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Hello and welcome to my little shop! It has been a long while since my shop has been open, right? Big changes are happening here.

OhMyAmpersand has a new name and new look. It better reflects the evolution of my focus and refinement of my product. Future listings will include wood burned necklaces, brooches and rings, as well as tiny wall art. It is very exciting to get this moving again!

I will be selling my goods at the Canadian Museum of History at the end of November. The 2014 Christmas Market will take place in the magnificent Grand Hall. Dates are:
Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, November 28, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 30
  • Joined July 24, 2009

Favorite materials

wood, paper

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About

Hello and welcome to my little shop! It has been a long while since my shop has been open, right? Big changes are happening here.

OhMyAmpersand has a new name and new look. It better reflects the evolution of my focus and refinement of my product. Future listings will include wood burned necklaces, brooches and rings, as well as tiny wall art. It is very exciting to get this moving again!

I will be selling my goods at the Canadian Museum of History at the end of November. The 2014 Christmas Market will take place in the magnificent Grand Hall. Dates are:
Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, November 28, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you'd like to see recent work please visit:
Tumblr http:/feudejoieco.tumblr.com/
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/ohmyampersand/made-by-ohmyampersand/



Twitter: @FeudeJoieCo

In the meantime, here is a little bit of information about me.

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As far as I can remember, I have been making things.

The journey began at an early age of 15 when I experimented with my Mom’s pyrography tool. I made wood burned earrings and sold them in a local salon. Over twenty years later the rediscovery took me to a therapeutic and meditative level when I needed to find a path for my own creativity. Working as a graphic designer for the past 18 years limits me to do work for others. Experimenting on tiny wood pieces has helped with my own expression. I am in love with surface design and it shows in what I do.

Wood is truly a miraculous object to work with. It can be shaped into a remarkably smooth surface where it becomes a canvas to showcase simple markings or detailed ornamentation. An ordinary branch can be an amazing treasure, whether it has fallen onto the forest floor or is a found scrap in my Dad’s workshop.

Everything I do is handcrafted. Rough wood is sliced, shaped and sanded smooth. Pencil sketches guide the burn lines. A pyrography pen with a hot wire nib is used to burn designs into the wood. I take my time and use great care to keep lines straight and even. Adjustable heat settings are essential because wood grain variations in one piece and different types of wood burn at different temperatures. Finishing stages consist of oiling, buffing, waxing and buffing again to get the smoothest sheen. Countless hours and a lot of patience produce the best results. Refinement in my work has continually evolved. I look forward to where it will take me next.

Creating something from nothing is highly rewarding.

We all have a story to tell and this is the beginning of mine.

Cheryl Deblette
Feu de Joie

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