You have to keep your workspace well-ventilated when you’re working with a pyrography pen.
In practice that means I’m enjoying autumn air and a gentle smoky scent whenever I practise my doodles. I’m still getting used to handling the tool and understanding pressure, movement, and the heat involved. I did some soldering in a workshop in school years ago; I was never any good at it!
But the pure pleasure of pyrography means even when the results aren’t perfect I’m enjoying the whole process.
(Plus, I quickly learnt the wood squares I bought are a bit too soft for my pen’s temperature. That means they burn REALLY easily. Oops.)
Other sensual scents I’ve been enjoying recently are these two Yankee Candles. I haven’t even opened them yet but they’re so strong my office smells wonderful. (The little crown stamp is by East of India and was a cheeky treat for myself. Shh!)
Did I mention I freaking love autumn?
A couple weeks ago I got the chance to try some taster sessions at Arts Alive.
Basket weaving, book art, and pottery were all free to try and everyone was lovely. I think the best part of taster sessions is that you’re not just appreciating the skill. You’re also meeting the fantastic people who you could be learning from!
It’s safe to say I left wanting to sign up for all the courses, but I think I’ve picked one. Pics above related. Can you guess November’s craft?! ;)
Other goodies lately:
- Reading the Great Book of Woodburning (highly recommended)
- These ‘Just Enough’ handwarmers
- Waiting for BBC’s ‘Knitting’s Golden Age‘ series
- Sew your own Xmas kits by Georgina Giles
- DIY marbled office supplies
What have you been enjoying in September?