Saturday, January 21, 2017

Crafty Snowmen Celebrate World Day of the Snowman - A Wintertime Holiday Review

Crochet Snowman on Etsy
Amigurumi Snowman in Crochet
January 18 is 'World Day of the Snowman', an unofficial holiday begun in 2011.  The date to celebrate this symbol of wintertime was chosen because January is usually always cold enough and snowy enough to build snowmen. The number 18 was chosen because the number "8" represents the general shape of the snowman. The "1" stands for the stick or broom often used to decorate one. 



How the Snowman World Day Began


Cornelius Gratz, a German collector, began this 'World Day of the Snowman. He has a passion for snowmen, and is known to have the world's largest collection. He believes that the figure of a snowman brings joy and wonderful childhood memories of fun in the snow.
 


History of the Snowman


Building snowmen has been a popular winter activity since probably medieval times and has become a well-known theme for Christmas and winter decorations. They are loved in children's story books and songs (such as Frosty the Snowman) and in toys and costumes. Every winter the first thing kids want to do when snow arrives is build a snowman.



Snowman & Three Boys Art Print
Snow has to be at its melting point before it is suitable to build a snowman. Powdery snow won't stick together, so moisture in the snow is needed. One rolls the snow across the yard making a ball. Most snowmen are made with 3 balls of graduated sizes, the smallest for the head. In Asia, snowmen are usually made of two such balls of snow. Then the 'snowman' is decorated with sticks for arms and other items for the face (carrot nose, rock or coal eyes, etc.). Many a fun winter afternoon is happily spent building snowmen.


This "Snowman and Three Boys" Art Print of an original oil painting is the creation of Vicki Wade Fine Art on Etsy.
 
The world's largest snowman was built in 2008 in Bethel, Maine, standing 122 feet 1 inch tall.


Crafty Snowmen


My fellow artistic craftsmen have created replicas of snowmen in many fiber arts. A crocheted snowman (as seen in the opening image) is the only way I get to enjoy a snowman here in 'snowless' Georgia. Even the occasional brief snowflurries we get here in the South in winter seldom produce enough snow on the ground to build a snowman. 




Crocheted Snowman Doll


Available on Etsy
This crocheted snowman is handmade in yarn and stuffed with fiberfill. He has black embroidered features and a crocheted carrot nose, with yarn buttons down his front. He's wearing a colorful hat and scarf and is guaranteed not to melt when brought inside. :)
Crocheted snowman can be found in the Etsy Shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts.


Snowman Kitchen Towel

 

Snowman Towel

Bring a snowman into your kitchen for a wintertime decor. This double layer hanging towel with a snowman design and snowflakes has a crochet towel topper. It was made by Julia Sherwood of Binghamton, NY and can be found in her Etsy Shop filled with Julia's Handcrafts - JSherwood.


Snowman Accessories

 

Snowman Quilted Coin Purse

Snowman Fabric Lanyard
Snowmen abound on useful accessories perfect for winter, such as this quilted snowman coin purse or this snowman fabric lanyard.  Both items are handmade by Kathie, a talented quilter from Iowa, and featured in her Etsy Shop CutePurseNalities.

*A variety of snowmen-related items are found in this crafty Etsy Shop.

The Abominable Snowman

 

Yeti, the Abominable Snowman

And let's now forget the Abominable Snowman.  A favorite from folklore and of kids who love monsters.  Today known as Yeti, this mysterious bipedal creature is said to live in the mountains of Asia.  But you can have your own Yeti in the form of a soft pillow pal sewn from sherpa minky fabric and filled with fiberfill.  He's the creation of Melissa from Denver and is featured in her Etsy Shop 'Warm Personality'.
 

World Snowman Day

 

So, however you celebrate the World Day of the Snowman this January, by building a real snowman in your front yard, or enjoying a plush snowman or snowman decor indoors, snowmen are a fun part of winter. 

(c) Wednesday Elf 

 





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10 comments:

  1. Everybody loves a snowman! All of the craft items you have featured above are absolutely adorable. So many cute ways to incorporate a snowman into your daily life. My personal favorite is the unique Yeti. I'm sure that is not surprising to anyone since he has a blue face.

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    1. LOL, Mouse. I agree. That is the cutest (handmade) Yeti I've ever seen.

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  2. The Abominable Snowman is so cute! and I do love that art print with the kids and snowman, beautiful - would look good in above my fireplace :)

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    1. The snowman and boys art print appealed to me, too, Barbara. You need to have one with FOUR boys in the scene, LOL. Thanks for stopping by to visit my creative snowmen.

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  3. I love snowman and snowflake items. I love seasonal handtowels...and somehow never have them.

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  4. As I've said before, I learn something new every time I read articles on review this. I had no idea there was a "World Day of the Snowman". Thanks for the lesson and the memories of building snowmen. I love the all of the craft items, you have such a talent.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Sam. Glad you enjoyed these crafty snowmen who gathered to celebrate World Snowman Day.

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  5. He is so cute and you are so talented. I like the look on this little guys face, so happy and carefree! Just the way a snowman should be, I imagine.

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  6. While growing up in California, I never had a chance to make a snowman. Yours is adorable.

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  7. I can still remember making a snowman when I was a child, so much fun. We never rolled three balls though, we tended to make more of a large mound for the body and only made a 'ball' for it's head. It was certainly more fun than snowballing as someone (usually my dad) always managed to shove a snowball down my back - not cool!

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