...and he's my dad. He recently found out about my blog and the first comment I received from him is that I've never written about him. He's right. So dad, this one is for you.
My dad is a man of deeds. He would do anything for me, but he expects much of me too. My dad builds things. Woodworking is his hobby and he's good at it. For my dad, building things didn't start as a hobby, but as a way of life. My dad grew up in a time where you made what you needed. He lives "do it yourself." I learned how to hammer, nail, drill, drywall, etc. etc. from my dad. He's proud that I never hire anyone to do what I can do myself.
His creations are in the homes of every family member and in many of the homes in his small town as well as in the church. If you can describe it, he can build it. He will build it his own way, but it will be beautiful. (Does this sound a bit like the owner of this blog?) We are much alike, he and I.
A few weeks ago he showed me a picture of a quilt rack in one of his woodworking magazines. He asked me if I might like something like that. We had a short conversation and I shared with him that I was considering taking my quilts to craft shows and displaying many quilts in a small space is a challenge. We discussed how this might be adapted, how wide it should be, that it needed to fold flat and display as many quilts as possible. A few days later for my birthday this is what I received. (actually he made TWO of them.) As you can see it works beautifully for displaying quilts at home too. Isn't it fabulous?
This is what I've been working on...I've had these euro shams on the bed for months now with no covers on them. Long enough. I don't know if these are too much. I'm trying to decide if I like them. If so, I'll quilt them and make them into shams. Maybe they could be a quilt. A couple more blocks and I'd be done. These honey's are huge! 28 inches square...now that's a BIG log cabin block.
Lastly, I've won a couple of giveaways. The first was Kajsa's at her blog Syko. I won this cute little house (can you tell she's my inspiration for all the little house things I've been making), and she sent me some more of her fabulous cards. I have a total of 5 now, so I framed them. If you haven't visited her, you really should. Her work is so happy and whimsical. I'm buying more of her cards from her etsy store for Christmas presents. She sent me candy and Marimekko napkins too. It was so sweet of her.
I won a bag at Stephanie's blog. You'll have to wait to see that...(imagine a non blurry picture here). I'm using it as a workout bag. It goes to the gym with me every day. It's amazing what a great bag will do for your attitude and your motivation. Thanks Stephanie! Drop in to Stephanie's to see her newest totally cute creation. You're gonna LOVE it.