Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor of Love

While antiquing a couple of years ago, I found this small round box. It looked interesting and I opened it up. Really, I was taught better....not to touch everything, but I just couldn't help myself.

Inside nestled were three strawberry emerys. I knew right then that the price didn't matter. I had to purchase this small emery box. Luckily it didn't cost an arm and a leg.

My husband Dave has been working on a lathe in the garage for the past year making the wooden cupcake bases. I asked him if he thought he could make the emery box too. He made a couple practice ones. He had to stop because we ran out of wood and had to wait for some lumber to dry at the mill.

His practice ones have been sitting in my cabinet for a couple of months. This morning I painted and waxed one of them. "Holy Cow!" I love how it turned out. (I might move Dave's bed out into the garage. It's definitely where he needs to be.)

I made this small acorn emery for the box....perfect for autumn. Our oak trees have the best acorn tops!

So to celebrate labors of love....and Labor Day....here's the deal.

Leave a comment and I will choose one using the random number generator. I only have one to give away....wish there were more! I will have to see if I can get him back out in the garage!
Please enter only once.

Contest ends on Labor Day! Good luck to you all.

Until later

Alma

565 comments:

  1. That box is absolutely awesome! Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

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  2. I've never seen post #1 win but there's always a first time! The box is drop dead gorgeous. There's no other description. Your husband does wonderful work -and I know how hard it is.

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  3. Your husband is very talented. I would love to have this little box!
    I also cannot wait for Wild Rose!
    Thanks very much.
    Karen L.

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  4. The box is darling. I would love to be entered into the drawing.

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  5. Incredible! You don't know how much I would love to own one!

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  6. It's very pretty.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Marilyn

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  7. Wow, I would love to win the little box. It is beautiful. You are so generous to share your talents with all of us (and your husband's talents, too).

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  8. OH what beautiful boxes and such a pretty acorn hat! I love acorns have planted a few on the property but they take many years I have found to actually form acorns! So I am waiting patiently.

    Your husbands box is so close to the one you found, I think he is going to find himself very busy ;0

    Now to cross my fingers and hope I am the lucky one.
    Becky in WA

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  9. O, what a nice box, it should be very pretty on my desk, please enter me in the drawing.
    Thank you,
    Marijke

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  10. Oh my Gosh!! That little box is adorable. Would love to be entered into the draw. I think you and your husband stumbled onto something here with those little boxes!!

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  11. Oh wow I would love to win that box. What a great find and what a lucky gal to have a hubby that makes them. I definitely vote for moving the bed to the workshop but don't tell him I said that ;0)

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  12. Wouldn't it look great next to my green box from the Buggy Barn class? Did you know we formed a "Green box society?" You and Barb are the best teachers ever!

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  13. What a beauty!! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks - edgar

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  14. Oh my goodness...when I'm "antiquing" I think of you and Barb and hoping I'm picking out fabulous things like you guys do! I'd love to think I could be the lucky winner of that awesome box!

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  15. Your husband does wonderful work! Please enter me in your drawing.

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  16. Beautiful box! Your husband does wonderful work. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  17. Oh, please enter me in your drawing.

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  18. What a charming box! You both are so talented. Thank you for the generous giveaway opportunity!

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  19. Love it...what a great testament to your husband's skills. Thanks for the contest!

    Becky B.

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  20. It just goes to prove, good thing come is small packages. Please enter me in the drawing!

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  21. I love the box your DH made. It is a beauty. He is talented.

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  22. OH...... What a lovely box...... And to know that you will share it with someone. Perhaps I will be that someone.........

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  23. I my goodness! It is beautiful! I hope he gets a chance to make more too. Please enter my name into the drawing. And thank you for having such a beautiful give-away =)

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  24. Wow would I love to win--Acorns are the best! Thanks Alma--and Dave, too--for offering this fun giveaway for us. :)

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  25. Love the box! Your husband is very talented. Please enter me in the drawing...maybe I'll get lucky. Thank you for always being so generous.

