why is the matryoshka (often improperly referred to as the babushka) so prevalent? is it her rosy cheeks? the lure of exotic lands with bears on leashes <truth – saw it in st. petersburg by the canal>  whatever the reason, russian nesting dolls have been popping up all over the place – in mediums ranging from reasonable to outlandish.  below is a sampling of my favorite, ending in a fun interactive project! COOL.

the standard matryoshka has come a long way

the first

$3.95 greeting card

accordion card

accordion card

precious envelopes

Stolen Thunder Babushka Cocktail Ring, White acrylic , Made in England

stolen thunder babushka cocktail ring, white acrylic , made in england

here is loads of matryoshka tape on etsy.

plastic deco scrapbooking sticker tape

long matryoshka deco tape

long matryoshka deco tape

<slightly embarrassed to ask what you do with sewing tape?>

japanese ribbon russian dolls sewing tape

japanese ribbon russian dolls sewing tape

sewing tape matryoshka KOKKA

sewing tape matryoshka KOKKA

the three dimensional renditions certainly amplify cutesiness

miniature needle felted wool matryoshka

miniature needle felted wool matryoshka

DIY option:

amigurumi little russian doll crochet pattern

amigurumi little russian doll crochet pattern

and the corporate world:

matryoshka measuring cups from anthropologie

matryoshka measuring cups from anthropologie

chanel glam

chanel glam

lilly allen

lilly allen rocks it

and finally – the interior products are truly my most desired

nono wall art

nono wall art

uk brand: funky rugs

uk brand: funky rugs

lambswool cushions by andrea williamson

lambswool cushions by andrea williamson

by mathmos design studio

by mathmos design studio

and at last! the round-up is run-through and now a hands-on idea.  i have six blank nesting dolls (pictured below) each with 5 different sized dolls.  i would like to organize an artistic swap.  6 interested participants would receive one set of nesting dolls to decorate as they please – they would send this completed set back to me <i would cover shipment to you and you would cover shipment back to me> then in return for your work, you will receive a set of 5 dolls – each family member decorated by a different person.  that is to say if picasso, chagall, close, giacometti & arbus participated – arbus would decorate/design/what-have-you her 5 piece set and in turn receive a set that featured picasso, chagall, close & giacometti.  i know this will be a great project!  first i would like to gauge interest and then i will announce a timeline <which will of course be completely leisurely – no stress involved> if you are interested in unleashing your creativity, please send an e-mail to hi@myconey.com with the answer to one question: why?

6 sets available

6 sets available

looking forward to hearing from you!

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