Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Santa (The Dutchman) is busy in the workshop....

Every Christmas I make something for family and friends, usually it involves my husband, The Dutchman. He is the master builder around here.....thank goodness! The other day when I was visiting blogs and totally being inspired by all of the beautiful and creative ideas that are out there, I came across a blog, here, that shared an image that inspired her and a friend to make wooden trays. It was from Style at Home and as soon as I saw the image I remembered that I saw it too.....so I showed it to the DM and asked if he could make me some.....
It started like this.....

He gets very involved....he he.....
This was the image that started it all.....
He made me some red ones...
Of course a white one for me.......
Some green ones...
Now the rest is up to me...I want to add a vintage piece of linen, some baking, maybe a few bits of greenery... What would you fill them with?
I really hope the recipients enjoy these and think of us at Christmas when they use them.....

61 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are wonderful, Margaret! Your Dutchman did a great job! : ) Love the colors you chose, too. I could see ornaments spilling out of them with some beaded garland; how about two loaves of date nut bread or something like that; definitely linens - maybe napkins, embroidered with a monogram; or something that pertains to the recipients hobby or something they enjoy {like paintbrushes for an artist}. Whatever you put in them, I'm sure they will look great and the recipients will love them. Great idea for a gift!

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Oh Margaret...YOU ARE ONE LUCKY LADY! Look at that amazing Dutchman cranking out all those lovely trays for you! They are amazing and I would fill one full of vintage ribbon, trims, millinery, sweet bottles of glitter, heck...i'd take a plain ol' tray!

Hope you are feeling good my friend...been thinking about you!

xoxo
Karyn

Debra@Common Ground said...

I love these, you're really lucky to have such a wonderful craftsman for a husband. Have fun filling these for your loved ones!!
hugs and blessings,
Debra

JCS said...

How lucky are you to have the Dutchman :) I think people will love them regardless of what you put in them but what about some little jars of jams etc. to go with your baking.

Shirley said...

Hi Margaret, I have been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. I love the trays that the dutchman made for you. He is so handy. You could fill them with anything and I know I would be happy to have one with or without anything in it. I know you have already had your Thanksgiving, but really did you need to send us the cold weather. I didn't really want that yet. Just teasing. We are going to our son's and I am going to enjoy being with three little boys. They are so much fun. Probably eat to much which is usual during the holidays. Take care. Your Missouri Friend.

Createology said...

Mr. Dutchman is a marvelous little elf in his workshop making such wonderful wooden trays. I love love love each of them. Even the colors are perfect. Great work!
Have a warm and plentiful Thanksgiving...

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Maggs!
These are wonderful. Like you, I prefer the white ones, but I could think of a million things to put in them...and most of them are in my studio! lol Button jars, thread spools, rolls of seam binding, fat quarters...They'd be perfect for so many things! How great that The Dutchman can create them for you!

Blessings to you, my friend.
xoxo
Dee

Tina @ TinyBear said...

They are awesome margaret. What a great idea. Love the white one of course. Wouldn´t they be pretty filled with lace or maybe silver ornaments. How lucky you have the Ducthman to create them for you.
Wishing you a wonderful day.
xo Tina

LiLi M. said...

Hi Margaret, My compliments to the Dutchman, he did such a great job! Love these trays, I use one in my kitchen, with some lovely silver cutlery (I never use), some old fashioned rope and we use it for odds and ends. Things that otherwise keep lying around.
As a present I would either personalize it (a lot of work and maybe some people would rather have the tray their sister/neighbor got etc) or put some things in it that every one could use, like; some Christmas napkins, an ornament, things you need to bake cookies or apple pie, some candy, chocolate (never forget that!), a nice Christmas card, candles. I know that you will come up with far better ideas! Have a great day!

Dorthe said...

Dear Margaret,
You do have a fantastic husbond, making all this for you, and they looks wonderfull.
They will be great filled with every thing from greenery- to beautifull mosses and apples,and nuts. Have fun, dear-and happy thanksgiving.
Dorthe

Paula said...

Those are so cool Margaret! How fun to fill them with so many different things...awesome gift!
Have a wonderful Turkey day!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ahhh, these men of ours are awesome. I am always intrigued by their ability to just measure, remeasure, analyze and create with what appears to be effortless bravado. Your Dutchman is adorable, so intense like mine, and has partnered with you to create such beauty, Margaret.

May you have a LOVELY DAY TODAY AND EAT WELL!!!

Anita

sissie said...

Your Dutchman sure knows what he's doing. I just love these and they are going to be popular!

I think one would be pretty with lettering on the sides. I'm sure you have wonderful ideas up your sleeves!

hugs
Sissie

Margaret said...

Wow, that is so cool! You have a very talented husband there! I know whatever you fill them with, they will be wonderful presents! I'm glad you got a white one for yourself. :D

La Table De Nana said...

They're beautiful..What a sweetie he is!! That's so nice..Homemade..:) Talented !

Lisa said...

How great are those!! My mom loves boxes like that, how special yours are handmade! What fun you will have filling them!
Hugs, Lisa

ginger@bearbits said...

