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The start of Christmas

Although it has been a while since I posted last, I have still been creating. As well as the items I am sharing with you now, I have busy sewing and making curtains and blinds for the last remaining windows downstairs that were not dressed. As my eldest son put it ‘we are now boarded in’! and it is lovely and cosy now to be able to shut and draw the curtains and blinds against these cold dark wintery evenings. As I chat with you now, the hail is coming down again for the umpteenth time today!

I wanted to start the countdown to Christmas with some special advent calenders, as gifts for my Niece Elena and the children of a friend.
I bought the advent calender kits from Kaisercraft, and decorated them with Basic Grey Nordic Holiday paper, Kaisercrafts Silly Season paper and My Mind Eye traditional christmas paper.
Each kit started out flat packed like this,

Using the Basic grey paper I created this fresh looking calender for Elena,

For my friends children I created a vintage looking calender with the MME paper, and then with the Kaisercraft paper proper traditional colours. I left them to choose who wanted which as they were both suitable for a boy and a girl.

I tried to make the central collage as dimensional as possible, and for the MME and Kaisercraft calenders I used the cricut Imagine to cut out the elements.
As a finishing touch before sending them on their way, I added a little festive chocolate to each of the drawers as a small treat and aide the passing of the days towards christmas.
I think they were all well received as a welcome surprise in the post. Next year I will make 2 more for my own boys, who this year were treated to Lego Star Wars calenders each (now I have even more Lego laying around on the floor and being sucked up in the hoover!)

 Thank you for taking the time to look.

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