Well, here's to August.
Daune here! July 2017 was a learning month. I learned a few things about publishing a website. I am still learning about the ins and outs of what it takes to get this going and I have barely scratched the surface.
I remember how excited I was when I signed in and saw that I had my very first sale on my first published tutorial. In the days to follow it was such a great feeling seeing that others were interested in learning what I had created. I understand that while writing the tutorial that it could have been written in fewer steps. But I wanted to make sure that no matter what the knowledge level of the person making the letter S had, that they would not have to guess as to what I intended. I hope these extra steps that have taken a great deal of time were worth the effort so that anyone at any level can complete the project. I hope that the Alphabet Tutorials will be around for a long time. I truly hope that this undertaking is something that can made a difference in someone else's life, in a positive aspect.
I was thinking about the show "A Craftsman's Legacy" on PBS. The show's tagline says, "Eric Gorges travels across the United States to gain insight into craftsmanship in the 21st century. Focusing on the history of a traditional craft and its importance in the U.S. Today. Episodes include interviews with master craftsmen and women, who explain why they chose their craft."
I just love watching and listening to what the artist/craftsmen and women have to share. I truly enjoy their insight as to why they chose what they are giving their life's effort toward. The host always ask the person in each episode if they consider themselves an artisan or a craftsman/woman... and I really appreciate their responses. If I were asked this question my answer would be, both. I enjoy working on the same thing over and over as well as loving the challenge of creating something completely new.
Some people draw things out, putting plans down on paper for their thought process but my mind works in a different way. I do it all in my head. I have had several custom orders where I was given a specific stone and asked to come up with something that would work for a specific occasion. I picture it in my mind and then go to work. I let the stone and the wire let me know how they want to come together and somehow, it just works. I am hoping to be here long enough to complete the alphabet as well as many more items that can be taught and passed down so that I will have something remain after I am gone and that it is a good thing. Thank you for your time.
Here's to happy creating!!