Sunday, May 22, 2022

Chip Carving on My Spoons

 Chip Carving on Spoons

This is the time of year when I pull out the carving tools. 

Last year, I carved a bunch of spoons with the intention to chip carve them this year. Nice idea, but boy is this wood hard!

I’ve got a little chip carving done on these and am not sure if I am finished carving them or not. I need to sand them a little to get rid of my pencil marks.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Pysanky from Munich and Bratislava

Pysanky from Munich and Bratislava 

During my trip to Europe I picked up two pysanky eggs. (Why, oh why, did I only pick up two??????). 

This first one, I bought at a lovely market in Munich. It is 100% painted. It resembles an egg that has used the drop and pull technique, of which I have zero skill.  I paid $5 and they put it in this egg carton that was created for pysanky sales.  (It has information on the carton related to where the egg was made.)

The next egg I bought in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. We spent a couple of hours in that lovely medieval city, on our way to the Czech Republic. Again, I spent $5. I bought this one because it is simply paint on a white egg. They packed it for me in a little plastic tub.

On this trip I tried keeping the souvenirs to a minimum. I have regrets that I did not buy a little more.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Hungarian Egg Display

 I just got back from Europe a couple of days ago. (My first trip over there!)

We spent a couple of days in Budapest, which was a beautiful country with flavors of art that really touched my soul.

I was surprised to come across a display of decorated eggs at an Easter Market.  Some are scratched eggs; some waxed and dyed; some wax on dye; some drilled; some vinegar etched.

Sunday, March 27, 2022


I have probably only gotten around to making 5 pysanky this year and only have photographed one. But here it is.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Scherenschnitte on a Sweat Shirt

 Scherenschnitte Self Portrait

I had created a design for my TeachersPayTeachers logo a few years ago, but didn’t really like it as a logo. 

As a design, however, I did like most of it. So, I altered the design a bit; sent it into the Cricut; and pressed it on a sweatshirt. I rather like it now!

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Scherenschnitte - Second 3D Flower Bouquet

 Scherenschnitte - Paper Flower Bouquet

This is the paper cutting from the drawing I showed the other day. I think I need a little more height in the middle, but it is okay. 

What I need to work on even more is taking photos of white paper! I just can't seem to get the balance or contrast how I want it. 

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Scherenschnitte Design for a Second 3D Flower Bouquet

 Scherenschnitte - 3D - Flower Bouquet #2

I liked the idea of the 3D bouquet, so I continued working with that theme. Here's the line drawing I am going to work with today.

Scherenschnitte design of a flower bouquet

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

3D Bunch of Flowers - Scherenschnitte


Flower Bunch

I've decided to experiment with cutting some of my designs on the Cricut.  If the design is totally mine, does it matter if I use X-acto blades or scissors or blades on the Cricut? How about if I do some of it on the Cricut and some of it by hand? That's what I did with this one; some of it is hand cut and some of it is machine cut.

Next step: stitching.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Scherenschnitte Bouquet - Sketch


 might cut this out. For now, it is a sketch done with Procreate.

Scherenschnitte flowers