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Did you wait until the last minute and need to throw a Valentine’s Day gift together quickly? Are you tired of heart shaped cookies, chocolates and flowers? Here are ten quick ideas that can be made from objects you have around the house.
Everything is better with bacon! Bacon flowers are perfect for anyone that loves the world’s most perfect pork product. Just roll bacon, put on skewers and pop them in the oven. The family dog will appreciate this one too!
Personalize a Favorite Drink – Whether it’s a water bottle, soda or beer, design a label that expresses how you really feel.
You Rock My World! Even if you can’t find a heart shaped rock in your yard, a loving message will warm any heart and can be a keepsake for years to come.
Messages on Rock
Personalized Candle – find stencils online or freehand it. Scrap out the areas you want to paint and fill them in.
Magically Delicious – Every kid’s favorite part of Lucky Charms is the marshmallows. Give them a jar full of sugary delight!
Oh So Sweet – Make your honey a body scrub that’s good enough to eat. All you need is sugar, strawberries, coconut oil and vanilla. Learn how.
Lucky Charms Marshmallows
Handprint Valentine – Stamp handprints in the shape of a heart and then just add a message. Grandparents love this stuff!
Fruit Messages – Leave a message in an unexpected place. “Let’s never split” on a banana or “Orange you glad I picked you?” on an orange makes for a loving healthy snack.
DIY Sharpie Mugs – This gift takes minimal effort but is a gift that can be used every day and cherished for years.
Wooden Coasters – Visit the woodpile and grab some paint. Saw off the end of a log, add a painted on heart or message and you’ve got a Valentine’s Day coaster made with love.
Log cabin decks are made for relaxing, socializing end enjoying the great outdoors. By adding a deck, you extend your living space, while increasing the value of your log cabin. But before you rush off to the local hardware store to buy supplies, consider a few important factors. First, check with local zoning authorities to obtain the appropriate permits. Next you will want to consider:
Seriously consider where to place your deck. Do you want to take advantage of the view of a nearby mountain range or lake? Is it important to see the sunrise or the sunset? Will the blistering setting sun cook your guests at summer barbecues? Can it be conveniently located off the kitchen to ease outdoor dining? Since the deck will probably be in place for decades, make sure it’s where you want it.
How do you plan to use your log cabin deck? Grilling? Dining? Hanging out? Does it need to be enclosed and gated to corral kids and pets? Do you need seating built into the railing to capitalize on space? Does your deck need to have electrical access and be reinforced to support a hot tub? These considerations can impact size and shape.
Gone are the days when natural wood was the only option for log cabin decks. With more options come more decisions. When selecting a material, go with what suits the style of your log home, your personal taste and your budget.
Pressure treated lumber has always been the number one choice for deck material. It’s chemically treated to be resistant to insects and fungus. Unfortunately, it will take a beating from the elements and is very susceptible to splitting and warping. Regular power washing and sealing is required to keep mold, mildew and dirt at bay. Other natural wood choices include cedar and redwood. Both are beautiful, naturally resistant to rot and sturdier than pressure treated lumber, but cost three times more.
Made of wood fibers and recycled plastic, composite deck material is more expensive than wood up
front but requires less maintenance. In the long run, it will cost less. Although there is a wide range of colors and stains, composite does not have the look and feel of hard wood. It is weather and stain resistant
This material is all plastic, sometimes using recycled components. It will not crack or splinter and is resistant to decay. Plastic tends to be slightly more expensive than composite.
If you’re looking for a powerhouse and don’t care if it looks like wood, aluminum may suit your log cabin deck. Its tough, slip-resistant surface will not rust, rot, warp, splinter, crack or check. Aluminum is lighter than wood but stronger. You can find products with interlocking sections to prevent rain from leaking beneath. As the most expensive option, the biggest drawback is the price.
Lastly, personalize your log cabin deck. Of course you need table and chairs for outdoor dining. Throw down an indoor/outdoor rug to create an outdoor living room or conversation area. Create shade with a pergola with climbing plants. For more ideas on creating outdoor spaces, check out our blog on Outdoor Living Space.
In addition to a green manufacturing process, Conestoga Log Cabins & Homes shows its commitment to the environment in their selection of a manufacturing facility. Conestoga took dilapidated buildings and transformed them into its current state of the art manufacturing plant.
Small log cabins can present design challenges when it’s time to furnish them. One of the first things to think about is scale. When making furniture selections, keep that in mind that oversized furniture in small spaces leaves the room feeling tight and cramped. Here are a few other suggestions.
What’s scarier than a haunted house? Of course it’s a haunted log cabin in the woods! If you’re into ghosts, apparitions and the paranormal, you’ll want to check out these log cabins.
