I've wanted to do an advent calendar for a really long time, but I'm such a slacker, I never get around to doing it. But thankfully, this blog has given me extra motivation to do some of the things that I never actually get around to finishing.
I debated the style of calendar for awhile. I've seen lots of the "muffin tin" calendars, and I ALMOST went with that one, but part of me wanted something less cutesy, and I wanted something a bit more original. As I flipped through PB's latest, I was inspired by these:
So I decided to do something a little different. One night when my husband was on a 30-hour shift, I stayed up by myself and watched two chick flicks and made 24 of these small draw-string pouches (and yes, I may be the first person to ever call "Dumb and Dumber" a chick flick. he he he).
I wanted them to be pretty small, so I chose 6 different fabrics that went along with my blue and silver theme. The silky ones were much harder to sew than the others, so unless you love the look, I'd stick with all cotton for convenience.
I couldn't find a great tutorial on how to do the drawstring pouches how I wanted them, so I made it up as I went along. I hate it when the strings pull out, and I have to re-thread the little suckers, so I found a way to sew them in. Again, I'll post a tutorial on just the bags soon.
I had the frame hanging out in my garage that I had purchased from a yard sale a couple years ago. Slapped some white paint on it, measured and screwed 5 screws in each side, and wrapped some wire around the screws to hang the bags on. I actually did 4 rows first, and then decided it looked a little lack-luster, so I made a 5th row (and had to move other rows around...what a pain) and cut out some CHRISTMAS letters out of glitter paper. Add some date/number tags and a couple handfuls of mini clothespins, and there ya go (in my best "Big Fat Greek Wedding" voice)!
I plan to fill each day with a treat and a scripture, and then a piece from a mini nativity set with the baby Jesus in the last day.
Now the trick will be trying to find a place to hide it all before the 1st, so my kids will stop hounding me about their treats!!!
Mele Kalikimaka and aloha,