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Monday, January 11, 2010

3 AM

I am awake with baby and I realized tht I had a few minutes yesterday to make a card for a friend, but forgot to take a picture before mailing. What a dork! The person who is getting it reads this blog, so maybe best I didn't post it, and it will be a surprise.

I suppose I will be all over hearts soon, getting ready for Valentines Day. It's a fun time of year. Has anyone ever tried whittling, or wood carving with a knife? Seems it could be fun and relaxing...I was thinking of trying to make some wooden hearts. I suppose I would need a soft wood. I need to read up on this.
Something like these seems nice!!! I like the naturalness of the wood...nice and simple. Sweet. Happy.


Picture on right from Holyland

Picture on left from Dolfistore

11 comments:

Pokeberry Mary said...

Egads! Here I am getting up and you're just going to bed! Kind of like my kids.

I like the bottom heart with the little knife marks. I love to carve but wood is too hard for my fingers. I can carve pre-baked poly clay though and it looks much like wood when done. Up with the grand-baby huh. :) Lucky ducky!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

A friend of mine carves. I have put knife to wood but have never finished a piece. It is a soothing activity.

Hortist said...

Julie, thank you very much for being so kind hearted about my family and posting very very nice comments on my blog. Take care and have a nice day :)

Serena said...

I hope you manage to catch up on sleep....I remember those days well.

I have always wanted to try whittling...I think it would be a great way to pass the time and have something to show for it. Those wooden heart pics are lovely....and the song - Wooden Heart sung by Elvis Presley - just popped into my mind. lol

soulbrush said...

aaaaw poor little thing, is she teething? now that is something i have never tried, wood carving, my hands are just not strong enough. happy cm for today julie.

Diane AZ said...

I always thought it would be fun to carve little wood or linoleum blocks for printmaking, but I haven't done it yet.

Claude said...

well, I've carved many a bob in my day... it is pretty soothing, but it's also pretty time consuming. The secret to those hearts would be to cut it pretty much into a heart shape to start with... then whittle the curved edges... if you start with balsa wood, extremely soft, easy to carve, and redily available from most craft stores, you can then graduate to the harder woods after you've taught yourself how to handle the knife.

Stapeliad said...

Julie- I got a bug to do woodcarving a while ago and it still appeals to me, though I never actually finished anything.

I found it dfficult because my knife got dull really fast. I used balsa wood, but think you'd be better with something a little harder.

Julie said...

Claude and Jessica- thanks for your ideas regarding the carving. I will try your idea to at least start with balsa wood, Claude. I am excited to try.

carla j said...

I used to have the carving set that you carved just flat surfaces. You traced the design on the wood and then used like a v-gouge to work around it.
Something you might like but not quite the same- i saw a project that made ornaments or gift tags out of thin corkboard. they were rather cute.

messyfish said...

did you do it? I think wooden hearts are beautiful...