Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kitchen Room Box Update

After the hubs finished the dollhouse cabinet, he 
started a new project.  He's putting together a model 
of the clipper ship The Flying cloud, that I gave him for
our anniversary.  Not a recent anniversary, but out 1st 
anniversary.  We've been married 44 years!
Well, better late than never. 
I suggested he use my sewing/craft space for the
lengthy project.  It has wonderful natural lighting
 and it's comfy.  So, I have moved to the small desk 
across the room.     
 He has made himself right at home.
He made an easel for the ship drawings.
He's a master at "make do" too.  He's made little 
wooden holders for the minuscule pieces,
tiny vices and tool holders.
 I love his make do magnifier and holder.
Oh, that's where the small cutting board is.
I've been looking for that.
The model is coming along nicely, but it
will be several months before it's finished.
It's fun working together on our toys,
 listening to music and feelin' groovy!
Back in November I did a post on the 
 room box the hubs made for the kitchen
furniture and accessories I have gathered
 over the years.  They are slightly different scale
and don't match, but I love the pieces and
 cannot seem to part with them.    
       Kitchen Room Box-Hall's Lifetime Toys
These are the 2 pieces of Hall's furniture.
They are from the Early American Series.
The kitchen sink and cutting table were made 
by Dora Kuhn.  Made of cast iron,  porcelain
and wood, they are heavy pieces.
The punched tin pie safe
was hand made.  It's marked
 CS  1972 on the bottom.   
The metal old fashioned stove was made by
Bodo Hennig, a German company.
  All the little doors open and close. 
 The bottom shelves have little candles.
 A mix of Ozark ladder back chairs.
 I've made headway on the miniature knot rug
for the room.  I've finished all the detail sections 
 and have begun the background.  Cream around the
rooster and a dark brown for the chicks and hens. 
I still have a long way to go. 
I finally came across the Hall's Lifetime table
on E-bay.  It's plain and simple.  Shopping on
E-bay is a time waster and no fun at all! 
I found some old wooden drapery cornices
for the windows.  They were too long for the 
windows in the room, but the handy hubs
took them apart and shortened them.  
The removable curtain rod is hidden inside.
The very last of the dollhouse miniatures
are for the kitchen.  If I have to stuff the 
cabinets full, they will all be used! 
No more boxes of dollhouse stuff
in the attic!!!   
These Franklin Mint miniature Colonial 
pewter pieces are from the 80's and a
slightly larger scale than 1/12. 
 Assorted finds.  The writing on the little wooden box
is German for onions.  The stoneware jug is painted
in a patriotic design.
Veggies and poultry.
 The little barn oil painting has
the initials AF and date of 76.
These dolls were made by Eric Horne, an English
wooden toy maker.  They're the only dollhouse size 
dolls I have.  Not the right period and I'm not sure I 
will use them in the room, but they would be happy to 
have some clothing and a home, instead of living
 in a dark drawer.       
A rug to finish, curtains and clothing
to make and I must decide on an interior
 paint color.  Any suggestions?
   I still have plenty to do. 
I've been working since March of 2015 to get
all the dollhouse furniture and accessories out 
of storage and into homes.  I'm almost there and it's 
a good feeling to be this close to the end.  Of course, 
I couldn't have done it without the hubs.  He has been 
enthusiastic and very generous with his time and 
skills.  Hat's off to you hubs!
It's snowing today.......can't wait till spring!