I am still looking at this tin box, with the piece of leather I cut to fit flush set on the bottom, along with a Celtic medallion that would be fun to tool, and thinking, “Why not?”

I was told the leather will kill the sound.

I’m thinking the leather might change the sound, maybe take some of the tinny out of the box.

I do not want to cut the lid or the lip, so a neck would need to ride along inside the bottom, in one side and maybe just butt up to the opposite, so I can screw something on that end to hold some strings. A hole for a jack. Sound holes? Maybe.

IDK… I’m still thinking. It’s been years.


Mini Batch of Buckeyes


Mini Batch of Buckeyes

This mini batch recipe for Buckeyes only makes about 16 pieces.  Yes, I am experimenting with cutting down recipes again.  Buckeyes are an Ohio favorite.   They are balls of peanut butter candy dipped in chocolate with a spot left to make them look like nuts from our state tree, the Buckeye.   At least that is what they are supposed to look like… mine don’t always turn out looking so nice.    The recipe version I cut down is one that has a lower butter to peanut butter ratio (one stick to a full jar) so if you prefer your Buckeyes to have a higher butter content, adjust and tweak to your own tastes.   You can use crunchy or smooth peanut butter, substitute dipping chocolate or melt down candy bars instead of chocolate chips, and make the balls any size you want.  Okay, here’s the recipe.


1 tbsp. soft butter

1/4 c. peanut butter

1/3 c. confectionary sugar

1/3 c.  chocolate chips

Stir butter and peanut butter together.  Work in enough confectionary sugar to make a very stiff, yet smooth dough.  (I started with 1/4th cup and added a little more, so a third cup is an estimate.)   Roll into balls and chill for about an hour.   Melt chocolate chips.  (I used a small custard cup size bowl set into a pan of hot water to melt mine as I do not use a microwave.  There will be leftover chocolate as melting a little extra makes it easier to dip the last few.)   Dip each ball, rolling around to coat all but an “eye” spot, and set candy on waxed paper to harden.   I pop ’em back in the fridge as I like mine cold.


I woke up to a text this morning from Lady Jai: “they’re supposed to be buckeyes, not marbles” so if you make them the size of real buckeyes, you might only get six.  Mine are diet size.

If you are interested in making a full size batch, check out some of these other blogs…

Art Cards

I started two new drawings today, working the first layers with water color pencils. It is pretty much just ground prep, throwing color down into the textured watercolor paper to add depth to the final drawing.

If they turn out okay, then fine… if not, oh well. I can trim off edges, keep what interests me. That is what happened to the drawing inside the black mat. It started out as a larger drawing to end up in an 8×10 frame. You may recall seeing it larger unfinished in a previous photograph.

I have found a new use for art scraps, as one can only use so many bookmarkers cut from the trimmings. Why not cut them into Art Cards?

The idea came when I was cleaning out a drawer and came across two boxes of outdated business cards. I was debating about ordering new ones, but I really do not need 500. It is not like I’m running a business or anything. I just like having a card with my basic contact information on it for the rare occassions when someone asks, “hey, you got a card?”

Call it “cheap” or call it “green” for recycling art scraps, but I think it is a cool idea because it is a throw back to the art cards of old school artists who, hundreds of years ago, made their own art cards for various purposes. Essientially, their art card was a sample of their work, sometimes as a means to share their techniques with other artists. Some art cards were small works of art traded for food or lodging. In the Victorian Era, some artists made their own calling cards.

I am purposely cutting my Art Cards ye 2×3 inches to avoid any possible connection or confusion with ATC and ACEO movements.

“Artist Trading Cards” and “Art Cards, Editions and Originals” are the exact same thing – small 2.5×3.5 inch works of art – with one seriously major distinction causing controversy and snobbery between artists: who is allowed to have or collect art in that size. The ATC folks believe that art in this size is to be traded exclusively as in ONLY between artists and never, ever sold. Some artists rebelled, renamed art that size ACEO, and started selling their art cards on ebay, thus opening the door for common people lacking the space and resources to amass a huge art collection to be able to collect baseball card size works of art.

Okay, so perhaps making art cards undersize is bumping all the rules… even the biz card rules since business cards are 2×3.5 inches. But, they will serve the purpose: a free sample of my art style with my basic contact information on the back.

A friend suggested printing the info on the back. Since my scribble may be hard to read and the easiest way to quick print anything onto a small surface is with a rubber stamp, I ordered one custom made from late Wednesday night. It should be here by Monday since this woman-owned stamp making business is just up in Michigan. The email with shipping information arrived today.

Well, the furnace just kicked on so I better go shut my windows. It was 84 yesterday but cold winds came through, supposed to dip cold enough for snow flurries tonight. Thanks for reading!