I'm a member here for a year now, but this is my first time posting anything besides comments, so be gentle on me
when I make mistakes
So, the story goes like this. My boyfriends lives 300 km away from me. I am a person who likes to give gifts A LOT. Handmade, bought, the combination, I don't care. All the people around me go crazy because they get things all the time without any reason. But since bf lives so far away, and mailing things all the time would be too expensive, I gathered all things I wanted to give him that I collected since September (the last time I saw him) and decided to put them in advent calendar.
So I googled and googled for ideas and found this http://www.thisnext.com/show/item-images/FB88AF7D/25B7EE0C/
and fell in love with it. So, just to be clear, this is simply a copy by a very inexperienced sewer, not my own idea, but I made a lot of alternations so I think it's worth showing you.
I searched for felt all around the city and couldn't find anything larger than A3, which was so expensive, and I would need at least 4 or 5 of those. So I bought something called 'keper' here, which my dictionary says could be twill, and started sketching!
The idea was to recreate the snowman with a bit bigger pockets, put everything on a hanger, and, since the gifts are too big for the pockets, assign a number to each gift. But, es every craft story goes, the more you make, the more ideas you get. So I ended up with so many things to do in so little time!!!
I have photos of a few steps. Some I just forgot to photograph
The back is 100 cm x 50 cm, and with lines where pockets belong to, it looked like this
Cutting all 24 pockets was hard enough, but embroiding numbers on it was not only hard but it took SO much time!
Not that that's strange since this is only the second time I have ever done anything like that in my life.
Now comes the part where my crafty mind just stopped thinking about taking photos (even tho I usually take photos of EVERYTHING). I made a head (just two circles filled with that stuff that comes in pillows - and one old pillow had to suffer for this
), two booty legs (filled with the same pillow stuffing), cut two triangles and made them into a hat, added a pompon, stitched two old brown buttons for eyes, knitted a scarf, attached pockets to a background, put everything on a hanger, and, voila, the snowman was finished!
And even tho it seemed like it was almost finished, I later realized it was only half the job. All the 24 presents had to be wrapped individually. And that's where brain just started adding new ideas.
Like making gift tags for every present:
I bought these felt snowflakes and rain deers looong time ago and figured they would make lovely gift tags. And the idea was that after all 24 gifts were unwrapped, they can be used for decorating a christmas tree! And, of course, next year he can attach them to gifts for his friends and family since I'm all about reusing things! Yes, my mind works mysterious ways. I decided to glue together white and red snowflake/raindeer. So, couple of hot glue sticks and few meters of golden string later this is what I got:
48 (24 of each) red/white snowflakes and rain deers. Why 48, you might ask? Well, even if you don't wanna know, I will tell you. One pair of tags (snowflake and rain deer) belongs to every number in a calendar. So one is attached to a gift, and one is in the pocket.
But how would he know which present belongs to which number?
I cut 24 rectangles out of red card stock paper, folded them in half, punched holes and cut different shapes (christmas stocking, christmas tree, snowman, bell, snowflakes, snowy windows...) from white card stock to glue on tags with foam tape so it looks a bit 3D. Of course, inside every tag I wrote a number to match the pocket.
Of course, I forgot to take pictures of tags after I was finished
I didn't want snowflake and rain deer tags to be lonely in calendar, so I cut 24 rectangles from black and white card stock, wrote my favorite lyrics from love songs on the white part, tied the rectangles with red ribbon adding a snowflake/rain deer. So that was in the pockets.
After I have strategically put everything I needed on the bed, laid all the different gift wrapping papers around, I carefully wrapped each present trying not to mess up numbers, tags, ribbons, papers etc. Besides a present, in every wrapped bundle I put a note:
All 24 were written in a similar manner to make a whole:
My ______ (insert one of my nicknames for bf)
Forever yours, 'motion'
I love you <3
When I folded the notes, on every piece I wrote a number (more for me, not to get lost while wrapping
) and a reason why I love him.
Of course, I added a card stock tag with a number and a snowflake/ rain deer on each present and tied everything with a ribbon.
Most of the presents were homemade. Some were bought because they reminded me of him. It took me days and days to finish this, but I don't regret one second
I tried to be careful with dates, so that on the 4th he would get cookie ingredients for 'National cookie day', on the 6th he would get his St. Nicholas present, on the 13th he would get all things needed to plant wheat for St. Lucy... So every day was special
I didn't take the picture of all presents wrapped simply because I forgot and it was already time to send it to him by bus. Just imagine two middle sized cardboard boxes full of christmasy wrapped presents.
The guy at the bus station thought I was crazy when I told him what was in the boxes.
The box also contained homemade christmas door ornament for his apartment and advent wreath (or... advent plate).
Oh, and the finished calendar looked like this:
I know his feet are a bit wonky
Let's just say hot glue dries FAST
And one of his eyes looks whitish because of the light in the room.
I know it's not perfect, it doesn't look as classy as the original, but I love it.
If you stayed with me for this long, I congratulate you.
I'm really sorry for making this post a novel and for adding so many pictures. I'm usually VERY talkative person (no way
) so words just fly across my keyboard.
I surely hope this was posted in the right area.
This was a wonderful experience (writing the post
) and I'm planing on doing it more often.
To all Crafsters, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I want you all more time for your new projects!