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advent: part one

I know I'm one day late to the party, but I finally finished my little advent calendar last night, just in the nick of time. Nothing like a deadline to get me moving.

When I was little, we had a similar advent calendar. Made of felt, with snaps.. I think. I've combed through the attic at my parent's house on several occasions looking for it, but no luck. So I had to improvise and make my own. 

I love felt, especially the good stuff. I hope this calendar will be used for quite some time, pulled out year after year, so I didn't mind taking the time to stitch it by hand. (It also gave me a good excuse to watch a little TV and still feel productive.) Bee and C have been watching me make it, and are thrilled it is finally December at last! 

The pockets were stitched using the number template I made for the Purl Bee (and Page's advent calendar is so bright and lovely). The buttons on the tree are a mixed bunch, all from a big bag of antique buttons I splurged on at Quilt Market. Here are the ornaments for week 1, more to come!

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i LOVE this!
i want to make one as soon as possible!

12.2.2008 | Unregistered CommenterChelsey

So great! We had one growing-up, as well.
It was one of the many things I would look
forward to each holiday season.


12.2.2008 | Unregistered CommenterABBY

I would never in a million years be able to make this, you should make more and sell them on etsy! This is so much cooler than my pottery barn kids one.

12.2.2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I love felt: this is precious.

12.2.2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Higher Nest

I'm sure this will become a treasured keepsake (as most handmade items do). It is just lovely. Thanks for the link as to where to buy good felt, I've had a difficult time finding it in the colors I wish for!.

12.2.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

That is so amazing! I want to make one! We had one growing up too that I really loved. It's since been retired because all the pieces are falling apart. Ours had pieces to pin on a tree...I love the buttons. I remember poking myself with the pins all the time!

12.2.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen S

"Oh My" - - - how sweet & lovely!

12.2.2008 | Unregistered Commenternaomi

that is so, so darling!! definitely a treasure for your family. i especially love the mouse.

12.2.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

i love this and immediately thought of the purl bee version (which i also adore). ah, to go back in time and create something equally enchanting for my 11-year-old.

12.2.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjane

I LOVE it! If I wasn't working on stockings I'd start one myself. Maybe for next year!

12.2.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

Your calendar and ornaments are breathtakingly beautiful - I actually had to catch my breath at that last picture. If I keep reading your blog I'm going to be compelled to learn how to sew. My mother and grandmother made us lots of felt things year round (dolls, etc), including a similar advent one to the purchased one I have now:


I can't wait to see what else you have in store for the holidays!

12.2.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

i love your advent calendar brooke! wish i would've had the time to make one...


12.2.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen

that is truly one of the most adorable advent calendars! it's got "heirloom" written all over it...

12.2.2008 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

I am pretty much in love with this. I am tempted to make something like that even though I am late in the month already:) My kids can't count yet, so no harm, right? LOVE LOVE LOVE Your blog, and I just have to stop in and thank you for the daily inspiration!!!

12.2.2008 | Unregistered Commentersarah jane

This is so brilliant - I am very impressed. What a great idea to have decorations for the tree.

12.3.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

How stunning! What a beautiful and inspiring Christmas project. Snaps sounds nice, but the buttons are even nicer!

12.3.2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

that is really sweet.make sure you post another when they are all hung.

12.3.2008 | Unregistered Commentermelinda

That is such a pretty advent calendar! Very impressive!

12.3.2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Brooke! those ornaments are so adorable!! If only we had had a little more time! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

12.3.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoelle

it's amazing!!! your children (and their children, and their children...) are so lucky!

12.3.2008 | Unregistered Commenterpage

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