I’ve recently stumbled across two lovely blogs, Mitenska and Tales From A Happy House. Both are worth visiting with a pot of tea and some time to read through the archives. I was doing just that the other day, and whilst reading the latter, I came across a post called Elving. Elving is the act of making little Christmas preparations, of writing cards, making gifts. I like that word, that idea, and have borrowed it for my own use and extended it to cover any kind of preparation for a high day or holiday.
It seems particularly relevant for the preparations I have been making this evening for Jessica’s forthcoming birthday. I have spent a happy evening elving…
Ages ago on Pinterest, I came across the idea of making little peg doll calendar dolls. In Waldorf education, children are taught to associate a colour with each day of the week as well as the name of the day. When they are very young, it is easier for them to understand the idea of a purple day or a red day than the more abstract Monday or Tuesday. Some parents to so far as to dress their children in the associated colour, although I won’t be doing that!
What I have been doing is cutting tiny felt cloaks and hats from coloured felt and stitching them together. The cloaks are edged with blanket stitch, and the hats are just over sewn along the long seam.
Here is the first little calendar doll, a purple Monday doll. I am pleased with how it has turned out, and will try and do one each evening this week. I already have one of those perpetual calendars where you two blocks for the date and then a long block for the month. Jessica and I change it every morning, and then I sing her good morning song. I made it up myself (to the tune of The Archers!) and it ends with ‘welcome to —day’ so it will be nice to add in putting out the appropriate doll. I am planning to give them to her as part of her birthday present.
As well as elving this evening, I am also nursing a very painful ear. I’ve been feeling under the weather and had a sore throat for a day or so, and this evening the pain has spread to my ears. It looks like a trip to the doctor will be on the cards tomorrow. The only silver lining is I have just a week or so left of not having to pay for prescriptions since I had Jessica. I would rather not be poorly at all, but at least I won’t have to pay! I’m taking myself to bed now with a cup of tea and a hot water bottle.