Since the children were tiny, I’ve always made our own advent calendars. The format changes over the years but the basics have always been the same – bible verse, activity, little treatie. I mix up the activities each year, and what lollies or chocolates end up in the calendar, but the end result is the same. Something to read & learn, something to do, something sugary to snack on.
The last couple of years, I’ve been able to repurpose our wood heater as a staging post for our advent calendar, a rather unexpected silver lining of summery Christmases! 2020 was a cute shadow box, that I would have loved to have kept, but sadly container-storage-life was too much for it. 2021 & 2022 were a set of paper bags I’d picked up on clearance at BigW, that worked well bar one small problem.
We don’t actually have a shelf in the main living room where I can put them.
It was at this point being a compulsive hoarder of all things cute and even vaguely crafty came in handy. In 2021 I treated myself to an advent calendar from The Lingerie Society, which came packaged in cute little fabric bags. It would make the perfect set up, I thought, to stuff with goodies and then string along the wall. The only problem? I was missing bags 7, 13 and 21.
Part of the reason I decided to start advent a bit early this year, is the children and I are off to Sydney for a few days on the weekend. Mr17 has a camp, and with an eight hour drive one way, it didn’t seem worth ti to drive down and back for drop off, only to turn around and do it again five days later. So a week in the big smoke it is! While I will take some of my projects with me, most of the kiddo activities are more involved or less transportable. One little play with my Cricut** later, and I had a pile of number cards to hang with my bags. By a complete fluke, I had exactly enough bags to cover from yesterday to Christmas Eve, minus our away days.
The font is BFC Lucky Lady, which is a Cricut Access** font. It seems to be a font try to it’s name though, and despite having previously trialled (and paid for) Access, which I had since cancelled, when I went to check out, I was offered another 30 day free trial. I had been debating if I really needed the font. It was definitely one I could see me using again, but did I really want to spend $8 on a font that was specific to just the cricut software, when I could probably find something similar on creativemarket** that I could use everywhere? But a free trial, aka, free use of a paid font? Heck to the yeah, sign me up for that!
Of course, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth over crafting, so I also used my cricut to create the activity slips to go inside the bags, so they matched the day labels, because why not? Then it was just a matter of punching a hole in the tags with my cropadile** and then stringing onto some twine, and popping up on the wall with some command hooks. I did have my husband on hand as a
witness helper, and so in direct contradiction to my usual “wing it and see what happens” style, I actually measured it to be centred in the wall. Revolutionary concept, I know.
It looks super cute, and I’m so excited for a month of fun with my not-so-small folk.
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