Inspiration for today’s Make Something Every Day comes from Joel at He made a simple owl using his “wood burning  kit”. So there  I was killing time in Walmart the other day and I picked up a kit.   WHAT IS PYROGRAPHY?

Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.

Pyrography means “writing with fire” and is the traditional art of using a heated tip or wire to burn or scorch designs onto natural materials such as wood or leather. Burning can be done by means of a modern solid-point tool (similar to a soldering iron) or hot wire tool, or a more basic method using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens.

wood burning kit

This guy is nuts ~but a great example of the range of stuff you can find when you Search a topic in Youtube. It was not helpful in any way but awesome to see a grown guy so stoked about getting his wood burning kit. 

This lady is equally nutty but she knows it and that made me actually giggle aloud while watching her video. “what do your relatives know about horticulture?”. “If your family are drinkers.. this is a pretty good bet”.  The light switch plate and boot were cool but the rest was pretty bricka bracky  aka. a bit too cottage country crafty.  PS. Kate – she loves LEE VALLEY. 

my wood burning kit in action!

So I spent a couple hours out on our sunny deck and predictably burnt myself a couple times. I  came up with this as a test driftwood block for the different tip options. The kit is the $14 version- the one the guy in the first video got for Xmas was pricey, like $200. Mine came with three tip ends that you change with plyers, instead of a giant console with switches. What do you think? It was pretty fun and reminded of burning ants with a magnifying glass, with my brother, while family camping.. as a kid.

my first attempt at pyrography

Make Something Every Day 

the end is near ~ thing 27 beach photos

I took some photos of my chilly walk down to the beach with my awesome dog Amos. Here’s some photos of found objects. Yesterday I completed my 20 hour painting experience workshop which felt  pretty awesome (& exhausting)  to just make make make. So awesome, that I’m not posting photos of that experience for public critique but thanxs for asking!



Happy Gobble Gobble Johnny Cash Day!

Last night we had a WICKED first of the storm season storm! Though we didn’t lose power.. we did lose some patio furniture and the hot tub lid. Sad to report Corey – the jack o lanterns all got eaten when Glen mowed the lawn and didn’t put my fish netting back up. Growl. But I have recovered all missing furnishings.. less the Canadian flag. I woke to complete sunshine, not a whiffft of wind out there and the cry of the eagles. The eagles took off for salmon season but have returned to share in my winter beach combing pleasures. Though it’s so super high tide with 3x the driftwood, there is no beach to access until after coffee times*, anyway.

Today I am on a mission to hit up Walmart (save the applause or boo’ing) for packing / moving supplies ie. rubbermaids and packing tape. Currently, there seems to be a life milestone happening every two weeks.. and starting tomorrow.. we are moving! Just up the beach on Quadra..details and decor adventures to be blogged, not to worry it’s pretty awesome too. Same phone, same PO box, folks. But before I embark on that mission… I’m lucky to be adopted into Knudsen family Thanksgiving dinner in CR. gobble gobble.

Don’t forget to listen to some Johnny Cash this morning..and MAKE SOMETHING EVERY DAY.

the cruise "ferry" over to Campbell River

…to eat some gobble gobble and to play with THESE guys!

stock summer photo of the adorable team Knudsen.