I am finally back to working on the ryokan and posting. It has been really busy with company, a trip to see the grandchildren, and a mini vacation at a sporting lodge in the Maine woods.
This photo shows some cushions I have been making for the chairs, and a couple of arm rests. The cloth on the cushions is quite thick to use for chairs this tiny, but in person it looks quite nice. The photos don't do it justice, because they reflect too much light. I've still got lots more cushions to make, and quite a few arm rests.
This is a little sign that goes outside of the ryokan. I grunged it up a bit so it would look more like it's been outdoors in the weather.
I finally started making the hanging lamps to go in the ryokan. I modified them so I could add battery powered LED lights. It makes the cords they are hanging from look heavy, but I think I am going to like them. There is also a plain LED bulb inside the tokonoma. You can't see it, but I think it will look nice when it's lit. I bought a little kit from miniatures.com, that contains five lights. I knew I would need more, but thought I would buy the tiny kit first, to see how I like them. They were very easy to wire, so I am going to order more.
I haven't added the battery part yet, because I haven't decided how many lights I want, and where I will want them, plus, the wires won't reach all the way across the middle floor, which is the floor I wired first so I need to figure something out. (I am keeping the ryokan so the floors aren't permanently attached to each other, so it will be easier to move, which also means that each floor will be wired separately). Anyway, it will be fun to see them lit! I will probably have to add paint to each bulb to dim them down some, but I won't know how much they need to be dimmed until I light them.
The little buddha in the tokonoma was in my stash of things that I've had for years. I've had it for so long that I don't even remember where it came from. Anyway, he looks quite contented sitting in the tokonoma for now.
I put a bare bulb in the telephone booth, but I'm not sure if I will add any more lighting to this room or not. I will probably put a bulb into the little shoji lantern as well, but I still haven't decided which room to put that into either, which is part of the reason I haven't hooked everything up to the battery part of the kit yet. Part of the staircase is missing in this room right now because I've got the floors separated while I add the wiring.
This is the light in the dragon room. I put a bare bulb in the tokonoma of this room as well.