I received a set of 12 Blank Matryoshka Dolls by post. They're made from sweet smelling Linden wood, smooth to the touch and a delight for the eyes. I suppose they can be painted, although they are perfect already. When I thanked her, S. said, "I remember you told me you'd like a blank set." That was a long time ago--how great is it when someone listens to your most random remarks and remembers your wish list? There is family you are born into, and also the family you find along the way.