While we were in San Francisco, we went out for sushi with one of my dearest, oldest friends Viktoria Ruchkan. Once upon a time, Viki and I shared a life in Boulder and on Grateful Dead Tour. During lunch, Viki gave the sweetest, simple doll to my daughter and a great kaleidoscope for my son. The doll is made by Israeli artist Merav Flem. According to 972 Club, “Manuella was established in 2001 by Ms. Merav Flam, a graduate of The Bezalel School of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Her designs reflect a longing for a more innocent world, before the age of electronic and digital games. Today, Manuella’s products can be found in most kids’ boutiques in Israel.” The Yasmina Doll by Manuella is available at Piccolini. The doll comes with a simple dress that is easy for little hands to take on and off without buttons or zippers. Our doll came with her beautifully plaited, unlike the one in this picture. The thick pieces of fabric used for the hair are perfect for a doll, as they won’t tangle and tear. The hair is ideal for little hands to style, unlike the horrible hair on plastic dolls. Check out the other great toys made by Manuella at Cute Little Me. The red elephant is especially cute and would make a great Valentine’s gift. Thank you Viki!