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They Come and Go Faster

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As I get older, the years definitely come and go faster and faster. I’m going back almost two years with the image in this post. The one above was created February 10th of the year indicated in the design. I have used the MyQuesMark design in so many ways the length of this post would scroll almost forever if I were to include them.

As I read this particular design, it hit me pretty hard because I know that I allowed some things to distract me and take me out of my game plan. Towards the end of this year 2013, my emotions were at the innermost depths of frustration fed despair. I do know that all is not lost…that light shines even in the darkest moments.

I’m ready for the new year and what awaits.

No matter how positive you try to be, bad things happen….I choose to acknowledge that. Some see that as having a negative attitude….I see it as reality. There is strength in failure and mistakes, falling down. The weakness is staying down.

I’m battered and bruised…and I wear my scars proudly. God won’t put anything before me that I cannot handle. He never said that some things won’t hurt or bring me to my knees….maybe that what He wants….me on my knees.

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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

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….

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