CATCH OF THE DAY: What’s been cooking @ LAND’S END

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Hello Again Everyone!  
 As Promised, 
is the kitchen at 

I wish I could say that I'm finished with this room 
but I'm not.

I'm still fixing certain things I'm unhappy with-
but I say this on every post don't I? 


The main thing which has bugged me 
right from the start, is
 the Kitchen's countertop which I've already  remade 
The last 3 'Final' attempts were made
 using a "self-stick' metallic contact paper, 
😫 refuses to Stay Stuck!

First it's Down 
then it's Up! I've repeatedly wrestled with it, 
trying to subdue it,
but between me and the contact paper; 
 it's still a waiting game.


Now back to the kitchen-⛵️
In the process of changing the countertop,
 I also changed the drawers and the hardware. 
  I also added a couple of heat vents at the base of the lower cabinet,
which I faced with 'grillwork' 
using cut filigree sections from a sandalwood fan. 
sorry no photos 

While I had the countertop off, I was going to try to reposition the sink because it isn't properly centered
 but I couldn't detach it without completely destroying it
so in the end I left it alone. 
IF I DO end up redoing the metal countertop,
then I'LL DEFINITELY remake the sink.

In some of the following photos you'll see either a  textured surface which is 
the crappy OLD countertop, 
mixed in with photos showing ones with a smooth surface which are one of the 3 versions of  
the newer contact paper counters. 
My purpose for using both old and new pictures in this post are for the following reasons : 
a) the general clarity of the photos 
b) I liked the composition!😎

FYI #2
For better close ups of the food and accessories, the wall and sink unit were removed from the dollhouse,
however, once the counter and the wall are permanently glued into place, 
zooming in on anything in the kitchen
 will become almost impossible, 
as you enter the kitchen to grab your plate,
 make sure to take a good look around cuz
you may not get this close to the food again!

 and with all that said-

Let's Get This Party Started! 
There's LOTS of food covering the counter, 
most of which I've had for a while.
Each of the ingredients have been selected to 
prepare a New England fish stew recipe, 
destined for that copper pot sitting on 
the stove top.

When researching a New England style fish stew, 
I came across several recipes using assorted seafood along with fresh as well as canned tomatoes. 
Posted at the end of one recipe
was the following indignant comment: 
"This chef must be from New York because 
no TRUE New Englander would ever use tomatoes in their fish stew"

and then I read this-

"This recipe must be from New York. We don’t use tomato anything in our stews.🤨
well, I guess that settles that!~
on the mini menu is a
 Nouveau New England New York style fish stew 
with tomatoes  
moving on...
I've installed a task lamp on the kitchen counter
 not only because I like the soft ambient light 
it casts, 
but also because it feels more homespun and cottagey to me.

Altogether I have 5 different light sources 
in this room, including a small overhead lantern in the passageway which leads into the bedroom. 

In the corner of the (old) counter are a set of 
blue and white porcelain canisters.  

A red metal tin is filled with a collection of kitchen utensils.
The rolling pins and wooden utensils were made by
me, but the rest were collected over a period of time from various sources.  The copper colander was a recent online purchase but the mussels were bought 5 years ago  
from Bel's Mini World .
(sadly she's no longer selling.)

the dish of red ripe tomatoes were made by 
Monica of
they're Perfect!                                         dollshouse?ref=shop_home_active_60

The single yellow onion was made by Fatima of
 and the bell peppers and Amazing celery were made by 
Twin Heart Miniatures

I bought mine at the Seattle Show but she also sells
on her Facebook page 
The measuring spoons were from 
an earlier tutorial of mine 
Measure for Measure

The open can of tomatoes and the fish filets
are miniature show purchases.
The salt and pepper grinders I made 
 from wooden
Tiny Turnings

  an overview of the prep area

(sorry but the 2 photos below 
have locked together and I can't separate them)

In the center of the counter
is the utility sink with the 'embossed' undersea scene 'etched' into the front panel.
(a print I cut from a design magazine) 

 Inside the sink 
is the catch of the day
destined for the fish stew.

These rubbery fishing lures were 
Very Carefully 
removed from Real Life fish hooks 
before they were placed in the dish. 

the cheater string beans in a bowl
are snippets of green florist tape 
which look much better 
from a greater distance!😉

On the other side of the sink is
a Ruetter stainless steel drain rack.

