|Project by UncleStumpy||posted 02-25-2017 09:56 AM||654 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
Kind of an unusual project. A neighbor lady wanted to know if I could fix a doll cradle she got at a flea market and of course I said sure, it’s what I do.
After I got it apart I realized that it was really beat – wood was rotted and kind of smelled old.
I asked her what she was going to do with it – a planter and it would have been fine.
She said that it was for her 6 year old niece Shannon because Shannon’s mommy had died and that Shannon says that her mommy comes to see her and they play dolls together. And my neighbor says that Shannon uses a laundry basket for her dolls and she wanted to have her use a nice crib for her dolls. My wife says that Shannon’s mommy really does come to play with her – I’m not so sure.
So I told her that it would be an honor if she let me make a brand new cradle for Shannon. She thought that was wonderful and cried a little bit.
I used the old cradle as a template and made a new one from pine – it had an early American feel to it so I figured pine would be great.
My wife’s sister is the “sewing machine lady” so she made a mattress using pink material with tiny red hearts. I decided to make a red heart to match for the headboard.
I will give my neighbor the cradle tomorrow and I hope she and her niece both like it. I can’t wait to find out.
-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"