a week of words

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This week, my wood burning has strayed from my norm. Usually I do all nature inspired, organic, designs, but this has been the week of words and numbers. It started with a few custom requests from friends and acquaintances. A date on a baseball bat, a pet food reminder magnet, a note for the delivery guy, and a clean/dirty dishwasher magnet. After the response I got to a picture I posted of the dishwasher magnet, I was pondering whether I should add it to my store, when I got a definitive sign that I should. So I made more. And the words just kept tumbling on after that. New nature slogan magnets, “take a hike” “stay wild” and “go explore” are a few in the new line up (coming soon)

What do you think of this direction?

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I’ve been daydreaming of summer during these cold, seemingly endless, snowy, winter days. You can see where my mind is going in the subject matter of my latest projects. I’ve bee making a lot of landscape and camping scenes and new botanical studies, including these wood burned fern coasters. Hopefully spring will be here soon, here’s to hoping that the groundhog was wrong. These coasters, along with other designs are now available in my etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/ForageWorkshop

what is etsy anyway?

I have been thinking about this topic a lot lately. What IS Etsy? I’ve been selling online with Etsy for the last couple of months and have been so immersed in it, that I’ve forgotten that there are still a lot of people out there (I’m looking at you, Dad) that have no clue what it is or how it works. Before I was a seller, or really even a buyer, I thought, like many others, that it was just Ebay for crafters. Not so. Ebay is Etsy’s rough and tumble older brother. Years ago, I was an avid eBayer, buying, selling, the whole bit. And while it is a wonderful platform, and you can literally find ANYTHING there, Etsy is well…more refined. There is no bidding on Etsy, so no wars with strangers or cursing at your computer in the middle of the night when there is 1 minute left in the auction and you have just been outbid. On Etsy, there are many lovely “shops” which are like mini websites with amazingly talented and kind people who will do there best to help you have the best shopping experience out there. There are no “wars”, just sellers helping customers, sellers helping sellers and even customers helping customers! It blows my mind what is possible and how creative people are. Things you never dreamed were out in the world suddenly, you can’t live without. If you didn’t really know what Etsy was about, I hope I’ve shed some light. Go take a look, find something you never knew was exactly what you wanted.