I received an email from Gena regarding the barns I made for her family last month. It went something like this:
"Some of the barns got new homes last weekend. (sniff) Packing them up was so hard. My husband told me I should just keep them all, HA! The photo is my youngest brother Kevin who cried when he opened his. My older brother wants to keep them as a set and not take his home so they are on the mantle at my parents. My dad thinks I should keep all of them. (I should be so selfish) (-: Everyone is throwing around new ideas. I do like the barn you have on your blog with the finial on top. We have some gate pieces somewhere... I will go to Illinois to deliver the barn to granny and aunt and uncles in June. I will try to be more diligent with pictures. Thank you again for your artistic expertise." Gena
She included a photo of her brother opening his. I wish every barn I made came with a photo like this. I love making them when they are this personal. If I could, I would only take commissions for pieces that included personal items. I am very blessed to meet people like this and be able to make something for them that brings such joy to them and to me. The items I have been finding lately are inspiring new ideas and I wonder where these things came from, who used them, what doors did they open, what locks did they unlock, who used these things? They all have a story, but what is that story? How perfect that I will be in a show called Storytellers. Maybe I will just have to make up my own tales for them!