One of the things I love about art and handmade items is that those things always reflect a little bit of their creators. So when I make something and give it away to someone I love, I’m also giving them a little piece of myself.
It just so happens that I’m most definitely not the only crafter in my family. Several of my family members are very good at making things with their hands…my paternal grandfather was one of them. His particular interest was woodworking. He passed away when I was a freshman in college, shortly before my husband and I started dating.
I regret that he never knew hubby, didn’t get to attend my wedding, and never met our sweet Little Crafter. But he did leave behind a few treasures for me. One is a handmade paper towel holder I use in my kitchen every day. Another is something my mom recently gave me; a jewelry holder he made. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for organizing and storing my jewelry, and I also knew I wanted to make it turquoise to go along with my bedroom decor. I was a little hesitant to paint it at first and change what he had done, but really, I think in a way it’s kind of like we each used our own skills and we made it together…about ten years apart.
Here’s a “before” picture; this is how it looked when my mom gave it to me. I love how many pegs it has and how they’re at different heights.
I also love that everything is so easy to see and choose from now! Yay for organization.