I’ve been AWOL! No blogging, no twittering, no Facebooking. So thought I better check in and let you all know that I am still alive! And thriving! Just busy.
After the first week of November I woke up one morning and realized that out of NOWHERE, Christmas is coming. I like to have all my shopping done by December first because I cannot STAND the mall in December. I get hot and cranky and dehydrated and there is no joy there for anyone. One problem with shopping early is that everyone always changes their mind between mid-November to the end-of-December as to what they would like. But this year I said, I DON’T CARE, and saw stuff on sale so I bought it. I’m in good shape, about 75% done I’d say, and I like that.
Another reason to do all the shopping early is that, for the past couple of years, I’ve done Andrea’s advent calendar idea, where we do a family activity each day while counting down to Christmas. I didn’t think the kids cared about it one way or the other – half the time they complain when I tell them the day’s activity – but last year when I was thinking of giving it up, there was SUPER WHINING, and it seems it has been cemented as a solid family tradition now for years to come.
So last year the little envelopes we had been using to hold the day’s activity were getting shabby, and rather than make a new set out of paper I started to think that something more permanent would be better. So I shopped and shopped and shopped online for the perfect advent calendar. I looked at ones with boxes and ones with pockets and ones with magnets and more.
But none were absolutely perfect, so what is a perfectionist like me to do? Make her own, that’s what!
So that’s really where I’ve been these past two weeks – sewing and sewing and sewing. I am OBSESSED with my advent calendar. It’s been 30+ hours of work so far and I’m still only 80% done. It’s going well – the pockets came out great but the numbers were a bugger and this morning I’m sewing down the pockets and they aren’t so much straight as forming gently rolling hills, but WHATEVER.
Family heirlooms should have that homemade touch of imperfection, right? Ah who am I kidding, the slanty number 4 is going to bug me forever.
A quick peek at the unfinished project:
FameThrowa likes this gingerbread man the best:
While Sir Monkeypants is partial to this little Christmas tree:
I love them all like my little children but this candle did turn out exceptionally well:
And that is all for today – the sewing machine beckons. More photos when it’s all done and I resurface for air.