On the carving front, I joined a new ring where we get to carve our geekness. Be it Star Wars, chocolate, Harry Potter, Tim Burton, Godzilla, History, whatever. If you geek to it, you can carve it. There was only one little caveat: It could not be larger than an inch squared. Eeeep! I stink at carving teeny detail, but I did it anyway.
I tried carving the Firefly ship Serenity. Uh, no. An inch to fit a firefly was not happening. I thought & thought and thought. Then, boom! I came upon an idea to show my Whedon-love.
I carved a Claddagh ring and then carved the Buffy "B" because I had room. I added a little bling to the middle of the heart, just because.
I sent 30 of these off to the group's coordinator, but still have enough bling to make 30 more. So, if you're interested in an inch of my geekdom, let me know and I'll send you one. :)