Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

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Fay and Bob and their Hobbies

Now that summer is here and we aren’t doing so much volunteering we have time to get back into some of our other hobbies.

I made some greeting cards with the SC flag theme that I really like.DSCN1274DSCN1273DSCN1272

Yesterday I took an oil painting class and made this.   I really like it.   I have one more oil class next week and two in August.


Bob has been busy wood turning so if anyone needs some pens we have a big supply of beautiful ones as well as some very nice bottle stoppers.




So as you can see we are having fun.   My goal is to paint a little something every day.   Between watercolor, one stroke, acrylic and sumie that should not be hard.



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Our woodworking art work

Here is what we have been working on.

Wood burned quilt cat about 8 by 10

Cat - woodburning


Mountain Scene from a quilt pattern with pencil color and veneer frame


Marquetry quilt cat about 6 by 8 – this is our favorite.  She is really cute.   Photo doesn’t do her justice.Cat - Marquetry


Natural edge cherry box about 8 inchesCherry Vox


Sycamore natural edge box about 6 inchesSycamore box


Marquetry quilt pattern hiker about 5 by 7Hiker


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Woodworking – marquetry, modern art and pyrography birds & new box

Bob has been busy.   Here is his latest box.   The wood grain is gorgeous.  It is  about 11″ by 7″ by 2″.  The wood is Bubinga from West Africa and the ends are dyed black which was something new.

Wooden Box

This pyrography piece is 7 1/2″ by 11 and is the third time Bob has made this one.   We thought it came out quite good.


This is a fantasy bird and I love it.   It is about 7″ by 9 1/2″


He has been wanting to do some modern art type marquetry and this piece was inspired by my mothers crazy quilts.   He wood burned the “stitches” around the pieces of wood.   This one is called “Pretty in Pink”.   It is about 10″


This last one turned out really, really nice.   It is called “Mother and Child”. It is about 10″.


So far the people we have showed these last two to have been very complimentary.   It’s a great way to use up all the little pieces of wood.   The pictures don’t do them justice.

Now we are trying to figure out a way to hang all of the art work without putting lots of holes in the wall.   We have a couple ideas.

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Coolest Small Town and Art, Art, Art and more

First of all, Travelers Rest made it this year into the finals for the Coolest Small Town in America.   currently of the top 15 we are tied for third place.   The contest runs until until Feb. 25 so please help us win by voting every day at  It would be so great if we won.

Our winter is turning out to be very busy with lots of art and other things.   This is what we have been doing in the last couple weeks.

Open house at a beautiful art gallery called   One of their artists is an 80 year old gentleman who painted the original painting of what it might look like when we landed on the moon and planted the flag.  We will be going back on Valentines day for a  “Just Desserts and Wine and Music” party.

Olli classes have started and we are again loving southern history.   This term we are studying the south from 1918 to present.   I have such cool facts in my head.

Attend a story telling event hosted by the Travelers Rest Historic Society.   We heard the story of the “Shootout at Dickies Church” as well as heard 6 and 11 generations residents talk about life in the mills.

Went to a luncheon program hosted by Greenville Forward.   This was the program “Alphabet Soup. By 2025, we dream of a Greenville that is open and welcoming to ALL, regardless of what you look like, how much you make, where and if you worship, where you come from, or WHOM YOU LOVE. January kicks off Greenville Forward’s 3-month focus on diversity and inclusion in Greenville County and we are getting things started with an unprecedented conversation on LGBT relations. Is Greenville open and welcoming no matter whom you love? What progress has been made regarding LGBT relations? And what still needs to happen to be fully open and welcoming?”   Sold out audience.   Quite informative.   While there certainly has been positive improvements we still have a very long way to go.

I am on a new committee at OLLI.   We are coordinating an exhibit getting about 25 pieces of art of various types scheduled several times a year.   Met some nice new people.

The last couple weeks were “Restaurant Week” where restaurants of all sorts have special price menus.   Managed to go twice, each time for three course meals for $30.   We went to Nose Dive, a gastro pub and the elegant Restaurant 17 at Hotel Domestique.   Both fabulous.   We went with others so had good food and company.

This weekend we went on Saturday to Greenville Little Theater for “24 hour plays”.   Playwrights and actors had 24 hours to write and rehearse 3 one act plays.   Each had to include a mortician, a suitcase of bricks, a 30 second dance and a line from a Beatles song.  It was so much fun.   After that there was an hour of improve comedy and it has been a very long time since we saw live comedy.

Sunday we went to Centre Stage to “Rock and Roll Gold”.   We saw almost 30 high energy song and dance performances with a stunning rock band.   This is the third year we have gone.   Every year is a little different.   This was RR 50’s, 60′, and 70’s.   The rendition of the Rightous Brothers “Unchained Melody” gave me goosebumps.   One singer who hit all the high an low notes.   It is one of our favorite shows of the year.   After that we went out for a Hiabachi Japanese dinner cooked tableside with our groupon coupon.

I still meet often with my Artist Alliance board and we are planning all our events spring, summer and fall.   What a great group they are.

Here is what Bob and I have been working on.   He decided to do a couple pieces that are the same but one pyrography, wood burning, and one marquetry, pictures in wood.   Here they are.DSCN0764





And he is now making yoga benches.

