Laura’s blog is a reflection of her style. A mix of vintage and traditional, with a little modern thrown in. At Finding Home, Laura shares ways to help us our homes a reflections of ourselves and our families but more importantly Laura’s beautiful spirit shines through in all that she does! Please join us in giving her a warm welcome!
Hello! I am Laura and welcome to my little world where I am always on the journey towards Finding Home. I am so excited to be here today at Folk and so appreciative that my project was chosen for today’s post – thank you!
In order for me to share the story of my toolbox tree, I must first admit something – I am a sentimental girl. I am always searching for vintage treasures, but my favorites all have a sentimental attachment. This is especially true with this project.
When I was growing up, my Grandfather was so important to me and took a very big part of raising me. In all of the craziness that sometime existed in my childhood, he was someone who always stopped, sat with me, talked with me and listened to what I had to say.
When he passed away, my Grandmother wanted to move to be close to all of us so almost of their belongings were quickly sold. At the age of 15, I had not yet developed my love for all things vintage – so I was not the voice of reason asking for things to be saved. One of the few items we still have is his wooden toolbox.
Unfortunately, I do not have that one- it is still with my Mom. But my desire for that toolbox created a love affair with all types of vintage toolboxes. I have been collecting all types for years at yard sales, vintage shops and estate sales. They are dispersed throughout my whole home.
This fall, while organizing a room, I placed one on top of another to make some space, and then I placed a third one on top – and an idea was born.
A sentimental Christmas tree – toolboxes stacked upon each other, topped with a globe.
And it fits perfectly with my style, traditional mixed with vintage, and sometime a little modern pop thrown in. But what I love most – and why I was drawn to each of these toolboxes, is the incredible character in each of them.
When someone takes the time to carve their name by hand, it is obviously a treasure that was important to them.
And now I am trying to pay tribute to the stories behind each of them, pay tribute to the memories of my Grandfather and bring a unique Christmas tradition to our home.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share my story and my project with you all. Wishing you a family filled Holiday Season!
(Photo Credit: Erin Witkowski | Eve’s Wish Photography)
Be sure to visit Laura at her blog, Finding Home, it’s full of many more fabulous holiday projects like this one!
The Folk Contributors Team