When I took these photos outside in the snow, everything was so quiet under the old ash tree. Only the squirrel sits high up on one of the bald branches where the nightingale sang in early summer.
Lieb Nachtigall, wach auf! ('Wake up, dear Nighingale') is one of my favourite traditional German Christmas songs. It is a beautiful song about a nightingale that is chosen to fly to the stable to sing a song by the crib. No surprise that I was thinking of nightingales when putting together the fabrics for this Little Mi hot-water bottle and doll set, a Christmas gift for a little girl who loves birds...
The Little Mi sets were one of the first products I made some years ago under the name Fröken Skicklig. Back then I wanted to design a hot-water bottle cozy that doubles as a toy, and that was how I came up with the idea of a hot-water bottle doll bed. The very first set went to Denmark, and since then, many Little Mi dolls (and Little Mo dolls, their brothers) have found new homes around the world to find a new home to warm little cold feet.
Some time ago, I slightly modified the pattern of these little dolls. While the body of each Mi had been made from one piece like a rather simple pocket doll with the arms attached, Little Mi dolls now have legs and a trunk under their and can sit (not only in snow drifts).
As a teeny tiny extra detail, Little Mi dolls now also have ears, like all my other dolls.
While the nightingale is not to be heard at this time of the year, those little ears can listen to a winter song for several voices: The woodpecker in the chestnut tree sings the alto, the scrunching snow and the wind that dances around the house take the tenor and basso part. The robin sings the soprano, together with the humming telegraph lines.
We, in the meantime, listen to the crackling of the fireplace, snuggle under woollen blankets on the sofa and enjoy a calm afternoon while the snow is falling outside.
Wishing you a wonderful wintry weekend!