I've recently been working on some dollhouse miniatures that reflect my real life at home. We actually live in a Farmhouse on a Farm in S. California.
There are hundreds of chickens, and we sell Free Range Eggs among other things. Below is one of our roosters! Our life is filled with chores, gathering eggs, milking cows, buying way too much hay...and chicken feed!
It is hard work, but it is good work.
Our farmhouse is filled with unique treasures - I have many of my grandmother's quilts along with my own that I have made. I have also bought a few quilts in my lifetime....(shhh...we don't want to talk about how many I have bought!)
Tunis Sheep, pigs, Dutch Belt cows, Rhode Island Red chickens, Cotton Patch geese, ducks, heritage turkeys...and some of them tend to get out of their pens right before church...but that is another story!
A few years ago I started making miniature quilts for my Etsy shop. I needed to stay home to take care of my parents, and sewing quilts seemed the right thing for me to do. I love beautiful fabric, and I love quilts...and my shop was specifically selling little doll quilts and bedding so it was a perfect fit.
Below is a miniature farm fresh food scene that I made for a customer.
Not too many people know but our Farm is actually called Ribbonwood Acres Farm!
The name Ribbonwood is after the trees on our property that have bark that curls and falls off in ribbons....
My husband has an electric milker that helps him milk two cows a day usually getting 8-9 gallons a day! Raw Fresh Milk...that makes the most amazing butter and cheese!
We continually have little chicks...it takes between 4-5 months before they become layers...and we sell a lot of eggs!
Hence my fixation on miniature Farmhouse styles in my Etsy shop. I really like to decorate vignettes. Not everyone has a working dollhouse that they are decorating...however I have a lot of customers that are working their dollhouses around and redecorating them.
But I like to make vignettes of little furniture pieces filled with country, shabby, or cottage decor....place the vignettes on a shelf, china hutch, chest of drawers...so that they can be changed out for the season and enjoyed all the time!
My grandmother who started all of this was a Farmer's wife, with 10 children...a large Farmhouse and barn...with lots of kids to do those chores. She made the most delicious pies and cobblers....from berries right from her garden. Oh the smell of those pies baking were enough to make one suffer.
As a little girl I was fascinated with making dough for pies and loved to play with leftover pie dough.
My family loves hot apple pie...and I have now mastered the art of making real apple pies...and little pies out of polymer dough....lots of rolling pins and rolling till you get the dough just right.
Psalm 128:2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
I remember my grandmother had a china shelf that she had many dishes, platters and salt and pepper shakers on. All these dishes came in handy when there were guests staying for dinner.
This same grandmother quilted amazing quilts....and made aprons, tablecloths, kitchen towels, hot pads....she instilled that same love of fabric, thread, needles, thimbles...sewing.
Again I ended up using what she taught me to make my own quilts...and then a few years back I started making them for doll beds....I am in love with little quilts.
My grandmother had loads of quilts on every bed in her house, fluffy pillow, white cotton sheets....I loved staying at her house. The little beds below have little quilts I made for my Etsy shop in my Farmhouse Vintage collection.
The baby cradle had to have a new little quilt too.
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