Due to my health, I've had a lot more time online this week (as I've not been able to do a lot else). I've enjoyed blogging a bit more regularly although I've not enjoyed not being able to craft - especially crochet. The steroids are doing their thing though and I've improved so much since Wednesday. I'm really positive about this new phase of managing my chronic conditions over time.
Today, I was catching up on some of your lovely blogs and realised that Amy is holding a Five on Friday linky party. I know for a while that she has been working on doing this type of theme with a range of bloggers but somehow missed her first party last week. Amy is such a genuine, friendly and supportive blogger I simply had to join in!
As you may have realised, I'm not up to much presently but thought you may like to see my Matryoshka Doll collection - my Five on Friday. My little dolls I'm sharing here are a mixture of carefully crafted traditional sets and modern takes on the theme. There is just something about them which I completely love.
Wikipedia explains a bit of the history - A matryoshka doll also known as Russian nesting doll, refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890.
This is probably my favourite set gifted to me by my lovely Mum as she knows I have a weakness for them!
They are much more rotund in shape - wider at the base and smaller at the head than my other sets. These are painted beautifully; their faces are super pretty and the scene on the middle is wonderfully detailed with highlights in gold.
There are 8 dolls in the set and the smallest is as small as my finger nail.
They are currently housed on my dresser in the kitchen and bring me a little pleasure each day.
This set is really colourful - an unusual shade of dark blue as the main colour. My Mum gave these to me one Christmas - as I love blue, flowers and Russian dolls!! These are the shapes that are more widely available although I have never seen another mainly blue set. The smallest doll is tiny and doesn't stand on its own. I usually keep it inside the larger doll so it doesn't get lost. I especially like their cheerfulness, rosy cheeks and jolly colours. These also form part of my current display on my kitchen dresser.
These were a gift from my sister and actually started life as bottle stoppers! I knew that I would never use them for that purpose but really liked them. To make an effective use of them I chopped off the cork stopper bits and simply use the doll parts for display. These are resin and don't nest but I love the pastel colours and their size is super cute. The largest one is not even 2 inches tall!!
This set I picked up at a charity shop for pennies - mainly because at the time my Littlie's were obsessed with putting my other sets of the dolls in and out of their nesting sets. I hadn't wanted my favourite set (which is a little more delicate) to get damaged and so picked this up as it was more robust.
I later found that each of the nesting dolls were painted differently - initially I was attracted to the strategically placed strawberries! I love how the smaller dolls have flowers painted on the top of their heads - so cute. I adore their simplicity and natural charm.
These are my most modern type of Matyroska themed decoration. I really like them - they are functional and pretty. The blue and green shades in the background of the two larger tins are my two most favourite colours. I bought them for myself in a little shop in Wadebridge in Cornwall probably 10 years ago and they are still one of my favourite purchases.
I wouldn't part with any of these Matryoska sets. Not for their financial worth but for their sentimental value and their suitability to my taste in decor. I hope too that they will prompt memories of happy play times for my children in the future.
Hopefully next Friday I'll be able to share with you my latest Works In Progress - yes there are currently five of them. Naughty me!!! I'm hopeful that my hands will be able to crochet tomorrow given the present level of improvement. Each project is at a different stage of development but I hope to make some progress in the days ahead!
I do hope you have a wonderful weekend. Take care,
Joining in with Amy and her Five on Friday Linky Party