Well, I have been busy with work (life work, not dollhouse work) and have somewhat abandoned the build for a bit. I have been learning how to make miniature paper flowers tho but I will post about my results later for that.
Over the last few months in my internet travels, I have accumulated quite a few contacts and made some purchases that can now begin to be put into the dollhouse. So, I figured I’d attempt to show some of them here and link over to some of the shops.
On a side note, I came across an insert in Wikipedia which explained the term ryokan which I had come across previously in another post. There, they had a detailed explanation of what it is and it matched exactly with dollhouse I am working on. Basically, most of these ryokan are pretty nice luxury / spa hotels where you sleep on a tatami mat and eat all in the same room. During the day, the futon is rolled up and put aside so you can pull out tables and chairs and eat or relax in the room. The bathroom and spa are communal. The entrance hall actually has two functions. One it for “check in” for the guests and the other is a gathering place for the guests to sit and watch TV or read or socialize. So, I decided to make my entrance hall this way. It says they furnish you with kimonos for the spa and little geta sandals too. So knowing all this, I’ve decided to make my ryokan not so run down or trashy but still a place for young people to come to and be entertained and enjoy the indoor spa ! Love to actually visit a real one.
The Spa really doesn’t have anything that I purchased in it. The stools and buckets were part of the kit as were the geta. The changing area cabinet (with the kimonos I made) along with the scale and sink came with the kit. The only purchases were the little laundry basket and the medicine cabinet over the sink. I bought quite a few little objects from Doll House Emporium and they have great service and quick delivery. The cabinet is a bit big (as DHE has mostly 1/12 scale) but I’m thinking I’m going to pull it down and weather it a bit. Plus I want to fill it with medicine cabinet essentials. But that’ll have to be later. I'm also thinking of adding a little shower head to the right mostly because technically you are supposed to be clean before you enter into the spa pool. It's not a bathtub - so I pretty much need a shower area in here.
|I'm contemplating adding a shower head to the right.|
|Spa changing area|
|You can see the medicine cabinet above the sink.|
|View thru the spa window|
The entrance hall has quite a few pieces which were part of the kit and needed construction.
|Cabinet, desk, TV and the bonsai on the right.|
|View up thru to the first floor.|
|Cards for guests and little Evil Eye Charm|
The kitchen is full of stuff that was from the kit (back and right side cupboards, wooden shelving, sink and stove) but many things I ended up making myself.
|Coal and burnt ember container for cleaning|
|Lots of fun stuff in the kitchen. Mr Sparkle too!|
So, at this point, the ground floor is pretty much complete. The kitchen still needs a few items to be attached and I want to make a rice paper globe for the spa ceiling light. Plus an upcoming chapter has a paper and wood lamp which, if easy enough, I will reproduce for a few more rooms and replace the printie one I have in the entrance right now.
|Ground floor nearly complete.|
|Loaded Ikea trolley|
And I’m still not done with my purchases or my own additions outside the kit. Upcoming projects will be a rolled up futon for the music room on the 1st floor as well as loading up the table there with all the sushi and food stuff I already purchased. And I have actually commissioned a stain glass room screen for that room which hopefully is being shipped soon. Two flower boxes are in the works so will post once they are complete. It's all a viscious cycle in the end. One thing leads to another idea which leads to another. Now I know what they mean when they say you never really finish building a dollhouse.