Why I Ask You To “Like & Share”


I was feeling nostalgic (as I often do!) this morning, and have been looking back at this adventure…  This “road” I’ve been traveling in the world of art.  My first “official” sale…  When I became serious about things and accepted that my years on the road were numbered, the very first piece I ever marketed was October 20, 2009.  “Royal Garden” .  It went to Kansas City Missouri!  There were pieces BEFORE that which eventually made it to the website as reprints, but “Royal Garden” was my first!

Why do I ask you to “share” my art work? Quite simply, YOUR action gets the pieces traveling around the globe.   I try to be humble in my request, and do not ever want to come across as demanding.  When you click on the “share” button, even if YOU don’t particularly care for the work, the style or subject matter, perhaps some of the folks on your list will feel differently!  Or one of THIER friends.  There may be someone in cyber land that you know, who is looking to fill that blank space on a wall.  Or they may know of someone with a special event that is pending, who would appreciate a personalized design for their cards and invitations.  THEY may know of someone with a wedding in the works, someone planning a graduation party that would appreciate having commissioned postage stamps for the announcements.  Perhaps someone out there is starting a new business and would LOVE to have a custom logo designed…  Or a customized piece as a gift…

I’ve learned the art community is VERY competitive, and so each time you share a link to one of my art pieces, it gives me a better chance of marketing that piece, allowing me to continue to create new things.  I DO appreciate the fact that I am gaining more and more “followers” on the Facebook page and my blog.  Even my Pinterest board is growing (which I need to attend to more often as well!) BUT it is also about your help in getting the word out there, about my work.

Clicking on that little button that says “Share” only takes a second, and by doing so, you’re helping to publicize the work, hopefully generating interest in other places around the globe!  I am truly honored when I look at where some of my work has landed:  The United Kingdom, Springfield Canada,  Muehlethurnen Switzerland, Augsurg Germany, Meissen Germany, Brantford Ontario, Condrieu France, .  My art has been delivered to cities Stateside where  my work was inspired: Seattle, Anaheim, Columbus, Las Vegas,  Roseland, Green River, Philadelphia, Lakeland, Des Moines, Houston, Auburn, Janesville, Irvine, McPherson, Waterloo and Littleton.  There are pieces in Weldon Springs Missouri, Chaska Minnesota, Houston Texas, Gilbert Arizona, New Bern North Carolina and Detroit Michigan to name a few.   All thanks to you, and the Internet!

It has been an incredible journey, and I am thankful to be considered a part of the “Art Community”.  I am even more grateful to all of you who believe in my work and have been willing to “share” it, around the globe!  Take a second and pass it on, THAT action is deeply appreciated!

As always…   Thanks for listening!

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My Art And Why Print On Demand


The internet is filled with hundreds of companies that offer to help artists sell prints of their work.  I have chosen two.  Fine Art America and Zazzle.

I’ve learned that POD companies have a very strange attitude when it comes to sharing profits with their artists.   The general POD attitude can be summarized as “Buyers visit our websites to purchase our products (e.g. canvas prints)… and you (the artist) should feel lucky that we let you put your images on our products.”  As a result of this attitude, many POD companies don’t allow the artists to control the prices of their prints.   The prices are simply dictated to the artist.  The general attitude is “We control the prices.   You should feel lucky to be here.   Take it or leave it.”

The FAA and Zazzle pricing model is much, much different.   I specify exactly how much I earn on each sale in real dollars (not percentages).   If I wanted to earn $5,000 for the sale of a 24″ x 36″ print, I set it.   If I want to charge $25 for a greeting card, that’s fine, too.   It’s completely up to me. They don’t force me to accept a certain price…And I’m not tricked into creating sales percentages.  They DO discount my income when they choose to run sales and when you “cash in” a discount coupon, my income is reduced.    MY thinking is that perhaps I will make up for the decrease in income, by an INCREASE in volume.  To give you an idea of MY income, I earn ten cents on my post cards, and ten dollars on large canvas reprints.   Roughly two dollars on a sheet of First Class postage stamps. That’s it.  I kept the prices down, in hopes of folks being able to afford my work…  I’d prefer you share it and enjoy what I do… THIS includes my time and effort to design a particular piece.  I recently created a business logo for someone, who failed to buy one product.  I lost time and money. I don’t know.  Is THAT the life of a graphic designer?  However, there have been others who I deeply appreciate, for believing in, and appreciating my work and when the design is complete, they invest in the products that work for them…

Another reason I chose these two companies, is this: Try to track down a phone number for customer service on most POD websites! The phone numbers don’t exist.  If one of my buyers has a question about placing an order… or tracking an order… or selecting a frame… there is no one to talk to on these other sites.  Not only can you not talk to anyone… you also can’t return your purchase for any reason.   They have a “no returns” policy!  That’s completely unheard of for my online business. Not only are the telephone numbers for Fine Art America and Zazzle published on my sites, but my personal telephone number is also included!!  I want to know if you have a particular color in mind, or need a custom size for a particular wall.  I KNOW your wedding is important, and want your invitation postage to be PERFECT!

