On suggestion of Rachel, I have fallen into the whirlpool that is the Japanese DIY Dollhouse kit. After making sure I wasn't buying one she already had, I decided to go with this pink-themed set:
I find that the perfect motivation to work on one of these kits is when you are avoiding other, more stressful responsibilities - such as when you are changing jobs after nine years. I had about a month between the end of my previous job and the start of the new job, and this kit was a wonderful escape from all that (we'll just ignore the fact that I had to sell one house, find housing in a new city 3 hours away, and sandwich in a family reunion in the Colorado Rockies also).
I put the kit together rather quickly - so quickly that the pictures I took of the process got a little jumbled and out-of-order. But I think you'll still get an idea of how it went:
Anyone who knows me knows that pink is not my favorite color. But this little dollhouse was growing on me. The pink was becoming soothing without being juvenile. However, what had really drawn me to this particular dollhouse kit was the houseplant growing all up the 2-story picture window.
By now, I was sailing along. You might be wondering what I am going to do with this when finished - after all, moving house is traditionally a time when you pare down your possessions, not add to them. Fear not! Rachel has already agreed to take it to add to her growing collection of these dollhouse "apartments", and eventually display them at the library.
I think the thing I was most nervous about was electrifying the dollhouse. Rachel has had some experience with small electronics, even prior to electrifying her own dollhouses. I have not, so seeing it light up was hugely rewarding!
And here she (definitely a she!) is, in all her glory! So cute! So cozy! So...pink!
Above all, I think I found this project so addictive and enjoyable because it gave me somewhere happy and welcoming to imagine myself into while my actual, physical home that I'd worked for nine years to make into a relaxing and safe space is being dismantled. I have no doubt that I will find my feet again once in a new space, and I'm looking forward to new adventures. In the meantime, this has been the best of mental way-stations.
Twins each with half a brain in reality; the other half displayed here!