Just a little bit of (finished) making that has been happening around here. Simple little things.
pick up sticks and a set of checkers pieces (of which, in the last minute rush to wrap them up, I forgot to take a picture) as a birthday present for a good friend of G & D's. We made the checkers pieces out of some slices of a maple branch that Jim had cut and I had sanded to use for a different project ~ but they were just right. A little paint, a little beeswax polish, and they were ready to go. The pick up sticks game we made by cutting bamboo skewers in half, rounding the ends & sanding, then painting with a bit of acrylic paint. I ended up having to sand them lightly again, as the paint went on a bit globby, but they turned out very nice and was an easy, fun project for the boys. Plus, they made a set for themselves at the same time, so now they get to enjoy the fun.
little notebooks for myself because I can never have too many notebooks... One will be a journal for a class I'll be taking soon, the other to carry with me for jotting down writing notes as they come.
an apron for myself spurred on by a materials list for another class I'll be taking. This was one of those projects where my motivation was not the best and I really should have bagged it. To be honest, I could have just used an old shirt. But do you ever - like me - get it in your head that you've got to do something "special"? Something that will "show off" your creativity? Make you feel "in the club"? Cooler than just an old shirt? Ok. So that was this project for me. And though there were many times I could have (and perhaps should have) thrown up my hands in defeat, I am stubborn, and so on I kept, even though my first "this will be perfect!" idea fell completely apart. So, simplified by half, for better or worse, I now have a new apron for messy, non-cooking projects, and my stubbornness has been appeased.
I'll be away for the rest of the week ~ I hope you have a good one!