August 19, 2021 - Two of my team members were having babies around the same time. I wanted to make something special and found a cute pattern for a wooden crocodile rattle (link below). I expanded the set by designing similar pony and sheep rattles. You might recognize the pony head and tail from the … Continue reading Crocodiles Rock!
July 8, 2021 - What is a stretching Ladder? I wondered the same. It is used to improve overall flexibility and is particularly popular with dancers and gymnasts for oversplits. I made this stretch ladder for a special dancing little. This stretch ladder is mainly maple for its strength with accents of walnut. I used … Continue reading “Be a lamp, a lifeboat, or a ladder”, Rumi
April 15, 2021 - You read about Penny and her Unicorns a couple months ago. Turns out, she has a friend that is into Ocean Rescue and has a pet otter named Baby Luna. Yeah, really! This expansion set includes Baby Luna otter, a blue sea horse, a green sea turtle, a dolphin, a baby … Continue reading Ocean Rescue Fun!
March 11, 2021 - ❤️ Semi-Dream Project ❤️ A friend challenged me to build a puzzle box! After a little research, I realized they are quite detailed and intense. It seemed a Burr puzzle would be a good mini skill building project. So, I added them both to my Dream Project list. Burr puzzles, and … Continue reading Burrrrr
February 18, 2021 - I welcomed another friend into the First Time Grandma’s club with this name puzzle! You know that I love me some Play Pal Cars! They are my 3rd most frequently made item. And I’ve made a few name puzzles, as well. What if there was a way to unite them? Yep, … Continue reading Play Pal Puzzle Mash-up
Jan 28, 2021 - I was looking for a game that was a quick play and could be played with adults and kids. I came across this game called Shut The Box on Steve Good’s website and was intrigued. After reading the rules, I thought this would be a cute game to practice addition with … Continue reading Shut the Box!
Jan 7, 2021 - Happy new year! Each Christmas, I make special ornaments for family and staff. This is the fourth year of a planned set of six. I picked out the design in summer, prepped the wood, and then began cutting them in the fall. Part of this tradition is a small wooden box … Continue reading Christmas 2020 – That’s a wrap!
Dec 17, 2020 - ❤️ Dream Project Alert! ❤️ After finishing the previous set of Play Pal cars, I noticed an intriguing plan for a truck set on ToyMakingPlans.com that matches the Play Pal cars style. It just needs to be sized down to similar scale. The tow truck and dump truck were what really … Continue reading Play Pal Cars getting a Lift – Part 3
November 27, 2020 - ❤️ Dream Project Alert! ❤️ I have been looking forward to this Penny’s Ponies pattern from ToyMakingPlans.com. As I was preparing to make a set for Little’s birthday, I asked my friend if her niece liked horses. She replied, “If by horses, you mean unicorns, then yes. Yes, she does.” 😂 … Continue reading Penny’s Ponies
Nov 12, 2020 - It was the 10th birthday of a friend’s daughter last month. Turning double digits is a special milestone. Instead of an in-person party this year, she simply wished for some birthday mail. So reasonable and so sweet, right? I thought back to when Hubby and I were first married. This girl’s … Continue reading Happy COVID Birthday!
Oct 26, 2020 - Have you seen the YouTube channel called 3x3 Custom? It is super awesome! In one of the videos, Tamar makes a round Salt Box without a lathe. Very cute and clever. I like how they stack. Perhaps I’ll try to make a stacking salt box some day. We have a rectangular, … Continue reading A Pinch of Salt
October 8, 2020 - Hello Teagan, Juniper, Lydia, and Cecily! It is Throwback Thursday, so time for another delayed post. I started making the 2019 Christmas gifts in the summer to avoid being rushed in November and December. It all started when a close friend announced she was to become a first time grandma! She … Continue reading Name Puzzles for Littles
September 17, 2020 - Throwback Thursday! This was meant to release on Dec 26, 2019, but I unscheduled it for some reason. So, here we are on Throwback Thursday. LOL In 2019, our annual staff day was in November. For my annual staff gift, I went with compound cut Christmas ornaments in tiny slider boxes. … Continue reading Staff Gifts – 2019
August 27, 2020 - Continuing from last post... With COVID sheltering in place, the tenor electric backpack uke is getting a lot of action by the Hubby. He likes to turn up the Gain and the Tone on the mini Vox amPlug to make it sound like he is shredding an electric guitar! He's enjoying … Continue reading Going Electric – Part 2 (aka Building a Bridge Over Troubled Piezo)
August 13, 2020 - Throwback Thursday! In early 2017, I made an acoustic backpack ukulele, posted about here. Later that same year, I made an tenor electric backpack ukulele. It is great for practice or playing late or while someone is watching TV, because it is very quiet to those around, while the player can … Continue reading Going Electric – Part 1 (The Build)