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Cheryl-anne Millsap The Spokesman-Review

Every house is a treasure chest. Behind the front door, under the eaves and tucked into drawers and corners of the basement are countless little treasures. The monetary value may not be that great, but the mystery, the sense of history and connection to the past, are priceless.

As a child I lived in a rambling Craftsman style bungalow. My bedroom was a small dormered room upstairs. One day, pushing my clothes across the rod in my closet, I dislodged a piece of wall board. It opened to reveal a tiny space and in that space was one faded pink satin ballerina’s toe shoe.

I knelt down on the floor of my closet and pulled the shoe out into the light. My heart was beating fast and I held the shoe tenderly in my hand like it would disintegrate; like it was a rare and brittle artifact pulled out of a pharaoh’s tomb.

I was no good at sports, I couldn’t play the piano and I couldn’t carry a tune. But, oh, I had a world-class imagination.

Gazing down at the shoe I was sure it had belonged to a princess. A dancing princess. Or a devoted ballerina who had spent hours in the room that was mine now, perfecting her pose on the shoes, ribbons laced tightly around her slender ankles.

I wondered how the shoe had gotten into the little place in the attic. And who had covered it. Was it a clue? Or an offering, left to appease the muse of an artist?

The mystery was never solved. I searched in the rest of the attic but never found the mate.

I didn’t find coins or jewels or rare stamps, but my discovery was just as wonderful.

I spent hours fantasizing over the pink silk shoe, dreaming about the girl who had worn it. My imagination, the part of me that never failed to run fast and sure, raced to outrageous places and I was all the richer.

This week in Home

Children love to find small and secret places to hide, or hide their treasures. When Staci and Chris Bewick launched into the renovation of their old house, they stumbled onto the 100-year-old hiding place of a little boy and uncovered vintage items that left valuable clues to a family that had once called the old house home. Their story is our cover feature.

Home work

In the first installment of a new feature about people who don’t leave for the office each morning, instead choosing to do their work out of the house, we introduce you to a couple whose passion for candles burns brightly in their Greenacres home. And as always, we’ve got information about collectibles, pets and gardening in the Inland Northwest.

Every issue of Home is full of the good stuff: projects, personalities and perfectly wonderful people. It’s a treasure chest of good ideas.


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