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What Time Is It?

As the sun rises to beginning of day

I wonder, What time is it?

How do I say what is in my heart

What has been said time and again

Do you tire to hear what has been

Are your ears aching for newness?

Does the warmth of my breath excite you still?

Do you long for my touch softly?

The chill of thy skin speaks to me, yes

Your ear close to my lips says speak

You say to me soft spoken, my name

Gentle as the morning dew

Embrace we do in kisses of fire

Arousal, as this rising sun awakens the day

Questions that had me in wonderment

At this moment, it matters not

What time is it?

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.

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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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….

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