Friday, February 29, 2008
Perhaps you feel apprehensive or jittery about handling a heated tool? Put your mind to rest and remember that man has conquered fire for ages! The burning tools available today have insulated handles and other safety features to keep you crafting.
Have a practice board handy for testing the poker (like Nick is doing), and when you touch down don't put much force behind the movement---the heat will do the work for you. I try to focus on where the poker is GOING rather than where it's BEEN and after a few minutes of burning you'll see why.
Now go burn something:)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
It was position night, and we were up against a tough team that had already beaten us on the first game. Jody was using a brand new bowling ball that he'd only tried out with a few frames the day before.
After 9 strikes in a row, the people bowling next to us on either side would pause long enough to let him throw. BOOM!
Everyone in the league was cheering and congratulating Jody and an announcement over the PA created another wave of cheers.
Our team actually lost that game. But it didn't matter. So does this make me "Mrs. Perfect"?
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
And the vigourous rubbing on sandpaper to remove the carbon build up didn't help the situation either...
So, I made a note of the tip type and placed an order for a replacement. And while I'm at it, get a few more tips. Could be that I find a new "Top Tip"
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Very catchy sing-to-yourself tunes"
Mike got to know some Etsy folks and is now recognized as a Chuck Norris look alike! I think he enjoyed the attention, and I know he appreciated the fans. He earned alot of myspace friends and captured 10 hearts.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Together, we located a source for handmade, top quality boxes. Mrs. Welch made a selection and drop shipped the unfinished wooden box to my workshop.
I had only 2 days to decorate, finish and overnight ship to the family. But instead of feeling intense pressure to perform, I was overcome with a sense of peace and resolve! The Paisley pattern was modified to incorporate the spirit of the beloved child: eyelashes, windmills, pearls, crosses and puffs. My tools had a purpose, and I knew I would not fail this family.
Paisley's memorial service featured her custom made urn, and a letter was included that I'd written to those who loved Paisley . My craft had somehow expanded beyond a product an into a vessel of healing.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
What's on the wildwood workbench these days? round pine plaques with florals. A tobacco box gourd with a naval battle scene burned. a raccoon painted on a hump rock. a storybook style woodburned plaque. a new series of magic wands.
Some of these projects may happen, some not. The items that make it will be the ones that reach a standard of craftsmanship and quality of work worthy of gift-giving and home furnishings, and the ones that reflect my woodsy style!
The items that don't make it... well, I learn some valuable lessons when I have to make those tough decisions: is it worth pursuing? will it have the best final result? would it be better to scrap it and start over? I have to know when to walk away. Instinct takes over. It's no longer is reasonable to work on it.
Now that my basic style and techniques are solid, I feel free to experiment and play around with what I have. There's over a dozen projects planned like the ones mentioned above, and I really feel like stretching my wings and stepping out to the ledge---just a bit:)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I'm very fond of her little bears!
Please visit Sue, and tell her Carey Lynn said 'hey'
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
A custom plaque was created as a companion piece to another woodburning; Renaissance Rabbits! Also adapted from a medieval tapestry, this lion design allows for details and background burning and will be a lovely display.
I give the credit to my customer, maisybrownreproretro for coming up with the idea to make another plaque, and we're working together to develop a series of tapestry plaques to add to her collection.
The well-contained, Renaissance artwork of William Morris inspires me. Morris' literary works called Well at World's End actually has a few passages that mention the 'edge of the wildwood'
I'm quite proud of The Beast! He rules.
Monday, February 18, 2008
In order of their appearance:
Warped and Wonderful
Scentiments by Sandra
From Nancys Heart
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
My next series will be historic images from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and frontier legends like Davy Crockett. I'd also like to make a nautical series with ships, maps and mermaids. And why not a series of the wonderment of nature with fireflies, inch worms, and lady bugs?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Glen was building 3 such reproductions and requested unique motifs for each panel. A soaring eagle, a howling wolf and a glowing sunset were selected for symbolic meaning (to the owner). My portion of the woodburning took several hours, and the amp sets were actually assembled weeks later.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
One of the most exciting aspects of Etsy and indiepublic is the connection to others who practice our craft! I've been delighted to get to know Vivian of WoodburnedImages and would like to share her shop with my friends. Vivian is someone that I already admire; for her skills and her kindness--- and we've only just met. I believe that Vivian will find many fans and I, for one, will be following her work.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Capt. Mike has also ordered BOGO (that's a buy one, get one free deal) for the whole weekend; so grab your booty and welcome aboard!
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
When handmade paper is added for visitors to write on, it'll be used and appreciated for many years to come.
"Mother Marjorie" is hospitalized now, and it's time to break down housekeeping and make her comfortable. I salute Marjorie for all her good deeds, and her family and friends are hoping she gets back to crocheting very soon.
Just look at that smile:) She says things like "I'm so proud to have you as a daughter" that make my heart sing.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
I'm truly appreciating the versitility of my new burning tool---with challenges like this knotwork, it makes a big difference in quality and precision! With the ability to change the iron tips in seconds and the shapes of the tips. it gives me a powerful weapon.
My systematic approach to burning knots eliminates so many mistakes, and allows me to concentrate on the illusion. I'm moving on now to more complex knots and larger items, but the Deirdre Celtic Knot box is a fine example of my talents for precision woodburning.
This is an important milestone for my shop and to all my customers and supporters, I extend my eternal gratitude. Their encouragment and patronage has made my dream possible. 100 customers represents alot of work on the bench and on the business side, and I'm quite proud to have reached it.