Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Crafty Holiday Decoration

About a month ago I saw this advent calender in the Land of Nod catalogue. They featured many felt Christmas items......stockings, tree skirts, ornaments, etc....that were adorable, but completely overpriced. They also screamed "I could make this myself!". I mentioned the idea to a few friends and alas Erin actually did the hardest part.....she sat down and got started. And then she did the unthinkable.....she put together a 'kit of parts' so the rest of us could get started as well. That right there was genius because getting started IS the hardest part.

My 'kit of parts' arrived last week and it featured a large white sheet of felt for the 'house', the roof, pre-cut pockets, and Santa himself.....I'm totally convinced that Santa was the most time consuming part. Although the kit was awesome, you know I needed/wanted to add in a few more colors to the mix. So on Sunday morning while Lillian was hand selecting our Christmas tree, Edith and I were at the craft store picking up some more felt. 

During the process I unfortunately took a u-turn. You see Erin glued her pockets to the 'house', but I decided to dig out my Mom's 1970's Sears Kenmore Model 1410 Zig Zag Sewing Machine. And then I spent an hour just trying to get that sucker up and running. Needless to say it didn't go very well....insert the glue.

Erin chose to paint on her numbers and after I got started cutting them out I quickly figured out why....number cutting is tedious and requires patience. If I would have thought ahead I would have selected a font, sized them to match the pockets, and printed the numbers to use as a template. But you know me.....I didn't think ahead.

In the end I'm happy with the results...and even more importantly Lillian is quite thrilled with her handy work....

December 1st is right around the corner so we got it finished just in the nick of time. Lillian is just starting to understand Santa and I think this calender will help with the "Is Santa coming TONIGHT?" questions we've already started to get. Here's hoping anyway.

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