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Whimsy and Wonder

Nothing says cabin Christmas more than charming vintage decorations. We just love the combination of tradition and nostalgia that these old decorations bring. They are relaxing and comforting, which is something most of us could use right now, right? Here’s a walk through some of the vintage Christmas decor that we are listing in our Etsy shop this …

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The Classics – Chapter 5

Woodland Heirlooms North American and Canadian First Nations Woodlands Indian tribes made bark canoe models in the 1800s to early 1900s that were accurate replicas of the tribes’ full-size canoes. Bark canoes built by indigenous people were integral for many tribes. The development of stable bark canoe design took decades of experimentation. Canoes had to …

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The Classics – Chapter 4

Authentic Native Baskets Feature Prominently in Adirondack Decor. That’s because making and selling fancy baskets as tourist souvenirs in the Adirondack resort towns contributed significantly to the Native American economy in the past two centuries. Beautiful and functional, Native American and Canadian First Nations baskets have been an indigenous art form for thousands of years. Woodland …

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The Classics – Chapter 3

Snowshoes’ Importance Rivals the Wheel. Snowshoes are an integral part of Adirondack living. But the history of the snowshoe goes back more than 6,000 years. At that time, while Egyptian civilization was still young, people in Central Asia were developing the snowshoe-ski, enabling aboriginal people to migrate north, and eventually to cross the Bering Strait land bridge …

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The Classics – Chapter 2

The Adirondack Pack Basket When someone mentions the Adirondacks … .A lot of people picture an Adirondack chair, which didn’t actually originate in the Adirondacks, or Adirondack pack baskets, which did. Woven pack baskets have existed for centuries. In fact, pack baskets made by Native Americans, which they used for carrying hunting and fishing supplies, have …

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A Cozy Kitchen

The heart of your home. No matter where you live, we’ll bet that when you invite family and friends over for something to eat, they always end up in the kitchen. Whether they want to chat while you’re cooking, help themselves to the fridge or sample what’s to come, no matter how small your kitchen …

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That’s Crazy!

We always feel so lucky when we find one of these Victorian Crazy Quilts They are true heirlooms of another era, and give us a glimpse of the lives and times of our foremothers. The later Industrial Revolution, in the early years of the 1800s, contributed to the ability of women to develop quilting into …

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The Old Stuff

As many of you know … our love affair with the Adirondack lifestyle, which is focused on spending as much time outdoors as possible, began when we purchased our cottage in 1999. “The cottage” as it is referred to by family and friends, was built in the 1940s in the Adirondack style, with a stone fireplace, lots …

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