Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Christmas Countdown {a.k.a Alexanders Advent Calendar}

First off, I have to say that this was one of the most time consuming, yet most fun projects I've done! November's project day we tried something new by offering a project for people to work on. I put together kits of the basics and those who wanted one just came with the rest of the items on their lists.

My cute friend Monique was the only one who finished hers that day. Everyone else was too indecisive {and chatty} to complete it, but that's fine by all. Visiting is half the fun.

I only got one good picture of Mo's calendar. It was already 6:30p or so by the time we decided to stop and go to dinner, so I hastily grabbed a few and two of the three were blurry; otherwise there would be many many more.
Ryan actually prefers her style to the one I made! What a great compliment, Mo!
Isn't it beautiful!?

Now, you get to suffer through obscene amounts of pictures of mine. First, pictures of some of my favorites. They took the most time, therefore, they're my favorites.
And then a nice side view.
And one of the bottom.

And one of Santa. I was so proud of him. He's from an old Christmas card that my thrifting friend Brooke found at an estate sale we hurried to a few weeks ago. I scanned him in, printed him out (2x) on cardstock and then layered a few features and added glitter. I LOVE him.

And what it will look like on Christmas Day.

Wasn't that fun? We used this tutorial by Teresa McFayden as inspiration and made them our own from there.


Karen Ruth said...

Those are SO cute, Chelsea! I am overwhelmed by your mad skills! Would I still be able to get a stocking pattern from you? We still were with family, so I had to miss Craft Day.

laura said...

very cute! love the banner across the top!

i'm a big lame-o. my oldest daughter kept harassing me about how many days until christmas, and i kept losing count... so, i broke down and made a ghetto paper chain countdown.

Miss-tearious said...

Oh Em Gee! I love them!! They are so pretty! I have seen quite a few posts about advent calendars on my Google Reader, and by far yours are the best. So cute!

I really want to make one, but I figure that by the time I actually get it done it'll be Christmas. I'm jealous of you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chelsea,

Your Advent Calendar is adorable!! I love it! Love the #20 and the #24 and #25..and that wee little tree. A labor of love I know, but I'm sure your fam will enjoy it!! Thanks for sharing it with me!

Teresa McFayden

Ashley Lauren Trunnell said...

Wow! Your and Monique's calendars turned out SO amazing! They literally look like they took weeks to make! I will have to attempt it but probably not until like the week of Christmas (because I won't have time until then). Do you still have some materials I can buy off you? Count me in on that stocking pattern as well (and if you have some left over holiday fabric). These are so much better than any I've seen!!

Ashley Lauren Trunnell said...

I know I already posted, but I literally can't stop looking at them! AMAZING job!

hillary said...

Ditto Kayleigh - Oh Em Gee! (lol) Seriously A-frickin'-MAZING! THAT'S what I want for my late present & this years! ROFL! I'm funny, I know. That's the cutest cookie sheet advent I think I've ever seen! Can I be you? My favs are #s 9, 12, 13, 17, 21, and 25. Oh, and 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,14,15,16,18,19,20,22,23,&24! I LOVE IT!

Evie B. said...


Heidi said...

chelsea, wow!!!!! i really loooove how it turned out! boo now i don't even want to finish mine... hah. i'm just gonna sneak in and take yours!

Rebecca D. said...

WOW!!!That's a ton of work! I love it! Would you mind If I featured this project on my Blue Cricket Design Blog!? Let me know!

Becka Dietrich said...

This is absolutely stunning. I love everything about it.

julia said...

that is just too stinkin cute great job!

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

That is soooooooooo fantastic! I can't get over all the cute details. Love it all! Wish I could have it!