Handmade isn't just a hobby for our family. It's a way of life. A part of who we are. If I pause to consider all the different ways I can remember my family members creating with their hands it includes a variety of things from sewing, crochet, quilting, gardening, canning, cooking, woodworking, painting....quite a diverse group! But what we all have in common is the desire to create, to work with our hands.
When my grandmother visited for Thanksgiving this year, she brought a very special gift with her. My great aunt was a doll maker. All of her dolls were her own designs, not made from patterns. She also made their clothing and accessories. They were unique in every way. She always had a special treat for me to leave with when our family would visit her home. It was full of dolls! And she had a few favorites that were regularly requested by her admirers. This being one of them...
Laura Ingalls Doll
I was of course thrilled to have her!
She will share her space with another of my aunt's dolls already a part of my sewing room inspiration, Ragedy Anne
She has been a precious treasure since my childhood. Can you see the "love" marks on her? :)
My aunt gave each a special heart too.
It's always a comforting thought to consider the roots from which my creating comes. Perhaps one day generations to follow me will treasure some of my creations as I do these precious dolls.
When we share our gifts, sometimes it matters much more than we know!