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February is shaping up to be even more fun.   Stay warm everyone.   It is 64 here today before we get cold and maybe snow on Tuesday.

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Our woodworking projects

I finally got the pictures off the camera and resized so I could show you what Bob and I have been working on.

This is a little bird house ornament.   It is about 6 inches tall.   I made it with help from a teacher up in Asheville.  I need to make some more before I forget how to do it.


Here is a closeup of the roof.   I did that with a wood burner.


This is a little off center bowl Bob did with the teacher.   We aren’t sure what you would use it for but it’s really cute.  Maybe put my vitamins in it?  The round thing is just a little cute disc.  The bowl is about 4 inches across.   Not sure what the wood is.


Bob’s latest box is quite large, maybe 8″ by 10 ” by 6″ deep.   It is maple.  I really like the concave shape it has.


Another thing we learned from our teacher was how to make these necklaces.  The swoopes are made with a special attachment for the lathe.   We are going to make more of these and are working on earrings to match.   My friend G. Ann, who makes jewelery is going to help me get started.   You wouldn’t believe how light weight they are.  The larger dark one is about 3″ across.  the one on the left is spalted maple and the one on the right is walnut.


At an auction a few months Bob got a box of wood Christmas ornaments and some other cut out wood shapes.   Here is what I did with a few of them.  This is quite large, maybe 8″.  It has lots of glitter on it.   What a mess I made!   I’m surprised the cats didn’t have sparkles all over themselves.   Really putzy to paint and glitter.


This is about 4″ high.   I also have a bunch of sets of the 12 days of Christmas but I can’t figure out an easy way to finish them.


Here is more of Bob’s latest craft, marquetry.   This is about 10″ by 12″.   He learns something new with every one.  It all veneered wood.   No paint.


These prayer hands were a two for one.   As he cut one out the other one got made.   The dark wood is purple heart which is a deep wine/brown color.   The picture doesn’t do it justice.   These are about 6″ by 8″.  It looks black but it isn’t.


I went to a painting class where you had dinner and painted with a bunch of ladies.   Can’t say I am wild about the mountain painting but apparently Smoky either likes it or is trying to hide it.   I got home about 9:30 and was sitting winding down and I turned around and here is Smoky on the kitchen counter on my picture.   Big stinker but it was really funny.  He is so curious.


Hope you enjoyed seeing our work.   I sure like to share it with you.  Tomorrow I will take some photos of my practice paintings, all flowers I think.  For practice they aren’t too bad.   If I would practice more they would be even better.

Our next new hobby will be pyrography, wood burning.   Bob just got the burner yesterday and will start practicing tomorrow.   There are some pretty interesting things you can do that is more than just burning wood.   Believe it or not you can also do paper.  This is something we will both try out.  What we are learning  is that not very many people do it and finding someone to teach you is almost impossible.  Should be interesting.  We both like it best when we can have a teacher start us out and tell us the tips and tricks they have learned.   I looked in SC, NC, Tennessee and Georgia.  Found one woman maybe an hour away but she hasn’t returned our emails.   The lady he has relied on most for information lives in Australia!

It is a gorgeous day here in SC.   Low 70’s, light breeze, low humidity.   A rare treat of a day for this time of year.

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Butterfly wood picture and pineapple cutting board

Here are our two latest wood creations.

This is a marquetry butterfly that Bob just finished.    It is about 6 by 8 inches and is all veneered wood.   It is lovely.




This is a maple wood cutting board in the shape of a pineapple. The pineapple has special significance and there is a card that goes with it that says

“Pineapples are time honored symbols of Southern friendship and hospitality

In Colonial days the pineapple was considered rare, very attractive, exotic and expensive. You only shared it with your most honored guests and over time it came to symbolize friendship, hospitality and good cheer.

In later centuries, sailors brought the pineapple home and when a fresh pineapple was displayed on the porch it meant that the sailor was home from his voyage and ready to welcome visitors.”  It is about 12 inches long and 7 inches wide.  Has a beautiful finish on it of food safe tung oil.


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Marquetry, painting and Sabrina

I thought I showed you these  paintings that I did this winter but I guess I didn’t.

This was my first painting


This was my second one.


This was my third one.  This could be hung either direction.   Haven’t decided which I like better.   I think I want to do this one again in a larger format.

This one I did about a month ago


Here is Bob’s first marquetry piece.   This is made with hand cut veneer.   Quite a complicated process.  He got frustrated at first and his workshop was not big enough for him to have all the equipment set up so he spent a lot of time moving things around.   This weekend he set up a permanent marquetry place in what we call the “clean room” and Fay’s hobby room.   It’s a big room so it will all work out just fine.   He has gotten lots more confidence now that he has made a couple pieces and will be going up to Asheville in a couple weeks to work with someone for the day.  There is  A LOT to learn to do this.   This piece is about 4″ by 6″.


This is his second one.   This is about 6″ by 8″


And here is my little supervisor Sabrina keeping a very close eye on me while I putter in the kitchen.    She is never very far from me and is so curious.  By the way, that’s her stool.   Smoky has his own stool too.