the secret weapon turns 80





Today marks The Secret Weapon's 80th birthday! Happy Birthday to a true genius... the fellow to whom we say in jest "it simply cannot be done" and then makes it happen.



I am so lucky to have been blessed with The Secret Weapon as my Dad. Let me show you just a tiny, tiny smattering of the things he has created for me....


Having never attempted to work in stained glass before, he created this dragonfly motif window for the transom over my bedroom door.


I had a silly idea that I wanted rods on my staircase to hold down the carpet runner. When I couldn't find any that suited me, he made them for me. Just like that.


Along with The Fan (his number one assistant) he made this butcher style block for the top of my island. Look carefully below and you will see that he branded it - yes he made a brand! - with a dragonfly.





He fashioned a tiny, detailed metal dragonfly to be inlaid into the concrete countertops in our kitchen.

My craft room is tricked out with an amazing ribbon rack and storage!


Check this out: when he built our oak fireplace, he did a test run complete with a cardboard maquette in the true size for me to live with to see if I liked the depth and height well enough. You can see he has created several cardboard options regarding the dentil mouldings on the cardboard model above.



The gorgeous finished product, replete with a titanium dragonfly... made from the same titanium piece that he used to fashion Veto's wedding ring of.


Because yes, Dear Reader, The Secret Weapon happens to be a talented and award-winning jeweler as well. How incredibly lucky for The Fan, Loopy and I. Here, Loopy models the gorgeous tiara that The Secret Weapon made for me many years ago.



In spite of his ability to work with gold and diamonds, I keep asking him to build me fireplaces! Here, he built a cherry fireplace for our bedroom. I can tell you this story because we don't live in this house anymore: that fancy little detail is actually a secret drawer that opens with a special magnetic key that he made. The box is fireproof and designed to hold valuables... like handmade jewelry and such.

You will think me small and petty, but when we sold that house I didn't show the drawer to the new owners and I didn't leave them the key, either. It was just for me and me alone. I left a letter inside the drawer and someday, somehow, someone might find it... along with the key, which I threw inside.



He makes tiny little fireplaces too! The bear family in my dollhouse are cuddled around the fireplace that he made... he designed it with some sort of fancy electronics so that it flickers randomly, like a real fire. Details like that are important to him. Oh, and did I mention that my dollhouse has a working ceiling fan? And a doorbell? But no running water. Oh, if it only had running water. I suppose it cannot be done.


Club Little House wouldn't be the same without him. He truly earns the name "The Secret Weapon"... figuring out how to make these tiny Birkin bags:


Or the now-famous ironing boards?


Now is the time to avert your eyes if you are a member of Club Little House this round and don't want to have your surprise ruined... of course he helped me with this:



The world's tiniest pink iPod! Yes, it plays music. I can't tell you how we did that, because even "The Secret Weapon" has secrets.



It was The Secret Weapon who concocted those tiny headphones in just the perfect scale. His studio/workshop is a maze of activity... he had everything on hand to make just what we needed.


Here he is, wondering just what sort of project I will get him into next. The Festival of Trees? Charms for a bracelet party? He wants to teach me how to make "real jewelry"... but for his birthday, let's give him the day off! Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Oh, and if you want... I can dig out some photos of other things he has made. It is fascinating.

61 comments:

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Wow, what talent!

Genevieve said...

What an AMAZING gift you've been given- a Father who loves you more than life itself. Precious.

lurrve u

Mrs. G. said...

Happy Birthday Secret Weapon!!!! The internets love you.

Laura said...

I think you have your own personal Santa Claus! Put a red suit on him and I can almost hear him saying, Ho, ho, ho! Happy Birthday to your very talented Dad! It makes me miss my talented Dad!

Pam said...

he is an amazing man...and you seem to be following in his footsteps...your creativity amazes me too!!

The Pumpkin Pink Cottage said...

Happy Birthday Secret Weapon,,,Saucy you are truly blessed to have such a talent, and amazing Father...he looks simply precious...I would love to see more...I was truly delighted with everything...Again...Happy Birthday..Hugs and Happy Holidays..,Lisa

Angela said...

