Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Handmade Wooden Jewelery

Well...that was a bit of a break I had no idea I would be taking.  ;-)  Funny how time gets away on you and before you realize it, it is almost the end of the first month of the new year. Yikes.  We've been busy with decluttering and doing some packing and also with fun stuff like the boys learning to downhill ski and S and I re-learning to ski (after many, many years not skiing - almost 30 year for me!).  I'm thrilled we have another activity to enjoy as a family.

I did mean to show you all the wooden delights my talented boys (the big one too!) gifted me with this Christmas - and since it's a month past I guess I better get on with it.
W made this beautiful spoon out of walnut wood for me.  It feels just right in my hand and I am determined to use it even though it feels too "good" to use in many ways.  I know he wants me to put it to proper use instead of saving it so I will - just not with tomato-y things (or blueberries, grapes, elderberries or anything else that might stain it).
E made these gorgeous wooden holders for our cloth napkins (also out of walnut).  They're beautiful and...I just happened to find some lovely linen napkins at the thrift store that look just right with them (although they also make even our everyday cloth napkins look good - shown below) .
He also made me this handy pen holder for my desktop - he knows I LOVE things made from wood.  It holds 3 pens (or pencils) and helps to keep me organized (a habit I am working to develop even more this year).
And S made me all sorts of good things - another beautiful board (that I can't bear to cut on so I call it a cheese board instead of a bread board) and a knife to go with it.
And...five wooden (not golden) rings.  I had been looking through a book on handmade things earlier in the month and had shown him some wooden rings that I thought were beautiful so you can imagine my delight when I found that my talented husband had made some for me!  This is one of my favourites.
And then I think he got on a roll with jewelery making and decided I needed some bangles to go with my rings
and also some necklaces.  He also made my mom some beautiful earrings that I don't have a picture of but I can tell you that all the females in our family were delighted with him.  I do so love handmade gifts!


Anonymous said...

I also LOVE wood! A while ago, I found a huge selection of wooden decorative bowls at Winners, and for some reason, I hesitated and didn't buy anything. When I went back a week later, they were all gone :( Your ring and the "cutting" board are my favourite. How lucky you are to have such talented men who made these wonderful gifts. Enjoy all your pieces!


Jane @ Hard Work Homestead said...

Super duper cool. I love wood and everything turned out beautiful.

erin said...

Eeeee! Squealing with delight for you over here. These are soo beautiful. My favourites? The napkin rings, the cheeseboard, the necklaces and the organizational tools (I'm facing a year of change there too, ahem! That is why I haven't even *thought* about a post showing my home made slippers...sssssh, it's coming, pretend you didn't read that...)

I have loved seeing all of the hand made wooden artwork your boys have created. I imagine them all working together and apart, influencing each other, and helping each other to learn and experiment. All for the love of their wife and mama. Such a rich learning ground, we have as home learners!

I see woodworking in the boys future too, Matthew is still very keen to learn more, and now that he is nine, we can coordinate with the woodworker, carver/whittler man. You know, the one you gave me the link to that I've lost (organized-not!).I have to look up his name again! ;-)

Glad you're back. I had the same kind of unintentional "break" and it felt revitalizing to be away from the computer, though now I'm feeling unprepared for FSA's and trying to "embrace" them. That is not feeling revitalizing ;-)

Be well,

~Erin xo

erin said...

Oh, and packing?? For where, anywhere interesting??

Marqueta (Mar-kee-ta) G. said...

Oh, so beautiful! I would have a hard time using them, too. I'm sure that they'll be wonderful heirlooms for years and years to come.



Elizabeth said...

All beautiful. I especially like the cheese board. Do your sons learn the wood working from their dad?
I sense an etsy shop/market stall in their future!

momma rae said...

what sweet treasures!! i heart wood so very much and absolutely LOVE that ring!!

daisy g said...

Wow! What talented boys you have there! Love, love, love the wooden spoon. I'm not much of a jewelry person, but those wooden bangles are lovely!

Unknown said...

Wow, beautiful, beautiful gifts xxx

Katherine said...

Fantastic gifts, Heather.

Norma said...

Excellent wood creations. I love that ring!!!!

cmarie said...

The cutting board and spreading tool are beautiful!!

City Sister said...

I love it all...I want to go make something, but all we have is rose of sharon wood...not too good for anything but bonfires.

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful and thoughtful gifts Heather. Thank you for sharing them with us.