With regard to my cards, postage and other products, communication is the greatest key to successful customer satisfaction.

I chose Print-On-Demand for my work for ease of distribution.  They take the orders, fulfill them, package and insure them, ship them and do all of the paperwork.  Something that I am terribly inept in performing!  You don’t want to see anything I’ve shipped personally!  I spend more on tape, bubble wrap and cardboard than you invested in the work!

Finally, quality.  Both of these companies produce the highest quality products on the market.  You can be assured that when you purchase a canvas print from FAA, or a simple coffee mug depicting my art from Zazzle, you are investing in a long-lasting, top-notch product that will be with you for a VERY long time!  And THAT it my ultimate goal.  Providing the investor with a quality product.  When you go to my personal website and click on a piece, you are taken to the POD company representing that piece.

I hope that this clears up a few issues and questions of why I chose to take the route of POD companies, and explains why I am represented by the companies that I am.

 Thank you for listening….

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Another Storm


I guess it’s appropriate to go back to one of my award winning pieces, given the weather we’ve been having!  Around here, we’re supped to have up to seven inches of snow in the next few days.  I don’t recall the song, but I do recall the verse, “Strange days are these…  Strange days indeed…Another Storm print
Another Storm by dbuckman

It’s Part Of The Job

While I was working on this piece, many folks familiar with my art suggested several different captions; “Ice Road Truckers Are Sissys, WE Run The Lower 48!” Or, “Chaining Up Is Not An Option”. Yet, I thought back to memorable winters in this business, and my own experiences. Being snowed in for two days, with only four other trucks, at the rest area on Donner Pass. Having an old 74 Cabover Peterbuilt gel-up on me outside of Sidney Nebraska during an all out blizzard. Crawling along, as many have done, with your head hanging out of the drivers side window, just to see the tracks in the road. In more modern times, “Going through the woods…” when they officially close the main highways. All in an effort, to just do your job. These personal experiences, all of these memories, I have tried to express in this piece. I know the feeling of isolation, wondering how deep the next drift will be. I know the determination of “…This load WILL be on time.” And I know the pride we all share, in surviving yet another storm. We truly are professionals at what we do, and I am proud to have been a part of it for so many miles.  This is a portrait of “Headwind”, my ‘ole W900 Kenworth…

 

Thank you for stopping by…

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Dragoon Arizona Formations


The nuns at St. Pauls, where I began  my grade school education, constantly complained of my penmanship.  Often, my “p’s” were backwards. Or my “q’s” looked like “g’s.  My 2nd grade teacher, Sister Mary Regina used to thump me in the head, telling me “You can do better Mr. Buckman”.  I took typing class mid-way through my freshman year in Boys Town, only because assignments in ANOTHER class I was taking, were required to be at least legible, and I was struggling.  As a typist, I consider myself mediocre, but  I soon became fond of the task. I could actually read what I had put to paper!   Throughout High School, some instructors returned what I considered to be well constructed work, with notes, “Unable to decipher…” or “Please re-write.” when assignments were written in my illegible longhand.  Even my guidance counselor got involved, noting  on one of my  freshman report cards, “A college will expect better penmanship.” (I STILL have that report card in one of my scrapbooks!).  Hence, the decision to take up typing…  What does this have to do with ANYTHING…?

