Thursday, December 30, 2010

Group Hug

to my devoted husband


to all my kin


to my friends and co-workers


to my neighbors


to all my shoppers, be they buyers or lookers


to my blog readers and followers


to everyone who gives me support and kindness



Thank you for making 2010 a wonderful year!



... may all your good times last beyond the New Year


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Life! old apron becomes a dreamy bag







She dreamed it!








"I literally woke up one morning with the plan for this bag" said Jessica on her thimble+bobbin blog.








The vintage apron was a seller-to-seller trade on Etsy from our Edge of the Wildwood vintage inventory. Jessica wanted to make a bag for her Mom for Christmas, using the apron and some handbag handles from her fabric store.




With only a few days until Christmas....the 'plan' dream happened to Jessica and she was able to work out a beautiful reconstruct. The "Gracious Me" apron was fashioned into a sweet, functional handbag.









Jessica has her own successful vintage shop on Etsy called PEPPER VINTAGE




please visit:)




Get all the particulars on this project at thimble+bobbin

Sunday, December 26, 2010

unto us

epic fail photos - Congratulations FAIL
see more funny videos

Friday, December 24, 2010

special sneak preview Laiska Lodge





I've been hired to create a custom woodburned sign for a rustic residence in Pennsylvannia! I have a wonderful opportunity here to share some of the details of the project, and give my customer a glimpse into the signwork that will from this day be called "Laiska Lodge".




'Laiska' is a Finnish word for lazy; and 'Lodge' is where this laid back family likes to wile away the hours




A large oval signboard was selected (16" x 10.5") made from basswood. The crosscut slab still has the bark intact and provides an ideal surface for the burning. The sign is intended to be posted outdoors at the end of a driveway, so a double coating of clear coat resin will be applied to seal the piece and protect it from the elements.





Every detail of the design has been carefully planned by my buyer: the lettering style and placement, and the relationship to the artwork! The recliner will replicate a favorite easy chair from a cabin that once sat on the property - and will be prominently featured on the sign.





As the sign develops, I'll be posting more photos and notes that follow the LAISKA LODGE signwork to completion - so come back and visit my blog often in the next few weeks!




*Merry Christmas to Larry*







Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Yule Log for my blog



I've been 'stoked' since I found the Yule Log on my Comcast On-Demand holiday selections...

Yes, I probably play it a little too much. and this yuletube video is a great online version of the experience!

Let it warm your heart and spark up your Christmas spirit.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

peace and goodwill


Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Saviour and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.

-Calvin Coolidge


Friday, December 10, 2010

i just cant wait til CATurday


Saturday, December 04, 2010

this CATurday is BIG



...real big




and getting bigger!



Friday, December 03, 2010

the Thanksgiving Stranger


Just as my family was finishing up our holiday feast, there came a knock at the door. We weren't expecting anyone. The stranger had run out of petrol right in front of my parent's house. We grabbed a container and Gary took him to a nearby gas station. Within a few minutes, the crises was over and we asked ourselves




"How did this guy find a shirt that exactly matched the aqua color of his car?"




You never know who will need your help, or when they'll need it.


.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Storyteller - The Luna Expedition of 1559


Located at Pensacola's scenic port this bronze statue of it's founder, DeLuna rightfully faces the land with his back to the bay.




It seems that even though the original Spanish settlement failed, Pensacola was well established before Jamestown or St. Augustine.




What-do-ya-know? The Luna Expedition landed on Pensacola on my birthday (August 14) in the year 1559



The beautiful setting for this historic marker and all it's engraved stones makes visitors feel a part of the history. The nearby marina and working docks on the port of Pensacola provides a background of sounds and reflected light.




Storyteller is an ongoing series that brings you the story behind historical markers. Whenever I come across an interesting roadside or monument marker I take a few photos and post the Storyteller in my blog.

-Carey

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

rest and repose

we saw this adorable little squirrel on our front steps


he sat there in a sprawl position for about 10 minutes


then he bounced away quick as lightning


we were then visited by wild turkeys






and a resident woodchuck (we've featured this guy before)





we really should come up with a suitable name for him!









Monday, November 29, 2010

wake up to Cyber Monday




It's the busiest day of the year for online shoppers
Fantastic products and unbelievable prices!



50% off our entire vintage collection on ETSY



Enter the coupon code 'bluemonday' for half price on any vintage item




This offer is valid today only - expires at midnight CST








































Wednesday, November 24, 2010

wordless wednesday



Saturday, November 20, 2010

American Hardwoods: Sycamore




It's not just big, it's old, too. In the 500 to 600 years that a Sycamore tree can live, it develops the largest trunk diameter of any of the Eastern U.S. hardwoods. But it's no buttonball! Well, let's see... actually it is sometimes called a buttonball.











Tracing it's origins back to the oldest clan of trees on earth, the sycamore family by all rights is over 100 million years old.











.They're not just old, they're old-old. And they didn't get that old by being a whimp: sycamore trees will bust up a sidewalk with their aggressive growth. Any grasses that should find themselves under a sycamore will be killed by a substance that is released from the trees frequently falling leaves and twigs


Sycamore trees have a flaky, mottled bark that has to constantly give way to it's ever expanding trunk. Falling away in large irregular shapes and leaving behind a green-white-gray surface, the rigid bark is not able to stretch and accomodate the growth. Consider that the largest specimen on record being 167 feet tall with 13 feet diameter; with a few noteworthly historical observations made 45 feet diameter of one particular specimen (George Washington, 1770)


The winged seeds known as ‘helicopters’ twist and spin their way aloft. As a study in wind power, a British company is designing a huge wind power turbine using the sycamore seed as a model. These odd looking turbines are expected to generate 10 megawatts of electricity (enough to supply 500-1000 homes).






