So i know its been a little since DW has posted an update. I would like to start by talking about the website some of the small things that have changed. Instead of having to go and look for everything all over the website we have made it more user friendly. Now you can use drop down selections and that will be easier for you and us to make more selections available to you. We plan on doing this a least once a week to make it more updated and user friendly for everybody.
Another thing that is new is we are looking at going to more farmers markets and being more available during the evenings. Now it wont be the art mart or comic cons or even the other fairs we have been going to so if anybody has some good suggestions for us to try let us know. We always love hearing back the feedback. We have been really excited already for the shows we go to.
This tool is fantastic it does so much I will start at what my opinion is then we can get more into the details. The tool is very handy you can set it to a specific set of inches and set the same line over and over again and different projects. There is a brass nut you can see on the picture and that lets make it a 45 degree angle. Or even a 90 degree angle. There is so many more types ways to use it. I have had this tool for about a month now and really wonder why I didn't get it sooner. The functionality is usable and diverse and for under $20 you really cant go wrong. I would give it 5/5 If not for price and usability. but the plastic casing is pretty hard and is going to hold up as well.
Its Friday again I know it happens every week. This week though we will be talking about what has been accomplished and last weeks show. Lets start with what has been accomplished. The memorial flag cases have been finished and oh boy they look good. I got a headboard bench started had to wait till I got all the tools so could make it look nice. Then got some more small stuff done for the shows. didn't make it to the other stores to put stuff in yet but working on it. my the end of next week I am going to try to have stuff in five stores.
Rod con 2017 was s much fun I cant wait to do it again next year. Next year I will have more stuff and it will be more geared to the con show. Then can do even better. People were so friendly and fun to talk to and speak to. I will be at another show tomorrow it is called 2nd annual spring fling craft fair. So come check it out and come say hi I would love to talk to you.
So I didn't write something on Friday and I should have. There is a plus side to this though now I get to write about Saturday at Rod Con sooner. That should make everyone happy if not it makes me happy. Rod Con was awesome. That sums it up there, but lets put more words to it. They people at Rodcon where so nice and respectful. They had food for the vender to have before the show which is a nice way of them going out the way to make sure we had everthing we needed. The people going around and visiting booths were super nice too. They would talk to you ask questions. The venders I think for the most part if you knew you had something would redirect to someone if they asked about it. You cant ask for a better show. I know I was personally talking to customers and people till the show closed. That was great being able to do that. I would have no complaints about doing my first con. I would give it 5/5 stars and cant wait to do it again next year. I will be at two more shows in april a craft show this Saturday in grimes and art mart on the 22nd. Cant wait to see some of you there!
Sometimes these Friday updates are short but, that is sometimes how I am. I like to explain things to the point. It doesn't make for lengthy wording. Sometimes I am not even good with my words.
After writing about time and trying to rush things I did the very thing and hurt my self a little. See even thought he words of rushing and slowing down were there I still hurt myself. Simple not paying attention to the simple things and feeling have to rush. feeling pressure from inside the shop and outside. So learning to take things at my pace and slow down. Now I will have to smarter and cautious. That is a good thing to make a better more accurate job on things.
So I have a few projects that I am finishing up. Instead of boring you on what I have and have not got done. Which in all honesty is probably not enough to brag about. I am still finishing up the head board bench and getting some finishing touches on flag cases. I want to get everything done now or tomorrow, but with all things good takes time. Getting the best from something takes a great deal of time And should never be rushed. sometimes I have pushed my self faster to go faster and then just have to redo it because it is not right. Lesson to be learnt is take your time and go to the right flow of the piece.
I am writing about the things I get done for the week. lets start with last Saturday I donated a few pieces to a kids cancer fundraiser to help get him some funding for bills. That is neat and I like that I am able to that. So after that I did a show and got to meet people that like my page follow it and like it. That was a nice experience to be able to be able to talk to people that already like and follow me and be able to get them to give me feed back about it. Good and bad are always good to hear the rest of the week was working in the shop getting projects done and spent a couple mornings with the wife ( that time is always cherished). Saturday will be a finish day to finish projects and get them done.
So I think everybody knows when I write these I don't do much editing. I do go through and make it sound as well as I can. I think that I want to say I just do it myself so people can hear my thoughts. Anyone that knows me knows I can't write the best, but I will keep trying.
I have a show this Saturday and made a few pieces for a kid cancer fundraiser. I am also working on pieces I need to get out one I have been waiting on till I got the right tool to make it a very good piece. I like being able to donate some stuff to help out, but being as I do this on a small scale I cant do it very often as I don't have the biggest cash flow. One day I will be able to donate a lot more and be able to donate.
Time management can be one of my hardest things when I get a project to get all the details, find all the stuff to make it. Then you have to draw it out make sure it fits well there is always more to it then everybody thinks then you get the question how long. well when I have never made this thing let me guess of this other project I made I give my self a couple extra day of leaway ( I always push the leaway) so yea I don't guess well and that is what that is most of the time guessing. When I have made few hundred of something I will know better I think at how long something will take.
Sometimes it can be hard starting something. When you have a spouse, friends, and family helping it makes a difference. You will get on hard on yourself and frustrated it is not easy getting started, but it can be worth it.
I had to do a lot thing that didn't let me get the work I wanted to get done. I had to work on my truck which still isn't finished. It should be this weekend at least to a usable point. Then I will be able to get going on projects again. I feel bad when I cant work in the shop and get stuff done. Maybe its because I don't get to be creative or something else.
On a positive note though D.W. is going places. We have lined up about 7 shows so far this year and trying for a few more. These are not just to get are name out there though it does help in that. It also helps to meet people face to face that I normally wouldn't be able too. I like being able to meet the people that will or are buying my creations. I'm more of a meet people face to face guy not a phone or text or email guy. I do those things also, but I would rather talk to the audience. I am going to keep this short but know I am going to try to these weekly to bi-weekly so that I can keep more informed people as to how we are progressing.
So I started school again I guess never stopping. Learning is always fun and something good to do this time it is business classes and I am learning a lot. There is a lot I don't know business wise. Its another thing I need to schedule in so that I don't get behind ( I easily get behind with to much on plate). I need to remember my wife and always make time for her and then I can do other things. Marriage can not happen if you do everything and then make time for your wife. This is a good thing going to have school happening though life should be full of learning. I just wanted let you know I am adding more knowledge to my brain. I know sometimes these blogs are short, but I will be doing more often so short might just be what I do. Sorry if you were expecting more.