What a talented couple you both are and such beautifully crafted work! Lucky are the recipients of your creative efforts.

Happy Making!

~ginger

Sassy Marsha said...

Oh, Margaret, these are just absolutely wonderful! What a guy your hubby is!!

Oh, so many possibilities, flowers, linen, tarnished silver, baked goods, jelly, jams, they can all be tailored for the recipient!

xxoo
Marsha

Erna said...

Wow Mags, does The Dutchman also paint in pink :)???
Hugs
TODC xx
Er

T's Daily Treasures said...

How wonderful to be inspired and then actually be able to follow through with the making of something so beautiful. They are going to make the most wonderful gifts. Wishing you beautiful blessings :) Tammy

Diane said...

I just love this post Mags. Your husband is such a cutie doing all that for you. The trays are beautiful. Hope you're having a happy day...love your music. Diane

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

The trays are awesome and such great gifts, Margaret! I'm sure the recipients will love them. You have a very talented husband :-)!
Hugs,
Julia

Sea Angels said...

I am in awe how loving and how fabulous, oh my goodness I should want one of each colour ha ha
Hugs Lynn xxx

Claudia said...

Wow...I'm a wee bit jealous. Although my husband is wonderful - woodworking is not one of his talents! Those are beautiful.

Fill them with laces, ribbons, glittery pretties....oh, I could go on and on.

xo
Claudia

Fete et Fleur said...

These are truly wonderful!! I hope you post photos of what they look like after you're done applying your magic touch. Your so lucky to have a handy man about. I think Mr. Santa deserves a cup of romantic hot peppermint cocoa.

Hugs!
Nancy

Verbena nested treasures said...

Hi Lovely lady it's been a while so I wanted to stop by & send good wishes your way. I just read a sweet comment you wrote a while back. Hope all is well. xoxo Laura

Mayflower said...

Your so lucky with your 'Dutchman' dear Margaret. They look so lovely, especcialy the white, I love white hihi.
I should fill them with christmasballs and lace, little lights and Christmasgreen.

Have a nice weekend.
Warm wishes, Mea

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Oh Margaret....
You are as lucky as Evi with such a wonderful handy fellow that is so willing to create for you! I love this idea...your friends and family will be delighted with this handmade gift...Don't forget to show us what they look like after your magic touch! Take care, Laura

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Margaret,

You and your husband are so clever ~ I love these trays and they would make the perfect present filled with any food or treats or then haberdashery notions.

Happy thanksgiving and weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Pallas said...

The trays are wonderful - I love them! Your husband is truly a talented man. I'd probably line a couple of them with vintage linens and then fill them with baked goods, and coffee or tea as gifts.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Those are awesome! I love them in all of the colors...what a thoughtful gift this will be! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Rene

Bertie said...

You can certainly trust a Dutchman to make this beautiful tray!! Proud to be Dutch Margaret LOL.
Will you start a webshop now :))

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Hi Margaret ~ That is one Amazing Dutchman.... Loving the wooden trays, a few old ornaments tied to the handle would be perfect too... Have a Fabulous Weekend!
Cheryl

Monica@The White Bench said...

Oh so so cool, Margaret! One of my hubby's talents is woodworking too! He made many beautiful things for me/us!
I love the colored ones for a traditional Christmas gift or in a kitchen with pops of red or green (while I maybe prefer a white one to keep in my studio for my stuff)... and I think you could put into them something according to the recipient's taste... food, gardening tools, antique or vintage finds, ornaments, some indulgences for the bathroom, etc. and some greenery and ribbons to finish them off.
Some time ago I asked my Dad to sand several trays I had, that I wanted to transform into something very similar to what you made, with a coat of shabby paint. I won't be able to paint them this year, maybe they will be beautiful Christmas gifts in the future! Can't wait to see yours when filled- I could use them as inspiration ;))
Love,
Monicaxo.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Margaret!

Thank you for your kind comments and visit! I so love THIS post of yours and seeing your husband is so sweet.....yes, my husband has the most wonderful embrace and it is my favorite place, and I have even been to France, where it is serene and beautiful, but his arms are cozy! ANita

Diane said...

Wow! When your hubby gets into a project he just doesn't quit! ;-)
They're beautiful!
Diane

Cinderella Moments said...

He's got quite the production line going there! They are such gorgeous pieces! Pass on the compliment. How fabulous to receive this handmade masterpiece!!

Caroline

Charlene said...

ADORABLE!!!!!!!! And so sweet that the gift will be from BOTH of you!!! Cookies, candy & chocolate covered pretzels!!!! Of course a bit of greenery & a big bow. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the season!!! HUGS!
Charlene

Colleen said...

oh I love these!! What a wonderful gift to share. Can you send the hubby my way when you are done with him? I would love to have some of those !!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh how I'd LOVE to be on your Christmas list.... Those are FAB.U.LOUS. I'm not a red person at all, but that red is soooo yummy.... I think I might just become a red chickie.

Huggies!
Spencer

Monica@The White Bench said...

Margaret,
please come back and leave ANOTHER COMMENT on my giveaway post! I will use a random generator so need you to add the second one!
Monicaxo.

