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  1. 1stfusuma1.jpg

    From the album Japanese Inn and Spa Ryokan

    When I started this project, I was going to try to make it authentic to around 1900, but I am having too much fun with my decorative paper, which I don't think would have been used back then, so now I guess it is just a Ryokan I am having fun with! I have gotten more done on the first tatami room. The raised platform is in, but the tokonoma won't be finished until later. I also made my first fusuma, (sliding door to the rest of the ryokan). In the old days, artists used to paint these, so I decided to use some of my nicest origami papers to decorate the doors.

    © Katherine Lawson

  2. tree with clear lights and red berries 2.jpg

    I like the white lights better too, and the red berries look really nice with them. The tree looks very elegant in the window! (Although I do like the other picture with the tree in the corner as well).
  3. What's everyone working on?

    You are so lucky, I love the OBX. We went twice, in 2011 and 2012, and were thinking of moving to NC, but when we decided that, my mother decided to move permanently to Maine. Things are so remote here, that we had to stay to care for her. I remember how sad it was to come back to all the snow and cold after being down there in the spring time. I love what you are doing with the Putz, it's so unique!
  4. So far, I haven't had any problems with either the larger wire on the regular LEDS, or the wires on the nano chip lights, which are about the diameter of a human hair!
  5. The place I send to for my lights says to melt them off with a soldering iron. Some of mine have that same type of thin coating, and the soldering iron works for stripping mine.
  6. I have had a busy few weeks, and haven't been able to visit the forums as much as I would like, but I came across this house at the Smithsonian http://americanhistory.si.edu/dollhouse/introduction Some of you have probably seen it before, but I never had. It sure would be fun to furnish all those rooms!
  7. Very cool dollhouse in the Smithsonian

    Those of you who have seen it are so lucky! I'm glad the Smithsonian put so much information on their site so those of us who can't go can read about it and see each room.
  8. New, Working On Orchid..Clueless

    Sorry, I've had a busy week and didn't see this until just now. I actually put my gussets in after the roof was assembled. I did the same with my gables.
  9. extension2.jpg

    Thank you so much Aggiemae. I'm really happy that I've technically got it done so you can see how much happiness you brought me by selling it to me. I've got more things I am going to make for the inside, but since the ryokan is technically done right now, I'm concentrating on the landscaping. The landscaping is making it look so much nicer! Lately, between working on greeting cards for a craft show I'm doing on Saturday, I've been making tons of flowers for the landscaping, and also designing a teahouse to go in the garden. I want this house to be a real work of art!
  10. extension2.jpg

    From the album Japanese Inn and Spa Ryokan

    Today I put the porch on the first tatami room extension. This is how the porch looks with the house closed. There will be Shoji on the inside, and sliding "glass" windows on the outside.  
  11. Have you used puff paint?

    Hi Luanne, I think the liquid pearls are only in pearlescent colors. They are really made so you can have any size or color of pearls on greeting cards. I found them to be much less apt to flatten out than the puff paint. They seem to be firmer when dry, but if you are looking for flat or matte colors, they may not be what you want. (Of course if they become popular for other crafts besides paper crafts, (such as using for fake frosting), maybe the company would listen to our requests!
  12. What's everyone working on?

    I need to look back at the low doors in the tea houses I didn't like as well, They might have been shoji doors as well, but they are so low and dark, and the tea houses look so closed in that I don't really like them. I'm thinking about the kind that slide open in both directions and open up the whole wall, and let more air and light in. The low doors are really low, and raised off the ground so you have to bend down and step up into them. They are supposed to make you feel humble, but I think they would make me feel claustrophobic!
  13. Have you used puff paint?

    Something I like much better than puff paint is Liquid Pearls. I use them a lot on my greeting cards, and they are much nicer than the puff paint I've tried. They come in a lot of colors, but to get the colors you want, you might have to order them on line, The big box stores only sell them in sets of three, and they only carry a few colors.
  14. Gonna have to watch the minor...

    That's so funny!
  15. Irish Wolfhound.jpg

    That looks so real! I love the way he is looking so adoringly at James!
  16. Irish Wolfhound 2.jpg

    I love how expressive his face is, and he looks so happy in front of the warm fire!
  17. Great Room fabric for rug

    The carpet looks beautiful, and I love the idea of lemons and oranges to go with it!
  18. Lighted tree

    It looks great so far, but I agree, a second string would be perfect!
  19. New, Working On Orchid..Clueless

    I think the gussets just help to strengthen the peaks of the roof and gables. There isn't a lot of surface area there, so they help to support them.
  20. What's everyone working on?

    I'm doing a craft fair next weekend, so I've been making a lot of Christmas cards to sell. That really cut into my mini time! I've also been trying to figure out plans for a little Japanese tea house to go with the ryokan, and making lots and lots more flowers and things for the landscaping. For the tea house to be authentic, it really should just have a very low door for guests to enter, and a larger separate door for the host. That means I would have to hinge a wall. I'm thinking that I would really rather have shoji doors that can slide open wide so you can see the interior through them. I'm one of those people who loves big windows and light, and feeling like the outside is an extension of the inside. I've pinned a ton of pictures, and there are some beautiful, but non-authentic tea houses with shoji doors. Anyway, it's been a dilemma for me, because I want it to be authentic, but I think I will go with the shoji because I like them better.
  21. What's everyone working on?

    Yeah, that sanding drum is good for some things, but it's not good for flat surfaces! I struggled with one speed forever. My husband bought me another Dremel a number of years ago, but unfortunately, he never paid attention to the fact that I needed variable speed and didn't want a battery operated one. It was one of the first battery powered Dremels. That one would run for about five or ten minutes, then I'd have to charge it for a few hours. It was useless. Next, I bought an inexpensive off brand one that was variable speed and plugged in, and I liked it better, but most attachments wouldn't fit in it, only the ones that came with it. A while back, I bought the 4000, and I absolutely love it! It's the first Dremel I've had that I really liked!
  22. What's everyone working on?

    It's too bad they used a gloss paint, that will make it more difficult to cover, but the flatter paint will hide a lot of defects compared to the gloss. It's looking so much better already!
  23. myst trim

    You are doing a wonderful job with it!
  24. New, Working On Orchid..Clueless

    I agree with Sable and Holly. Flour is a feast for bugs, but wallpaper paste is perfect. Hopefully you can find some in your area, all the stores in this area stopped carrying that and wallpaper a few years ago. It's sad for me, because it's so difficult to get, and I also love wallpaper in my house. Painted walls in every room look cold and impersonal to me. I really miss looking at the wallpaper books and trying to decide what I like the best. It's not at all the same online, because you can't really tell the colors, or hold it up to your walls.
  25. Ebay, Etsy & Craig's List Links

    I'm so glad you got it Carmen! Yes, let us know when you start an album!