White Otter Castle
The three story log cabin was single-handedly built over many years by eccentric Jimmy McOuat. It is located on the shores of White Otter Lake in Ontario and can only be accessed by snow mobile, plane or boat. He intended the home to be a dowry for his future bride that he was yet to meet in person. McOuat tragically died in the fall of 1918 while fishing. His body, tangled in fishing nets, was not discovered until the following spring. His grave is next to the log castle and his ghost is said to still wander the property.
Part of a three cabin compound, Shamrock House was built around 1925. Legend tells that a pretty young woman named Nancy and two friends were hired to provide “upstairs entertainment.” Nancy changed her mind and locked herself in an upstairs bedroom. Nancy’s father, a fire and brimstone preacher, heard of the situation and set out for Shamrock House. When Nancy heard of her father’s pending approach, she overdosed on opium. Her ghost is said to softly cry at night.
Built in 1834 by Judge Levi Snelson, the Snelson-Brinker Cabin was Crawford County, Missouri’s first courthouse. The cabin was later sold to John Brinker, father of two daughters. Brinker had a teenage slave girl named Mary, who looked after the girls. Mary was accused of drowning two year old Vienna Brinker. After a brief trial, Mary was convicted and hung. Her unmarked grave is not far from the cabin. Supposedly Mary’s spirit is still in the cabin.
Austin Log House
Ohio’s scariest cabin might be the Austin Log House. Built by the town’s founder John Austin sometime in the 1700’s, the cabin is reportedly haunted by a headless soldier. Austintown residents have spotted him in the upstairs windows as they walk by.
Located in Savannah, Georgia, Laura’s Cottage is a historic 1799 guest house with original pine floors, walls, and ceilings. Laura lived in the cottage for 50 years and is said to occasionally come out to open windows and flicker the lights. If you’re lucky she may sit with you and join you for dinner. The cottage was used in Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator.”
Fort Meigs Bunkhouse No. 3
Part of Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio, Bunkhouse No. 3 was built on top of an ancient Indian burial ground. The Bunkhouse housed American soldiers during the War of 1812. During a failed surprise attack on the Native Americans, hundreds of American soldiers fell victim to an ambush. There are reports of unexplained flashing lights and discharging muskets. Is it the Native American ghosts whose burial site was desecrated or soldiers from the grave?
This cabin is tucked away in the woods of the Shenandoah National Park. It is one of the last cabins standing since the creation of the National Park. George Corbin built it in the early twentieth century. Corbin’s wife Nee died during childbirth in 1924. Hikers who visit claim to see the ghost of Nee Corbin in the woods surrounding the cabin and even hear her footsteps across the cabin floorboards.
Site of a gruesome 1981 quadruple homicide, Cabin 28 was located at the once popular Keddie Resort in northern California. Visitors report doors opening and closing on their own, moans and light anomalies. Unfortunately, you missed your chance to visit, since the cabin was torn down in 2004. The murders are still unsolved.
This spooky log cabin is located in Clear Creek Metro Park in Ohio. Passersby report mysterious voices, strange lights and faces peeking out of the windows.
Log Cabin Village – Foster Cabin
Log Cabin Village in Forth Worth, Texas is a living history museum made up of six historic buildings including the Foster Cabin. The cabin was home to Harry Foster and his family in the 1800’s. After the death of his wife, Foster married the nanny, Jane Holt. Holt was rumored to have worn lilac perfume. Visitors today claim to be able to smell lilacs on occasion. Reports of phantom footsteps continue.
You’ve made your last trip to the pool and you can almost feel the crispness in the air. Before the mall starts playing holiday music, there are a few things to do to maintain your log cabin. Continue reading →
If you want to offer an authentic log cabin experience to your guests, don’t settle for a cheap imitation. Log cabin kits allow flexibility in designing a log cabin that is perfect for your campground or camping resort. Park models may be cheaper up front, but there are other factors to consider. Continue reading →
For many people, log homes conjure feelings of peace, relaxation and nature. A residence constructed out of tree logs has a rustic quality with rugged imperfections. This natural-style living appeals to those who want a bit more character and are willing to take on the challenge of a DIY project. Continue reading →
We had an earthquake a couple of weeks ago and our Mountain King Cabin withstood the quake just fine. I remembered back when your crew assembled the cabin and I asked that they secure the cabin on the foundation with anchor bolts since we are in earthquake country. Well, we had a big shaker….. We were inside the cabin at the time and the cabin felt nice and strong and there was no damage at all to the cabin. Thank you for the great cabin! We look forward every weekend to go to the cabin in the woods and just relax.