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« on: November 04, 2010 09:20:34 PM »

Welcome to the 2010 advent calendar.  The way this will work is that you post ONCE to claim a galley sot, each day during December, you will modify your original post with a new image.  Please avoid any chatter until each swapper has claimed a gallery post, thanks.

Swappers who need to claim gallery spots:)


Links to individual galleries
J_Kieviet https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4273403#msg4273403
Uluru https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4274270#msg4274270
yzzilnoaj https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4275628#msg4275628
zkatom https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4281768#msg4281768
amazin_784 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4281784#msg4281784
purple_girl https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4281835#msg4281835
guadiknight https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4281837#msg4281837
mom2em https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4281902#msg4281902
gatheredthreads https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4282017#msg4282017
jackie k https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4282068#msg4282068
jadore-le-rose https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4282153#msg4282153
gspinn https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4282476#msg4282476
Angelicus https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4283123#msg4283123
princessblueberry https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4284667#msg4284667
Boycemachine https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4284965#msg4284965
MiLady https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363980.msg4285669#msg4285669
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« Last Edit: November 30, 2010 10:59:03 AM by J_Kieviet » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Looking for the free row by row patterns.  If you are able to get me one from your town I will paypal you $2 for postage.
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010 09:21:40 PM »

My spot:)
I'll add pics once a week, for now I'll keep a list so I don't forget what day was which

the calendar is a brown felt with little pockets with numbers, but the tags are on the pressies, so the calendar gets filled up with trinkets on thursday, as high as my niece can count, that'st how many choices of gifts she has (She just gets one trinket though, unless she counts a few times, she's just learning and skips 5 all the time)
1. set of handmade cards
2. replacement thing for swiffer duster made from fleece
« Last Edit: December 02, 2010 11:06:02 PM by J_Kieviet » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Looking for the free row by row patterns.  If you are able to get me one from your town I will paypal you $2 for postage.
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010 04:22:10 PM »

My little spot. Smiley

So it's opening time - I can finally break into this super tempting box that has been taunting me for a month! Smiley

Here is the ribbon of adventy fact cards.

Knock knock, who's there? Mary. Mary who? Mary Christmas!

The tradition of hanging stockings over the fireplace derived from Dutch children placing their shoes next to the fireplace on Christmas Eve. Stockings later replaced the shoes.

What do elephants sing at Christmas? No-elephants, No elephants!

Santa has a calculated 31 hours thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west.

Christmas trees such as Douglas Fir and Evergreen are grown in all states of America.

Christmas trees received their first written acknowledgement in Germany in 1531.

Pope Julius I declared Christ's birthday as December 25th sometime during the 4th Century.

Bing Crosby's christmas classic, "White Christmas" is the best-selling Christmas song of all time.

How do cats greet each other at Christmas? A furry merry christmas and a happy mew year.

The abbreviation of Christmas to Xmas partially comes from the greek letter "Chi", the first letter of the word "Christos" meaning Christ.

Poet Clark Moore is credited with naming Santa's reindeer; Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donner, Prancer, Vixen, and the most famous reindeer, Rudolph.

Onto the gifts...

Lovely christmas cards... perfect because I didn't bring enough of my card stuff to uni and have run out. I'll be writing and sending these at the weekend.

Such pretty christmassy fabric! So cute.

I'm pretty sure it's a mug cosy, but it could be a wrist cuff. Fits my favourite cup very well though!


Christmassy reading!


Felt heart bookmark.


Pretty branches and leaves bracelet. So cute - I love it!


Lovely mini hot water bottle hand warmer!


Cute little button magnets - aren't they adorable! They are currently decorating my radiator.


Noticeboard and cute little button pins.


Teacup candle.


Actionshot! Gorgeous Birds nest necklace - so pretty.


Jewellery kit for making foot jewellery.


Felt tree badge.


Racing wind-up spacehoppers. Awesome! They jump so sweetly!


Holly felt badge.


Felt tree, tree decoration (already up and looking lovely on our tree)


Love on toast - tried it for breakfast! Amazed at how well it worked! Smiley


Wallet of tea! I am tea obsessed so this is perfect!


Action shot! Such a gorgeous silver tree necklace! Amazing! I really really love it!


Pretty glass suncatcher decorations. Since taking the pic, they are painted and on the tree.


Decoupaged M for my name - very cute and the perfect colour for my room! Love it!


Cookies in a jar - a yummy looking cookie mix! I love baking so this is great.


A lovely little cosmetic set, notepad, lip gloss, purse, mirror.


AMAZING caramel sweets - these are so so good!


Gorgeous glass star christmas tree decoration - I think I will be keeping this up all year round!


Beautiful, gorgeous, snuggly button tree pillow! I love this so much, it captures my taste perfectly!

Thank you so so much, BoyceMachine, for such an incredible package!

« Last Edit: December 28, 2010 09:56:16 AM by uluru » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010 06:11:59 AM »

I received one of two packaged from pricessblueberry today. I am trying not to pay any attention to the fact that this box is sitting in my house and I can't open the gifts inside it...this is going to be hard.

