Friday, January 20, 2017

Wood Burned Wooden Spoons & Wood Burning Tips

Create a unique look on a common kitchen utensil by wood burning your wooden spoons.

I enjoy making handmade gifts for others. For Christmas, I made these wood burned spoons for my sister. They would be a great housewarming gift or Mother's Day gift. They would be perfect for the chef in your family.
Wood Burned Wooden Spoons & Wood Burning Tips

 I've long been fascinated with the idea of wood burning. I've come across so many amazing projects, that I knew I wanted to try it. At the same time I felt intimidated. What if I mess up? What if it's too hard?

Wood Burned Wooden Spoons & Wood Burning Tips

I decided to start small with wooden spoons. Even though I've seen some pretty cool spoons that are burned on the curved part of the spoon, I opted to burn on the flat end. I just knew those curves would mess me up.

That turned out to be a wise choice. Because wood burning, as it turns out, is not quite as easy as writing with a pen. I'll let you in on a few tips that I learned as I tried out my first wood burning project.

Wood Burned Wooden Spoons & Wood Burning Tips

Wood Burning Tips

Tip # 1 - Figure out how the tool works on a piece of scrap wood. How much pressure do you need to apply? What tip will work best for your project? How quickly or slowly do you need to move along the wood?

Tip #2 - Start small. Decide on a project that is not too detailed, large or expensive.

Tip # 3  - Write out your word {or design} with a pencil on the wood. If you mess up, just erase and try again. When you are ready to burn it, you are just tracing your pencil marks and that equals less of a chance to botch it up.

Tip # 4 - Go SLOW. It takes longer than I expected to burn each letter. If you go too fast, then the tool  will not have a chance to burn the wood. This is a hard one for me, since I assumed that it would be just the same as writing with a pen. It's not! Go slowly.

Tip # 5 - For a darker look, you can burn over your design again and again until you achieve the look you desire.

Tip # 6 - Practice makes progress. Wood burning is an art that I now have a much better appreciation for. It is not quite as easy as I thought, but as I continue to try new projects, I will progress and become better. I'm sure I will never spend the time to get to the "perfect" stage, but progress is enough for me.

Wood Burned Wooden Spoons & Wood Burning Tips

I'd love to start another wood burning project soon. Any ideas? What would you burn?
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blogging News!

I have something exciting to share with you all. I have become a monthly contributor at the blog A Glimpse Inside. That means once a month I will blog over there. A Glimpse Inside shares crafts, diy, printables, decor and more! I'm exited to be a part of it!

Head over there right now and see my first contribution.

I'll give you a little sneak peak at my first tutorial on A Glimpse Inside -  Fabric Heart Valentines! Be sure to check out the full tutorial.

fabric heart valentine with pocket

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Granny Stripe Crocheted Blanket

 Cozy up with this Granny Stripe Crocheted Blanket. This afghan works up easily. Once you get the first couple rows done, there's no counting and you can mindlessly crochet while watching tv.

Granny Stripe Crocheted Blanket
We're in the dead of winter here in Utah! One of the things about Utah is that if you don't like the weather, just wait until tomorrow - it's sure to change. In the last week we have had below zero temperatures, a foot of snow, freezing rain, hail, rainstorms, lightning storms and right now it's a balmy 42 degrees.

Granny Sripe Crocheted Blanket
There's one thing that's certain. And that is that the evenings and nights are cold. I've wanted a blanket to keep in the living room that coordinates with the room.  So I decided to crochet one.

Granny Stripe Crocheted Blanket

I was a little bit intimidated by making a large afghan. I've only crocheted small things like hats and hot pads. I was worried that I wouldn't ever finish it. So I knew I needed to make something easy. This Granny Stripe crocheted blanket was perfect - easy, simple, and at the same time georgeous.

Granny Stripe Crocheted Afghan
I found the pattern from Maybe Matilda. Her tutorial is for a baby blanket. I enlarged it, but otherwise followed her instructions.
She has a really good step-by-step tutorial with pictures for the Granny Stripe Blanket, time saving tips and instructions for the edging.  I really recommend checking all three tutorials out. She knows her stuff.

Granny Stripe Crocheted Blanket

I will say that since I made it so large, it took me much longer to make than I anticipated. Part of the reason is because I didn't work on it consistently. I would go months at a time without picking it up. But earlier this fall, I buckled down finished it up. Mostly because I was looking forward to cuddling up with it this winter. I think the kids like it as much or more than me. They're always snuggling in it.

Now I want to make one for my bedroom too!

Have you ever tackled a large crochet project?

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