Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Name this sammich!

What do you get when you cross French toast with grilled cheese?








We're gonna need your help to give this simple sandwich a name...






2 slices of bread
slice of cheese
one egg, beaten
pat of butter
salt and pepper to taste




Get a light toast on the bread









soak one side of each bread slice in egg













cook the egged side of the bread in a pan on medium heat










place the cheese slice between the cooked egg














you might be tempted to scramble up the remaining egg and add it to the sammich...



don't bother, it just makes the cheese messy:)


toasting the bread keeps it from getting soggy...and we'd interested in your tips, ideas, and name for this culinary masterpiece. Submitted by Mike Burnes (singer songwriter extraordinaire)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Follow Me!

Finding your way through a mountain of blogs? need a guide?


This egghead character is a adventurous gnome who knows his terrain














ready for a hike with a walking stick and trail marker






he's got a reputation as a big storyteller, and can be found puffing his pipe and telling a great tale of how he earned his trackers patch














his enourmous hiking shoes are the well worn out,






...and his favorite saying is printed on the back of his shirt: FOLLOW ME





A sneaky mouse called Whistle is his constant companion





the Gnome Guide is available for $22 with free shipping on MadeItMyself.com








He wants me to tell you the one about how you can follow me on this blog...








look for the signs on the right>

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Celtic Knot treasure chest

As I was finishing this box, I noticed that it has an irregular shape! The corners are not squared off---on the bottom or the lid.



Well.... that's weird.


So I've decided to reduce it by 40%



Probably the new owner of this small chest will never notice the flaw; but they will appreciate the 'glowing' blue glass bead on top and the Old World map inside!



Get on over to MadeIt Myself and look it over for the $30 price

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Me, Myself and Chi

Sometimes I find myself in great wonderment and feel very inquisitive. It's not difficult for me to tune into my Chi, but it's always a challenge to harness it. My husband Jody calls it En Fuego. My brother Mike calls it his Quantum. I call it Dialed In!





I don't expect you'll sit through the hours and hours of film to witness WTBDWK
but I can tell you this 'documentary' will get you thinking about thinking.

There's powerful stuff in WTBDWK and I even bought the DVD for Down the Rabbit Hole---so I've viewed hours of this heady material.






What the BLEEP Do We Know — First released in theaters in 2004, WTBDWK!? went on to become one of the most successful documentaries of all time. Now distributed in over 30 countries, it has stunned audiences with its revolutionary cinematic blend of dramatic film, documentary, animation and comedy, while serving up a mind-jarring blend of Quantum Physics, spirituality, neurology and evolutionary thought.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

a storybook ending

Fresh from the workshop: a pair of fairytale bookends!



Repurposed arch-topped plaques are decorated with woodburning and paint






'Once Upon a Time' features a prancing white unicorn and large fanciful lettering






'and they lived happily ever after' is adorned with a cute grey squirrel and playful lettering



These handmade bookends are only available on MadeItMyself



here's to happy endings:)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Proud to be American

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln




Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The World's Biggest Show and Tell

I've spent a good many hours lately on the website Instructables !


Like a cross between youtube and halfbakery with lots of tutorials, ideas, and step by steps


It's a great place to share with other crafters, fabricators, mods, and assemblers. Like so many who work with their hands, they are fascinated by tools and materials. Also, if you like contests...you're gonna love Instructables.


I found alot of recycling ideas, joinery techniques, and interesting projects:







Monday, September 08, 2008

the zipper spider


Found this fascinating spider in my garden today...



His web is about 4 feet across


with a zigzag design


right in the center


so, I call him Zipper



It's known as St. Andrews Cross, because of the way it holds it's legs in a cross and hangs upside down in the web. The large white zigzag in the centre of its web is called the stabilimentum or web decoration


In North America, Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the "black and yellow garden spider", or "writing spider," after the mistaken idea web stabilimenta were correspondence.




It has been shown spider webs using stabilimenta catch, on average, 34% fewer insects than those without. However, webs with the easily-visible markings are damaged far less frequently by birds flying through the web.




It is an evolutionary tradeoff the spider can influence every time it builds a new web. The inclusion of stabilimenta is influenced by many factors, including prey density and web location



They're not dangerous to humans, but they do produce about 1400 babies!

This web actually had 2 spiders and I suspect they are planning a family.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Bury Your Problems?

hmmmm....I was contacted by a film company in Los Angeles to burn a sign with an odd message:



They wanted to have the sign created and shipped in one week, so it can be used as a prop in their production: Signature Series. So, I gave the project my full attention and found myself wondering how this sign will fit into their storyline. The sign was shipped on time, and I hope it fulfilled it's purpose.





Performance artist Marc Horowitz’s segment of his “Signature Series,” a cross-country tour in his efforts to make a difference in the world.




So maybe my sign will be traveling the country, in search of problems:)



more videos on this project

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Daddy Long Legs

Found it on Etsy!



These little guys are a scream! They hold photos, messages, business cards or name tags for table place settings in their antennas.




Guaranteed to create a smile!
Each one is a hand crafted original by jodieflowers

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Made it Myself

How refreshing to find a new site for selling crafts!

I'm quickly putting my best inventory on the new selling venue..


so I can establish my shop and build a good business there!





Made it Myself doesn't allow dealers of any kind, which keeps the product offerings more inline with what shoppers will expect.

And that handmade purity will make it possible for crafters to prosper without diluting the listings from resellers and dealers.





This couldn't come at a better time for my shop, Edge of the Wildwood!
I can ease out of my role on Etsy, and perhaps maintain that shop for custom orders, vintage items and supplies.




Made it Myself will go through some growing pains, and I'm ready to work with them to develop a new marketplace that accepts only handmade items.







I'm prepared for the long run.
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