Pioneer Dolls

Pioneer dolls were made back in the day for children to hold during church or other quiet gatherings so that when they dropped them, they wouldn’t make any noise when they hit the floor. I made four of these dolls, but already gave one to my nephew, Crevan. The pink one is for Georgia and the other two are Riona’s. I got the idea and the general instructions from this page at California Pioneer but changed a few things here and there. These dolls were very simple to make and gave me no end of joy to put them together! Riona loves to smell their heads; they are stuffed with rosemary from the pots at back deck. Already they have their own personalities. It would be fun to make some kitchen witches too, use this same pattern but buy little brooms and hats from the craft store and hang them up in the kitchen. Suzanne said that people put up kitchen witches to protect them from injuries and mishaps in the kitchen. I feel like the little dolls I made have very kind and protective energies.

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