If I was asked to find an all encompassing hashtag for my dolls I think it would have to be

c e l e b r a t i o n

I like to think of them as a celebration of whatever they are inspired by, be it flowers or art or artists or customs and traditions, cities or countries, personalities, abstract ideas or meanings, etc, etc. I guess that’s why I am always excited when I create them, because for me it truly is a process of celebration and honouring and appreciation.

And when I am commissioned to make one of my doll’s, two in this case, to celebrate a special life event, well, that makes me feel particularly honoured and humbled. These cuties were lovingly made to be gifted to a couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. Meet Costas and Thekla!

This was actually the first time I worked on a pair of dolls. I wanted the way they looked to suggest what the live couple looked like but obviously they weren’t going to be lookalikes. I wanted to maintain the style and essence of my dolls. Whimsical, quirky, adorable. Here they are looking smart and sassy.

And I couldn’t resist putting a flower in her hair!

The 4oth wedding anniversary is known as the ruby anniversary. The red ruby represents love and passion and is one of the most sought after gemstones worldwide. It is believed that within the heart of the ruby stone there is a flame of fire that grows brighter each year of marriage!

Wedding anniversaries are important relationship milestones. They can be a testament to a couple’s commitment, loyalty, companionship and trust. Togetherness, patience, compromise and respect. Staying together, during the ups and downs, the highs and lows.

I’d like to leave you with this beautiful excerpt about marriage from Khalil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet.

Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.


Filakia, Sophie

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