I had with me were not a good fit for Brian so I asked him what he wanted and he said for me to surprise him….as long as it had the Pittsburgh Steelers colors. I had just finished a new design the day before I thought he would get a kick out of. This one didn’t come with a poem, but a touch of humor….I added the colors he wanted and this is what turned up.

This the artwork before printing…

The pictures I took don’t do justice to the actual printout.

Moments after it comes alive….

Here it is on the wall

My shadow boxes are designed so the clock kit fits deep enough to allow the flush fit of the clock against the wall….notice any imperfections?….

I delivered the clock to Brian this morning…..

Here is Brian proudly holding his MyQuesMark Lookin’ At Clock.
Thanks Brian!!

I can’t forget my other order….the following is a prototype of the artwork that order belongs to. Theresia will be the first recipient of the final design for the 8 x 8 she wants and that will be available. Brian opted for the 5 x 7.  The design of the clock Theresia chose is originally in 8.5 x 11 so I had to make adjustments to accommodate the difference in size.  No one sees the finished product on that one until it ‘comes alive’.

This is actually the second draft of the design.

This one had the pleasure of occupying the frame as  a clock when I went to my old job. I chose arrows to symbolize direction…not as a weapon.

This is the first draft of the design.

This is really getting jump started before I was ready because I really haven’t launched yet, but how could I turn down such an opportunity.

I would like to get more feedback on the clock designs from you…my readers. I will be posting pictures on my Facebook page and your input would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to keep up with my progress….and giveaways….and what new designs are on the table, you should subscribe to my posts. I’m not just doing clocks….

it has me too

This was first posted on Blogger @ Whatr U Workin On?  

Dated December 29, 2010

 

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if i wander too far

will i find my way back?

what awaits around  the bend

will i be afraid to venture?

or excited to see


the obstructions that tend to slow me down

how will i find the proper way to handle

will it come easy

or do i search endlessly


the rules of the game are

there are no rules

doesn’t seem fair

life has the advantage


that means i have to work harder

work through the obstructions

it’s ok to be afraid

just make sure i move forward


i will search and i will find 

life has the advantage 

and it has me too

 

 

 

Who I Am

Who I am remains to be told

And as time goes, all will unfold

For all to see what I am about

I’m lean for my age, and pretty stout


I believe in God, as my creator

And thank Him often I’ll tell you later

For now I will say it’s because of Him

My current situation, does stem


I am the creator of The Bottomless Heart

I love so much the designs that are a part

Of my life today, to bring joy and smiles

To the lives of loved ones for miles and miles


I am a grandfather of three, 2 girls and a boy

They fill My Heart with so much joy

To hear them laugh and play

This age I wish they could stay


But time will not allow this to be

For they will grow older along with me

As their grandfather straight off the cuff

The Bottomless Heart and other stuff


Will be a foundation for them to build

And to add as they please within the field 

Of family friendly products for all to enjoy

And the many people they will employ


I could go on but here I’ll stop

But I will continue, with clip and crop

As designs and words from here to there

Will come to fruition, I’ll be sure to share 


The original post is on Blogger

Dated November 19, 2010

 

 

 

 

I Make An Attempt

I am now at a time of transition

Making changes to achieve a goal

To return to form of what once was

Instead of the state of what is now

Discipline and desire will play a role

As I struggle through more obsticles

That await up ahead

I will persevere, of this I am sure

No waning, maybe a whine or two

But no giving up

This, not an option

I see light ahead, as sure as I see light

Positive this time, it’s not a firefly

For this light looms larger

As moments pass by and stuff

Keeps falling from the sky

I will move ahead and make an attempt

To bounce out of the darkness

Into the light up ahead

When my attempt brings success

I will be joyously filled with thanks

To the Almighty

For He has once again given me

Something I can bear

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Inner Ear Delight

The sound is translucent

The inner ear

Has caught a sound,

Its sting is of a

Melodic melody of melodies.

The inner ear is abuzz

Tingling in delight

Almost to frenzy

The body twitches

Moves

To this pleasure

Translucent except to

Inner ear delight

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