07 December 2009

that secret WIP

Okay, did everyone guess advent calendar, it was a little obvious, right?

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This is actually the second one that I started. I had one all cut out and laid out in red and green and white felt, but it just wasn't speaking to me so I scrapped the whole thing and started over.

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It's all from my stash and mostly recycled.

There's old lace, bits of sweaters and rick rack from that giant old spool.

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So you want to see it, yes?

Here it is!

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Can I tell you how in love I am with this. It's all raw-edged and crinkly and wonky and oh my, perfect! I cut into all those little lace bits I'd been saving for the right project.

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And here it is filled. ( minus that first week I mostly missed, I was behind schedule of course!)

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Our pockets hold activities more than anything else, with candy reserved for days that I have to go to work, and ending with the Holy Mother, a donkey, Joseph and the tiny baby Jesus in the twenty-fifth. And even they're thrifted.

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Some of our activities are writing letters to Santa, baking cookies, and driving around to see all the lights, but I think the nights we have flashlight time outside and make s'mores and string mini-mallows for the tree will be the best received! I'm trying to make a pair of ornaments to match each activity so the boys can hang something each morning. I'll be sure to post all about the ones that go best!

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I almost forgot to add my inspiration links!

This one is so beautiful and simple.
and this pretty cutwork one.
And this great scrappy one! I love those little tabs!

And a ton more in the creative advent calendar group!


Cheryl Arkison said...

I'm not an advent calendar person myself, but that is quite sweet.

affectioknit said...

That is just too awesome for words!!!

Jill said...

Super creative, as usual.

Amy said...

I LOVE this! So, so, cute, I have been wishing I had time to make one of these this year, there are so many fun ideas for advents. Maybe next year if I start working on it in the summertime! :) I'm going to have to keep this one in mind because it is lovely!

Jessica said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! A couple of years ago I completely burned out of making an Advent calendar and haven't mustered the gusto to make another--your's however, is enough to make me finish it tonight!

Anonymous said...

Very ambitious and sweet....keep up the good work!

Mama King said...

That is absolutely beautiful! I love the colors, the textures, the sentiment and of course the obvious love you put into!

Allison Fouse said...

Oh Elizabeth! This is gorgeous. Very 'shabby chic'.

Amanda said...

That is incredibly beautiful! I love the natural color palette and bits of red. Gorgeous!!!