Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TT Update

Hi All,

I know that it's been a while since my last posting, I've been a busy guy.  Unfortunately, being self employed and being busy does not in any way relate to making any money.  It's OK though, we haven't missed a meal yet, however we're getting a bit tired of lasagna, our meal of choice for about the last month.   We don't really do dinners, and certainly not sit down dinners,  just a big old slice of lasagna in the afternoon and we're pretty much good.  Erin runs all of her errands and eats when she gets home, and I eat at the lathe, I have a mini kitchen in one of the shops.  We really don't have much of a life, but it works for us.

OK, so why have I been so busy, yet apparently unproductive.  I've been working on several different projects, the Lord and the Lion, Christmas ornaments and sticks so we can pay the bills.

If you saw our shop announcement or the TT FB page, you know that we've begun posting on EBAY, and I explained the reasons there, so there's no need to reiterate.  I have no idea whether it will prove to be fruitful or not, we'll just have to wait and see.  The last time we did so it was with our 5,000th stick, and I was really turned off by the EBAY experience, hopefully this go around won't be quite as painful.

Not a whole lot else to report, we're down to zero custom orders, so if you'd like a stick, there's virtually no wait time right now.

Have a great day!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

It's been a while

Good Saturday Morning,

I haven't checked in recently, because I've just simply been too busy.  I've slipped hair sticks into the equation as best I could over the past few months, we do after all have to pay the bills.  As many of you know, I've been concurrently working on a new mixed media design that we're calling the Lord and the Lion.

For a number of different reasons, I felt compelled to move in this direction, and it began in early January.  It's taken me several months and 9 prototypes to figure out how all of the pieces fit together, but today they finally do.  The prototypes are now affixed throughout the 3 shop areas, and I can't go anywhere without one of them looking at me, which can either be a good thing, or a bad thing given one's temperament  at any given time.

Last night was the annual Art and Hors D'oeuvres event held at Village Presbyterian Church.  There were approximately 600 attendees, or at least that's how many the kitchen staff prepared for.  That had been my target for the past month, and we just barely made it.  It didn't help much given that my computer was hijacked and held for ransom mid week... that wasn't a particularly fun day.  Thursday however was also disturbing when I discovered that all of the Lord and the Lion artwork was destroyed in the hack.  Fortunately I have a decent memory.

I'm back working on sticks again now, as we had series numbers 002, 003, and 004 on display, and then back home tucked safely away.

Just thought I'd share a few photos with you.  Have a great Saturday.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Royce Douglas Designs

Good Evening,

It's been a while since I last posted anything of actual substance, other than the occasional FNS.  It's not that I didn't want to talk to you, but moreover, I didn't have anything good to say.

Just for clarification sake, I've written on this blog now for the past couple of years, but I've never actually read it, and I don't have much of a desire to do so.  For those of you that have traveled this journey with me, you've seen my up's and my down's, I know they were there, but I just don't want to relive them, so I won't.

Today, I published a new website, www.roycedouglasdesigns.com

For years now, I've traveled down what I have referred to as "rabbit holes", with limited success.  These days however, I recognize that all of these rabbit holes weren't a waste of time, but moreover a learning process, and the new website will bear the fruit of my education.

Thank you all for just being you.