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We now have gift cards

I am so excited to be offering gift cards in my shop. I've been tending to my website and shop this past weekend to update all of the listings (335 in total) to indicate ready-to-ship and made-to-order items. Since starting to sell at events this felt important to do because I may have a bookmark in my shop that is selling out at the event and it will take time to make it again but this way people can get the same or similar bookmark made. And perhaps the changes will encourage people to think ...

Handmade Gift Box

A while back I had this crazy idea which is to create a Handmade Gift Box! Every month you could receive a new wood-burned handmade surprise delivered to your home! Most months it will be seasonal or holiday-themed. Choose the length of subscription that is right for you. What better way to add to your own personal collection to keep for yourself or have handmade gifts to give? Our handmade gift boxes are a beautifully packaged example of the handmade crafts we create and sell. Each box will ...

Owl Pyrography Clock

A friend of mine and fellow wood-burning artist, milled his own wood last year and gave me a few wood pieces to use. I had been mulling over how to use them for some time, and I finally had an idea!  I was making a clock and the first part was to sand it with the coarse and fine sandpaper to get it as smooth as I could get it. This took a bit of time and is really an important part of prepping your work surface. It helps the tips to burn the wood better but also transfers the pattern. ...

May Newsletter

It's time for the May Newsletter and I am kicking it off with a bang or rather being forced to rest due to plantar fasciitis in my left heel. I'm in a boot for 4-6 weeks, received a lovely cortisone shot, and have a night splint. As an active person - as in I'm a runner, and in general, just love being out on the trails - this is going to be annoying, to say the least.  I'll need to figure out some exercises I can do so that I don't lose what I worked hard for these last few months - and I ...

Showing off my Display

Since starting selling at events again this year, I have done three so far and I am pretty thrilled with the outcome and learning a lot still. When I sold in-person back from 2009 until about 2011 I didn't really pay much attention to the display or what to sell and so I had a lot of big pieces and a hodgepodge of everything I do. It's different now because well I learned a few things not only when it comes to what to sell at such events but how to display them that it makes sense.  Here ...

Arrowhead Deer Pyrography

Some time ago I bought a bunch of patterns (from L. Irish) because it helps me stretch my imagination of what kind of patterns I want to teach in the Pyro Cafe and help me practice my skill. In that pattern set are Arrowhead Deer. What you see are the almost finished creations - I am going to do one more layer of pyrography before giving it a coat of polyacrylic. I am going to share with you my process!  Just a note, these are burned on a 1-inch thick poplar board that had been sitting in ...

May Monthly Pages for The Coloring Lounge

May is here and so are this month's coloring pages! May Coloring Pages will get you in the spirit of spring and acknowledging that winter is over and warm weather is here for a while. And while I am a big fan of spending time outside there are days and evenings where that may not be possible with the arrival of spring thunderstorms and what better way to spend it coloring!  Break out our colored pencils, crayons, or markers and explore an endless flow of coloring pages to help you relax ...

I didn't know I wanted to be an Artist

Let's get personal (and if you sang that in "let's get physical" you're my kind of person!)! It's interesting that when I think back I didn't know I wanted to be an Artist. I mean yeah I wanted to be a singer just like most teenagers I suppose but I didn't imagine doing what I do now.  There were plenty of messages in my life that told me that I wouldn't be a successful human so when I discovered I had some skills and talents, I didn't think I'd ever make any money with it because well the ...

Egg Pyrography

In my search of finding small things to wood-burn, I came across wood eggs - now I knew I would be too late for the Easter rush but it didn't stop me from getting a few of these and I am excited how these came out and hope to make them part of my offerings moving forward!  Some of the designs were pretty challenging due to the shape of the egg which make it tricky to tape a pattern in order to trace it so I ended up freehanding outlining my designs. I really love creating this dragon eye ...

Pyrography Cafe April

I had to rework a few things for the Pyrography Cafe as I was switching platforms on where everything was located and still work on things for the events I am participating in this year. I am pleased to tell you that I have gotten it all sorted and we're back on track.  So first things first, what's new, what's different, and what's the same? I've created different tiers that you can choose from as you can see in the graphic below. While I do release some patterns + and tutorials on their ...


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I was born in Bad Homburg, Germany. Growing up in foster care I spend a lot of time alone creating art or writing stories. In 1992, when I became pregnant, I discovered crochet and emersed myself in the craft. I also immigrated to the US and throughout the years, I explored various mediums of art – such as macrame, cross-stitch, and painting - while raising my kids. In 2005, I wanted to create my own wood beads and discovered the wood-burner and fell in love with it. It’s at the same time I had the nudge to start my handmade business part-time with the intention to be full-time someday.

But life derailed for a little while, as I became a special needs parent, enrolled in online college twice, and am the proud owner of a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling – which eventually led me to start my coaching + consulting business.  

Throughout the years I kept coming back to three mediums: coloring, crochet, and wood-burning, and am now balancing two businesses! With most of the kids creating their own lives and only the youngest left, I get to create art and teach people how to make art, while also helping people with their goals. It’s having the cake and eating it too!

I live in Central Virginia with tons of inspiration out of my backyard, the blue ridge mountains, and the events I attend!

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