Another loaf of bread, this time it's french bread, or Italian bread, or just a fancy loaf.  It's 5 1/2" long, solid wood sanded smooth with no lacquers, waxes or finishes. It's good enough to eat!... well almost...                  

Little boy puzzle...

We have some friends in our church who will be moving soon, and they have an adorable little boy with very curly blonde hair.   We're very sad to see these friends go as they do so much good for so many people. They are always watching some family's children, making a meal for someone else, even taking groceries to some family in need.  They do it silently, and only a few of us know how much they do. That's how they would want it. ... We're very sad to see this family go... and so I wanted to do something for them.  The joy of their lives  is their little curly haired boy, and so I thought that I'd make him a little puzzle.    Here he is:
 It's a big puzzle with large gaps inbetween the spaces-especially in between the arms-since little hands need a  help grasping at peices. The little boy sticks out above the back of the puzzle also to aid in the ease of removing the peices....

I just love this little guy, and I'm thinking of designing more

little people puzzles.

Baby Name Train!!

This is another idea inspired by a baby shower. And now that I've been to the baby shower and given the gift, I can post about it! This was for a friend who was having a boy after having 2 girls, so they're excited to finally have a boy.

 Her nursery colors were blue and brown, and I love, love, love the way this turned out!

   However, it took soooo long to make that I told her it was a one of kind, because I most likely won't be selling these. It was very painstaking with the measuring of the placement of the wheels and the hooks, and all the time it took to hand paint, hand sand, hand polish. Etc.  If I find a way to make these faster, then I'll consider it. This train took me about 5 hours to make from start to finish. Yikes. That puts my pricing of them at $10-15 per letter/car, and with the economy going the way it is, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be big sellers.

Arts of the "Hearts"

I love these giant conversation hearts. I made them 2 years ago as table decorations for a Primary Teacher's Brunch we did in early February. They are cut from 1 1/2" pine then painted in bright pastels. I wrote the words in with my rotary tool then hand painted the red lettering.