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Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 | 0 comments

Making Simple, Long-Lasting Plant Markers

Making Simple, Long-Lasting Plant Markers

Behold the mighty wood burning tool. I bought the tool last year to make an engagement gift from a wood slice for my friend Rebecca. Since then, I’ve been trying to find another use. When I saw long wooden plant markers in Eclectic Nature, I knew they’d be the perfect canvas for making customized wood-burned markers for my herb garden. I wrote out some plant names in pencil on each one… …misspelling oregano, I realized later. Next, Ana burned the outline of the words into the sticks.  No, she did not injure herself using it (she fell off her scooter), but I did trust her to very carefully use the tool to help me make plant markers. The handle can get quite hot, so she wrapped it with a pot holder first. Next, I took a turn and rounded out the words. This step required more pressure and more manual dexterity than I would trust to a nine-year-old. Notice how I tried to fix my misspelling. And here is how the plant marker looks...

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 | 0 comments

A DIY Engagement Gift for the Outdoorsy Couple

A DIY Engagement Gift for the Outdoorsy Couple

My good friend Rebecca and her fiancé Dave are über-outdoorsy – they sea kayak, hike, ice climb, mountain bike, snowshoe, you name it – on all vacations and most weekends. I’m knitting an afghan as a wedding gift, but also made an engagement gift that seemed a fitting tribute to their love for each other and of the outdoors. I received these wood slices from Ana’s former teacher as she was cleaning out her new classroom. I thought of the many DIY projects I could do with them: use chalkboard paint and write an inspirational message, make a clock by following this tutorial, or drill a large one into a planter for succulents. I even used a few as trivets and centerpiece decor at a party. But then, it came to me: I would use a wood burning tool and carve a heart with Rebecca’s and Dave’s initials just like love-struck teenagers do to trees in the forest. I had seen this idea on various wedding decor sites recently...

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