Anyways, here is my loot...I am happy that she used reusable wrapping (I am trying to be a green gal)

I was told to open a box that had the advent calendar in it.  I found two advent calendar...one for me and one for my little sister.  She also sent me a lovely card with homegrown teas (awesome).

I also received a lot of stickers, a gingerbread ornament and numerous gluten free mixes (picture to be added).

Dec. 1
We opened a box of fruit tea.  The advent card says: 1955 Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat.  1959 12 nations, including the USA, signed a treaty setting aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve free from military activity.  

Dec. 2
We opened the CUTEST owl purse.  The advent card says: 1969 Boeing 747 jumbo jet debuted.

Dec. 3
We opened some yummy jam today  Smiley.  The advent card says: 1833 Oberlin College in Ohio became the first co-ed institution of higher learning in the USA.   (Here is the gifts all together with the exception of the tea which has already been used)

Dec. 4
We opened what is either a gift bag or a produce bag.  I plan to use it as a gift bag.  The advent calendar card says:Crazy Horse, the Native American Chief, was born in 1849.

Dec. 5
We opened awesome playing cards that have facts about Alaska (where princessblueberry is from).  The advent calendar says: 1901 Walt Disney was born; 1792 George Washington was re-elected president and John Adams vice president.

Dec. 6
We opened cotton yarn.  The advent card says: 345 A.D. St. Nicholas Bishop of Myra, Santa Claus's namesake dies.  She then goes on to say how at her church they leave out shoes and it is filled with goodies.  I wonder are you Orthodox?  Which would be interesting because I am.  In our shoes we get gold coins, cookies and either hay or coal for being naughty.  This one church I know gives all the children an empty stocking and the children must take it home and fill it with gifts.  They then bring it back to church and it is given to a homeless person or a person in need.  

Dec. 7
We opened a fantastic memo/photo holder (at least that is what I think it is).  The advent card says: 1796 John Adams was elected 2nd president.  1836 Martin Van Buren was elected 8th president.  1941 Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Dec. 8
We opened a wonderful homemade journal.  It is hand-bound even  Smiley The advent card says: What Christmas song is it that you can't wait to hear?  Her answer is Louis Armstrong "Zat you Santa Clause."  Mine is Oh Holy Night sung by the Vienna Boy's Choir.  

Dec. 9
We opened a jar of Alaskan cherries.  I am not sure if they are just to eat or like a jam but I guess we'll find out.  Advent card says: 1843 First Christmas cards were created and sold for a shilling.  1965 "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered.  

Dec. 10
We opened a pendent that has been on my wist forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am so totally in love with this gift and the picture isn't doing it justice.  Angry Thank you so much princessblueberry!  Advent card says: How many gifts would you receive if you received all the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas?"  Answer: 364

Dec. 11
we opened a hairband making kit.  Mary is excited to "bling it out" (those were her words).  The Advent card says: Jacob Mohr, the author of the poem Silent Night was born in 1792.

I have been horrible about picture posting recently.  Getting ready for Christmas is taking all my time.


Dec. 12
We opened some tie-dyed material.  I am going to use it at wrapping paper for my bother-in-laws gift...he is a total hippie.  The Advent card says:  If you could be any character in a play about the Nativity, who would you be and why?  I would choose to be the donkey that carried Mary.  I am not Mother Mary material so the next best thing is the being responsible for carrying the Mother of Christ.

Dec. 13
We opened some really great postcards.  The Advent card says: 'O Come, O' Come Emanuel is one of the oldest Christmas cards still sand today.  It is estimated to have been written between 800 & 1200 AD.  The author is unknown.

Dec. 14
We opened AWESOME coasters!  I LOVE them! The Advent card says: Who was the president of the US when the tradition of lighting the White House Christmas Tree was started? Answer: Calvin Coilidge.

Dec. 15
We opened a FANTASTIC duct tape wallet.  Mary went crazy over it.  She altered it a little by adding some red duct tape to the outside.  I can't believe what an awesome job pricessblueberry did on this wallet!  Advent card says:  1791 Virginia become last state to ratify the Bill of Rights, making the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution law.

Dec. 16
Today we opened some Alaskan Cherries.  Advent card says: Antonin Drorak's New World Symphony was premiered by the Philharmonic Society of New York at Carnegie Hall.

Dec. 17
Today we opened very useful craft supplies.  Advent card says: Charles Dickens' classic story "A Christmas Carol" was published in 143.  Who is your favorite character and why?  The main character because he shows us all that there is hope for us all.

Dec. 18
Today we opened a Wonderball that had charms in it.  Mary LOVED this.  Advent card says: Mayflower passengers come ashore at Plymouth Harbor in 1620.  Slavery is abolished in America in 1865.  Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang opens in New York in 1968.

Dec. 19
Today we opened some what appears to be smoke salmon!  WOW!  We love salmon in this house.  I am going to save it for Christmas morning.  Advent quote says:  much religious music from the church in the 15th century was written in Latin and sung in sober tones.  But in there own circle peasants wrote their own songs, they are some of the most loved carols "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is a good example.  

Dec. 20
Today we opened a candle.  Advent card says:  What is your favorite Christmas movie?  Why?  It's a Wonderful Life but I am not exactly sure why.

