Oceanna has been such a joy to bring to life. When I began creating her, I had nothing specific in mind. I just knew I wanted to try my hand again at facial features. I allowed the spirit of the doll to guide me in the entire process, and it truly was an amazing experience.
As her face came to life, she began to take on a personality so very unique. I was guided to try my new dark blue wool on her eyelids and I knew then her theme was meant to be the sea. That small little feature was the one that showed her pure spirit. Very quickly I began to envision an ocean landscape being created on her dress, a dress that still was not even started and I knew she needed long flowing sleeves, but was still unsure if I could create my vision.
I then went to my apothecary and intuitively picked out herbs that just felt right to make her bundle that would be nestled in her belly. A picture of her herb bundle is at the bottom of this post. It consists of the following; mugwort, white pine bark, orange peel, juniper, ash leaf and ginger root. Each of these herbs have such beautiful spiritual meanings. Mugwort is one of visionary and its helps you find a greater self expression and a deeper awareness of self. White pine bark is a symbol of great peace, much like the ocean brings to so many. Orange peel helps to remove negativity and brings in prosperity. Juniper adds in purification and its spirit teaches us to stand our ground. Ash leaf helps with creative expression. And ginger root connects us to the spirit world. The essences of these herbs, along with Oceanna’s own beautiful spirit will definitely bring with her new owner healing, strength, connection and peace.
Once her bundle was formed her body started to appear. The ocean scene just seemed to happen all on its own. At first I didn’t have a sun on her, but I woke in the middle of the night knowing the next day I just needed to add the beautiful rays of the sun. Then I went through my craft room finding the perfect little things to adorn her with. The shell and stars are so very perfect and the blue beads on her dress just make her sparkle. The pearl represents purity and the stone on third eye is a blue chalcedony, which is a powerful healing stone that balances the mind, body and spirit. Removing negative energy to allow positive energy to flow through.
To make her even more special I finished her on my 50th birthday. I woke today not feeling well. One thing I know after years of dealing with autoimmune disease is that when I create I feel better and that was definitely true today. I felt her healing energy flow through me. Her smile brought me joy and her colors a calmness and peace that I very much needed and that I know she will bring to her new owner too.