Work has finally begun on my holiday gifts.
These beads are from the clay I dug this fall and once fired will be stringing beads for my daughter. Okay, to be honest I might keep a few for me to play with too. I have a few other clay pieces worked up and I hope to have my first firing in the fire pit before we get any significant snowfall.(wish me luck)
Sonia did a nice post the other day about some simple and handmade gifts to consider giving this year, if you're looking for some inspiration. I firmly believe that gifts don't need to be expensive to be appreciated. A simple, thoughtful gift is much more meaningful and I'll take 10 minutes of thought over $100 spent any day. (but hey, if husband is reading, that Wustof knife combines both...)
I've also been working on some wool brooches and am just finishing up the wood bases. Each wool scene has to have a base that I feel goes with the scene, so it isn't quite as easy as just popping them in whatever I have on hand. They have to be the right color and shape so I've been out at the saw and sander tweaking away. (sometimes I drive myself crazy, but this is how I am)
The brooches, along with a few new stones, will be in my shop sometime this week. I'll post once I know when I'll be adding them.
I'm be back at the workbench today after I finish my coffee and shake off this Halloween candy hangover. (ohh Charleston chews, I both love and hate you) There is much to be done in the next few weeks; holiday gifts, book projects, en masse mitten-making... the list is endless. I'd better get to it.
Have a good day everyone!