Wednesday, December 29, 2021

A Spirit Doll

My blog friend Nicole makes and sells beautiful spirit dolls on her website, Beadwright. I'm a great lover of dolls. Nicole's spirit dolls are made from hand-formed faces, sticks, fabric, and leather, cloth, and bead embellishments. They really appealed to me, so I ordered one from the website. Amazingly, the package from Nicole arrived from her home in Oregon in just two days, right before Christmas.

What a lovely doll! She's on display on my living room wall, along with a number of masks from a variety of cultures. I feel a sense of identity in all these masks also, and I think the doll is very compatible with them.

Nicole wrote me that she particularly made this doll to inspire balance, and to help to balance the life of its owner: me! "Balance is a tricky thing," Nicole says. "Just when we think we have it, life throws something else at us. Be it big or small. Look for the balance, the yin and yang, the hot and cold, the go and stop of it all." I feel this balance in the doll. I think she's beautiful. Nicole says "there is so much positive energy and love in her." Yes.

Masks that we've had for several years. The one on the left is Yupik from Alaska, the next two are African,
the next two are from a village in the upper Amazon and Costa Rica, and the far right one is from New Guinea.
We have a number of other masks and carvings as well.

Blog post © 2021 mae sander.


My name is Erika. said...

She's a beauty and does look great on your wall Mae. Nice Masks too. I have a couple, but I really like the 2 with the air-one looks like a fur from a coat and the other looks like a lion.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

What a nice addition to your collection. I love the turquoise and burnt orange looking colors. It looks very uplifting .

Jenn Jilks said...

What a lovely doll!
Your masks are amazing.

Nicole/DVAtist/Beadwright said...

Ohh Mae! Thank you for the lovely post about you doll. I feel honored that she is yours and hangs in a place with other spirit pieces. I recognized the first face from AK. and the others are just magnificent. Thank you for sharing. Hugz, N.

Divers and Sundry said...

I like your masks display. That face Nicole made speaks to me of balance. Nice!

Tandy | Lavender and Lime ( said...

That's so unusual and a lovely gift idea as well!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

My foodie friend Sally collects masks. She probably has about 40 of them from various cultures, too. She also has statues, but nothing like what Nicole makes. This goes well with your masks, Mae.

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