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So often when we think of a handmade gift, we consider the added meaning that our loved ones will get from our gift.
But something odd happened to me today in the garage, while I was painting these stacking toyboxes for two of the sweetest little girls I know. As I got busier and busier with the blog, Jen still called, asking if she could help, if she could take Grace to playdate in my absence.
Jen is one of those people that never forgets to ask you how you are doing, that actually truly listens when you talk, and always puts herself and what's she's going through last. As I painted those toyboxes, it occurred to me in a selfish way, I was getting something perhaps even greater out of this gift by giving it. As we approach this gift giving season, I hope you find an opportunity to handmake a gift for a friend or loved one. Now this wasn’t in the original plan, but I found stacking my boxes was a bit tight without some sort of simple cleat. Hi - I have subscribed to your feed for some time now and wanted to write and thank you for providing such great plans and providing us with a great sense of empowerment - that we can do this. I really love this post- not just because of the sweet toyboxes, but because of the point of what you wrote! I too have had wonderful friends who have walked with me and stood by me when I was not able to be the best friend back to them.


We just had the concrete patio poured at our house and I was looking for some type of patio furniture that would be study and not cost a fortune.
A little ways along the same garden path, is a rustic ‘collapsing lounge’, made from an old redwood chair and ottoman and a flip, flip mattress. Set under a large live oak and propped up under a couple legs with rocks, it anchors this part of the garden and creates a destination.
In California, there isn’t much summer rain, so you can leave this lounge out from May to the first rains in October. The most recent bench was built alongside the upper part of the loop, where the view is breathtakingly beautiful. With a magazine picture to go by and a design loosely based on two very simple, yet classic Aldo Leopold* benches, we knocked it together, without too much yelling and too many treks between the ‘spot’ and our patio ‘workshop.’ Thank goodness for cordless drills!
This bench above was also built for $0, built from landscaping redwood, 2 x 12s, acquired free from the local lumberyard, whose owner when asked said it was “too weathered!”  “Gee, in that case, I’d be glad to take it off your hands” said I. As I painted those toyboxes, I began to feel sad, because as the last year progressed, I just have not made time for my friends. It is absolutely wonderful to be able to give something back and to reflect on what great friends they are! It is a good idea to sand and finish your boards (paint or stain) before constructing to seal all edges.


I have fallen in love with your site and just spent the better part of two hours going through the reader to mark my favorites!! You can build these benches!  Here are 4 simple projects to provide many lovely places to sit and enjoy the garden, to sit to water or to rest your bones after a hard working day in the garden.
Two legs are cut, each 14 inches long, positioned about 10-12 inches in from the ends and nailed straight down from the seat of the bench.
Comfort is the key here and making a comfortable place for yourself is highly recommended, with cushions and a pillow, it’s very handy for after digging or when dizzy from the heat. An idea I saw somewhere else is to use a shower curtain to make your outdoor pillows and seat cushions waterproof!
Instead of just passing by on our walks with Maggie, a real comfortable bench was needed to stop and enjoy.
This type of bench is an Aldo Leopold design, elegant and easy, good for sitting to hand water or to set against a tree.



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