First, let me say “thanks” for all the great suggestions I got after posting Help Me!: A DIY Dilemma. I still haven’t quite figured out what to do with the forks, spoon, rattle, and napkin ring (the thought of baby Dave with a silver napkin ring still makes me laugh), but you can see in the photo above what became of the cups. Dave donated a piece of walnut he had stored in the garage. (It came from a tree his father had to cut down decades ago. He’d had the pieces planed and then moved them to Virginia and then later to Florida. When he died, Dave moved it all to our garage.) Anyway, Dave cut round indentions to hold the cups in place and then added a couple of coats of tung oil and sealed it with polyurethane. I put clear votive holders in each cup to act as “vases,” and then filled them with water and added herbs (bay leaf, lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary) from my garden. It sits in my kitchen and smells wonderful.
So now I’m ready for a new DIY challenge. When I was helping my dad and stepmother pack to move to a retirement apartment this summer, we came across a box of memorabilia my dad had been keeping for decades. As he was stuffing most of it into a garbage bag, I rescued this assortment of Valentines:
They were given to my dad by his elementary classmates in the 1940s! A boy playing football, a puppy, a cowboy, a cowgirl, and more. I brought them home, but now I don’t know what to do with them. Once again, any and all ideas would be appreciated.