So packed everything up for Christmas...everything made it there but not everything made it home.  For example my camera is not here and Day 21 is not here...it goes on :-(

Dec. 21

Dec. 22
Today we opened a candle.  Advent card says: In the Gift of the Magi the main characters each sacrifice something so they can give to the one they love.  Is it harder to give money, time or things?  I say time because it actually requires something of yourself.

Dec. 23
Today we opened some yummy jam.  Advent card says: Construction begin on Plymouth settlement, on a building that would see settlers through their first year 1620.

Dec. 24
Today we opened..two awesome knit hats.  Advent quote says:  If you lived in the time of Jesus' birth and heard about him, what gift would you bring to the manger?  Why?  I would bring myself and whatever skills I had to offer him.  The gift of yourself is the best gift to give.

Dec. 25
Today I opened an owl apron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Totally AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much for a great swap.  As soon as my camera arrives or I receive pictures from my partner I will post pictures.
« Last Edit: December 31, 2010 06:34:33 AM by yzzilnoaj » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2010 03:31:11 PM »


I received today and Gspinn put in some great extras for me to enjoy now.  Cheesy

The entire package in its box:

My extras to enjoy now/the advent calendar.  Smiley  Mmmmmm, some candy that my husband stole didn't make it into the picture.........

The advent calendar, it is a cookie countdown!  I think each envelope has a Christmas drawing, but I didn't want to ruin the surprise, so I didn't peak too much.  Smiley  I really love the idea!!!!  We LOVE making cookies!

Thanks so much Gpsinn!  I can't wait to start opening........  How many more days do we have to wait?!?!?!


Today's recipe in the cookie countdown is for some tasty looking Earl Grey cookies!  I can't wait to try all these recipes!

I also received a super cute green hat!  Plus, Gspinn made my husband an equally awesome grey hat.  We love them both!!!


Today I received super cute earrings:


Today's gift was an adorable basket:

I'm really loving the cookie countdown.  I can't wait to try all of them.  Choosing which cookies to make for Christmas is going to be very hard.  Cheesy


Today's gift was "Rise and Shine."  I must admit that the last week was pretty stressful and reading a novel sounded perfect, sooooo I have finished it already, lol.  It was really good!  Thanks Gspinn! Cheesy  It was the perfect way to relax this weekend.

The cookie for today was a peanut butter whoopie pie which my husband is very excited to try soon.  Cheesy


Today's gift was a super cute cross stitch kit!  It is Christmas themed of course!  Smiley  I can't wait to work on it.  


Another super cute pair of earrings!  I love the color.  Smiley


A kit to crochet really neat scrubbers!  I will definitely be using these, hmmmm, perhaps I will be making these and the husband will be using them.  Cheesy


Really cute bookmarks!  I always need more bookmarks!


Super awesome wristwarmers (in use right now)!  I really LOVE the yarn.  My craptastic lighting doesn't show off how awesome all the colors are in person.


Awesome picture frame!  We are still trying to pick out a photo for it.  Smiley


Rice heat bag.  This is sooooo nice.  I take it to bed and use it to warm my feet or to put under my neck.  Smiley


Super awesome Beatles box!!!  I love it!!!!!


Smaller rice heat bag.  It is perfect for putting on my eyes at night.  Smiley


Super cute crochet tote!  I know I will be using this a ton!


Beautiful necklace, I love the stones!


Awesome collection of Bath and Body Works soaps, lotions, etc.  I've always wanted some of the lip gloss that was included. It is the kind that makes your lips tingle.  Smiley  Everything smells so nice.  


Shortly after my last post I flew back home for the holidays.  Gspinn let me open the rest of my gifts before I left, but for the life of me I can't remember which gifts were for each day.  She made some really amazing things that I simply love.  I put a lot of them quickly into use and almost forgot to take pictures of them.  It is possible I forgot a couple of things, so I apologize for that.  Gspinn was an awesome partner and I can't thank her enough!  

Here are the pictures in no particular order (please excuse the bad lighting, a lot of the colors aren't shown well in these pictures):

Awesome hat that was in my stocking (I wore it today) Smiley

Super cute amigurumi, one for me (platypus) one for the hubby Smiley  The cats have been trying to play with his though.....

Completely amazing coasters, we are both HUGE Mario fans, these are seriously the coolest

Cute earrings from the stocking

Super pretty ornaments, the colors fit perfect with our Christmas tree

Awesome scarf

Stocking and some ornaments to decorate and nail polish that were in it

Bath balls

Cute dishclothes (always useful!)

Really pretty necklace and earrings from the stocking

More awesome things from the stocking

Super awesome matching scarf and hat, they were different days, but they matched, so I had to put them together.  Smiley  I wore them on my trip home.  They were very warm in VERY cold Michigan!

The actual calendar, Gspinn drew wonderful pictures on all the envelope!  I particularly love the 12 Days of Christmas theme at the end and the two Charlie Brown themed envelopes.  Smiley  I want to do something with all of the pictures, but I'm not sure what yet.....  As mentioned above, each envelope contained a cookie recipe.  I can't wait to try them all!  We made the cinnamon swirls for the family and they were quite the hit, really easy too!

