Once lost but now I’ve been found.

So what’s been up with you? My life is pretty random. Some people are known for doing one thing. For some reason my brain can’t. I need to make things and learn new things.

I think I have artistic ADD!

Over the last year I have become engrossed in wood turning. While I love it, I have had the desire to make knives too. I have been watching YouTube and it looks so much fun!

So much fun I decided to buy some steel and with a grinder and a hell of a lot of hand sanding I finally made my own 8″ chef knives. I still plan on turning bowls but for now I plan on honing my knife making skills. Here are my first two knives. Thoughts?

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Until then,

Stay Random!

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Americano with soy please

I love my family and spending time with them but there is something about jumping in the car and going somewhere by yourself, even if it is just for a cup of coffee and watching the water. I love to go down to watch the water. When I was a kid I would do it often. Maybe as a way to destress, or maybe I just like the hypnotic effect of rolling water. In any case it was short but fun. Then I got to do my second favorite thing sing badly in my car. : )

I need to learn video editing for my job, so I thought it would be a good time to film a short movie about my coffee date with the water : ) Hope you watch it and have a happy Thanksgiving-eve (not really sure it’s a thing, but oh well)

-Stay Random

Dom

Adventure day was cancelled so…

Today was kind of a bust. I started off with great intentions! I found an awesome waterfall that was only about an hours drive from Baltimore. But sadly, the cold front has brought pretty massive winds. : ( When life hands you lemons, grab the gin and tonic and do something else!

Instead of taking pictures I thought I would catch up on all the little micro projects I have floating around. I am part of a band called Chili, Chips and Cheese. We’re a parody group that takes songs and add chili lyrics to them. Click here if you want to listen. We’re recording a Christmas cd for fun, so I had to record a new song. I also wanted to play video games. Lastly, I couldn’t help wanting to spend time staring at the clouds because they looked awesome. I can’t believe i actually finished all of them in an entire afternoon!

Because no one in their right mind would watch a 8 hour video I sped it up. : )

Crocheting, from granny squares to amigurumi : ) (Guest post)

Crafting is something that I discovered at an early age and have developed over time. For me, crocheting has strong familial significance. My grandmother was my first teacher, showing me the most basic stitches. When I entered my teenage years, my mom took up the mantle, teaching me the more difficult stitches. This crafting time became very meaningful to me, because it was something special that my mom and I could share together. In between my crazy soccer schedule and her work schedule, we established “Melrose Mondays” (hello, 90’s!) We would order pizza, take up our projects, and watch the drama unfold between Amanda, Michael, and Kimberly. This was a time to grow my craft, to learn techniques and experiment with designs, and most importantly, to bond with my mom. We talked, laughed, shared our struggles, discussed my latest crushes, and really connected in this creative space.
Over the years I also expanded my craftwork to the art of cross-stitch and latch hook. And if I didn’t have a current yarn project, I would seek out something new to create, some new craft. Whether it be baking, cake decorating, or making party decorations, I was always trying to make something beautiful. Dom and I laugh about the fact that whenever we see something inspired, our initial reaction is not “Oh, let’s buy this,” but rather, “How can we make this?” Pinterest serves as both a blessing and a curse for the creative mind. There are so many wonderful ideas and projects, it’s hard to keep my board from getting full! There are so many more pinned ideas than I could ever make, or than my bank account could ever afford. We really should buy stock in Michael’s J

People often ask me why I don’t sell my art- and craftwork on Etsy. I’m sure I could, but for me it’s not about selling my pieces to make money. The value in my artwork centers on how much joy I might bring to someone through giving them something handmade, with love. There is nothing better than seeing the excitement of our kids when I present them with something I’ve just made, or when I see them show something to their friends and proudly announce that their mom made it for them. Crafting is more than just a hobby for me. When you can do something that you love and that also brings happiness to someone else, that is the ultimate reward. There is something thrilling about seeing an idea come to life. Taking something that starts as the seed of an idea in my head or a new pattern in my hands, and watching it grow into a finished project that I can hold and see, is something that few people can say that they have experienced. The sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing the final creation keeps me motivated to move on to my next project.

Now that I’m an adult and a mother of my own, I get to share my gifts with my kids. It is my hope and belief that they feel the same sense of joy I do when they complete a really cool project. I’m happy to do my part in making sure that the passion for crafting stays alive with each passing generation. By sharing your passion for crafting with your children, you can help instill in them a love of art as well as an appreciation for making things oneself. Yes, it is easier to go to the store and buy what you want, but think about how much fun you could be missing out on. Think about how many opportunities there are to build these lasting memories with your kids.As I have done, I want my kids to look back one day and be grateful for the time that we spent together and the memories we created. That’s precious time that you can’t get back.
What kind of things were you taught as a child that you still do or want to pass down? I’d love to hear your stories

Until then, Stay random

The truth about modern falconry

I’m sitting outside today watching the hawks soar overhead. Seeing them makes me reflect fondly on some of the birds that I have had the pleasure to work with in the past.

So, what is falconry? N.A.F.A. says it best… 

Falconry can be defined as the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor. This ancient art is a very demanding endeavor, requiring a serious dedication of time and energy from the falconer. On November 16, 2010 the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added falconry to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity.

To me, falconry is a way to have a relationship with a raptor and be permitted to interact with and help in its natural instinct to hunt.  In return for this incredible privilege, a falconer will help train the bird of prey to be a better hunter, will help improve the survival rate of these birds out in the wild, and raise awareness in order to get laws to be passed to protect their habitat and keep them healthy.

I love being a falconer! Being able to work with a bird of prey is amazing, as long as you remember they’re wild animals and never pets. While it takes time to build trust, your rewards are amazing! You’re an active part of the hunt, finding the game, flushing it out into the open then gathering the spoils of the hunt.

 So what does the hawk get out of the deal?

Longer life – 90% of the juvenile hawks die in their first year, and many hawks barely make it to 6 years of age in the wild. However, hawks kept as hunting partners can live 20 – 30 years.  And believe it or not, hawks aren’t hunting pros, so in the time spent with the hunter the hawk will be able to hone its skills while still being fed a proper diet and given medical treatment.

This season I will not be flying a new bird. Sad to say, but I have some other things to do this winter and hawking requires full time dedication. So until next season! (maybe with a new falcon)

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What can you find in a scrap of wood?


One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

I love the idea of taking an item that’s to be tossed away and turning it to something useful or pretty. With wood turning and wood carving one log can contain so many hidden gems.

I have recently started wood working as a side hobby. I’m self taught, so I think my progress will be slower then someone in a wood turning class, but I don’t really mind. While I’m learning I’m getting so many benefits. Seeing the wood shavings come off in a ribbon is so peaceful. I love the smell of the wet green wood. Seeing the wood reduce to the shape you see in your mind is enough to make me keep going.

Eventually I’ll get better 😬

Stay Random!