9 Days of Hot Key: Day 5, SHRUNK!

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SHRUNK!

It’s no accident that Fleur decided to write a novel about miniscule things. She has had a love for the diminutive for years. So, in celebration of the season and all things small, she has written the following post.

As you might already know – I like tiny things.

Things that are boring in real life, hammers, saucepans, butcher’s shops, sheep, shoes, all these are sooooo much more fun when they’re small.  In fact, they’re almost magical.

So – as someone who spent most of their adult life dressing shop windows – especially at this time of year, I thought I’d decorate a tiny one for you. I used my daughter’s doll’s house, the lights from her Christmas tree, and some of the tiny things I’ve collected over the years.

Here’s a close up of the contents of the yellow matchbox on the left

Here’s a close up of the contents of the yellow matchbox on the left

And here’s a close up of the contents of the green matchbox on the right

And here’s a close up of the contents of the green matchbox on the right

And here’s a picture of lots of small things that wouldn’t fit in the doll’s house window

And here’s a picture of lots of small things that wouldn’t fit in the doll’s house window

I also thought I’d tell you my favourite Christmas story, one that’s all about giving and receiving, magic, tiny things, and random acts of kindness:

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After buying the very last piece of leather that he can afford, an elderly shoemaker goes to bed, sure that he and his wife will spend Christmas in the workhouse – but he wakes to find the leather transformed into the most perfect pair of shoes ever made. 

Puzzled, but delighted, he arranges them carefully in the shop window, and the beautiful shoes sell for an enormous price, allowing the shoemaker to buy twice as much leather the next evening.  Once again, by morning, exquisite shoes appear. 

Again they sell for a huge price. 

This happens every day, and people flock to the shoemaker’s shop, marvelling at the quality of the shoes.  The shoemaker is so busy selling the shoes, that he barely questions who makes them. Christmas approaches and the Shoemaker’s wife persuades him that they must keep watch and find out who this amazing craftsman could be.  To their amazement, they find a pair of ragged elves with freezing feet, hammering and sewing more perfect shoes.  Thinking of a way to repay the Elves, the shoemaker and his elderly wife make two tiny green suits, with blue shoes and blue feathered caps.

They make them with great care, using the smallest stitches and the softest leather. 

At midnight on Christmas Eve, they lay out the clothes and wait for the elves to appear.

This time, it is the elves who are delighted; they put on the clothes and caper away, leaving the shoemaker and his wife richer and wiser.

 Happy Christmas!

2 responses to “9 Days of Hot Key: Day 5, SHRUNK!

  1. OH. MY. GOD. The Elves and the Shoemaker. That Ladybird book I had forgotten all about until I saw its cover here again today. Much, much loved book from my childhood – can now smell the cover and pages again… unbelievable…

  2. Glad to find another E&SM fan – I found my copy when I was rootling through a cupboard in Mum’s house and as I opened it a cascade of obsessive memories came back, mostly focussed around those tiny clothes… Found my daughter reading my copy and poring over the same pics – it still has the power.

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