Category: Homestead Crafts

To Remake a Bed

By , November 14, 2017

While I have been staying over at the cottage for several months now, it’s been more like camping, because I’ve slept on the guest mattress that’s lived over there for many years.

At the end of October, we changed that. We dismantled my homemade bed frame from the cabin for reuse in the cottage.

hauling bed pieces to cottage

Dad and I disassembled the bed and hauled the frame pieces to the cottage (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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Crowning Achievement

By , November 8, 2017

Directing The Lion in Winter has made me try many new things beyond directing. I’ve made props before, for other plays, but this time around, I tried something completely new: making crowns.

My cast and I really try to keep our costumes and props from looking like something from a grade school class play. It helps that most of them are, on some level, LARPers (Live Action Role Play, a.k.a. Creative Anachronists). They know what they’re doing, and where to lay hands on “the good stuff.” Nobody has any crowns, though.

I looked on line for advice/instructions on making our own, and found this excellent advice. I used it to create four crowns for the cast. I’m pretty pleased with the result.

crown props for The Lion in Winter, Haines, Alaska

Crowns for Lion in Winter royalty: (L-R) Princess Alais, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Henry II, King Philip II of France (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger)

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