It's almost Doll Festival again. I need to get the dolls out soon.
In the meantime, the Pumpkin Granny made this for her favorite princess.
They're called tsurushibina. The Pumpkin Granny stitched each of the pieces by hand from silk fabrics.
Mice are symbols of fertility.
Dogs (yes, that's a dog, not a cat) are symbols of fertility and uneventful, easy childbirth. So very important in the days before retirement benefits and emergency C-sections.
Cranes and turtles are symbols of longevity.
And, of course, something for girls would not be complete without a fan.
It's absolutely beautiful.
There's just one thing, though.
I REALLY need to find a better place to put it.