Category Archives: If You Want To Know What I Think

Soapboxing. Technically, the whole site reeks of what I think, but this is where I really hold forth on topics that have rustled the old jimmies.

So it begins. – The Ornatelier

So it begins. – The Ornatelier.

Reminder: I am transitioning the blog to the http://www.ornatelier.com site, and posting this here as a pointer for those who try to keep up.

And, Regan, I’m sorry. I PROMISE on a stack of pancakes to try not to move my blog ever again.

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15NOV: Now It Gets Glamorous!

Today was spent on less colorful necessities: setting up price sticker labels to print out, cooking ahead of the week (because no one around here is going to have time for that), double checking the where-and-when of my schedule this week, and solving assorted minor issues in how I imagine my booth layout will go. Renewed my domain name (www.ornatelier.com), thought about how much change to have.

And prices. Deciding prices. I am down to the wire on that, because I want to put prices on the things. I realize I can change them later if I decide they aren’t right, but it is so much easier to sell things if the price is correct to start with.

Keep reading after the cut to learn about my anything-but-hasty approach to business.

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5NOV: The Happy Accident

Relief print, freehand design carved from a 1/8-inch thick piece of low density polyethylene (LDPE), printed in dark brown water-based Speedball relief ink.
Relief print, freehand design carved from a 1/8-inch thick piece of low density polyethylene (LDPE), printed in dark brown water-based Speedball relief ink.

When I print, sometimes it is hard to throw out a misprint. Maybe it is a misprint because the ink distribution wasn’t good, or the paper wasn’t lined up properly. Maybe it was a misprint because it didn’t meet my standards for some other reason.

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Recently, Now, and Later

Last week I picked up some key display furniture for the shows I will be in toward the end of November. This week will be spent spiffing those up a bit, as well as making more items. While I do all that, in honor of Halloween, which amuses me without actually getting me to participate, I will also be listening to a horror novel, instead of more … improving literature.

Each day of November I will post a photo of a piece that I have made, which will be available at the craft fairs beginning on the 19th of the month. I will also be posting a lot of stuff to FaceBook (and sometimes to the blog) about the craft fairs. If you have ideas for how I can get the word out to Albuquerque about these fairs, let me know.

One of my favorite hand-colored prints so far. In fact, I might just keep this one.

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By Popular Demand

Tonight I cut and ground enough glass for 17 ornaments / suncatchers. I don’t mind the production of multiples, because they’re only multiple in design. Each one is made of different pieces of glass, and even if I used the same glass, I am not sure I’d expect to ever make two identical pieces.

Because of the number of people who’ve told me that the swirl is their favorite of the glass designs I’ve shared so far, I worked out a pattern that lets me cut enough for 5 completed pieces, just mixing and matching the colors.  What you see here is a set of mixed purples, there will be other colorways to follow. Depending on how busy I am, not all of them will be photographed and shared in a long contemplative blog post. Given I have 43 days to prep a whole pop-up retail location, I imagine my blogging time will be quite limited. If you see I am blogging a lot, ask me what I am procrastinating on…15453831085_977a58afc7_z Continue reading By Popular Demand