Fatima made  the store bought  bag of organic lemons

I've displayed Fatima's bag of lemons with a Delightful little Hand-Painted Pitcher of blue hollyhocks;  a Much Appreciated Gift  from Linda Park 
The pitcher itself  was made by  Margaret Crosswell of Tasmania a Very Talented  porcelain artist 
sorry no website available.  
FYI #4
I'm going to try my hand at 'growing' miniature hollyhocks for the future seaside garden of  Land's End. I've never made them before, but I'd like to try.  
The sailor statuette on the countertop  props up a telescope-  conveniently at hand for a bit of friendly neighbourhood watching   🤭

A closer look at
Captain Tennille kept lovingly together 
with his trusty spyglass! 
On the wall above the captains head
are a rope of garlics and one of red peppers
from the creative hands of

Looking now at the wall 
at the other end of the kitchen...

The split doors lead into the bathroom,
which I'm simultaneously working on 
in tandem with the kitchen. 

Not only is the bathroom very close to completion 
I'm actually REALLY happy with it!! 🎉

The kitchen door leads out to the water,
and is to the left of the bathroom.

The kitchen door had been originally intended 
for Villa Leone, so the door frame was
 heavily layered with my homemade 'stonework'.
which you can see featured in the link below.
It required a lot of hard scraping to remove most of the plaster in order to salvage the door for 
Land's End.   
Needless to say, it's been through a lot and is  
still looking pretty rough, 
once it's sanded and repainted 
it's appearance should improve.  

The split doors were an extra set 
I already had on hand. 
They've worked out better than the single door 
I'd originally planned

to the right of the bathroom door
 is a peg coat rack with a 
sou'wester rain hat
made specifically for Land's End
by the 
Linda Park
Linda's Mini World blog. 
Linda also made me a matching raincoat to go with the hat
a lobster trap 
a hand tied net! 
Linda's Many Talents are as varied as Fatima's 
Linda's been stitching NON STOP
 this entire quarantine,
making a plethora of floral, shell, and canine petit point cushions, as well as tea cosies, and slippers which she plans to sell at the
Vancouver Dollhouse and Miniatures Show 

Her fingers are Lighting Fast 
yet her work is consistently 
so we are All in for A TREAT next year! 

I've displayed Linda's rain hat next to a bundle of real miniature rope.

The navigational chart above the rack 
was cut from a design magazine 
and glued onto card stock.
Eventually, I plan to hang a flyswatter 
on the peg rack too.  

Further to the right 
is the entry into the bedroom 
previously detailed in
A Long Day's Journey Into Night
Above shows the Rough-looking open back door of the kitchen and the direct sightline 
into the bedroom. 

The photo below circles around the bedroom door
to the wall directly opposite the kitchen counter.

Initially, I wasn't sure how to dress the narrow wall
 behind the bedroom door but then I found this 
TALL 9 inch LADDER in my stash; 
probably a Real Life bird perch?- 

 in any case,
it happen to be the right height for water side of
 the cottage 
if the owners should ever need 
to access the roof to replace a shingle. 

 On the floor next to the ladder,
 a red fire extinguisher- 
(every kitchen needs one)
and a broom, and a 
 collapsible step ladder for accessing 
the overhead shelving in the kitchen.

The top of the blue cupboard stores the mixing bowls and a couple of his and hers pewter tankards 
 which are great for sipping piping hot toddies 
on cold winter nights!  
5 years ago, I actually made 
this narrow shelf unit from heavy cardstock 
and scrap wood
which I lined with sections of a road map, 
and Hallelujah!- it turned out BETTER than I'd expected!
Who'da thought? 
The top shelf of the cupboard holds a selection of vintage cookbooks, spice jars, dishes 
and a storage tin.

On the 2nd shelf are a couple of mugs 
holding additional kitchen utensils,
a 'hunny' pot, and a bottle of vanilla.

The woven placemats were originally from a pair of thrift store earrings. 
Each earring had 3 drops of small, medium, 
& large sized woven circles, 
which were joined together with jump rings. 
Once the rings were snipped off 
- hey Presto!- 
from jewelry to mini placemats within minutes! 
The stack of dishes were made by Sam Dunlap; 
they were a lucky find at The Seattle Show
which Janine, Fatima and I attended together 
a number of years ago- pre covid: 

back in the Good Old Days! 
On the 3rd shelf are stacks of kitchen towels 
and a couple of oven mitts. 
Most of the towels were made either by me 
or by
Plushpussycat  blog
The box of Saltines are from
and the clear box of 
Ferrero Rocher chocolates 
(top right corner behind the crackers)
 are more tiny treasures 
from the multi-talented Fatima The orange Kitchen Aid was a giveaway win from
Kristine of
Paper Doll Miniatures

and the vintage toaster I've had kicking around 
in my stash.