BALLET NEWS said...

Exciting ! But looks like hard work too. Very rewarding. thankyou

Micki said...

Your husband is so talented. My dad used to be so good with building furniture.
Micki

La Petite Gallery said...

Those carry trays are just wonderful. Very Talented gentleman.
Both my husbands had 2 left hands, never even cut grass. lucky Lady.
happy holidays.
Great music.yvonne

Sea Angels said...

Hi Margaret thank you for entering my Christmas Give Awayxx
these trays look more gorgeous every time I see them xxx
Love the music
Lynn xxxx

Auntie Bliss said...

Sakes alive Margaret!!!!
I wanna cry...my daddy used to make these. We never painted them...just varnish. These are amazing!!!! So nice. Oh I can't wait to see how you fill them and embellish them!
I hope you are feeling well today :) and that you got your shipment from me!
Dutchman, you did good!

Lori Ann C. said...

Oh my . . beautiful!!
I promise to get your red bear done very soon!
Maybe he will get to nestle into one of these trays with greens!

Happy day,
L

Yaya Chique said...

Hi sweetie!

First, thanks for joining me for our 12 Days of Christmas Give-a-ways! Hope you keep playing, because there is still a lot more to come.

What a lucky lady you are to have a such a talented and loving hubby! (I have had one of those for over 30 years now) Those would look GREAT in my studio to store all my loving "treasures" I work with in my designs!

xo...deb

Denise said...

Those are wonderful. I'm pretty sure I'm your long lost sister or something.....:)
Anywho, what great gifts! And your hubby is super super talented. You lucky girl you.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Send that man over here for a day!!
I love those trays, always have! but my sweet hubby, although handy with keeping up things...doesn't build things. He really doesn't have the tools to do it either. Oh, you have some gorgeous trays. You could fill mine up with air...I would be thrilled just with the tray, but all your ideas are lovely! I know the lucky recipients will love them!!!

Karen said...

Wow! makes me wish I was on your gift list :) you could fill them with sewing supplies for your sewing friends, cookies and packets of hot chocolate for your sewing friends, pretty yarns and ribbons for your sewing friends .... lol Actually, I think anything put in there would be lovely. and after Christmas, it's the perfect Project Tote. Your hubby is talented! :)

June said...

You are so lucky to have a Dutchman Margeret!!!!! These are wonderful, not only beautiful, but also so useful! I love them! I don't know what color I like best (I know...you would think it would naturally be the white) but that red is gorgeous. Your loved ones are going to be delighted with them.

Thank you sweet, for your well wishes that you left for me. You are so good to me, and I adore you.
big hug

Marie Antionette said...

Merry Christmas Sweetheart,
These trays are amazing. I love them. You can go to a Tuesday Morning store and buy some of their inexspencive beautiful paper plate and napkins,add some wine and cheese and glasses from the dollar store,and what a wonderful trey that would be.
Notice I spelled trey two different ways? Didn't know which way to spell it...LOL.
Thanks Dear for coming by with your wonderful comments.You put a smile on my face.
May God Bless you Hon,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Denise said...

Ok!!! I want a green one! How much.. You should have known that showing something like this would spark the "I want's" in some of us.....

I would sit that on my table and fill it with nuts and fruit! A sprig of evergreen here and there and a few little pine cones! Oh I love Christmas!

Marydon said...

How lucky you are Margaret! I'd be waiting til death's door to get one made here. What fun you will have using these, & the colors are lovely.

Happy Christmas days
TTFN ~ Marydon

Michelle Palmer said...

These are wonderful!
No matter what I would fill them with... (your post with the white one is gorgeous) ... our three little kittens with naughty mittens would empty them and sleep inside!
Such a great post... I love to visit here!
Wishing you every joy~
Michelle

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Shut.Up!! I LOVE those trays!! LOVE THEM!! The Dutchman did an AWESOME job! And your vignettes? Simply STUNNING!!! You know I ADORE bottle brush trees too and I love those white ones!!! My oh My!!

Now that tiny little bear? I am coveting him...just so you know...if her were to come up missing or anything....I had nothing to do with it! lol

Merry Merry!!

Lou Cinda

La Petite Gallery said...

Well just popped in to see how Santa's workshop is doing. Wishing you the best for the Holiday Season,,, yvonne

Claudia B. said...

I'm new here and I just love your blog! You've got yourself a very handy dutchman! I'm dutch myself (and live in the netherlands) and my father was a carpenter, is your husband a carpenter? I have been in Ontario and BC 3 times now and lost my heart there, it. is.sooooooo. beautifull. there.! Can you recommand any blogs from your area? I would love to read a bit about BC and/or Alberta. Have a lovely sunday! Greetings from a cold Holland. Claudia B.

vicki said...

What a wonderful gift for your family members - the Dutchman has done a wonderful job with these creations! They are exquisite - and I LOVE them. ( aren't we cousins or something? am I getting one? LOL!!)

Vicki

Jillayne said...

The trays are just perfect - especially the green ones. I like the idea of filling them with baking and linen - I think I would put greenery in them like holly and twig-things as well.
The Dutch Man does fabulous work!