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« on: December 04, 2011 08:54:21 AM »

I made this for my partner in the Advent Calendar swap. (CabinArts, if you don't want to see what your calendar will look like on Dec 25, don't scroll down Smiley).




This is made from pieces of driftwood that I found on my parent's beach near Seattle. I scrubbed the heck out of them, gave them a bleach bath, a rinse and then let them dry for a few days. I then painted them to look like little houses and trees. The outlines are done with a Sharpie marker. 



Once I had all of the houses painted, I sanded the back of them flat and glued on a clothespin.

For the actual calendar, I modified a thread spool holder. Mr Lime helped me to saw the back legs shorter so it would sit straight. Then we hacked off the top row so there would be closer to 25 pegs. I used a 1/2" circle punch for the paper dots and stamped the numbers on.



Each day, my partner unwraps a new house or tree and uses the clothespin to clip it to the calendar. By Christmas, she will have built a whole village!



Thanks for looking! Let me know if you have any questions! 
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011 09:22:17 AM »

Awesome!!  You make the greatest stuff (and I have a purse to prove it!  Wink )
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2011 09:31:37 AM »

I just adore this! So clever!
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2011 10:06:02 AM »

This is wonderful! I have an small stockpile of driftwood from when I lived closer to the beach. I am inspired now!

And out of curiosity, the last house's roof is cut out of the picture... is that a huge chimney? Is there a Santa involved?

Thanks for sharing Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2011 10:20:20 AM »

Thank you!!

And out of curiosity, the last house's roof is cut out of the picture... is that a huge chimney? Is there a Santa involved?

It's just a big huge chimney Smiley. I thought about making the Christmas day piece a Santa face since the shape would be similar. I couldn't manage to mix a good facial color so I gave up on the idea Smiley. It would have been cute to put a little Santa in the chimney though!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2011 10:36:18 AM »

Wow, I love this! What a great idea, what a great holiday village!
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2011 10:52:54 AM »

It's just a big huge chimney Smiley. I thought about making the Christmas day piece a Santa face since the shape would be similar.

I think it looks nicer as a village piece (makes more sense, and consistency is nice).
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2011 11:57:51 AM »

THIS ROCKS!!!  I am sooo jealous.  Awesome idea, gorgeous execution!
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2011 12:21:48 PM »

It turned out so great Lime! Love it!
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2011 02:25:21 PM »

Thank you guys, so much!

I kind of want to do a Halloween version next year - with spooky trees and haunted houses. I think I need to let some new house shaped driftwood wash up on the beach first Smiley.
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2011 02:52:19 PM »

If you could find a way to drill into the bottom of the wood pieces instead of attaching a pin you could paint a design on the back and use the same pieces for 2 holidays. I'm thinking one for spring would be really sweet too, ivy and fleurs, how sweet!
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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2011 03:33:09 PM »

That is a great idea! Mr Lime had suggested that I attach the houses that way to the pegs originally but some of the pieces were just too small to make that work. If I was more selective about the wood I scavenged, I think it would work!

I love the idea of a spring house too - with ivy and flowers growing up around the cottages. Cute!!

Do you live near a good driftwood source, craftylittlemonkey? I'd love to see you put your clever brain into a project like this Smiley.
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2011 03:51:47 PM »

I LOVE this! I wish you had accidentally sent it to me. The idea of a haunted version for Halloween is great. You must do that!
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2011 04:03:25 PM »

I do live fairly close to the beach and have a head full of season inappropriate crafts in mind, lol. Beach glass, shells and pebbles, and now drift wood. A nature altar is such a lovely thing to have the kids keep too. We shall see Cheesy Smiley.

Maybe they could be stuck onto some sort of base that has a hole or clip on it so no need to drill. My head is working on it...
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« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2011 04:49:39 AM »

I LOVE this!
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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2011 07:16:52 AM »

Thanks, All! Glad that you like it Smiley.
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« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2011 08:11:36 AM »

Lime this is just gorgeous!! clever you

Mr jemimah loathes Christmas decorations, alas. But something this cute and stylish (and NOT glittery Cheesy) might just change his mind ...
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« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2011 08:26:26 AM »

I love the idea of a little village as the advent calendar.  I will have to think about what I could use to make a village.  (no driftwood around here!)
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« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2011 08:43:30 AM »

I bet you could just use regular old branches, lukenlarry! They don't need to float around the Pacific for a decade first Smiley.
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« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2011 11:35:38 AM »

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so cool!  Grin

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« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2011 12:14:08 PM »

Wow Lime, this is AMAZING!!  I can't even imagine how you thought of this and I absolutely love it!!
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« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2011 10:02:57 AM »

What a beautiful advent calendar.  great job.
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« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2012 07:04:41 AM »

Beats the heck out of any advent calendar you could buy!
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« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2012 08:10:50 AM »

Thank you for all of the lovely comments! I hope everyone had a great holiday season.
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Uber clever! I think this idea will be going on my "to-craft" list for this year!
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