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Project by learnin2do posted 11-15-2011 07:38 AM 2335 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have stayed very busy.
I have actually been selling some stuff, probably not enough to justify not picking up sub teaching jobs, but…one can rationalize until the fantasy is completely evaporated by the mound of unpaid bills…right?

I had been helping a friend’s mother who was battling cancer, after managing to remain the longest surviving liver transplant patient until October 30 (the day after my birthday). My friend lives in New Hampshire; she had to lose her recently acquired employment to come here to be with her mother. She was only here a few days before her mother’s struggling little body finally gave up.
Anyways, i was flattered to be allowed to create the urn.
I put in a few things i did between shifts helping Miss Jimmie.

-I’m liking making these little coffee whisks…you forreal scroll folks should do some if you have not. It just occurred to me, i always use the slotted serving spoon for my coffee, because i think it gets the sugar dissolved faster…?
-so i thought something like that might be nice in sets with coffee scoop & sugar spoon.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 07:57 AM

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 08:39 AM

Love those coffee scoops, any links to some guidance on them?

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 10:51 AM

I agree with Jim, an honor no doubt. The spoon theory makes sense. Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 01:35 PM

It saddens me to hear of your loss, losing a friend(or friend’s Mother) is never easy. The urn is a beautiful tribute. Staying busy is good therapy in times like these. Good to here you are selling your wares, I’ve always been amazed at your imagination and creativity. The scoops are nice and the whisk, well, is unique. I hope that you can continue to live your dream, but Teaching seems like it would be a good fall back, p’raps not monetarily, but surely in ‘soul satisfaction’.

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 05:13 PM

You are a friend that everyone needs.
It is a mighty high honor to be asked to do such an important job.
All the things you make turn out real nice.
I always jump to your stuff when I see it.
Good job Christine. You should be proud.

ps: that spoon idea for better mixing sounds smart to me. I can’t scroll worth a hoot, but I think I’m going to make one for my coffee each morning. Thanks.

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 05:22 PM

Nice work, sorry to hear of your lost.

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#7 posted 11-15-2011 05:35 PM

Great to see you’re still making sawdust over there Christine. How are your hands doing? Still holding up? Anyway, lovely projects and as always you do exceptional work. I can see why you were asked to make the urn.

-- Matt -

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#8 posted 11-15-2011 07:40 PM

Best wishes C

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#9 posted 11-15-2011 08:07 PM

And we’ve missed you, Christine…

I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your freind’s mother. You did a wonderful thing helping care for her while she battled the bad hand she had been dealt. Surely you must have brought some comfort and company to her during her struggle to live (and die) with dignity and grace. They honored you by asking for a last service and yoiu gave from your heart and your hands. The urn is beautiful in it’s simplicity. You have an excellent eye that sees the grace straining to emerge from the material. Your creativity and imaginative use of found materials is awesome.

Don’t be a stranger. A visit here will do us all good.

Thanks for being yourself in this sometimes selfish world.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#10 posted 11-15-2011 10:51 PM

Miss you too.
I notice the cabinet/cupboard. Pretty awesome…and awefuly square for you!

Are you using inlay or inartia on it?

Great work again Christine,


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#11 posted 11-17-2011 07:44 AM

it was a bit emotionally exhausting, Mickey..i usually try to avoid illness and death and things of that nature (besides deer that are already dead!) -but, i really had to fill a need this time…it was very much exactly what i am usually trying to avoid.

Chaotic…no…i just wing it -bought a set of brad point forstner bits, or…whatever they are
i find a pretty spot on a thick piece of something nice, squat, holding the piece with my feet, tuck my skirt between my legs, brace the handle between my knees while i try to place my arms where any snap will do the least damage to my wrists, hold my face out of the way…and am very happy if there is no jamming!

-if the piece is flat, and you have not abused yours until the bearings fell out, a router with a bowl bit will work.

-then round and shape the concave with a handheld router and rounded bit. i made a sanding jig with a cylindrical grinding stone covered in 2 sided mounting tape and heavy duty adhesive velcro. it puts the inside scraps of 5” discs to use and cuts about 20 minutes off of getting the concave of the scoop nice enough to hand sand!

SPUNWOOD! did you look at that picture? -i know now! -measure from the MIDDLE LINE of tapered frame pieces!!
“intarsia” -right! i have no mad skills! i am just mad! no, just made the hearts, then found the next closest scrap to fit around it and so on, till the space was filled -kept tracing what i had cut on a paper template. -you know my medium…MY FAVORITE!! WOOD DUST/GLUE FILLER!! -like tile setting, only with wood. i think i learned that from Bob vila!

MATT -having the right hand done December 14…i tried to schedule closer to the holidays -i figured it would make the perfect bah-humbug excuse! -yeah, it is time

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#12 posted 11-18-2011 04:11 AM

Thanks for your service, and sacrifice, to someone in need.

I like the coffee scoops very much! I’ll have to keep them in mind for my coffee-drinking spouse.

-- --bch

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