February 21, 2019 - I've been in a small bible study with a group of women for almost 14 years. These women are such a blessing. This year, we are studying Psalms 23 using a study book from http://www.lifeway.com. You know how it goes, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." Psalms 23 … Continue reading Psalm 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd
January 31 , 2019 - I work remote, as do most of my team members. While we talk several times a week, we don't get to see each other in person very often. My whole team, my Director, and VP are all coming to town for my team's annual get together. I want to do … Continue reading Boxes and Kickstands Abound
January 17, 2019 - Lately, I've been forgetting to take my rings off before going to the gym. I wanted a safe way to store them in my bag. Hence, the idea for a tiny box with a lid that will stay on while kicking around in a purse or gym bag. To make the … Continue reading Cute Cubes
January 3, 2019 - There are a few challenges that I've been working around in the shop and finally made time to make some small enhancements over the past couple months. Table saw sled for a 1/4" dado blade and finger joint jigs. Clamp for scrolling compound cuts on 3D pieces, like the Christmas Ornaments … Continue reading Small Improvements to Tiniest Woodshop
December 20, 2018 - Our church's Connections Director reached out to me about a sign for the Lobby Info desk. We got together with the Interior Designer and Master Builder2 for a quick collaboration. This sign will sit on top of the Info Desk, use the church's font, be all lower case, and be a … Continue reading Church Lobby Project #5 – Info
December 6, 2018 - Hubby has longtime friends that are avid board-gamers and he is in heaven when he visits them. They play boardgames in every waking moment, stopping only for bio breaks. We were on our Baltic's cruise shortly before his next trip to see them. On a rough sea day, everyone was inside … Continue reading One For His Nob
November 21, 2018 - Exercise 15 from Scroll Saw Workbook by John A. Nelson Objective: To Practice relief cutting by making a collapsible basket Materials needed: 3/4" x 8.5" x 12.5" hard wood #5 skip tooth blade 1/8" drill bit The design for this collapsible basket has a decorative scene with two deer grazing as an arch … Continue reading Hittin the Books – Exercise 15
Nov 8, 2018 - Little's mom enjoys photography and Little goes along on the shoots. She saw a wooden toy camera on Pinterest and sent me a link as an idea for a future gift for Little. I was fascinated and my mind started spinning on features or "surprises" that would make it extra special. … Continue reading A Thousand Words
Oct 25, 12 , 2018 - After our Baltic's trip, I was excited to jump ahead to Lesson 17 in the workbook to start learning inlay. And not just Normal 1/4" thick inlay, but I want to do a crazy 3/4" thick inlay. This means stack cutting 1.5". There were a couple of lessons learned … Continue reading Hitting the books – Exercise 14 Relief Cutting
October 11, 2018 - We'd been planning a special Baltics cruise for sometime and this was the year to finally go! The cruise was out of Southampton, UK, and stopped in Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Russian, and Germany. The crown jewel was three full days in St Petersburg, Russia. We both love history and visited … Continue reading Inspiration from the Baltics
September 20, 2018 - My sister liked the Lab Phone Holder so much, she asked if I would consider making her a large one for the classroom to hold 20 phones. Yes, of course! (I was secretly kind of excited) With some quick web searches, we were both drawn to one that was a shallow … Continue reading Even More Phones!
September 8, 2018 - My sister teaches college, both lecture and labs. In the lab, cell phones are easily damaged and can cause costly distractions. To help them focus, keep their phones safe, and pass her class, the students check-in their phones at the beginning of lab and pick them up afterwards. Online, she saw … Continue reading Phones Away
August 16, 2018 - With an upcoming dinner party, I thought it would be fun to make some small party favors. I designed and made phone/tablet stands that were quite stable when I first started woodworking. But, I have since came across an even smaller design on Steve Good's site that works just for phones … Continue reading Party Favors with a Kick… stand
July 25, 2018 - It was time to make special gift for a Little. You've probably seen wooden name puzzles online. I added a little extra pizzazz by making the letters interlocking. I went back and forth on a theme for bookend figures. Starfish, flowers, etc. and finally landed on a butterfly for each end. … Continue reading Maple Name Puzzle
July 5, 2018 - I love the super hero movies! They inspire me to be a better version of myself. As you know, Thor has a hammer that is made of metal uru, which comes from the heart of a star. I guess it's more of an axe-hammer now. But, still. While researching how to … Continue reading Thor has a hammer. Maybe I should, too?