When Mandy 'Moo' Clarke's mum died in September 2021, she knew she would inherit her doll house.
But it wasn't just any doll house.
While it was rundown and needed some work, it was also a connection to her late mother and a chance to grieve.
"I always knew I would inherit it when she passed so that was always a daunting task to be coming across because I thought what am I gonna do with it? Where am I going to put it? It's huge," she said.
Moo said the doll house had been in the works for almost 22 years and was purchased in kit form, from a store in Carlingford.
"Mum asked me to pick her up one day and take her to this home-based business that had doll house stuff galore. We brought it home and she started to piece it together," she said.
As the years went on the doll house never reached completion and once Moo's mum passed, she made the decision to finish what she'd started.
"When I was packing up her house the spare room was chock a block full of everything you can imagine to make a doll house so I grabbed what I thought I could use and said 'rightio let's do this'," she said.
It took six weeks for Moo to take everything out of the dollhouse, clean it and restore it.
"I had to have the patience because it can drive you insane, you've also got to be able to see," she joked on putting together the fiddly pieces.
The house captures the Georgian era of the late 1700s and holds magnificent detail.
"It's worth thousands of dollars," Moo said.
"It's got a main bedroom and child's bedroom upstairs, the sitting room downstairs in the kitchen and hallways upstairs and downstairs," she said.
In the end it was an emotional project to get through but she felt accomplished when she saw the final result.
"Once I completed it, I sort of stood back and looked at it and went wow...
"I think she'd be happy with it," she said.
An emotional Moo went on to say that completing the doll house kept her busy after losing her mother.
"I think it was my grieving period. This was very much my therapy," she said.
Upon completion Moo kept thinking the doll house was "too grand not to be seen".
"I wanted it to be seen so I approached the library and they were more than happy to have it on display," she said.
Moo also made room boxes including a greenhouse, naughty box, her room box based on the book and film Little Women and a separate doll.
All of her creations are on display in Lithgow Library until December 21.
"I really encourage people to come see it and I'm going to try and see if I can find a Santa to put on there for the theme of Christmas," she said.
Moo also said the greenhouse, naughty box and doll were for sale. To inquire call 0475 881 030.
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