“Intense volcanic eruptions. Erosive forces. Crustal disturbances. Vicious floods. These events and more, contributed to the formation of the world we live in. Why then, are we able to attain such calm, such inspiration from the remainder…”

As “trucking” evolved with the times, I began carrying my laptop on the road.  It became a blessing, being able to at least keep legible notes to accompany the photos I’d taken throughout the day.  Not always could I keep up with the camera nor the miles….  As the material accumulated, I became more and more reliant on the computer.  I truly have thousands of photos and notes stored here, for future use.  I guess “the future” is now…

 Often, after unloading meat in Phoenix, I knew with forewarning from my broker that the return load would originate out of Nogales Arizona,  on the US/Mexico Border.  I also knew that I was destined for a lengthy wait for my load of produce to clear customs, get off loaded from their delivery trucks, then sorted and aligned by destination.  This meant sitting for nearly an entire day in Nogales.  One of my last loads out of there in the Western Star was tomatoes to a produce buyer in Kansas City.  When I owned my trucks, I didn’t “sit” well.  Which meant a great deal of “bobtailing” and “discovering” instead of sitting around the truck stop or shippers parking lot watching t.v. or videos in the truck,  like a bump on a log…

Nogales

Nogales

On Arizona #82 and SR 90 it was only about 93 miles to the town of Dragoon which is located halfway between Willcox and Benson, just off Interstate 10 in Arizona. Dragoon, and the local Dragoon Mountain Range takes its name from a U.S. Cavalry unit.  I gathered a great deal of “inspiration” there during my idle time.  And since ‘mid-’08 Skip was right along with me.  Heat of the dessert and snow of the mountains…

Arizona

The piece, “Arizona Formations”  and “Up The Canyon” was inspired by my time and travels around  Ragoon.

At least take the time to read my thoughts, regarding these two  pieces if you want an understanding of my thoughts during my years on the road…  By clicking on the links, you will be taken to my artwork.

Thank you for visiting the work and what I’ve been doing since becoming disabled, hope you enjoy the scenery  as much as I did…

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Postage Rates


Just a reminder to my fans, followers and customers…

It’s a brand new year, and our reliable United States Postal Service has brand new rates!  If you want your birthday card or Valentine’s Day card to be delivered, make note.  I STILL think its a bargain when you think of how the cost of everything else has risen!

The rate to mail a letter First-Class will change, and so will the rate for a postcard, among various other domestic and international changes.  All of the details are available on the  USPS website.

The changes go into effect on January 26.  My new postage offerings will be available soon – I will try to keep everyone informed!  Meanwhile, wishing you all the best for 2014.

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Your Christmas Cards


Red Star Holiday Stamps
Red Star Holiday Stamps by dbuckman

I was up until five this morning addressing Christmas cards. Several years ago I offered to anyone who wished to receive a card to send their mailing address.   Surprisingly although my own greeting card and personal postage business doesn’t reflect it, BUT  people still enjoy receiving a kind word in the mail once in a while.  My experience with the Christmas card project has been mixed.  I often get an e-mail or even handwritten notes from some who thank me and even promote my graphics work.  While others who’ve been on my list a few years send me a nasty note wanting to know “Who in the hell is this anyway?” or, “Do I know you?”  Simple.  I remove them from the list!   The “up-side” is the requests I receive;  “My Dad is in the nursing home and would love to receive a card.”  Or, “Could you send my military child a card?  They are stationed in…”  The down side…Where I  failed  this year, well actually EVERY year, is that I fail to keep up on my database with current addresses and such.  As a result, I inevitably get BACK a small percentage of cards stamped “No Forwarding address” or, “Forwarding order has expired”.  I don’t expect everyone to report in to me when they move, BUT it would sure help!

Some “data” I’ve never tracked and I rely on my failing memory!   Do I know you from my childhood in Louisville?  Boys Town?  Did we meet at the garage?  Auto Racing? Scuba diving?  Snowmobiling?  Perhaps we met somewhere between here and there in the several million miles I spent over-the-road?  Your involvement with horses?  Woodworking?    Please don’t take the above observation personally, but lets face it…  I’m sending out 500 cards this year and I simply don’t remember EVERYONE individually!  A number of cards that go out, are from the acquaintances I’ve made along the way on Facebook, old friends I’ve been fortunate to become reacquainted …

SO!  If you haven’t received a card and would like one, you may message  mailing address to me here.  If you DON’T want to receive one anymore, let me know that too!  Meanwhile, I truly do appreciate everyones support and encouragement.  Especially since MY Christmas gift this year, came from a recent report received in todays mail.  “..although he would like to return to work that he can participate in, I have serious reservations about Mr. Buckmans employability given his recent health history…”.  Sounds as if I’d better improve my graphics efforts!

Stop by the site for a visit! Best wishes to everyone, and have a pleasant holiday…

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Holiday Football Reminder


I really SHOULDN’T be sitting here, as I have one more rocking horse to complete in the very near future…  Well, I’d LIKE to have it done before Christmas!  BUT, with the holidays fast approaching, I thought I should send along a reminder for all of you football fans…  I KNOW my game list isn’t complete…

Though they haven’t had a stellar year, and the Husker folks have really taken a ribbing from me this season, they’ll be playing in a bowl game again.

