Heirlooms in the making

On Easter Sunday my family did more than celebrate the holiday. My brother Brice, cousin Mark and his wife Mary all kindly came over early to help me with some home repairs.

While Brice, Mary and I were scraping the exterior window trim and prepping it for painting, Mark somehow turned this crumbling 92-year old porch rail that was literally falling apart….

Old porch railing

….into this sturdy new porch rail that’s ready for a couple coats of fresh brown paint:

new porch rail

Somehow Mark beefed it up a bit without losing the Craftsman look and feel of the original design. He had to cut curves to fit around the pillar, which couldn’t be easy since the pillar is slightly tapered.

As if the new porch rail along with Brice, Mary and Mark’s much-appreciated help on the windows wasn’t already enough, the day got even better when the rest of the family came over. We had a really fun raclette dinner and an egg hunt plus a little co-birthday celebration for a cousin (whose birthday was a few weeks earlier) and for me (whose birthday is yet to come).

My sister-in-law Jeanne made a rather fitting carrot cake, but also made us both some really cool birthday gifts. My cousin got a hand-knitted water bottle cozy, and I got these adorable embellished towels….

…..and the perfect gift for a Christmas freak who’s an obsessive knitter:

Yep. A wreath made of yarn! How cool is that?

Someone in the family is always working on something special. (One of these days I’ll get Mark to guest blog about some of his woodworking projects!) It’s especially great knowing a lot of our handmade projects will likely become family heirlooms one day.

I’m lucky to be part of such a talented and creative family. What are some handmade heirlooms from your family? Who made them and why do you love them?

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About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on April 14, 2012, in bungalows, Christmas, Creativity, Easter, Family, gifts, Holidays, sewing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. my two most prized hierlooms are a rocking chair and a corner cupboard. The rocking chair was made by Grandpa Lammert and used by Aunt Jeanne Lammert and me, The corner cupboard was made be my dad and maybe with Grandpa’s help. I gave them both to the local Historical Society, since I did not have anyone to pass them along to, no Aidan and Reese at the time. There was a broken window in the cupboard which was replaced by the Historical group. I don’t remember if they left the old shelf paper in or not, but they are part of the children’s room display.

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Those sound like great pieces, Cyndy. Donating them to your local historical society was a wonderful idea!

      • I love that everyone in the family has creative flair and gives hand made gifts!

      • Paula Hendrickson

        I love that we all appreciate each others’ handiwork!

        BTW – I showed the wreath to a friend who absolutely loved it. This friend is very Scrooge-like and usually detests all things Christmas-y, but is also a crocheter. You won her over!

  2. Mark Hendrickson

    Paula….what a great blog post! A real joy to read.

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