Ok, so I realise that I am a little bit late on the old Advent front (well, only one day actually), but that is because I was planning to finish my advent calendar last night and then R and my sister persuaded me to go for Vietnamese food and then to see Spectre instead, and I was easily swayed. I must say I do not regret my decision at all as both were totes amazing, but it does mean that I have spent yesterday evening hurriedly finishing off!
Last year I sewed chocolates into vintage wallpaper parcels and hung them from the wall (see post
) but this year I wanted to make something that we could potentially use again and again. I thought I would try a sort of hanging pouch/parcel twig thingy using some twigs that I collected from Mountsfield park and lovingly placed in a big green bottle (as you do) - see below.
I had to take these photos in the evening when natural light was a distant memory so they are dark and shadowy, but you get the idea.
I sewed some very simple bags from some old curtain fabric I had stashed away and then I got a' stamping using these rather festive stamps from
and some fabric ink. I used Christmas tree, fir branch and polar bear.
In an ideal world I would have stamped the fabric and then made the bags afterwards but I didn't make up my mind about how I was going to decorate the fabric until the last minute so I had to improvise. I don't think it made much difference actually.
The stamping was quite time consuming but luckily I had a little furry helper (actually more of a hindrance, but don't tell him that).
I let them dry and then flipped them over and printed the other side. I then ironed them to set the ink.
For my numbers I bought some mini luggage tags to attach to the pouches.
Always good to have a cup of rose tea handy when you're mid-Advent-calendar-ing.
And after that, all there was left to do was stuff with choccies (I went for Roses, because I believe they are king of chocolates) and hang on the branches.
I got my sister and R involved in the sweetie-stuffing as it was quite arduous work and we had to keep stopping to test the Roses (purely for quality checking purposes you understand).
Happy beginning of Christmas everyone! xx