I used to abuse the daylights out of my Barbie dolls. I gave her highlights and manicures with my crayola markers. Once, I tried to curl her hair and her head caught on fire. I think there was an instance in which I dislodged her right leg trying to make her do the splits “the right way.”
I probably would have been better off with something less fragile, like a wooden doll, with no limbs for me to pull out and no faux hair for me to burn. I bet the Kokeshi doll was built for destructive brats like me.
A Kokeshi is a traditional Japanese wooden doll, which originated some time in the 19th century. I’m not big on history; I actually hate it, so this is as far as I got on the wikipedia page before my brain shut down. All I know is that they were once toys & souvenirs, and now somewhat of Japan’s cultural icon.
There’s a company called Kimmidoll in Australia that makes THE cutest Kokeshi dolls. They have over 70 different kokeshi designs, and each one brings good vibes to your life and to your home. Definitely browse-worthy!
I often allow my life (and my room) to become one big clutterfuck, so Misaki is my current Kimmidoll of choice.
May she bring me clarity and composure to pacify my excessively dramatic approach to life.
for the kokeshi cookie:
royal icing in pink, black, & ivory
white non pareils
white flower quins
order of piping:
1. outline & fill hair and kimono dress. add flower, non pareil to the bottom of the kimono.
2. let the surface dry.
3. fill the face, then pipe and sink the cheek blush while still wet
4. pipe the black obi belt
5. let the surface dry again.
6. pipe her eyes, flower in her hair, and outline the kimono in pink.