Replica of an ancient sundial , Paris Flea Market 1993
Time passes as a shadow and before I know it, I am as Mr White Rabbit says : LATE! LATE! LATE!
Be it the 8th (the 1st day of my dollhouse journey) or the 12th (my very 1st post here) , I know I am late. Writing this post is harder than I have anticipated. Mind you, it is not for want of trying. So many times I sat before my laptop , fingers on the keyboard, ready to condense my 2nd year into a singular post. And each time, I drew a blank.
Traditional Toy of India : Painted wooden howdah -Little India, 2010
An uneventful year, perhaps? On the contrary, I think too much had happened such that I didn't know where to start. So today, I looked back at the very 1st post I made this year and saw that it was about my travel. I had written about a short trip to Malaysia and how I saw my Maharajah's Palace in the capital. As I read on, I began to see how the milestones of the last year were marked by the various TRAVELS..
Palettes made from scallop shells -gift from Flora, Italy 2010
Firstly, there was the path never travelled where I ventured and found out to my utter surprise that I could be some kind of an alchemist. I sort of turned gold into brass, silver into wicker and plastic into rust, all with the stroke of a paintbrush. A beginner's luck but surely the 1st important turning point of my creative journey.
My 1st -Eva the Peddlar Doll, my favourite as well- Singapore 2010
Then I created my very first doll. I named her Eva after a special friend. I gave her all the gifts from Eva and just like a Creator, I also gave her a destiny. I shake my head in wonder as unknowingly, I have intended for her then that she shall always be travelling.
Traditional Toy - Pony Pull toys- Flea Market in Ljublana, Slovenia 2010
I then travelled afar, again on untrodden path to meet a virtual doll's house friend. Little did I know that this meeting with Rosanna would mark the beginning of a really beautiful friendship and the first of several meetings with even more virtual friends.
Farmhouse Jr- April 2010
And as I journeyed further into unfamiliar territory, there was much that I destroyed but that was also how I found out that
The Rolla's House - November 2010
...I could rebuild.....
Patchwork Balls-Colombo, Sri Lanka 2010
...ALL THANKS to the help , encouragement and generosity of my friends, some of whom I have never met but who have shared so much of yourself that I felt like I have known you forever.
House windchimes - Singapore 2010
And so when it was one of you who had travelled on a long long flight to visit me, I said to you : Mi casa es su casa and what an honour it was for me, Dale that you came and how great it was that because you came, I met Cindy, Asuka and Pei Li.
Man-Woman Weather House -Flea Market in Ljublana, Slovenia 2010
And since July this year, no matter rain or shine, Cindy and Asuka will travel to meet with me once a month. For the first time since I started this journey in 2008, I found my monthly meet mini friends. A great and talented duo who not only share my passion but have also unstintingly shared their knowledge and their skills with me.
The Rollas with Rosanna's bowls, handmade of course-Italy 2010
Then Rosanna arrived, her 1st time in South East Asia...and together, we travelled some more .
Miniature wooden dolls -Little India 2010
And it was also about this time that I met my very first friend from India who herself had travelled far to settle in the US. I am so happy to have met you, Gagan and as I heed your advice, consider yourself one of my blessings.
Quilted Cloth Toy-Kandy, Sri Lanka 2010
And throughout the year, gifts travelled far and wide to reach me.
Chinese folk dolls -Chinatown, 2010
Japan-Tomoko, ありがとう gozaimasu
Traditional Pecking Toy -Sri Lanka , 2010
Much as I love my gifts, I treasure even more how some of you always gather here to tolerate my chatter.
Paper Theatre-Nativity, Salzburg, Austria 2010