Friday, October 3, 2014

New Russian dolls join my collection

Look! It is a sewing dolly!
Yesterday, I arrived in the town where I work way too early to go to the office.
Fortunately, it is right beside a Value Village.
Hmmm, time on my hands and a thrift store?
I spotted the Russian doll as soon as I got through the door. These dolls have appealed to me ever since I was young kid. I remember visiting the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto and seeing a display of beautiful Russian Nesting Dolls at the Arts and Crafts Building.
I was hooked by the colours and the beautiful faces.
Over the years, I have collected them when I see them. Often, they have cracked with age, or the sets are incomplete. I don't really care. I won't buy a badly cracked one, but it doesn't bother me if the set is missing a doll or two.
When I spied her, I thought the lady had become separated from her set. But, she was so lovely, I decided to buy her. She was $2. Score!
In the very next aisle, I found the tea mug.
This is why I love to haunt thrift stores. It is the true serendipity of it all. My little visit cost me $6, and yes, I arrived at work on time.
After I got home from work, I carefully removed the stickers. Why are the stickers always in such weird and wacky places?
In order to remove the sticker residue, I rubbed a little olive oil over the back of the Russian doll. I noticed there was a tiny gap in the base. I pulled the doll apart to find two little thread spools. In the centre of the spools, there is a place to store needles. Cute, clever, and destined to be for me.
Tonight, Sandra, Amanda and I are getting together to do some chatting and some sewing. Okay, mostly chatting, and I have made Rice Krispie Squares. So, we'll see how much sewing actually goes on.
I hope you are having a great day, and that the weekend ahead is filled with happy surprises and large doses of serendipity.


  1. The cookies just came out of the oven (oatmeal cranberry white chocolate chip), and I'm about to head to the convenience store to pick up some rum and ginger ale, sans rum ;) I believe our Amanda is bringing her new machine so we'll have 3 set up - BL is ready and waiting, cross-stitch patterns locked and loaded, for you to put her through her paces! ;) I'll be working on a shark stuffy so after some handwork, I only need a machine for a quick minute, then it's more handwork. See you in a few hours!

  2. Hello Nancy! I loved reading the longer version of the Russian Doll story... you were very lucky and how cute that you found cotton reels inside! Destiny certainly played a part in bringing you and the doll together!! Love your blog... I've joined up!! :) xx

  3. oh how cute is that! I love Russian dolls (thought get annoyed when everyone on Pinterest calls them Babushkas) and have a set from Russia with the communist presidents on. I also have a Polish doll set, they're the same idea but squarer.


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