Archive for January, 2012

For Those Who Love Miniature Fairy Gardens

Detail picture of a fairy sitting on her bench

Detail picture of a fairy sitting on her bench

If you’re like us, and love to plant and accessorize miniature fairy gardens, then you’ll enjoy this blog linked at the bottom of this post.  Here are a few of our favorite photos for inspiration and to help hold you over until spring!

Miniature fairy 'rose garden' with fountain

Miniature fairy 'rose garden' with fountain

 

Miniature fairy cottage and gazebo

Miniature fairy cottage and gazebo

 

Miniature fairy relaxing near a stream

Miniature fairy relaxing near a stream

 

A troll's cabin in the woods

A troll's cabin in the woods

 

A troll's entrance found to be built within the foundation under our stable!

A troll's entrance found to be built within the foundation under our stable!

http://ottenbros.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/building-a-fairy-garden-part-3/

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Breakfast Is Ready!

Breakfast is ready at the Dutch Lake Guest House Bed and Breakfast!

Dutch Lake Guest House Bed and Breakfast

Dutch Lake Guest House Bed and Breakfast

Put a little melted butter in a muffin pan.  Line the muffin tin with two pieces of ham.  Crack an egg in to the center.  Pour 1 tablespoon of half-and-half on top of the egg, and 1 tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese on that, then finally 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh tarragon on top.  Bake for 18 minutes at 350 degrees.  Enjoy!

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Miniature and Fairy Gardens

 

Miniature fairy garden

Miniature fairy garden

 

We love miniature gardens and fairy gardens and we’ve shared this posting with great photos about how to build the gardens.

http://ottenbros.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/building-a-fairy-garden-part-2/

Cheers!

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Eco Friendly Furniture

Moving to a farm in the country changes one in many ways that you could never imagine.  For us, suddenly we were so busy with every day life there were barely enough hours in the day;  mowing, snow plowing, running errands, buying groceries  — or gardening — and then there’s cutting and splitting firewood.  The many hours spent felling trees and cutting wood has changed Greg’s furniture building business in to new directions.

Organic Edge White Oak Bench

This natural edge bench was built from a single plank board with zero waste.

Greg has taken on a more organic and more  eco-friendly approach to building wood furniture and securing lumber.

Natural Edge Walnut Bench

Organic, natural edge walnut bench built from a single board with virtually zero waste.

His furniture business has taken on a more efficient use of lumber as there is virtually zero waste.  And at the same time his organic style has taken on a more interesting design as it embellishes the look of the wood by including the sapwood which contrasts with the heartwood.

Detail of bench joinery

Detail picture of the joinery.

Greg has built nearly all of our furniture as well as the furniture in our Bed and Breakfast/Guest House.

Click on this YouTube video to hear Greg talk about how he uses the entire tree for building eco-friendly wood furniture.  We also invite you to follow our B&B daily on Facebook.

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Building A Fairy Garden – Part 1

A fairy garden is a garden complete with miniature houses and structures, furniture, plants and accessories. It creates the impression of a tiny world of the size that fairies might inhabit.  Fairy gardens are a hope to lure fairies and with them, good luck, to your home.  The garden provides an outlet for the imagination and an intriguing space for visitors to explore.

Fairy gardens can be any size,and can be planted indoors or outdoors.  Our fairy garden was created to spark curiosity in our visitors to our Bed and Breakfast/Guest House.  It is built within an eighteen inch high gap in the foundation under the horse stable on our 100-year-old farm.  The garden is very simple, yet, still a welcome ‘surprise’ for someone who stumbles upon it.

Fairy Garden at www.dutchlakeguesthouse.com

Fairy garden within the foundation under the 100-year-old horse stable.

Pictured is our fairy garden in the quiet of winter.  Our troll (affectionately named ‘Ketchum’) stands watch at the hand-built walnut wooden door with a wood burned sign affixed to his house announcing your arrival at “Ketchum’s Place”.

Our smaller scale, outdoor fairy garden suits us well, but we have a passion for all fairy gardens large and small, indoors and out.  Below is a link to a large, indoor fairy garden building project that will inspire even the greatest fairy skeptic.  read this and you may find yourself a believer.

http://ottenbros.wordpress.com/

 

 

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