7 Links Challenge…am I Up to it?

My friend Dee Ann has nominated me for the 7 Links Challenge!

Here are The Rules

  1. Blogger is nominated to take part
  2. Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category. This shouldn’t take you long to do – don’t over-think it!
    • Your most beautiful post
    • Your most popular post
    • Your most controversial post
    • Your most helpful post
    • A post whose success surprised you
    • A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
    • The post that you are most proud of
  3. Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.(Feel free to nominate any kind of blog to take part – we want this project to be as inclusive as possible!)
  4. These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers
  5. And so it goes on!

 

And here are my 7 links…

Most Beautiful Post

He’s Finally Here!

This is the post in which I was finally able to announce the healthy birth of my 2nd son, Kyle. I think it’s beautiful not only because he can go back and read what his mamma was writing and feeling around the time he was born, but also because I was in early labor with him for 4 solid days, and was really ready for him to be born. The joy of finally meeting him and the relief of Kyle finally entering the world is a feeling that can’t be described!

 

 Most Popular Post

Proud to be a Do-Follow Blog

This is by far my most popular post – according to how many times its been viewed. In this post, I explain how to give your commenters a little link-love for commenting on your blog.

 

Most Controversial Post

Apples vs. Oranges – Mac vs. PC

I seriously think I pissed off some Mac users with this one…even though I am a Team Mac person myself!

 

Most Helpful Post

Caution – Under Construction

When I wrote this post, the idea was to get my own goals down in writing, but also to maybe help inspire other people to make some difficult, but necessary changes.

 

A Post Whose Success Surprised You

Five-year-old Boys are Just Frickin’ Weird!

I seriously just wrote this because when he’s older I want him to see what a riot he is at this age!

 

A Post that Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved

Husbands and Selective Hearing

I had seriously just started blogging and didn’t have a following yet…I just thought this post was hysterical, and thought it was a shame that it wasn’t more popular.

 

Post I am Most Proud Of

A Dying Art

I love this post. Reading this I can actually smell the wood-chips, and I miss woodcarving tremendously!

 

And here are my nominees…

Lauren Gill – although she won’t even know she was nominated until after the 11th…the lucky brat is at Disney World right now!

Jayme – She is fast becoming among my favorite bloggers!

Small Town Mommy – I love Small Town Mommy and have been reading her blog for quite a while.

Susan – over at Cirque du Mot

Kriss – at Art Interrupted, her crafts are beautiful, and she’s a great teacher, too!

 

 

 

 

 

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A Dying Art

In the past several years, my life has become a complication of computers, design, children, food shopping, meal preparation, attending college, and just life in general.

I love my boys more than life itself, and part of me wishes I could keep them small forever…

But, at the same time, I look forward to a time when I don’t need to worry about them around sharp objects. I am, by trade and by nature, a woodcarver.

I miss the smell of freshly cut wood and sawdust…the feel of a blade smoothly shaping wood into the image I see in my head.

There are few things on this earth that can make me feel as grounded as creating something from a chunk of wood. It brings to mind days of old…when life was simpler and we were more at peace with nature. It gives a sense of power – taking something as steadfast and strong as a tree and creating something completely different from it. Yet, it humbles me as well, knowing what a gift this ability is. A common misconception is that Jesus was merely a carpenter…He was, in fact, also a woodcarver.

I began woodcarving at the tender age of 13 (I will be 40 in the spring) in a class my mother had enrolled me in. I was nervous – these tools are as sharp as razor blades – but I was also fascinated. After a few weeks of classes, I was offered a job…and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I’ve created countless hand-carved signs, sculptures, gifts, and tools – yes, I even learned how to forge my own tools from the steel of old butter knives, screwdrivers, and drill bits. Do I have any pictures? Some…the projects came and went so quickly sometimes that often a camera was the last thing on my mind. However, here are a few shots of some of my favorite projects.

This was the top of a standing sign for a jewelry store – it’s 3-dimensional, and made of 2 pieces of wood.

This was a plaque the Massachusetts State Police had us make in memorial of a Trooper who died while on duty. (I know the picture is horrible – the sign was in a crate, and the Trooper who commissioned us was in a hurry to get the K-9 dog home.)

This is a detail shot of a tavern sign with a relief carving in the center.

This eagle is 6 feet long, hanging on a garage. The wood it was carved from was nearly 6 inches thick.

This sign is my pride and joy. It’s 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide, and was carved out of 6 inch thick wood. This was the first project I ever used an airbrush to paint.

There isn’t much to this carved license plate holder, but it really was for Reba McEntire.

A woodcarver can create virtually anything you can imagine. I’ve had the honor of working on an 8 foot tall, free-standing eagle with a 12 foot wide wingspan, Christmas gifts that were purchased by Rosemary Clooney and Stephen Tyler, and countless other projects.

If you’d like to see more of this dying art – including some pieces that are in progress, head on over to Lyn’s Loft – my mother is still actively carving, and I am insanely jealous. 😉

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