I got a lot of really cool presents for Christmas this year, like this gorgeous set of Tudor matryoshka dolls, created by artist Rhonda Anderson:

Henry and Wives Matryoshka Set

Matryoshkas.  Russian dolls.  Nesting dolls.  Mine.  These go by many names.

Imagine my giddy glee when next I opened this gorgeous set of matryoshka dolls, created by artist SL Scheibe:

Matryoshkas from Sal

These are members of a nerdy book club. It meets weekly in the lower left chamber of my heart.

I might even have said to someone at that point, “I am going to have to figure out a cool way to display these!”  Because here’s the problem with smallish objects.  They look great up close on a shelf, like this:

01 Matryoshka

Yup, we do. We look great.

02 Matryoshka

But as you move back . . .

03 Matryoshka

. . .they kind of lose impact

“I need to create some sort of tiers,” I said to my husband, and he said, “Don’t you have blocks in the garage?”  OH YEAH.

04 Blocks

Garage blocks!

05 Gesso

Plus gesso

06 Paint

Plus craft paint

07 Display

Equals display!

08 Display

Even from far away, this is clearly something colorful and cool that I want to check out!



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malin · January 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

they are amazing!

    AnnDAngelo · January 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Aren't they?! I kind of feel like the luckiest ducky in the matryoshka pond!

Leah Felicity Lucci · January 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

That's a brilliant display. Wow. Also, can I be in that book club?

    AnnDAngelo · January 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks! Yeah, you totally can. That was my first thought as well – where do I sign up?!

M Mathey - POMI · January 16, 2015 at 9:46 pm

WOW!! I'll bet you have one interesting house to explore!

    AnnDAngelo · January 17, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Hahaha. I do, as a matter of fact. I often just stop talking to people when they first come over, because candidly, they aren't listening. They're wandering about taking in all the cool things on display!

A Mynah Production · January 17, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Those are so kewl! I think if it were me, it would never get done. It's like trying to start off in a new clean sketch book and you're afraid to mess it up! I would be afraid to mess up the doll! Ha!

    AnnDAngelo · January 17, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Oh, I bet you would surprise yourself! Yes, there is definitely a nervousness that comes with making these, but the more you do it, the more you know you can just paint over any flubs. They're super fun to make!

sarah · January 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm

They look ridiculously fantastic.

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