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A couple of weeks ago I replaced the driver’s  side. Today I’m replacing the passenger side tie rod ends. After removing the old ones, it’s evident they were in desperate need of replacement. Several years ago even though I did my own repairs as much as possible, I would not have attempted this. Just goes to show you what time and the cost of auto repair will do for ya.

Last Sunday I had to replace my water pump. That was a treat. I’m hoping this is it for a good spell.

Well, gotta get this finished.

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Still At It

I’m still at it as far as my clocks are concerned and my latest is a custom design for a co-worker, Ken who bought it for his uncle who is a Minnesota Vikings fan. 


Ken wanted to know if I could do an official NFL design and I told him that was not possible because of copyrights and licensing. I told him I could come up with something I think he would like.

After the initial design was complete I sent it to him to see what he thought and what he would like to change. All he wanted changed was moving a few things around. He was totally happy with the design itself.

I wanted to get some feedback on the finished product so I took it to work and everyone that saw it was really pleased with it. Nothing definite but I may have two more orders coming because they liked what they saw.

I know everyone won’t like it but I am happy with the response I got so far.  

The clock face on this one is 8.5 x 11 landscape.

I always print a draft copy of the original so I can have something to work with
while the frame is being finished as you can see in the background



Am I Too Hard On Myself?

Sometimes I think I have to justify being critical about what I do or want to do to achieve the goals I have set. It has not been easy for me to push forward to reach for that gold ring as the wheel goes around. 

I think of the setbacks and how hard it has been for me to regroup, breath, forgive AND forget. It is so hard to keep a frame of mind to NOT let things keep me from accomplishing what I know I am capable of doing. It is so easy to listen to that voice telling me to give up, quit, it’s not worth it, OR that it can’t be done. Telling me that no one really cares or wants what I have to offer. 

Sometimes I start feeling and believing that. I do want to stop and I do hear myself say those words, breathing sighs of discouragement.

Yes it is easy to drop it all after losing so much in preparing for this moment in my life…when just a few short years ago I was tool ready and now starting from scratch.

I could let these emotions fester like a sore and destroy me, but then I’m asked if I still make Shadowbox Clocks and I say yes and now find myself custom designing an 8 x 8. 

I do have a lot of things going on and I do intend to keep moving on and NOT giving up. 

Yes I am hard on myself at times but it’s a good thing. As much as I would like to post on a regular basis, I’s getting busy for me and it may get quiet here, but…



Here They Are

Here they are….the most recent Shadowbox Clocks I finished. The first is the gift clock I mentioned before. 


It has a picture of Theresia’s son Austin, as a baby with a poem from him to his mom. 




This is the printout of the design that was used in the clock. I wrote the poem after a few thoughts were given to me what he (Austin) wanted to say.


What you see in the bottom left corner is something I can’t go into, but it was requested.








           Here it is in the frame.






Some of you know of the Rise Above design on the left. So this is the front side of the picture in this post.

Now this next clock was designed for one of TheWife’s co-workers. Sitiquat explained to me what she wanted but I asked her to draw a sketch for me.



This is the picture she sent to me in an email and I tried to use it for her clock but because all the elements are joined together, I couldn’t get the fill colors separate. So I started going through my inventory of art and came up with this. I used The Bottomless Heart in place of a solid heart and I think it gives a ribbon type look as a bookmark.


She wanted a digital clock instead of a dial clock but I forgot that when I was doing the initial work. 

If you’re interested in what the dial face looks like…..

These are my two most recent and I’m currently #workinon a few other things.

See anything you like?







Back At It

I’m happy to report that I am back to working on past and future projects, and getting myself on a schedule that will work for me….not easy. Most of the graphic designing is done late evenings into the wee hours of the mornings, so my daytime is mostly frame work…cutting, glue, testing to see what works and making necessary changes.

