It's a quite dreary day here. I'm sitting in my comfy chair by my window and feeling quite lazy. I decided this morning that today would be no stress. I woke with the beginnings of a migraine and I'm completely out of all my meds so I thought I'd be a mess.
I woke up too early and took a shower. Who hooo. Thought it might help my headache. I took a couple of tylenol, a couple asprin and so far it's at a very low level. It helped that my youngest son has Mondays off and he was so sweet to go to dunks to get his mama a medium iced coffee, caramel swirl please, cream only. 🙂
For a least the past few months I've been feeling very apathetic. It's nothing new to anyone who has been reading for a while. I have no desire to do much of anything. I kind of shuffle from one room to another.
I've been working on learning wood burning. I found an amazing artist who does this very distinct style of it. She wood burns the entire background and leaves the detailed elements untouched. It's oposite of everyone else and it's stunning. She has some amazing rolling pins….$260.00.
So like my normal self, ie: sock knitting, tatting, smocking I picked up these hobbies a long time ago. I could have just knit something simple as I was a basic knitter at the time but figured out how to read the patterns and soon I was knitting socks. My mom was the most impressed and swore she couldn't ever knit one. I walked her through the process and I am no longer knitting socks and she has continued for the past ten years. We all get hand knit socks for Christmas. They are a luxury.
When my daughter was small (she is now > 20) I longed to stitch those amazing Polly Flinder dresses. They were hand smocked which is gathered at the front. I could hardly sew never mind smock. Nobody in my area did this style of sewing so I taught myself. I got so good after sewing for my nieces and daughter that I started a small business taking custom orders. I made Christening gowns….one lady sent me her wedding dress. I sent some beautiful nightgowns to Switzerland.
Now here I am with a new craft that I can't get looking right. I've been doing it for the past month. When I read reviews of the amazing artist I was trying to emulate, I read "museum quality" and was even more discouraged. I have a lot more work ahead. And this is a thing I think best for artists who can draw which I am not very good at. I know it will take lots of work for me to master this and I want to be good at it NOW. I don't think the standard model of wood burner works that great and I'm ready to invest in the expensive more professional version. I will not allow myself to invest at this point when I'm just learning and apparently the whole world of youtube uses that shitty tool and gets the good results they want. So. I'll just keep practicing and trying to get my own look.
I've been finding some old wood pieces at Goodwill. I have found some wooden spoons and spatulals and a couple of large cutting boards. I adore the rolling pins and I've picked up 3 of them. Unfortunately these are for experienced wood burners and the wood is very hard. I got a couple of frames after seeing some beauties.
So now I've been doing the wood spoons after picking up a pack of inexpensive ones. The wood is easy to burn. I thought it was silly at first then I decided to try some personalized wooden spoons as gifts. It was nice to think about the recipient using the spoon for years and them thinking of me when they use it!
Since I'm not a drawer, it dawned on me that i could rubber stamp some designs and burn over them. If I do that again I need to remember to use light ink. I thought the dark ink would blend in with the burning which it does….but it also is hard to tell where I already burned vs the ink.
Here is one of my first spoons…LMAO. I figure I've gotta tackle the regular kind of wood burning before I get to the point where I can do that other style.