Huskers Tee
Huskers Tee

Against Georgia I believe..   Wasn’t last years’ score something like 45 – 31 to Georgia’s favor?  Hmmmmm…

Georgia Peach Embroidered Hat
Georgia Peach Embroidered Hat

I believe Stanford is in the Rose Bowl, playing against Michigan State.  The 2014 Rose Bowl is the  Spartans’ first appearance since 1988 in what many consider the most storied of college football bowl games…

Stanford Cardinal Block "S" & Tree Bags
Stanford Cardinal Block “S” & Tree Bags

Greetings from MICHIGAN MI Postcard
Greetings from MICHIGAN MI Postcard

It’s going to be Missouri…

Helmet Left Water Bottles
Helmet Left Water Bottles

I Love Oklahoma Coffee Mug
I Love Oklahoma Coffee Mug…and Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl…

Purple LSU Tigers Logo Courier Bags
Purple LSU Tigers Logo Courier Bags

And LSU plays the Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa Football "Flags" Poster
Iowa Football “Flags” Poster

…in the “Outback Bowl”…

Lastly… Tulane will play in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette in what may be their final game in the Superdome as they move to a new on-campus stadium next season…

New Orleans Postcard
New Orleans Postcard

You can round-up some of your “fan gear” by clicking on the images above…  Meanwhile, I am still working on my own graphics…   Thanks for stopping by!  Oh, and Merry Christmas!

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Ready For The Round-Up


I was re-reading yesterdays post.  My writing needs improvement I believe….  It’s like watching paint dry.  It IS watching varnish dry!  Applying the 3rd polyurethane coat on Rusty and his rockers…

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He’s getting darn close. Whenever I worked on projects for Dad, and announced, “I’m done!”  he would inspect the work, and occasionally state:  “Are you REALLY done?  Are you happy with that?”  Loosely translated it meant I had more work to do!  At the time, my Dads criticism seemed somewhat harsh and overly critical.  Today, I’m grateful for the lessons and the demand for perfection that he instilled in me.  The down side?  I tend to be quite critical of myself.  The positive side of Dads’ pursuit of flawlessness and the lesson I REALLY learned?  It wasn’t the shaping of the wood, the enjoyment of time in the shop.  It is the drive I impose on myself which motivates me to move forward.

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I stray…..  After three coats of sanding sealer and three coats of poly, we are about ready to announce completion!

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Everything gets the once-over with  high quality furniture polish…

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Horses have ears, right?  Leather ears?

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And, being a Western Saddle Horse, he needs one more addition……

IMG_7647Rusty receives his rope!

I’d like to thank everyone for following along on this journey.  It REALLY hasn’t been so much about building rocking horses, as it has been a trip down memory lane.  Some of the tools in my shop have been inherited from my Step-Dad after his passing. When I flip the switch on the drill press  or the band saw (which were Dads), all of the memories and lessons learned come roaring back….  When folks receive a piece of woodwork from me, they also receive a little bit of my Dad.

Visit my web site, if you’re so inclined.  I’d appreciate it!  There are coffee cups, calendars, clocks, greeting cards, US Postage on the Zazzle site.   A variety of products, depicting my “other hobby” my art work…  Many of my prints are also available at:  Fine Art America where there are over 130 floral images alone….  I custom create for graduations, weddings, birth announcements and so on, so DO keep me in mind for those occasions when you need an invitation created!

…and thank you for listening….

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Rusty Is Getting Closer!!!


What’s a rocking horse without rockers?  Deviating from the plans again, I always “fit” the rockers to the horse.  Back “in the day”  when we lived on Gabriel Drive, I remembered a technique Dad taught me in the basement work-shop, on how to cut an equal semi-circle.  What was I?  Eight or ten years old?    Cutting the rockers “free-hand” is way beyond my ability!

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In my 59 years on earth, I am finally getting the hang of the rockers actually matching!  I DO cheat a little, clamping them together in the vise and belt sanding them in the same shape!  And yes, they too are from solid oak…

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Prior to “fitting” Rusty has already had two coats of sanding sealer, both coats steel-wooled with #000 wool…  When I was a kid, Dad would leave notes for me on the dinning room table:  “There are six parts on the work bench that I have cut out.  They need sanding for tomorrow…”  Man how I dreaded that job!

