A Special Christmas Gift

Christmas is nearly here...are you ready?  It's been a laid back Christmas here, and I really enjoy it that way! Today I wanted to share a very special Christmas gift that my husband and I made for our children this year!


A Special Christmas Gift Spindle Christmas Tree From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

You might remember my fun spindle pumpkin from fall.  
Well, a few of the spindles came from the panels of our children's crib. 
That got my mind going...I wanted to use the crib spindles for something special. The lovely Jenny Lind crib was used 
for all three of our children, starting 45 years ago.

My husband removed all the spindles...some were broken, 
and many scratched up, from years stored in the garage rafters.

A Special Christmas Gift Spindle Christmas Tree From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

A Special Christmas Gift Spindle Christmas Tree From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I thought these would make a perfect spindle Christmas tree!
You can find lots of different styles on Pinterest. 
Viking Man cut the spindles in graduated sizes...
it was easy with the spindle style, to just go down a link. 

He also built a backing with leftover tongue and groove beadboard, 
and topped it with rustic lath for framing. It was glued and nailed,
 and strong picture hangers were added to the back.

A Special Christmas Gift Spindle Christmas Tree From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

I gave the frame a wash of white paint, and touched up all of the spindles with dark brown paint.  Then I arranged the spindles on the board, and used one for the trunk. I used wood piece spacers between the spindles to get even spacing.  Then, I used wood glue to attach each spindle to the board...leaving the spacers in place.
When the spindles were dry, we used our brad nailer to attach them even stronger.

A Special Christmas Gift Spindle Christmas Tree From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

A Special Christmas Gift Spindle Christmas Tree From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog


A Special Christmas Gift Spindle Christmas Tree From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

A Special Christmas Gift Spindle Christmas Tree From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

A Special Christmas Gift Spindle Christmas Tree From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog

We made one for each of our two sons and daughter, and one for ourselves, too.  We signed and dated the back with an explanation of what it is, too...just in case someone wanted to know in the future.  I'd like to find photos of each of them in the crib, and put those on the back, too!
We already gave it to them...so they could use it this year...and it was a sentimental gift, to be sure.  A lovely keepsake of long ago, but only yesterday.


A Special Christmas Gift Spindle Christmas Tree From Itsy Bits And Pieces Blog


I find as I am older, I am much more sentimental and nostalgic...especially at Christmas.  I think of times gone by and loved ones far away, and those visited only in my memories now.  This gift was a gift of love and life traveled.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas as we celebrate 
the coming of our savior Jesus Christ!  Alleluia!

Until next year...

17 comments

  1. Linda this made me teary eyed. I'm a very sentimental person. Memories are everything to me.

    I love giving handmade gifts that are precious and come from the heart.

    Have a very Merry Christmas my friend.

    Cindy

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  2. Wow, what a great gift! It turned out so beautiful too!! I love the idea of putting a picture of each of them in the crib on the back too!

    Tania

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    1. Thank you, Carlene! I was so happy to use them for something special!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous and how creative you two are! What a wonderful gift. Merry Christmas, old friend!
    Brenda

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  5. That's the most wonderful gift, Linda!! Merry Christmas to you and yours! xoxo

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  6. Beautiful gift for your children. Lovely idea. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you all!

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  7. What a precious keepsake for your children, Linda! A true gift of the heart! Hope your Christmas and New Year are full of love and blessings! x Karen

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  8. This is absolutely beautiful and so incredibly sentimental - I bet this will be your children's favorite Christmas gift of all time. May your Christmas be filled with lots of love and blessings. xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Melanie! I know they loved it! Merry Christmas to you!

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  9. Linda, this is just so thoughtful and beautiful. What an amazing keepsake for your kids to treasure for years to come. I love treasures with stories, especially when they are handmade with love like this...I was a little teared up by the end. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Linda. I feel blessed to have connected with you through our blogging world, and look forward to what 2020 brings! xo Sheila

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  10. This really touched my heart Linda. What a beautiful gift to give for your kids. I am like you and love the sweet memories that can be given with the gift. This is a beautiful gift from your heart.
    How sweet and beautiful. Merry Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  11. Linda, That is a precious gift. Made with meaningful love. Merry Christmas to all. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  12. What a beautiful gift, I bet your kids loved them. I was feeling very sentimental this year, as well. Wishing you a lovely 2020!

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  13. This brought tears to my eyes as well, Linda. Such a wonderful gift and I can see it becoming a family treasure in the years to come. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.
    Amalia
    xo

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  14. Oh, what a wonderful idea! I'm sure your children children treasure such a special and thoughtful gift!

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