Yep! Now I know where you get it! Of course, it still stands what I have said before, I would be happy to be adopted by you and your family!
Hope you have a Happy Birthday Secret Weapon!

Angela

karen said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad!!

Got your comment about Martha Stewart and have wondered that myself. In this case what I made for CLH is surprisingly springing up on lots of blogs life size - you even have one - maybe its like when you are pregnant or get a new car, all of a sudden you see similar everywhere.

Helena said...

Happy Birthday to The Secret Weapon! This blogger is very impressed!!!

SOINSPIRED said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad. Your entire family has personally brought me countless hours of entertainment! The Secret Weapon has fans.

Anonymous said...

Wow that brought tears to my eyes. You have a VERY SWEET dad. How lucky you are! Jen

Claudia said...

Happy Birthday to the Secret Weapon! What an amazingly talented guy...I think the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree!

Love your blog, I've been a fan for a while.

SCREAMING FOR CHOCOLATE said...

The Secret Weapon is AWESOME... I would like to be his assistant. How much fun would that be. Tell him Happy Birthday from Georgia.

Sugar Bear said...

Holey Moley! I'm utterly speechless. What a very special man!
Karla

nancie said...

Wow, he has amazing talent. I would love to see more of his creations. You are a lucky daughter!
Happy Birthday Secret Weapon!

Anonymous said...

Your Dad is amazing. Happy Birthday to a talented creative and obviously very loved guy. I'd love to see more of his creations!

Kristi said...

Happy 80th Birthday, Secret Weapon!

You have such a truly charming family...your creativity and love for one another is inspiring to all.

Jo said...

Wow! Happy 80th Birthday, Mr Secret Weapon!
Saucy, I love seeing all the amazing things your dad has made, if there are more to post, please do!
Oh when Oh when do we get our CLH parcels? I can't WAIT!!! I don't have an iPod yet, and one in miniature will be perfect!
Hugs, Jo

Amy said...

What an amazing Daddy! Happy Birthday Secret Weapon.

Linda Crispell said...

Happy Birthday to the Dragonfly a.k.a. The Secret Weapon!!! A secret drawer in a fireplace? Amazing, and I am glad you didn't tell the new owners. You are a very talented bunch!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Many happy returns! I hope you don't mind, but he's just made my Secret Boyfriend List. The handiness! That moustache! The creativity!

Pepper said...

Saucy,

How lucky you are my friend. It is even better because you realize how awesome your Dad is and that you are good at letting him know how much you love and appreciate him too. You hit the jackpot with the parent draw that is for sure!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Happy happy birthday!

Starshine said...

Wow! What an amazing Dad you have!

Happy Birthday, Secret Weapon! I can tell you are a loving father with a soft place in your heart for your little girl.

Jerri-Lea said...

Happy Birthday Secret Weapon!! Your workshop must be even more amazing than Santa's!

You are one lucky daughter Saucy!!

Maija said...

OMG- so wicked cool seeing and reading about your daddy's talent. More! More! Bring it on!

Katie said...

Joyeux Anniversaire!

Rebekah said...

I get it. You are GENETICALLY predisposed to overwhelming achievements. You can't help it, and it's not just to emphasize the inadequacy of everybody else. What a gift for you and your family The Secret Weapon is!

Tanis said...

Happy Birthday Uncle Nik. Thanks for your blogspot Saucy. It brings back some of the best memories I have. It's like walking back in time.

The Shabby Princess said...

How lucky you are my dear. Now, if he could teach the rest of us how to make "real jewelry" that would be fantastic!!

The Stiletto Mom said...

Happy Birthday Secret Weapon! No wonder your daughter is so very crafty! Now I understand this is something she inherited!

alittlebitofscrap said...

Incredibly sweet dedication for your dad's birthday. What an amazing gift!!

Brian and Kirsten said...

It is obvious how much you love your dad and how much he loves you! Thanks for letting us see behind the scenes - there is some fantabulous talent at work in your fam!

Kirsten of B&K

AwtemNymf said...

What a Tribute! *claps*
My hats off to the Secret Weapon!
Happy Birthday! and MANY more!!
*sprinkle sprinkle*

misspro312 said...