The Buttonball Tree is a famous sycamore located in Sunderland, Mass. where the locals say it's the widest tree this side of the Mississippi. Recognized by the National Arborist Association, it's believed to be about 350 years old.









Kokomo, Indiana has a giant sycamore tree stump encased in glass.










In ancient Egyptian mythology twin sycamore fig trees stood at the eastern gate of heaven where the sun god, Re, appeared each morning. This tree was also regarded as a manifestation of the goddesses.




Sycamore is the preferred wood for making 'love spoons' in Wales



CARVED DOUBLE LOVE SPOONS
BY JANEL LOVES CRAFTS









Find more in-depth articles from our "American Hardwoods" series:

*KING OF THE FOREST THE RED OAK placing an acron in a window sill was believed to protect the house against what?

* CHAMPION OF HARDWOODS COTTONWOOD why does cottonwood make a poor source of fuel?

* THE WIDOW MAKER ASH might it be dangerous to walk under an ash?






Be sure to come back for our last species to profile: Walnut. Blog visitors have given their support to the "American Hardwood" series...and we'll begin a new series in 2011 that covers

BIRDS OF TENNESSEE







Tuesday, November 02, 2010

is it freehand?

video

JessicaJon.etsy.com


I posted my own spoiler! If my brother should happen to view this; you'll have to wait until your actual birth-em-day to get my gift. Since I know that Mike has limited internet access...and spends most of that time in search of more guitars to buy...I think I'm pretty safe:)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Blair Witch Project - how it should have ended

howitshouldhaveended.

I couldn't have been the only person who wanted to see a hag character as the Blair Witch on the final scene of this movie! My ending would be: dark, creepy stone interior with scuffling footsteps....a low growl and heavy breath gets gradually louder...the camera swings around for a look at the monster...the end

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

gettin all sqrly

Another woodland creature that makes a delightful subject for my art:









squirrels!







My most recent custom order was for a series of clever woodburned signs for a garden space. This round piece features a fuzzy fellow with an alert expression. He welcomes his guests to the 'Nut House' while guarding a few precious nuts for himself. My customer writes: Once again, you delivered! I'm so happy with the way the signs came out. They're gonna look wonderful out in my yard







I've also used squrriels as part of my painted rocks. These little buddies are hugging; their position allowed me to use the natural contours of the rock and fill the space




In this medieval art, a squirrel is incorporated into the background. A large woodburned piece with many characters surrounding a mounted knight. Medieval Knight Returns is my best ever woodburning creation; the quality of work remains true to the original. Find this piece for sale in my ARTFIRE shop for $255.00



















These woodburned bookends feature a small gray squirrel with a few acorns. One end has


"Once Upon a Time"



this end has "and they lived happliy ever after" The storybook bookends are on sale now in my ARTFIRE shop $64.00





Squirrels, rabbits, frogs and birds - the wildwood creatures find their way into my crafts.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

cat trick


I love CATurday

Friday, October 22, 2010

Frightening Witch's Finger Cookies recipe

Frightening Witch's Finger Cookies recipe




1-1/4 cups PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, divided 4 oz.


(1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened


3/4 cup powdered sugar


tsp. almond extract


1/4 tsp. salt


1-1/2 cups flour

HEAT oven to 325ºF.

RESERVE 60 nuts for later use; process remaining nuts in food processor until finely ground. Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar, extract and salt in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in ground nuts. (Dough will be stiff.)

ROLL dough into 60 (3-inch) "fingers," using 1 Tbsp. dough for each. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Press 1 of the reserved nuts into dough in 1 end of each finger for the fingernail. Use sharp knife to make 3 crosswise slits in top of each finger for the knuckles.

BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 3 min. on baking sheet; carefully transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

birds, feathers, nests and eggs


Do you dare mock a crow? no!

Some say that mocking a crow will bring you grief and sorrow. But whenever I hear the caw, I just can't resist calling back.

My brother (the songwriter) named his band 'The Stray Crows' to represent the flocking and cacophony of these wandering souls. (Click the link to sample the songs on CDbaby)



There are many things that fascinate me about birds, and I've often used them in my woodburnings and paintings. Birds make a fanastic subject with their elegant lines and haughty posture.


This is my most recent sign order: "This place is for the birds" Featuring purple finches nesting on a dogwood branch, with a chickadee and tracks on the bottom.



This video shows the progress on 'Wren's Nest' sign with Mike's song in the background. You can watch each layer of the process as the shapes and details are burned into the wood
































And from the special order file: this soaring eagle sign with fine detail that I made for a wildlife photographer Laurie Ryan
(a quick link to her shop on Etsy)







My Whimsical Series of woodburnings includes "Two Birds in the Bush" on a round piece with 2 birds meeting under a flower.















Another customized sign for a crafter: 'Ravenshold Creations' a leather worker and fellow member of Old World Shoppes.






















And where would birdies be 'twere it not for the egg? This 'Cluckingham Palace' was woodburned for a lovely California lady who pampers her chickens and wanted a proper sign for her henhouse:
















My mother loved this Songbird Pencil box so much, that she bought it as soon as I listed it on Etsy:) Next time, Mama...you can ask me for a discount! LOLOL











Birds have also been a wonderful subject for my brush work...painting this family of owls on creek rocks was fun! My customer displays the grouping in their family room along with a few other of my painted rocks and woodburnings that they've collected.












One cannot enter the wildwood without encountering birds of every type. Wonder what will fly by next? songbird? quail?
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