This past winter Céline was given a commission, by her Papa (her grandfather), to make a doll for him. Not a toy but a piece of art.
My parents are casual collectors of works of art that are meaningful to them. Paintings, photography, wood carvings, pottery, stained glass, and more.
From as early as I can remember my parents have supported small artisans, often picking up unique pieces on our summer vacations. I remember those occasions least fondly as my brother and I would have to share the backseat of our Ford Tempo with awkward, odd-sized objet d'art.
Natsumi is not odd sized, she's about the size of barbie, maybe a bit taller. But definitely more beautiful. And she is completely, down to every little detail, handmade by Céline.
I could use this post to wax poetic about how projects like these are why we homeschool. I could list all the research and reading Céline did while making this doll. How a sewing project opens up doors for all kinds of learning and personal growth and gets her one step closer to owning her own laptop, this is a paid commission after all.
But I'm not going into all that right now, I'll save that for another day.
Today I just want to share this beautiful doll with you.
Céline's creation - her summer beauty. Natsumi.