Vintage Kokeshi dolls May 08 2021, 0 CommentsI began my love of Kokeshi dolls collecting vintage kokeshi. I would go to all the "shrine sales" as they call them in Japan and look for the vintage Kokeshi. Many of the vendors recognized me and would save ones they thought I would love. Well, that collection grew over time (I have a lot) and it's finally time to let go of some of my beauties. During the next months I will be posting new listings of my vintage dolls. So, please keep checking the website for those new additions. I also have so many beautiful obi and I will be adding those as well. Lots of fun things to come! Thank you for your continued support of Kokeshi Designs. Kokeshi dolls are unique and are becoming harder to acquire so when you see one you love have her join your family!
Nativity Sets December 04 2019, 0 Comments
I tried but wasn't able to get any Nativity Sets this year. I'll keep trying!
I have other beautiful dolls on the website that I know you would love.
Merry Christmas! December 25 2018, 0 CommentsTo all my wonderful customers around the world I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!
Kokeshi dolls as gifts November 20 2018, 0 Comments
Kokeshi dolls make a unique and special gift. They are works of art created by men and women kokeshi artists in Japan who love what they do and are so very good at it. I've visited with and met all the artists whose dolls I sell. They are such great people, kind and anxious to have people around the world appreciate their work. So, don't hesitate to choose something special for your favorite person.
To all my customers who celebrate Thanksgiving, have a good one!
2018 Nativity Status October 24 2018, 0 Comments
Just an update on the Nativity Sets. I have the 2-pc Tall set and the 8-pc set in stock. Both sets are selling quickly so if you want a set this year please order soon. I have just 2 sets of a very special set I received from my only female kokeshi artist. It is gorgeous and a bit pricey at $350. But, it is a work of art. I'll try to get that set on the website by next week. For all of you wondering about the 3-pc and 9-pc sets, I will not be getting those this holiday season. I'll try again next year but the dolls are getting harder to get so I'm not holding my breath.
Thank you for your continued emails and interest in my kokeshi dolls. They are unique and beautiful and I love them! Glad you do too!
Back from Vacation September 26 2018, 0 CommentsI had the best time in Scotland, Ireland and the UK. What a beautiful place! I'm back and all the orders placed during my vacation are now shipped. Thank you for your patience. It will be worth it once you receive your kokeshi dolls. Thank you for your business. I will continue to offer you quality kokeshi dolls and the best customer service on the web!
Going on Vacation September 01 2018, 0 Comments
I'm going on a 2 week trip, leaving on September 8. Any orders placed from Sept 8 through Sept 24 will ship upon my return. Just wanted to let you know so you won't worry! I'll get everything out within 2 days of my return. You will receive a shipping/tracking email as soon as your order ships.
Thanks so much! I so appreciate all of you and your continued business!
4 Months to Christmas! August 27 2018, 0 Comments
What??? I know, I can't believe it either but it's true. Only 4 months until Christmas. If you think you want a Kokeshi Nativity Set, please order early. My stock is a bit limited this year. I don't want you to miss out.
Now, go out there and enjoy the last bit of summer!!
Nihon Matsuri Salt Lake City April 23 2018, 0 Comments
We will be at Nihon Matsuri in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah this Saturday, April 28. In addition to Kokeshi dolls I am bring some beautiful obi and some glassware plus some fun, inexpensive gift items.
The Festival has great food and entertainment plus all sorts of interesting booths including mine!
Stop by and say hello! See you Saturday, April 28!
It's the most Wonderful Time of the Year! November 28 2017, 0 Comments
Love this time of year! Love my Kokeshi dolls! Love to see them go to your house so you can enjoy them too! The season has begun here at Kokeshi Designs. Kokeshi dolls make a beautiful and unique gift. All of my Kokeshi dolls are made in Japan and imported to me here in Salt Lake City, Utah. Orders usually ship within 48 hours, unless I am out of town for some reason and then I'll let you know when I'll be back.
Thanks for your business. I will continue to provide you with the best customer service on the web and the most beautiful and high quality kokeshi dolls ever!
Holiday November 15 2017, 0 Comments
I am taking a short holiday. Any orders placed Nov 16 and on will ship on Monday Nov 27.
Tis the Season! October 07 2017, 0 Comments
It's time to order your Kokeshi Nativity Set or other beautiful and unique Kokeshi doll. My Kokeshi dolls are all handcrafted in Japan. I have worked with the artist's for years. They are wonderful people with a love of kokeshi.
I have several Nativity Sets to choose from. They make a fabulous gift or purchase one for yourself. But, don't wait, supply is limited and they are selling as we speak.
Delayed Shipping until September 18 September 05 2017, 0 Comments
Just wanted to let you know that any orders placed from September 5 through September 17 will not ship until Monday, September 18. I am going on a trip and will not be in the office until September 18.
Also, looks like I will not be getting the 3-pc & 9-pc Kokeshi Nativity Sets this holiday season. I will keep trying but it's not looking good.
I have several other beautiful Nativity sets and if you would like a set, please order early to have the best selection.
Thanks for your business!
Thanks Denver! June 27 2017, 0 CommentsThank you to all my customers in Denver! It was an awesome weekend. I really enjoyed making some new friends and connecting with my prior customers. I'll be back next year. In the meantime, please watch the website. I am going to be adding additional obi and also vintage kokeshi. They are gorgeous!!
Cherry Blossom Festival June 21 2017, 0 Comments
I will be in Denver, CO this weekend for the Cherry Blossom Festival. See my previous blog post for the details.
If you live in the area, stop by and say hello.
See you Denver!!