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Dad and I agreed, THIS was the worst part of these projects!  The angle of the hoofs, lining up with the angle of the rockers AND centering the horse on the rockers so that he’s not too heavy on one end or the other!  I learn new curse words every time I get to this point!

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Rustys’ rockers are satisfactorily fitted.  He seems a bit “tall” for little people, so he is going to get “a leg up” for the little ones…. (see below)…  The steps are  wood I “salvaged” from a solid wood ceiling job I did some time ago…

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Content with the steps, the balance of the horse on the rockers and overall appearance I am finally starting to feel some satisfaction and can see the finish line (though be it waaayyyy out there!)

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Everything get disassembled so that the stairs and rockers get a coat of stain and sanding sealer.  Yep, each coat gets hand sanded…  Often times Dad would leave another note:  “With regard to the sanding.  The pieces are still on the work bench.  You can do better!”

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And so EVERYTHING gets another coat of sanding sealer, another steel wool rub down.

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Now comes the fun.  First coat of polyurethane varnish.  Dad always said, “That is where most guys quit…” which when translated meant, “Sand it and do it again!”

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Perhaps by the next posting, we will have this job completed.  I hope so.  Actual work on Rusty began back in September!!

Thank you everyone for your continued support.  Keep an eye out on MY WEB SITE for the newest in my graphic designs.  And don’t forget, I am willing to personalize any of the products that are available at no additional cost to you!

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Horse Project Part 3


Where was I?  Oh yes…  I skipped over saddle “assembly” and “tail attachment” but as you can see, “Rusty” is beginning to take shape.  The saddle is actually 5 pieces of wood per side.  I shape and form the saddle, then “halve” it so that both sides match.  Once both halves are doweled to the body, finishing touches are made with a drum sander…  Same with the tail.  It too is doweled to Rustys’ body (support comes in awhile!).  And like my Dad, all pieces are solid oak or walnut…

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Next, ‘ole Rusty gets mane and tail trim.  The purpose is two-fold.  Not only does the trim dress up and create a more three-dimensional result, but if you look closely, the trim overlaps places where pieces of the body have been joined.  Therefore, the mane and tail trim, which are also doweled, strengthen the result.

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I used to send photographs to my Dad, as these projects progressed.  I hope he’s looking’ down from heaven now, with approval!

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Next, Rusty is given eyesight.  Nothing complicated, and though I’ve tried a dozen different ways to do this, I seem to revert back to a plain old hole saw…  Oh and meanwhile, a LOT of hand-sanding is taking place, as there will be some unreachable places in the future, but I STILL want the end result to feel as smooth as glass.

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After the cinch (support between the chest area and body) and saddle horn are attached, Rusty gets another fine sanding with 320-grit paper, then he receives a coat of red-oak stain…  He gets hung out to dry while I work on his other parts…    Unlike Dads old shop in Kentucky, this time of year, I have to use a space heater in the work shop to aid in drying!

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In the end, I  prefer a sort of “worn” antique sort of look, so I’ve hit a few spots with darker stain (my own mixture!) and lightly sanded a few other places before Rusty gets his legs…

IMG_7497FINALLY!  He’s starting to look like something, but there is still a LONG way to go before this horse is ready to ride!

Thank you for visiting and I DO appreciate those of you who invest in my graphic art work!  Share it with your friends!  Perhaps I can wrap this up next go around….

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Horse Project Part 2


Picking up where I left off…  Following in Dads footsteps, I hardly EVER throw away “chunks” of wood!  Maybe that’s why I can hardly get my car in the garage!  Here, incorporating wooden dowels, I’m creating one large board out of three small ones!

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Once the glue is set and I have a large enough piece to work with, it gets run through the planer as is the fate of all future pieces, in order to accomplish a uniform thickness.  THEN, let the imagination begin…  Yes, I still have Dads old pattern he mailed, but I tend to deviate a great deal, adding my own flair to the end result….

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And so the body of “Rusty” (I always name them ahead of time as it gives me an idea of where I want the design to go) is composed of seven pieces of wood…

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Funny, when I’m carving out the legs for any of my horses, a line from the movie, “Forrest Gump” comes to mind.  “Lieutenant Dan!   You have legs!  Magic legs!”  And “magic” it is, as the legs are composed of three boards each…

By the way, have you seen my latest art pieces?

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Building Horses Part 1


This writing is with regard to another hobby of mine.  Those who follow me regularly know that I have a passion for art and photography.  Though I am failing miserably at earning an income from that”hobby”, I  keep trying!  Few realize, I also have a certain passion for woodworking and associated activities as well!

