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Valentines Day

Valentines Day is not very far off and that sweetheart of yours will be looking for something different and I have just the card you won’t find in any store but mine. The store I’m talking about is my Etsy Shop which opened not very long ago so my items are few at the moment but adding new content gradually.

Valentines Day will be here before you know it so now is the time to get that card and you can be one of the first to get one that is as unique as the love of your life.

Some of you may be familiar with The Bottomless Heart I designed a couple of years ago. I made changes to the card and gave it a more simplistic look but kept the story line behind the design of the heart which expresses the love and the time shared with the one you love.

I will have more cards to choose from in time for Valentines Day.

You should know that these cards are not just for Valentines Day. They can be given for other occasions such as Anniversary, Birthday or just because.

Here is a photo of the card’s front. Please visit my Etsy Shop to see the rest of the card.

The Bottomless Heart - Signature Card

The Bottomless Heart – Signature Card

 

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Valentines Day

Valentines Day is next month and will be here before you know it. If you haven’t noticed the link to my CafePress store is gone from my sidebar and that is because I have closed it. 

I’m focusing my efforts now into my Etsy Shop which is now open. I currently have three items and working on another as of this moment but stopped so I could get this message out. I will do my best to keep you updated when new items are added. I will add a link to my Etsy Shop on the sidebar soon.

As mentioned earlier, Valentines Day is approaching and many of you are familiar with The Bottomless Heart I designed a couple of years ago. That is the first card in my shop for Valentines Day but can be given for other occasions as well such as anniversary, birthday or just because. 

I made some changes from the original design which are more simplistic. It still features the story line behind the design of the heart which is your expression of love and time shared together, with the one you love.

Here is a photo of the card’s front. Please visit my Etsy Shop to see the rest.

  

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.

Setbacks Happen

It’s to be expected to have times of setbacks but when they do happen, knowing this doesn’t make it any easier. I haven’t been able to finish out  my recent projects but the good news is that I am currently working on a custom 8 x 8 shadow box clock for a lady. The clock face is finished and it will be my first LED Display.
Sorry, I can’t show the design yet.

…by the way, I haven’t been feeling on my energetic side lately but this is getting better. I hope to begin work on my projects again and I’m getting new ideas as usual.

I’ll be in touch!!

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…..

MyQuesMark

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….

Better Late Than Never?

This was supposed to be the meme post that I didn’t finish and it was also to be the post for the one I accidentally posted yesterday

OK…so I’ve been #workinon my designs and making headway in my attempts at transferring them to my new software. I like the new look and you may also see new designs coming.

As I wanted from the very beginning, I will be able to accomplish the product line I believe will be appealing to many. Calendars, cards, T-shirts, maternity, baby, mugs and so on. 

Below is an old design of The Bottomless Heart.
Copyright WhatrUWorkinOn.com
2010-2011
This is the new look.
Copyright WhatrUWorkinOn.com
2010-2011

I will be making changes to my core logo design but the #QuestionMark will remain. Below is a sample.

Copyright WhatrUWorkinOn.com
2010-2011
I’ll be adding a dot on the bottom of the #QuestionMark.

Those are some of the things I’ve been #workinon around here.


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Here I Go

So begins my second 30 day blog challenge. My first challenge was back in November 2010. This was the first post of that challenge, Who I Am. I read it twice before linking because it took me back to how confident I was when writing that. I remember the strong sense of accomplishment as I wrote. It also reminded me of how I lost focus. I had vision…I had drive…I was ambitious…


A lot has happened since then. My brother passed away. TheWife and I got back together (a work in progress). Some financial difficulties and a host of unnamed incidences. 


I’m looking forward to rising from the ruins of despair. 

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