Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Eskimo doll

Yesterday was my birthday but we celebrated on Sunday since I had to work yesterday.  After church in the morning, my husband took me to an antique mall and let me shop for a few hours for something special.  I chose this handmade Eskimo doll.  I don't believe she's an antique but she is unique. Her parka and boots are made of seal, her ruff appears to be ermine, the trim on the parka is rabbit (or snowshoe hare?) and her boots are topped with beaver.  I know wearing fur is offensive to some of you, but this is authentic for clothing made by native Alaskans.   I don't collect dolls, but I do collect native and uniquely Alaskan things. 

After our shopping excursion we went to dinner with our son and daughter-in-law.  I don't mind getting older, in fact, I'm looking at it as one step closer to retirement! 

PS - I was working in the nursery on Sunday, so absolutely no time for sketching!


Lynn said...

She is charming Patty. I love dolls and this one is very special indeed.
Happy belated birthday. Glad you had special time devoted to YOU!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Great choice for your birthday celebration. I wish you a Belated Happy Birthday.

A Lady's Life said...


I love the doll!!

Teri Casper said...

Happy birthday Patty! So funny that ours is so close.
Love your unique doll.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What a fun gift and something to remember turning 29 ...again.. :))

tainterturtles said...

Hey, Happy Birthday Patty!

I love the doll, very authentic.

Marj said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- so fun to have a "talented connection" in Alaska!
Hope Spring arrives soon for you.

Kellie said...

Happy Birthday Patty! I hope you had a wonderful day!!

Great doll!

Mim said...

Happy birthday and what a cute doll. You'll love looking at that fur when you are warm in MO after you retire!

marianne said...

Happy Late birthday! Sorry I missed it.
What a special gift you got.
I think fur suits the way of life of Eskimos and people living in Northern cold areas , it is only for us (living in a normal climate) an unnecessary luxury, especially when we breed animals in poor circumstances for our fashion grills .
I think you have picked a very cute and precious doll.
Enjoy it♥

NNNN in CO said...

Love the pic of you and Tim - must have been when you were in Missouri?!