Tiny Log Cabin

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Whether an advocate of downsizing, green living or just looking for a simpler way; there is a real interest in tiny homes.  George and I got a little taste of tiny as we were my sister’s guests to a teeny tiny log cabin near Crabtree Falls, Virginia in the George Washington National Forest.

 

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The home, originally built around 1800 by one of Thomas Jefferson’s nephews, is an authentic Appalachian log cabin.

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The cabin has been updated with a sleeping loft, kitchenette, bathroom and a gas stove placed over the original stone hearth for heat. There was no TV, internet or cell service. Forget GPS.

 

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While appreciative of the movement, I can’t imagine a family living in such a tiny cabin. Creative storage would be a building plan must. Privacy issues need to be addressed. 

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pull stair curtain closed for privacy – yep, that’s a toilet on the other side of the wall

 

Living tiny for two days, very close to the Appalachian Trail, was absolutely beautiful and relaxing: crisp cold air, fresh snow, hiking trails, the sounds of the Tye River and Waterfall and cozy conversation by the fire.

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I’m not sure if I could down-size at this point in my life :) Do you think you could live or raise a family in such a small space? It’s certainly an interesting concept.

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 I hope to upload the hiking, river and waterfall images soon! 

Have a good week! – – Joanne

 

Dreaming of Warm Weather

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So…like everyone else living on the US east coast, we had a few more school snow days.

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So what’s one to do when cabin fever sets in? Take your mother out for some southern comfort food.

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If one went by today’s forecast, one would think Spring must be just around the corner. 

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And…Thursday’s forecast is back down to the low 30°F’s with a chance for snow. Like I said, crazy! I can not fathom Massachusetts’  total snowfall. Incomprehensible. I’m sure I am not the only one itching for Spring’s arrival in 16 days on March 20. Remind me when I complain of the heat in July. ;)

George and I will be my photographer sister’s guests at a 150-year-old cabin tucked in the low hills of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains this weekend.  At least this snow should be pretty.  I knew there was a reason to learn how to quilt! We’ll definitely bring a few with us on the trip. Hopefully it won’t be too cold and we’ll get a nice portfolio of images.

Try to stay warm! – – Joanne  

 

Quilt #4 :: Chevron

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Baby, it's cold outside!

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Back to work this Monday. Due to a 4-6 inch sow-ice-snow combination, schools were closed all week. Sweats, TV binging, baked cookies and hot cocoa. Staying inside, trying to keep warm. I tackled another quilt project.

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I’m starting to get the hang of these mathematical things.

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But, I must admit, piecing the chevrons on a slant is not for the spatially impaired.  This one beat me up. ;)  Please don’t look too closely!

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Crazy weather these days. Phoebe Darling awoke, so Dylann absconded with the quilt :) 

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Have a good week! – – Joanne

Family Room: Upcycled Tables

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I’ve been unsuccessfully looking for the “right” tables for our Family Room. Wouldn’t you know we had them under our noses the whole time! Both tables have sentimental value and fit our Family Room style perfectly.

Clearing out our in-law’s garage, we rescued an antique oak harvest table that had been used and abused as a garage workbench for many years. I fell in love with the oil stains, paint splatters, sawed down legs, and drilled out holes. I gave it a good scrubbing and a light sanding to get the grease, dirt and grit off.

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. . . wonder how many memories are woven into these wood grains?

Just wanting a hint of color, a blue paint mixture left over from previous projects was added to the apron and legs and then roughly sanded off. This was followed with a coat of wax and a buffing. 

. . . viola! Our new coffee table

. . . viola! Our new coffee table

George scavenged our attic and came across my great grandmother Lola’s sewing cabinet. It had seen better days. After a thorough scrubbing and a light sanding, I stained the top with three coats of Minwax Red Mahogany and added three coats of Valspar’s Glass Tile paint to the cabinet. I finished up with a coat of wax and a buff.

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I’m very happy with our “new” tables. Now, we just need to finish the fireplace surround, purchase an area rug, paint the trim . . . ;)

Have a good week! — Joanne

2 Hour Delay :: A Beautiful Thing

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I almost wore my pajamas inside out last night. Hoping to go back to sleep, I barely opened my eyelids as I surveyed the early morning news crawl. A 2-hour delay! I’ll take it.

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It’s true. Coastal Virginians don’t know how to drive on snow or ice – to the ire and lamentation of my mid-west friends.

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Hardly an inch forecasted and we clear grocery store shelves.

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Wishing our northern neighbors safety and warmth during Winter Storm Juno – – Joanne

Quilt #3 :: Modern Log Cabin

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I’m continuing my quilting education; just finished #3! Using large-sized blocks helped to make this basic modern log cabin quilt come together quickly and rather easily.

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I cut out strip pieces one evening and started sewing the next. All in all, it took about two and half weeks to complete. It really was THAT easy of a pattern.

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I’ve included the cuts of fabrics below, but I find that I rather determine the finished size as I work. So the list is actually an estimate.

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Fabric Cuts:

  • (1)  20 – 4”x4” white
  • (1)  20 – 4”x4” assorted fabric strips
  • (2)  40 – 4”x4” assorted fabric strips
  • (3)  20 – 4”x12” assorted fabric strips
  • (4)  25 – 4”x12” white strips
  • (5)  3”x55” white strips (approx.)
  • twin size batting
  • 2.5 yds. backing fabric

 

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I’m already planning my next quilting project (sickness?). Bu-u-t, I need to do a holiday clean up, catch up at work and paint trim work in the family room. Wants v. Needs. :)

Have a good week! – – Joanne