Crafty Craftery

About a month ago I read this blog post on the By Hand Blog (which is an amazing blog by the by.) http://byhandmagazine.com/2012/11/27/diy-christmas-sheep/

I loved the idea of these little sheep and promptly thought, “Gift Giving!” I ran the idea by Maple and he came up with the great idea of adding beavers and musk-oxen into the menagerie. So we bought a few pieces of birch plywood and were all ready for our crafty-craftering adventure.

Now, give that link the ol’ read-thru and see what phrases jump out at you. Now, after making these sweet, little wooden animals, the two phrases that pop out to me are

“it was a lot more work to get it done than I expected” and “To get the shape I wanted, I traced the edges of a photograph I had taken of one of my sheep onto card stock and used it as a template. Paul cut the wood into equal-sized rectangles, which he stuck together with double-sided carpet tape. I traced the sheep design onto the top piece of wood and we were off to the races.”

The lady who runs By Hand is really smart (and just generally awesome.) She traced and cut out all her sheep simultaneously. Since Maple and I don’t own (yet) the power tool that she used in her blog, Maple and myself traced, cut out and sanded all our sheep, beavers and musk-oxen individually. And this took time.

About halfway through the crafty-craftery project I was in a place of, “#$#@ this home-made #$#@” but I tried to breathe through it. I kept reading By Hand for inspiration and I blew off some steam with other fellow beginner level make-by-hand-ers by whining about how hard it was to actually, you know, make stuff by hand. (We then delved into other First World Problems, such as when your americanos are burned by the baristas or the clothes you order online don’t fit.)

In the end, we gave most of them away as gifts (and we’re still giving them away! Due to my undeniable talent for procrastinating on actually going to the Post Office, we still have many sheep, beavers and musk-oxen that are slated for California, Kentucky, Boston and beyond!)

We’re still going to end up with a few extras, but it’ll be nice to have a few extra handmade gifts on hand for those times when, at the last minute, you need a hand-made musk-oxen to brighten someone’s day.

Trace, trace, trace.

Trace, trace, trace.

Cutting 'em out.

Cutting ’em out.

All the little outlines.

All the little outlines.

Our bad-ass little Value Village jigsaw.

Our bad-ass little Value Village jigsaw.

Sanding them down.

Sanding them down. (Please note the stylish tapered leg fleece pants and down booties.)

Dynamic action sanding shot!

Dynamic action sanding shot!

One sheep done. 46 more to go.

One sheep traced, cut out and sanded. Only 46 more to go!

The other cut-outs we used.

The other cut-outs we used.

All wrapped and on the Solstice Tree.

All wrapped and on the Solstice Tree.

Wee musk-ox.

Wee musk-ox.

A handful of the finished results.

A handful of the finished results.

Cheers and love,

Maple and Me

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6 thoughts on “Crafty Craftery

  1. Love it! Making memories!!!!! Save some for your children–let the tradition and stories begin!
    Did you all get the Maple syrup?

    • Hello Betty! We’ve saved quite a few for ourselves (and future little ones!) We did the get the Maple syrup and assorted Maple accouterments! DELICIOUS. Thank you so much! A thank-you card is also in the mail, so be sure to look out for it! xoxo anna

  2. I was trying to get to the post office to mail the syrup when you posted finding the Æbleskiver pan. I smiled and thought of special treats dipped in Maple syrup and powdered sugar—God’s perfect timing, again! Enjoy, but please know that thank you cards are not needed for me. Messages that you got it and hugs when I see you all are thanks enough.

    Best wishes for a blessed New Year!

    Love,
    Betty

  3. Pingback: Tomtens – For the Solstice Tree | Maple and Me

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