Thursday, October 18, 2018

My New Workshop-A special surprise!











I made this box designed by My Scrap Chick for my Dad's birthday a while back and forgot to take a picture-so I stole it back to get one. He made sure I brought it back to him though. He loves all my little paper projects I make for him-he has them all lined up on display. :)

This paper house was fashioned after my new 'Sue Shed' that he built me this year. (story below) Of course it was filled with his favorite treats too-Werthers!  




The Workshop Story

This last year has been a tough year for my family. My Mother died in the fall 2017 and we were all feeling lost this last year. 

My Dad-Bless his heart! He is 88 and is just an amazing man. After my Mom passed he started this project without telling me. He built this little She Shed (10x14) in his big workshop at home and then  moved it down to my place with a crane and a big ole' forklift! The planning that this involved! I hear it was a tight squeeze to get it out of the shop doors. Good thing I have lots of brothers, nephews and friends that helped out as well!

My Dad is someone that always needs to keep busy, so the timing of this project was a blessing in that it kept him busy and occupied while he adjusted to life without his wife of 68 years. He has this BIG list of things he wants to make. He has even built a log cabin on his property-felling the trees and skinning them for the project. Of course he is the idea man and has lots of helpers in our family too, but he has the visions!

When I was gone on vacation this spring he brought down the Sue Shed and left it as a suprise. He and my brother Tom have been watching the garage sales and stocking it with all sorts of tools this summer. 

I am a winter wood worker so I am looking forward to crafting many Christmas projects in here. Typically Dad helps me with my projects, but as he gets older, it is getting harder for him to tolerate the long hours, cold, snow etc that  happens when we are working on our projects. He has me set up now!

In years past, my Mom and Dad would build a big fire in the woodstove in their huge workshop up on the hill and we would woodwork and visit away the day. One project day we were sawing and nailing away and by the time we looked out, we were buried under about 18 inches of snow! Those are some of my most treasured memories. My Dad has displayed most of the wood projects up on his shop wall that we have made over the years. 




Now to know my Dad better-he actually salvaged all this! The windows, the siding, the roofing, the lights! It took him months to build and then he finished the  inside once it was on site.


 Not put together yet, this was right after the move-It looks better now.



My Dad with the very first scroll saw art I made for him.


Thanks for sticking through all this!

Sue

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14 comments:

Sharon Caudle said...

Oh gosh Sue!!! Your story brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing !! I'm so upset cause I can only see the picture of your submission for the challenge, which is so adorable!!! I want to see all the rest of the pictures you've shared, but all I can see are squares with a minus sign in a circle in the middle of them. I'm so sorry about your mom!! Sending lots of hugs and can't wait to see all the amazing creations you're going to make in your shed. Thanks so much for sharing your talents and a little bit of your world with us at Art Impressions!

aussie aNNie said...

Bless your dad but Sue I can't see the photos and will have to come back later as it is something I'd love to see and something my dad would have done...hugs.xx

oh love the card, fun.x

aussie aNNie said...

You are so so so lucky Sue, this is fabulous. What a gem your sweet dad is and what a lovely man he looks. A little love goes a long way and he has gone beyond to show his love for you....I would love something like this as my outdoor craft area in among my plants....oh dear all I can say is I don't have the room and you are going to enjoy your winter making wonderful things...

Big hugs to you both.x

KandA said...

Fabulous card Sue and how lucky are you to have such a wonderful Dad to share your life with.... he is amazing xx

Marilyn said...

Awesome box! I am sure your dad loved it. That shed looks awesome. What a great surprise from your sweet dad!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my! I'm so glad you finally shared this cute box AND your story! Your dad sounds amazing. In fact, it sounds like your whole family is pretty special. It's hard to imagine such a wonderful gift involving so much loving care and planning and BIG effort. The inside is absolutely beautiful. The memories you have of time spent with your mom and dad are to be treasured, for sure. I'm simply bowled over and hugely touched by your story.

Bunny said...

Good gravy, Sue. I had to get a kleenex while reading about your Dad. You are so fortunate to have him. I know you know that. I hope you make many more memories with him. [Bunny]

Can you send him to Florida for a week? Maybe two? I have a spare bedroom!!!

Donna Ellis said...

Fantastic card, Sue! Love the "quick draw" stance! hugs, de

Dandi93 said...

Super cute shed box Sue, what a great way to use this AI image. Loved reading the story... You have a very special Dad.

Darnell said...

What a heartwarming story, Sue, and how blessed you are to have this man as your father! Bless him for all he is and all he does and all the memories he has given your large family! You will love your new workshop as much as I love my Playhouse - even more so because of how it was built and who built it!! I'm very sorry for the loss of your Mom. I know she is smiling down with happiness! Hugs, Darnell

Reneé Matarese said...

This is one of my favorite sets and you did such a great job with it! Thanks for joining us at Art Impressions!

Lola said...

Oh my goodness, you are so blessed to have such a wonderful dad and family. I enjoyed reading your story - and looking at your adorable card.

Andre M. said...

Thanks for sharing this amazing story about your dad and family, I forgot all about the card while reading it.

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