Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Hopeful Daruma Dolls and SmallThingsClay collections are available online!

I finally setup my store

Hopefully by the end of the year I'll have the site up and running.  Hopefully. BUT in the meantime I have my new collection of Darumas and Small Furniture ready for purchase.

Each Daruma is hand made and one of a kind. Your Daruma Doll is as unique as you! Each Daruma Doll includes professional tagging that explains the history of Daruma Dollas. I created these Happy Hopeful Daruma's for collecting and giving. They are meant to be an inspiring reminder of what your life is and what your life is becoming. Nana Korobi Yaoki!


A talisman of good luck in Japan, Daruma Dolls are sold at temple festivals and in the New Year. Daruma Dolls depict Bodhidharma seated in meditation. A new Daruma Doll has 2 large white circles for the eyes to be painted in. The blank eyes represent Bodhidharma's spiritual vision. During the New Year, many Japanese buy a Daruma doll, make a resolution for the new year, and then paint in the left eye.

A winking Daruma Doll is a gentle Bodhidharma reminder; Nana Korobi Yaoki (if you fall down seven times, get up eight). Upon attaining their resolution, the Daruma Doll owner will paint in the right eye, representing the completed task and full resolution.

Purchase my Happy Hopeful Daruma with a purpose or task in mind and draw in the left eye. Place your Daruma in a place of auspicious reflection to remind yourself you are on journey. Everyday walk in joyous expectation, and soon you too, will be painting in the right eye!

It is customary in Japan to take your fully sighted Daruma Doll to the temple and burn it as a thankful gift offering in a big central bonfire.

These Daruma Dolls are meant to sit happily on your desk or shelf, reminding you just how wonderful and strong you are! Look at all your Daruma Dolls and remember, you can do anything!
Nana Korobi Yaoki!!

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