Thursday, December 30, 2010
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
"I literally woke up one morning with the plan for this bag" said Jessica on her thimble+bobbin blog.
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
Get all the particulars on this project at thimble+bobbin
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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
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Thursday, December 02, 2010
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.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
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.
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.
Sycamore is the preferred wood for making 'love spoons' in Wales
CARVED DOUBLE LOVE SPOONS
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
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
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
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
Squirrels, rabbits, frogs and birds - the wildwood creatures find their way into my crafts.
Monday, October 25, 2010
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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
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.
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
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?