Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Finished Advent Calendar

Well, I've been hard at work in the spare moments I have throughout the day.  It helped that my husband took a five day weekend for Thanksgiving.  Just yesterday morning I finished the last bit and with two days until December to boot.
So here it is!

24 little ornaments, 24 little pockets, 24 little buttons, one big tree, and a lot blanket stitches.  I'm very happy with it.

And as a nod to the calendar my grandma made my brothers and me when we were little, I embroidered "Merry Christmas" with my boys' names at the top. 

Even with all that hand work, it was the buttons that really killed me.  I hate sewing buttons.      

Here are the last few ornaments I made.

I think the boys are going to really love this for years to come.  Do you have any special traditions that help get your family ready for Christmas?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

We Are Thankful

With Thanksgiving just two days away I thought I'd write about how we are instilling thankfulness in the hearts of our sons.  Even though they are very young, the Sweetheart is 3.5 and the Adventurer is 2, we feel there are always ways to teach children to be thankful.  Thank you is not just something you say when someone hands you a cookie.  And thankfulness is not just something to reflect on one day a year.  But both of these are starting points for talking to very young children about how blessed they are.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Advent Calendar

It was snowing this week outside the Little Stone Cape.  Now I'm in the mood for a craft post about Christmas. So I'll just sit here with my hot chocolate tell you about my first Christmas craft of the season. :)

When I was a little girl my Grandma made an Advent  calendar for my brothers and me.  It was a big felt Christmas tree covered in pieces of Velcro stitched to a white fabric backdrop.  20 pockets (for days 5-25 of December) were sewn to the  bottom holding 20 machine stitched ornaments backed with Velcro.  The ornaments were made from fabric that was printed with little toys and Christmas ornaments.  My grandma cut out 20 of the little pictures, made little batting filled squares using red thread and a zig zag stitch, and sewed them to the velcro pieces.  She sewed binding made from the same fabric around the edges of the hanging.  For a finishing touch she wrote out "Merry Christmas" with my brothers' and my names in green and red marker on the white fabric next to the tree.