It is the custom in France to eat 'King's cake' (galette des rois) in January - a sinfully delicious puff pastry cake brimming with butter and filled with the most delightfully bad-for-you frangipan filling (almond, icing sugar and cream). In this cake you find a 'fève' which originally was a bean, but nowadays is a small porcelain figurine, about 2cm big. The person who finds the fève in their slice of cake is named king for the day, in memory of the three kings who visited Jesus in Bethlehem in January.
I absolutely love these miniature figurines which can come in all shapes and styles, from traditional crib figures to Super Mario, cartoon characters, vehicles, maps or anything else you can dream up.
Here's a shot of a small portion of my collection. As these things are really very cheap it's easy to build up a selection.
I have a teeny collection of thimbles MG, mostly ordinary porcelain or souvenir ones (also because sewing is one of my hobbies), but these three owls
are the stars of my collection. Would you be interested in some ordinary French souvenir thimbles for your collection? (or Irish ones for that matter, I'm sure I could get my hands on one or two)...