Probably one of the easiest things to make.
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
I bought a ton of pewter dollhouse 1:12 scale miniature cookware and plates, etc recently for the cabin.
I wanted some to be copper, so I painted some of them.
I love the way they look in the cabin!
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.
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 🙂
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).