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I attribute ALL of my interest in carpentry to my Step-Dad.  As far back as I can remember, Dad was involved in one woodworking project or another.  There are some old 8mm family films of Dad and I refinishing a bedroom dresser, in preparation for my sisters’ birth.  The film would have been taken in 1959 or 60 because Colleen was born March, 1960.  Dad went on to build plaques, custom furniture, children’s toys.  Anything that could be crafted from wood, Dad built.  While I still lived in Louisville, Dad would “assign” any number of tasks to me, and expect them to be carried out in a perfect fashion when he returned to the basement work-shop.  In addition to simply cleaning the workshop and putting tools away,  I was instructed to cut out patterns and pieces on the band saw, ran the router for trim, sanded, stained and varnished more projects than I can remember.  I recall a HUGE stack of walnut under the basement stairs that Dad had salvaged from somewhere, and as a result most of our projects evolved from that stack.

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Some years ago, before the Internet, Dad I and shared blueprints and patterns through the mail.  He sent patterns for an old fashioned baby crib with a note, “Send me pictures when you have it done!”  From Dad, I inherited a love of things crafted from wood.  Along the way, I accepted his challenges, often creating more sawdust than I care to think about!  Again, I tend to stray…

I’ve been told that folks tend to avoid “lengthy” writings, and so I will wrap this up for now.  I only ask that you stay tuned to discover what I created from my pile of wood!

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Holiday Reminders


“The Holidays” will soon be upon us, and I felt reminders were in order.  Anymore, I am constantly asking myself, “What day of the week is Thanksgiving?” (and I am forever reminded when I ask, that it takes place on THURSDAY!).  Or “What day of the week is Christmas this year?”  I guess I am going to have to revert to carrying a day-planner!  Hopefully, this brief writing will serve as a reminder for us ALL!

November 27th – December 5th (Wednesday – Tuesday):  Hanukkah

November 28th (Thursday):  Thanksgiving

November 29th (Friday):  Black Friday

December 2nd (Monday):  Cyber Monday

December 7th  (Saturday): Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 25th (Wednesday):  Christmas

December 26th – January 1st (Thursday-Wednesday):  Kwanzaa

December 31st:  (Tuesday): New Years Eve

Some of you may ask, “What about “World Television Day/” (Thursday November 21st), or “Lincolns Birthday” (Friday, November 29th).  Perhaps one of my goals should be to research ALL of the special days and holidays.  For now,  those wishing to mail out unique, personalized greeting cards or special little gifts,  you have plenty of time to plan ahead!

Don’t forget to visit the page of my friend, Joe Izen, as his music carries special Holiday messages!

…And as it approaches, Happy Thanksgiving to you ALL!!!

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American Mojo Partnership


New products offered on Zazzle traditionally meant new opportunities for me to customize a product without the other hassles and to publicize my art work instantly. It’s my understanding that the  Zazzle platform has expanded beyond the customers and universe of artists and has begun to empower social good right here in our own country.

The recently launched American Mojo partnership will extended opportunities to MADE IN THE USA/ecologically friendly partners.

Now, they have extended opportunities to the economically disadvantaged with the launch of the socially good American MoJo Custom Houseware Products. The line of custom pillows, kitchen towels, dinner napkins, and placemats are hand-stitched by American MoJo’s sustainably employed single moms in the United States and contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty for single moms and their children by providing them with better than minimum wage salaries, career training, and freedom from the daycare costs that keep many single moms from re-entering the work force.  I have not had the time to apply any of my own work to some of these products, but felt it was an opportunity to share.

The partnership allows artists to design products on Zazzle, provides a place for customers to shop and is the socially responsible thing to do. – Checkout some of my favorite  high quality American MoJo pillows….

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Hallmark… Don’t I Now Wish?


I once had woman contact me, who was in a ’round about way affiliated with Hallmark.  Yes, the greeting card company.

In her note she told me that she had been impressed with not only my graphics work, but also  the “narrations” and my interpretation of “life”

In her note she expressed an interest in forming a sort of partnership, allowing me the freedom to create, while at the same time being under certain “production quotas” and deadlines…

Unfortunately for the both of us, SHE passed away before I had made a decision on her offer…  So I sort of promote Hallmark and their products, even though I have no affiliation with them, I’ve always admired their products and images. Hindsight being what it is, I felt that  I screwed up my opportunity for my 15 minutes of fame with my indecision!

Stop by the Hallmark area at the Zazzle site by clicking on some of the images above…

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