Thanks again Gspinn!  I'm so sorry it took me so long to post pictures.  I hope I have pictures of everything.  Thanks for an amazing swap!
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2010 03:45:38 PM »

Advent calendar days 1-12:

Days 1 and 2:

GOURD BEAR!! and teddy bear chocolates

I was going to wait to post when I had a whole week, but the gourd bear was just too cool!

My dog was equally excited to open the package as I was.  She kept sticking her nose in the bag!

Day 3: needle-felted coasters

Day 4: gourd decoration w/ porcupine quills

Day 5: gummy bears!  (no pic...they didn't last the day)
Day 6: Reindeer socks (no pic...wore them and now need to do laundry!)

Day 7: beaded cuff bracelet

Day 8: teddy bear cookie cutter
Day 9: nuno felt

Day 10: gourds to decorate
Day 11: teddy bear candle holder and votive candles

Day 12: Chardonnay soda and rhubarb marmalade (good stuff!)

Day 13: handmade paper star tree garland
Day 14: chocolate covered dried cherries (GONE!)
Day 15: red bead necklace and earrings

Day 16: egg salt and pepper shakers Cheesy

Day 17: hand dyed roving

Also included in he last box of goodies was a Christmas ball full of Ghirardelli chocolates, which are also gone!

Day 18: red and black felted scarf for hubby
Day 19: fudge
Day 20: giant hand colored gourd with beanbag and mat

(it cracked in shipping, but I fixed it)

Day 21: fabric bag in hockey print for hubby
Day 22: Christmas fairy

Day 23: fabric bag in teddy bear print for me (seen in day 20's picture)
Day 24: gold glitter ball candle

Finally, Christmas Day: windowpane felted scarf

It's GORGEOUS and long!
crappy closeup of the details:

« Last Edit: December 26, 2010 12:28:42 PM by amazing_784 - Reason: Day 18-25 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2010 04:27:10 PM »

1st December:

Woop!! Finally opening time!
What I woke up to this morning - my housemate put it up!!Its all been hidden in his room as im not trusted not to open it all at once apparently  Shocked Grin Grin Grin  (the tree had a present under it, but that was opened too quickly to hang around for a photo!)

I got an amazing craft holder Cheesy Its so awesome, already put to good use! Its great for taking my craft stuff round the house, and holding it neatly in my room, I love it, thank you!!

And the advent calendar, its so beautiful, sorry, our house is so dark it was hard to get a photo that actually shows the awesomeness

And the note thing inside for today was to tidy my craft stash ready for Santa! Good becuase it was long overdue, its just been shoved in my wardrobe since I moved in, its hard to get anything out!
So it went from this.... (+more general mess everywhere!)

To this....

2nd December

A lovely sunny cross stitch hanging Ive put on my pinboard to cheer me up once the snow has melted and its just cold!

3rd December

A  purple bag hanger pin decoration, so cute!

4th December

Awesome purple baubly type earrings, love them!

Sorry, been MIA for a few days! Last week of uni, so everything is pretty hectic! Done all my work, just gotta present it! Packed up all my unopened pressies to take home, except the 25th, but no idea how i am gonna carry it all on the train! Eeek!

5th December

An amazing purply dream hand mirror with a star, its so much fun!

6th December

A cute purple crocheted pin cushion

7th December

Snuggly warm hot water bottle, perfect as my radiator is broke and we still have some snow left over!

8th December

Fun fridge magnets, only photod half of them, the rest are already on our fridge, making it cheerier each time i  go to get food!

Ok, well, my laptop has decided it wont talk to my camera, so photos will have to wait, sorry!!!
Sorry, another delay, home safe, got my bag back after leaving it on the train, ack! And my camera is working again Cheesy

9th December
Awesomely sparkly christmas decorations

10th December
A great shopping list with a board, great to help me remember what I need, I will put it inside my cupboard back at uni

11th December
An awesome purple wristlet bracelet thing, its so beautiful!

12th December
A cute felt notebook

13th December
An awesome fold out shopping bag

14th December
A stamp set - in an amazing wooden box!

15th December
A so cute russian doll making kit, and one fully made!

16th December
Lovely purple crochet coasters

17th December
A purple hat, it actually suits me! Its beautiful but I worried as soon as I put it on it would look silly, as hats seem to on me, but I love it!!

18th December
So cosy purple slippers!!

19th December
A lovely flowery writing set, I write a lot of letters, and left mypenpalling box at uni, so this is perfect!

20th December
An awesome logo santa in a sleigh with rudolph, ive already built it, just now, come in from playing in the snow!

21st December
The cutest ever bookmark!! Helping me in my new years resolution to take more photos

22nd December
An awesome purple necklace, crocheted!!

23rd December
Beautiful crocheted wristlet gloves Smiley

24th December
A so cool headband with a crocheted flower!!

25th December
Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The most amazing purple crocheted blanket, it is gorgeous, I love it!!!!!!! Thank you so much Jenn!!!!!!!!!!

