The Simeon E. Dow House is a beautiful two-story, 13-room red brick house that was built in 1872. The locals have done a wonderful job at preserving the vintage originality.
I was assigned the Maid's room. I headed down the dirt road for inspiration, knowing a Maid in the late 1800's would not have any money for lavish decorations. Much to hubby's chagrin, I returned home with his pickup loaded with all sorts of ditch goodies for my project and filled the garage with greens and weeds.
But what wonderful weeds they were!
One of my favorite finds, a little difficult to appreciate in the picture below, is the Sunflower stem... it dries to resemble (at least in my mind) shepherd hooks that worked perfect for hanging tissue paper snowflakes for an interesting and "poor Maid" creation.
I was delighted to be able to incorporate some of my past projects into the room... hand-dipped candles, antiqued rag dolls & mittens, Christmas stocking, etc. The most elaborate item in the room was the fruit basket, designed to be a gift from the Dows to the Maid, complete with nuts in the shell and three Silver Certificates for her faithful service throughout the year. (They're fake, of course)
Oh how divine the aroma of those orange slices & cloves!
My room, of course, pretty much pales in comparison with the rest of the house... pictures of which I hope to take and post soon as the decorating wasn't finished when I left.
So today... I'm off to join in the festivities in Dow City... and debut my candles at the Christmas Market!