This year my husband set out to make our girls some special boxes. The twins each asked for a necklace from Santa, so we reasoned they would need each want a special place to keep their new treasures. These two boxes are made of walnut, and the top is birdseye maple. They close with simple hinges and are lined with red wool felt.
Our middle daughter is not yet old enough for a necklace, or jewelry box, but is old enough to want what her older sisters have. So he set out to make her a 'treasures' box. The box is constructed of birch, stained to look like walnut, and opens and closes by sliding or rotating the top. It is likewise lined with red felt.
And the baby got a new set of blocks. Unlike the classic building blocks of years past, these are natural tree blocks, made from a single birch tree that was cleared from our family's land west of town. The tree was sliced into sections and sanded. There is also a protective coat of food-safe varnish. These are extra special building blocks - the emotional connection to the wood itself is enough to make me tear up. They look amazing with all the natural detail of the bark intact and so far all the girls have had fun trying to recreate the tree, matching up the sections and building it high up into the air.