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  26. what a handsome box, and the accompanying acorn emery is just darling! gosh, i would so love to have this... how fortunate that both you and your husband are so talented.

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  27. The box is lovely!! Please throw my name into your give away hat!! Thanks you!
    Paulette

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  28. Well if you don't enter you cannot win, so here I am entering. Thankyou for the opportunity to maybe own 'the box'
    it would be treasured I assure you!

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  29. Love the box. LOVE acorns and everything autumn. Dave does beautiful work and I will help you move his bed! WE NEED THESE!!!!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I would love to win the box. Or, better yet, I will take your husband! :)
    Thanks,
    Amy

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  31. How lovely! It's wonderful that you both have such talent!

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  32. Oh I would love one of those boxes- I would certainly lock him in the garage. Please put my name into the hat.
    Thanks

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  33. Please enter me, I love the box.
    Thnak you for your generosity.

    Ellen

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  34. OMGosh! It's absolutely perfect! I collect A) Boxes B) Emerys and C) ACORNS! Would love to win your generous giveaway. Gorgeous little find you have there! :o)

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  35. Your husband is awesome! The box is beautiful.
    Karen in Breezy Point

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  36. Hi Alma:
    I absolutely love your little box and the acorn is adorably....I think Dave is a keeper...I also love reading your blog...
    Thanks so much for sharing, Nancy

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  37. What a marvelous job of recreating a past beauty. I am surrounded by things from the past since that's where I'm most comfortable. Would love to add this treasure to my space.

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  38. I cannot believe what a talented hubby you have! Wow, what an accomplishment. Not easy to make a box on a lathe.

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  39. So sweet! Please put my name in the hat :o) Thank you and have a nice Labor Day weekend.

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  40. The box is fab-u-lous, would love to win it.

    Marie in Oregon
    mariebeers@hotmail.com

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  41. Traduction (français > anglais)
    Your husband has done well, this box is beautiful, I love to touch the wood, a nice feeling. Thank you for your generosity.
    Good day. Annick

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  42. I can't believe you want to give it away! You guys are awesome.

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  43. What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the chance. Your husband is very talented.

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  44. The box is beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a little beauty.

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  45. Wow...I love that little box. What a talented hubby!

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  46. Somebody said your husband was very talented and I would quite like to have him - but failing that - I will settle for a chance to win the beautiful little box. thanks Irene xx

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  47. What a darling box. Please enter me for a chance to win it. Thank you.

    Darlis

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  48. I would love to have this beautiful little box.

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  49. I love the original with the strawberries in it. But your husband has done a great job and it is every bit as nice as the original. And you have filled it with very nice little goodies.

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  50. Wow the box he made is great. You did a wonderful job on making it look old. I would love to enter.

    Thank you
    Natasha

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  51. What a fantastic box and acorn. Just love your creative mind. Please enter me in the drawing.

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  52. I wished I had such a handy husband.
    It looks wonderful.
    And the acorn is so pretty.

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  53. This is so amazing! I love boxes...I don't know why. And I've been in love with acorns ever since I found out they are a symbol of patience. Who can't use more of that? This would be a daily gentle reminder for me and a cherished treasure.

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  54. Dave is ever so talented! I hope he makes some more for sale. I would love a chance to win. Thank you!

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  55. Wow!! Alma!! If you can get Bill back out into the garage and churning out more, can I be first in line to buy one if I don't win this one - I have a fetish for boxes large and small - how Freudian!! LOL

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  56. It is so beautiful!! I would love a chance to win this beauty. Thanks Pat

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  57. Your hubby has such a talent! I know whoever wins will cherish the box always!

    I will miss you at market!

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  58. I love the little box lucky you to have a husband who can make something like that. I always buy little boxes when out shopping, and what a find inside. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks for sharing!
    Ronnie

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  59. Wow, such a talented hubby you have! I would be thrilled to win.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed!

