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Monday
Dec082008

advent: part two

I love seeing the advent calendar as it starts to fill with ornaments. The kids are being surprisingly patient, taking turns, putting one ornament up each morning... though I have seen C peeking into future pockets and switching around the order of the coming days. Here are this week's ornaments:

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So beautiful!

12.8.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

I love the advent calendar and the darling little ornaments. So detailed and so sweet - especially the wreath and the taxi. You're amazing! We had one of those when we were kids as well, and I have very fond memories of it...wish I had a picture of it.
Lisa

12.9.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

keep the photos coming. this calendar is so charming!

12.9.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjane

i remember you working on that wreath at amy's place on a crafty monday! looks so great brooke. the cab is perfect.

12.9.2008 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

that little wreath is perfect! I might have to steal that idea and make some ornaments with it!

12.9.2008 | Unregistered Commenterchiara

That little wreath is amazing!

12.9.2008 | Unregistered Commentermeg

okay, i'm going to have to make one of these. too bad mine won't be nearly as cute as yours! i have to admit, i have an advent calendar addiction. this year we have 2 going, but i realized i actually own 4. soon to be 5. (if i ever actually get around to making one like you have!!)

12.9.2008 | Unregistered Commentersara

wow brooke, this looks like a TON of work. way to go and way to stick with it! it turned out beautiful!

12.9.2008 | Unregistered Commentermer

Did you design this Advent Calendar on your own? I would love to make something like this but couldn't do it fron scratch. Was there a kit or anything? Any direction or assistance you would be willing to lend would be greatly appreciated! Yours turned out beautiful and will be something your children will look forward to every year!

Jenny

12.9.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Nold

I love them.

12.10.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoelle

I love love love this!!

12.10.2008 | Unregistered Commentercally

HI Jenny,
Thanks for your questions.. I did make this up as I went along. I was trying to remember ornaments that hung on the one I loved as a kid, but I couldn't remember more than about 10.. so I tried to include all the typical Christmas symbols (wreath, candy cane, stockings, etc) but added a few things that are meaningful to my kids.. a taxi for our years in NYC, etc.

I started making the ornaments first, and then the rest just kind of came together. If you have any more specific questions, just let me know! Maybe someday I will write a little tutorial or something, but there's just too much going on right now!

12.10.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

it's so nice to put the time into making something that will be an heirloom for your kids! what a treasure.

12.11.2008 | Unregistered CommenterTara

This is such a cute idea! You got me all inspired! (Too late for this year, but I might start next year's one early!)

12.14.2008 | Unregistered CommenterEsther

It looks a lot like the one at Pink Chalk Studio from a year or two ago.

12.16.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjane

I agree with Jenny. You should make a tutorial or pattern. I'd definitely buy one! Is amazing. Great work.

12.18.2008 | Unregistered CommenterJayne

What a beautiful advent calendar! It's making me want to make another one now which isn't really very good news as we've had 9 this year - four homemade and 5 mini card ones!

I just found your blog through the Beehive.

Lucy x

12.19.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlucy locket

I've just discovered your blog today and I am just taking in everything I can!

This calendar is adorable and now I want one. Add me to the list as someone that would buy a tutorial if you were to make one. I think I could figure it out on my own, but it would be loads easier to work with a pattern. Do you have any tips or lessons learned while you were making it? Can you buy bigger pieces of felt at normal fabric stores? Or is that a specialty thing? Are all of the pieces created out of the nicer wool felt (not craft felt)? And is every single bit of it hand stitched? There's no machine stitching? Wow. What a fantastic piece and future heirloom.

02.11.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

I love this, I'm just starting one using this as inspiration. I will make each ornament a symbol for an activity we will do that night. example: skate for when we are going skating, rudolf for christmas movie night, light for night we turn on the outside christmas lights, and a book for the night we bring out the christmas stories. I was looking for a way to make an advent calendar that was about family time not candy and this was the perfect idea. Thank you.

09.29.2010 | Unregistered Commentersita

This is gorgeous! Will you share how you made the wreath?

11.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

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