Happy New Year! And what a year this has been! Sadly, there is the grief of Covid, and the white knuckle presidential election (just over two more weeks!). But my year had a few more complications. It started without a real life kitchen and I also scheduled some routine surgery for April. Just as the kitchen remodel project was about finished, we went on lockdown. My surgery was postponed but I kept my distance anyway in hopes that it would be rescheduled soon. It was back on for August, so I continued to isolate.
While that was all going on, I had an “app fest” to improve my mini capabilities. I had been using the drawing app, Graphic, for the Mac, then went to Inkscape because that’s what others were using to design for the Cricut Maker. It dawned on me that Silhouette Studio for my Cameo 4 had a vector graphics app built in. I’m glad I got that sorted out and now use Silhouette Studio for my drawing needs.
I took a little diversion to see if I could learn to do laser cutting or CNC router cutting. That became futile as machines were not available due to the continued lockdowns. No rest for the weary, though. The Cricut Maker went on sale and since I really wanted to cut wood, I ordered one. I’m still trying to sort out the similarities and differences between the two die-cut machines.
When I started this blog nearly two years ago, I worried that I wouldn’t have enough to say. Now 97 posts later, I guess I do. My viewership continues to grow and those who comment say they are learning from my tools and materials experiments. You provide encouragement. Thanks everyone!
Although I have been pretty self contained my entire life, I joined three mini Facebook groups and opened an Instagram account. What?? I have been enjoying the camaraderie of the like-minded mini community.
Typically, I explore materials and techniques in support of a larger project. Last year I started with the Oregon Icons theme, but that got overtaken when I wanted to do the Hill House. I’m thinking that when I finish the Hill House this year, I’ll make individual items and use them to make scenes to improve my photography. I’ll also try a couple do-overs and expand my knowledge of electrical and my die-cut machines.
Well, it’s out with the old (we hope) and in with the new. Thanks for joining me for my App Fest distraction. I hope you continue to visit and join the conversations throughout 2021. Have a happy healthy new year.