@Scrbblchick -- That's a great story about seeing the matryoshka when you were a child. I love them, too. I was fortunate enough to go to Russia and we went to a craftsman's shop where they were made. It was a family business and I got to see the entire process. It was truly fascinating.
The family had a couple of huge sets with something like thirty dolls, and they tried to get me to buy the big one, but I couldn't have gotten it on the plane! So I bought a medium sized set that I knew would fit inside my carry-on. Like you, I love my matryoshka, too!