Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Sold My First Pen

Hey all,

It has been a while but i have been turning. i have 9 complete pens. but i have to say i did have 10, but i sold one. i sold it for 20 dollars. here is a couple of pics of the last 2 pens i made.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Your Money God's Way by Amie Streater

This book provides storeis of Christian people who suffered poor financial decisions and ideals. It also shows you how the church can confuse and shame people into not seeking help. THe man point I took away was: Even Christians get into financial trouble, and it is ok. Just get back into the Word and get back on track. With Christ's help you can stay focused.

I enjoyed this easy, conversational read. It took about a week and was worthy of my time. THis book is by no means as formulatic as other financial guidance books, but this one definitely supports the same mission: getting people back on stable financial ground. THe budgets at the end of the book were helpful. I wish there'd been a little more practical planning discussed. But overal, a good guide.

This review is part of my experiment with check it out!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

June 13, 2010

you may or maynot know this but i have been out of work for almost 2 months. i did work on some pens, but i really lost the heart of turning. i think it was mostly due to the fact that i knew i did not have the money to replace the materials if i messed up.

the Good news is that i have a job now. I have started to turn again, I turned my first pen yesterday. it is nice.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sam Vs the Pen 2

So today i turned another pen. This time the pen did not get the best of me. I turned a Be-a-utiful wood pen. I hopefully will get it up on Etsy, for all to see and some one to purchase and make there own.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sam Vs the Pen

So i was turning a wood pen earlier today. before i know it i I took to much off then bang, wood falls apart. now if you remember i have only been truing for a short time, so let me just say i was not happy. But then with a flash, a the light bulb goes on in my head. i grab the super glue and glue the wood back together. No the super glue only takes about 3 minutes for it to dry, but i was already frustrated so i go in side to watch a episode of Psych, which we have on dvd. So after the vi went to finish turning, well instead of using the gauge to cut the wood some more, and taking the chance to messing up the wood more, i choose to use sand paper. i spend the next 30-45 minutes sanding the pen, to get it smooth. To finish any pen you need to sand then wax it, which i did, so finely after about 2 hours on this pen i am done with the turning. now this project all in told have take me about 4 hours on this pen, with the pausing to watch Psych. Now i am at the part when i should be putting the pen together, this normal take about 5 minutes. Well guess what it did not. i first put the pen tip in to the wood. pressed them together and the brass tube come out the other side. So i take it part, line it up again and press it together. and then the wood came off again. So for now that pen is not complete. well i will try again tomorrow.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pepper Grinder

So i have been truning for about 2 months. Then i went to vist my parents in Houston, Texas. My mother found out and we went wood shopping. Well she wants me to turn her a pepper grinder. But she bought a 21 doller piece of wood. So since i am new i want to pratice, before i make her the final product. SO what i did i went to Lowes and bought an 8 foot pieace of ceder. today i am again at my parents house. I have just chopped the wood in to 1 foot sections. so i am now ready to start tuning my first peper grinder. wish me luck


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Let the crafty begin!

Well I'm very excited to post this introductory blog. Sam and I(kelly) have been talking about this for over a month. And I'm finally doing it. So, let me start by being polite. Go read our profile info to start. Go check out our page at (well, don't everybody rush out at once, cuz currently its empty. I still need to take pictures of our items)

Sam has taken up wood turning. Specifically pens. Pens are our life now. We've cleaned up and cleaned out the garage and it is now a somewhat respectable workspace. Although the astro turf is still in place, somethings you just can't change. He's made some beautiful pens and will be making more and more. He's still working out the kinks, so there may be discount pens a plenty.

I have been knitting for about a year, well more like a year and a half. I started crocheting about a week ago and am already in love with it. Have no fear my knitting sisters, I've not let my needles go by the wayside just yet. I'm still working on the baby's blanket in knit. But this crochet is just so fast! And my hands don't cramp up like when I'm knitting. And I've also started sewing again. Which my mother just thinks is the best thing. Its so fun to start new projects. Even more fun when you finish them!

Well like I mentioned we've started an Etsy page and that's where we came up for the name "needle in a wood stack" We needed something that described both of our handmades. And hopefully you find it as delightful and punny as I did.

There will be a whole mix of blogging going on here, but we will title them so that its obvious who they're about. Because lets face it, pens just don't have a whole lot to do with yarn. And we understand if you're not interested in both.

So without further ado- I present: Needle in a Woodstack.