    Lisa P in SW Ohio

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  60. Oh my...that is the sweetest little box your DH created please include me in your give~away...hugs, Linda

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  61. labor of love...

    there is nothing that can reach the thrill of completing a design and seeing the finished product! i am so happy for you and your dh in your team work:)

    yours,
    peggy anne

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  62. Oh Alma - your husband does amazing work - it's gorgeous! Thank you for doing this giveaway, and please enter me into it. Have a great holiday!

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  63. That is really cool that he was able to reproduce one! The color is great.

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  64. Just LOVE the box! I love shopping antique store, Goodwill, Salvation Army for little jewels like the one you found. What a treasure~ I really love that your hubby could make something similar. How cool is that! And, I love the color. Really nice.

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  65. That is such beautiful craftsmanship...I would love to be entered in the drawing for a chance to win the box...enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

    Thank you,

    Joanne

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  66. What a beautiful box your husband made!...Just beautiful!..It would be an honor to have this box!!...Thank you for the chance to own it...

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  67. Your husband does beautiful work! Please enter me in your drawing.

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  68. I think you're awesome to give away these great items! I also volunteer to help move your Dave out to the garage as I agree--he really has talent out there!! Can't wait for the next fabric/book installment!!

    Linda A

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  69. What a great story! I don't care what "they" say, I always, always open up boxes and baskets when I'm out antiquing... you just never know what you will find.

    I adore little wooden boxes, and acorns too... please enter me in your drawing!

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  70. Oh, Dave is a sweetheart! I'd love to win an emery box. Have a great weekend! Terry in Iowa

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  71. Your husband is as talented as you are Alma. I'd love to win that sweet acorn and box.

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  72. I do think the little round wooden box with three emeries definnitely had your name on it! Your husband does wonderful work with wood!
    Louise

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  73. What a beautiful box. You are a lucky woman to have such a talented husband. But then again he is mighty lucky also! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  74. Please include me in your drawing. The box is beautiful--would love to run my fingers around it--such a wonderful shape! A talented husband indeed! (perhaps you could just add a daybed to the garage?)

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  75. The box is beautiful! I would love to win it.

    Jane

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  76. Your hubby did such a wonderful job! Please enter me in your contest!!
    Lisa C.

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  77. Your husband did a great job! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  78. WoW...You have a very talented husband. Love the idea of using an acorn. Perfect for the season's of change. I would be honored to have this little box if my number is picked.

    Thomasina

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  79. Alma...how cute!! what a find and your recreation is just as charming....keep opening those boxes!

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  80. What an incredible find! What a talented husband! Please enter me in your very generous give away.

    I'm counting the days to Boxwood & Berries :)

    Blessings, Patti

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  81. What a beautiful box! You and Dave are very talented. I would love a chance at the giveaway!

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  82. The box is absolutely awesome and please share with us how you make the acorns as our trees are just overflowing this year as well.

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  83. Love the box. You just want to touch the smoothness of the wood and to fill it up. My husband does woodworking too, but I wait forever for him to make me something.

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  84. Wow! I thought he was talented when I got the pincushion base. This is over-the-top!

    Edie

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  85. How exciting to find a double treasure like that! It is beautiful.

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  86. What a wonderful find! I wonder why three emeries? Maybe it was her lifetime supply? I"d have thought an emery, a thimble and maybe a needle book or case. :)

    I'd love to win the new one!

    :) Linda

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  87. I love wooden boxes, the older the better - and this one looks very much like a little gem! Congrats to your husband for such beautiful work!
    Please enter my name too!

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  88. Adorable. Just too cute. Thank you for the opportunity to win.
    Mary

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  89. ooooh, I've gotta start antiquing. Or win yours! Beautiful!

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  90. Wow, that is simply lovely! I'd love a chance to win it! Thanks so much!

    ~Kat

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  91. I love wooden boxes, any type, round, square, with little dings, this one is precious and especially since your husband made it. I would treasure it....

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  92. Oh my goodness, how beautiful. I can't resist entering.

    Susan

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  93. Had to laugh at the bed in the garage statement! Beautiful workmanship. It would have a good home if I am lucky enough in the random draw!

