Monthly Archives: December 2012

Milly’s Door ~ Christmas

Christmas was lovely this year as my minou really understood the concept of Santa. “We need to buy a chimney mama” she exclaimed one morning as her little thoughts had worked out that our house is chimneyless.

She reminded me that we needed to leave a drink for Santa and thoughtfully wanted to welcome him with homemade angel and star cheese straws. She wrote a note explaining the reindeer had a carrot and that she had prepared this veritable feast. Sweet girl.


Milly has been preparing for the festive period too.


She even left a little gift and tiny card for Minou on Christmas day


How it all began…

Enjoy your little urban fairies my friends.

Tonight my brother will be half munching on carrots~check, I need to step into someone’s shoes: Santa’s footprints ~ check,


[Sneaky reindeer came in to enjoy that carrot and Santa left a thank you note, polite Santa! I’m sad that the glitter doesn’t show up in the photo~ it looks darling]

If I’m quick enough I’ll get to enjoy that glass of whiskey, so on that note… a demain mes amis!


Christmas Eve Tradition

Christmas Eve! Oh Christmas Eve! One of my favourite days in the calendar.  The excitement, the anticipation.

After dinner, with tummys full,  in the quiet of the evening my dinky doo gets to open her Christmas Eve gifts.

A new pair of Christmas pyjamas


A book to read that evening [this year,  the 12 days of Christmas] and her stocking to hang ready for Santa


In new snuggly pyjamas, a drink can now be poured for Santa and a carrot left ready to be nibbled.

Oh Christmas Eve! We are ready.


Christmas Stocking Tradition

Every Christmas morning without fail my parents would make sure that Santa left a satsuma and sugared mouse in my stocking.

The tradition continues and I’ve added my own. Last year I made Minou a stocking. It had a little pocket on the front to house the little mouse.

I thought about knitting one this year but I fear my skills maybe a little stretched so that will next for next year.

In fact as Christmas crept up on me I ended up making this at 10pm the night before everyone descended for Christmas! It was super straightforward and simple as I had no time for anything more. Still, it looks sweet and I’ve managed to improve on the overall shape. Last year it looked like a partly shrunk boot!

I measured the pattern size by Minou’s widest stocking gift. The trick is to slope the foot downwards rather than straight across. Cut out your pattern. Remember your seam allowance. If you fold your fabric you can cut both sides together. If not remember to make sure ‘right’ sides of the fabric are opposite.


I used some fabric leftover from her 2nd birthday dress. The photo doesn’t show it but it’s lovely ‘satiny’ fabric which has a slight stretch. For the pocket and top of the stocking I used a fleeced cotton sheet left over from when she was in a Moses basket.

I used the blanket hem for the top of the pocket so I only had to fold in the sides and bottom and top stitch around. I used a zigzag stitch as it looks more fun than a straight stitch. Sew your pocket on.

For the top of the stocking I again used the existing seam for the front and simply sewed over it to secure the fleece to the red fabric. However first you need to sew fleece inside the stocking so you have a nice finish.


Here is a drawing which I hope makes it a little clearer


Place fleece on top of red fabric so that the wrong sides of each fabric are facing you. Stitch the fleece to red fabric a little way down so that when you turn to over to the front of the stocking it is neat.

I then stitched over the existing hem on the right/front sides of the stocking.

Pin the wrong sides of the stocking together and sew.


Make small notches all around the curves so that other will have a neat edge when you turn inside out.


Voila, this years stocking next to last years.


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Did any of your littlies stir whilst Santa made his delivery?!


Merry Christmas

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas day wherever you are and whoever you are with.


Here’s a little pre-prepared automated post of some lovely links for you to enjoy:


I have loved this French cartoon series ever since I lived in France. The beautiful Les Triples

Finally a book of the Christmas story which doesn’t have a white British baby.

Some beautiful dresses for the festive season Beautiful Sequin Dress, Sweetheart Sequin Dress

Two delicious post Christmas day food smoothies for Boxing Day Cranberry Spice, Cranberry & Coconut Milk


Merry Christmas dear readers.


Santa Footprints

Last post before Santa arrives for many of you. 

My little lady is with her papa this Christmas so our festivities will be a little later. Ouf, it’s hard having divided time.

However, as most of you will be pouring the whiskey and slicing the carrots ready for your wonder inspired visitors I thought I’d post a last minute touch…


Mix a little flour and glitter and make Santa footprints either from your fireplace or front door. You could also go for reindeer prints.


As this is my brother’s flat and he only has a dustpan and brush I didn’t want to create a floury sticky mess that we’d spend the whole evening cleaning rather than getting our boxset viewing on! Here we come National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.  Love that film.

Enjoy drinking that whiskey!

Have a wonderous evening and beautiful day tomorrow lovelies.