Step by step

I apologize to all of you, who now have an earworm from 1990 and New Kids on the Block from that title, but "phase one" or "baby steps" were tried and rejected. So step by step it is, and Christmas crafts I'm talking about.
I started holiday season with the bag above, and after that everything went crazy-busy (with anything but C) for a week or two, and since then I have been searching my Christmas-mojo. Anyone else struggling with seasonal products? I LOVE Christmas, it's not that, it's just the idea of getting something pretty ready in such a short time...
My secret holiday-plan included some new Christmas Stockings (here are the last year's models), some pretty tree ornaments/gift decorations (see the little birdies in these pictures on this post), and also some felted bags and pouches. And oh yes, despite the not-so-optimistic-tone here, I have managed to get quite a bit done, and plan to have them in my shop by end of this month.
The days are getting really short here, we have minus-degrees on nights (and some days) and in Lapland it's been snowing already. If this sort of weather doesn't get me in into a real Christmas-mood I do not know what does... And it's truly needed as there will be a lot more of birdie-sewing, some stocking-cutting and reasonable amount of knitting and felting - a true elfing* around the clock next a few weeks. How is everyone else doing?
Lovely Thursday!


* an elf -> elfing (aka santa'slittlehelpering)


greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh my that Christmas tree bag is gorgeous Mia!! I spy a little bun. :)
Your birdies are lovely too, you seem to have got quite a bit done actually.
You know me, I always struggle with Christmas, dark days and cold weather (which we have been promised this weekend)! :(
Happy Thursday and elfing,
Vivienne x

Mia said...

Thank you, Vivienne!

I am struggling with this gray/wet/cold autumn after a bad summer...And I am not waiting the winter either! Christmas I love but until then... huh.

I wish it'll be sunny in here and yours this weekend!


Stins said...

Looking all fantastic!
That bag is awsome...:-)

Mia said...

Thank you so much Stins!

I love Christmas, and crafting "for it" is lovely too!

Wishing you a happy weekend soon!


Nova Melina said...

Oi oi Mia! Miten ihana joulukassi!! Mistähän mä saisin virtaa aloittaa jouluhommat.. Kohta oon aivan pulassa messujeni suhteen!! Mutta ihania juttuja sä oot tehnyt! :)

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

My dear Mia,
That DETAILED bag is incredible!!!! It is so beautiful, it must have taken a really long time to make. Your imagination just when crazy with so many creatures!!! Just fabulous!!
Love your birdies too. They will make get gifts for teachers etc.
Snow already : ( I don't think I could handle that yet.
Love what you have been up to, I think you are going strong on your "C" things!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Mia! I love your little birds and your words! Elfing is so much fun but in Finnish 'tonttuilu' sounds more funny! This year I really feel that I don't have energy for Christmas mood. I would like to pass all Christmas huzzle but I guess when it's closer I start again with a little lights ... and this and that.
Have a wonderful weekend! x Teje
PS. Just washed Nero's feet and nails. He was chaising a cat outside and all that red ground is now mud after three days rain ... did I miss the rain?!

Anne said...

Hi Mia, That bag would be perfect for Mrs. Claus!! It gets me into the Christmas spirit. Love your flock of birdies too.

There was some snow (in the middle of the US) But I'm not ready for that, yet!!

Looking forward to more of your C- goodies.

Happy THursday,

Mia said...

Kiitos Nova!

Täälläkään ei ylimääräistä energiaa juuri ole, ja yleensä nämä joulu-juttuset on menty sillä "hitsi-joko-se-on-viikon-päästä" eli kiire paras mauste on... :)

Iloista lokakuun jatkoa sinulle, ja loistavia luomishetkiä! Ihania pussukoita olit jo messuille tehnyt, kyllä ne loputkin ihanuudet sieltä pukkuhiljaa valmistuu!

Terkuin Mia

Mia said...

Thank you, Robin!

It's cold, gray and wet here, and every night we have - degrees...And snowing is just around the corner. But usually (fingers crossed!) it will not stay until December, it comes and goes.

Lovely Thursday!


Mia said...

Heips Teje,

I know, it's a bit same here, after everything else C-crafts surely took their time to get started. I wish you'll enjoy your crafting a lot, and if C feels too much still, just wait a little and enjoy the other things instead!

Happy weekend soon!

Terveisin pikku-tonttu

Mia said...

Hello dear Anne,

thank you so much for your lovely comment! I liked that bag a lot too, and I would have liked to keep it myself :)

I wish you happy crafting and many sunny (yet autumn-y) days!


Jane said...

Hello my dear Mia,
WOW that Christmas bag is just stunning Mia..I love it. You have been so busy and the little string of birdies look so cute. Your weather sounds VERY cold, we are due some chillier weather at the weekend but to us that mean +6 to +9oc!!!!Keep snug and keep knitting and creating. Our favourite time of the year is just around the corner,
Jane x

Mia said...

Thank you, dear friend!

I am little shocked how bad (weather-wise!) this year has been since May...But I am wishing that snow and all that will come and go but stay around Christmas only! And oh yes, C is coming, and I haven't decided yet will I try to blog daily or... It's sort of tradition ;) already but... We'll see!

Have a lovely day, and kisses to B!


verykerryberry said...

I am in love with your Christmas bag Mia!

Wendy said...

wow Mia, your bag is amazing, I love it! Especially the cute little rabbit.

i haven't done any Christmas crafting yet, I can't bear the thought right now!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Just catching up here Mia. That bag is just adorable!

Eek, Christmas!! I am so glad the seasonal sales thing isn't an issue for me! Here's hoping you have a great pre-Christmas boom x

Mia said...

Thank you Kerry!

Many happy greetings from winter-ish (it's minus something and it snowed earlier!)Finland and happiest weekend!


Mia said...

Thank you so much, Wendy!

Happy Halloween (there's plenty of time for C-crafts still!) and many greetings from Finland!


Mia said...

Thanks Annie,

And I know: If I didn't have the shop ti update in time, I wouldn't be even dreaming of C yet not to mention the crafts! But I just have to prepared in time... Or just about!

I wish you a lovely weekend with something beautiful in your needles!


Beth said...

Hi Mia,

I also LOVE the bag, how fabulous, you are clever! I think the little birdies are very cute also and I look forward to the 'stockings', will you be making gloves again this year?


Mia said...

Hello dear Beth!

I will make some mittens this year too, but mostly I am making them into a Finnish shop to sell. I have a few pairs ready, and I think some new pairs will appear in my etsy at some point too. Oh.. so many things and so little time ;)

Enjoy your weekend!


Cindy said...

I love this bag and will treasure using it this season!! Thanks so much for doing it, Mia.

Mia said...

Hello Cindy,

I am so happy you loved it! I wish I could find time to make one for myself, I would love it in bright red...mmm... :)

Happy Holiday-waiting!


This time of the year...

Usually around this time, when children go back to school, and you can just about to smell the autumn, I start to dig deeper in my fabric...