Experimenting with Wood Burning

July 30th, 2015

Sometimes I get the itch to do something crafty with a tool I’ve never used before. I’ve passed by the wood burning tools at the craft store many times but on a recent visit to Michaels the idea called out to me and so I thought I’d give it a go and try my hand at wood burning.

wood burning tool crafts

It was mostly what I expected, in a $30 kit there is a little hand held tool that you plug in and it comes with tips that you can use to form different shapes or patterns.

woodburning tool

I played with a couple of the tips on a practice piece of cheap pine to start. (Use needle nose pliers to switch them out, they get hot!)

try out tools

My first attempt was burning little jagged lines on a small box, with some repetition (and a few minor mistakes) I got the hang of it.

You have to accept imperfection with a tool like this especially as a novice! The smell of the burning wood reminded me of a cross between a campfire and burnt popcorn. If you don’t object to those smells, you may like playing with this tool too.

slanted tip

This simple but pretty little box I’ll use to collect spare coins in the laundry room.

wood burned coin box


coin box with wood burning tool


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Olive Green

July 28th, 2015

I found myself buying a sleeveless olive green military style jacket this month to wear from now through fall. I’ve always loved the color, in fashion and interiors too. Olive tree branches are a go to botanical for me, we have five in our yard and every other month I’ll place branch clippings in a vase, they last several weeks and look beautiful on the dining room table with the light filtering through them.

olive branches in urn

once wed

Pantone has included “Dried Herb” as part of the fall fashion palette, it’s an earthy and muted shade of olive green so it’s not surprising we are seeing olive green popping up among some early fall collections.

dried herb


Olive is a common color in my area, much of the landscape is planted with olive trees and so many of the glass wine bottles are this color too.

oversized green wine bottles

pottery barn

You can’t go wrong with a dramatic deep green curtain, we have Scarlett O’Hara to thank for that.

green walls curtains

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olive green velvet drapes

how to decorate

Olive green is divine on cabinets from contemporary to traditional, it pairs well with brass, nickel, or oil rubbed bronze hardware. A muted green is at the top of my list in cabinet colors for an upcoming remodeling project.

olive green vanity

roselind wilson design

olive green kitchen cabinets

mazen studio

olive bark cabinets

disc interiors

moss green cabinets

how to decorate

olive green laundry room cabinets

riley custom


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