Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For his daughter










The Bear spent the winter building a nightstand for the GB. He drew up the plans himself and he did very well (he wrote about it too). The drawer glides smoothly, the cabinet door fits snugly in its frame. He likes to build furniture and he's getting better the more he builds; I've put in an order for an expandable kitchen table (I'm patient).

We tried milk paint for the nightstand, J.E Moser's Genuine Old-Fashioned Milk Paint in Cream, which we bought from a local woodworking supplier. It's tough to work with but we like the finish. It looks old-fashioned, smooth, flat and a little transparent. He used Danish oil finish for a topcoat. The drawer and cabinet pulls are antique green glass, from a collection handed down to the Bear by his late grandfather, another great woodworker. I had a hard time choosing; I almost went with the red enameled porcelain ones but I love how the green glass catches the light.

She was overjoyed when we put the nightstand in her room. She carefully chose the items on top of the nightstand: her Maggie Rabbit, a three-piece wooden matryoshka we gave her, her tissues in a box like a birdhouse and her Lego Friends calendar that she assembles (slightly incorrectly) by herself every month. In the drawer, she placed her four lip balms - two flavored Bonnie Bell Lipsmackers and two plain Chapsticks given to her by the dentist. These are the things she wants near her bed right now, at six years and six months old.

He inscribed the bottom:
Made with love by [P.H.]
For his daughter [E.H.]
February 2015

He makes my heart so full.

50 comments:

  1. He did such a beautiful job friend! It is Stunning!!! Please tell him so....and how lucky is your little sweetie to have such an amazing piece from her dad!! Too sweet for words!! Happy week you!! Nicole xoxo

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  2. It's beautiful! He did such a nice job. My hubby is also a woodworker, so I understand the love that goes into something like this. It makes an amazing piece even more special.

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  3. It's gorgeous. I love how the green knobs pick up on the green in her quilt. How lovely to have something made especially for her by her father; I'm sure she'll treasure it always. I love the Lego calendar too! x

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  4. My congratulations to Bear - wow, he knows his woodwork ! That cabinet is stunning ! And the dedication he put on it... i think she will cherish it for the rest of her life !!
    If I were you, I would start begging for a kitchen right now ;-))))

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  5. The nightstand is stunning, Jennifer. Well done, Mr Bear! :o)

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  6. It's beautiful! I bet that's a lifelong treasure, what a lovely gift from father to daughter :)

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  7. Hello Jennifer,

    Such a pretty and practical piece of furniture. Made with love and the greatest attention to detail, how could any little girl.......or big girl, for that matter......resist. It looks absolutely charming and, with the addition of your daughter's favourite things, completely at home!

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  8. How wonderful in every way!!! It is a lovely piece and will be a real heirloom for your daughter in years to come. How wonderful too that it has the heirloom knobs for the door and drawer too, that makes it even more special as it is already a treasure from the past! xx

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  9. How lovely of him to make it for her. It's something that can be passed down to future generations, who will know its history and the love that went behind making it :)

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  10. It's absolutely gorgeous, so beautifully made. Clever boy! I really love the green glass knobs, I'm a big fan of glass knobs for drawers and doors, love them. And how wonderful that he's inscribed the bottom. I think that will be in your family for a very long time. I particularly like how she's put Maggie Rabbit on top as well. Something made for her by her daddy and something made for her by her mummy. Oh she's a lucky little girl. CJ xx

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  11. That is all so lovely...the nightstand itself, the act of doing it and the beautiful inscription!

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  12. What a beautiful piece of furniture. A work of functional art, I love the handles. The paint sounds intriguing milk paint? Not heard of that before, is it less toxic?

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  13. What a special gift from father to daughter. She will treasure it forever.

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  14. Hey Jennifer,
    What a clever bear. I love all her favourites bits assembled within reach. Made with love. So wonderful.
    Leanne xx

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  15. It's really nice, he did a very good job, well done!

    Lluisa xoxo

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  16. Oh wow, this is amazing. She'll cherish this night stand for ever after. xx

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  17. Beautiful. Do you know, I noticed the nightstand in your Home Alone post. I love how your husband has inscribed the bottom, I love those sort of personal touches, just like using knobs passed down from your daughter's great grandfather.

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  18. The nightstand is beautiful Jennifer. A daddy's love for his little girl wrapped up in wood and paint. She will cherish this forever, and so will her children, and on through the generations. He did an amazing job with it. I love the details. And her treasures, Maggie looks right at home sitting there.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  19. Beautiful - on so many levels. x

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  20. This is so beautiful and made with love that only a father can give his daughter. It always made me smile when I would put things on the top and my two would take them away and put the things that are important to them, no matter how small they were. xx

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  21. I bet she loves it and keeps it, always .. What a loving gift ..

