Monday, July 30, 2012

Erin's (attempt at) Hobbies- Wall Hangings

Most of you are aware that I'm a regular attendee of DIY Wood Studio here in Fargo.

I guess I've established myself as the scavenger of the group because my all time favorite thing to do is pick up scraps of wood and try to put them to good use.

Here is a project I completed with wood that was lying around the studio. The tools I used for this project were:
  • Saw-Stop Table saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Jointer
  • Clamps
  • Glue
  • Tung Oil
  • Keyhole Bit

First I rustled up some wood pieces I thought were varied in color and texture and gathered them together.

The next step (which I don't have pictures of, unfortunately) is to cut the different pieces of wood to the lengths and widths desired. I used the miter saw and table saw to accomplish this step.

Then I took the wood pieces over to the jointer to make sure the edges were even to ensure a good, solid seal during my clamping and gluing phase.

Next, I glued and clamped the pieces together by twos and let them dry an adequate amount of time.

 After the smaller sections were dried, I glued and clamped those together to make larger sections secure.

 I finished this project by gluing some smaller pieces of wood on top of the clamped sections to add dimension and visual interest.  Once the pieces were completely dried, I coated the whole project with Tung Oil.

I used a keyhole bit to make the hole for hanging on the back of each and centered the hole by weight.

Here's the completed project:

I'd love to hear your feedback and comments on these pieces...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Erin's (attempt at) Hobbies- Lamp Shade

I purchased this little lamp from a thrift store for around $8. It didn't come with a shade, so I went to Target and bought a plain white one for $7. These items sat around my house for months until I remembered I had a scrap of fabric from a previous clock project I could use. 

I cut four pieces of fabric- one for each side and used Liquid Stitch to attach the fabric to the shade. This whole thing took me about 15 minutes.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Inches are Milestones

I've been bad about blogging for a while now, but am back at it with a lovely video of Rowan from a recent therapy session.
We were all so proud of him!

What a smart, smart boy...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Spa day with Lily

I think both Steve and I really covet our special one on one time with Lily. His favorite thing to do with her is to take her on runs with him and to the park to play. It's their thing, and is so good for their relationship.
Lily and I love to do art projects and to bake sweets- we get up early on weekend mornings and pick out a recipe or a project and get to work!
Last week, though, Lily and I got to spend some quality time together at a spa so she could have her nails painted. I'm not fussy about my nails at all and never paint them, but I thought Lil would love the pampering and the fact that she could pick her own colors.

She had a blast and chose pink for her fingernails and brown for her toenails.

Here she is getting her toenails painted. Love that big smile!

I think she smiled the entire time.

 And here's a video I took of sweet Lily getting her Manicure:

Gotta love this kid...
What a fun day!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Gotta love those hands

I haven't posted in a while, so this is my fairly lazy attempt to keep things moving along!

I hope you're all having a great Summer.