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  94. What a neat box. Would love to have a chance to win one. And what a wonderful hubby to make it.

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  95. Oh -- How beautiful. As I read, I was hoping that you would say you would have these at market. Would make great companions to the cupcake pin cushions. Your husband is as talented as you and Barb. Please enter me in your drawing.

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  96. OMG! I said I love everythig you two do, guess now I should say you three. Alma, you are so lucky to have such a wonderful husband that can make these pretties. Hope I win, if not I hope that you will do a special project with these little boxes. Maybe something limited edition so Dave won't run and hide at the thought of having to make so many. You know everyone will want one. Love the little emery with the acorn top-can I buy some of your acorns? Have agreat holiday.

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  97. Oh my gosh,,I dont know what is cuter the box or the acorn,,what beautiful pieces of art,,thanks so much for the giveaway,,have a blessed weekend,,,

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  98. I'm in! Your husband must be a wonderful guy to make things for you as he does.
    Brenda

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  99. that little box is really neat - you need to chain him in the garage! Please enter my name in the drawing - thank you!

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  100. The box your found with the emery strawberries is wonderful! It was meant to be. The box your husband made is lovely!! I would be honored to own it. He's a gem.

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  101. Your husband definetelly must sleep to the garage .... but you must stay with him some hours a day to incentive his creations .... and make us your fans happy too!!
    A very very beautiful box .... and if I have one .... I knew exactly where this box will go .... with my daugther .. he is crazy about little things ... she make mini mini origamis ...
    Well if I don´t win your giveaway... can you sale one to me? :-)

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  102. Scrumptious!! Got my fingers crossed!

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  103. Both the acorn emory and the box are just beautiful. I love how you painted and waxed the box ... it looks so old now!

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  104. That is so neat! Gee, that would be a nice project for B&B!!!!!!! Counting the days.

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  105. I once purchased a box like this, instead of being filled with strawberries it has them tole painted on the top. I guess I'll have to make some tiny strawberries to fill it! thank you

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  106. it's nice to be surprised by the strength of beauty. thank you for your generosity!

    shannon

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  107. Your post brought back happy memories - my Dad used to spend hours in the shed on his lathe. It's a lovely box - just right for an emery, or a thimble maybe. Please enter me for the draw too. Thank you.

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  108. Beautiful little box and I promise that I'll give it a good home.

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  109. I just love interesting little boxes and nik naks. Thank you for the chance to be into win.
    hugs
    Miche'le

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  110. Alma, your husband does good work! Please enter me in the drawing, too.
    Holly W.

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  111. Please enter me into your drawing. Your husband did a wonderful job! He needs to make more so you can sell them! :-)

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  112. That's the sweetest little box! Please enter me. You're so talented AND generous!

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  113. That box is beautiful - what great craftsmanship! I hope your husband will make more and maybe offer them for sale.

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  114. Wow - the box and acorn emery are both treasures. I would love to win them!

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  115. oh please enter me ! the box and acorn are the greatest. Thanks, Jo Ann

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  116. Oh, I love that box!!! And I love the color finish you put on it. It would look SO good in my house!!!

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  117. you are married to a man with blessed hands, dear !

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  118. May I ask what kind of wax you used on your box, Alam? I just purchased a charming vintage paper mache tray which has some clouded areas on its black surface. I think some type of wax might restore its luster, but I don't want to use anything that might prove corrosive.
    I'd love to be included in your drawing...thanks!

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  119. I Love your CUTE little boxes....please entry me to win!!
    Thank YOU

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  120. Oh yes definitely send Dave out to the work shop!!! I hope I win, I promise to treasure it!!
    Jenny in Florida

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  121. thanks very much ;)
    please enter me in contest
    ciao Maria

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  122. Oh my goodness what a gorgeous little box. Your husband has been hiding his light under a bushel :>) Your giveaways are always so original, they are worth entering even if you never win :>)
    Thanks so much.
    Warm wishes Angela xx

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  123. What a beauty!! I have just the spot for it, should I be lucky enough to be chosen!

