Thursday, November 18, 2010

Feeling crafty...

Can you guess how these were used?
As much as I wanted to hold off thinking about Christmas until at least after Thanksgiving, I am suddenly feeling crafty and want to do a few fun projects!  I have to think about them now because I need to have them finished in enough time to enjoy them for the entire month of December.  :)

I have fallen in love with the first project on my list and can't wait to organize my thoughts, gather my coupons, shop for supplies, and get started!!  Here we go:

1.  Make an Advent calendar.  We had a large one (made of felt, I think) on the inside of our front door growing up (I wonder if my parents still have it!  I may need to steal it if this project doesn't work out).  There was a large Christmas tree and a calendar underneath with tiny felt ornaments in each day's pocket.  Each day the ornament was placed on the tree.  I remember the ornament for December 24th was Santa Claus and that was my favorite one.  I remember being so excited each day as we got closer and closer to that Santa!  Since I am crazy about traditions, I want to start something similar for my son and any possible future children.

I have had this tutorial from The Purl Bee bookmarked for nearly two years and think I finally have the courage to attempt it!  Since I already have one sewing project under my belt, I think I am ready to at least give it a shot!  I can only hope mine will look even remotely as good as this one from The Purl Bee :

the materials

a close-up

Looking at the finished product, I feel confident that I can do it, but I have to admit that the step-by-step instructions are a tad intimidating.  I am hoping I can do it...or at least an acceptable version of it!!  This one is filled with sewing, quilting, and knitting supplies to be given to someone crafty.  I would obviously adapt this for our family...not quite sure how yet, but I will figure something out...some sort of small gift for each day.  We'll see.  Wish me luck!  Ha ha.

As soon as I get moving with this project, I will show more of my list!  :)


Kitchen Belleicious said...

Oh how cute! I love love it! You definitely are crafty. I have a feeling if I grabbed a glue gun I would do some damage somewhere! Can you just send me one over? LOL! kidding!

Torrie said...

I can't wait to see it!! What a great idea for a project! We were in Trader Joe's the other day, and Hailey kept asking me to buy her a calendar. They love getting their daily treat:).

...I need to learn to sew (know I've told you that already:)!

Sarah @ Designmarc said...

Those colors are great! I cannot wait to see how you do yours. You have just reminded me that we had a similar one to the one you had growing up. Now you have me wondering if my parents still have it. My kids would love it!


Michelle Salz-Smith said...

Such a cute idea. I can't wait to see what you come up with Suzie!

Anonymous said...

I still have the calendar...just haven't put it up in years. One item missing for years...don't know how that happened! I bought it at a Christmas church bazaar when you and your sister were young. Love, Mom