I always enjoy a bit of a sticky-beak into the creative spaces around the place on a Thursday. Thanks Kirsty for your lovely meme!
My space today has all gone a bit advent.
Unlike last year, I've been saved by the newly-adopted 'Kris Kringle' approach to Christmas giving and thus am only making gifts for two family members, rather than, um, 12. But when my in-laws gave my family this gorgeous nativity scene on the weekend, I realised that the advent season is almost upon us, and having not had an advent calendar in all my adult life, I've decided to get cracking and make one.
The hardest thing was deciding what to do. There are so many ideas out there! I spent a while trawling through all the links I've seen recently (especially via whipup). After a while I realised that I kept being drawn to three different elements in different calendars: natural/muted colours; anything with linen; and bunting/garland-style calendars.
Once I figured that out, I pulled everything out of my craft cupboards that matched that description and got started. Actually, I'm still in the process of making up my mind what to do, but here's where I'm at so far.
I've stitched 24 old buttons 4 inches appart on a length of twill tape, and stuck it up along our bookselves:
Now I'm in the process of making 24 little bags to hang up. I'm using a cotton/linen blend for the outer and lining them with strips from old pillowcases that have seen better days.
I considered attaching loops but actually I think these cute pegs and a bit of kitchen twine do the trick very nicely:
Hmm, 3 down and 21 to go! I haven't decided whether to stitch/stencil/stick numbers on them, or just leave them plain.
I've made the little pockets to be able to hold all manner of things - treats, decorations, activities - and in years to come they shall do. This year, however, our family is simply going to put a verse of scripture in each one, and read it together each day in order to remember, to celebrate, and to show gratitude for the birth of Jesus.
Are you making an advent calendar this year? What does it mean to you?
I'm a wife and mother; a small-town turned urban-dweller; a reformed consumer seeking a slower, simpler life; a Christian learning to love my neighbour; a recovering perfectionist enjoying being just good enough.
I love making, reading, rethinking, growing, gardening, running, hanging around with my three smalls and connecting with my neighbourhood - real and virtual.