I had to hunt for the photos that I had saved for reference this morning. I put them in a "safe" place.
When I finally found them, I had to disappoint Tessie. She fell in love with the two photos that I had of Russian cottage beds. I had to break it to her that there wasn't going to be a free standing bed frame.
Tessie did specify, "No hanging cradles! Babies are icky, messy and sometimes they smell. Goofy Pig is enough to take care of." I wanted to question, "And he doesn't smell?" But I thought better of it....
I thought that the hanging cradle was an ingenious idea. It would be great in mini, but I guess not this time.
I think that I told you before that I am putting a trundle bed under the roof. It may not have a standing frame, but that doesn't mean that it can't have interesting bed coverings.
In the first photo, I was a bit surprised to see a beautiful patchwork quilt. The bed skirt was done in red and white cross stitch. There is a lot of that in Russia and the Slavic countries. I have several books of patterns from that area. Their towels and clothing are also decorated with some of the same red work designs. That will be fun to do.
I am crazy about the coverlet in the second picture. It is a woven rag quilt! I can't say that I have ever seen anything like it before. Poke the photo and take a good look.
The bed skirt on that one is crochet. The coverlet is augmented by a lambskin throw for warmth. Again, there is red work on the pillow borders.
This third photo is the one that I am going to try to copy as closely as possible. It is the kitchen area of the house. The most interesting thing here is the fact that the samovar has a flu coming out of the top that vents directly intothe wall and the flu from the stove. Yes. They do call what looks like a fireplace a stove. I am going to have to see what I can find out about this.
I noticed that most of the photos of the outside of the gingerbread houses don't have chimneys as such. The all seem to have a small, metal smoke stack with a cone on top. Many of them are in the center of the house.
After we settled the plans for the cooking area, I went upstairs and put up a couple of shelves.
There is a small lip where the roof meets the wall on both sides. I thought that would be a good storage space.
Face it. Tessie is going to be living in cramped quarters here and every inch of space will count.
Again I used a couple of pieces of the fan for the braces underneath the shelf. I may still put some pegs under it to allow for hanging things too.
Anyway, that is as far as I have gotten this morning. Tessie is screeching for me to get back to work and the laundry is calling my name in real life, so I had better go now.
See you tomorrow.
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