45th Cherry Blossom Festival in Denver, Colorado June 24 & 25 June 06 2017, 0 Comments
Kokeshi Designs will be at the Denver 45th Cherry Blossom Festival on June 24-June 25. Festival will be held in Sakura Square at 1905 Lawrence St. Denver Colorado. This festival has been held every year since 1972. There will be live entertainment, food, arts and crafts and informative exhibits and demonstrations.
And I will be there with my kokeshi dolls and so much more! I'm bringing many beautiful obi, vintage kokeshi, Japanese dolls, Japanese dishes just to name a few.
If you are in the area, be sure to plan on attending this wonderful event.
See you there!!
Nativity Sets April 25 2017, 0 Comments
I am getting a lot of inquiries about the 9-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set. As of May 2017, I do not have any being produced in Japan. I am still hopeful that I can acquire the sets by next December but I can't promise. I will update this blog in the coming months on the status of the sets. Keep your fingers crossed!
I do have the 8-pc round Nativity set as well as the 2-pc small and the 2-pc tall set. They are also wonderful and if you think you would like a Japanese nativity I would order one of these wonderful sets soon. The dolls are becoming more difficult to acquire so please do not delay.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year December 26 2016, 0 Comments
To all of my friends around the world, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your business this past year. It was good to hear from customers who have purchased from Kokeshi Designs in the past and it was wonderful to make so many new friends.
May your New Year be a healthy and happy one.
Mid December Nativity Update December 13 2016, 0 Comments
The 9-pc Nativity Set is sold out at this time. I'm getting a lot of inquiries about whether I will be getting any more. The answer is I just don't know at this time. I'm planning a trip to Japan in the new year to meet with the artist so we shall see.
But, I have other beautiful nativity sets available. 5 other styles to choose from. The new 8-pc set isn't on the site so if you would like to see that one, email me and I will send you a picture. One of those beautiful sets is on it's way to Spain as we speak. Check my previous blog posts for information on that set.
I went to a friend's home tonight for a "Favorite Things" party. My friend had one of my Nativity Sets on display and 3 ladies at the party wanted one. So, I ran home and brought them back for them. The sets are beautiful, art really. Think about a set for the person you know who collects nativities. They will love it. It's beautiful and unique.
Thank you for your emails and kind words. I love hearing from you!
I get this question often......... December 03 2016, 0 Comments
Here goes: I'm in Tokyo and I want to purchase some of your kokeshi dolls. Do you have a shop where I can go to get them?
Answer: I do not have a store in Japan. I did live in Japan for more than 13 years, and I do know the artist's and ALL of my dolls are handcrafted in Japan. But now I live in the United States and import the dolls from Japan. It works great, you order and I ship it directly to your home or anywhere you want to send the dolls. You don't have to worry about packing the dolls in your suitcase and hauling them back from Japan. (I know how heavy that bag is when you pick it up at your final destination!)
My business partner, Naomi, is in Tokyo, but she does not carry stock at her home. She facilitates all of the ordering and shipping to me here in the United States.
I can ship anywhere in the world and probably have!
So, let me do the work for you. I also gift wrap, which saves you time.
Also, most orders are shipping within 48 hours at the latest. I know you are anxious to get your dolls and so we are working hard to make that happen. And by we, I mean myself and my sweet husband who knows his way to the post office with his eyes closed!
Thank you for your emails. I appreciate my customers!
New 8-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set December 03 2016, 0 Comments
I have a new 8-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set. The artist ask that I not post on the internet. She is only able to make a few sets at a time. So, I have 4 sets available. They are gorgeous, very detailed and a little different from the other sets I have posted online. If you are interested in seeing the set, please email me at email@example.com and I will send you a picture and pricing information.
Thank you so much for your business. I truly love my kokeshi dolls and I am so thrilled to share them with my customers all around the world. Just today I sent dolls to France and Australia. I love it!
Enjoy your December.
Happy Cyber Monday November 28 2016, 0 Comments
At Kokeshi Designs everyday is great online shopping. I keep my prices as low as possible so that you can enjoy purchasing these beautiful kokeshi dolls everyday.
All of my kokeshi dolls are handcrafted in Japan. I personally know the artists and their families. They are wonderful, creative people. The kokeshi circle at one time included hundreds of artists but those numbers are shrinking at a rapid rate. The reason is that many young people just do not want to take up the craft. Since 2004 when I began selling kokeshi dolls, I have seen a significant decline in the number of artists making the dolls as well as the number of designs that are available.
I began my online business selling Kokeshi Nativity Sets and over time added more doll designs. But, my first love are the Nativity Sets. They are unique and beautiful. There is a style and price range for every shopper. If you are looking for a high quality and unique gift, you should consider one of the Nativity Sets or one of my many other designs.
Thank you so much for your business. I speak to many of you daily through email and it is a pleasure to be able to provide you with a quality product and exceptional customer service. I treat my customers as I would want to be treated.
If you have any questions about any of the dolls, shipping, care, etc, please feel free to contact me on the website at kokeshidesigns.com
9-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set November 21 2016, 0 Comments
The 9-pc sets are selling very well. At this rate they will be gone in a few weeks. If you have read my blog you know that this is the last year I will be able to get the sets from the artist. If you ever thought you wanted a set, this is the time to buy one.
Also, a shout out to Salt Lake City-my home town! I attended the Holiday Boutique at the Buddhist Temple on Saturday. It was so good to see many of my customers and also meet some new friends. Thank you for stopping by the show.
Earthquake in Japan November 21 2016, 0 Comments
My prayers and thoughts are with the people in Japan after the recent earthquake in the Fukushima area. Especially thinking of all my friends in Japan including the many kokeshi artists and their families. Be well dear friends......
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