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.
Because I was running out of room in the cabin, the half loft had to be extended to a full loft. I stained and glued temporary boards to the ceiling rafters in such a way that if I had to remove them, it wouldn’t damage the original structure.
It’s not perfect, but it works in a pinch!
I also added a fireplace trammel to hang pots from in the fireplace
and a few other eBay finds:
The old rug in the house was actually an antique crocheted pot holder that I put in there when I was 12. I decided it was time to make a ‘real’ rug for the cabin.
I used antique embroidery cotton that I had (Yeah, I stockpile old sewing stuff and linens *sigh*).
First, I made a ton of strings to braid. Did I mention that I DETEST braiding?!
Sewing this took FOREVER- probably over a week or more, so my sister, who is staying with me during her cancer treatments, took over the sewing of it and finished this rug in a couple of days. She even sewed it when she was in the hospital- that’s dedication!
It turned out a little bumpy, but I don’t mind. I glued a cotton backing on the thing after it was done being sewed together. I love it 🙂
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
One thing that has kept me occupied all month (and away from blogging, etc) is this:
35 yrs old-ish, nearly an antique now!
My dad made this for me in 8th grade for my Michigan day project (I helped).
He got an A.
Took it out of the basement for the first time in 15 years to fix up and decorate for Maisie (well, that’s the official story).