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Friday, March 29, 2013

mom's easter flowers

mom's easter flowers this year,, mom wanted these as we stop at a greenhouse on the way to see one of moms dear friends,   i normally get her tulips every easter for the dutch lady,, but saw these and she  fell in love with them,, of course i had to get them for her,, there at a total of 18 blossoms ,, i never saw so many,, she loves them,,  and they will last much longer then tulips ,,,

Monday, March 25, 2013

a different video :) for my uncle in holland,, its in dutch

ok i posted this on facebook and i know some of you do not have facebook,, i did a video of my table for my uncle in holland that is a woodcarver,,, he watches my youtube videos but can not understand it,, my folks have always spoke dutch around home,, so i can understand it well, but always answered my folks for the most part in english,,  so i can speak it to some point not perfect by any means, but i can talk with my uncle very well,,  so on the way to the show i was practicing how to do a short video just for him,,, he is a very kind person,, i so enjoy it when he and my aunt came for a visit many years ago,, he loves the computer ,,,  i taught him how to carve santas when he visited back in 1980S  and he fell in love with woodcarving,, he belongs to a woodcarving club in his town in holland, and did many demos for groups how to make the wooden shoes the old fashion way,,,, so i wanted to do something a bit special for him,, i hope he understands most of it ,, it was hard not to mix some english in it,, lol but it was fun to create ,,  i had fun making this video

now that the show is over, some thoughts,, :)

hi everyone,, thanks to all that came to the lancaster county woodcarving show,, it was a great show,, i think one of the best so far,,  lots of folks,, i met a bunch of folks that follow me on youtube,, and so grateful that they took the time to come to the show,,, many never were at a carving show before, and i could tell how happy they  were to be there,, so much to see in a short amount of time,,,  and really the show does a few things,, first it get you in contact with other carvers,, 2..you get to see all kinds of different types of carving,, 3 you get to find the tools you wanted, and most likely at a better price then shipping it to you ,,, 4.. you get to see some other methods of carving that maybe you didnt think of before,,,  and last but not least,,, you come away inspired,, hopefully,,, and filled with new ideas to carve,,, so folks if your new to carving there is no better place to be,,,
again this year i met folk that came to the show as far away as new england states,,,  it amazes me how many folks follow the youtube and blog,,,  and i am alway at awe of it all,,   thanks again to all and if you missed this year,, we hopefully will see you next year,,, keep carving and learning folks take care, arleen 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

lancaster 40th woodcarving show

hi everyone so far there at 7 videos to this show,, we are having a great time one more day to go , sunday is the last day,, thanks to all the came out to see us,,, keep carving , arleen   ps please go to my youtube channel or facebook page to view all the videos of this show,, thanks

Monday, March 18, 2013

when is enough , enough?

hi folks, like the title?   having a table or tables at a show, is lots of work,,  i for one plan for days if not weeks, to decide what to bring , how to set up and what has to go along,,  I am now working on filling the empty slots of dvds that i thought i had more then a few,,  most of them i had 2-4 of each one of them in reserve if someone would order it,,  with 59 dvds to take along, i been busy making about 60 copies so that i have everything at the show,,, running out of time , i like to also paint some of my santas that are staring at me to be completed,,,,  i really had so many other projects on hold cause of the honey bears,,  sold a few all ready,, and have about 4 of them looking at me unpainted,, but there is only so much time in a day,, and i love working late at night but that isnt always good for ones health,, but i will get done what i can,,  the rest will have to wait till the show is over,,,  i love what i do,, and the honey holiday bears were a big hit,, i dont believe i had so many folks that fell in love with a carving as this one,,  and i have orders for christmas,  i know  your thinking its way to early to be thinking of it , but no it really isnt,,  our season isnt now,,  its christmas that folks want the special something for someone,, and carvings are a great gifts,,  i really had orders for  this coming christmas , beginning in jan, so its never early,,,  its how do you keep this from getting out of hand,, that is another topic,, i get into that later, but when is enough , enough,,?  the answer is never,,  you will always want more carvings and stuff at a show,, and most likely you will be taking most of it home,, ( you will sell some) but reality is you will bring most of it back with you ,,  but you always feel that you never have enough displayed, and you want everything you can take with you ,, just in case,,  thats ok,, just remember to have fun doing it,,  so far this has not felt like a job,, i still enjoy doing what i am ,, i never want to feel like i have to do the carving rather,  that i want to do the carving and shows,,  so really enough will be when you finally pack the car, and get there, then you have no choice if you brought enough with it ,,,, it will have to be enough,, take care , arleen  ps keep carving as long as you can,, :) 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

the class ,, not enough time opps

hi folks,, i had our class today , holiday honey bear,, thinking we could get it done in one day,,  this is the first class that we were not able to finish a project,,  which normally we do,,,  i didnt think it would take all day just to carve the bear,,  this should be a two day class, but all of the folks were fine with taking it home to either paint it and to  finish the little pieces,,   what i might do ,, is add a bit more to the class and add the dvd,, so that they can finish it,, and keep it a one day class, have not decided how to do that,, i know that the one day classes are more popular,, because of other commitments most folks have to deal with,, but they did  a great job on their projects,,  and i was very happy with the fact they enjoyed it ,, so as i plan ahead i will have to see how the do this class the same way or the add a day, or other things i could do ,,  it has to be sorted out,, but really it was a great day for carving,, the snow was coming down,, and a perfect time to be carving ... so i will be adding more classes, soon,,  this one for sure will be coming again in the near future,, very near,, lol take care and keep carving ,, 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

thinking ahead,, hmmmm new ventures we all need them

hi folks,, as the show is coming up in about two weeks, there is much to do,,  i have a lot of my shelving in my camper studio , fixed to the walls not that it can not come apart but i plan to have everything ready a couple of days ahead,,  there is much to do also around the farm,, took a walk and weather i have the energy to do all the tasks that need to be done is another,, i plan to slowly get things done this spring and summer,,  but there is always improvements that need to be worked on,,   sometimes my wanting to do a large project is to much to do,, painting my home took a few months, but it made me feel good once it was completed,,  plus both lawnmowers ( riders need to be replace,, i will only purchase one,, and do everything with it,, the cost of having it done ,, well i an old farm gal,, i can cut it myself,,  and fix things on my own,, \
well lately its i been kinda slow getting some new youtube videos up,, but it will start again soon,, this coming week sat march 16 i will have a class of the holiday honey bear,,  its a full class and plan to do another one later on in the summer and again in the fall,,  and adding more classes as we go along,,  i have the civil war guy coming up too ,  in april,,
well keep carving,, and keep working to whatever your goals may be,,   arleen

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

getting ready for the show in lancaster

hi folks i been busy making my holiday bears,, and will take a few to the show, and some will go on ebay , so much going on this month,, my folks just had their 60th wedding anniversary, which we celebrated , with going to shady maple to eat,,  and so working these bears for the past 3 weeks has been fun,,  looking forward to the carving show and hope everyone has a great weekend coming up  take care and keep carving, arleen 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

for my family in canada and holland

hi folks some of my family follow me on the blog and not on facebook , here is a few photos of ann birthday and mom and dads 60th,, which we will go to shady to eat,, and some of you folks know where we are going to eat,,  LOL   ann got her holiday honey bear and of course the canada flag :)