Monday, October 24, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... Advent Calendars 2016

Hello Crafty Friends.... please be warned - this blog post comes with a warning.......

If you panic, cringe or just plain roll your eyes at the thought of Christmas being...... EEK! 61 days away!!..... then please slowly back out of the room (lol).

But if, on the other hand, the thought of Christmas countdowns takes you to your Happy Place and you are one of those clever and organised crafters who actually makes Christmas cards and crafts well in advance (haha says Aunty Vera who usually does the First Week of December Card Making Panic Dance)..... then please hang around.... this one's right up your alley....

ADVENT CALENDARS!!!!!! Have you ever made one? Do you have a special family calendar that you use every year to count the days of December down to Christmas Day? When my boys were toddlers, I made them each a special little advent calendar made of little bags of sheer starred fabric that I sewed up and hung along a length of ribbon. (Sorry - no pics as they are still somewhere in storage). But these are looking a little worse for wear so I think it;s time to make super duper crafty Advent Calendar. Now it's a good thing that I live in Aunty Vera Land isn't it?!

We currently have two very cool Kaisercraft Advent Calendars in stock.....

This Shadow Box Frame calendar that has a great space for decorating (and fits the Kaisercraft Wood Flourish scenes just perfectly)

And this Advent Tree Shelf - for when you can't decide between crafting up a calendar or crafting up a tree!!

Now here's the thing... we're heading into the last week of October and Advent Calendars need to be ready by the 1st of December for the kids (little and big alike) to start their countdowns. So time is kind of going "tic toc tic toc....TIC!!!!! TOC!!!!!!!!"  And THAT'S why we crafters get our Christmas supplies super

There are so many lovely Christmas collections out this year to decorate your calendars with. And no end to the inspiration on our favourite crafty websites and of course... pinterest!! (lol)

The Kaisercraft blog has some lovely ideas for decorating the calendars. Have a look at Anita Bownds'  Tree Shelf - just adorable!!

So here's the challenge I've set myself.... get an awesome calendar done by the end of November. Of course that means setting aside my other 57 unfinished projects.....haha.... but that's how I roll :)

So I have chosen the Shadow Box frame and this is the story so far.....

Well - the hard and boring part's done..... putting the thing together. I'll eventually put the finished product up here on the blog, but in the meantime if you want to follow my progress (as slow as that may be)..... come and join our fun and friendly Facebook Group - Crafty Vera and Friends! We'd love to see your calendars and other Christmas craft projects.

So - Christmas Countdowns......... do they make you run for the hills? Or are they your Happy Place?
Let us know in the comments below.

Aunty Vera :) 


  1. I need to purchase one before i can even start!! Argghh

    1. I know a great place where you can buy one ;)
      Here's hoping I get at least one made in time. I keep looking at all those little drawers and feeling a bit faint lol

  2. I need to purchase one before i can even start!! Argghh

  3. Cant wait to see how you decorate it!!! Go Aunty Vera!!


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