Saturday, 5 December 2009

Three little maids...

Have you ever done something that is so familiar to you that you can put yourself on auto-pilot and "go with the flow"? My daughter has decided that her tree decorations are going to be colour coordinated to match her new lounge. (Very "Ideal Home" and fine - until you get to the stage in life when the tree goes up at the last minute and the box of old faithfuls come out of the attic!!)
So, wanting to help with a few little tree decorations, I went into the sewing room and lifted down the box labelled "Christmas mouse bits". What a little treasure store of felt mouse heads, beads, ribbons, lace, lurex threads etc! I collected all the necessary - scissors, needle, sewing thread - and carried them into the lounge so that I could work and watch the Friday night comedy.
And then this was when nostalgia hit and my brain went into overdrive.....
I must have made hundreds of these little mice over the years. Many weeks, working up to Christmas, have been spent making these tiny creatures, either to go on our tree or to give to friends or to sell at craft fairs. Many, many more have been made for the children in my class each year. Girly ones with satin dresses and lace pinnies and boyish ones dressed in felt on skis made from lolly sticks with "cocktail" ski sticks! Each one being carefully wrapped and labelled to go under the class Christmas tree on the last day of term.
Then I remembered the birthday mice - probably for my daughter's seventh birthday. I made her a tiny, two tier wedding cake with a little bride mouse on top and seven, dainty, pink bridesmaid mice for her little friends to take home after the party.
I haven't made any for years now, but, as I sat down to sew, it was as if I made them yesterday. The needle flew and the scissors snipped and in no time at all I had three, gorgeous, white mice dressed in pink and silver. They stood on my mantlepiece over night, looking very festive, awaiting collection. I am sure they will delight their new owner and probably bring memories flooding back to her too. Now I think I might be tempted to make a few more - anybody want one?

11 comments:

Wipso said...

Youve never made me one :-( but I'm sure I've also made a few in my time from your fail safe instructions :-)
A x

Twiglet said...

Are you sure? Check yours as you put them on your tree tomorrow!

Pondside said...

They're sweet - definitely city mice, aren't they?

Friko said...

they are gorgeous! what a lovely thing to do, making your own decorations.

BumbleVee said...

these are ever so cute....

her at home said...

How charming!! Very dainty mice!

Elizabethd said...

What elegant little mice!

ParisMaddy said...

How adorable.

Julia Dunnit said...

You never made me one either, but are totally forgiven! How lovely, and how super to have nostalgia and skill in one swoop. And it's only a little bit scarey that you have a box of mouse parts. Really only a little bit.

Felted House said...

These are just lovely. When I was about 11 I dreamed of sewing tiny felt mice all dressed up in different outfits, and I remember wishing I could have a shop in our front room to sell them so I could make more! Think I only made one or two in the end, and sadly never persuaded my mum to convert her room into a sewing studio just for me!

Pipany said...

Oh how funny, I have two which are vaguely similr to yours. I made them when my eldest three were tiny (about 18 years ago now!!!) but could only find two in the box this year. One's obviously decided enough is enough! Mine are not as lovely as yours it has to be said. Thank you for entering my giveaway and I truly hope you achieve your wish x