I’ve been really out of sorts because of the pulmonary embolisms, but here are some nice things that have happened this month- lots of birthdays!
First up, Maisie’s 4th birthday was on 10 September! We usually have huge parties, but my health hasn’t been the best, so we just did a family party, with grandparents from both sides and her first cousins from her dad’s side. She received My Little Pony, Spirit Horses, an Ant Farm (her fave, ours too), and the outhouse dollhouse built by my dad (with base and landscaping by us):
Her Norwegian dollhouse hosted the new Spirit horses:
Later in the week, she received macarons from our dear friend and we had a blast doing mundane things- also, my friend brought us wild paw paw fruit, which tastes like mangoes squished with bananas and pineapple! I was able to ripen them by sticking the branch in water for a week.
It’s still been brutally hot out here, so she had a lot of beach time and park time as well:
Then we ended this week with silver and gold henna tattoos- plus I received 2 new Tiffany heart bead bracelets to commemorate surviving the last 2 months since my embolisms ❤
The garden/landscaping project continues!
We had a forlorn little terracotta garden rabbit that was hidden in the brush, unpainted, and I wanted to paint it and give the poor old thing a makeover.
he was originally something like the above- I didn’t take a before picture, though.
Maisie INSISTED on choosing the spray paint colors this go ’round, so he had to be hot pink. I didn’t do the greatest job with the spray painting, I honestly just wanted to get it over with. However, it looked really creepy without ‘real’ looking eyes, so the child insisted Mr. Bun get them.
I didn’t have any craft paint, so we used sharpies, which turned out to her satisfaction, as far as hot pink bunnies go.
The made-over Mr Bun
he also got a nose and mouth
He still looks a little sad and lonely, but at least he now has pizzazz and eyes.
Maisie was very pleased with this project, so all’s well that end’s well!
I spent a couple of days playing baker and cheesemonger, with varying results.
Polymer clay food miniatures are so fun to make for a foodie who is currently on a 10 day juice cleanse.
I need to go back to bread and cheesemaking at some point, but I quit after a couple of days because I now have way too many loaves of bread and cheeses in my possession.
My first attempts at baguette loaves were made with sculpey clay and colored with turmeric and eye shadow/mineral makeup. My dad actually painted them for me. They came out a bit overbaked, but it was a great first attempt.
My second attempts (and subsequent ones) were better, I still need to refine my bread painting skills.
I also ended up making Norwegian lefse sticks and bread. Lefse is like a potato based flat bread, similar to a huge tortilla, that has it’s origins during the Viking age. In my house, we make it around Christmas time, because my ex is Norwegian. I will do a separate post on the lefse tomorrow…
My first attempt at a blue cheese ended up looking like spinach artichoke dipped stuffed into bread instead- yumm
I ended up making blue cheeses, brie, swiss, garlic gouda, and herb covered chevre. Cheese making is fun, I will eventually get back to it again.
My sister Edie and I decided to try our hand at polymer clay sausage making.
We started with black pudding, then moved on to salami, and finished with lap cheong (Chinese sausages). I know that the salami and lap cheong would definitely not be in a log cabin of that period, but it was fun to try!
They turned out just okay… going to keep plugging away at this and learn how to make them more realistic.
BTW, the garlic, potatoes, and chilis in photos are not by me, I purchased them.
My sister also made some melted candles out of polymer clay
Recently, my dad showed me a news article about the coolest REAL log cabin ever. It was an old, fallen down building purchased for 100 bucks in Missouri and took 10 yrs to restore/rebuild. The builder, Richard Aiken, did a fantastic job restoring this structure.
I particularly loved his door, which I based our log cabin door from.
We put the hinges on the outside (yeah, not correct), because it was easier. I also prefer the look.
Daddy and Maisie playing peekaboo in the log cabin
The cabin definitely needed a table. I decided on a tilt style colonial table and found a vintage House of Miniatures kit on eBay that I wanted to use.
We are SO happy with how it turned out!
Tilt top tables were a space saving innovation in those days, used mostly in poorer (but obviously not dirt poor) homes where space was at a premium.
I distressed and stained it using existing photos found online as a guide.
The table has no chairs, so I cut out some shapes to make benches. I ended up making two- when not in use (cmon, they’re never in use), I push one on either side of the fireplace. Also pleased with how these turned out:
not easy to see, but the benches are on either side of fireplace
We also got a teeny Maltese china dog in that we named Ruby after my aunt’s little Maltese. Ruby lives with Gabriel, our resident log cabin Labrador Retriever. Maisie loves them so much. She takes them for ‘walks’ before bedtime.
We started building and designing period furnishings for this cabin.
Historically, a cabin this size would have housed (on average) a family or up to 11 or more!!!
Trundle rope beds were in order… a single sized bed like that could have slept (I’m not kidding) 2 grown people or quite a few children!
I made all of the bedding out of vintage linens and stuffed it with ‘straw’ (actually, tea leaves).
We tried our hand at a stool with a woven rope seat, but cut it wrong (too tall) and now it is a side table.
I also made a teeny ‘fire’ for the fireplace