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Good Morning and Happy Friday! As Christmas gets closer, the days just seem to fly by, don’t they? Between shopping and decorating, gift wrapping, cooking, and even more shopping, it’s a constant count down to the “big day”. But don’t let the daily rush drag you down! Christmas is more than one day, it’s a whole season of joy and cheer! I really enjoy all things that add to the excitement of the season, especially when there are little ones in the house. This is just one more way of building up to the big day! I’ve been seeing Advent Calendars everywhere these days but I wanted to share this one with you that’s just a little bit different… in a good way!
It all started with an old frame I found in a closet (that happens to everyone, right?). Add in a can of red spray paint and a little sandpaper for distressing and it was good to go. Next up, I made a burlap poinsettia. (I know, two holiday favorites together!) It consists of nothing more than cutting leaf shapes out of burlap, adding red glitter glue to the edges, and a floral pick. I hot glued all the pieces onto a circle shape cut out of burlap and hot glued it to the frame (can you tell hot glue is my best friend these days?!). For a final though, the clothespins holding the pockets are clipped onto jute twine with the twine attached to the back of the frame.
I know you’re thinking… so what’s different about this one? I’m getting there, so stop rushing me! 😉 For the pockets, I actually used a December daily file by Lori Whitlock I found on the Silhouette Online Store. Inside each pocket, I inserted a card with a “hint” on somewhere in the house that I have hidden a goodie! So each day, they have a new “hint” and a new goodie to find! How fun is that! The hints can be simple or more challenging depending on the age of the child. On at least one occasion, our Elf on the Shelf, Jingle, was caught trying to peek in one of the pockets. Needless to say, that sent the household into a tizzy! I’ll have to share some of Jingle’s antics later, he’s one mischievous little elf.
I hope you enjoyed this version of “Another” Advent Calendar! Don’t worry if you’ve gotten behind with all the hustle and bustle of the season, go ahead and start one now! They really are a lot of fun and the kids don’t care if it’s 25 days or just 12 (or 3? LOL). Seeing the excitement in their eyes makes it all worthwhile. As I’m soon realizing, these days of sweet innocence don’t last forever, so take advantage of it while you can!
Speaking of sweet and innocent, Sunday’s post is an absolute MUST READ for anyone with children, grandchildren, neighbors… heck, even just friends, LOL. I have a list of my favorite Christmas Cheer resources to pass along! Stay tuned!
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Catch a Glimpse Party #161 http://www.aglimpseinsideblog.com/2013/12/catch-glimpse-party-161.html
Artsy Corner Link Party http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2013/12/artsy-corner-link-party-2.html
2 Creative Chicks Challenge #9 Christmas/Winter Extra Posting http://www.2creativechicks.com/2013/12/challenge-9-christmaswinter-extra.html
Holiday Decor Link-up http://rainonatinroof.com/2013/12/holiday-decor-link/
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The Creative Connection #23 http://www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com/2013/12/12/creative-connection-23/