Tuesday, December 28, 2010

santa's gift

look what santa brought!
i can't wait to sew me some nice fat catnip mice!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

magic day

I hope your day was full of magic.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Nana Mousekin's Christmas Eve Story

Finally, all the presents had been wrapped and put under the tree. The stockings were hung, and a big plate of cookies and cheese was set out for Santa Mouse. Now it was time for Nana Mousekin’s Christmas Eve Story:

“A long, long time ago,” she began, “when your papa was just a teeny, tiny baby--can you imagine that?”

“NO!” said Mimi and Momo, for although they heard the same story every year, they still could not believe that Papa Mouse had ever been a little baby!

“We had just moved to Sassafras Valley,” Nana Mousekin continued. “and we were nearly out of sugar, milk, and cheese. But it was two days before Christmas, and the nearby shops were closed! So your Grandpa set off for the only store that was open, which was two whole hours away. He had a good map, and he promised to be back for supper. I busied myself in the kitchen, and your baby papa played on his blanket.

But a few hours later, the sky darkened and big scary clouds swept in from the west, bringing howling winds. Then the snow started to fall--huge thick snowflakes--as big as teacups! Before long, the whole world was covered, and I could only see white out the window.

I put the baby to bed and tried to stay calm, but I was worried sick about Grandpa. Was he lost in the storm? Would he freeze to death far from home? If he did make his way back, would he find the house, so buried in snow? I wanted to go out and call for him, but the front door was completely blocked with snow. As hard as I pushed, I could not make it budge. If Grandpa did return, how would he even get inside?

All night I sat fretting by the fire, until I must have dozed off in the wee early morning.

Suddenly, I was startled awake by a great thump overhead. ‘The house is falling in!’ I screamed, as great heaps of snow fell down the chimney. But right then there was a second great thump, and guess who landed in the fireplace?”

“Grandpa Mousekin!” said Momo.

“That’s right,” said Nana. “And guess who followed right behind him?”

Santa Mouse!” said Mimi.

“He had rescued your Grandpa from the storm and delivered him home, supplies and all, safe and sound!”

“Wow!” exclaimed Momo. “What did he look like?”

“His eyes,” Nana remembered, “how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses; his nose like a cherry; His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and his whiskers and chin were as white as the snow. He had a broad face and a little round belly that shook when he laughed—like a bowl full of jelly!”

“Did you offer him something to eat?” asked Mama Mouse.

“I put out a plate of my Special Pinwheel Cookies,” said Nana, “and he munched down two right away.” ‘Delicious!’ he declared, brushing crumbs from his beard. ‘But if it’s not too much trouble’, and he asked for something else to go with them.”

“Cheese!” said Momo.

“That’s right,” said Papa, “that’s how we know that Santa Mouse likes a little cheese with his cookies.”

“He didn’t stay long,” Nana concluded, “because he had so much to do. He knew the storm would slow things down—that’s why he had started a day early, and that was very lucky for us, wasn’t it? He went back up the chimney, got into his sleigh, and we heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight:

Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!

from Christmas With the Mousekins - A Story with Crafts, Recipes, Poems and More! by Maggie Smith

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

cookies, cookies, and more cookies...

i'm hard at work on my Holiday Cookie Paunch!
download the recipe for Nana Mousekin's Pinwheel Cookies here.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

li'l robin

little robin ornament (inspired by this amazing gift bag art)...with shiny glass bead eyes, embroidery, and sparkly seed-bead embellishment... came out so cute, i might offer it as a sewing kit next year!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

charming charms

i got my friend Karen crafting again, with my Lucky Charms sewing pattern.
and look what she made!!
i'm especially in love with this gray owl...he would make an adorable pin!

Friday, December 17, 2010

feline fizzle

the holidays are so exhausting...
next year it's mice for everyone - and that's IT!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

bitty birds!

the decorating hasn't really begun, but i just wanted to see how cute some Bitty Birds look on the tree...
answer: very cute!
i'm fantasizing about a whole tree covered with them...
hmm, maybe for an itty bitty tree!

Sunday, December 12, 2010


waiting patiently for their place on our 9' tree...
...more of my handmade ornaments & decorations from the last few years.
merry merry!

