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Hidden Treasures

by - Tuesday, June 02, 2009

There has been a lack of posting around these parts lately. HandyMan and I have been tied up with the selling of Mama HandyMan's house. She lived in the house for 40 years so you can imagine the amount of packing, purging, and cleaning we've had to do. Luckily, the house sold in no time (we even had multiple offers in this depressed market!), but closing was quick with only two weeks for us to clear out the old homestead. Not an easy feat with a newborn and HandyMan busy at his day job. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do though. The closing was yesterday (yay!) but we're left exhausted and HandyMan and I have had to fight fevers and chills over the past few days. It was all worth it though because we managed to unearth some hidden treasures in the move.


This is one of my favourites. This doll bed and vanity was handmade by Great Grandpa HandyMan. Mama HandyMan used to play with it as a young girl and with a little bit of cleaning up, Chloe will play with it someday too!
I love the craftsmanship - the arched feet of the vanity, the hinged mirror, the curved headboard. The bed features worn wallpaper appliques and can expand to house two dolls. The vanity is sweet as can be; there is the same damask wallpaper applique on the top and the drawers and mirror are all in working order. Don't you just love the crystal knobs :) We've never refinished furniture before so this will be a fun little project. It'll be nice too for Chloe to have a piece of family history.

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12 comments

  1. WOW! What an incredible find! With such family history, truley a treasure. They will be so lovely for Chloe!

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  2. I second Julie C. Truly a treasure for Chloe,and you as well.

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  3. I've never seen anything quite like that doll dresser, what a lovely find!!

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  4. I love toys that can be passed down through the generations. Very special! I'm sure your daughter will put those to wonderful use.

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  5. I agree - these are treasures. I had a little doll bed as a girl (not as fancy though!) and I loved it. What a special find.

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  6. What a wonderful turn of events! Minus the fever and chills.

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  7. Anonymous11:59 AM

    Oh, I hope you guys are feeling okay and that Mama Handyman is coping well with parting from her home. It will be nice for her to see these pieces carrying on.

    jbhat

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  8. So wonderful of you to help Mama HM. Look at the wonderful treasures you found too. I can't wait to see what your finished product looks like. How special for Chole to have a family heirloom too. One day she can pass it on to her daughters too ;)

    take care,
    Lisa

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  9. LOL - how many times did I say "too' above? I really need to expand my vocab ;)

    Lisa

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  10. What a great find to have in the family. They are just darling.

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  11. Caroline3:42 PM

    Wow, you two have boundless energy!!

    These projects are going to look amazing!! Not to mentioned appreciated in the future.

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  12. Great find! I can think of so many things I can do with those.

    Nicolette
    http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com

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