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1.19.2015

Wood Turning

Most days while I'm upstairs weaving and watching reruns of Star Trek, my talented hubby is downstairs working on his own artistic hobby - and it is much more exciting to watch than mine is! The result of his work is beautiful wooden bowls in all shapes, colors and sizes. I have piles of them on my desk to catch all of my supplies. The live edge designs are my favorite. They are unpredictable and each one is unique, just like the wood that they come from. 
Wood turning reminds me of our shared love for ceramics... except for the sharp tools & solid chunk of heavy wood that is spinning super fast. When the wood is securely attached to a wooden laithe it spins fast enough that he can shave parts away. He begins by shaping the outside and then turns the bowl around to hollow out the inside. In between the two he sands them smooth, oils them to bring out the grain and puts a protective coat ontop so they are very durable.
 If you don't follow me on Instagram yet, I love posting updates from both of our 'studios'. Videos of the turning process always amaze me. Sometimes I find myself watching youtube channels of master turners working in double speed.


12.29.2014

Home Update

Remember that crazy decision we had a couple months ago to build a home? Well, we haven't backed down yet! We just finished our second inspection, which means it still looks like a pile of wood & concrete, but it's almost over its awkward stage. God blessing, it should move pretty fast now - only 3 months to go!
The waiting game hasn't been hard at all. We've loved our Friday traditions of getting sandwiches for lunch, taking the schnauzees to the dog park near our new lot (seriously, the BEST off leash park we have found in Houston) and then stopping by our home and checking out the progress. I've been tempted more than once to take a plate of cookies to our builders on Fridays... you know, to butter them up to do an A+ job on our home. ;) 
 We feel so thankful that we have been blessed with great neighbors & wonderful memories at our current apartment. A part of me will continue to hold my breath incase worse comes to worse and our new house falls through, blows up or collapses... in which case I know we will make the best of it!But so far so good and I can't wait to see what memories this new pile of sticks brings.

12.26.2014

Year End Weave

 

Mr. Shaggy is done. 
I have been saving usable scraps from for the last couple of months, waiting for a reason to recycle them. I finally found one when I saw the photo above of the embroidered lapels by Natalie. That girl knows how to rock some fringe! 
This weave means so much to me because every piece of yarn reminds me of a different wallhanging that I created and sent out into the world during this past year. I love to see photos of my little ladies in their new homes! I am always mailing weaves to a new, exciting place; wishing I could jump in the box with them and see where they end up. My tapestries have travelled across the whole USA as well as overseas including Asia, Europe, Australia & South America. 
Meeting people from all areas of the world & creating something special for them has been the highlight of my year - it makes me feel like I have friends in so many countries! Thank you all!


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