    Thank you!

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  124. Congrats on the talented husband and please include me in the drawing!

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  125. What a great idea!

    Yep, he definitely needs to be spending more time in the garage. How about providing goodies? Would that get him to spend more time in the garage? :-)

    Cynthia

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  126. Isn't it nice to find surprises while shopping? You are lucky to have such a talented husband. Please enter me in your giveaway.

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  127. How beautiful and perfect! I love this little box and the acorn emery. Fingers crossed ☺

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  128. I would love to be entered for the drawing.
    If you can't drag his bed out to the garage, at least feed him out there!
    Wood working is a real gift!

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  129. I would love to be entered in your wonderful giveaway! I would love to win such a darling piece.

    What a great hubby to make something so stinkin' cute! LOL

    Thanks!

    Tanya~friendshipcrossing.blogspot.com

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  130. What a treasure!
    Angela

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  131. How lucky to have such a handy husband. Mine, not so much. Please enter me.

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  132. Wow, the box is just gorgeous. My other half is learning to turn lace bobbins... hmmm, maybe I could convince him that these boxes would be fun too!!!
    Please enter me into the draw :)

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  133. Awesome little box! He should sell them somewhere so we can buy them. Love it! Nancy in WI

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  134. Please enter me in your drawing I would LOVE to have this little box. It's diffidently a work of art.

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  135. What a talented husband you have! The little box is adorable. Thanks for your generosity. I would love to be entered into the drawing.

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  136. Your husband and you are a perfect match! His woodwork is wonderful and the acorn is so darling!
    Thank you for offering this great giveaway!

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  137. I would be so proud to own this box!
    I think all those who don't win will be putting their orders in for your very crafty husband.
    Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  138. Bravo! Your husband did such a good job. I always have my dad make things out of wood for me. Isn't it nice to have such handy men in our lives?

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  139. Lucky you to have such talent in your house! I'd love to win this!

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  140. I love little boxes...so nice to keep treasures in...Trudy

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  141. I love boxes and tin of all sorts. Please put my name in the hat.

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  142. A must have--so lovely!
    thanks for offering it!

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  143. Please add my name! Who came up with the word Emery! I never knew the strawberries were called that. HUGS MARY

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  144. Love, love, love that little box! I want to be entered to win.NO!! WAIT!! I want to win!!

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  145. oh my and HOLY COW... so awesome ... awesome beyond words!

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  146. I love, love, LOVE the little emery box! Please enter my name in your drawing!!!! Crossing my fingers ... and toes!!!!

    Teresa

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  147. It's wonderful! I'm crossing my fingers, please enter me.

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  148. How generous you are to part with such a beautiful piece. Thank You!! MaryB Plano TX

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  149. Hi Alma - I love the little box and the wonderful little acorn emery - my friends know I love acorns! Please enter me in your drawing! Thanks!
    Tedra, Phoenix, AZ

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  150. Gorgeous!! I love the coordination of the acorn with the litte box, it's just beautiful!

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  151. Please enter me in the drawing. Love the box. Thank you

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  152. What awesome treasures! What a talented duo. Wendy Dicranian

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  153. How wonderfully generous! Please enter me in the contest. Pick me, pick me! (As if a random number generator reads the comments!) Love your blog!

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  154. What a deal!!! Don't expect to be the winner but would love it if I did!! Thanks.

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  155. Have a wonderful week-end and thanks for the opportunity.

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  156. how can you part with it???? what a treasure I would love to own this
    thanks enjoy your weekend
    Kathie

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  157. What a beautiful little box! I love it and hope that I win!

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  158. I love the box and acorn emery. Sooo... cute!! Patti in PEI

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  159. What a sweet giveaway... please include me..

    Michelle H.

