‘Tis the Season

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In the past, to count down the days until Christmas I had a small wall hanging that looked like Santa with a long beard. It had a little wooden star that moved from pocket to pocket. Cute, but boring. This year, thanks to Pinterest, I made an advent calendar with small bags that held a little goody or activity card inside for each day. I found a free printable for the number stickers on Pinterest and the little bags were made with a Stampin’ Up trick I learned from my sister more than 15 years ago when she was a demonstrator. Why buy small paper bags when you can make them from envelopes you already have? Here’s what I came up with:

Envelopes in the red & green bushel basket that once held pine cones from Milwaukee with love.

Small paper bags in the red & green bushel basket that once held pine cones from Milwaukee…with love.

The 1st bag contained a card that said “Hug Mom and Dad.” Audrey was good and did what the card said and then exclaimed that it was the “worse card ever!” I think I would have to disagree with her!

Decorating Surprise

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I decided to make an Advent calendar for Audrey this year. My great idea had to take a little detour though, because I didn’t have a place to hang it. I did, however, have a green & red small bushel basket in the storage room that would do just fine (post coming soon). I dug out the basket and found a bunch of pine cones in it. There were come big pine cones on top from Jo-Ann’s which thankfully no longer wreaked of cinnamon. After taking those out of the basket, I found tons of itty bitty pine cones that I had used as basket filler one year. Ahh, the decorating that could be done when we didn’t have a cat…

Anyway, I quickly realized that these little pine cones were from when we lived in Milwaukee! I still remember bundling up in my winter coat and crouching under the giant tree on the front corner of our lot to gather as many non-crushed pine cones as I could. Of course now that these were uncovered, I had to find a nice place to put them on display!

pine cones