Monday, 6 December 2010

Sankt Nikolaus Tag

Today on 6th of December lots of children will celebrate St Nikolaus day. In many families the preparations for this day start the night before on St Nikolaus eve ... the children polish their shoes or have some ready made red shoes and put them outside the front door ... because St Nikolaus comes over night and leaves something in their shoes ... for children who have been good during the year, he leaves something nice and sweet. If the children haven't been good, St Nikolaus will just leave them a few twigs.
Sometimes a disguised Sankt Nikolaus will also come home to the children carrying a big sack full of goodies and very often accompanied by his helper Knecht Ruprecht (his servant). Knecht Ruprecht carries a long stick and an empty bag ... as encouragement for naughty children to be good!
If you want to read more about St Nikolaus, pop over to the Gingersnap Creations blog. You will find a wonderfull story narrated in pieces of artwork and words. You might now ask where my part is in this ... Well, because I am absolutely sure that we all have been very good, I made a little St Nikolaus sack filled with oranges, biscuits, chocolate and nuts to celebrate this special day
The sack is made of burlap lined with red/white gingham cotton fabric. The lining is handsewn onto the burlap with embroidery thread. For the embellishment I cut two felt stars which are stitched onto the burlap. The image in the centre of the stars is from Karen, the Graphics Fairy. Karen has an incredible collection of graphics especially for Christmas. I cut the image, sealed it with Decopatch Glue and embellished it with a little bell and some red glitter. The sack is closed with braided string

To make sure that the sack is picked up by the right person I added a little tag. The St Nikolaus comes from Karen and the frame from Vintage Catnip. I did some colouring inside the frame

As I felt a bit reluctant to punch a whole in this lovely frame I backed the tag with a second image from the Graphics Fairy which created a bit of a bauble like shape at the top

And, of course, there is also a back to this 'bauble' tag which you can find here ... I altered it slightly so that it works for today on St Nikolaus

Please feel free to use any of the images for the tag. Have a great day and I would love to hear from you if St Nikolaus has also come to your house ... Petra.

12 comments:

Lynn Stevens said...

What a wonderful story and such an adorable bag full of treats. Its a good thing we don't do that here we have a cat that likes to leave mice in my hubbies shoes. LOL

Tammara said...

Thank you for the story! I love the beautiful project you created-it reminds me of long-ago Christmas days.

Sherry Edwards said...

Love this post Petra, your bag is wonderful!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Petra,
This is simply ADORABLE!!! I love it! And I love the bag, lining and stitching--it is so precious! You are so multi-talented...what an inspiration.
XO
Cindy

Createology said...

Oh I hope you are having a wonderful St Nikolaus day. I love how excited children are for holidays. Happy celebrating...

jenclair said...

Love the frame around the Santa!

Linda said...

I LOVE your wonderful little burlap sack, Petra! The lining is charming...and of course, the St. Nikolaus is perfect! I am a new follower!

Kerrie said...

Great, love it all!

Netty said...

Thats a terrific story Petra and your bag of treats is just wonderful. Annette x

~*~Patty S said...

Such a wonderful creation Petra
I adore the St Nicholas tradition and celebration
this is a great post
oxo

Shar said...

Your sack is the perfect emblem for St. Nick's Day! Awesome!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Your little bag is so cute Petra! The gingham lining is such a great idea!!!

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