I placed a small basket of potatoes and a Red onion on the floor under the shelf unit.
These of course,
essential ingredients 
for the 'faux' New England fish stew being prepared. 

The yams are actually PEELABLE
and also made by 
on FB 
The regular spuds I made by following a 
 Victoria Miniland tutorial 
on youtube

The cheater 'red onion' 
is a berry snipped from a stem 
of commercial silk flowers.  
As you can see from the photo above,
I've now installed a curtain panel between the living room and the kitchen which visually softens both rooms and acts as a "room divider" between 
these 2 spaces. 

The photo below illustrates how the overhead beams increase the difficulty of getting a clear photograph of the interior of the kitchen. 
Once the ceiling is installed it will be almost impossible to see anything up high 
which is why I'm planning to install 
2 huge skylights in the ceiling; 
for light and for viewing 
that part of this project 
is still away down the river.

I purchased the harpoon on display back in the 1990's but happened to find it's twin on the website of 
where I also found the PERFECT 
kitchen light fixture for 
LAND'S END                          

Storage is at a premium in Land's End 
and so the top of the fridge displays the overflow of the most frequently used condiments. 

A wire basket holds the cooking oils, 
cooking wines and vinegars; 
grated cheese; ketchup; and another jar of honey which I've recently replaced with a box of 
 Sunmaid raisins.  
A jar of homemade jam is next to the basket
and a glass canister of spaghetti
are both leftovers from 2 of my earlier tutorials.

The vintage transistor radio I've had in my stash.
 I've added a straight pin 'antenna'
for better reception.

In behind the radio
 is a glass container  
 filled with original recipe
New England Toll house cookies


Over the stove hang an assortment of copper and iron cookware purchased on ebay. 

The wood slaw cutter is by Sir Thomas Thumb
I bought this back in the 90's too,
 but it's good to see 
that they're still being made today.

The electric stove I made
and although it was meant to look old; 
it looks VERY, VERY OLD!
I should have put the controls on the front of the stove, or made the back control panel higher  
I must 
leave  it  as  it  is

Here's a close up of some of the copper ware and cooking utensils hanging above the stove. 
The little fridge I found at the thrift store, 
and was originally intended for the kitchen of
#43 Green Dolphin Street
but it was too big! 

It opens and has shelving 
but I prefer it closed.

5 years ago, I installed a long display shelf directly above the appliances and this original arrangement hasn't changed much. 
On the left side is:
 a life preserver, 
a sailing ship
(which I'd freed from a glass bottle),
a diving helmet,
a seagull, 
a bottle of Cutty Sark whiskey
(used for 'Medicinal Purposes' only!) 


The other side of the shelf 
holds 'American' pantry items 
which I specifically purchased for Land's End. 
The home preserves and especially the 
Iodized Salt 
are a loving reminder of my Great Grandmother who used to use Morton's Salt in her kitchen because-
"When it Rains It Pours"

My sister's suggested a jar of peanut butter for the shelf -  good idea!

The Quaker Oats; Mayonnaise;
chicken noodle soup; tomato sauce, canned fish and canned vegetables,  
all came from
Photo below illustrates  the inside corner of the overhead shelf 
what the ceiling will look like once it's installed

An overview of the Prep side of the kitchen.
The LED stove light was a gift 
from my friend Pearl Johnston. 
Initially, I wasn't sure how I was going to use it but once I saw how Janine incorporated an LED over her wood stove in her Swedish House,
I wanted to do it too, 
so Pearl's gift was put straight to work! 

Uh oh
Looks like rain

winds picking up
Feels like we're in for a storm
better batten down the hatches

Nothing like a blazing fire in the fireplace
while the wind and the sea are raging.
Storm's beginning to clear
dark clouds have passed

 blue skies 
smiling at me!

and it's back to work on my stew

Hope you enjoyed this 
'cuz that's what's been cooking in 

thank you so much for stopping by

stay healthy and be strong 



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