I am crazy because I keep thinking of new projects to start which require new supplies and time I don't have. And what about all the unstarted projects I already have piled up? I read about these at this shop here (which is also where I bought my blank ones from) and I love them so much it hurts. They are the "original" matryoshka from the late 1800s. There is more history on all this here, (and you can see the wonderful reproduction of this set there too) nesting dolls have been around way longer than than 1890, but,, not as a "Russian craft". I find this all pretty interesting.. . .anyhoo-they are made using a wood burner to trace the designs and then painted with a stain, so the wood grain shows though.
The matryoshka I painted for the girls are wildly popular with them, but please, remind me to never use the 2 same colors again for both-because the pieces don't interchange, so if one doll gets put into another and it won't close right the whole house goes into a tizzy and it's gets pretty dicey around here.
And another reason I am crazy is the girls were up until 2:30 am last night. really. And I am not saying that and meaning midnight because I always exaggerate (I do) I mean really until 2:30 am. They both fell asleep in the car at 5 last evening until around 6:30 and we couldn't wake them up. . .then Pete finally put them back in the car at 1:00AM after many failed bed attempts and it only worked with Delia. boy howdy-it's gonna be a long day, so please ignore any typos or weird grammar, this is as good as it gets.