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Where Has The Time Gone – WOODn’t You Like To Know!

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Where Has The Time Gone – WOODn’t You Like To Know!

A month into 2016, where has the time gone? I have been busy these last months, so thought I would give an update while I have a spare moment. 

I had my first solo art show at a small local art gallery here in PEI. That kept me busy for most of the Fall and into December getting ready for it. It’s a lot of work!! My show ran from January 5th and will be done February 12th. Though I don’t think I will do another one any time soon, it was a great experience!

Check out a few of my pieces!

“The Root”, is carved out of a spruce root I found in my back woods. The face carved in it is a version of the Green Man, a type of spirit of the forest. Click on picture to zoom and see better detail. Size is 6 foot wide and 4 feet tall. 

  
“Sails”, is a representation of the many ship sails in the Atlantic Ocean. Each piece was hand carved and painted. Medium birch, mounted on canvas, 16″ x 20″. 

  
“Moon Crescents”, birch bark container. Embellished with different colored birch bark in the shape of moon crescents and stitching. Handle is natural spruce root. Size 14″ high, 9″ wide at base. 

  
There are many foxes found on PEI, my love and fascination of them inspired these next pieces. 

“Fox”, mixed media (birch bark, acrylics). I used the natural color variations of birch bark to create this collage, accented with acrylics. Matted 8″ x 10″. 

  
“Sleeping Under The Moon”, mixed media (birch bark, acrylics). Again I used the color variations of the bark to create this piece. Matted 8″ x 10″. 

  

“Owl Watching”, mixed media (birch bark, acrylics). Inspired by a Barred Owl my husband got a picture of last winter that was sitting outside our house. Canvas, 16″ x 20″. 

  

Once the opening of my show was completed, I took a few days off, then started on my next endeavor! Opening an Etsy shop!!

So I have been busy carving up a storm, and sorting out all the little details of opening an online shop. Making inventory, buying shipping and packaging supplies, marketing materials, and creating social media accounts (check out my Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/eastcoastwoodenware/). Then there is the whole process of the actual online shop, making it look pretty and having all the information it needs! Needless to say life has been a little crazy!!

I’m just about ready to open, it will be called, East Coast Woodenware. It will mainly be hand carved wooden spoons, from the basic to the more intricately decorated spoons.  

So stay tuned for my big announcement in the next few days for my grand opening!!

WOODEN ORANGE CRATE – Upcycled!

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This is a project I did a while ago, but just never got to posting.  Over Christmas we got a lot of wooden orange crates with Clementines (Mandarin) oranges in them.  I kept them and set them to the side as I thought I could do something with them (no, I’m not a hoarder, I’m just a repurposer!).

 

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Well, when I finally got to doing something with them I decided to incorporate some Birch bark I had taken off a log, and some hemp rope I had left over from another project.  When I started I didn’t really have a plan, so kind of made it up as I went along.

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For the orange crates I had, two ends and the bottom were wood, and two ends were like chip panel board.  So I decided I would keep the wood as it was, and then use the Birch bark to cover the ugly panel board.

 

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The Birch bark I had, were not very big pieces so I decided to do a bit of a patch work look to it.  Out came the trusty glue gun and I started gluing on pieces of the bark.  It looked a little unfinished so took some jute rope I had and cut strips to glue along the seams (as this was a thinner rope).

 

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Next I took the hemp rope I had that was thicker and wrap around the top, as the wood corners stuck up about an inch or so.  As I wrapped it around I used my glue gun to keep it in place.  When I was done that, the two wood ends looked plain, so I took some white craft paint and painted them.  Looking better!

I still did not really have a plan for them yet … then it dawned on me that I could use them to decorate above my kitchen cupboards.  I had seen before where you stencil on a number and then stack them.  So I found a font I liked and sized it according to the size of the crate.  I printed them out.  I then took some carbon transfer paper and transferred the numbers onto the sides of the wood crates.  If you do not have transfer paper you can just rub a pencil on the back of the paper to color it in.  It will then transfer onto the crate when traced.

Then I took some black craft paint and painted in the numbers.  Done!  It was pretty easy and I was able to reuse something and keep it out of the landfill!

 

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If you do not have any Birch bark, try painting the ends, or use fabric to cover them.  There is also Modge Podge to decoupage on fabric or printed out images.

Hope you enjoyed this, and that it inspires someone to get crafty!

 

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