Not Edwardy but ….

A few years ago my daughter came across a Christmas tradition which I think originally came from Scandinavia. On December 1st one of Father Christmas’s elves appears in the house by magic. During the day he behaves impeccably but once everyone is asleep he plays and makes mischief. Nothing nasty you understand, but he may raid the biscuit tin leaving a trail of crumbs across the kitchen, be found asleep on the sofa with an empty beer bottle at his side, or he may have had visitors for a game of cards which remain scattered on the table. When he visited me with them he kicked a loo roll from the top of the stairs to the bottom like the puppy in the Andrex ads. Then on Christmas night, when Father Christmas delivers his gifts, the elf hops onto the sleigh and returns home with him.

My family’s elf was called Edwardy and was a dapper young man dressed in green. When, in the middle of lockdown, my daughter reached the end of her tether with her emotionally abusive and controlling husband and fled on the advice of the police, she was able, helped by friends, to remove her personal belongings and some things of sentimental value but didn’t have time to search the loft for Christmas stuff however precious. So Edwardy remains incarcerated in a box.

However she and her daughter want to continue the tradition. (she may be 14 but who cares!) But it is important to them both that their new Elf is not like Edwardy which rather ruled out simply buying another one. But that is what Mam-gu is for! Could I make a fat, rather scruffy, old elf in something other than green (or red which triggers bad memories for my daughter) but still Christmassy? Good job I enjoy a challenge!

I started to think, mainly during dog walks, then played around with paper and sticky tape to get the main shapes, work out sizes and the position of his face and limbs. I found I was having enormous fun! I could almost have claimed he was a Scrap-Happy but I did have to buy the purple and blue felt. Everything else was from stuff I had lying around my workroom.

For the technically minded among you his legs are pieces of thin hemp rope (bought for the garden) with a knot inside his boots to bulk them out and give them weight. His arms have a pipe cleaner bent double inside so can be repositioned and I stitched his staff to the inside of his mitten before I sewed the two sleeve / mitten pieces together so that it is attached but the stitch is not visible on the outside. His hair, eyebrows and beard are DK wool stitched on then unravelled and his eyes are 2 black beads. I stuffed his body with toy stuffing but inserted a spoonful of rice wrapped in muslin near the base to weight him.

Until today this new Elf had no name – it was up to his new family to christen him. As I was writing this post the news came through. He is McJingle Toes. Let the Christmas fun begin!

18 thoughts on “Not Edwardy but ….

  1. Tracy Perez December 1, 2020 / 12:18 pm

    very nice and I’m glad your daughter is safe.


    • Going Batty in Wales December 2, 2020 / 1:18 pm

      Thank you Tracy.


  2. tialys December 1, 2020 / 1:41 pm

    Christmas family traditions are the best – and they all have to start somewhere. I’m sure McJingle Toes will be around for years and years to come.


    • Going Batty in Wales December 2, 2020 / 1:19 pm

      I imagine you will be starting some new ones or at least modifying old ones this year in your new home. Enjoy!


  3. Laurie Graves December 1, 2020 / 3:01 pm

    Let the Christmas fun begin is right! Wonderful. Just wonderful.


    • Going Batty in Wales December 2, 2020 / 1:20 pm

      Thank you Laurie. I think many of us are going to make a big deal of Christmas to lighten the gloom!

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  4. Carrie December 1, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    Stop press, he’s had a rename to Gandelf.

    He brought the chocolate advent calendars with him last night to announce his arrival.

    Tonight… Who knows. I’ll post uodates here for people’s amusement x

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  5. DawnGillDesigns December 2, 2020 / 9:44 am

    Gandelf is perfect. And very little beats developing a new tradition with loved ones. Hugs to you all.


    • Going Batty in Wales December 2, 2020 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you Dawn. I was just a tiny bit smug when he was finished! Hugs to you too and I hope you make some nice Christmas memories this year – we need some light relief!

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  6. onesmallstitch December 2, 2020 / 7:50 pm

    Gandelf is perfect in his purple, I hope he brings love and peace to your daughter and a happy new Christmas tradition. He might have been called Jingles with bells on his hat and toes!


    • Going Batty in Wales December 4, 2020 / 10:47 am

      Thank you. All traditions have to start somewhere and sometime. I shall have to think of new ones here as well.


  7. quietwatercraft December 7, 2020 / 1:38 pm

    What a cutie he is! It must be lovely to help carry on a family tradition 🙂


    • Going Batty in Wales December 9, 2020 / 7:20 am

      I am getting a photo each morning of his antics the night before so I can enjoy him too.


    • Going Batty in Wales January 15, 2021 / 2:29 pm

      I think a very clever mollusc had something to do with it 😉


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