08 March 2016

Isn't It Good?


For today's Ten on Tuesday, Carole wanted us to list 10 Favorite Things I Own That Are Made of Wood.  This was a fun thing to figure out, but the challenge for me was to take photos, since my camera is very near death, and though I can edit the images somewhat, I still can't get Photoshop to load correctly on to my new laptop.  So I did the best I could!  :-)


This picture represents our bedroom furniture, which belonged to The Tim's grandparents.  We have a dresser, mirror, chest of drawers, headboard and footboard for the bed, and two nightstands.  It is dark cherry wood, with dovetail joins, and brass drawer pulls.  Really lovely, and a wonderful legacy as well.


Here are six things in one photo!  From left to right:  a wood framed picture of Doughboy, taken while he and his family were camping in the Adirondacks; a kitty box, sent to me by a blog friend  It has all kinds of secret compartments, depending where you move the kitty's tail, ears, etc.; a glass fishie on a wood stand.  I won it in a blog contest a few years ago, and it makes me happy, particularly since Pisces is my astrological sign;  a canary wood darning egg; a yarn bowl (currently holding my tape measures!), that was sent to me anonymously the last time I was recovering from surgery.  If you sent it, Thank You very much!


This is a lap desk made for me by my father-in-law and given to me by The Tim the second Christmas after we were married.  I was always complaining about using the only table we had, a wobbly kitchen table, to write letter or pay bills.  I wanted a lap desk, but couldn't find one that I liked that we could afford.   So The Tim asked his dad to make me one.  When you open the lid, there are compartments for stamps, paper, envelopes, etc.  It's perfect and I still use it regularly.  When I opened it that Christmas, his daughters and other daughters-in-law were all jealous, so he had to make four more!  But mine was the prototype.  :-)


This picture has two faves:  an antique printer's drawer, with type in some of the sections.  I have always wanted one, and saw this years ago at an antique store where it was being sold for $20.00.  Since others I'd seen were $100 and up, you can bet I grabbed it!   The other item is the top of a chair that has an upholstered seat, and Queen Anne style legs.  This chair came from the orphanage where my father's aunt was the director, long ago.  It sat in her office, and years after she died, and the orphanage was closing, they asked my father if he would like any of her things, and he chose this.  Usually there is a cat sleeping on it.

So there you go.  There are many other things, particularly our random-width pine flooring in our house, that is nearly impossible to photograph!  But it is the one thing that made us want to buy this house more than any others we saw when we were house-hunting.

The pictures aren't great, but the items are well-loved.  And in the end, that is what counts, right?

To paraphrase The Beatles, "Isn't it good?  Things made of wood" ...

9 comments:

Bonny said...

You've got lots of really wonderful (and well-loved!) wooden things, but I really love your lap desk. Just knowing that two caring people listened to what you wanted and then made it is incredibly special. Thanks for sharing; it is good!

Araignee said...

Fascinating! I never really thought of the wood things I have but now that I think about I sure have a lot I use every day. Most came to me from other lives so you know they have a story to tell. If only....

LinMinni said...

Your 'printer's drawer' is called a case. A drawer is where you keep your drawers! Just a little printers humor . . . Nice to meet you, followed the link from Carol's

elns said...

I love your wooden things. That cat box ... fancy! But really all kinds of lovely and functional pieces.

Dee said...

The wonderful thing about wood ---- it only gets more beautiful as it ages.

I loved the "wood tour" of your home.

AsKatKnits said...

Beautiful things, I love your darning egg! And, the lap desk is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

Vera said...

Beautiful items! Love your lap desk - that looks perfect. What a wonderful gift that was/is.

Marie said...

I love your wooden things! My grandfather was a carpenter, builder, designer, woodworker, etc., and I have some things that he made. I wouldn't trade any of them for the world.

handmade by amalia said...

Great choice. My father makes the most beautiful things out of wood and I have quite a few.
Amalia
xo