~ it's been awhile

Mercy!  I can't believe how long it's been since I made a post ... or even visiting the blogging world.  I guess I'm not a very good blogger ... or writer.  I've always had a hard time sticking with something.

That said ... I did stick with the wood burning a little longer than I thought I would.  I really enjoy doing it ... but I do have some difficulty with it.  One .. my vision sucks ... and I need new glasses, and Two ... I need a new heat resistant sleeve on my wood burning pen because it gets so hot so fast that I can hardly hold it but a few minutes at a time before I have to quit and let it cool down.

Any hooooooooooooo...................

I started out doing some birds ...

Then I moved on to some animals done on some trapping stretcher boards ... (just because they were handy and DH wasn't going to be needing them as he has practically given up on trapping because of the poor, low fur prices... another story).

These are just a few ... and I'm still at it despite my handicaps.  My kiddo's did get me a magnifying light for Mother's Day which really helps ... but I still need to get some new glasses!

I hope to start catching up again with my fellow bloggers that are still out there.  AND ... hopefully I can keep myself focused on continuing with this blog.

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


pyrography ~

I've been sitting idle for too long ... time to get the creative juices flowing again.  Should I paint, nah.  Woodworking, make more bird houses, nah. Sewing, cooking, cleaning, get organized and have a garage sale, ... What to do?  What to do? 

It is springtime finally in my neck of the woods and I really do have a ton of outside projects and inside projects to get at ... but they all feel like work.  My gardening and raking up after the dog will just have to be put on the back burner for a bit.  I need something else.

There is something that I always had a bit of an interest in but have never tried before.  Pyrography a.k.a. Wood Burning.  Why not give it a try.

Here's my very first attempt ... a loon.

Not the best job ... but for a first attempt I was satisfied with it.  I sure do have a lot to learn about being a pyographer!!!  It's not as easy as it looks, that's for sure. 

One thing I have learned already though ... and this might be a hard lesson for me to grasp ... patience.  I need to slow it down and take my time. 

I can't begin to tell you how many times I was saying to myself under my breath and out loud, "Patience Grasshopper. Patience."

Until next time ...
so it goes in my neck of the woods.


slab wood ~

The rough cut lumber pieces cut off of a log to make it nice and smooth are often referred to as slab wood.  

 I'm a wanting me some slab wood.

I want to make a section of fence like this ... minus the leaning cowboy ... to put at the end of my driveway.  This particular fence is out by Hick's Landing (for those who are familiar with the area).

There's just something about the rough, uneven pieces that I find appealing.  What do you think??  I'm having a hard time convincing Dear Hubby on this one.
Driving home from town this morning ~ beautiful weather we're having ...

... this is for you Sara ...  know where we're at ???

... are you still missing northern Wisconsin ???

Old Man Winter just refuses to quit with the snow.  Look at the size of these flakes ... they were more like snowballs falling instead of flakes!

Any time now Mother Nature ... you can switch us over to spring.

Until next time ...
so it goes in my neck of the woods.