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Guest Curator: The Long Thread

Dec 9, 2009

by thelongthread handmade and vintage goods

Ellen Luckett Baker lives with her husband and two daughters in Atlanta. A self-taught sewer, Ellen found creative inspiration and began to sew when her older daughter was born seven years ago. She is the author of The Long Thread, where she can be found sewing, crafting, and making things with her children. Her sewing patterns have been featured in several publications, and she is currently working on a sewing book for Chronicle Books to be published in 2011.

Good things come in small packages. There’s something special about tiny objects — like a secret that you can slide into your pocket. I’ll always remember the magic I felt as a child watching the little
ballerina twirl inside my music box. I recall the wee wooden doll that my great-uncle painted by hand, the miniature chalet with rotating figures, and the small, brightly-colored Christmas ornaments. My mother spent a lot of time working on my dollhouse — weaving a rug of felt, painting miniature plates, and taking me on frequent trips to the magical world of the dollhouse shop. It seems that my childhood
memories are filled with tiny treasures.

Share the magic of the miniature this holiday season with these little gifts and holiday decorations. Each of these objects can fit in the palm of your hand and would be easy to ship to friends across the country or around the world…or you could just slip one into your pocket.


This bear is under 4″ tall and handmade in Spain. Migu the Bear would make a perfect stocking stuffer or gift for anyone who likes tiny cute things. (And who doesn’t?) By knittingdreams, $22.50.


The Little Red Door features itty-bitty ceramics perfect for adding whimsy to a desk or mantel. $11.

Look out! The gnomes are loose again. This little fellow is less than 3″ tall. Naturally, I love everything in this shop. By allthingssmall, $18.


Everyone needs a miniature winter village, don’t they? Start your collection with this vintage Christmas Putz house made from sturdy paper. A collection of these would make a great centerpiece for the
holiday table or sideboard. From efinegifts, $16.95.


Slip this calendar into your pocket and keep track of your busy schedule with this silkscreened 2010 calendar with hand-lettered pages. By jenhewett, $13.

Celebrate the season retro-style with these vintage snowman cupcake toppers. From bostonbaglady, $5.50.

This pair of wintry wooden dolls would make a nice decoration or stocking stuffer. By goosegrease, $18.


Little things mean a lot. These Forget-Me-Not Earrings offer a sweet sentiment. By Bijoutiful, $36.


Baby shoes definitely top the list of tiny cute things.  These holiday baby booties from Out of the Box are hand-stitched of wool for size 3-6 months. By outofthebox, $24.


Baa la la la la. This ceramic ornament would add character to any tree. By mudpuppy, $16.


I love the graphic hand-painted face on this 3″ tall Japanese matryoshka-style doll from Stefanie Style. A sweet little gift for young and old alike. By stefaniexu, $9.50.


Smaller is better with this tiny hand-embroidered ornament or pendant. By SeaPinks, $17.

You couldn’t complete a list of tiny things without mentioning The Small Object. The Good Wood Magnet Set would make a nice stocking stuffer for kids and adults. By thesmallobject, $8.


If this teddy bear doesn’t make you say “Awww” then you are heartless. This tiny guy from Martha’s Makes is under 2″ small. By marthasmakes, $32.


This holiday season, spend time with your friends and family and cherish the little things.  Happy Holidays!

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