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Project by mafe posted 10-30-2011 02:25 PM 2678 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

for my beautiful Mathilde

As you can see on the photos this is a little balancing Loveboxbug.

In fact it is hard for this little bug to ever sit still; so a walk down the fence, balance on a stick, hanging out watching life pass, tree climbing, bookcase run or simply sitting on a pole in the beautiful colors of nature spreading the message of love through the love antennas – all this is a normal day for the Loveboxbug always on the move always in balance.

But once in a while when not on the move, one stick can be removed, and one only.

Once removed the box can be lifted from the legs.

And if you press the right spot on the bottom of the box it will pivot over the porcupine quill and review its inner secret.

The wedding ring from my marriage to my daughters mother, and hopefully one day also her mother’s ring will also find it’s way there.

But this is what the love box is all about, it is a box for my beautiful daughter, that will remind her about the love she was created from and that life is a balance, her parents got divorced but yet the hearts of us are united in her and we will always be around to look out for her – just like the Loveboxbug.

Poem to whom it was made for:
My little love bug.
You were put to life with love,
in a moment of love,
when you were born love all around you,
you spread love where you go,
hang in and hang out spreading your warmth,
sending love vibrations with your antennas,
you can even look like a little porcupine when not happy,
sting like a porcupine quill when you do not agree,
but you are able to show your inner secrets,
ready to open up,
and in your heart – your parent’s hearts are beating.
We love you.
Your father and your mother,
Birgitte & Mads

The box was made from scraps or treasures if I should pick the name for it.
Wood for the box was a gift from a friend in Canada Justfine .
The legs are old BBQ sticks I use for gluing.
The porcupine quill was a gift from a friend Div (South Africa).
Box was finished with linseed oil and wax.
The total time was four hours for making it and one for the post.
(I put it up for the Scrappy01 ).

Best thoughts mostly to my daughter,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-30-2011 02:35 PM

Beautiful, Mads and very ingenious!!.........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-30-2011 02:43 PM

oh mads

how wonderful
such a beautiful love you have

and mathilde is such a lovely girl
a treasure for a treasure

when you write (paper mail)
to div

give him my best
i think of him
and his family

and miss him

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 10-30-2011 02:59 PM

How do you do it? Your imagination is your friend (and now ours).

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 10-30-2011 03:01 PM

mads, this is a beautiful way of love expression,and i just know your daughter has had to love it, and a few words from me: love was there and love was found, the best came of it, now your daughters love is around, it circles you both and rings your love in tight, your love light sparkles like the stars of night, and when your loves light are all together as day, your life lights love is there, always to stay…....grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 10-30-2011 03:08 PM

Hi David, yes I am a proud father, I think that shines through, as proud as one can get, and I have in her so much to be proud of. Div is missed. He is ok, just busy working and building his new house, I was acually planning to write him today so i will send him your thoughts.

Jim, I think my inner architect showed it’s face here, even I try to think out the box… The bug really hang on it’s own, thanks to the spread legs that are not too rigid, and the asymetrical design makes it fit in most places. It was great fun to make it, and to figure out the inside also.

Don, I play, try to stay child in the mind, and the love comes all by it self.

Grizzman, I showed it to my daughter and yes she had a wonderful smile on her lips, one of those priceless smiles that are directly connected to the heart. Thank you for those beautiful words Grizz.

I had no plan to be in this Scrap challange, but yesterday I realized that this idea would fit in and then Mathilda had the apartment for her self a couple of hours while I was playing with wood.


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 10-30-2011 03:30 PM

What a wonderful gift Mads and a great story too. I’m sure Mathilde will treasure it.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 10-30-2011 03:36 PM

You are such a clever nut. Your daughter is so sweet and lovely. I know she will cherish this gift from her father. I too miss Div on LJs. We have communicated some. He is very busy with building his house and does not have electricity at his hew house so it is very hard for him to get to the internet.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 10-30-2011 03:52 PM

Hi Mads, this is such a lovely story about love and it is wonderful that you share this gift of love with Mathilde. Your spirit of joy and love shines in all that you do.

Thank you for sharing your heart once again Mads.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#9 posted 10-30-2011 04:00 PM

A wonderful little love bug and a beautiful sentiment. A fathers love for his daughter is very, very special and I believe unmatched by any other. It’s the memory of those moments and the little smiles that we forever treasure.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#10 posted 10-30-2011 04:25 PM

Very cool design and of course the write up it great.

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#11 posted 10-30-2011 06:13 PM

What an astonishing project, so much of everything accomplished here with so little time and material – but not of thought. Your expression is timeless and you have found a way of wrapping playfulness, creativeness and deep meaning around a difficulty that takes my breath away.


p.s. If the “Scrap” contest was by voting, on all senses of the key word, then on balance, you would win.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#12 posted 10-30-2011 07:33 PM

Cool Mads ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 10-30-2011 07:58 PM

Very thoughtful.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 10-30-2011 11:49 PM

Nice idea and a great gift, Mads.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 10-31-2011 12:02 AM

Ahhhh that romantic & creative brain is at it again, you are one in a million Mads, but thoes around you already know that, :: ))))
very beautiful

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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