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Friday, February 6, 2015

The Dolls' House Magazine March 2015 Issue

February 6th 2015

Hello all!

Apologies for not having blogged in a while.  Full sized life took over for the past few months and I've been unable to partake in my mini hobby.  Not to say that the ryokan house is complete (I wonder if it ever will be) but it's without a doubt nearing the final phases.

As per the previous blog posts, I added the roof and made the ryokan sign which was the final chapter of the kit.  I still have a few things I want to build and add to the back of the house but I have only just returned from the States having spent some time with my Mom.  She was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness and has gone through all manner of hell just trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy.  I am very happy that I was able to spend time with her and my Dad and help them transition a little into their new reality.  The roller coaster isn't over yet.  And there will be many more painful moments.  I am sad I cannot be physically closer to them and my siblings.  It's not easy being so distant.  Wishing that someone had invented a Star Trek transporter.  Then I could split my time between my family in the States and my husband and son here.

In any case, I was contacted last November by The Dolls' House Magazine as they wanted to do a little photo op and write up on the ryokan house.  I have yet to see the magazine (perhaps it will arrive soon) but given that the Buddha Room actually made the cover I am hopeful that the write up and the photos did the ryokan justice.  I was actually really surprised that it made the cover.  I still see so many errors on the construction but I have to remind is the first time I've actually built a project of this kind.  I've learned so much! And it has been a fantastic journey.

I think I will be sad when it's finished...sitting up here in my cold attic room.  I can't move it anywhere else right now.  So the next project just won't be so big!! Of course I already have another project in mind.  I've been holding off so I wouldn't neglect the completion of the ryokan.  But I can see the day coming when I will tackle something new.  Hopefully it will be as challenging as this project has been.

Thanks all for following the construction and hope you will check out the magazine too!

As usual, onwards and upwards (because you can't go backwards).