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  22. What a beautiful piece of carpentry. She will treasure it so much as so much love went into making it. Dad made my sister and me a bedside table each one Christmas. I couldn't bear it to be thrown away so it had been in Mum and Dad's loft for sometime. Then last year after Dad passed away I wanted to have it somewhere in the house. It now sits by the sofa where I sit and holds my latest projects, hooks scissors, ideas notebook etc. It looks a little out of place in the lounge but that doesn't matter, it's a bit of Dad near me every day (if that makes sense). It is so special when something is made with love. Sharon xx PS sorry for the waffle, it was just lovely to see another Dad doing what is so special to me. Xx

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  23. What a beautiful piece of carpentry. She will treasure it so much as so much love went into making it. Dad made my sister and me a bedside table each one Christmas. I couldn't bear it to be thrown away so it had been in Mum and Dad's loft for sometime. Then last year after Dad passed away I wanted to have it somewhere in the house. It now sits by the sofa where I sit and holds my latest projects, hooks scissors, ideas notebook etc. It looks a little out of place in the lounge but that doesn't matter, it's a bit of Dad near me every day (if that makes sense). It is so special when something is made with love. Sharon xx PS sorry for the waffle, it was just lovely to see another Dad doing what is so special to me. Xx

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  24. It's beautiful, love the pulls!

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  25. This post brought tears to my eyes, Jennifer. What a special keepsake for your daughter, and what a special dad to make it for her.

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  26. A lovely bedside cabinet made especially for her by her Dad. How wonderful! X

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  27. Aw that's so sweet she will treasure it all her life. It looks great! :) xxx

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  28. That is one bedside cabinet worth waiting for! Clever Dad. J x

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  29. Precious...in every way, Jennifer. Thanks so much for posting! xx :)

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  30. That is so beautiful. The furniture itself, the story and your photos, particularly the one of your daughter checking it all out.

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  31. Jennifer.. you really are a very lucky woman to have such an amazing husband! Your daughter will treasure that and keep it her whole life.. what an heirloom! You could put a little box in the cabinet with 2 of each of some of the other pulls - she could switch them out for a different look and they'd all be from her dad and great-grandfather, heirlooms themselves! My step-father made me a spice cabinet and wrote on the back like that.. I love it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  32. What a wonderful thing to do, I'm sure she will treasure it for many years to come. x

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  33. Oh...it's just so lovely! Beautifully made and beautiful to look at. I adore the handles.

    You've reminded me that my dad made me furniture for my Sindy house when I was little. Bella plays with it now. :-) x

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  34. I am impressed with your husband's wood working skills! That is a beautiful nightstand. And how sweet that he made it for your daughter. She will treasure that nightstand forever - guaranteed.

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  35. Awe this is so sweet... I love it! And it's so special since it was made with love by your husband. I know your daughter will cherish it for years to come. I love the green hardware! And her room looks so cute.

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  36. No wonder your heart is full, how truly wonderful and something so special that perhaps one day one of her grandchildren may use it too xx

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  37. That is such a beautiful bedside cabinet, Jennifer - made with great skill, love and care. Your daughter will surely treasure it always. My father was a skilled woodworker when he had the time, which wasn't often, and made my sister and me a doll's house each, as well as a lovely marquetry sewing-box for my mother.

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  38. Oh Jennifer that is so beautiful, what a great Dad ☺☺

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  39. What a special piece of furniture and how great is it?
    I love it!

    Joolz xx

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  40. Jennifer such a touching and loving post, its always the simple things......daisy j x

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  41. Such a beautiufl nightstand.....your husband is so talented. How lovely he made it especially for your little girl, she will always treasure it, I am sure.
    Happy March, Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  42. He did a fantastic job, the nightstand looks wonderful. I love the items on top, and frankly what six year old could even live without Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers?
    Meredith

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  43. Hello! I also have my own clever handy husband who I call Bear. Arent they wonderful people? He's done an amazing job! Just found your blog and i love it :)

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  44. oh how wonderful - it is sure to become a family heirloom, and well loved and treasured x

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  45. Awwww ... this is beautiful. What better way to say "I love you" than to make something from your own hands. She will treasure this always. I love glass handles and draw pulls, and the green looks fantastic on this nightstand. What a cute little inventory too ;)
    Wendy

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  46. If ever a gal found a keeper you did! What a beautiful thing for your daughter to grow up with. I wonder what will be up there when she's 16 and 6 months. And if her adorable mummy-made Maggie Rabbit will still be part of the mix (I'm guessing so) .

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  47. He has done such a wonderful job and made with love.

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