Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Painting Russian Dolls 3

Hand Painted Russian Dolls: Sam. Vivien Blackburn

Ok, that's one Christmas present nearly done :>) I've finished making the Russian Doll of Sam so the family is complete.
Hand Painted Russian Dolls: The Family. Vivien Blackburn

I decided to skip the next size down as it was too big in proportion. The next one down from that looked just right.


Hand Painted Russian Dolls: Sam. Vivien Blackburn

Other than these I'm totally unprepared for Christmas and have barely given it a thought!
Someone wrote that they had put their tree up already - eeek! - I never put mine up until a week before Christmas. When the kids were young it was 2 weeks before. Do you put your Christmas tree up early or late?
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16 comments:

annie said...

Awww, what a bitsie, Vivien...
And what a special and personal gift for your family.

Julie said...

Late, definitely late! Ours goes up in the conservatory as our lounge is so small.

Your Russian dolls are beautiful. I'm sure your family will be delighted.

Lindsay said...

These are adorable and your family is going to love them.

Christmas (cringe) I'm not ready. My husband loves to put everything up the first week of December but I prefer spreading things out.

This year, many of our gifts will be joint theater or museum tickets. Less shopping and fun.

Cath Sheard said...

To be honest, sometimes so late that we don't actually bother. How bad is that? LOL

harrybell said...

I love the dolls. They're sure to be a popular present.

I gave up on a special Xmas tree some six years ago, but I have a grapefruit tree in the window bay that I now dress a few days before Xmas Day. I grew the tree from a pip I found on the office floor over thirty years ago and this year, for the first time ever, it's decided to enter into the Yuletide spirit by producing some heavenly scented blossom. I'm thrilled.

my croft said...

Ah. So then you have one that Sam can "grow into" on another upcoming celebration day.

What a charming idea, so lovingly realized.

Jeanette said...

I love these little dolls. Sam is just so so cute. THey'll LOVE them.

Christmas. Bah humbug. :) I like Christmas Eve, the rest you can take away. My Christmas tree goes up usually two weeks before Christmas, but as a child it always went up on Christmas Eve. And yes, I know some people who have them up already. It scares me a lot...

Anita said...

Oh just adorable!!! The whole family! Vivien these are the most charming thing I have seen in a long time. What a very lucky daughter you have!

vivien said...

wow! thank you everyone!

theatre tickets are a great present - I saw Cats and Miss Saigon in London as Christmas presents from the daughter who is second doll - fabulous and unforgettable - oh and Torville and Dean as well.

Well done Harry! I've grown orange and lemon pips over the years and after 2 or 3 years they suddenly up and die on me :>( The leaves smell so nice.

again - thanks for the vote of confidence :>)

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

You have all my admiration for making these yourself...now, let my put in my order for which one I would like...
They're adorable!
Ronell

harrybell said...

They don't like tap water, Vivien. And you need to let them dry out until the leaves are really drooping, before giving them a good soaking again with rainwater.

dinahmow said...

Well, if many on your gift list see these I can imagine lots doll wishes being cast!

And I think Melanie's hit on a lovely idea!

Our tree? Hmmm...depends how wacky Geiger is when I get it out.She's a demon with bits of paper so...

vivien said...

thanks Dinah and Ronell

ah - that's probably what I did wrong then - I did water my little citrus pips with tap water - I feel guilty now for slowly killing them!

I like Melanies idea as well :>)

previous cats used to leave shattered baubles to be picked up every morning after a night of fun and games - and had to be fished out of the branches but current ones aren't so into it.

annie said...

PS Forgot about the tree. When I was a young Santa Believer, my folks had a Christmas Eve Party, and once I was asleep, they brought in and trimmed the tree. I thought Santa did it though nobody said so. When I was older we had family overnight and Open House for friends and neighbors on Christmas Eve, and some of them may have helped trim it. We kept the tree until the end of the first week in January.
annie

caseytoussaint said...

What a great idea! These are delightful.

vivien said...

Thanks Casey :>) Merry Christmas!