I have returned from NYC and have settled back into work.
But THIS weekend I am doing WEB work for myself and my husbands business.
I have spent all morning taking pictures of the items he sells and then I upgraded the store on his website. This included: Updating prices, creating categories, changing the pictures, updating the shipping fees and tax PLUS the return policy and shipping information. I had thought about giving the site a new theme but I did not find one I liked or one that was close which in the long run would have required me to do some tweaking (HTML and CSS) so I decided that since we really do like what the website looks like, it is better for me, to just leave it alone.
So, that is all done now. He will be shocked when he gets the bill though ;=)
Then I did some maintenance on his computer. That alone was a few, more hours. He will get a seperate bill for that, too.
NOW, I can work on my stuff. Such as this blog post and work on The Adventurous Silversmith.
Then I can relax for the rest of the day.
Last weekend I really did make it down to the barn and was able to get some weaving done. I did not get as much weaving done as i would have liked though.
Why?? It was the second weekend of the Spring Steam Engine and Tractor show so there were many, many visitors in the weaving barn and so I was answering a lot of questions; which I don't mind doing and in some ways I actually enjoy doing. But when you have your mind set on weaving at least TWO placemats and only one gets done over 6 hours there is a bit of personal disappointment.
Overall I did have a good time sharing what I know and explaining what I was making which in the big scheme of things is all good.
I am also into my second week of the new project at work and not only am a developing a new application I am learning a new (for me) architecture pattern called MVC (Model-View-Controller) using Microsoft .NET. Let me say that even thought I am liking it, it is a bit frustrating since it is a major shift away from what I have been doing for the past 10 years with "traditional" software development.
And today I did not go to the barn, again even though I had planned to. I have picked up a website build/design job from a friend so I was off at his place taking pictures to use on the website. When it is all done, THEN I shall post links to it and you can see more of my work.
Afterwards, I went to the Volunteers For Minerals booth at the San Diego County Fair, at Del Mar and volunteered 4 hours of time helping with sales and hanging out with some of my friends.
Winter has finally fled the far northern reaches of Scotland and thus Elisa of Scotland has ventured forth to take some pictures and make me some new banners. If you look at the new banner for Kernology you will see a dandelion with dew and below are the other pictures that she has sent of blossoms from her crab apple tree.
If you want to more of Elisa's photography, she can be found on Flicker.
Since I have a new theme, and Fall is coming I had the wonderful idea that maybe I should tweak my new theme by changing the banner image depending on the time of the year. The current image was sent to me by Elisa of Scotland though I can’t remember if she actually snapped the image or she found it in an image collection.
Despite all of that, when she and Mike (a.ka. Gnomy Man) are “oot and aboot” doing their errands, she does take some really good images. Via several emails today, I have cajoled her into sending me an occasional “new” image to post as my banner.
We are working together in an attempt to change the colors of the leaves to coordinate with the seasons. Actually she is doing the work, I just sit around looking cute.
I have been a bad person, I started this blog months ago and I have not been keeping up. Between the day job, learning to be a silver (metal) smith, over committing myself to help friends - well it all just got away from me.
I promise to do better in 2010!
I am also going to be expanding the site over the next few weeks. I want to add more pictures from my hobbies - specifically the smithing and sewing. I am also going to be putting up a store so you can buy my creations.
Have a joyous holiday, no matter what you observe, and have a great start to YOUR New Year.
Hey, I am setting up (again) kernology! There have 2 or 3 prior incarnations of kernology though the last one has been down for over a year. I figured it was time to bring it back.
So follow along as I build this out.
I have another blog, over at the Ganoksin Orchid Network. This "other" blog is specifically about my learning to be a silversmith. GO READ IT
Laurie lives in central Texas with Erich, a.k.a. "the shop elf", her hubby of 35+ years and Cowboy Boots, the cat; her metals studio including 100+ hammers and 300+ chasing tools; her sewing studio which has a sewing machine, a closet filled with fabric, hundreds of skeins of embroidery floss and perle cotton, silk and other materials, and Mrs. King the dress dummy; two weaving looms, assorted knitting needles, tubs of yarn; lots of books; plus a plethora of geeky tech gadgets, computers, and more.