my tool box: a story.

September 7, 2010
dad this is my dad, aged 10.toolbox1
this is his tool box, given to him for his tenth birthday, by his uncle frank who owned a hardware store.
i love hardware stores. 
and my dad.
and tool boxes.toolbox2
now this tool box is filled with all of my tools. 
i think it is just about the prettiest thing i’ve ever seen.
the end.

p.s. you can listen to my mildly embarrassing ode to hardware stores, here.

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  • Reply Emily September 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Such a lovely post and recording and so important! We need to protect and preserve our local hardware stores!

  • Reply Amy@OldSweetSong September 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    oh be still my heart. i love your tool box. it is absolutely beautiful.

  • Reply Char September 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    i had a dad that loved tools too – what i wouldn't give for his tool box.

    utterly gorgeous

  • Reply laura marie September 7, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Oh boy do I love this post… there's something so special about things passed down, and the father/daughter relationship, and the color turquoise. (What can I say? I love turquoise.)

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Stacey September 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm


    I love this post of yours. 🙂

  • Reply cindy September 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    it's very special and the patina is divine. i love that you love it and will keep using it!

  • Reply cindy September 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    i just listened to your ode to the hardware store and it is so dear. i love your voice, especially for something so personal. small & local shops are still very special. scott always goes to our local hardware store because they know him and what we need even if when we don't.

  • Reply Design Blooms September 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Just found you!!!! Love your blog!

  • Reply Linda Zimmerman September 7, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Wow! I saw the photo and thought, is that your father? Then i thought, did Erin dress up as a boy for an event I cannot remember? No, can't be, it's black and white…..but maybe. Wait, omg, that is your father and you look sooooooooooo much like him! The tool box is amazing and beautiful…..and has a lovely history.

  • Reply *jean* September 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    so special…treasures & daddies…such good things

  • Reply annette September 7, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    How special to get to carry that beautiful toolbox to little areas of the house you are tinkering on.

  • Reply Joan September 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Love this. So nice to have things from our fathers. I have an old suitcase from my Dad that I LOVE!
    Kerrville TX had the best hardware store. Anything and everything. It was great!

  • Reply dulci September 7, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    your dad is so cute! what a great little box 🙂

  • Reply Callie Grayson September 8, 2010 at 1:40 am

    what a great post!!!

  • Reply the southern hostess September 8, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I just love things like that. So sweet.

  • Reply Shibby September 8, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Wonderful post 🙂

  • Reply doebmom September 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    you can see why I married him, eh?
    and after that, there was you (and your sisters), equally beautiful. Never seen this box prettier. or sweeter.

  • Reply nadia September 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    i do think it is beautiful.

  • Reply A "cheery" disposition September 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    this is just beautiful!

  • Reply Punctuation Mark September 9, 2010 at 12:29 am

    this is a beautiful tribute to your dad and how much you appreciate his heritage… love the images too!

  • Reply Niki September 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I think this is one of the most fabulous stories that I have heard in a long while. And it's such a pretty tool box too. I'm glad that you treasure it!


    PS – I mentioned you here, I hope you don't mind!

  • Reply knack September 10, 2010 at 1:28 am

    it is the prettiest thing i have ever seen too…and the best shade of turquoise! my favorite!

    I love that you have something so special…and that you love it so…..


  • Reply lynette September 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    what a beautiful keepsake to have of your dad–and it's a beautiful turquoise colour, my favourite colour!

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