Finished!

My precious. Ss. Ssss.   I think I'm keeping him. I'm not sure I could part with him, aside from the few silly mistakes I made. Like... messing up the dye job a bit (you can't tell unless you look for it) and drilling into one of the signatures. DUH. Of course, I could fix that, but I won't yet. Not while I could put it off, anyway. Besides, perfection is overrated. Anyway. He is nice, and I love him. Only, my handwriting is so bad that I daren't write in him. At least, yet.…
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Leather work continued, and other misc happenings. I finally finished this one, and now I just have to cut out some last bits for it and dye it. And, since I don't particularly enjoy cutting out paper or sewing in signatures, I started on another cover rather than finishing the one I had: Aspen trunks on the back, fox on the front. My favorite fox went off to a new home today. Sadness. Well, kind of, anyway. On a different subject, this morning we were all rather hungry, and decided to have a bit of…
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Jack, continued.

(I'm not all that keen on black and white, but this picture was unusable in color. And he looks SO CUTE!) Jack loves to help. He still sets himself up with his cars in the kitchen every night, carefully laying each out and driving it. However, he now migrates in that direction in the morning and late afternoon as well. Sometimes he hauls the car box (with great labor) to the living room and spends thirty minutes putting all of the cars on the couch. After the other boys go to bed, Jack longs to…
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Recent Misc. work

I had a lot of fun making a little book as a baby present for a friend. I sewed an ivory piano key with an illustration from Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of a Fierce and Bad Rabbit" carved into it. For some reason, that story made a big impression on me when I was little.   A Mammoth Ivory wolf or fox or what-have-you. My current project. It is going to be super-cool. Though it's a lot more time consuming than I thought it would be.
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Leather journals

Leather working is fun. REALLY fun. It's like the carving, except you are free to make something as big as you like. Which is a pretty amazing thing when you've been restraining yourself to under 2 " square, which is actually a bit large for a pendant. And better yet, it's something I can do next time I get pregnant, or after I have a baby. It would be a bit ridiculous to take a poor new baby out to the shop and make it get acclimated to the extremely loud noises of the band…
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R.I.P.

I killed my sourdough starter. Wah. And I really loved these Sourdough English Muffins. They were so easy to mix together the night before, and after you added the last few ingredients in the morning and let them rise for 45 minutes, they were ready to go. If I left out the sugar they made simply amazing sandwiches, too. I am truly grieved. I guess I'll have to make the starter again. Alas. But it'll be worth it. You may have noticed that none of my boys sport combed hair in their pictures. This has evolved…
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Mandolin making and such-like

After a week of hating the CNC machine, Marty got it back up and running (with a little help from some friends), and got some very nice necks, tops, headstocks, and fingerboards cut out. They're beautiful, and they come off of the machine practically polished. Don't get me wrong, they are machined and thus faster, but the whole "quick" process has been a year in the making.     Marty figured out a beautiful way for the neck to fit onto the body that eliminates all of the stacked little pieces of wood people usually…
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Happy 4th!

As a child, 4th of July was the absolute best day of the year. It rivaled Christmas and birthday. I loved decorating the house for our 4th of July party; hanging red, white, and blue streamers out on the front porch and waiting impatiently for the deer targets to be set up for the shooting competition and the cakes put out for the dessert competition. As I got older, I would write and decorate the invitation lavishly and unnecessarily, and that was very fun, indeed. Giving horse-back rides to the little kids was always fun, though…
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Speaking of Rollie…

Speaking of Rollie, this is the look he usually sports when out in the shop: It starts out all professional and serious looking, if a bit chubby around the cheeks. And then it goes downhill from there. And they continue to slip down until he has a serious cheek squeeze going on. Eventually, he starts to look a bit scary. And then there's Helpful Jack. And Kai, who nobly finds all the dirtiest corners to clean.
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Post-dinner activities

Rollie always manages to put his own spin on things. Marty's dad says that if you ask Kai a question, Kai will give you a straight answer, but if you ask Rollie a question, he'll give you a wiggly answer. Now that Rollie has turned three, he doesn't snuggle with us much anymore. It's a bit sad, and any snuggling he does has jagged edges to it; a hard head bumping into your nose, or sharp elbow digging into your stomach. However, his need to be snuggled does come out. In fact, it appears at…
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