While I was away from posting and moving, I found that my blog here was offline due to a domain issue (not with WordPress). I was sure my domain was good well into 2014 but for some reason I was shut down. I am now back up and running but I still have to look into what happened because now, even though very minimal, money is involved and I don’t think I should be out any at this time. But it’s not a big issue for me and I will find out what happened.
For now I am focused on returning to the task at hand, and that is posting and designing. Right now I am making sure my social media are all up to date before I dive into posting. With moving, and Christmas approaching, working a few more hours than I was a year ago this time I haven’t managed my time the way I would like. The extra hours at work are a blessing, especially this time of year. A year ago I was barely getting 20 hours a week.
My art software has been quiet but my mind has been going at full speed. I’m not sure what to do with my Etsy store. With my website Mind-ful Things, I don’t see the need to keep my Etsy store especially when I sell everything at my Mind-ful Things site. I thought about dropping some things from my site and keeping them on Etsy but that means maintaining three sites which would include MindfulThings2, which I have integrated with the main site. I would also have to pay to list on Etsy (not linking to Etsy because my listings have expired). I’ll be working on these issues and will come to a decision soon.
Well that’s all I have for now. I was looking for a photo to drop into this post and came across this one….
Taken in 2011
Do I still look like this?
I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without posting. But I have been busy and working more hours at work. The heat of the day and work has taken its toll. I do have an update on my progress and I do have to say that it is taking longer than I had anticipated but much of that is due to my perfectionist attitude. I know I’m spending too much time trying to get things right so I am pushing myself to get this done so that I can work on more artwork for more products.
I did do some editing of current artwork and spent a lot of time on that. I have some items on hand already but I am holding off on showing them until the site is ready but I would like to show some photos of my grandchildren modeling t-shirts because the pics I had to take before getting one that I could use was too good not to show.
So here is what I went through to get a good shot.
I had fun taking these and there is more to come.
It makes me happy when a finished clock gets good reviews. I was recently asked by a co-worker to design a clock for his uncle who is a Minnesota Vikings fan. Unable to use any official NFL logos I put together something I thought would ‘make the grade’. I have to admit I was a little nervous wondering if Ken (co-worker) would like what I came up with.
After the initial design, I sent it to him in a message and to my surprise and pleasure he was happy with it. All he wanted was a shift in word placement which meant I would have to move some of the artwork also. I was curious if the finished clock would be greeted with the same enthusiasm as I got from Ken so I took it to work the day before Ken was to get it. Everyone who saw it was really pleased with it. Some even asked if I put it all together myself.
I may have a couple of new orders because they liked it that much. This my first 8.5 x 11 landscape design clock.
I’m really looking forward to my next project, but in the meantime I’ll be #workinon getting my Etsy Store up and running.
I wanted to show you these clocks from a different perspective compared to what I did in my blog. When 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.
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’ve been #workinon this for a couple of weeks…kinda had it on the back burner and decided it’s time to unleash it. I originally had the background green but decided on blue and I like the look of the theme in blue also. I’ll be #workinon more backgrounds as I go along. I like being busy the way I am now…I can work on several projects and drop what doesn’t need to be on the burner at all…at least for a little while.
I’m about ready to start the custom clock I mentioned in yesterday’s post.
I have a busy day tomorrow so I think I’ll call it a night.
Since the giveaway started and ended, that space has given me time to start new projects and think ahead.
I’m probably going to open my ebay store and maybe an Etsy. I would like to offer some items from here but on the budget I’m working with, that type of an upgrade is not in the plans just yet, but I have some ideas on that end.
I’m thinking about bringing my blog over here to wordpress…..seriously thinking about it.
I have these three frames that I have almost ready for whatever I decide to put in them.
Not counting these three frames, I’m about to start a custom clock for someone.
Oh yeah, I have another frame I’m working on but I can’t show that one yet.
I sold two more clocks…I can only show one because the other is a gift and it hasn’t been given yet.
I have a pic of the clock but will have to get one with the buyer later on.
MyQuesMark 8×8 Rise Above Designer Clock
MyQuesMark 8×8 Designer Clock on Desk
I changed the facial molding on this clock
Well, that’s where I am right now….
I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway I mentioned in an earlier post, but I am getting a later start than originally planned. I have the pieces cut and painted…now I’m designing the 5 x 7 face cover.
Should be ready to go here in a day or two. Details will be available then.
Thank you for your patience.