I totally forgot to mention this! I decided yesterday that along with searching for a job, reading blogs, and working with Photoshop, I am also going to be working more intently on my religion and spirituality. I've been working a bit with herbs, nothing to big, and yesterday I began my wand.
James and I went for a walk yesterday and I happened to pass by a branch. Now, this branch was nothing special, slightly cracked, stubs all over it, to be honest, it was a slightly ugly branch. I stripped the bark off and then under it the was a dark layer of skin, kinda... Forgive me, I'm not a tree scientist or anything like that, lol. Well, under the dark layer of skin, I found a nice light colored wood. I sanded it down and took a break about halfway through the sanding and went to sleep. I started back on it this morning. Stripping away the skin, and sanding, over and over until I had a good 16 inches of it roughly sanded. I did a little more sanding just to smooth out the rough edges, and then remembered reading somewhere that when making a wand, you should oil it. I can't remember why you should oil it, but I went ahead and did it anyway.
I think that so far, I'm only about 50% done with it, but I'm very happy with how it's going so far. Once it's finished, I'll post another blog and add some pictures, but not until I've beautified it.