A new project I have is another custom 8×8 shadow box clock. This is a digital clock design that should be done soon…the clock is currently in shipment to me. Once it’s here it won’t take long to finalize everything. As you can see in the picture below, the facial molding is being put in place. 

Once the moldings are in place and secure, I will cut the glass for the front of the clock. The frame won’t be painted until the glass is cut.

Yes, I cut glass too
I’ll be working on this and other frames I have in waiting. They will not all be clocks. 

If you remember, I had sold two 8×8 shadow box clocks but didn’t post any pictures because one was a gift item and I was waiting for permission to post the pictures trying not to spoil the surprise. But one of them was another Rise Above design.

Rise Above 8×8 Shadow Box Clock

The one on the right is the gift clock


I’m going to get an update on the status of the gift clock because I really would like for you to see it.

I’m also updating my website as I go along and will soon have clocks for sale and please don’t forget to visit my online store.

If you have any questions or comments…I’m all ears!




A Needed Break

I had taken an unannounced break from writing and it actually felt pretty good…it wasn’t even planned, but I guess I needed it.

Although I haven’t been writing, I have been busy doing other things. I’m trying to keep my website and blog distinct from each other, making this one personal and the other strictly business…that shouldn’t be too hard huh? Of course after a little thought, this was my launching pad for where I am today. I’m sure I can come up with a good balance. 

Here are three frames I put together and I’m pretty sure I know what is going in each one….they may not even be clocks…. 

Not counting the frames above, I’m about to start a custom clock for someone.

On another note, my veggies are coming along rather well…the bell peppers are getting huge and I’ve had a few tomatoes and they are pretty tasty. I’ll have to get updated pics soon.

That’s all I have for now….WhatrUWorkinOn?

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MyQuesMark Winner Announced

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….







…..but she gets to hold it….


 Many thanks to The Mahogany Way for holding this giveaway.   

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Giveaway Time!

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!!

The Ending

June 1st marks the ending of the first six months of 2012. Thinking ahead….I wonder what all of those superstitious people are gonna do about next year…..anyway, my mind goes to all of the resolutions that have been broken or never made it out of the gate. It’s been awhile since I’ve done the resolution things….very long time.


I penned the poster below November 12, 2011. I’d have to do a little more digging to see when it was first published on my blog or my CafePress website. It may sound cliche but I do get inspired when I read it. I wrote it in a way that whoever reads this, can apply it to themselves….the question at the end?….I ask myself, what have I done since the last time I read it. Sometimes I am so angry with me because I’ve missed easy ops, but I know there are more doors ahead. There are times when I muster a smile or two just knowing I am able to even try to pursue dreams. I frustrate myself by trying to do too much at one time….multi-multitasking. I love it when I get that giddy feeling.


I’m more determined than ever to reach for goals, achieve them and reach for more. I’m not going to wait until the beginning of the year to start my new year. Right now I feel as if I’m making that turn….you know the feeling….you’ve been on THAT road for such a long time you can tell that the scenery is starting to change. It’s such a good feeling.


I did edit the wording on this new poster…I took out the words “have to” on the third line and replaced them with the word “can” and did a little realignment with the rest.



I’m going to be posting pictures in a couple of weeks and I would very much  your advice, opinion, input. I’m going to have a few small giveaways during the month of June so it would be a good idea to tell your friends to like my Facebook page. That’s a few of what’s up and coming….gonna ride this wave as far as it will take me.


If you’d like to see this in a different flavor you can go here.
  

Again?…Now Really

If you read my post not long ago about the two nails I had in my tires, my daughter was here a few days after that and they had a slow leak in their left front tire. I took a look see and lo and behold…



So I go to work. 

OK….

so now we fast forward to today….

I got this after I picked TheWife up from work

Like threading a needle

Add the glue

And voila! 

Here’s the little booger
I must say that I am so happy that I got this kit from WalMart. The name of this brand is Slime….sure came in handy.

No I’m not getting anything for mentioning this product….just self satisfaction.

Hmmm….now how much money have I saved?….


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