Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Grandpa's birdhouses

So many of you loved the birdhouse that was in my last post, I knew I had to share a little more about it with you. Here is a refresher as to what it looked like.
My Grandpa Kenny made this. He is my dad's dad. He was a produce man at Safeway for many years, as much as he loved that job, he also loved to work with wood. I have so many memories of Grandpa whittling away at a piece of wood when we were camping, or at a picnic-anywhere he could find something to whittle, he would!
He's very creative when it comes to his birdhouses. He would use knots as porch posts or chimneys. Then he always made sure to add lots of tiny details. This birdhouse has a pile of wood, a chopping block and an axe, all handmade by Grandpa.
Some of his birdhouses had little sets of skis or snowshoes. Mine has a tiny little rifle. Can you see the cute little edging along the roofline? Now that Grandpa Kenny is almost 84 years old, it is hard for him to build birdhouses like he used to. My dad decided that he would take over this very important duty. Grandpa gave dad all of the wood and carvings he had. Every year on Christmas Eve, there is a birdhouse that gets raffled off. Every one's name goes into a hat and the lucky winner gets a birdhouse made by Grandpa. This was this years birdhouse, made my by dad with Grandpa's special extras.
Guess whose name was drawn? MINE! For the first time ever I won! This is extra special to me because it was created by my dad and my Grandpa! Here you can see the knot used as a porch post, the chopping block and axe is there too!
Another knot on the porch as well as a tiny little rifle. My dad's special touch is the river rocks on the porch and the roof.
This is my favorite part-tiny little elk antlers (that my mom cut off a plastic toy) and a sign that says "Christmas 2011"
My dad even put in a real glass window on the backside of the house!
And no house is complete for Christmas until it has Chrismas lights hanging on the eaves! I am so lucky to have both of these birdhouses! They don't go outside-they are way too special for that! They have a special place inside the house where we can preserve their beauty forever!
Here is a picture of my Grandpa Kenny on Christmas Eve with my Grandma Carmene behind him. They have been married for almost 58 years! They are a great example of true love. Thank you Grandpa for the lovely birdhouses you have given to me. I will treasure them always!
I hope everyone is enjoying 2012 so far!


Jenny's Heart said...

Happy New Year!
What a wonderful treasures!
I know I cherish the house my dad made me, so I know how much these mean to you.
Wishing you a great 2012!

NanaDiana said...

Your grandparents are an absolutely beautiful couple. You can see their happiness just shine through the lens. I LOVE the birdhouses. What special treasure- xo Diana

Suzanne said...

Oh Trisha,
what a beautiful post and tribute to your grandparents and parents. Those birdhouses are true works of art...because of the skill, detail and the love put into them! I guess you won't be surprised if i get sappy...but just losing my dad makes your post even more special. Cherish every moment and every little treasure from them, as I know you will.
Hugs, Suzanne
P.S. I immediately saw the antlers too and thought they were adorable:)

Unknown said...

What a lovely piece of family memory to share with us! And the sweet birdhouses! :) Thank you!


Rebecca Nelson said...

How fabulous to see the birdhouses! What a talented family you have my friend...thanks for sharing with us. Sniff...

About the Cake Base and Cover...mine is a bit tattered but I still love it. I'm seeing roses on mine!


Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Your birdhouse is awesome! I can see why you were so thrilled to win it. And what a fun idea! A Christmas raffle - love it. My family is big and we do a $10 gift exchange for fun, but a raffle would be even better. Your dad and grandpa are very talented me. And sounds like your mom got in on the act. I wouldn't put it outside either. The birdhouse is destined to be an heirloom. Thanks for visiting Cottage and Creek.

Unknown said...

What a sweet post!
Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comments.
Have a blessed new year!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Oh my goodness... how WONDERFUL to have those! I love my own Grampa so much!
Thank you so much for your support! It means alot!
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Red Rose Alley said...

These are truly special bird houses. You can see all the detail that went into making them, and I love the Christmas lights. Lucky you for having your name drawn. These are treasures made from love.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley