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« on: September 19, 2010 09:26:00 AM »

hiya, this is a totally only just started project, i've started early as i figure it's going to take me a while, my idea started out as being just a simple but lovely advent calendar for my niece who is coming up for two in january, i wanted to make little pockets but it's hard to find suitable small toys for a tot for each pocket and her daddy, my brother, is a chef and very keen on healthy eating and doesn't like her to have too many sweets, so i didn't want to make it with treats.
sooooo... currently my plan is to make a mahoooooosive one with pockets, and a tree sewn on somehow, with little ornaments to hang on the tree every day.
this is where my cunning plan hit its first snag,  though i've already done my pattern for the basic calendar, i thought it would be best to work on the ornaments first to make sure they will fit in the pockets, i tried a myriad of different ways to make my ornaments, fimo, embroidery, fabric painting, fabric pens, card and lots of glue,  a mixture of everything, and nothing was producing anything i was even slightly impressed with, Cry but hurrah, this weekend i think i've had a breakthrough, image transfer paper may just be my saviour!!  Smiley
so on with the
first my basic pencil sketches to work out my sizing and designs followed by hand drawn and painted initial designs, i used watercolours with sparkle as i want it to be quite pastelish to go with their decor:

next i've transferred them onto image transfer paper, and ironed them onto white felt, then cut them out as little circles ready to be embellished with sparkles and suchlike got 18 done so far but not sure if they're all staying:

backs to look kind of like baubles!!

some of the fronts, decorated with beads, more to follow

obviously ideas and comments are welcome, thanks for looking!! Cheesy
« Last Edit: September 26, 2010 01:06:43 PM by CH4r!ie - Reason: changed photos » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2010 07:32:30 PM »

These will look great as ornaments on a little tree. I think that having ornaments that your niece can reuse each year will be more fun than little toys or candy in the long run.
It is funny how advent calendars come to take on a life of their own. I did a crossstich one a few years ago and I began to think I would never finish. Keep at it, and be sure to let us see how it turns out.

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2010 10:55:15 AM »

thanks ellarain, i finished two yesterday, only 22 or 23 to go lol, waiting to get my camera back for better photos, i'm not sure i'll get it done by this christmas, do you think we can postpone it for a month or so??
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2010 09:56:45 PM »

i'm not sure i'll get it done by this christmas, do you think we can postpone it for a month or so??
lol Roll Eyes When I finished mine I think there were only two days left before Christmas. I still hung it up and counted that day.
You still have some time and I bet it goes faster as you go along.

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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2010 09:05:39 PM »

its a wonderful project!
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2010 02:21:11 PM »

thanks, haven't had any time to do any more on it so far, but i feel excited about it!!
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2010 07:09:31 PM »

Hi Very cute project! Have you been able to finish it? I would love to see some more pics. It's a great alt to the store bought cardboard, which I'll be buying this year  Wink. But I think I may get going on this project as soon as my Christmas shopping and decorating gets done so.... the end of December! HaHa
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2010 11:01:26 AM »

hiya, thank for your comment, i have finally finished it yes, i moved it to the occasions board for my finished post, this is the link i hope if you'd like to take a peep!! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=365540.msg4295441#msg4295441  Smiley
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