Thursday, November 06, 2008

Envelope, Please

Every year in early December all the blog types show off what are truly the world's most awesome advent calendars... which is about two months too late for my snail's pace crafting schedule. Last year I admired Jenny's calendar over at All Sorts and miraculously, I actually remembered it and have got a start on making one. I'll go into my insane love of advent calendars once I actually finish the thing, but for now I'll just say that I'm really looking forward to starting this tradition for Ruby and, eventually, Henry.

Jenny has a tutorial over at her site, but I'll tell you it's remarkably easy and the kind of thing that will look good even if you're not a particularly precise crafter. Basically, you make 24 felt envelopes and string them on your mantle or banister. I'm making the envelopes a bit bigger than the tutorial calls for so that I have more options on what to stuff in it (ideas, anyone?) and so that I can put two goodies in each pocket once Henry is a bit older.

And yes, it does seem to be a bit early to start on Xmas stuff (though I am secretly thrilled that that Sears holiday ad that uses the Badly Drawn Boy song is back on the air already), but I think Xmas prep is okay for early November. I won't actually decorate anything until December 1. I promise.


cara lou said...

Ack, I love that little advent thingy from allsorts. I actually wanted to make it last year ( but never got around to it. Maybe I'll do it this year.

Yours is looking great -- that's a good idea to make bigger envelopes.

Veronique said...

Oh, how cute! Are you going to try to make one a day?

Elizabeth said...

I want to have it up by the first, so I'm too late for the one a day train. I've been clocking in about three a day (they don't take very long to make, really), so hopefully I'll be done by mid-month. Then I have to find something to put in them!