Monday, November 25, 2019

Christmas Scherenschnitte 2019 - Planning

I've been contemplating whether or not to do my annual 3D paper snip for Christmas.  Those are what I send out as Christmas cards.

They are a boost to my self esteem, for sure.  People post their collections of my snip ornaments/Christmas cards on Facebook.  Some folks leave their Christmas snips hanging up all year, which is fun to see when I come to visit.  Fewer and fewer people send cards back anymore though.  I really enjoy receiving them so I am disappointed to not get cards in return.

Last year, I was in the throes of a sculpture class during this season.  I spent WAY, way too much time working on my projects for that, so the cards had to be set aside.  This year, however, I could easily do them.

Some 3D snips take an hour and a half to complete and that's not even taking into account the amount of time it takes me to settle on a design.  So, these things are really labors of love.

Here are the contenders for this season, albeit in a really unfinished form.  You can see one that I gave up on pretty quickly. The designs are not complete, and only one is 3d.

Some, I had to retreive from the trash can just now.  Most of my samples, I hate right after doing them.  When I went to bed last night, I had decided to not take on this project this year. This morning I changed my mind. I am ready to snip!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

STEAM Winter Art Activity and Sub Plan - Doodles

This winter art lesson is integrated with math. It may be drawn in a complex design or a simple one.

The main idea is "radial symmetry."  Six templates are provided to help students evenly draw their designs around the circle.  Five drawings of completed designs are also included.  It includes a sheet of sample winter and holiday icons to help the kids add detail. This would also be great as an early finishers activity.  You can find this over at the TPT shop: Cool Classroom Ideas.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Chip Carved Spoons

Since it has gotten chilly, and my carving space is usually on the screened in porch, I haven't done too much wood work the last few weeks.  Here are some of the chip carved spoons I made this summer though.

I found some wonderfully green wood in West Virginia where I take a solitary vacation every year.  Then, there is some old cherry that I got from there another year, that I kept in the freezer.  And then there is some spalted wood that I got from who knows where.  Love it!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Chip Carved Spoons

I am still spoon carving, but I have added chip carving to the decoration. This was made from a maple branch that fell in the street a couple of weeks ago. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Snipping my Christmas Cards

Holy smokes! It has been forever sine I posted anything!

November and December are the months I cut my Christmas cards. Here’s what they look like this year.

Here is how I cut them.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Cherry Spoons

My spoon carving doesn't start happening until after Easter.   This year, I had a difficult time coming across green wood to carve, so I got a late start.

On a recent trip to West Virginia, the friend from whom I rent a mountain top farmhouse told me I could cut a limb off her cherry tree.  Oh happy day!!!!!!!!!  Cherry is one of my favorite woods for spoon carving.

I carefully selected a limb that would not be missed. Probably I got about 10 spoons worth of cherry.

My first spoon was carved for my friend.  When I carve there, I hole up in a funky side porch area that is out of the wind. Many times when my friend visited the farm and came over to say hello, she picked up the spoon to inspect it.  I don't think she knew it was intended for her.

When I was finished the carving, I wood burned "County Line Cherry" into the side of the handle to show the wood came from her farm.  Sometimes it is so very hard to let go of these things!

(In the background is the "mother" tree.)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Scherenschnitte Retirement Card

Last night I went to a retirement party for a long time coworker friend.  Did I know about the party for a long time?  Yes?  Did I wait until the day of the party to actually work on my gift to her?  Yes.  I had planned it in my mind, but I procrastinated making it.  That's not like me.

I also procrastinated taking the photos of the piece.  Ugh.

The four sides have silhouettes that represent four parts of her adult life.  The bottom left shows a woman holding a flag, which represents her many years as a Marine wife.  The bottom right shows her running with the Olympic torch, which she did.

The bottom left here shows her pushing a baby carriage, representing mother- and grandmotherhood. On the right is a cut out of her as she reads to children.  She was a teacher and reading specialist for many years.

I could kick myself for not taking better photos and some closeups.  Maybe that will spur me on to do a better job of that next time.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pysanky Season

Pysanky season is almost over.  Maybe.  I've been so compelled to work on eggs whenever I have a free minute.  It just seems as though I need to work on other things now that Easter is upon us.

I gave eggs to friends at Jazzercise and my old coworkers.  I have tons of eggs sitting around with no good home to go to.  Maybe my sister will take some off my hands.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pysanky in the Morning

One of my favorite times of the day is pre-dawn. The house is still and I can work undisturbed for a couple of hours. There is no self imposed guilt that I should be doing something more productive, i.e. clean house. Cleaning house would be too noisy, right?

 This morning I plugged into pysanky YouTube videos as I drained egg matter from decorated and varnished eggs. Right after I listened to a video about how to repair broken eggs, I blew out the sides of this egg. .....sigh. At least now I have some idea of how to repair it.

 Here, I have drained the cracked egg and rinsed the insides. This paper towel is wicking the remaining liquid inside the egg so that I can revarnish it. I may use another product to do this, in the hopes that it will provide a thicker, harder coat. Hopefully this will seal the egg and protect it better. Also I am hoping that the crack will look less noticeable and add more layers of protection.

Here's that YouTube video on egg repair, by the way.