Monday, 3 December 2012

Advent...and we're off!

Yes, it is here!!  Hoorah!

I love it!

I wanted to make a special advent calendar this year BUT...time ran away again!

MIL fills a snowman advent calendar for the kids every year, this year it was decided to do it for just the girls and get the boys just choccie advents.  MIL put the Santa somewhere safe, she couldn't find it!!  Hahahaha!  I did laugh!  She thinks it's old age, so I had to set her straight and let her into the secrets of the things that I put somewhere safe and can never find again (until, that is, you are doing something totally unrelated and then find it in the most obscure place!!!)

I knew I had a fabric advent calendar, and I knew where it was!!!

I had a rummage in the loft for it and discovered that we had had furry visitors who had nibbled a couple of the hanging bits of it right off!  Couldn't even find them!


Here's a close up of their handiwork!!

Little.....*muttley muttering*.....mice!
Anyways....I grabbed some ribbon the same colour as the sky, seam ripped the bottom of the calendar, turned it inside out, rotary cut the top off, restitched the top with ribbon angers in place, turned the right way round, pressed, sewed up the open seam and........
here it is filled with chocs and an Advent activity.......

(gosh these photos aren't good are they? )
And here are Granny's (MILs) pressies in our Christmas Dish for the girls to pick out on their day (Tiddly Toes is odd number days and Teenage Daughter evens!)
And the Advent activity for Day 1 was to write to Santa!

This is Tiddly Toes offering (Teenage Daughters is on the computer!  Technology...pfft!)  She even managed to sign her own name without any help...oh! and 2 kisses for Santa too!  Bless.
Advent activity for Day 2 was to go to Tiddly Toes pre-school Christmas Fair, sadly I couldn't go as I was ill in bed, but she had a lovely time with Daddy and Teenage Daughter and this is what she came back with............

......a balloon, hot chocolate for 2, a bracelet, a Santa springer and 2 Christmas tree decorations that she had made....ah!  Lovely!
Advent Activity Day 3 (today!) was to make a Christmas Garland, I found an old bookazine filled with lots of lovely, good quality papers and ripped out the ones that were greens, pinks and whites.  I chopped across the A4 pages to about 3cm strips, we got out the glue stick, like this......

...and in no time at all already had the start of something beautiful going on......

Here's the pile down to the last 6 chains!

And here it is hanging across the ceiling in our lounge with some other gorgeous paper decorations that I found in Wilkinsons for £1-£1.50 each!
Well, that's us so far....can't wait to see what tomorrows activity is!
Are you doing something special for Advent?
Going to leave you with this slightly smudged but rather cute image of Tiddly Toes after another school Christmas Fair on Friday where I did face-painting......
Shame she has a cold and had to keep wiping her nose!!!
Until the next time....have fun!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked the hokey pokey, it was great fun to make, just hope people like it on xmas day, always interesting to see people's reactions to homemade gifts! Glad to see you and yours enjoying advent!


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