I thought I had been rather organised this year in the lead up to Christmas. I have decided to give many handmade gifts and use the flexibility of online shopping for those that I want to buy for. I managed to snap up a Melbourne Zoo for a family pass for friends, two magazine subscriptions from MagShop (it's the gift that gives all year!!). I also thought this coffee machine would make a great gift and it was delivered the next day. My good friend Blurb speedily made and sent me gorgeous personalised diaries with pictures of the kids throughout the year. It's a good feeling knowing I could avoid the shopping centres this year.
But the one item that I thought I had oodles of time for was the advent calendar. I realised I had about 48 hours till countdown began! I did find myself with some time, however it was so hot there was no venturing out to any craft store near or far. So we used what we had at home searching for inspiration high and low. My darling daughter loves to paint and draw and the collection when I pick her up from Kinder over the course of the year has resulted in a large draw full just of her artwork.
So with a few careful selections, a cut, snip, glue, print, staple and improvisation we made our own advent calendar. I bit of jute twine strung up with some picture frame hooks and some quick tassels made with crepe paper and it has a whimsy Christmassy vibe. A secret activity hidden behind each one, and I am feeling ready for the festivities.
Now is Santa is listening or reading...I did on my travels spot this gorgeous set of Orla Kiely tins from Lark! I do hope I've been good!
Have got your advent calendar ready?