Sewing Meets Woodworking

(This is for you, Ma. Now you can see what we've been up to!)

Project Day...woohoo!

Wood Curls

I am amazed by wood curls.
Beautiful ribbons of wood peeled off by hand planes.

It seems so wrong to throw these curls away.
There has to be a use for them.
Maybe to make paper?
Any ideas?

Sewing Meets Woodworking...

Making a coat rack out of ash wood.
Then I'll ebonize it.

(We've been reading about ebonizing wood. Very interesting chemical reaction done in the wood grain. Gathering supplies - will ebonize soon!)

I found that a sewing gauge and ruler are handy tools for placing hooks the same distance apart. Kinda like you would with buttons on a shirt.

I've decided sewing and woodworking are friends.

Hickory Table

Here is Nick's rendering for the design of the table:

I'm excited for it!

Table top - hickory
Legs - ebonized ash
Shelf - all-thread & recycled perforated aluminum
TV - to be determined...

Ice cream sandwiches - great way to end the day!


Project Day

I am excited for our next Project Day. It is a day (or a part of the day) that my hubby and I set aside to work together in our small garage on projects. It is a fun time to get covered in sawdust and just talk/dream about life and future projects.

As of late, he has been building a small wall table for our living room out of hickory. It is exciting to see the project come to life! I shall post pictures soon.

And I painted a bunch of picture frames black. Now I just need to find some art/photos to put in them. Does anyone know of a good graphic design student that drew a sweet picture of a mouse and takes amazing photos that would let me check out her selection? :)

I stumbled across this bench online today. Pretty interesting. This is what happens when you combine food with woodworking!


Have I mentioned that I love cooking with garlic? It is in almost everything I make. We talked last night about making a chair out of fiberglass molded around Styrofoam, then buffed and painted (either olive green, black, yellow, or red). The shape of the chair would be round I think, kinda like a bowl. Kinda like a head of garlic. hmm....Sounds fun!

Here are a few more interesting pieces I found today on Carpenters Workshop Gallery:



Anti-Theft Lunch Bags

I saw this today and it made me laugh. Who would have thought?

Your amazing sandwich will never be stolen again at work or school! These sandwich bags have green splotches on either side making your food look spoiled. Ha!



I stink at blogging. I've written only two posts since May and have placed my thoughts and creativity on the back burner to simmer this summer. Simmering...over what is worth writing about.

I follow many blogs and find that some people have way to much time on their hands while others actually have sweet ideas for projects that are truly inspirational. (And I'm sure some have secret groups of elves to finish projects, take fascinating pictures, and write up detailed tutorials.)

I just need to jump in, feet first....splash a lot...and hopefully I can learn and help other young women be hospitable, frugal, and creative in the home and servants in a world where fast, fast, fast is the common theme. Fast food. Fast homes. Fast driving. Fast lives.

Lets slow down and take a look at the bigger picture.

Family. This weekend I spent some good quality time in Bozeman, MT with my siblings. I love them all so much! Bozeman is a beautiful place. Here are a few snaps of our time together:

"The Bite of Bozeman". Turkey legs...what a filling feast!

Beautiful area by Ted Turner's ranch. My sister and I hiked up Spanish Creek trail. Amazing.

We got drenched by rain on our way down, but Oh how refreshing and fun it was! It was fun visiting with my dear sister.
Have a blessed day!