Thursday 3 December 2020

Online Stitching Advent Calendar, Door #3

As every year, Jo is hosting an Online Advent Calendar again, and I have the honour of providing door #3!

First, a picture of something Christmas related I stitched. The only Christmas thing I finished this year was the ornament for the TW Ornament exchange - here as photographed by my exchange partner, another Jo (but not the hostess of this blog hop):


In addition, we are given a conversation topic, and that is 'Your favourite Christmas Book'. I have two, both from my childhood and both no longer available, but I grapped the title image off the startup image search for you. I think they were both only available in German, sorry for that!


The first one is 'Unser gro├čes Weihnachtsbuch' (Our big Christmas book) by several authors with illustrations of the talented Felicitas Kuhn (please check out her work, her fairy tale illustrations are so cute!). It's an advent calendar in book form and features stories, songs, and also recipes if my memory serves me right, as well as an over-arching story about the little angel Plotsch, who is super clumsy but still looking to find his (her? I was never quite sure) place in the heavenly work shop before Christmas. After arriving, he meets several people, and other angels that aren't quite sure where they belong, but of course, in the end, there is a place for everyone!



The second one has a similar setting, but less story - it's more of a description of everything going on up there before Christmas! It's called 'Die Himmelswerkstatt' (the heavenly work shop) by Emmerich Huber, and it's gorgeously illustrated as well. I loved all the details of little angels making toys - guess I always was drawn to crafting! - and drove my grandma crazy making her read this to me as the writing was quite small. She was very happy once I learned to read and didn't have to pester her anymore!

23 comments:

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Leonore, I like your ornament. Any TW designs I've seen have always been detailed regardless of their size.
Your books are what I would have liked to read at Christmas when I was a child. I think they would still be popular today so it is a shame that they are out of print.

beadgirl said...

These books sound sweet. Merry Christmas!

Denise :) said...

What a pretty snowflake ornament! Your books both look like a lot of fun! Perfect for the season! :)

A Patchwork of Crafts said...

Your books look great, I have some fond memories of picture books from my childhood.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year. The ornie is lovely and the two books sound great. I think I would have enjoyed both of them as a child.

Clare-Aimetu said...

A beautiful ornamen t for door 3. It's lovely your books bring fond memories.

jocondine said...

Great ornament, I love how it looks frosty. Amicalement. xxx

RONI said...

Nice stitching. And I like the sound of the stories, particularly the one which could act as an Advent calendar itself.

Carol said...

What a pretty ornament, Leonore! I had to laugh because Christmas things are what I stitch the most of :) It's been fun to read about the different book favorites from various countries--thank you for sharing!

Sheryl said...

Your snowflake ornament is gorgeous, really pretty work.

gracie said...

Such a pretty ornament.

Pamela said...

Gorgeous ornament and sweet books.

Susan said...

Very nice finish on your ornament. I had several German Christmas books - my father was stationed near Munich for 3 years when I was small - but haven't been able to find them. As I couldn't read English or German at the time, I made up the stories from the illustrations.

Elfie said...

Your ornament is so pretty, abd very festive. Your books are very interesting. Merry Christmas!

Astrids dragon said...

A lovely ornament for your exchange, I like the colours.
Your books you chose look sweet, I wish my Mother had some of hers that she could have shared with us growing up.

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Leonore,
Very pretty stitching!
Nice to read about your books!
Merry Christmas!
Hugs,
Barbara xx

Barb said...

I enjoyed reading about your favorite books and the ornament is so pretty!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Those books look like they have amazing illustrations!

BronnyB said...

Lovely stitching and sweet finish.
I don't know that I'll be able to find your books here in Australia, but it looks like they would create great childhood memories. Merry Christmas

DJ said...

Your ornament is gorgeous! What a lovely exchange gift! Your books sound fascinating! I spent a few years in Germany and I wish I had known about these books back then, I'm sure my son (then in elementary school) would have loved them! Have a Very Merry Christmas!

gracie said...

A beautiful ornament.

Christine said...

Lovely ornament! I really like the style of the illustrations in the big Christmas book

Mary's Thread said...

Your ornament is lovely and what beautiful books! The style of illustration really appeals to me! Frohe Weihnachten!