Pictures to follow as soon as I can find my camera charger!!
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2010 04:28:54 PM »

November 28th
My box came bright and early today.  I'm going to wait on pictures until I can do a little first aid on the advent calendar (nothing serious, just a few fasteners fell off in transit).  But in the meantime I will amuse myself with the giant binder clips and gummies that came as extras.  I'm super excited for December to start so I can dive on in.

December 1st
Got to open the first day of my advent calendar this morning!  I didn't see a package with a "1" on the label, so I'm going to assume the gummies I gobbled as soon as I opened the box were intended for today.  Very yummy.

December 2nd
Mlsocci74 put together a wonderful learn-to-embroider kit with floss, hoop, needles, and a pretty owl.  I apologize for not having a picture of it at the moment, but take my word for it, it is awesome.

December 3rd

A lovely fluffy scarf.  It is soooo soft.

December 4th

The most amazing calendar and notepad holder!  I had just been thinking that morning that I needed to be better at using my calendar next year, to avoid the noise of deadlines as they go wooshing by.

December 5th

Cute little notepad.  The front is flocked, and the papers are printed with the gingerbread man, too.

(I may have things out of order for this week, for which I apologize)

December 6

Zippered pouch.  Already holding my laundry quarters and lucky fava bean.

December 7

Such a pretty necklace.  I wore it for the rest of the week, and it got tons of compliments.

December 8

Notepads of pure awesomeness, with quotes from Firefly and Eddie Izzard

December 9


December 10

Christmas notecards.  I love the purple!

December 11

Armwarmers made from felted sweater sleeves.  So clever!

December 12

Delicious noms.  

December 13

Gift enclosures

December 14

Necklace.  I've been wearing this constantly, as it seems to go with everything in my wardrobe.  The picture really doesn't do it justice at all.

December 15

December 16


December 17


December 18


December 19

Felted nesting bowls

December 20

Doctor Who pocket mirror (very useful)

December 21

Gloves (also useful, as I just lost one of my regular ones)

December 22

Christmas earings

December 23


December 24
Ribbon Candy

December 25
(Pictures to come)
Christmas band-aids
Stocking made from a felted sweater
2 cookie recipe booklets
More sprinkles than you could shake a stick at.

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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2010 05:36:34 PM »

Here's everything all together:

I love the bag!  And each day has a little story to go along w/it.  I think I'm going to scrapbook the stories and add embellishments and put them in an album so my dd and I can read them every year at xmas.

And my day 1 gift:

My dd had to hang it on the tree right away.
Day 2: 2 popsicle stick craft kits.  My dd dumped all the pieces out right away so I will try to get a pic of the completed projects.
Day 3: a great little embellished notebook.  I am a big list maker so this is perfect for me.

Day 4: 2 pens made from tree branches.  So cool!
Day 5: Hot chocolate set

Day 6: yummy candy

Day 7: maple syrup and toffees.  Can't wait to try them.

Day 8: adorable matching snowman mittens for me and Emma

Day 9: super cute doll

Day 10: yummy candy on a stick (didn't last long enough to get a pic, lol)
Day 11: cross stitch kit

Day 12: beaver keychain

Day 13: cute cupcake hat

Day 14: a xmas song cd and a tea wallet.  I'm giving my MIL a tea wallet for xmas and I almost decided to keep it for myself since it was so nice so this is great now I have one of my own.

Day 15: there was no gift labeled 15 so I opened 1 of the stocking stuffers.  It was a tin of lotion (I think), smells really nice.
Day 16: matching mother/daughter Christmas aprons.  I've been wanting matching aprons for a long time so I love these!

Day 17:
Day 18: Ornament w/Emma's name on it

Day 19: there were 2 gifts labeled 16 and no 19 so I opened the other 16 today.

Day 20: moving soldier, my dd is loving this

Day 21:
Day 22: wildflower seeds
Day 23: pretty necklace
Day 24: beautiful dress for my dd.  I will get a pic of her wearing it tomorrow.
Day 25: stocking (bag) full of goodies

Thank you so much for all the great gifts!
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2010 07:53:18 PM »

First, here is a picture of my lovely advent tote.  It is a drawstring tote, like the one on my wist, BUT each of the patchwork squares is a pocket!  Now I have no excuse for not being organized  Tongue

Thank you Jackie K, and j_kieviet!!

I will post pics of the daily pressies once a week.  For now, a list:

Day 1: a sweet little clamshell pouch, and an olympics pin

Day 2: gingerbread spice tea

Day 3: some sweet 3d art kits for kids, which I shall hide away until boredom sets in over the holidays  Cheesy

Day 4: a penguin ornament, so neat! made out of an egg and a pocket mirror

Day 5: a rose scented soap in a crocheted bag

Day 6: some little (wax?) ornaments

pics so far:

Day 7: mitts/fingerless mittens for me, a cupcake hat for my younger lo (which is so cute!) and a hat for my older lo too.  They all fit perfectly Smiley

This hat has been worn all day long:

And she keeps admiring herself in the mirror:

Day 8:  A christmas apron!!  I've barely begun baking, so this is great Smiley

Day 9: 2 crocheted potholders, nice and big Smiley

Day 10: 2 candy bars (neither of which I have tried before), and some peppermints

Day 11: a cute pinecone ornament with birds

Day 12: a penguin paper lantern craft kit, perfect for today as we are about to be snowed in!

