christmas market

28 November, 2014 ·

Poor neglected blog! I suppose it is what comes of trying to lecture full time, write part time and work towards a market on the side… Anyway, if anyone still looks in now and again I thought they might like to see some things I’ve been making lately. They’re all for a beautiful Christmas market that a small community of local crafters have been busily preparing for, now just nine days away! Whatever funds we can raise with our handmade work will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

These little star babies are something I make most Christmases but this year I’ve been a little more adventurous with the colour of the felt. I like the purple and pink and if I have time I’m hoping to make a few more in turquoise. The photo doesn’t show it very well but the cribs are embroidered with gold stars.

star babies

I make most things in sets but this pregnant Mary is a just a one-off. Again, my photo doesn’t show it well but she has little gold stars all over her tummy. I’ve ordered some postcards to be made from a photo of her, so hopefully I’ll have those to offer alongside her on the day. (I didn’t make the fox, he was a present from my mum. I just thought he looked like a good friend and protector for her.)

pregnant mary

I usually make these knitted wreaths with babies snoozing in them but this year I’ve put nests instead with little robins’ eggs that I made out of polymer clay.

nest wreath

Like the Mary figure a couple of photos up, these gnomes were made using the little dolls bases you can buy in most Steiner/Waldorf shops. It might be because I made them while watching the first series of Vikings, but to me they look quite determined and warrior like!


Much more peaceful and less warrior-like are Mary and Joseph and their newborn. These figures are really tiny (about as tall as matchsticks, without their hats on). If I have time I’d like to make some little stables to put them in like a proper nativity.


And these dolls were made from an old woolly blanket I was given very cheaply because it was in such awful condition. I cut out the good bits and love having so much beautiful wool fabric in all these different pastel colours!

blanket dolls

Our fond hope for the market is that our community will find in our work a beautiful alternative to the kind of Christmas shopping that supports harmful systems. Everything we sell is made by happy people like me who enjoyed every stitch. None of it has travelled far to find its way onto our tables. And all of the profits go to an organisation that is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights.

Here are the details just in case you can make it.


Please come along and say hello if you can. We have worked so hard and will be so happy to see you!


  1. Line I love love love the babies in the pink cradles!! :-) They are so adorable Anna! :-) You are so clever! :-) And, guess what! I found your book here in India a couple of days ago! I love it so much!! It is the one called Violet Mackerel's Personal Space. It is the sweetest book Ive read in a long time! :-) Happy Advent to you this coming Sunday! Lots of Love! <3
    November 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm · Reply
  2. anna Lovely Line - thank you for not giving up on my little blog! And also for telling me you found Violet in India - I'd no idea! I'm so especially pleased you enjoyed it too. Thank you! And an especially lovely first Sunday of advent to you too xx
    November 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm ·
  3. Sonya Woods Anna your blog is beautiful. I don't think anyone would give up on it. I hope I can make it to your market. You are very talented.
    November 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm ·
  4. anna Sonya that is so kind - thank you :). It would be just lovely to see you at the market! xx
    November 28, 2014 at 10:07 pm ·
  5. Jeanette Beautiful, gorgeous crafting. Hoping your market goes very well and that you sell lots of items.
    November 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm · Reply
  6. Rebecca Hi Anna- Thanks for sharing the darling things you made! I especially love the gnome warriors and lovely Mary. I can't wait to show your pictures to my 7 yo in the morning. She has been crafting up a storm lately. I stopped by to see if Violet had a new adventure in the works... Any news you can share? We are waiting for the next installment with great (if somewhat impatient, sorry!) anticipation. I feel so lucky to have stumbled onto your fantastic series last year. Thank you! I recommend your books to everyone and both our local library and school library have purchased copies after hearing me rave. They are perfect for early readers, but hold up well under adult scrutiny (unlike some other current series- bleagh). My daughter has read and re-read them all. Thanks again for giving us a real girl and real family to read about and love, quirky, kind and gentle.
    November 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm ·
  7. anna Thank you Jeanette! I hope so too :).
    November 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm ·
  8. anna Rebecca, what a lovely message. Thank you so much for your kind words, both about my craftwork and also about Violet! You've made my day :). There will be a new Violet book soon, Violet Mackerel's Formal Occasion. I think it's due for release in March. I can't wait! Please say a special hello to your daughter from me xx
    November 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm ·
  9. Sue Hi Anna, These are beautiful. I would love to get to the market but alas it is my daughter's farewell picnic on Saturday. Is there anyway I could order/purchase an item or two via correspondence and meet up with you next week?
    November 30, 2014 at 5:38 pm ·
  10. Sharon Every thing looks so lovely Anna. I am very much looking forward to market day.
    December 2, 2014 at 10:42 am · Reply
  11. Margaret B. nope, not giving up. how could I when I see such delights read beautiful words each time I visit. wish I could visit your market... alas, the distance is great. however, I send support from afar and, as always, send love -- mb
    December 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm · Reply
  12. toni Hello Anna, the elf outdoors shoes are so beautiful. I have been looking everywhere for a pattern, and have tried to make some. Is there anywhere I can buy a pattern or some shoes. I live in the US and can not make it to market. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful pictures!
    December 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm ·
  13. Ronnie Pearce Hi Anna I still regularly check in here. What a treat to see these images of your beautiful work.... those babies at the top! Your market sounds so lovley. I wish I lived close enough to visit. We have just got ourselves a copy of Violet Mackerels Helpful Suggestion. The 8 and 5 year old were very excited as we are huge fans here you know. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas
    December 13, 2014 at 11:19 am ·
  14. Kienyen So beautiful Anna! The manger scene looks so peaceful. Amazing work!
    December 20, 2014 at 10:21 am ·
  15. Theresa Dear Anna, Any chance you'd post a tutorial of how you make the babies that are in the cradles? They are so sweet! Blessings...
    December 26, 2014 at 2:54 am ·
  16. Sam Glennie Dear Anna Thank you for the sticky note that I have stuck in my remarkable recovery book.I have enjoyed reading your books. Love Samuel Glennie, Age 8
    January 4, 2015 at 4:33 am ·
  17. secret yarn santa Omg i Love the little figures who look war like i love Mary and Jesus. I had no idea what was felting. You are amazing. So happy to see your stuff!
    April 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm ·
  18. anna Thank you! :)
    April 4, 2015 at 8:04 am ·
  19. Cynthia Do you sell the little star babies
    May 19, 2015 at 3:07 am ·
  20. anna I haven't yet, but there I will be posting soon about a little auction that will probably include one. Please keep an eye out in the coming week - and thank you for the question :).
    June 11, 2015 at 2:02 pm ·
  21. Holly Anna, Can I buy a tutorial for making the little star babies? I'd love to donate them to our Waldorf school's handcraft fair. Thank you so much, Holl
    October 27, 2015 at 1:27 am ·