Hard to believe it's almost June, but it's true! Of course, with a new month comes another Giveaway! This month it's a medium Sleepy Owl Notebook. Check out this page for details and how to gain extra entries. Good luck to all!
If you don't win, there's always next month! Also, subscribe to our monthly email newsletter (check the sidebar) for a coupon that gets you a free Sleepy Owl card with the purchase of one of these notebooks.
Getting into this whole handmade thing has truly opened my eyes to the world of passionate handi-crafters. I had no idea there were so many websites, organizations, people who are fervently committed. Exploring the world of Etsy has shown me the insane amount of creativity and skill there is in the handmade world, not only in the products people create, but in the way the site is set up and the beautiful photography of the goods. Sites like buyhandmade.org and tryhandmade.com are exciting to me; they take my love of the handmade and make it an important statement, something I can be proud of. It's kind of exciting to realize that I'm not the only one who loves to make stuff, to feel that there is more soul and personality in things created by someone's hands rather than a machine.
For a while now, I've been wanting to create some pen & ink drawings, but have been at a loss for where to begin. I've always loved drawing with a pen dipped in india ink -the blackness of the ink and its contrast against white paper turns my crank. I recently came across some artwork that used ink to draw over typed print and I knew I had to try it out, but on sheet music. I mean, how lovely is that? Clean black lines over music notes. After some experimentation with various designs, pens, and inks, here's what I came up with:
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Last summer I found an old desk at a garage sale for $7 and brought it home, intent on refinishing it. I began this project while my garden was sprouting out of the ground and now it is finally finished, when I am almost ready to seed this summer's garden. A number of reasons contributed to my slowness: wanting to work outside, rather than getting sawdust in the basement, having to work around my daughter's nap schedule, general procrastination... It often seems to be the things that I do for myself that get put on the bottom of the list. I suppose I'm not the only one who does this?
I'm really happy with the end result, anyway, despite how long it took to complete. I got a belt sander for my birthday which made the initial sanding so much easier than anything I've ever done before. After stripping the hideous dark stain I went back over the wood with an orbital sander to smooth out any roughness before wiping off the dust and layering on three coats of clear polyurethane. I love the lightness of the wood! I decided to keep the old handles, partly because I think they're kind of cute, mostly because the wood underneath permanently showed the shape of the handles.
Congrats to Aniseh Mashkournia, the winner of the May giveaway! We will be in touch for free notebook delivery details!
Next month's draw will be held on June 1st (enter as much as you like according to these rules until May 31st at 11:59pm CST). The giveaway item will be announced here and on Facebook in a few weeks. Good luck to you all!
Don't forget that Mother's Day is right around the corner -take a look around our shop for gift ideas!
Maria & Cecelia
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