This past Sunday my Knitty Gritty Friend and I hosted our third craft class together.
Can you guess from the cut up blocks what we were making? Tree blocks!!
We used apple limbs from Stephanie's pruned apple trees. I was going to cut them all myself, until the chop saw kicked back on me...thankfully the helpful men in our life cut them up on our behalf.
I took on the fun task of making beeswax polish...it's super easy to whip up a batch. Grate your beeswax and then put it in a pot with olive oil. 4 cups olive oil to 1 cup beeswax. Then pour it into jars.
After picking out their blocks, the ladies heading outside to use the belt sander on my porch! One of the moms said this was the "BEST" class so far because of the belt sander. It was so much fun to see the ladies out there.
We sewed up sweet drawstring bags and let the ladies make potato print stamps to stamp on them. Here is our crafty friend making a print of a skull, (yay for punk rock mamas)!
Here is mrs Knitty Gritty's lovely owl.
And here are the finished treeblocks...I love the effect of sanding off some of the bark...the grain underneath is just magical!
After applying the beeswax polish, the blocks need to sit for at least 2 hours to absorb the wax...everyone was sent home with their own buffing cloth, to give the blocks a shine!
What a beautiful gift to put under the Christmas tree this year. It makes me smile to think of the lucky little kids in our neck of the woods!