Thursday, December 9, 2010


one of my favorite ornaments from a few years ago - Big 'n Little Lambs. i had thought to make up the pattern to sell on Etsy but that didn't happen....maybe next year! xo

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mousekins crafts!

these are most of the crafts from Christmas with the Mousekins, including Momo's Christmas Tree Hat, and Angel Mouse Tree-topper.
this is Rosemary & George, sporting their hats made at a little book signing i did on 11/27. they were so into it!
and here's a tree-topper (emailed to me) made by a mom and her daughter when the girl was home sick from school. isn't she the cutest?
happy christmas crafting! xo

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Lucky Charms!

last week a friend was wanting a hand-sewing pattern to give her crafty 10-yr old niece for christmas...i set to designing and making these fun felt charms, and i became a little obsessed!
they can be used for necklaces, key chains, pins, zipper pulls, or just cute decorations.
Owl, Heart, Love Bunny, Fancy Cat, Pouch Pup, and Bitty Bird.
they're a bit addictive because they are so quick and fun to make, and you want keep trying them out in different color combos.
the pattern is available in my shop. wouldn't it make a nice gift for a crafty person if you buy some supplies to go along with it?
happy crafting and last-minute-gift-making!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

big farm in austin, tx

a customer in Austin sent me this photo of the Big Farm set she made from my pattern. i just love how completely different it is from mine - i really dig some of her fabric choices!
besides reporting that the instructions were easy to follow for a novice seamstress, she said, "It's hard to give it away since my 3yr-old fell in love with each animal while I was making them."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas book

the holiday season is here, and i'm happy to announce my first Christmas book: Christmas with the Mousekins - A Story with Crafts, Poems, Recipes and More!
This is really my dream-come-true book in so many ways. besides taking place in a mouse world at Christmas-time, it incorporates recipes and craftiness into the story. i designed a lot of fun projects for the book.
there's lots of love & hugs & family togetherness,
and lots and lots of cookies!
(continued in post below)
Recipes and craft instructions follow the Mousekins making them in the story. so it's all very integrated.
mimi mouse gives baby mouse this cute felt mobile, and the next page shows how to make it (as well as a Mousie Sock Puppet and Mimi's little mitten bookmarks).
there are lots of projects in the book and even more online, for a real home-made holiday. we had the book printed on un-coated stock (no shine, just matte), which is really neat, and adds to the old-fashioned feel.
i've received some nice emails already from moms who have enjoyed the story and the craft projects with their kids. one woman wrote that her older girls (8 & 12) love the crafts too, so there's a wide age-range appeal ...

and another said they are definitely making Cinnamon Snail cookies this year!
i'm sensing that women enjoy the book for themselves, for its sense of nostalgia and for the crafts & recipes. so that's great.
the story starts two weeks before Christmas, so the book would make a nice early gift so that kids, moms, and grandmas (and hey, maybe dads and granddads too!) can join in with the busy Mousekins as they get ready for the big day - decorating their tree, baking cookies and delivering them to friends, crafting paper garlands and an angel-mouse tree-topper, and making gifts from felt and ribbon.
have a Merry Mousie Crafty Christmas!

Friday, November 26, 2010

new pattern set completed!

i'd been meaning to expand my Little Softies Farm sewing pattern for months...
most of the new animals had been made after the usual trials and changes to the patterns...
Horse, Cow, Hen, Dog & Cat have been added to the original set of Donkey, Goat, Lamb, Goose, Pig & Piglet...
it takes a ridiculous amount of time to do all this and then to write everything up with instructions & diagrams (as well as the patterns). but the Big Farm Set pattern is now available in my shop. it would be fun to fill up a christmas stocking with the whole set!
xo maggie

Monday, November 22, 2010

first snow in seattle

the Snow Fairy came last night and dusted our world with magic.
Happy Winter!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

who doesn't love a chicken?

the very chilly & gray weather here in the northwest has given me the Christmas Crafting Bug just a little early!
here's a new ornament i just designed, called "chicken 'n egg".
i'm offering the sewing pattern for sale in my etsy shop.
i can't wait to get our tree & display her with my other handmade ornaments.
this would be fun as a kitchen decoration too - keeping chickens being such the rage now.
and anyway, who doesn't love a chicken?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

little bunny softie

i designed a new bunny pattern for a very special baby who soon will arrive....
8" tall, made from wool, satin, velvet ribbon, and vintage flannel.
soon to be mailed to california...bye - bye, bunny!

Friday, October 8, 2010

mouse house

here's how some of my 2"-real-fur-made-in-germany mice are living...
in the the playroom...
these 2 came new from a dollhouse store in the '90's on the upper east side in nyc when i lived there. they are evidently not being made anymore but can be found on ebay.
these 3 are my very old ones, watching a tv made by my big bro.
in the kitchen... the farm stand.
happy weekend!