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Blog entry by Heath posted 04-12-2010 07:39 PM 1645 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I gave the first bandaw box that I made to my wife, my little girl (she’ll be 4 in July) specifically requested a heart shaped box. That became a ”red heart shaped box.” She hasn’t stopped asking me about her “red heart shaped box” since. I finally got to make it for her yesterday and gave it to her right after her bath.

I’ve had projects I was proud of before. But nothing like this. And the pride didn’t come my craftsmanship on the box. In fact, the box is pretty crummy. Made out of construction grade “whitewood” from Lowes, a couple small mistakes and one big mistake, and a bad paint job (spray paint). The pride came from her reaction to it. She must have thanked me and hugged me a million times and said “it’s beautiful” just as many times. She wouldn’t let it out of her sight. She held it and hugged it and talked about what she was going to put in it and how she was going to keep it by her bed. She said, “when the sun comes up I’m going to say ‘Good morning, red heart shaped box!’” She fell asleep curled up in my lap last night holding her box.

That something so simple and imperfect would make her so happy, and it was something I made… that’s a feeling like nothing else. I have to say that of everything I’ve ever made, I’m proud of that crummy little red heart shaped box most of all.

-- "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 04-12-2010 07:43 PM

No amount of money in the world can buy a smile like that. She is precious. Great job Dad!


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 04-12-2010 08:01 PM

shame on you , wait so long to collect such a smile from a daughter…..LoL
she is wonderfull ,great job Dad
thank´s for sharing that smile on her face,
you are right this is what it´s all about


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#3 posted 04-12-2010 08:04 PM


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 08:26 PM

Thanks for sharing.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#5 posted 04-12-2010 08:26 PM

Awesome story. That’s beautiful man…sniff…give me a sec. Phew…I’m ok now. You have some nerve there bucko getting me all choked up like that at work. I smell a nice jewelry box for that girl in the next few years or so.
Thx for sharing bro.

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#6 posted 04-12-2010 08:35 PM

Oh Daddy that is the best project in the world. The joy on her lovely face speaks a thousand words. Thanks for sharing such a lovely photo. Give her a big hug from me.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#7 posted 04-12-2010 08:45 PM

My kids are 22 and 19; this post just made me grin from ear to ear…. Thanks for the post and cherish every minute!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 04-12-2010 08:54 PM

Such an awesome reaction thats what its all about….

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 04-12-2010 09:22 PM

thats awesome!
No amount of money can replace that smile!!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#10 posted 04-12-2010 09:25 PM

Ditto everyone’s comments above. That turned out to be a gift for You! and you had no idea. Best kind. Nice going. It’s a real treasure.


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#11 posted 04-12-2010 10:23 PM

What a beautiful child I am afather of three sons and a grandpa of alittle one year old boy or he will be on sunday. you’re a lucky lucky man and so am I .Please cherish the little girl and tell her everyday you love her I still tell my sons everyday and the eldest id 33 LOLAlistair ps and I am not ashamed to admit it either.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 04-13-2010 01:10 AM

very cute! ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#13 posted 04-13-2010 01:24 AM

Dude to cool. That should give you the motivation for many projects to come. I’ve got three girls and mama and everything i make them they somehow don’t see all the mistakes that I see. Keep up the good work.

-- The wife asks me all the time "what ya makin" SAWDUST duh ,

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#14 posted 04-13-2010 06:07 AM

Looks like a VERY satisfied customer.

Great job.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#15 posted 04-14-2010 03:29 AM

That is one beautiful little girl holding a wonderful box. Great job.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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