Yesterday we celebrated El dia de los tres magos, or Three Kings Day. It's a big deal in our home as it's the one holiday that truly has meaning for Papa. Of course, there is quite a huge difference from how we celebrate it here in the Midwest, and how he once used to celebrate it in Barcelona. His memories of it look more like this, this and this. We went with the more mellow tradition of putting Peanut's shoes under his bed, filled with hay for the Kings' camels to eat on their journey home. So when he woke the next morning the Kings had left treats and treasures in his shoes as a "thank you" for the hay.
I thought it would be fun for Papa to get a little treat too so filled these little elf shoes with chocolate for him.
Sadly, January 6th also marks the end of Christmas for us. I say sadly because I always feel a bit meloncholy when the tree comes down. I get a little attached to having that little corner of our living room glowing with the soft luster of the white Christmas lights. But it's time.
Wool felt and hand stitched. They were quite quick and easy to make, except when I decided to add "snow". All those tiny glass seed beads sure took a while to stitch on...
...but it was still completely satisfying to make.
And finally...when I saw Hillary's free pattern for one of her pull toys, I had one of those "drop everything" moments so I could stitch one up.
Link to the pattern can be found here.
Instead of stitching on felt eyes which I usually do, I simply needle felted them in-it was alot quicker.
Thanks to all the above crafty gals who published these free patterns for us to use. For next year I have my eye on this adorable fella.