Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What's On The Workbench Today

I finished up some wool stones over the weekend, a project that I really enjoy.  These were a request from a customer of mine and something that I haven't carried in my shop in a while.  Since I had so much fun making them I decided to do a few extra and they'll be in the shop later this week.  These are made with real stones in the middle and I like them as natural decorations scattered around the house and as photo props.  My kids really like hauling these around too and stacking them up.  I think there's something about the soft wool and the heft of the stone, it makes a nice combination.

I'm also working on few more birch brooches today.  I cut discs from downed branches, shape and sand them, and then apply a thin layer of birch bark like a veneer on top.  I then drill holes and embroider designs on them.  I finish the sides and back by rubbing it with local beeswax.  They're simple and natural which appeals to me.

Since I had the tools out I put together some small birch tags for my packaging too.

And yes, I'm making that mess on my kitchen table, much to my husband's dismay.  I know.  I know.

What are you working on today?


Marilyn said...

intarsia...knitting with bobbins...untangling tangles...doing something I have no clue how to do...but that's what it's all about isn't it?

Betz White said...

My husband LOVED his canoe ornament I gave him for Christmas. Said it was his best gift! :) Your packaging was stellar as well!

RedTwigBrownTwig said...

Love the stones and they would feel great with the weight inside. Working on needle felted owls today in shades of cream, brown and gray.

Dawn S. said...

The stones are lovely! Needle felting is next on my list of crafts to learn!
My crafting is on hold while I nurse tendonitis in my hand/wrist. :o(

sharon said...

Your felting is gorgeous! Love those stones, and the red birds are soooo beautiful, your work is amzing!

Sonia / COZY MEMORIES said...

the felted stones are divine
I love my moss green ones so much
re: your tweet abt growing grass for the chicken, I do think you are awesome. But again, I've felt this way from the start, so no big surprise here.
nothing on my craft table today but I was crafting for friends these last few days.

This is My Life said...

The birch tags are such a creative idea. Love the color of your stones.

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Marilyn - now you've given me something new to look up. I know of intarsia in terms of woodworking but not with thread.

Aw, thanks Betz! I'm so glad he liked it. :D

RedTwig - oooh owls, that sounds like a fun project.

Dawn - it is fun but can be tough on the wrists. I hope yours are feeling better soon.

sharon - thank you so much!

Z - you're too sweet, my friend.

Life - thanks!

karen said...

Love, love, love the stones! Beautiful color!
Those brooches are such a cool idea and I love the little tags you make. I have mine hanging from my favorite lamp.

Laura said...

Just heading upstairs to work on my scrapbook for a trip I took in 2009 (I know, I know!) Hopefully it will be finished to day.

Love the stones, they are a gorgeous colour.

joanie said...

Oooooh, I love the colours and the textures all so much. Working on..... hmmm, science homework with T a hat hair decoration with G and finding homes for piles of crap all over the place because I'm "reorganizing."
Maybe something fun tomorrow.
And hopefully I'll reward myself with your yummy soft pretzels at the weekend :)

Margie Oomen said...

you are such an inspiration lisa

Scrapiana said...

Those birch buttons and tags are such a clever idea! And beautifully executed. But will there be sawdust in Darling Husband's next batch of cinnamon rolls...? ;)

Anonymous said...

they are so great, those little stones... and yes the tags too.

I painted (what else ;o) and blogged about is. About trees. HOw important they are to mankind.

(and I made a mess of myself and one of my daughters, in the mud, outside in the sun! Feels like spring!)

k said...

you are working on so many clever things right now, i love it. if only i had more hours in the day... and i love that you're doing it on the table - just like i would!


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