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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

What's going on in Grandpa's Shed ... ?

This is Grandpa.  Aged about 3 years old.  Singing.  He still loves to sing and does it well.  'Danny Boy' brings tears to my eyes every time.
He loves wood.  Making miniature furniture is a particular talent of his.

A little cot (measures about 3 inches) ...
A folding screen, housekeepers box and chest of drawers.  Tongue and groove joints, tiny little knobs.
 More chests of drawers.  About 4 inches high.

 The blacksmith.  Grandpa made him a little toolbox.  The anvils are about 2 inches tall.
Eventually he will stand outside his forge.  This is the start of it ... the entrance - a Shire horse horseshoe!
 
Another work-in-progress is the flowerpot house ...
But, his main project at the moment is another one of these ...
A Boot House ... remember this one?
This is actually Boot House number three (the first went to a lady in Wales, the second is little man's very special heirloom).
Come on inside the shed and see ...
The first cut has been made.
Wooden floor is ready to go  in ...
Still lots to do ... the upper floors, roof, ladders, furniture ... I will try and do a regular update on the progress. 
 Grandpa's shed is one of little man's favourite places.  When I was a little girl it was my favourite place too ...
He collects miniature characters to add to his 'homes'.  Little oddities and curios.  The little spanner sets above are about 2 inches long.  The cat he has had forever.  He collects 'three wise monkey' trios too!
He still plays cassette tapes ... !  I love to sit and listen to his cheesy music while he natters about 'the old days'.

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23 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

I love the photo of your grandfather Jane, he sounds like quite the legend. He's got a real talent for crafting too.

Kris said...

What a sweet photo of your grandfather! I think it's wonderful that he still loves to make miniature furniture. No doubt that is what keeps him young.

Love the boot house!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

WOW! Not only is he totally adorable, he is very talented too:)He sounds like an awesome Grandfather to have:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

greenthumb said...

How nice for him that he still likes to keep busy doing something he loves.

The Vintage Hobby House said...

What can i say what a talented chap your grandpa is all of his makes are fabulous..And has for the song danny boy,that's my sons name and the song will forever have a place in my heart,my father sang it to my son the day he was born.XX Manda XX

mrs cheese said...

what a fantastic talent he is and he has a workshop to die for.
thank you for sharing his creative world with us
xx

Rose H (UK) said...

I was knocked out with the boot home and family when you posted originally Marina. What a fabulous and talented man he is. He certainly puts his heart and soul (no pun intended) into these magnificent works - REAL family heirlooms :o)
Incidentally, does your grandad want to adopt another (older) Grandaughter?
Rose H
x

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I need to find the original boot house. Your Grandad is so talented. such magical little odds and ends and beautifully made minatures. You're very lucky indeed.

Eleni said...

I love him and his shed, too!

PS: I still play cassettes, in my car. My car is a srtict Retro Party Zone.

Liz said...

Loved this post! What a wonderful talent to have - and everything is so tiny - amazing!

Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Fading Grace said...

He is so cleverr your dad! I would just love one of his boot mous hoouses they are amazing...
Thanks for the message been so c**p and commenting lately so hectic, but would love a cuppa and chat sometime xx
Take care
s

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Marina:
What miniature marvels are being created in this Aladdin's cave of a shed!! They are all so beautifully made and an attention to detail which is truly remarkable. Little works of art!

Anne said...

He's a very clever man.I love the tiny little cradle especially.

Kelly-Marie said...

What a lovely lovely post! Your Grandad, what a talented man! This pictures made me drool, so many wonderful things to look at.
Thank you for your lovely comment. I adore your blog too and I'm so happy we found each other. x

Am Bothan said...

What a clever, imaginative man. I love the idea of the flower-pot house!
Best wishes,
Jennie

A Treasured Past said...

Wow, I could spend all weekend in that shed. The little bits and pieces are amazing. The boot is gorgeous, can't wait to see the finished house.

p.s I have never seen a shed so well organised!

KC'sCourt! said...

What a lovely unique collection.
Looking forward to seeing the boot finished.
Julie xxxxxxx

Shirl said...

Wow! Super cool grandpa, a very talented guy ... :0)

Vintage Squirrel said...

What an extraordinary imagination and talent your Grandpa has. Very impressed with his boot house and the details - fantastic! Kx

The Cloth Shed said...

Fabulous...what a talented man!
Julie x

Tabitha said...

The minuets anyone starts singing Danny boy I turn into a wet ball of tears and snot.

blossoms vintage chic said...

What an amazingly talented and adorable Grandpa you have...I sure do miss mine!
I'm in love with his BOOT HOUSE and your post...so inspiring!!
Thank you for following my blog!
I am so happy to be following you as well and looking forward to visiting you often.
Wishing you and Grandpa a lovely week!
xx
Debbie

demie said...

is it possible i'm falling in love woth your grandpa???
absolutely lovely post : )