About Tia Babbitt

I have lived throughout the US my adult life and settled in Mooresville, NC because of the climate, people and beautiful Lake Norman! My kids, wife and I all love to scuba dive and spend as much time relaxing underwater. My dream is to retire and have only a virtual mail box, traveling the world and exploring everything that life has to offer.

Change the Look of A Room in a Day

We all like change in our life from time to time.  Dramatic changes are sometimes difficult for people to handle, but small and subtle changes are easy and a cost effective way to keep you from feeling life is stale and boring.  We were recently looking at our dining room and realized that we liked everything about it except for the switch plates.  The fine details in the room were underwhelmed by the plastic switch plates that the builder used when they built the house.

Our house has painted trim and we decided to add the trim color to a wood switch plate cover.  The old plastic cover was not in any way related to anything in the room at all.  By simply adding the small detail of a painted switch cover, we were able to quickly and easily transform the details in the room.  Was it a dramatic change that made the room come alive?  No, but the details in the room were changed and highlighted the trim work in the room.  Adding a small detail in the room was enough to change what your eyes looked at in the room.   Your eyes easily skipped the mundane switch plate as a piece of trim on the wall that blended in to the look and feel of the room.

Looking for a more dramatic change?  Decoupage or paint wood switch plate covers to contrast the room, add a dramatic touch or use them as part of the artwork in the room.  A little change will not take a large budget or time commitment.  Don’t like your change once you are complete?  Grab the can of paint that matches your trim work and you can make another change as fast as the paint can dry.

More great work from our customers

Anna Johnston Browning CutoutsAnother great example of what our customers do with our products.  Here is a laser cut symbol that they have added to an embellished cross.  We love the paint details in their work and appreciate the opportunity to showcase their work on our pages.  The ability to be creative and add multiple pieces together to create unique and beautiful artwork is always something that we appreciate.  You can seem more or purchase their work here https://www.facebook.com/CraftyNinjasStore

Visit One of our Customers Websites

We like to help all of our customers, whether it be solving a problem or helping them promote what they do.  The best help that we can give our customers is a unique way to market their products.  Our snap fit boxes are something that we design, cut and assemble in our shop.  These unique boxes are something more than packaging and offer a way to differentiate your product from competitors.

Kara Brook has been a customer of ours for a few years and has a line of all natural beeswax products that she markets through her website.  We are happy to help move her product line to a unique and extraordinary level.  We have been able to develop boxes that will specifically market certain products that she sells and look forward to helping her in the future.

We love the fact that we have similar philosophies in business and life.  We prefer an all-natural and healthy lifestyle that is built around sustainable products that will not hurt the environment and better society.  We wish Kara continued success in her ventures and hope that we can be there to help in any way.

Re-Purpose a Wooden Spool

Before I was born, thread used to be wound on wood spools.  If I had to bet, I would say that my mother probably still has some wood spools of thread in her collection somewhere!  When the spools were empty, they were often used for a variety of different craft projects.  Anything from legs on doll furniture, doll bodies or whimsical art creations were often the most popular craft projects.

I had a customer send me a picture of her project that she completed with spools that she bought from our company.  She inherited a collection of Christmas figurines of her family members (grandparents and great grandparents) that were all built from gluing different spools together and topping them with a wood ball for the head.  Clothes were made from scraps of fabric, arms were pipe cleaners or dowels and the heads were painted with paint.  She thought that it would be a good idea to carry on the tradition that was started many years earlier by completing the set with the 6th generation of figurines.

I thought that it was a great idea and one that would be funny to see sometime into the future.  I was hoping that I could find the picture that she sent me so I could add it here but unfortunately I was unable to locate it.  I new I should have made it digital when I received it!  I went searching on Pinterest to see if I could find it but it was not there.  I did find some other interesting spool ideas there that you might like to look at.  Here is the link.

Learn Something New

Want a real challenge in life?  Try to learn something new each and every day!  Then try to remember what you have learned the next day and put it to use.  If you do not put it to use, it will be lost!  We use computers in almost everything that we do here from writing blog posts to processing orders, using the laser or editing photos to print on our UV printer.  How many of the buttons in Outlook do you have no idea what they are used for?  Excel?  Corel Draw?  Your smart phone?

