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!



  1. I love that you are sharing your space with your husband! The photos of him at work are priceless! The ship drawings would make a nice piece of art in a frame, I think! It seems you both share a passion for things in miniature, and you are both darn good at them too! The miniature knot rug is going to be oh-so-beautiful! I like thinking of the two of you busy at work, just across the hall from one another, while the snow is gently falling outside your windows. Happy spring, Sherri! :~)

    1. I thought Steve needed some good natural lighting to work on the model. The very least I could do, considering he does so much for me and my silly projects. We are having a good time with the new arrangement. We are closely following each others projects. I really enjoy working on the little rug and I'm anxious to see it finished. The weather here is crazy. Just a couple days ago we had warm weather and a terrible rain storm with high winds. Today it's snowing. My forsythia is in full bloom and now snow covered! It's not extremely cold so the wet snow will soon be gone. I am so ready for spring.

  2. You and your husband have been very busy. His work is fabulous, as is yours. the kitchen room is really nice. You should be proud to finally be getting all your treasures put in a good place to see and enjoy. I have cabinets of work projects to do too, but I probably will never finish them all. the wood dolls are really pretty. Such a tiny size to be carved from wood. I know your husband appreciates the space to work on his ship. I know it will be beautiful and quite an accomplishment.

    1. Thank you Martha. I will sigh a big sigh of relief when this project is done. The dollhouse stuff was taking up lots of storage space. One set of unfinished projects finally done. As you know I still have dollies to dress and quilts to finish and other assorted projects waiting to be done. I probably won't get all of them done either!

  3. The Ship Builder is doing a great job and what a treasure it will be when finished. Such a nice way to spend ones time too. Working on something that you enjoy. A very detailed job. Your knot rug is coming along and looking so beautiful. I can't imagine how many french knots that it will have when done. Your room box will be another joy to have and I will so enjoy seeing it progress. Love how you and your husband both have projects to work on together and encourage each other on. Enjoy your projects and thanks for sharing!

  4. You're so lucky to have a "better half" who is interested in your work. The farmer puts up with my "see what I've made" (like a cat who has just brought a mouse to the back door) and then says, "it's pretty," or "lots of stitches". :) I'm always thrilled to see your little rooms and the precious furniture! What fun it must be to hunt for these things.

  5. Yes, I am lucky and extremely grateful! The hubs doesn't express lots of interest in dolls but he likes to see how I am getting along on one. He take more interest in the dollhouse furniture. He loves a woodworking project and is always ready to make something, so our 2 loves seem to come together in that respect. I am learning lots about how a clipper ship was made and he is estimating how many knots I've made on the rug!

  6. I confess I want some of those bits of furniture--only in life size! Glad you and the hubs are able to work together. :~)

  7. Oh my, you both have been busy! Can't wait to see all the finished projects the next time I visit as I know they will be beautiful. I never knew there were so many miniture doll house accessories! amazing how you arranage and place them all together just perfectly. And about getting all your projects done, Phewy!!! That's what keeps me going, projects, projects, projects.

  8. Hi Sherri, Oh my goodness, I truly just lost my self reading first about you and your sweet hubby working/Playing together in the same room, There is some thing SO special when husband and wife are doing their own thing in the the same room , even unspoken words are precious, That time of just being together! Then I took the most wonderful journey through your miniature doll house, It came alive kiddo, and I loved it all, Funny thing I was making mental notes of my favorites started out with metal old fashioned stove,Oh my yes! the furniture,pewter pieces, and your miniature knot rug, Oh then came the dolls, Duh Then I realized I just truly "LOVE" every thing , You are so gifted, and a amazing woman my friend! (((Hugs)))to you !

  9. Sherri, it is so beautiful when a couple can work together and yet everyone can work for themselves. Gerhard and I have lived in a common study room for 30 years. That is wonderful.
    Please direct Steve out, Gerhard loves his "wooden holders" for the little things. So convenient.
    Sherri, thank you for sharing with us.
    Sigi from Germany

    1. It is fun working together...I am learning all about the mighty Clipper ships.

  10. What a ship your hubby is making. It will be a real beauty when finished. OH MY GOODNESS!!! You have such fine miniature pieces. They are beautiful. Such beautiful wooden dolls. I am drooling, lol... Hugs, lJ

    1. Thank you Lady Jane. I stopped by your blogs for a look see. Love your houses and minis. Your quilting and mini knitting is amazing!

  11. I love the photo of your husband working away on his ship! I love that he is finally putting it together! All of your furnishings are adorable..........I absolutely love your little chicken rug!


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