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Something New

I’m a funny mix of agnostic irreverence & strict adherence to tradition. “These are the things we do because they give us ROOTS.”

So on our wedding day, we did the traditional “Something old, something new.”

My something old was a lovely hematite necklace my grandfather had bought my grandmother many decades ago.
My something new was my wedding dress, made by hand by my very own mother.
My something borrowed was a lipstick from my maid-of-honor, when mine looked terrible in photos.
My something blue was the aquamarine tennis bracelet, a gift from my husband, in my daughter’s birthstone.

In the Beginning

When my son was born, we didn’t live in the town the hospital was in & my husband was working 13-hour shifts.

In order to see us at night, he slept on a terrible cot on the floor, up against the wall in my hospital room.

When I was sleeping, the RNs would fairy my infant son out of my arms & into the bassinet next to my bed.

One shift change, I woke up to see 3 RNS & a nursing assistant standing in the door of my room, looking dreamy & giggling.

You know that sweet little peeping sounds infants make in their sleep? My son was singing a whole song of those little peeps.

But that’s not what was making those seasoned nurses giggle.

My husband was making the same sounds, as he does, in his sleep, completing the chorus.

They were completely enamored with my two men talking to each other, through their dreams.

But they weren’t as enamored as I was.

I don’t have many memories that warm me to the core like the memory of our first night with our son, my husband on a cot on the floor, a gaggle of old labor & delivery nurses mooning at us in our sleep.

Beginning Wood-Burning Project Gift

My 10-year-old personalized these bamboo kitchen utensils for my mom for Christmas.

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Wood burning takes patience. It’s not as easy as drawing with a pen & the grain of the bamboo will affect how the wood-burner moves on surface. The bright side is that these utensils are inexpensive (less than a dollar a piece), can be used even in case of a big “screw up” & gramma’s are pretty easy to please when it comes to homemade gifts!

 

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Wood-burned Personalized Kitchen Utensils:
Bamboo kitchen utensils (6 pack, $7)
Pencil
Wood-burner ($15-25)

Sketch a loose, simple design on the handles of the utensils in pencil. OR do a couple free-hand!

Trace your pencil design with the wood-burner. The temperature will take some getting used to, too cool & you have to press hard on the surface, too hot & you’ll have other problems. Wood-burners get very hot, so caution is obviously necessary.

The utensils do not need to be sealed after the wood-burning.

A teenager wrote this Instructable about wood-burning & it’s written on a level kids could really grasp.

Above all, just have fun. It doesn’t need to be “perfect” but your kids will get a lot of pride out of their work.

Do-it-Yourself Kids’ Charlie Chaplin Costume

The cutest little Charlie Chaplin known to human kind!

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DIY Charlie Chaplin Costume:

 
Our jack-o-lantern Tim Burton might be proud of. Pre-squash-evisceration, this sucker weighed 40 pounds!

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I hope your family had a happy Halloween!