I love all the dragon flys and secret doors! He is very talented!!

I hope he has a wonderful birthday!

Wish on a Whisker said...

Such a wonderful post! Your dad is amazing! Thanks for your sweet comments on my tiny lanterns! CLH is so much fun! Happy Holidays! ~Mandy

MJ said...

Happy birthday, Secret Weapon! Wishing you a wonderful day and a happy and healthy year ahead!

Kristy said...

Truly amazing!

Anonymous said...

He sounds like such a wonderful man. May he have a splendid birthday!

I would love to see more of his creations. I am totally fascinated by what he creates.

~Rhonda from Minnesota

bluemuf said...

Your dad is very talented. What wonderful objects you have made with love. I would love to see more.

Karen

Christine said...

He is an amazing man. Very talented and handsome as well.You are very blessed. Happy belated birthday Secret Weapon!

Mrs. Staggs said...

Oh my goodness! You and the fan are indeed very fortunate women to have this talented, and may I say, oh so handsome, fellow in your lives. A very happy birthday to him! I hope his new year will be filled with all good things.

Chris said...

You've GOT to be kidding me!! I just can't get over him. He's wonderful! Lucky you!!!!!!!

A glance at my world said...

Wow, your dad sounds like the coolest person ever! Happpy Birthday to him :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a wonderful tribute to your McGyver-ish Dad!! My precious daddy was like that, too! I can see that you cherish all your time with him. He looks adorable ~ tell him Happy Birthday for me & that he has a new fan!!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Rue said...

Happy Birthday to the Secret Weapon!!

Saucy! You didn't tell me that your dad was Santa's skinny brother!! He has to be. No one else could make such wonderful things, besides Santa himself ;)

hugs,
rue

Maremone said...

What an amazing man! I love love love that you didn't tell the owners about the secret drawer. I imagine it showing up one day on one of those TLC "if walls could talk" or something like that

What did the letter say?

CC said...

Oh my gosh!!!!!! I am in LOVE with the Secret Weapon. Please, please, please send him my way!!!!!!!!

abbyjess said...

Um, jealous to say the least. Can I borrow him for just one weekend? Wow! You are one lucky daughter. He is an amazing man.

Janeen said...

I see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Beautiful family you have!

Carri said...

Wow you have an amazingly talented father. I hope he had a wonderful 80th Birthday

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

What a wonderful gift of talents your Pop has. I hope his Birthday brings much happiness and many more years of creativity!
Please share more of his treasures.

Sweet Birthday Wishes,
Sara

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

whoa.......what a gem he is.

Rosa said...

Happy belated birthday to your dad! Wow, I want to adopt him!!! I have to say WOW again. What a precious man to do all those wonderful things (or even to have the ability to do so). Ok, I'm going to borrow him (at least) and have him come down to our Alabama home Riverside and brand it! It's motif is dragonflies! OMG and those little Hermes bags (and just the boxes) are delightful. I have been on a Hermes kick since I returned from France last spring. You are definitely your father's daughter. So very talented! Big hugs to you both. And thanks to dad for making a wonderful you. Merry merry.

Yin said...

The secret weapon is utterly amazing! Happy, happy Birthday, sir!

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michelleb. said...

What amazing talent. Thank you for sharing him with us.

mblaise29@yahoo.com

blaze said...

WOW. amazing how much detail he puts into all of his work!

mblaise3@yahoo.com

Christine said...

Your father is amazing! He really is the secret weapon. And as for the drawer that he made in the fireplace, I can't blame you for not wanting to tell anyone. No one will ever know but your blog readers anyhow and if someone does happen to come across the drawer in some way, well they will be surprised to find your letter almost like a time capsule!

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com

Sue Sparks said...

Wow! I just found your blog today and I am enthralled!
How very blessed you are to have a "secret weapon" for a dad! And one who is happy to share all of his many talents with you! Wish you could manufacture and sell him, or at least rent him out:)

Anonymous said...

Looks like some great talent for a first-timer with iron! The little twisty things on the stairs are so cute. Have you guys ever done concrete work? You should try! I love this!