My Most Difficult Project Yet.

There are some things for which you can not prepare. There are certain projects you hope you never have to build. When confronted with these things, the only thing to do, the only thing you can do, is get through it. And the only way to do that, is to get through it. There is no magic formula. Simply endure it, and emerge on the other side.

Creating Gramma’s box, set to the tunes of her favorite performer.


It was just over a month ago now that my Grandma was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. It had already spread to her liver. She knew if there wasn’t anything they could do to cure it, she wasn’t interested in any treatment that would impact the quality of time she had left. It’s now been almost two weeks since that time ran out.

Time… I know how to make a fair amount of things. I want to learn how to make many more things. I’ve watched videos on YouTube of all manner of folk making all manner of wacky project. One thing we can never make more of, is time. Whatever time you get, you get. It’s a limited resource, that can not be tracked. So it’s important to make the most of what you get. 

I’ve got no time left with my Grandma. Even knowing that this was coming, it still feels unfair, too soon, illogical. It is up to me, however, to honor her wishes. She had no interest in being mourned. Instead, she insists we remember the good times. All I have now are memories.

My aim, the reason I put so much work into Bear Maked, is because I want people to know that you don’t need anything to make stuff, aside from the desire to make stuff. It wasn’t until now that I realized memories are the one thing I can’t teach you to make. Luckily, unlike time, memories are an unlimited resource.

You don’t need any tools, experience, or tutorials on how to make memories.

The only thing you need to do is make them.

No matter how silly they are.

Gramma (51)

I miss you, Grandma.



Published by Justin

I'm a Woodworker and Maker, the guy behind the Bear Maked brand.

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