Monday, 24 November 2014

A handmade advent calendar













For the last three years, i have used a shop bought stocking garland advent calendar for the girls. I would write an activity on a piece of paper, make it into a scroll and pop it into the top of the stocking for the girls to find. Last year, i really wanted to make my own one for them but i left it too late and just couldn't work out which direction i wanted to go.

I was adamant that i wanted to make one this year and, last week, i took a trip with my friend to the craft shop and picked up a few things. I still wasn't sure of the exact things i wanted but i knew i wanted to use the hessian bags. I then found the most wonderful sheets of floral paper and just had to get them. As soon as i got home, i made up a few envelopes out of the floral paper and it all started to come together. I loved the vintage and rustic feel and i mixed it along with the hessian bags, book page envelopes that i also made, some tiny wicker baskets i had already and walnut shells. The shells are halfed and i tied them with lace so i can hide a little piece of paper inside.

It has taken me a week to finish as i did lots of tweaking and i wanted to make sure it was exactly perfect and how i wanted it. I added a few prints that i thought went well with the colours and a flower crown. I love the finished effect. It isn't what i would call christmassy but it is very me and i am very happy with it. I like to be original and i think this very much is! I am already looking forward to December! Every day, i will add a note with an activity or adventure on. I have a list of fun things we can do and i am looking forward to this whole magical experience throughout December and sharing it on here also.
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  1. You are so creative, this is beautiful! x

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  2. What a wonderful idea. It looks gorgeous x

    Under Blue Lights

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  3. I would just keep this up all year round! :) x

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    1. I am seriously thinking about doing that!!!

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  4. This is so beautiful. I have lots of hessian so may make little sacks too. x

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  5. This is so utterly beautiful! You are so creative. I have to pin this for future reference, if I ever gain amazing creative skill like you have!

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    1. Thank you so much! You are so kind x

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  6. This is so lovely! I really like the idea of the many mini adventures secreted away in the beautiful wrappings. Hope you and the girls have a wonderful time together enjoying the calendar.

    Kate xx

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    1. Thank you very much. We shall, i am excited to do all the activities x

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  7. this is so charmingly lovely! <3

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  8. This is absolutely stunning!

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    1. Thank you very much, so glad you like it x

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  9. Absolutley beautiful. I would love to make one like this.

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    1. Oh you should Jenni, it didn't take long at all xx

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  10. it's beautiful Keri-Anne! I'm sure the girls will love it xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Polly, i love yours too xxxx

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  11. I really love this, it's so beautiful and magical looking x

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  12. I love how different it is. It's definitely magical.

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    1. You are so kind sweetie, thank you x

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  13. I'm so in love! What a fab idea and so beautiful x

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  14. This is exquisite - what a labour of love! xx

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  15. This is truly gorgeous Keri-Anne! #LoveYourHome

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  16. Oh my gosh that is just stunning, going to be great fun each day!

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  17. This is such a beautiful, thoughtful and creative idea, I love it! x

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  18. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love how natural it all looks, Cherry is obsessed with pink so we have to do everything that colour!! xx

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  19. I love this Keri-Anne its so perfectly you! x

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    1. Thank you sweetie. So glad you do x

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  20. This is so, so gorgeous - absolutely love it! It suits your style so well, and it so different to anything else I've seen.

    Thank you for sharing on #CreateChristmas x

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  21. They look brilliant! Lovely collections you made! #CreateChristmas

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