Day 13: a nutcracker ornament.  I love nutcrackers Smiley

Day 14: a crocheted tissue holder, and a snowman soap sponge (which my girls have run off with)

Day 15: an ornament of crocheted bells

Day 16: a crocheted ornament

Day 17: 2 little christmas craft kits

Day 18: a crocheted angel, poinsettia, and candy cane

Day 19: some christmas yarn and crochet hooks

Day 20: a ribbon ornament

Day 21: crocheted wreath ornaments, and potholders

Day 22: a tote bag and some christmas stickers

Day 23: a big crocheted washcloth and some bath soaks

Day 24: a crocheted snowman goodie bag filled with christmas themed bath & body treats

Day 25: a stocking filled with candies, face scrub and crocheted scrubbies, and a drink wallet with goodies inside.

Thank you Jackie K, for everything!!
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2010 09:37:36 PM »

box of goodies:

the calendar

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« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2010 03:00:58 AM »

Firstly here is a quick picture of all of my pressies looking tempting and ready to be opened! I love how Angelicus wrapped this, it's all so pretty!  Smiley

And I have stashed them all away in this big basket for safekeeping...

Now, my lovely advent calendar. Each day has it's own individual pocket with a chocolate coin inside. This must have taken you ages to sew each pocket- you must have a lot of patience!  Smiley

And a little closeup to show the detail...

1st December

Yay! Day 1, I can't believe it's December already- where did that time go? But at least we all get to open our pressies now!

So today I actually opened 2 presents because I noticed that there was 1 extra little parcel in there and I couldn't resist! So in the first present was this lovely little needlebook in the shape of a cupcake. I love this so, so much- I was in dire need of a needlebook, before they were all just sticking out of a pincushion and they kept getting lost inside the stuffing, but now I have somewhere to keep them all organised!

And the second present I opened was this cute little torch keyring and a smiley face keyring! I actually loved the smiley face one so much that I made it into a little pendant this morning and wore it today as a necklace!  Tongue

Thanks Angelicus for a great first day, I can't wait for tomorrow!  Grin

2nd December

Wow, today was another great present- I received this gorgeous handbound notebook with the made with the loveliest patterned paper. It's just lovely!

Thank you so much again!  Smiley

Day 3- Yummy chocolate tree decorations. (Already eaten- but I got a picture before they were devoured).
Day 4- A really cute crocheted stuffie. Love this- I have the perfect place for him to sit!
Day 5- A glittery angel candle- it's like you read my mind, because I have been obssessed with burning candles in the last few weeks and this one is so festive and pretty!
Day 6- Some crocheted flowers and a crocheted hair bow- so cute and so me!  Smiley
Day 7- A mug filled with hot chocolate and a chocolate bar. Oops, ate the chocolate before I could get a picture, but I will make sure to get a picture of the lovely mug- the saying on it is perfect for me!  Wink
Day 8- Gorgeous gift tags, including some handmade ones. Obviously will be so useful in the next few weeks!
Day 9- I cheated and opened two presents today as I was having a rubbish day and was lacking the willpower to resist my big basket of sparkly pressies. Inside I found some gorgeous crocheted handwarmers!  Smiley

Pictures to come, sorry I'm so behind- I've lent my camera to someone, but they will be back tomorrow so expect pictures then!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2010 12:34:41 PM »

My spot  Grin
What I saw when I opened the box:


And underneath a little more:

Presents to open prior to December:

Awesome cat pins that I couldn't capture well because I can't find the flower setting thing on my new camera, these were made by zkatom's, aunts, and grandma

Advent calendar:
It is really long so I only took a picture of one section of it, and let me say I LOVE it!

Day 1, totally awesome ornament making kit and samples she made and sent me:

Day 2 the most perfect piece of jewelry fitted to my style and in my favorite colors (Green and Grey)

Day 3 A book and a bead mix along with some beads made by zkatom

Day 4 really cute holiday themed cloth napkins

Day 5 Gorgeous Peace on Earth glass ornament, I'm not sure if you can see it in the picture, but there is also a dove on the ornament

Day 6 awesome warm hat from my wists that I have been wearing everyday

Day 7 Totally awesome record bowl I have been wanting one forever!

Day 8 For the significant other a cute crocheted holiday penguin that he LOVES and for me some beautiful ornaments made out of sheet music.

Day 9 some cute perler bead jewelry. A tetris necklace that is too cute, and some star power earrings

Day 10 Cute catnip toys for the kitties and candy for the humans. The cats love the toys and went crazy for them. Apparently the organic catnip that zkatom grows is much more potent than what comes in the toys sold in stores. The cats came from all corners of the house when I opened them

Day 11 Crocheted slippers, I love the color but sadly they are a little big

Day 12 some handmade soaps, I'm not sure what scents they are because there are multiple scents

Day 13 Cute red polka dot bag filled with burts bees

Day 14 Possibly the coolest present ever... A MAGIC YARN BALL!! It is a pattern for an owl

And the contents:

Day 15 A homemade journal

Day 16 Little fish for me and mario mushrooms for the SO

Day 17 Awesome triptych made my zkatom I think with markers but not positive the medium

Day 18 Tea wallet! Yay I have been meaning to make one for myself and never have the time, I love this!

