An Extra-Special Handcrafted Gift

So I took a few extra days over the long weekend to catch up after a ridiculously busy few weeks. And let me tell you, serious lounge + blanket time was just the cure for my weary bones.

Sparky’s 30th party was a fun, enormous, crazy success. And I judge the success of a party on the following criteria:

  • divets in the floorboards from dancing? CHECK
  • blue face paint everywhere? CHECK
  • Chewbacca fur in our bed? CHECK
  • two days to clean up the house? CHECK
  • dancing-induced feet injuries? CHECK

It was a good’un.

And in keeping with my handmade/homemade/vintage/recycled gift challenge this year, the kids and I gifted Sparky with this incredible handmade (locally made!) dining table. It was crafted from 100-year-old oregon timbers that were found in a Masonic hall on the South Coast.

A dining table represents so much of where we are heading together – family, good friends, entertaining, laughter, memory-making, great food – and this piece is certain to remain in our home for a very, very long time. It’s heirloom furniture, and we love it.

And on that note, it is the weekend again! Off to celebrate Sparky’s (actual) birthday with sparkling burgundy, dinner with the in-laws and tapas tomorrow night!

Life is, indeed, spectacular!


“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – STEVE JOBS.






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