A few folks have been asking about the latest project I’ve been working on.
(Well, in addition to working on websites, Social Media, helping friends with their campaigns, and such…)
It has been a fun project, that takes me to the toolbench, away from the keyboard for extended periods.

I’ve been making buttons.

Buttons - Treasures in the Wood - BobBlahBlah.comEarly last week, Lorie needed some buttons for a craft project fundraiser for Katie’s Place, and she asked me how hard it would be to make buttons from tree branches, as she had seen some on E-Bay, but they were quite expensive.

The next day, I went “shopping” at the local green waste centre, and found some perfect cherry and birch branches.

I guess this would qualify as the “before” shot.

Carefully, over the following days, I dried the moist branches in the oven, putting the branches and pieces into the oven, on low temperature, or when it was off and cooling down.

Buttons - Treasures in the Wood - BobBlahBlah.comOnly had one mishap, the day I slipped, while sanding a button, and removed a great deal of skin and some nail, from the tip of my thumb.

In the ensuing rush to stem the bleeding and get a bandaid, I forgot that I had turned on the oven, with a tray of buttons in.

(Crispy critters)Buttons - Treasures in the Wood - BobBlahBlah.com

Anyway, apart from that, the drying process was slow, but gratifying, and I think the end results are quite cool.  So, I thought I would share.

Buttons - Treasures in the Wood - BobBlahBlah.comLorie added an artsy touch to some of them, with her craft dyes, and some we left natural:

However, as cool as I think they are, by far the best one has nothing to do with anything Lorie or I did…  It is the hidden treasure, trapped in the wood… a tiny star pattern we found, buried in the wood, in the centre of one small section of a branch:Buttons - Treasures in the Wood - BobBlahBlah.com

 

 

Three Chords and the Truth by Chloe Woodin

Three Chords and the Truth by Chloe Woodin


11 by Chloe Woodin

11 by Chloe Woodin

In order to make another attempt at a Wordless Wednesday Blog entry, I resorted to badgering Chloe Woodin to allow me to post her photos.

I had received a framed picture of a guitar, as a Christmas present from her, and it is displayed proudly in my BobSongs Studio.

I pestered her into creating a Flickr Account, and posting some of her photos there.
 
In addition to having (IMO) a stunning eye for composition, she is an amazing talent, as shown by one of the pairs of Chuck’s All Stars she’s designed… and the pencil drawing of the Flower.  She also plays the piano amazingly well…  despite the fact that she is not yet out of High School.

88 by Chloe Woodin

88 by Chloe Woodin

It will be interesting to see what the future holds, with so many avenues open…

 

Only 10 by Chloe Woodin

Only 10 by Chloe Woodin

Game

MWR-08 Shoes by Chloe Woodin

MWR-08 Shoes – Drawn on White Shoes by Chloe Woodin

Chloe's Flower - Pencil Sketch

Chloe’s Flower – Pencil Sketch

Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
Exploring Downtown Vancouver, in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - BobBlahBlah.com
I’m relatively new to Blogging.

On other Blogs, I have seen Posts, where people take pictures, and let them do the talking for themselves.

I am unable to simply post pictures without adding commentary, so here we go:

For those of you who have been here before, you have probably discovered that I am JUUUUST a little excited about the Olympics, and all that the Lower Mainland has to offer.

Yesterday, I went into Downtown Vancouver again, this time on the West Coast Express, intent on exploring and trying to relay some of the opportunities for joy and fun that friends and I, encountered.

I was getting myself sorted out, in a spare office at the company where my wife works, when a Tweet came in from Stacey Robinsmith, of StaceyRobinsmith.com, saying he was at the W2 Opening, and did I want to come down ?

On my way to the temporary offices of W2, I encountered a stereotype of the Downtown East Side… A pawn shop and closed grill gate beside it.

I got to W2, just in time to hear Irwin Oostindie talk about the goals of W2, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson speak, and hear a vocal group perform.

When I left there, I headed to Canada’s Northern House, and had fun with their video presentation

On the way by, I assisted a delivery man into The Royal Canadian Mint House, and followed him — “oblivious” to the “We open on the 12th” sign. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures, but it will be worth a visit, THAT I can tell you!

Had lunch with my wife, and some friends, and then went to the Bay’s Olympic Super Store, where we had to line up outside for a few minutes, before the very friendly and most conciliatory security team let us in. It was just that busy — and the Olympics haven’t even started yet!

After poking around there, my friends wanted to go to the Roots store, so we headed over there. Employees from every corner of the country have been brought in to help out. I spoke with employees from Edmonton, Ottawa & Montreal, who were here to help out the Vancouver crew. Along the way, there were a number of people we helped with taking photos, and some passersby and store clerks took pictures of US!

In lineups, we met, amongst others, folks from New York, Ottawa, Russia and a poor soul who had travelled ALL the way from Richmond!!! The man from Ottawa is most excited to be here to see his friend, who will be competing in the Luge competition.

Again, I am struck by the amazing variety of Flags, Banners and Store Windows that (even if they are not an Olympic Sponsor) pay homage and reflect the joy and spirit of the Games.

This brought to a conclusion Day 2 of Downtown exploration.

I am SO looking forward to the starting of the Games and continuing to explore next week.

Stay tuned!