Friday, May 21, 2010

My Etsy Shop and some favorites

It's Finally Friday.

Well Day 2 of my Blog. I need to get to my day job by 6:00 am but I managed to get up at 4:00am and finish uploading pictures of some gorgeous tree branch buttons that I had made last Monday. I was also able to glue some tree branch magnets which I'll be listing tonight. The magnets are White Oak, some of the most dense wood you will ever find. White oak is used for wine and beer barrels (say that 10 times fast) according to my son. That's his picture. He's a Forestry Major at Michigan Tech University in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Yoopers - got to love them). I attached a few pictures of the drive through the winding roads. It's breathtaking.

If have never had a chance to check out the 'UP' as we call it you really should. Copper Harbor in the Keweenaw Peninsula is just spectacular in the fall. It's extremely far north, at the tip of the Keweenaw. Last Fourth of July my family went to Copper Harbor to view the fireworks and it doesn't get dark until midnight. Quite cool.

Anyway, back to the Magnets. I wanted to have a Giveaway after my Blog gets 50 followers. Fifteen (15) Tree Branch Magnets made from 5 different woods. So 3 magnets from Oak, Cedar, Maple, Elm, and maybe Mulberry or Cherry, something definitely fruity.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Big Red Cedar Tree and The Mad Chipper Man

My husband and I were driving through town the other night and someone had cut down the most gorgeous red cedar tree. Besides the fact that this was once a beautiful, living tree, seeing that gorgeous wood laying on it's side took my breath away. We stopped and asked for some branches and the owner let us take a few with us. Kind of distressing when he said they were getting a chipper to mulch up the rest of it for their landscaping. Arggghh. I think I let out a small gasp. Wow, who cuts down a tree to save on the cost of mulch anyway? Does "kind of stupid" come to mind. What a total waste of a beautiful, living thing.

Well I attached some buttons that I salvaged from Mad Chipper Man's tree. I think they are quite stunning really. I raced home tonight to make some more treasures, but my 4:30 wake up really drags you down in the evening. So I'll probably wait until this weekend.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

June Weddings are right around the corner

I can't believe the wedding season has started. I've been crazy busy trying to get everything cut, sanded, waxed, packaged and sent out on time. A few of my customers gave me some great ideas last year for wedding place card holders, tags as well as unity candles. Although she doesn't know it Lindsey, my first wedding customer gave me a great idea and it has really taken off. If I had the time I'd send her a nice gift of appreciation.