we have always had a small window/door style advent calendar, inside each door would be a small candy or a coin or 2. the kids have always loved waking up and opening their door...just the surprise of it even though it was never a big token always made it special.
this year i thought it might be fun to get small dollar store or fun style games and gifts to fill the bags and make everyday leading up to the holiday a little more exciting!!
and to be honest, i love watching their faces each morning, its selfish but they are growing up so fast i want to savor every moment of innocence and joy.
so this is our version.
i had Liz, our shipping manager at the studio bring me in a good looking branch from her beautifully wooded property (and it was the perfect size, i didnt cut it or anything).
i bought most of the bags from Michaels
used some large number stamps and embossed the numbers 1-25 on the bag fronts.
then raided my stash of tapes, ribbons and yarns and attached each bag to the stick.
i found some large command hooks and the branch fit perfectly in the hook (again, lucky!!)
each day i will have them cut down their bag and hopefully capture the fun with camera ready, lol!!
this page started with layers of scrap papers and the left overs of the circle alphabet stickers. i layered a coat of gesso and sprayed over some stencils. i love the way dina wakleys stencil girl looks. i threw in a sheet of random border rub-ons (yeah me!) added a title and some teal drops to finish it up and just when i thought i was finished, i spied a sheet of random leftover black alphas sticking out of my drawer. figured what the hell, so i started sticking them around the silhouette...GENIUS!!!