All of my childhood memories of the faith are similar. Sensory memories. Full of color and smells and sounds and images of beautiful and surprising things. As I grew older, I rejected the faith in ignorance and defiance, but when I was invited back, the first thing my heart returned to was those memories; so strong I could almost touch them. When I recently paid a visit to that beautiful church of my childhood, among the first things I did was to touch that floor.
Jennifer at Saint Anne Studio understands these things about children and designs toys that will add that sensory joy to a child's journey of faith. Her work is beautiful, detailed, and attentive to the spiritual and temporal needs of children. When I first saw her peg dolls, I felt my 6-year old self take a sharp breath of delight... and I longed to touch.
So what drives a busy homeschooling mother of 5 to make time in her schedule to create? She writes:
I love making things and will try my hand at almost anything. I put a lot of detail into my little dolls. Because of this they take me quite a while to do and, as I have five children and homeschool, my time is very precious.
God has blessed me with many talents and I wish to share them in order to help people have a closer relationship with Him, Christ Jesus, His Son, and His helpers the saints and angels.
To aid in the quest for virtue and sanctity, childhood should be filled with sweet stories of innocence and goodness. My little fairy and storybook dolls have been created with this in mind.
I hope to glorify God in all that I do. One of my favorite quotes is from St. Faustina's Divine Mercy in My Soul, "Only love has meaning; it raises up our smallest actions into infinity". Do all you do for God - only He can make it worthwhile.
|St. Faustina Peg Doll|
Jennifer recently added a new addition to her shop; fabric doll kits for little (or big) hands to stitch together themselves. The cloth features her original artwork of the Immaculate Heart of Mary or the Christ Child, and becomes a huggable work of art under the guidance of loving hands.
Jennifer recently sent me a kit to pass on to my children and after a happy and successful assembly, we can now enthusiastically recommend it to you! AND... give one kit away to a reader.
The assembly is easy enough for a beginner and the directions very clear. If you would like to add embroidery before stitching together, the design is suited perfectly. We left it plain, since Button's intention was to give it to her baby sister. That also means that this pretty doll is washable... so Peaches is free to drool and love on it to her heart's content... because mama can always make it fresh again!
I would love to pair one of these fabric dolls with some basic sewing supplies for a Christmas or birthday gift. It would also make a perfect stocking stuffer or name day gift. I like the idea that, unassembled, it is compact and would travel nicely through the mail to a godchild.