Archive for August, 2014

Order Up, Soloth Anniversary

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

45th anniv

About a month ago my neighbor Evonne asked if I would make a print for her. I had done a family poster for her daughter Valerie a while back and she wanted something similar, but smaller to give her son’s in-laws for their 45th wedding anniversary. Well, I would never turn down Evonne, not only is she a wonderful neighbor, but her husband Earl clears my driveway every time it snows. He just does it out of the goodness of his heart. Whenever I wake up on a snowy morning to the beep, beep, beep of Earl’s Bobcat backing up, I lay there and give thanks to God for Earl.


A Little Bit of Heaven

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

A friend of mine lost her father a few weeks ago. She lost him to that horrible disease cancer. And not just cancer, pancreatic cancer, the worst of the worst. One of her best friends contacted me wondering if I could make a print of some kind as a type of memorium to Jaime’s dad, just a little something that she could hang in her house, a little reminder of her much loved father, a fighter who gave until the end.

Anne sent me a photo of a wooden sign she had found online that said, “Because someone we love is in heaven there’s a little bit of heaven in our home.” Isn’t that a wonderful sentiment? So I started playing around with all of my favorite fonts until I came up with this…

Heaven close up

I stuck with the black and white color scheme that I’ve become so fond of, it seemed fitting for this project. The print ended up being 11×14 and I framed it in a 16×20 black frame with a white mat.

Heaven framed

Anne and Sara, I was truly honored that you would ask me to make something for your friend during her time of grief. And Jaime, I so hope that little bit of paper and ink provides you with just a little bit of comfort.

Garage Sale’ing’ 101

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

garage sale map

I spend a lot of time at my “real job” searching for canned content. Canned content consists of very general stories on a certain topic. You see, the newspaper I work at runs a Special Section for each and every event there is. We have a Home & Garden Section, Beef Section, Grain Section (obviously we’re a bunch of farmers in this neck of the woods), Back-To-School Section, etc., etc., etc. It’s like clockwork, first week of August: Back-To-School Section; second week of August: Souvenir Fair Section (the one with a million photos of kids, chickens, hogs and horses along with a list of every purple, blue and red ribbon won at the County Fair); third week of August: Fall Sports Preview (the one with a million pictures of sweaty kids lined up for their football, volleyball, softball, golf or tennis team photo). This week is Back-To-School and while searching for content, I came across countless articles offering tips on how to save money when buying school supplies and guidelines for buying the best lunch bag. Other random stories were thrown in there as well (the search option never seems to find me the right stuff) and one was called “Garage Sales 101: Tips for shoppers and sellers” I gave it a quick read to see if I had been doing it right, garage sale’ing’ that is.