The past month has been very busy and somewhat stressful. I am still laid off. I am not very motivated to do much of anything at all. Yet today, 26th January, I woke up with the realization that technically, I am already 50 years old and I haven’t got all that much time left to complete all the projects I have started. What will happen to them once I am gone I do not know. But dammit, I owe it to myself to finish them. So, onwards!!!
I had decided to jump into some of the future chapters to pull out the pieces to make the windows and the shōji for the porch. I just didn’t feel like painting up more pieces during the holiday weekend leading up to New Year’s so just wanted to do something less challenging and more satisfying. I actually enjoy installing the windows and shōji. That was pretty easy and finally I actually got to use the shōji paper I had purchased at my favorite Florentine shop Ajisai. The paper is gorgeous. The watermark will make such a difference once the lights are installed. I only wish I had this paper when I had done the other porches. Well, the last two will have the actual correct paper!
|Shōji window frames.|
|The shōji paper. You can see the watermark.|
|Shōji paper in place.|
|Fixing the first two of four shōji.|
|The upper small wall area was the one that needed sanding.|
|Finished windows and half of the shōji.|
|Another example of the Kadomatsu|
|And example of a Kadomatsu|
I used a perfume bottle top and wrapped it with a little double sided tape. I then wrapped some raffia vertically and tied it off. I put some florists’ green foam inside and then cut a green straw in three heights which is doubling for my bamboo. I painted the inside with a little buttermilk to simulate the inside of the bamboo. I then bound some of my pine needles and found some other greenery to use and stuck it into the base. The last bit was some red berry like decoration. I had some white berry bits and just painted them red.
|The perfume bottle top. Adding some raffia.|
|Adding a little green foam inside to hold the florals|
|The wrapped vase.|
|Painting the inside of a green straw|
|The pine needle bunches|
|Painting the white berries red.|
Taken from a simple explaination:
“The central portion of the kadomatsu is formed from three large bamboo shoots, ... Similar to several traditions of ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), the shoots are set at different heights and represent heaven, humanity, and earth with heaven being the highest and earth being the lowest. Some kadomatsu place the humanity and earth shoots at the same height.”
Wishing everyone a very healthy and happy 2014.
|My kadomatsu outside in the front entrance. Happy 2014!|