DSC_1854_edited-1I know, I know, we haven’t even passed Thanksgiving yet and I’m moving to a Christmas project.. All for good reason. This is a great alternative to a traditional advent calendar, and a fun project to work on over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend or preferably before. I thought I would post this idea now to give you time to duplicate it, if you are interested. Last year was the first year my daughter Kerry had such a calendar at the Olson house. Since her son Taylor has never like candy, (I know, what kid doesn’t like candy) we wanted to find a different angle for a treat each day, other than the usual piece of chocolate. Kerry also wanted a calendar that would have a high visual impact as a holiday decoration throughout the month (in other words, not look barren once the kiddos nab their goodies). The large envelopes provided space for a small toy, mini puzzle, crayons, etc. With this approach, the kids can untie their envelopes each morning, get their treats, and the envelopes can be tied back on the “tree.” I offered to come up with the “packages” but left finding the contents for each one to Kerry as well as developing a way to display the decorated envelopes. There are two envelopes for each day, one for Taylor and one for Ella. I use all of my leftover mis-matched Christmas cards to decorate the envelopes. Along the way, I ran out of cards and purchased a few fun die cut designs at JoAnn Fabrics and Target to finish the project. I used ribbon from my stash to use not only as ties to fasten two envelopes together for each day, but also for tying onto the branch bundles. Kerry had spotted a display of branch bundles at Ikea and decided a version of it would be a perfect way to display the envelopes. I do love how this turned out and although this doesn’t fall into the category of quick and easy, it is not difficult to do. That is why I am giving you a little extra time to work on this. I really had fun decorating the envelopes and I loved finally having a use for all the random, orphaned cards I had saved for so many years. Kerry carefully packed this “Countdown to Christmas Calendar” away and is planning on using it again this year.

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3 Comments on Countdown To Christmas

  1. Lianne Schwartz
    November 18, 2015 at 11:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Lynette! I am so glad that I have found this blog and your new fabric lines. I have loved your fabrics and patterns for decades and have a passion for all things Thimbleberries! I type this as I’m snuggled under a Thimbleberries quilt on my couch! Thank you for sharing your talent and gifts with us. I think I have more of a variety of your fabrics and patterns in my sewing room stash then any quilt shop in the country! My best friend and I co-lead Thimbleberries clubs in a couple different quilt shops here in Alaska for many years. Your recipes, patterns, fabric and creative designs are a breath of fresh air after a long drought! God bless you and your family during this season in your lives.

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    • thimbleberries
      November 18, 2015 at 11:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Lianne,

      Thank you for the wonderful comments. It is so nice to be back in touch with all of you who have loved my Thimbleberries patterns, books and fabrics. I hope you subscribe to my “berry blog” so we can stay in touch.

      My Best,
      Lynette

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  2. Grace Adams
    November 16, 2015 at 5:13 pm (4 years ago)

    This is such an adorable homespun touch for Christmas, I am definitely going to make one for my granddaughters for next year. They are a little too young to have this for Christmas 2015. Wishing you all a Merry and heartfelt Christmas this year.

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