We have computer issues all the time because we have so many different software vendors that we use to make our business more efficient.  Trying to get these systems to tie together and play nice all the time is a full time job in itself.  So, we try to limit our knowledge of the microcosms of our systems and tend to pay for tech support that is built into the software.  These days the system operators tend to remote in to our system and immediately fix what the problem is right in front of our eyes on the computer screen.

I am a naturally curious person and I love to learn and there is no better way to learn than hands on from an expert.  I end up coming away from the experience always learning something and it always comes back to help me somewhere down the road.  Knowledge truly is a blessing and cannot be taken away.

Many of our ideas for new products come from us learning a skill or task and then trying to help a customer overcome some problem that they are facing.  Imagine how efficient we all could be if we had a chance to learn a new skill, process or function each day.  We sit at a computer each day and learn what is happening on Facebook, YouTube or Pinterest.  Take a minute to see what is going on “locally” to really give yourself a leg up!

Resourceful Craft People

It is always interesting to see the unique ways that people use our products, including some that we view as trash.  A while we were taking some of our wood scraps out to our dumpster and one of our friends in another one of the businesses in our complex came over and was wondering what we were throwing away.  I told him it was the sheets of plywood that we use in our laser for our wood cutouts.  He was amazed that we were throwing it away.  I told him that we do not heat the warehouse with wood so it is no use to us.  i figured that he heated his house with wood and just wanted something that was easy to get the fire started but I was wrong.

It turns out that he has a hobby where he paints signs and he was wanting our waste product to use like a stencil.  I told him that was no problem, he could have them and if he needed them in different sizes to let me know and we would save him all that we could hang on to them for him.  What a great way to take a product that has no value to us and turn it in to something that someone else can re-purpose into something usable.

Since then, he has been to our shop many times looking for various types of shapes that we had and wondering if we could help him out with anything that he needed.  He is a young guy with a family and has always been there to help us out with anything that we needed so we had no problem reciprocating.  I was happy to hear that our trash can actually turn into someone else’s treasure.

Check back later for more ideas from our customers.

Making Wood Cut Outs and Shapes

Wood Cut Outs

Wood Cut Outs

Wood cut outs and shapes are something that we deal with every day.  Our most common inquiry is for this type of project because it is simple and easy for us and difficult for most end users.

We stock a large inventory of wood, have years of experience building shapes and projects and have the expensive equipment that is needed to quickly replicate your ideas into reality.

All we need is what it is that you are looking to replicate into a wooden shape.  Most often a piece of clip art or a picture is all we need to get started.  Once we have the image drawn on our computer, we email the drawing to you for approval.  Changes can be easily made to get you exactly what it is that you need.  Why settle for cookie cutter items at the local craft store when you can get unique items for your school, event or craft project.

Save your fingers and your sanity the next time that you need a simple or complex object cut over and over.  When you have the job done by a specialist, you can save yourself precious time, energy and most of all, money!

Wood Works – Cool Decorating Ideas You Hadn’t Thought Of

Decorating with wood can bring a natural warmth to your home that you can’t achieve by paint alone. The organic feel of the grain combined with the craftsmanship of turning wood into art can give your home an inspiring and completely unique look. While many urban sophisticates have embraced the repurposing of wood pallets for decorating purposes, there are wood decorating ideas that elevate the common wood pieces into wood art work.

Unexpected Wood Furniture

Using wood furniture is a common way to bring the natural element into your home. Most people use polished wood for tables, chairs, and shelving units. Such projects are easy to complete and can be executed with ease by even the most inexperienced woodcrafters. However, there are other wood decorating ideas that are easy to construct but offer a bit of a surprise in your space. Instead of a wooden bed frame, consider a wooden headboard. The warm tones of cherry and maple or even stained pine can transform a room.

