Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I was lucky to find this beautiful Japanese Jade Bonsai tree from Brussel's Bonsai in Olive Branch, MS.
The trunk is short and sturdy and the leaves are thick and very healthy.
My husband has shown a keen interest in bonsai, and this Jade will be a 'forever' gift for him--- a gift that you keep forever! We'll tend it and enjoy for a long long time.
(I really hope that my cats don't eat it)
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Mike Burnes is inviting YOU to a Feedback Party in the shop...
8 CD titles to choose from
Mike is hosting this house party to show his love for his fans on ETSY. These CDs can reach a wide range of listeners:
Blues, Pop, Love Songs, Southern Rock, and Children's Songs!
We know you want to sample the music first, so visit myspace just long enough to give us a listen...then zoom back over to ETSY because this SNS party is on until midnight:)
Mike has built a solid fan base from his ETSY customers!
Check out the recent FEEDBACK:
-EVERYONE SHOULD BUY THIS CD IF YOU LOVE ROCK,COUNTRY,BLUES,OR JUST A GREAT TUNE
-This CD came so fast I couldn't believe it. I listened to it for two hours on the way to take my ACT test and it put me in a good mood. My favorite song is the first one, Melia.
-Smooth, mellow tunes. Like the guitar music alot!
-Excellent in every respect. Mike has amazing talent, I love his voice, the music & lyrics.
Friday, December 26, 2008
A kind of Thunderbird/Deftones style lettering does the trick with some subtle humor. They wanted a flashy sign for "El Trailor" to fit with the 1969 single wide fixer-upper. It'll be mounted above their entry door in their new home.
While I was working on the sign, the parents asked about if they might know of someone that can make them a woodburned sign! LOL well, they got one now and I sure hope they like it.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
That's right! Officially, I'm known as a "pyrographer" py·rog'ra·pher (n.)
one who practices "pyrography" which is writing with fire.
...but pyrographer is a strange and clumsy word that's hard to pronounce and it sounds too much like "photographer" for the gentile conversator.
So, unless I'm talking to a fellow pyro or trying to impress a judge, then I'll probably just tell folks I'm a woodburner. It's requires alot less explaination, and I'm pretty sure I can pronounce woodburner without sounding like an idiot:)
If I'm feeling frisky and coy and someone asks me what I do...I'll use the old vernacular name and tell 'em I do pokerwork! and that makes me a poker? or is it a pokerer? LOL
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Edge of the Wildwood presents
the FAQ on woodburning:
- a heated pen with interchangable tips
- tracing paper or carbon paper
- wood stains and finishing material
hot tip: use a small fan to blow the smoke away from your face
yes! as long it's not plywood (because the glue emits harmful fumes) I've had great success burning exotic woods and even gourds and monkey pod. Most woodburners prefer basswood or other soft woods with light grains. When burning paper, the thicker the better.
hot tip: start with a small piece
There are hundreds and hundreds of clip art designs that are permission free and copyright free. I recommend DOVER publications for a complete source of artwork. You cannot use another artist's designs without their permission.
- draw it freehand using a pencil
- trace it from printed artwork using tracing paper and carbon
- transfer the image from a color laser printer
tip: a wide flat tip is used to transfer, much like an iron
Where do I start with the hot tool?
Burn the simple lines that make up the outline, then fill in the details. I like to work the outer portion first (if it has a border) and burn my way to the center.
hot tip: leave the shading for last
Part II of Burning Questions will cover
How can I avoid making mistakes and overburning?
Why does my lettering look so strange?
Will this take forever?
It's burned...now what?
If you didn't notice the tabby cat perched on my workbench photo---roll back up there and give Mimi a smile!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
HF is moving fast and developing a huge network; I especially like HF Daily Picks
You like handmade? ...me too!
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Best when served with cornbread
1 lb. beef chuck
2 c chicken broth
all purpose flour
1/4 c cooking oil
2 tsp kitchen bouquet
cubed potatoes - raw
cubed carrots - raw
1/2 white onion
Cut beef into bite sized pieces and coat the beef in flour.
Brown the beef in a stock pot on medium heat with oil and onions.
add enough flour to absorb remaining oil and add all other ingredients.
Simmer on low heat for one hour.