My doll making classes are winding up and the ladies just have the hair to do this week. We've had a wonderful time both mornings and it's so nice that nine little people are going to get dolls this christmas. I've so enjoyed sharing my skills and all of us sharing our experiences about all sorts of things. As we sit around the table I feel as if we are keeping up a tradition started generations ago by other women. A sadly lost tradition where women would sit, talk and sew and connect. There really isn't anything nicer.
Meanwhile, I've made a couple of dolls that I will put in my shop later:
First off the cuddliest of mermaids in the softest velour:
I also have a dark doll that I need to dress but here she is wearing a makeshift sari:
The nativity is out already as are the advent calendars and the stack of christmas stories seems to grow each year. Here are some of may faves on Flickr. I'm finding this year that the older two seem to have 'outgrown' stories around the fire and sitting down to make things of an evening. And that's fine as long as they don't go around moping that they don't feel christmassy. I think it's a good opportunity for them to look within and decide what christmas means for them and how they want to spend this advent time. I think I might set them the challenge of making the family cards this year though - hmmm.
I had a quick look at my previous christmas posts to inspire me and I have to say there are some good how to's and ideas there. If you'd like to have a look yourselves they are here and here and here.
I'm off to sew the wings on angels and to listen to Handel's Messiah. Click here if you want to join me!