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Triple Cross Post?

A confluence of events beyond my control led to my inclusion in a couple of my favorite writing blogs today.

I posted about those posts in a new (and similarly sporadic) blog on my website, HendricksonWrites.com, and since I’m all about the blogs today, I thought I might as well cross post it here as well:

A Community of Writers

Does that make this a triple cross post?

Even if it does, it doesn’t negate the fact that I’m honored to be part of a welcoming, supportive, and inspiring community of writers.

 

 

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Handmade Doll Beds

I’ve mentioned before how creative and talented my relatives are, but sometimes they really out-do themselves. My cousin, Mark (the one with the great old pool table and who built my new porch railings) made the coolest gift for my 8-year old niece, and I asked him to write a guest post about what’s got to be the girliest woodworking project he’s ever done. Be sure to check out Mark’s blog, too: http://www.blackbearjournal.blogspot.com/

THE DOLL BED MADE FOR TWO

by Mark Hendrickson

I believe it may have been last Thanksgiving that my God daughter Reese approached me, with her dad, and asked if I might be able to build her a doll bed sometime. With Christmas just a few weeks away, it seemed like the natural thing to do.

The project began with Reese providing me with the height of one of her dolls so I knew how long to make the bed. She actually has two special dolls — Kit and Ruthie — so it was not to be a single bed but a bunk-style doll bed.

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What little girl wouldn’t love to have this for her American Girl dolls?

As I planned the project, I thought that the bed should be convertible. That is, the beds could be stacked in typical bunk-bed fashion, or, one half could be lifted from the other and they could be placed side by side.

I looked online to get a few ideas and then drew plans for the corner posts, head- and footboards, bed frames and the simple cleats glued to each post to enable the top bed to set securely on the bottom. When stacked, the beds are 19″ high, 23″ long and 16.5″ wide.

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Here you can see how the beds stack – and the adorable details Mary added that match the bedding beneath the comforters.

The beds are made of solid pine. The typical pine you buy is ¾” thick, much too bulky for a doll bed. So one of the first steps was to plane down these boards to ½” thickness which seemed to be a better size. I cut and assembled them and then completed the purple painting of all surfaces. [Paula’s note: A master of understatement, Mark makes the process sound a lot simpler than it was!]

In addition, my wife Mary and I enjoy projects where we can combine our skills: mine in the furniture-making arena and hers in the artistic touches once the construction and painting is completed. Mary then stepped in and added the wonderful painted highlights that you can see in the images.

I think Reese loves the bunk beds as much, if not more, than Kit and Ruthie!

I think Reese loves the bunk beds as much, if not more, than Kit and Ruthie!

Paula’s note: As cool as the beds look in photos, they’re even more impressive up close. On Christmas we were all inspecting the work and every little detail Mark & Mary put into making Reese one of the best gifts she’ll ever receive.

Absentee Blogger

Yikes! It’s been a while since I posted anything new here. I’ve been busy with the usual: Deadlines. Guest dogs. Knitting. More deadlines.

Last week – which if you scroll down a tad you’ll see was Writers Worth Week – I spent cheating on you with another blog. My friend Lori Widmer, the very founder of Writers Worth Week, landed herself in the hospital and asked if I’d tend to her amazing blog while she was out of commission.

It was a pretty simple task since she had everything planned ahead. All I really needed to do was cut, paste and schedule posts from a few of her guest bloggers.

I’ve always loved Lori’s blog. It’s smart, informative and she really knows how to build a community of supportive writers. Now I’m blown away thinking about how she’s managed to maintain her blog’s keen focus on the freelance writing business.

My hand-knitted hat is off to you, Lori. May I one day be half the blogger that you are! I’m glad you’re on the mend.

6th Annual Writers Worth Week

Writers Worth Week is here again. It’s a shame writers still need to remind clients and potential clients about the value good writers bring to any project. Even sadder is that so many writers don’t value their own work or time like other professionals do.

To mark the occasion, Writers Worth Week founder Lori Widmer invited some writers to contribute guest posts for her blog, Words on the Page. I have the honor of being the first guest poster of the week.

If you’re a writer or work with writers, I encourage you to check out Lori’s blog this week. You won’t be disappointed.

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