A Small Little Woman Giveaway

P1010763 P1010766 P1010760 P1010769 P1010772 P1010777Today, the 6th of January, is known in Ireland as “Women’s Little Christmas” or “Nollaig na mBan”: traditionally the day where women could put their feet up and have a break after all the cooking and work of Christmas, and let the men do all the chores. I was talking to the children today and explaining about what it was and why it was called that. The boys were joking and saying that they would take over the cooking for the day (ha!) and be extra nice to me, when Grace paused from her window washing (!) and said “I’m a small little Woman too!”

I had planned on perhaps bringing Grace into town for tea and cake, but I was just too tired by the time Fergal came home, and the weather was simply appalling; so I made a little doll instead to mark her being “a small Little Woman”!


I made James one too and he watched me sewing with forensic intensity, making sure his green doll looked “happy” (the pressure) I have yet to make hats or wigs for them, because they were swiped from my hands as soon as the last thread was snipped, and he ran off in delight to give Grace hers (and came back a minute later looking for a “yourd” (sword) for his doll (sigh))

But I digress from the main point of this post. I was thinking of doing a giveaway before Christmas: I really appreciate every reader and every comment here; my Facebook “likes” were heading towards 400 (Facebook being a big driver of traffic to this wee blog), and then yesterday I spotted I had reached 400 likes without me even realising it! So, what with the day that is in it, and since I had planned on giving a “small little woman” away (one of my 4” Teeny-Tiny Waldorf dolls) it all seemed serendipitous :-)


And here she is. A little 4” teeny tiny fairy doll. I put wire into her to give her some flexibility, but she is still very soft as it is well padded with soft new wool. Her hair is mohair yarn, tied in pigtails (bunches). She has a pair of red and white stripy tights, and two dresses: one white vintage-lined dress and a reversible cotton pinafore (which took far longer to make than the doll. I was having palpitations trying to finish it) Of course, she has little wings (decorated with a tiny red button) as she is A Real Fairy.

She is completely hand sewn- not a machine in sight!!- as are her clothes. If I figure out how to make little booties before the giveaway ends, I’ll add those in too. If the winner would prefer a boy fairy, I’ll try my hand at making him a pair of britches ;-)

Would you like a chance to win?! There are plenty of ways!

1- comment here

2- “like”, share and comment on my The Nest Facebook page

3- share this post on Twitter

4- share this post on Pinterest

… and let me know so I can add you in as many times as you comment and share :-)

I’ll be using a random number generator and the closing date is Sunday 12th January, 2014.  I am happy to post this Little One anywhere in the world!


42 thoughts on “A Small Little Woman Giveaway

  1. She is beautiful and I would so love to win her as I can no longer have women’s little Christmas, except home alone here in England! Reuben loves the lentil stuffed doll I made him (mice ate the twin) and he got a big crocodile for Christmas I made from an old blanket fleece so I know teeny tiny fairy would be loved (don’t tell his mates!) miss you, miss your talents and inspirations and miss Ireland. xx

  2. Emily – seeing as it’s my birthday and my Grace would just love a real fairy – I think you should pick me – no nepotism involved!


  3. Wow! That is a very generous and thoughtful giveaway :) Lovely photos, what all us little ladies in my house would give for that doll ;) I didn’t know about today being Women’s Little Christmas, you learn something new everyday!! Thanks for the chance to win :D :D :D ;)
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  4. Congrats on your 400 likes. I was out celebrating nollaig na mban so a wee small doll as a reminder would be lovely. I love her.

  5. She is a beautiful fairy, my three daughters adore fairies so I know she would love living with us. I love your blog and Facebook posts, they always inspire and are joyful. Thank you!

  6. Emily, she is just beautiful! Actually everything about this post is just lovely. I love the photos, your ‘little woman’ Grace, the dolls you made for your littles and of course your generosity! Please put my name in the hat! (Shared on FB, Twitter and Pinterest too – I am determined to make her mine – ha!)
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  7. Shared and tweeted, she is gorgeous, Emily. We had a ladies’ brunch at home yesterday, I had also been planning a little trip out for a scone and juice but the weather made me think again.

  8. She is So GORGEOS Emily!!
    I Would LOVE Her, I have lots of Fairy Books to read to Her :-) :-)
    Those little Baby dolls are just so Cute!!
    LOVE the Blog!!
    Michelle xx

  9. Me! Me! Juno would love that little woman. She is adorable!
    We too had the Nollaig na mBan conversation yesterday and she decided when she is bigger we are going to have ‘a girls’day every 6th January’. Sweet!
    F made dinner and I made a choc cake. All good!
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  10. So beautiful. I love the celebration of Nollaig na mBan. Had hoped to do something special with my dd yesterday but dd has a fever so cuddled up on the couch instead:-) Would adore this fairy:-)

  11. Emily, she is just adorable. She would be the perfect little fairy doll for the top of our christmas tree next year. And for the rest of the year she could sit on the dash board of the car.

  12. She is very beautiful. If i win her she can come live in our little fairy house and she can sleep on my little girl’s pillow.Thanks :-)

  13. I follow your blog,and always love seeing those delightful dolls you make
    since we don’t do facebook in this house,I’m happy a post comment will give me a chance.thanks Linda

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