ON MATH AND WOOD
Math…gave me problems my entire academic life. It just never made much sense to me, so I blame it on the teachers, lol! What am I today? ~ A science teacher and woodworker ~ Both areas where you would expect there to be math. However, I still don’t get it.
My daughter and I were at one of my fave places in the world a few weeks ago, Woodcraft! http://www.JacksonvilleWoodcraft.com
Love that place. I just wanted to pop in to pick up some lacquer they were holding behind the counter for me. Short trip, right? Until, she…SHE, not ME, spots some wood that she wants. Granted it was beautiful, expensive, but beautiful. “Mom I need you to make a bobby pin holder out of this.” What the heck? A bobby pin holder out of expensive exotic wood? Ya kidding? So, of course, the wood came home.
I told her I would watch while she made the holder. Boy am I glad that didn't happen! As beautiful and interesting as this burl wood from Australia looked, it was tricky to cut. But the pics show the finished container, just not her big smile when she spotted this piece of art on her dresser.
You'd think there would be math involved with making this vessel. Nope, just a good eye and sharp tools.
There was some wood left over. Maybe this would be the math part. What to do with it?
I looked at the remaining stub and started working. A tiny bowl emerged. But wait, there's still more wood...just a smidge, but enough to do something. Jewelry! A pretty pendant was the end result.
All of this and still no math. At least not any kind of math I can understand.
Find the bowl, pendant, and many other treasures at http://www.Hendywood.Etsy.com
Go ahead and take a peek at http://www.HendysHome.Etsy.com too. Treasures can be found there as well!
Today is extremely quiet around here. It's wonderful :)
The heat is not stifling outside because a storm moved through in the middle of the day. I can still hear the thunder rumbling in the distance. That rumbling, oddly enough, adds to the serenity of the day. The dog sleeps - on my bed, of course - BUT she is NOT spoiled! Being a teacher and an empty-nester, I cherish my quiet times.
Can't get much quieter than a snail, right?
I've been busy tweaking pictures and listing a few new items.
Tonight, things will change...It is "Pampaw's" birthday. Yes, the whole crew, grandkids included, will be over later for the birthday celebration!
But, before tonight gets here, I will bask in the quiet and work on my creations.
Both of these pendants were made from mesquite wood, one of them is holding a blue color pencil. Can you tell which one?
They are listed at http://www.hendywood.etsy.com
Steampunk jewelry and wine - oh yeah!
Listed at http://www.hendyshome.etsy.com
SO MANY BEADS, NOT ENOUGH TIME
I'm on a bead kick. I can't help myself...I'm buyin', I'm makin', I'm storin'. Problem is, I need to use these beads for something pretty. If you look at the pic you will see that I like the natural look. There are natural stone beads, handmade ceramic beads, Czech glass beads, and wood beads that were handmade by me. Most are natural looking, but I like to throw in some brighter colors just for fun. The leather? Well it is perfect for stringing all of these beads together.
Storage...it's turning into an issue. The best way to store these little suckers is on jewelry that I make, right? I'm just not keeping up with that, so this pic shows one of my drawers of miscellaneous beads. You can also see my fancy zipper bag system. Ha!
O.K., it's a start. I have a few things made and many more ideas floating around in my head. But...tomorrow's another day, right? I'll string some beads then.
Look for these finished pieces at http://www.hendywood.etsy.com
IT'S IN THE BAG!
What's in the bag?...Well, nothing's in this one, lol. However, how many times have you used a bag lately? They are handy little helpers. I could not survive without zip locs, the garbage is much esier to handle in a garbage bag, and, of course, I have one of those cloth bags hanging in my kitchen to hold - what? - plastic bags from the grocery store, to be used again.
It's been way too hot to work on wood outside in the garage, so I've taken to the sewing machine. Nothing complicated, just these little bags. What could you do with the one pictured above? It's made from a fleece blanket that was never used, so the fabric is brand new and super-soft. The bag is big enough to hold an iPhone and bright enough to be seen. Perfect!
One simply could not survive the holidays without a bit of extra cheer. But, someone may need some cheering up. How perfect!! Wine wrapped in a Grinch bag. It's a must-have!
What's in the bag? It's your call.
These bags and more will be listed on HendysHome http://www.HendysHome.Etsy.com.
Independence Day, the fourth of July, a day when we, the United States of America, celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776) making us independent from Great Britain.
Enough of the history lesson…
Who the heck is that cutie in the picture???
About eleven years ago, I moved into my neighborhood with my hubbie, three daughters, a dog, and two rabbits.
Some early memories:
* Two greyhounds lived next door while our rabbits lived in an outdoor hutch separated by a chainlink fence and the hutch enclosure - yes, they were rescued race dogs...the rabbits eventually died of old age several years after moving in, the greyhounds never figured out there were rabbits right across the fence.
* There was a plumbing problem on the first day of moving in, the plumber accidentally broke the old pipe in the upstairs bathroom and stuck his finger in it to plug the water. I was sent to turn off the main water valve, only...I didn't know where it was! Finally found it, the plumber released his swollen finger from the pipe and yes, water was EVERYWHERE!!!. My awesome new neighbors rushed in to help!
* My most precious memory - The doorbell rings, we open the door to a tiny elderly woman standing there with a plate of cookies. Of course we invite her in. It's Bernice, our neighbor, welcoming us to the neighborhood. The oatmeal cookies were amazing and Bernice was awesome!
Bernice is the cutie in the picture!
My next door neighbors, Kevin and Shelley (sp?) host a 4th of July block party every year. We've been doing this for several years now. It's amazing how the neighbors all come together for this...and right in my yard! What fun! Along with food, drinks, a bounce house for the kids, and dancing in the streets, there is a parade followed by fireworks. Yes!!! People make floats all decorated for the occasion and parade up and down in front of my house.
The year 2010 was very special because Bernice lead the way, all dressed in her patriotic finery. With herself and chair all decorated, her daughter, Regina, made sure she was a shining star :)
Bernice experienced over 90 Independence Days. Not long after this picture was taken, the Good Lord took her home.
My hope is that Americans continue to celebrate Independence Days for a very long time. Long after I am gone. AND that we never...ever...take for granted the sacrifices made by our fellow Americans to keep our independence.
God Bless you Bernice, thanks for the memories.
Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Teacher, Lover of Animals, Woodworker, Jewelry Designer, Owner of Hendywood.