Friday, October 31, 2008

Ye Who Enter Here

***Happy Halloween***

poor BILLY BLAKE was hung by mistake
so we buried him

here lies LESTER MOORE
four slugs from a .44
no less
no more

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quit Your Meanness

Recently, I found myself window shopping in the tiny village of Gainesboro, TN.

The town square is a common layout with the courthouse in the center; shops and restaurants with extra wide sidewalks and awnings. The streets a few blocks of the square have a wide range of houses and workshops.

This weather-worn sign caught my attention...

quit your meanness!

Oh.... is that how you spell meanness? I never knew!

The shops at Gainesboro's square lure the shoppers inside with cute window displays.

I visited a florist, a fruit stand, and 2 'oddities' and antique shops---and bought several things that caught my eye.

Look for another post soon about an talented gourd artist that lives in Gainesboro, and lots of photos of her amazing work.

Monday, October 27, 2008

feels like I'm 10 feet tall

What exactly is the wildwood connection with music and woodburning? Much of this blog is devoted to my love of woodburning and my crafty life. And many readers are also here for my brother's music!

So we've worked to combine our interests and share our best with you. All of the posts here are authored by me, Carey Lynn. And Mike keeps a fun blog on myspace that reads like a radio show script!

You'll be getting to know Mike as we run special promotions and contests, and I may even conduct a 'rock star' interview with him for this blog:)

When Mike visits me in Nashville for the music business, we prepare some blog posts that are very entertaining!

< < < big guitar on music row

And speaking of entertaining...Mike is feeling 10 feet tall lately because of his recent live performances and the raves he receives!!!

He's probably backstage right now planning his next blog post---not!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Romantic Vision

This particular piece defines my overall woodburning style! I found myself burning each element completely before moving to the next section---which is not my normal approach.

Instead of precise, even lines this artwork calls for soft curves. Perfection is not as desirable as character in this case.

The Poplar wood is ideal for the delicate tool touches and for the textured background, too. At 17" x 17" it allows for a grand display and could even be used as a table top.

This is the first time I've ever used ONE burning tip for the entire piece. After hours and hours of burning, the final result is stunning! I consider "Medieval Knight Returns" as my masterpiece and it superbly represents my art form.
You can expect more work of this quality from my shop; gourds, boxes and various pieces with a dark, medieval style.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

takin' this show in the road

'primp' my ride with a Custom vinyl decal from mytwobabes

I was able to select the title and tagline, lettering style and color, and even a compass image for my new window decal! Kristen from mytwobabes was easy to work with, and delivered just what I needed for my new Mariner...

The silver Wildwood decal came with a paper backing and sticky peel off backing that makes install very simple. Just remove the paper, position the decal, rub it down and lift the peel off!

My fancy red truck will surely get some attention, and I like the idea of letting people know what Edge of the Wildwood is all about: wood burning and rock painting

The compass motif works well for the nautical 'Mariner' and ties in closely with my Wildwood theme. I'm ready to hit the highway:)

Thank you, Kristen! Visit her delightful blog mytwobabes blog

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Something Wonderful is about to Happen

I picked up this cool bumper sticker at a yard sale...

for 20 cents!

Some call me "Pollyanna" for my unstoppable positive outlook. There is sunshine and happy days ahead, and I'll be there (and ready) when something wonderful happens:)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Legend of Jim Bowie

According to my family, we are decendants of the Legendary Jim Bowie (1796-1836)

At some point, the family surname for our brood was changed to "Bowers" and was centralized in Louisiana and Alabama. Each generation is told of the Bowie-Bowers connection with great pride.

This claim may have been confirmed years ago, though I haven't researched the genealogy or asked for documentation. I rather like the idea that pioneer blood is part of my make-up; I'm ok with just the wonderful story.

It's very empowering to think there is something in my genes that might give me strength and courage. I should woodburn a portrait of Jim Bowie!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


K nown for their long jumping and loud croaking, bullfrogs are like the ugly stepsister of the wild!

This little guy is really a handpainted rock...he has small bumps and fleshy skin just like the real-deal. He doesn't have a pretty face, and he doesn't mind being handled and loved.

The Bullfrog rock has an unpainted belly---to show his true nature.

Kiss a frog:)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wists List

Check out the amazing shopping experience over at WISTS can create your own wish list or borrow someone elses!

I like the simple method of adding to a wist: it uses a one button command from your browser tool bar, then you select the image, add some text and tags.

you just got yourself a new wist

it can be posted on your blog with their simple widgets
like the one I created on the sidebar>>>

very pretty! and wistful!

Monday, October 13, 2008

MAD about MiM

There's a hot new group on indiepublic for Made It Myself crafters!

It's called "MAD about" and the madness is spreading...

43 MAD members in a frenzy

manic and delirious little MiMsies

obsessive raves about the site

causing panic throughout the night

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Sunset Mural

Submitted by Mallie (my mother):

A bright and bubbly Sunday school teacher came up with an idea for "a day at the beach" theme for her classroom. The 7th and 8th graders at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Pensacola were about to get a makeover!

Teacher Candy asked me to paint a beach sunset mural to be the setting for colorful Adirondack chairs, grass mats on the floor, and grass hula skirts as curtains. The mural is to cover the walls with blowing palm trees, the beach ball water tower at Pensacola beach, and a hot dog stand. The space below the chair-rails will be painted to look like sand for the kids dip their feet in paint and put those across the sand. My grandson, Nick will apply the first set of footprints that represent Jesus---and the other classmates will follow.

The subject was not a challenge as much as the design Candy wanted. With the wide wood chair rail about 1 inch thick all the way around the room, I had to consider the horizon line and allow lots of sand room for the feet idea. So far, it took about 2 -six hour days, that included the priming. The wall was sheet rock with a previous painted design and I used flat latex paint.

The mural is about 15 ft x 9 ft high. A work in progress so we'll post some updated photos and more about 'a day at the beach' project.

-Mallie L.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Don't take any wooden nickels

Putting my artistic burnings aside for some production work in wooden nickels. A charming little novelty that I developed as a way to promote Edge of the Wildwood. Using some quaint old expressions like "every path has it's puddle" or "Nothing can come from nothing" and incorporating my shop name --- the small wooden nickels are a great representation of my folksy style. The familiar sayings and fancy lettering are reflective of my signwork, and the material (wood!) is another way to get the message across:)

The nickels are created with a 750 degree burning iron with a flat, coin shaped tip. The computer images are printed in reverse/mirror form so that the wood disc can be taped down and the image is ironed on from the back of the paper. The taping and ironing process is repeated for front and back of the coin, and great care is taken to make it legible.

To borrow another expression "The opposite side also has a reverse side"

Most of these nickels will be sent out to fellow crafters on MadeItMyself, so they can send them out with orders. EOW wooden nickels don't hold any real value, they're just a fun.

Monday, October 06, 2008

The Crafts Cottage Industry has listed 'wildwood' as a FEATURED ARTISAN on the front page!

It's a great honor for my shop to be amoung the fine artists on this exciting new website. MadeItMyself is an amazing marketplace for our cottage industry: handmade goods!
Shoppers will find an easy and affordable escape from the big box retailers and mass-produced goods. Crafters are able to produce exceptional quality and provide a personal touch to their customer service.

When was the last time you got a handwritten thank you card from Walmart? Does the local mall follow up on your purchase to ensure your satisfaction?

The person who has just the kind of challenge we thrive on!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

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