Wood Wall Decorating Ideas

Wood floors are common for a rich and sophisticated feel, but you can also make a statement with wood wall art. Try using food flooring to cover a single focal wall. The unexpected use of the material will delight visitors, and the textured feel will help make your space feel more deliberately finished.

Wood Art Work

You can even use wood for one of a kind artwork. Unfinished pieces that are sanded down and shaped can easily be converted into decorative bowls, platters, or modern art pieces. Consider layering your wood pieces against stone, lush fabrics, or other natural substances. The juxtaposition of textures will bring out the natural grains of the wood you used.

Any of these cool decorating ideas could serve as a starting point for you to come up with your own wood craft ideas. Try turning your scraps into artwork or use extra planks as a foundation for functional furniture. Wood can be as versatile

It’s For the Birds – Fun and Easy Ideas for Building Bird Houses and Feeders

Building bird houses is not only a great way to use up excess wood in your storage shed, but it can also be a fun and creative project for you and your kids. With a little imagination, a little knowhow, and a little hard work, you can have a uniquely personal home for your feathered friends.

You can find dozens of simple plans for building bird houses on the internet. The simplest and most common model requires the construction of a closed box tilted on a single corner, with a slight overhanging roof, and an entry hole drilled into the front. Even the most novice woodcrafter can easily assemble this simple box bird house, making it the best option for a kid’s first solo wood crafting project.

For slightly more advanced woodcrafters, a sparrow house with eaves tucked away inside a pitched roof box offers a bit more of a construction challenge. Truly experienced crafters may even attempt a multi-compartment marlin house, with individual spaces for entire families of birds. You can even get creative and make up your own design. Try designing your own unique bird house based on a model of your own home or a fun, local landmark. You can even try building bird feeders from buckets, potting materials, or plumbing supplies lying around in your garage.

The most important thing in building bird houses is to have fun with the project. Consider embellishment and decorative flourishes like scalloped eaves on the roof or individual perches made from leftover dowel rods. Paint your bird house a funky color and hang it in a prominent place in the yard. Just have fun with it!

It is important, though to always be careful when building bird houses with kids. You may want to avoid handing any power tools or sharp objects over to inexperienced woodcrafters. To avoid any accidents, be sure to carefully monitor the use of all tools, and consider pre-cutting the various pieces of the house and allowing your helpers to assemble and decorate the bird house. Readymade bird houses are also available, giving you the chance to focus on painting and creative decorating for your birds.

Your Kids “Wood” Love This – Crafting Ideas For the Whole Family

You don’t have to be a master craftsman to create amazing pieces of woodwork. In fact, there are dozens of crafting ideas kids and adults alike can master. With just a few tools, some clear safety tips, and a few good ideas, you and your kids can create real works of art.

Like many of the easy crafting ideas for adults, kids’ crafts should encourage your child to learn the basics of woodcraft using simple shapes and easily fitted pieces. Start with simple projects like a kids’ toy box with fitted hinge. You can let your little one take the lead on fitting together the basic pieces while you cut the pieces out and help affix the hinges. Then you can both decorate it with wood safe paints. They’ll love getting a chance to make something they’ll use every day, and you’ll love that they finally have somewhere to put their toys.

One of the most useful crafting ideas for kids is a simple wooden step stool. A simple box with drilled out and sanded hand grips on either side is the easiest method of construction. However, you can think creatively to give your child a one of a kind model. You can add steps or design a model that transforms into a handy movable chair. Consider personalizing it by using unconventional shapes. A round top stool can easily become a “toad” stool with a fun paint job. Just be sure to test the construction on the stool before allowing your little one to use it.

For those who want something less intensive or would prefer an easy project that will give your kid the chance to work on their own, consider a precut wood kit. Wood kits come with multiple pieces and step by step instruction guides that will encourage your child to think critically and assemble their own fun project. These kits come unassembled and unpainted, giving your child the opportunity to uncover their creativity while learning a new skill.

You can also try and use your kids’ unbridled imagination to come up with new crafting ideas. Ask them what they’re interested in making and then work with them to devise a plan that allows them to have as much of a hands on experience as possible. Then get to work, and remember to have fun.