Sunday, October 2, 2016

Busy Days

Oooooh, today feels like Fall.  It is dreary and gray out. I'm at home alone, so it is a great time to try and catch up here.

We were away from home a lot this summer.  West Virginia was home for a month.  I spent all of August at my favorite place on earth; a farmhouse on the top of Allegheny Mountain. Friends came to visit.  Family came to visit.  We crafted.  We spent nights outside watching major meteor showers.  I saw the Northern Lights!!! I sang to cows.  I missed friends while I was there, but never missed a day of living in the suburbs.

The week after we came home, we hosted family as my uncle was to be buried at Arlington Cemetery. As always, it was a sad day but visiting with family felt warm and fuzzy and comfy.

Days later, Mark and I headed down to Florida.  Friends rented a house on the water for a month and invited us to spend a week.  We did a bit of paddling, including sharing a paddle with an alligator.  Trying to maneuver myself onto a sit-on-top kayak from a dock, as a gator was watching nearby, really freaked me out.  It turned out to be a four foot gator who could not have cared less about us, but it was very exciting.

From Florida, I drove to Charlotte, NC to spend a week with my daughter.  She flew east from L.A. for training related to her job.  As she did work things, I spent my days in the pool, thrift shopping, and working on my TeachersPayTeachers shop.  Few people can make me giggle as much as my daughter does.  We slept a lot and giggled a lot. Luckily, we left town a day or two before the riots started.

Now that I am home, I am carving like a mad woman; as non-stop as possible.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Carving Time While on Vacation

This summer I spent a month at my favorite spot on the planet. I go to this farmhouse in West Virginia every summer but have never spent this long here before.

One of the things I do is to focus on whatever art I'm interested in at the moment.  Carving was a part of that.  This is a little spoon I carved for the lady who owns this farm.

A nice drink of Peppermint tea a
nd a cool mountain breeze make carving here so pleasant.

A little further along.
Little spoon.  For some reason,
when I offer up a choice of spoons,
people always choose the little ones. 

Here's what I started with.  Sycamore from home.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


I have started carving wands. Someone on Facebook asked me what kinds of wands they are. My thinking is that the wand's purpose will reveal itself to its owner. Several teacher friends have asked for one. I would love to know what magic they have in mind.  At this point I am just playing around and practicing carving.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Walking Sticks

I love summer.  I spend my days out on my screened porch carving.  Actually, I am just getting back into the carving.  But here are the things I've been working on.  Spoon carving again.  Simple spoon carving but it is very satisfying to work on.  And walking sticks.

This walking stick needs a little work before it is done, but I'll get that done today.  The wood burned design took many hours.  They have fancy, schmancy pyrography (woodturning) tools now, but I am using a beginner's tool from the craft store. Oh how that expensive tool calls my name.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Fat Fairy Meets Birdy

There was a dove sitting in a nest by our garage.  At eye level! I watched her until she left the nest and I peeked in .  An egg!  Then another trip out of the nest.  A second egg!  Yippee!!!

I watched her for what seemed like weeks and eventually saw baby birds. She saw us peek in so much she didn't seem to get flustered.  Every time I peeked in I would coo, "Hi, Birdy." I guess she figured out after a while that we were not a threat.

The birds grew and grew and I was getting hopeful that we would get to watch them fledge. I kept an ear out for dove cooing and peeked out frequently to see how the family was doing.

One afternoon I heard some odd sounds outside so I went to peek out.  There was fluttering and shrieking.  A blue jay was picking up and dropping the carcas of a baby dove on the driveway.  One of the parent doves was attacking the blue jay until the blue jay left.

Obviously the one bird was just.....desicated. I couldn't go out and deal with it, so Mark did.  We never saw the second baby dove out there so we assumed it had gotten carted away by the jay.

It was rainy out and the doves just kept hanging out on our steps in front of the next.  So much cooing and pittiful pacing. I left them some seeds and they seemed appreciative.

This went on for a couple of days.  We left out seeds.  The dove couple kept pacing around on our steps.

At some point Mark went out and picked up the lid of the yard waste can which was propped up on a cinder block.  Out ran a baby dove! It ran under our hosta plants and hung out there for a couple of days.  The parents looked after it and eventually they all left.  I am thinking it is a good thing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My Day was Made - Meeting One of My Favorite Artists

Oh my gosh!  Elsa Mora! I went to the National Gallery the other day to hear Elsa Mora, the artist, lecture. I was not disappointed that I did.

I have loved her work for years. She is highly skilled in many media, but paper cutting is her specialty. Be still my heart.  A paper cutter giving a lecture!

She is so down-to-earth and humble. I was so touched to hear her speak about her life.  My eyes were teary through a lot of the lecture, although I think a lot of that was from just being so happy to be there.

I comment on her blog under the name "Snippety Gibbet."  That name is just odd enough, that she recognized it when I told her who I was.  My day was made.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Going to Hear Elsita!

I am getting ready to head out to a lecture by Elsa Mora. So excited!

The earring houses I made from Frida Kahlo's work will be my accents today.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

To Those of You Who Can Do Such Things.... Clip Art

One of the things I miss about working at my old school is that I don't hear about new technology.  They were very good about keeping us up to date on software and websites.  As a retiree who is out of the loop, I have to dig around for stuff on my own.

Since I have the time now, I have been trying to jazz up my TeachersPayTeachers shop just a bit. One thing I noticed about many of the sellers there is that they use clip art that they purchase from other teachers on the site.  I have no idea how to make clip art but I thought I'd let folks know that there is a big market for clip art over there.  If you can create such things, you might consider selling them at TPT.

I suspect people would pay to have banners and logos created as well.  People who are not artists or who don't want to spend the time to figure out how to make them might be willing to pay for such things.  If I didn't have the time to figure these things out, I'd probably pay to have someone else do it too.

Free Logo Maker

Here's something cool I found today.  I needed to make a logo for my TeachersPayTeachers store but I don't have any software that would make lines looks as consistently clean as I would like.  So I stumbled across this free logo maker site.

I made bunches of these in different colors and saved them to use my TeachersPayTeachers shop.

Logomakr lets you create your own logo.  If you want something fancier, you can pay them to do one for you.

Thanks, Mr. Eaton, for the Info

Thanks to Mr. Clive Eaton for this post:How to add a link to an image in Blogger 

I would have thanked him in his blog's comments, however I didn't see a comment section.

I've been wondering if there was a simple way to accomplish this task and he explained it perfectly.