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  160. Oh what a lovely little box!!! It's adorable! Dave is the man!!!
    Please entry my name in the drawing
    it would be so cool to have it
    Thanks enjoy your week end
    Darlene N
    MI

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  161. Oh my gosh.. that is one special and loveable little box... he definitely have to stay in the garage...lol..;o))
    Talented guy!!!
    I so love reading all your posts.. its like candy eating all the time.. yummy ... and caloriefree... so its better!!!

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  162. What a gorgeous little box! And the acorn needs a sibling, such a lonely little acorn hihi! have a happy sewing weekend, hugs, Daniëlle

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  163. Lucky is the person who will win the little box...I hope I'm the lucky one...thanks for the chance. Sandy

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  164. I love the little box and the acorn emery. So adorable. I would love to win it, but if not, I hope Dave makes more. an ol' brown mutt in Georgia

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  165. How lucky you are to have such a clever husband.
    Mine is useless at any kind of woodwork!
    Sue M

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  166. Wow, are you sure you want to give that thing away?!? It's beautiful and so impressive that your husband made it for you!

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  167. I don't consider myself lucky (when it comes to contests), but I have to try. I love this!

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  168. That is beautiful! I would love to win it!
    Thanks!
    Brenda

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  169. I love the box! The idea of moving his bed out in the garade sounds good - Ha! Ha! Thanks for offering one.

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  170. OMG, I must have this! Please enter me :) I only wish my hubby were 1/8 as talented!!!

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  171. The emery box is amazing, I love the original but Oh to be lucky enough to get your new one, the colour is wonderful. Please enter me in your giveaway and I am so hoping I get lucky.

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  172. It's wonderful when a couple's interets are so wonderfully matched and appreciated!

    I'd love to be entered in your give away.

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  173. Another really sweet item. Love the little box. We are having a little get-together tomorrow to make acorns, etc.

    This box would be perfect for some of our small projects.

    Blackbird = fun!
    Bobbi

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  174. I love little boxes- this is one is fabulous! You are so creative!!

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  175. These are lovely...Count me in and thank you for offering them!

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  176. What a great find! Your husband is super talented and I would love to be entered in your giveaway for the one he made!

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  177. That is one cute little old timey box. I would love to win that.

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  178. Oh Alma...the box is wonderful. Your Dave is just the best! I'd love to be entered in your drawing. Have a wonderful weekend!! Hugs

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  179. I would so love to have this box, cute as a button!!

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  180. Oh, the little needful things that could live in this Dave-crafted box! Please tell him how much we all pine for it...no pun intended!
    Please enter me in the contest.

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  181. Love it!! So cute and Dave definitely deserves applause!

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  182. Way cool. I saw chain him to the car and pull him out to the garage....just kidding.....

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  183. Dave's craftsmanship and skill are superb! Such talents you and he share. I would love for you to enter my name in the drawing.

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  184. It's beautiful! I would love the chance to win.

    Thanks!!!

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  185. I love the box! I love the acorn! And I also love your inspiring blog!

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  187. The Emery boxes are fabulous and yes I would love to have one..In fact I would absolutely buy two or three.. Your strawberry designs are just perfect for them...Sincerely, Carol M

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  188. Dave is very talented, the box is lovely. I would like to have a chance to win. By the way the new chart is absolutely gorgeous!

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  189. What a sweet box and a sweet husband to make one for you. I would love to win it. Thanks!

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  190. Gosh, the box is beautiful! Your husband is very talented!

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  191. That box is just wonderful. Your husband is a talented man. I would love to be entered into your drawing.

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  192. You and your husband make a great team! Oh I love the antique you found, love those emeries in the box, I looove the box your husband made, and that acorn emery -- lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  193. What a wonderful box, I hope he makes more :-)

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  194. What a great "Labor of Love" prize to give away for a Labor Day weekend drawing. Who wouldn't want it for their very own. Hope it's my lucky weekend!

    Pam

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  195. You have got to be kidding!!! Only one???? You could sell hundreds! Sigh! These are so awesome!I hope I'm the lucky number this time. THANK YOU for being so generous in giving it away!
    Cathy in Pa.

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