Day 19 A rapunzel scarf that my picture doesn't really do justice

Day 20 A book and the cutest crochet panda ever to go with it

Day 21 Awesome yarn it is so soft and pretty, I just have to find the right pattern to make with it

Day 22 Scarves for me and the fiance we both love them!

Day 23 Really cute rainbow bag

Day 24 Awesome hand crafted clock

Stocking stuffers

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« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2010 07:53:34 AM »

 Grin Cheesy Grin Cheesy Wink Cheesy Smiley Grin

I'm just going to list for now, as its been a pain getting a camera which works/ I know how to work (the one camera I've got access to is all written in German!)

Day 1: A lovely, vibrant pin cushion
Day 2: A pink hat which Laura found at a craft sale
Day 3: A lovely set of pampering things including lush soap, a bath bomb, nail varnish and two hot chocolate sachets
Day 4: Two lovely handmade boxes with an ornament saying 'joy', an owl keyring and a little flower
Day 5: An amazing book about how to (easily!) make your own clothes. I was only thinking just last night that I would love to be able to make my own clothes and now I can Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2010 05:35:58 PM »

Ok, Here is my spot...

Received today and have swap anxiety big time from just looking at her wrapping job!!!  I cleared off the top of the book shelf next to my couch, so they would be in view but out of the reach of the tiny minions...one of which grabbed the awesome soda bottle apple and declared 'an apple, this is MINE!'...my pie rack is helping display them...

And the extras...

My son grabbed the buttons declaring 'a treat for me!' so that is the purple confetti you see everywhere...and ornament, journal, note pad, gift tags, cherry iorn on transfer, an awesome scarf, rinestone stickers, stickers, a bunch of pendants and more!  Baby girl foot at the bottom and son at the top of picture...

#1...advent calendar

#2...a madona & child box for my advent calendar

my little elf before I opened!
showing off the box...of course my daughter tried to eat it and my son had his screw driver in most of the pictures trying to fix it...

*Sorry for the giant pictures!  These are the only copies and I'm afraid to resize them...lost the originals when the phone deleted before importing to computer and did not want to wait any longer to post pictures...I'll have things to say too with each but this is already my 3rd attempt at posting them...*


My son loves these!!!  They adorn the tree and he ask to play with the aligator every day!!







#11 The box is todays present I just thought it was perfect that I had made the hair clip the day before and it matched perfectly!!! Making the perfect christmas photo of my mom!!!



*Gah! Trying to figure a few things out missing some photos after loosing 2 months worth of photos*

#25 Oh My!  An felt, child safe and totally awesome nativity set!
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« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2010 02:36:45 AM »


here's my lovely calender in a garland form...

Some extras...a CD and some Christmas cards...

Chocolate!!!   Grin

Cupcake rubbers...

A beaded necklace


A scrunchy...my hair is very short but I'll find a use for it.

Even more chocolate!!!

Glittery socks - to make a sock monkey

Clotted cream fudge

A bauble

A santa magnet

3 sets of beads

A pin cushion

Feather earrings

A cute stamp

Mini bath bombs

A bracelet

Bath stuff




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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2010 03:08:46 PM »

My little spot!

OK so I opened my parcel of awesomeness today I managed to squeeze it all into 2 photos!
Calendar (how amazing is this):

Parcels (loving all the pink, each tag has a christms fact on it too - I can't help but squish the parcels):

1st December! PINK STOCKING!!!!! And chocolates yum! "People spend an average of 2hours and 27minutes wrapping christmas presents each year" - I'm a proper cheat when it comes to wrapping, anything that looks good with a bow on or fits in a gift bag remains unwrapped hehe!

December 2nd and 3rd 2nd - pin board to keep a track of all my christmas facts (notice the snowflakes eeee) 3rd - christmas cards (from one of my favourite charities I might add - Macmillan)

Facts - The worlds biggest christmas tree was 76ft!
If you received all the gifts in the 12 days of christmas you would get 364 presents!

December 4th and 5th
Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas a national (state) holiday in 1836
Gorgeous soap and photoframe now awaiting photo!

December 6th
Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving!
Beaaaaaauuuutiful sparkly fingerless mitts that I'm wearing as I type!

December 7th
Ok ok so I cheated a little, it's not quite midnight but I knew I wouldn't have time in the morning and atleast I'm keeping up to date!
Snacks for me and my hamster and a cute action shot of Lily before she smuggled her gnaw away into the depths of her den! This was actually JUST what the doctor ordered too.

