I have the best parents!! I had this vision for an organizational unit that could hold both the pages I am working on revising along with some of the different critiques that coorelate with those same pages. My vision involved a board, dowels and cloths pins along with some hot glue and the use of the saw and drill.
Hence the reason Dad was pulled into this. I know Dad's creative genious works similar to mine but with the ability to maneuver the saw and drill with accuracy and skill - leaving all digits intact when done. I'm not so sure I would be able to say that. LOL
Oh my gosh...I came up with this idea last week. I shared it with my parents last night and while in Oswego this afternoon I receive a phone call from my parents, "Lisa, Call Mom." Hmm....these types of messages always leave me intrigued. I return the phone call to learn that Dad and Mom worked together to transfer my chicken scratch drawing and vision into a reality.
We finish our errands and stop at my parents before returning home to see the most magnificant organizational unit. It is beautiful and perfectly functional!! My parents are so clever and modified it a bit so it was more "durable" and could withstand being clipped and unclipped often.
Not only did Dad drill the eight holes in the bottom for the dowels to stand - he drilled two holes in each clothspin (all 16 of them) with the same tiny hole through the top of the dowel and then place a tiny dowel (toothpick) through the first clothspin then the dowel and finally through the top clothspin. Once both of the mini-dowels were through Mom used the hot glue gun to secure the clothspin in place by glueing the clothspin in place.
I couldn't wait to get home - Dad carried it to the car for me and off we went. Upon backing in to the driveway - my daughter and I unloaded the car. My husband saw my fabulous gift and finished carrying the groceries to the kitchen as I started reorganizing the table to make room for this wonderful addition. Thankfully my husband knew this was not only exciting but also motivational!
My parents might view it as only a unit to make my writing an easier process yet it is so much more. This unit represents my parent's belief in me. This says with 40 small drilled holes (2 per clothspin and one per dowel along the top) and eight toothpicks - my parents value me, my gift and are there each step along the way to help me!
This WILL make the revising and writing easier to accomplish while encouraging me to continue on the days when it is just hard! My parents love and believe in me enough to spend their Saturday morning and afternoon building, cutting and glueing as their "small" way of helping me yet in my eyes, it is a "huge" encouragement and joy!
Thanks Mom and Dad!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323