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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Christmas Box (or two)

This is the MegaQuilter that I do my machine quilting on. I really like it because it is so fast and has a bigger throat than traditional machines. I can move my quilt around easily in it too.
Inside of Ken's Christmas box that was made by my father. With a card from Dad.

The top of Ken's box. The checkerboard pattern is all inlaid wood. Each piece is separate and then put in. The cleat on the top is made with wood from a boat my parents had over 20 years ago.

Inside my Christmas Box!!

The top of my box. This is the first time my dad ever made his own inlay for a wood project. It came out so beautiful. Dad is a very talented carpenter (he made my Hoosier two years ago!!) and had made kitchen cabinets for my brother's house and their own house. They are perfect too.

I have been researching the culture of Poland and it turns out that wooden boxes and figures are a very important part of their culture and heritage. Who knew Dad was carrying forward that tradition without even realizing it! (Maybe he did know--I'll have to check.) I did not know though.

This is my lovely daughter, Evelyn. She is the blond in front. Her friend is with her in a bookstore in Manhattan. They are posed with Perez Hilton, who is a Red Carpet reporter or something. They got books signed by him that day. Fun to be a college student, huh?


smoothiejuice said...

those are absolutely gorgeous..lucky you to have such a talented dad!

Sheryl-lyn said...

I know!! I have a talented set of parents, actually. Mom taught me to sew when I was a little kid. Sure has paid off!

Bonne said...

The woodworking is stunning! And so is your daughter~is she single? I know a 22 YO

Sheryl-lyn said...

Hi Bonne:

Glad you like our handiwork! LOL Evy has a nice BF, but she would love any son of yours if she were single.

Beverly said...

Beautiful boxes. Evelyn looks so much like you, is amazing!

Autumn said...

Beautiful boxes-beautiful daughter !!! I love that apron too!!!!

Sheryl-lyn said...

Thanks!! My dad is amazing with woodworking. My Evy is amazing too! :)

Ruth said...

Gorgeous box. So beautiful. I love the woodwork. Your daughter is very pretty too.