I take great care in selecting the adornment for my Heirloom Dolls. Much of the time, lovely little treasures come my way just in time for her coming out party. In fact, I hardly ever buy new adornment, except when i sell a doll at Beadweavers in Santa Fe, then, I delightfully spend a certain percentage on their gorgeous selection, depending on how much food is in my cupboard…
I have a little box of these collected treasures. The process so sacredly simple, i watch and wait for the right signs. Symbols in animals, totems, rocks, herbs and so much more brings meaning and hope to life. I am stirring Her cauldron of inspiration when the dolls body and basic quilting has been hand stitched together and stuffed with organic leftovers from another project and herbs of meaning. She walks with Lavender in her feet to remind you walk your talk, Rosebuds in her heart showing off what real love looks like in your life and mugwort in her head for healing the dream world. She turns inside and out and begins to speak. she calls to me for adornment. I sit her somewhere in my home to watch and wait for her to tell me who she is.
Sometimes she wont let me do anything else, like my young children who have just found a song or a grasshopper for the first time. She sings and jumps up and down for the next stitch…the color of her eyes, or the beads around her belly. she tells me through my own experiences while creating her, how to positize all that comes to me. I enjoy the study of symbology, even tho short term memory is not my greatest quality….to remember through the feeling of something, makes me remember how we are all very brilliant in the variety of ways we take in meaning. Etsy is such a fun place for me. The video game for creative moms! I find like mindedness EVERYWHERE and the kind of support one would find in a little village she creates just because. Here is a treasury dream list of adornments for my dolls i just put together from Etsy… can you imagine who will be wearing such glorious treasures?
Dolls have this uncanny way of speaking to us. Specially those of us who listen to the magical. To sit quietly, stitching, somedays for hours, is so nourishing to my own soul. After years of devotion to passionate family life, and now the nest is flown, all is quiet. Sometimes, I can hear so clearly that still voice telling me how to evolve a dolls personality through my own life experience. If my experience is painful or full of adversity and lessons, i have so much fun (when i am through releasing anything that comes up and out) watching as positivity expresses herself through examining my own experience and then turning it into a positive trait for the doll.
Byron Katie has been instrumental in showing me how to get my story straight.
Im so thankful for the art of storytelling and the action of telling mystory, consciously. The Heirloom Doll is a gift to me and then a gift to you…..the unfolding of humanity.