Uh-Oh! Your beloved Matryoshka isn’t perfect? Is it a bit too tight or a bit too loose? Perhaps it has a dreadful crack in the wood? Don’t worry, here is information on repairing a nesting doll…
If you are planning a visit to Moscow (with your children), there are quite a few opportunities both for you and for your children. And Moscow Zoo is one of them.
The Moscow Zoological garden was founded by the All-Russia Emperor Society for Acclimatization of Plants and Animals in the middle of XIX century. Throughout its more than 100-year history the zoo experienced its ups and downs, it was almost destroyed after the Revolution, and after the collapse of the Soviet Union and economic crisis of the 1990-es it was in need of major repairs, but the city authorities have been doing their best to support the zoo, so it has been doing pretty well recently, the whole territory has been renovated and when I was there last time I noticed that there were more renovations taking place and I see on the website that there are even more renovations planned in the near future.
Moscow zoo is involved in several scientific projects in order to preserve genetic diversity of the animals of Northern Eurasia. The zoo has a new territory in Volokolamsk and a new Rare Species Breeding Center is being built there now. Creating the Zoo Museum is also in the plans.
The main source for support of the Moscow zoo has been the Moscow City Budget. However, in the recent years the zoo has started the Animal Adoption Program, so that any animal lover can help the zoo in its work by paying for the food and care for the chosen animal. Quite a few people and organization are already involved in the program, but not all animals are adopted yet.
So what animals will you see there? A lot actually. There are more than 5000 animals.
The first thing you’ll see after you enter the zoo is a huge pond with lots of fish and birds coming from various geographical zones. There are special houses built for the birds during their nesting period. After their offsprings are born, the rare birds are moved to special enclosures where crows can’t hurt the little ones. Here you will see quite a few kinds of geese, ducks and swans. Flamingos a bit farther away in the shallow waters of the pond. The first flamingos came to the zoo back in 1980s, and most of those first birds are still alive!
Wild cats are some of the most popular animals in Moscow Zoo. The exhibit shows white tigers and jaguars, snow leopards, the Amur leopards, lynxes, caracals and cheetahs, the fastest cats in the world. People often find white tigers and cheetahs especially fascinating. You will love white tigers. Most people think they are albinos, but they aren’t. It’s a color variation of the Bengal tigers. As for cheetahs, you can never get tired watching them. They are so elegant, so graceful, and so beautiful. Continue reading
As nesting dolls continue to grow in popularity, so do the way they are represented. From the original carved wood, to (unfortunately) plastic, to felt, to prints, and more, the craft of making Russian dolls is obviously here to stay. This post is specifically about one fun nesting doll craft… the matryoshka manicure!
The “full-bodied” matryoshka
The matryoshka face
The matryoshka inspiration…
These nails look like they are modeled after this very nesting doll…
The Easy Nesting Doll Nail design:
Its 2013, and a lot of Russians know that “Halloween” happens on October 31st, but many Russians don’t really know much about it, or care to know about it. Last year, there were only an estimated one in twenty Russians who planned on celebrating the holiday by dressing up. (http://rbth.ru/articles/2012/10/26/halloween_in_russia_19485.html)
But what about this year, and years to come? Do you think more and more Russians will fall in love with Halloween? I think yes. Why? Because Russians love celebrating! But, also because the warming up to Halloween that is happening in Russia, is among the young adult crowd.
There is no true Russian word for “Halloween,” but here are some Russian Halloween-y words:
- ты́ква: pumpkin
- ве́дьма: witch
- вампи́р: vampire
- не́чисть: evil spirits
- костю́мы: сostumes
Do you have any thoughts on Halloween in Russia? Are you a Russian American who celebrates Halloween? Comment with your thoughts or views on this subject!
It painted the room with rays of color,
But it felt as though it needed another.
So to The Russian Store I went,
to buy more figurines than I meant.
As nesting dolls grow more popular every day, crafters, artists and even non-artists are starting to make matryoshki out of all sorts of things! I decided to compile some of the more interesting ones here, even though I am definitely partial to the traditional, wooden nesting dolls from Russia. Continue reading
It is a popular question… but a hard one to answer specifically. Many people will ask something like, “well I have this really old nesting doll that I acquired through my Russian grandmother and it sort of looks like this…” Unfortunately, with just a description, and even with more information like a date range and signature, it is still an almost impossible question to answer easily. One must seek the advice of an art appraiser who specializes in Russian art and/or history. If you would like just a general idea of how much your nesting doll is worth, read on… Continue reading
There are many symbols for Russia. Perhaps because it is so big and so full of rich history. Nesting dolls, Ushanka hats, caviar, the ballet, etc… but this short blog post is about one symbol in particular - the Russian bear.
The bear has been associated with Russia for a long time, at least since the 17th century. It has been incorporated in cartoons, articles, dramatic plays, toys, and more. It has been seen in both positive and negative depictions about Russia, but today it is considered a positive symbol for Russia. For instance, there were times when the bear was viewed as big, slow, and clumsy… but now we look at it as powerful, intelligent, and noble.
With an optimistic view of Russian bears, you will see them everywhere… If you do an image search for “Russian bear” you will most likely get pictures of bears (cartoon depictions as well as real live bears) doing all sorts of things… riding a unicycle, dancing in the street, etc., but one of the most common images related to Russia and bears, is the balalaika playing bear.
- The most common species of the Russian bears is the brown bear. Brown bears can weigh between 220 and 1,400 lbs!
- “Misha” the bear was the mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
- It has been said that when U.S. President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear on a hunting trip, the iconic “teddy-bear” was manufactured.
- The bear in early Russian history, http://cens.ivanovo.ac.ru/almanach/rossomahin-khrustalev-2008.htm (in Russian).
- Bear on Computer Russian Toy
- YouTube Russian Bear Tricks
- Cool Standing Bear Trinket Box
- Masha and The Bear Children’s Book
Check out these look-alike Russian dolls… and bookmark for your very own nesting doll Halloween costume or matryoshka themed party…
The matryoshka doll is known for her chubby and cheerful cheeks, her perfectly shaped and smiling lips, and her big and bright eyes. She almost always wears a traditional Russian scarf or shawl around her head, neck, and/or shoulders. She holds at least two more smaller and similar matryoshki inside of her.
She is famous. She is Mother Russia.
But what about the men? Here are some manly matryoshkas for you! (click on the image for more pictures, info, and availability)
You have got to check out these amazing Russian looks on the runway and in the magazines!
There once were these faberge eggs…
They were about 2″ tall and stood on three legs.
They opened up to reveal a space,
for jewelry-holding or a money-case.
Eggs can symbolize love, life, and birth…
It’s about what they mean; not what they’re worth.
So check out all the eggs we sell,
and if you buy one for yourself, I promise not to tell!
This year the Russian Easter holiday falls on May 5th. Which means that on Saturday, May 4th, many Russians will go to church to have their bread (either kulich or Paskha) blessed. Continue reading