This is one of the sweetest Christmas gifts I have ever received.Â TheÂ 2 3/4″ Â porcelain dollÂ is nestled into a comparably tiny sewing box generouslyÂ stocked with minuscule materials.Â Rolls of silk fabric, 1/8-1/4″ spools ofÂ thread, snippets of antique lace, silk ribbon and more set a needleworker to dreaming about dainty delights.Â
The 2 3/4″ by 2″ x 2″ wicker sewing box is hinged with silk ribbon and lined with velvet.Â One cannot help but be captivated by visionsÂ Â of Â Thumbelina, perched on a mushroom, Â stitchingÂ a filly frock for thisÂ mohaired moppet.
The lid is adorned with ribbon rosebuds, cotton netting and a cut outÂ from a Victorian style card.
This was a class project at a dollmakers’ convention some years ago.Â It so intrigued me byÂ that I wanted to make one myself, and for a few forÂ dear friends.Â IÂ purchased similar wicker boxes and began a search for otherÂ items.Â Â But one thing and another distracted me and the idea has been on the back burner ever since.
Still, often when I wander into the guest room where this little treasure is displayed on an old dresser, I am taken back again, to the wonder I experienced upon unwrapping this precious gift.Â I’m fairly certain that a music box began playing.
This miniature wonder brought magic to me one Christmas morning years ago.Â I hope Laurel hasÂ some degree of Â doll-inspired wonder when she meets Molly on Saturday.