Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Card Display for JMcGuinness of Etsy

First off, I've got to admit that I'm particularly fond of the way this project came out. I know last week I was all about how cool I thought the Prayer Box had turned out, and I'm still very down with that, but I think this card display came out oh-so-much-cooler than its predecessor (which you can check out here).

Jen of Etsy's JMcGuinness came over to the house tonight after work to pick up the card display and was kind enough to let me get some "action shots" of the finished card display with her photo greeting cards in the spaces. What a great combination:

Jen's promised me she'll get me a shot of the card display in action at one of her next shows, which are going to be:
- September 20-21: Meet the Artists and Artisans at the Milford (CT) Green. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- October 4-5: Celebrate Wallingford (CT). Fishbein Park at the railway station green. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you're going to be in the area, you should stop by to check out her amazing cards and photography.

In other happenings, I was able to get my college-bound daughter's laptop working after finally getting Dell to part with a replacement hard drive. Mind you, this was after following their instructions to send the unit in to their service technicians following about 8 hours of working with their customer service reps over the phone. Would you believe they had me send in the laptop to be serviced and all they did was run a diagnostic check on the motherboard and processor - yet they did NOTHING with the hard drive, even though it was right in their hands?!! And can you guess where the problem lay the whole time?!! Argh!!

But all was fine after that. I was able to get all of the essentials loaded on before delivering it safely to her the following evening. She treated me to a delicious dorm dinner and I proceeded to entertain her new-found friends with showing them how we play "see-food" back home and regaling them with tales of how she used to ride her tricycle naked around the kitchen when she was three years old. Good times, good times...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Missed the Party, but It's More Fun at Home

Did you ever have one of those nights where you're calling all your friends and nobody's home? Only to find out the next day that you missed the best party ever?

That's what I'm feeling like right now. Not in a personal sense, but professionally. See, besides turning wood into sawdust as a hobby gone bad, I sell equipment for cutting, grinding and polishing polycrystalline industrial diamond for a living. And it's a good thing I don't work on a commission basis or I'd be shriveled up to a hollow husk right about now. The point I'm making though, is that while I'm here in my office attempting to call potential and prospective customers, most of these folks are at a tool show that's so big it only happens every other year.

So why aren't I there too? Basically, sales are so slow for us this year (as they are for very many of our associates, as I understand), we simply can't afford to go. Soooo, here I sit trying to look busy while there's nobody to talk to and try to sell stuff to.

On the lighter side, Smile Moon Woodworks has never been healthier. I've got a custom request I'm working on right now for JMcGuinness of Etsy.com, who's a very talented photographer. She and her husband turn some of their photos into greeting cards, and asked me to make a display case for them for local shows. This is actually the second such display I've made for them, the first one looking something like this:

The larger display is still in its infancy, but I'll post photos of it once it's done.
I recently finished a piece for MrsAgard of Etsy.com, and if I may so, I think it's one of the nicest pieces I've put together in a long time. She'd requested a prayer box with a removable lid with a cross on it and a slot in the lid for dropping prayer requests into. Here's how it turned out:

Prayer Box

Prayer Box

The box was made of 1/2" thick red oak for the sides, 3/4" red oak for the top and bottom, and 7/8" thick rock maple for the cross. Finished size was about 8" long by 6" wide by 5" tall. I finished it with several coats of clear lacquer.

There's a lot more woodworking on the way, too. Oh, and that frinking laptop I told you about last time? Still not straightened out! The fine folks at Dell are one more problem away from being told to kiss my big black butt!! Stay tuned...