What do I do when I wake up to temperatures like this?
I stay inside and update my Etsy shop. That is just what I did yesterday. I had a few brooches completed so I took a few photos and added them to my shop. I have a few other pieces in the works (new stuff!) and will be adding them to the shop sometime next week.
Yesterday's additions were brooches, a few birch bark pieces and a few oak and wool.
I was glad to have some time out in the barn last week to cut wood because with these temperatures there's no way I could stand out there and work. The pole barn is unheated and my fingerless gloves just don't provide the warmth I need. My gloves actually started off with fingers but suffered one too many run-ins with the belt sander so they are now mostly fingerless. (thank goodness I'm not)
Each of these wood brooches has been cut from a downed branch that I've hauled out of the woods. All of these are oak which is a nice sturdy wood to work with. I cut them, shape them, sand them, drill them, wax them, and embroider them. I gather the birch bark myself and then peel it into layers and use it as a veneer. I make the wool felt by hand. It's a labor of love.
It's important to me that these feel natural and unique. I want them to feel like something plucked from the forest floor. I cut them in organic shapes and leave angles and planes on the wood to remind the hand that holds it that it is handmade.
I can't wait to share what else I'm working on. Soon.
What are you working on this weekend?