Monday, October 5, 2009

Special Project

One of my favorite things to do is create and what I love even better is to create things for people I love. One of my most beloved is my grandmother; affectionately, Nanny. She is such a big part of my life and really, one of my closests friends. In many ways she has shaped who I am. One of the darn toughest gals I know, full of spunk, keeper of family history, crafty in her own special way, and well...she thinks my kids are the tops too!

I've been working top secret on a little project just for her that is finally coming to a finish. But first a little history.

My grandparents purchased an historic building in the town I grew up in about the time I headed off to college. Built in 1892, it was originally a hotel set right at the railroad. So it was the key landing spot for many travelers, including one US president. In the 1930's it was converted into a hospital and many local residents were born there. Nanny has quite a collection of baby photos from those who were born there stored away with letters in her "hospital" album. I believe it was in the 70's when the building was vacated by the hospital (a new facility was built) and donated to the historical society who housed the city museum there. When my grandparents purchased the building, it was in quite the disrepair.

But they, with their four hands (and many of ours--family), have put it back into a beautiful, majestic state once more. It now houses their living quarters in the back half on the first two stories, two full apartments-one each on the first two stories, and four sleeper/rental rooms with bathrooms. It also houses a large formal dining room and marble floored grand lobby. The third floor is yet to be finished, but they keep trucking along at it in the time between their travels, hobbies, and active family life.

Now my part of the story.........I enjoy creating things and helping her decorate the rental rooms. One of the things I have wanted to do is to make her some custom soaps to put in the bathrooms for her sleeper rooms and for when she has events. I finally got around to getting a logo designed and fine tuned it with some help from my stamp maker. Well, I just love this stamp, and I hope Nanny does too! I am creating her three different soaps...lavender, deep forest (both pictured), and an olive oil. All will be stamped with: Durley Hotel.

Who do you create for?


Mia Sophia said...

fantastic story! great soap stamp, too!

Steffi said...

That is such a cute idea! I am sure your nanny will love them! :)

Laura Pugh said...

Kristi-This is a great story. I love the soaps...the logo is really nice. I have to tell ya - I think you are pretty amazing with all the things you can do! :)