Right I'm back on track after 4 consecutive days of 12.5hr shifts wooo, I was so busy aswell!
I can't remember in which order these all came out but I got a little fact for each of them.
8th - More than 1000000 acres of land have been planted with christmas trees
9th - Bing crosby's a white christmas is the best selling christmas song
10th - Hallmark introduced the first christmas cards in 1915 (and now I'm cursing them because I can't remember who I'm supposed to write them too, so I have a pile of 60 infront of me and I'm racking my brains to think who I forgot)
11th - charles dickens wrote a Christmas carol in just 6 weeks
12th - be careful of holly berries, theyre poisoness during the christmas season 1.76 billion candy canes will be made!
13th - 1 in 3 men wait until christmas eve to finish shopping
14th - santa's elves are a modernization of the nature folk of pagan religions
and somehow I seem to have lost 15's number, how I don't know as I've managed to hang on to every other tag!

Christmas wrapping accessories and old cards to make tags which have proven very useful indeed

Beautiful beautiful hand knitted peach scarf and an air freshner for my new car which has now arrived woohooo!

A recipe folder with a recipe for cheesy christmas stars (right up my street!)...held open with my foot for photo purposes

Cup holder and fluffy pink hamster!!! The cup holder came with 2 hot chocs and 2 kit kats and was cleverly packaged in a costa coffee cup, ingenious!

russian doll door stop and fluffy hamster again, love it!

Thought I would update with the rest of my photos

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« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2010 07:59:00 PM »

Here's my calendar (a surprise one, although so far the numbers are in order).

Day 1 - a poor little gingerbread man ornament!

Day 2 - a super wisty banner for when my husband comes home from the Army for Christmas (for the first time in 5 months).

Day 3 - a precious ornament sweater...with hanger hanger!
Day 4 - some darling gift tags
Day 5 - a wipe-off coloring book for my boys (I let them open this one, so I'm so glad it was for them!)
Day 6 - some fun sparkly green gel icing for cookies & cupcakes

Day 7 - a lovely dish towel

Day 8 - a jar of delicious homemade apple butter
Day 9 - a set of 3 fun Post-It pads

Day 10 - a knitted ornament that my boys are fighting over!

Day 11 - a fun little Tabasco sauce angel

Day 12 - some fantastic Handmade By and From the Kitchen of tags

Day 13 - a bar of great-smelling soap

Day 14 - a jarred candle that smells like vanilla...yum!!!

Day 15 - a fun set of Christmas cupcake wrappers and picks

Day 16 - a sweet stuffed owl ornament

Day 17 - a pretty stretchy bracelet

Day 18 - a fun ornament with my initial

Day 19 - a yummy chocolate bar

Day 20 - a cake "doneness" tester that I've already used and it works great!

Day 21 - yarn in my favorite color

Day 22 - a frying pan ornament

Day 23 - Mini Moon Pies (not all of them made it to this photo!)

Day 24 - Hot Tamales & gummy frogs & various other treats (my husband's and my favorite candies, plus ones my boys loved)

Day 25 - a precious basket with fun cookie cutters in it

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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2010 08:58:10 AM »

Pictures to come.
Day 1: jingle bell anklet
Day 2: bead bell ornament
Day 3: blanking on what to call it? Necklace style key chain??
Day 4: scarf
Day 5: incense
Day 6: belt
Day 7: book reading light
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« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2010 08:05:47 PM »

Here we go!  I am going to try and make Wednesdays and Saturdays my posting days. (But here are the first couple to get it started!)

My calendar is all magnetic and currently sitting happily on my fridge.

1) a coupon for a free diet coke

2) homemade truffles (I admit I broke into these early.....I had permission from my partner!)

3) earrings and a runner

4) Candied Nuts

5) Gift Tags

6)a wall plaque

7) a star necklace

Cool plastic holly

9) glasses to look at lights

10) a starry crown

11) mini scrapbook

12) coasters

13)hot cocoa mixes
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« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2010 04:14:20 PM »

My first package has arrived! I will post pictures soon!

Whole Package

Day 25

The flowers are pens.

Day 24

Day 23

Day 22

Day 21

My favorite!

Day 20

Day 19

Day 18

I'm pretty sure this was supposed to go with one of the other days but it got separated in shipping.

25: Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive. -Robert Lynd

24: When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things-not the great occasions-give off the greatest glow of happiness. -Bob Hope

23: A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.-Garrison Keillor

22: I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. -Harlan Miller

21: Christmas is the season for kindling the fires of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. -Washington Irving

20: Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given-when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we has as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.-Joan Winmill Brown

19: My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?-Bob Hope

18: There's nothing sadder in the world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. -Erma Bombeck

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.-Peg Bracken
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« Reply #21 on: December 28, 2010 10:46:16 PM »

I've finally uploaded them all.  That was a lot of great gifts!  I hope the rest of you all enjoyed yours too.  Have a great new year, everybody!

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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2011 07:00:44 AM »

I wanted to post photos of what I sent Jackie K.

The advent calendar, which had a crochet pattern and a chocolate in each pocket:

12 of the days had a pair of christmas ornaments:

There were two necklaces, and a brooch:

Placemats and coasters:

An angel ornament:

Then no photos of the rest...some days had bars of lindt chocolate with recipes, some days had craft kits (a quilting kit I put together, a painting kit I put together, and 2 bought Christmas craft foam kits).  I think that was it!

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