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Counting the days

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I have a special Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. Each day during Advent, I hang one ‘ornament.’ The ornaments are made from plain cardstock, ribbon and various bits of decor — buttons, tiny baskets, brooches, earrings. We count down the days from the first Sunday in Advent (this year, November 28, 2021).

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To make these, I selected a shape I liked from the internet, used a fancy font to add the number of days (written out, but you could also use a number), printed and cut out the shape. Then, with a glue gun, I attached a bit of decor and used a hole punch to add ribbon for hanging.

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The ornaments can be hung from a small tree or branch, or from a dowel suspended from the ceiling. I hang our ornaments from an old fashioned clothes dryer I have attached to the wall.

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Enjoy the days leading up to Christmas. They can be hectic, but take the time to sit and think about the good things in your life.

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Take care in this time of pandemic.

Jane

Written by jane tims

December 18, 2021 at 7:00 am

getting ready for Christmas #2 – a Christmas village

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I’m in a crafty mood today.  My inspiration came from Pinterest.

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First I made some paper houses.  I copied a charming design from Pinterest and did a quick rendition with Paint.  Then I printed the house parts on cardstock, cut them out and glued them together.  The original design is shown at www.behance.net/gallery/Christmas-House/6431227 .

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Then, using wire and rope, I made three ‘bottle-brush’ trees to go with the houses.  The method of making various versions of these trees is found at http://www.fynesdesigns.com/handmade-bottle-brush-trees-yarn-twine-garland-rope/ .  Mine are rather rustic-looking.

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Then I added some Epsom salts for snow and I have my little Christmas village.

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work station

work station – I made a terrible mess and had to vacuum afterward

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Christmas village

Christmas village – two of the houses and three trees – I’d like to add a little church and some sparkles on the trees

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If you have never gone on Pinterest before, have a look at some of the Christmas decorations I have found in my explorations www.pinterest.com/jane4757/noel-2013/

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Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

December 4, 2013 at 6:33 am

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