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It’s All Good…Still

Summer days are fastly (not a word, but should be) approaching and people are out and about ready to knock off winter’s dull-drums, if winter does that to you. The warmth of the sun and heat of the days have come to bring activities that have been baking on the inside of one and all.  I have been busy indoors #workinon my Facebook Page, artwork for my online store, trying to involve myself more into my social network, and preparing to open my online store. 

If I were able to, I would produce my own products from home not just to save money, but because I like doing things myself…although I know doing that would also be so much more time consuming. So I have looked into where and who would best suit my needs in producing some of my items. I’ve bookmarked several sites to look into and will do more research as I move along.

I stated before on several occasions that I am a one man show. I know I am at a disadvantage in may ways when it comes to what I am trying to accomplish, but in no way am I going to let that be a deterrent. I’m aware there are many people in the same situation as myself, doing it all on their own that may feel the same as I do. At times it’s overwhelming, but I am thankful for the opportunity to wish upon the stars and to see dreams come true.      

So I’ve been busy designing some items for my van to advertise my business and I settled on Vistaprint for now to get me started in that area and also for window decals for the back windows on automobiles to sell. If you haven’t noticed, I changed my Facebook Page to Mind-ful Things which is the domain I purchased for my website. I think it is a better fit for me because of my poetry and clocks I design along with other writings I come up with. I ordered my ad items and also ordered some decals to see what they will look like. I’m also #workinon my website to get it ready to open. I went ahead and designed business cards and ordered them through Vistaprint also. I could have printed them myself but decided not to. 

When my store does open, it will not be completely full of items, but a nice selection will be on hand. You won’t see much if you were to visit Mind-ful Things right now, as I said…it’s a work in progress. This is the header I designed for it…

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I also have it as a cover on my Facebook page which I would love if you were to like my page and be sure to follow me on Twitter @whatruworkinon. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop in….I gotta get back to work.

Want Of True Love

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The Power Of Love

This is a poem about true love and sacrifice.

It is actually the second of two that I wrote but the first one had some imperfections that appeared after printing I’m not happy with.

The photo with the frame really doesn’t do it justice. I will edit the photo later.

It can be purchased from my Etsy Shop.

This Makes Me Happy

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.

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!!

New Projects

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

The backside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, that’s where I am right now….

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!!

Giveaway Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the first day to get in on a 5×7  shadowbox MyQuesMark Designer Clock giveaway. You can’t enter here.

The giveaway is being held at  The Mahogany Way, my daughter’s blog. She has been my biggest supporter and I couldn’t see having this giveaway anywhere else. Of course I’ll be looking elsewhere for future giveaways.

This giveaway is limited to those living in the Continental United States and family members are not eligible to enter.

I hand make each clock along with the clock face design.

The clock for this giveaway is a 5×7 shadowbox, a $34.95 value. The winner of the giveaway gets to choose which clock face design they want.

So head on over to The Mahogany Way to get your shot at this clock tomorrow.

Number Two

This was originally posted as “On This Father’s Day” at my blog Whatr U Workin On? 

 

I almost decided not to do this post but changed my mind again. I am reminded by events that brings perspective to what I’m doing with my life right now. The death of my brother sucked the air right out of me and it took awhile the start breathing again.


My nephew, my only sister’s oldest son had a stroke last year. He was fortunate to have someone with him at the time. His stroke was bad, but he is currently recovering. He is walking on his own and takes morning walks by himself. He stutters when he speaks and keeps apologizing whenever we talk…I keep telling him that he doesn’t have to do that. I really find joy when we do talk because he continues to make progress.


I talked to my sister today and find out that he has an aneurysm and will be having surgery. 


For whatever reason I didn’t find out until three days after the fact, that my third oldest brother suffered a stroke this past Wednesday and he too happened to not be alone. Although his was not as severe as our nephew’s, it is a stroke nonetheless. He was at home yesterday but will be off of work for at least 4 weeks. 


I can’t help but to think about myself and my family….what can I do for them. What can I do now that will be of benefit to them in the future. Life insurance?…sure. What more can I do? Some may say that insurance is enough. Not me. 


These aforementioned events have touched that nerve…you know the one. That is why what I do is so important for me. I value my life and all that God has given me. My abilities, my desires, my love for those that have come into this life behind me. For me, it’s not just a matter of raising your children, but helping them to reach and to achieve, to realize they too have goals that can be reached. 


So I continue to show my love by doing what I do in hopes that will be of substance to them in their future. Utilizing my time to build on the foundation that was started in my mind, many years ago…never giving up on that dream. 


With that, I’d like to say that my second clock sold this past Friday. Some of you may have seen the prototype


Here is the final design of the 8 x 8 clock…Rise Above…

 

 

MyQuesMark Rise Above Clock Design

 

Here it is in the shadow box I made for either wall mount or desktop

complete with painted frame

 

Here is Darcy holding his brand new clock…I wonder if he realizes he’s holding the only clock of its kind (as per design)

I would venture to say in all the world.

Thanks Darcy!

 

 

If it all stops here and now, in my heart I have succeeded….I don’t know how much time I have left and if I ask God, he wouldn’t tell….besides, I don’t want to know. I want to continue to work this time that I have because things are put into perspective,
On This Father’s Day

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