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« on: November 29, 2007 10:01:13 AM »

I have been seeking inspiration for an advent calendar.  I have seen alot of great ideas, but the one I loved the most was in the Pottery Barn catalog, for $129.  It is just a piece of pinboard covered in linen.  The ornaments and numbered day tags are not included. 

I didn't love it that much, but it did give me the inspiration I was looking for.  I asked my husband for advice as far as what wood to use, and he hijacked my project! 

He used a nice sheet of plywood and stained it a pretty cherry color.  He then cut up strips of a nicer wood for the tags.  I traced the numbers onto the tags and he burnt them on-he bought a wood burner just for the occasion-and then attached cuphooks over each tag.  Then it was my turn.

Using this great fabric I bought last Christmas, I made 24 lined drawstring bags.  The fun part was shopping for ornaments.  Most of them are just generic things that struck my fancy, but a few of them are specifically related to the date.  I found a cute piece of cake ornament for my son's birthday, a wedding cake for our anniversary, a train engine for the day we'll ride the Polar Express, and a nativity ornament for Christmas Eve.  There are also 2 pieces of chocolate in each bag, since my son and niece will be opening them together.

All in all, we probably didn't save any money, but I'm so much happier with it, especially because we did it together.  And the kids can't wait for December 1st.
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2007 10:09:46 AM »

wow that is a great project! It looks awesome and I love how you tailored it to your family. Very nice!

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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007 10:13:48 AM »

Nice job.  It looks like a lot of hard work went into it.  Things like this are way more worth the effort when the whole family gets in on it though!  Now every year along with doing the calendar, you'll remember the fun you had putting it together!  (Much better than remembering how you went to Pottery Barn and bought it.  Wink  )

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2007 10:15:22 AM »

That is definitely an inspired project.  Good for you and hubby working together to create something your family can keep going for years to come.  I would be excited for December 1st to were I your children.

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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007 10:56:39 AM »

This is just a very neat and inspiring idea. The only advent calendars I've ever seen are ones with rings where you simply tie on the candies. I've been wanting to make one, but seeing this one just really opens up the world of possibilities of what you really could make your calendar do! Thank you for posting your project!!!

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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007 11:04:17 AM »

Absolutely beautiful!

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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2007 04:13:16 PM »

What a great idea!  And it's so well put together, and even better that it was a joint craft!
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2007 08:03:22 PM »

I just love this!
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2007 08:12:51 PM »

Very cool! I think the fact that it became a family event makes it worth not saving any money.  Smiley

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