Growing up, I was always a fan of all the Little House books and longed for a life like Laura's...full of adventure and the wild woods. I know now that the pioneer life wasn't all adventure, but the romance of those simpler times has stuck with me.
On a trip through Pennsylvania years later, I ran across a little handmade cabin and fell in love. It was one of those times when you see something and know immediately that it's coming home with you.
Here's a snapshot...over 20 years later and it's still my favorite. Little did I know then that it would be the first of many cabins dotting my shelves.
Made of real wood and stone, it's always had a prominent spot either on the mantel or on a side table. Most years, I even dress it up for the holidays!
After collecting little cabins for years, I was finally ready for the real thing . Built of wood from old barns and cabins (some dating back to the 1790s!) my little backyard cabin was born just last year.
Here's a work-in-progress photo. This was taken before the roof or the chimney went on...no windows or door in yet either. It's a good thing the rain held off!
Since we've added all the finishing touches, It's been the site of many get-togethers with the girls, craft nights with my daughter, potlucks with friends and a few pizza dinners (cooked in the little beehive oven!) with my grandson. Many good times have been had already...heck, we might even have Thanksgiving out there this year!
Aside from getting to spend time there with the folks
(and dogs!) I love, it's been a great retreat for me.
My little cabin is a place where I can get away but still feel at home, be
inspired & recharge and enjoy the company of family & friends.
So many of our Gooseberry Patch family have asked what we do to stay inspired. For me, so many big ideas come from inside this little house that we thought you'd like to hear about it.
Can't wait for this fall color to come back again this year...stay tuned for lots of looks inside, coming soon!