Relax, Renew, Awaken

Tomorrow I am leaving to go on my first meditation retreat at Karme Choling Shambhala Center in Vermont. I am nervous about the traveling, but excited about the program. From what I have been able to find online, its beautiful there…

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…they have gardens, and hiking trails, and many acres of land up in the White Mountains. No cell service, no internet or wifi. I will be totally unplugged for the long weekend. Me Time. 

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Hi. Welcome.

I have switched it up and started a new blog on a new domain, just because I want a change, and because I want to write about more than yarn and knitting.

Recently, I have taken to woodburning, and other wood crafts. It started with wanting to make personal gifts for family last Christmas. I hit up pinterest and came upon nail and string art – where you outline a design with evenly placed nails, then wrap string around those nails to make a picture. I needed wood to make something like that. My husband taught me how to use power tools so I could saw and sand some pallet wood myself. It felt kinda cool to make stuff with power tools, and after making a few nail/string art pieces (see below), I began to hunt for other projects I could tackle.

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My husband and I ended up making a cribbage board for my cousin, and Dave (my husband) suggested I woodburn a design on the bottom of the board. I gave it a try, and it turned out pretty good. Then my mom asked me to make her a welcome sign for her front door, one of those really tall ones. So I made that too.

Its gone on and on from there. Ive made all sorts of plaques and signs with woodburned quotes and designs. Ive sold a few here and there, but I mostly just make what Im inspired to make. If it turns out, I might put it in my etsy shop, but its not really about that. Its a fun hobby, and I enjoy it. It has me being creative and drawing again.

So, thats the creative side of things at the moment. I have a few knitting projects Ive recently finished to share as well, but I will save those and my interest in Shanbhala Buddhism for future posts.

Thanks for checking out the new blog.

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