Monday, June 29, 2015

Faceless Dolls

When Nel visited the Dominican Republic, she saw this sweet ceramic doll while browsing through the market place in Santiago.  These faceless women are made by local artists and are very popular there.

Their tour guide told them that they are made without faces so that they represent any woman, and they are used to celebrate all women.  They are ceramic and painted, and have different bouquets and hats.  Nel bought a green one for herself, a red one for Jess, and a yellow one for me.  She said out of all the ones she looked at (about 50), this was the only one that had a red rose.  So, she brought it home for me.

I love it when my girls bring me home goodies from all the different places they visit around the world.  This doll reminds me of the many women in blog land that I meet, whose faces often don't show up on the screen, but whose goodness linger in my heart every day.



Teresa said...

Sweet Child!
Taking you in the heart during the trip and returning to it with a gift.

The doll is precious.

Kate Mossy said...

I love the simplicity of this. What a lovely comparison - I feel that way too! Blessings to you!

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

The doll is sweet and so is the sentiment! What a lovely gift from your lovely girl!

Bety said...

Thank you for share, Sherry! I was interested to read about.... and why these dolls are faceless.
I love to buy gifts for loved ones when traveling. And I like to get from my children. Somehow this gesture warms me, I know that my children are thinking about me in that moment, when choosing a gift to please me and smiling.
You did such a wonderful comparison! Actually, you're a wonderful and kind person!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

A very sweet doll. I like the idea that the face represents all faces of woman. Now the Amish in Lancaster PA do not only stop you from photographing them, their dolls are faceless because of their belief it can allow the images soul to be taken.
One of the best things about travel to me is learning different customs and traditions. Your post taught me something I didn't know before. I thank you for this interesting post.

Terra said...

Wonderful doll and story behind her too.

Sola Scriptura said...

How lovely. I really like that she doesn't have a face. She could represent anyone. I hope you have a lovely week.

miss b said...

How thoughtful to bring back a doll with a red rose for you and what a lovely story behind these faceless dolls which I haven't heard of before. Well chosen souvenirs are so special and I often like to bring back something which reminds me of my time visiting a particular country.


What a sweet doll with a unique history. I know you shall treasure this lovely token of love from your daughter, always.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful and what a perfect gift for you. How thoughtful to get dolls that will be treasured for years to come. Give her a hug for me my friend. Sweet hugs, Diane

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Sweet gift...

And sweet blogging interpretation...


Lowcarb team member said...

How nice to read the story behind these dolls.
The one with the red rose ... just perfect for you.

Wishing you a good week

All the best Jan

Dewena said...

What sweet and thoughtful gifts that Nel brought home! And yes, that one just had to be yours!

Sheri, I feel so blessed to have met you in this world of blogs,

Jennifer Wallace said...

very sweet...and especially since it was bought with love from your daughter. :)

Rue said...

What a sweet gift, Sheri! I love the sentiment behind it :)


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Sheri,
Your daughters are so thoughtful.. How sweet of Nel to pick one up for Jess and you... I know you will treasure this gift.
I love what you said about the dolls and your blog friends...
This is how I feel about you.
Wishing you a beautiful week

Patricia said...

I want to go to the Dominican Republic, just to get one of those cute and gorgeous dolls! How sweet your daughter found one with a red rose, just for you. Daughters are so special, Sheri. Have a lovely week my friend. xx said...

Hello Sheri,
Such a lovely folklore ceramic figure.. how great that yours has a red rose.. it was made for you.
I have too, so many little things that my children have brought back through the years. I cherish them.
I agree that we are lucky to have such nice friends through blogging.. even if we haven't seen them.
I count myself lucky to know such lovely friends.
happy Tuesday Sheri..
hugs val xxx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You have the biggest heart, a wealth of poetry and an open canvas upon which you always inspire my friend. You are so right about the faceless doll here. She can represent any woman. The eyes are left out to give room for the different perspectives with which each woman sees the world. The mouth is left out to leave it room for each woman's distinct voice. How brilliant is this.....

But one of the best things about this post is your muse on it. A small profile photo is never enough to give us more information about the bloggers we meet, but the consistent and kind actions of each woman does "linger" in our hearts, every day. I know it.

You are such a blessing. We must speak again very soon, OK?

Hugs to you dearest Sheri, Anita

Caroline shabby hideaway said...

Such a sweet gift <3.Love the story behind her too.
Have a wonderful week.

Ann said...

Such an endearing story behind that lovely doll.
Our children's gifts are such treasures we will cherish forever,
and though they might not know how we feel every time we receive anything from them, we treasure these little things because of their thoughtfulness and love that accompanied these gifts.

Have a wonderful day ♥

Stephanie said...

Dearest Sheri, what a delightfully sweet post! The story behind this lovely doll warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face.

May you have a wonderful 4th of July! Love and hugs to you!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Sheri,
I thought you would enjoy them... I love your roses also... Different shade of pink, but beautiful!
I know we should be on water restriction, we need water so desperately, but I wish I could give my roses what they need. Oh this heat! Did you get a thunder storm yesterday? The wind came up, blew my chairs on the porch all the way across.. The sky turned black and down it came... Unfortunately, only for about 10 minutes...
Stay out of the heat, dear friend

Susan said...

Hi Sheri....Sweet little doll. We had a notice at church about not leaving purses in the pews during Communion. Sad but true. That's the times we live in. God knows all about it, I'm sure. Sheri, thanks for all your sweet visits. Love them. Susan

Doreen@househoneys said...

You have such a good heart Sheri, it's not at all surprising you've raised such thoughtful daughters. This doll is indeed the perfect gift, not just because she has a red rose, but because of the sentiment you've so eloquently and kindly attached to it. I, along with many others, share that sentiment about YOU.


Pepper Medley said...

Love Love Love this little faceless lady and wishing I had one also. She's just perfect!

Dee said...

Oh Sheri, I love it. That was so sweet of Nel to bring you back such a lovely souvenir. I love that she's holding that flower, too. It was the perfect gift for you.

Have a wonderful 4th of July... :)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Dearest Sheri,
Lovely post, my dear friend. So sweetly and beautifully written and such a thoughtful keepsake from Nel.
Isn't it a gift to have our daughters, we are so blessed.
This faceless doll is indeed representative of all of the women in blog
land and you touch my life daily, just maybe one day we can meet in person!
Wishing you a good day, dear Sheri~
With love,