DIY Felt Matryoshka Doll Christmas Ornaments // Round 2

My sister Em‘s birthday is just two weeks after mine, and I’ve been scheming her present since last December when I cut out an extra set of Matryoshka Doll Ornaments as I was making a set for my Mom. During her college years  my sister spent some time in Russia teaching English , and I knew these  folksy Christmas Tree ornaments would delight her Russian-loving soul.  Just thinking how crazy she’d be about them made them expontentially more fun to make.  They didn’t disappoint, and I had the pleasure of hearing (over the phone) one of the most gratifying and genuinely delighted reactions I’ve ever been so lucky to receive.  Can’t wait to see these honeys in action, Em!!

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So that’s three sets I’ve made now, and I gotta say, I love these little ladies. They are so much fun to make–all the little details, the hair (!!), choosing colors–it’s one of those slow and savory crafts that are a pure delight to make. For the full tutorial and free downloadable pattern, see here!


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Well, there’s my happy thought for the day! Just imagining Em opening up these delights! I have to confess that I have kept my set out ALL YEAR LONG just because they are so adorable I couldn’t make myself take them down! I have those small pine trees in my entry way, and that has been their happy home. I love them so much I decided to make a set to give away and, oh my, now is when I appreciate all the more your skills. My first looks like someone took a bite out of her side, her face looks like Picasso sewed it and the only good thing I can say about it is it was made with love! Not to mention that ONE doll took me ALL evening to make. This will make it clear to the world that you didn’t inherit any skills from me other than the appreciation of beauty! *sigh*. Now I realize if i wanted to get this job done by Christmas I needed to have started in Janurary. Wah, wah, wah. The only way I can ever give this away is to find someone who has never heard of computers and will promise to stay off the internet for life and never find out about your blog to see how cute they can actually be. hmmmmmmm, now who could that be?


My ladies, have been fondled and drewled by all estrogen ladened from my my home. Mill immediately asked what their names were, so here are their names:

Liza, Svieta, Olia, Annya, Natasha, Katya

Eta Dievchkas ochen Crasevaya, Ochen OCHEN spaceba, Mim-aya!

(In terrible Russian grammer, these girls are very beautiful, Thank you very very much, Mim…inski, aya.

Yeah, yeah yeah to think these beauties are…MINE!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’ve been thirsting to see them on my tree!

Thank you for every little cut and stitch and thought you had for me as you made them for me, I love their little aprons and hair dues, and sweet little faces….I will treasure them always.

Thank you my Mimma. Love ya, Em


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