Advent Complete!

Did you finish?  I almost didn't make it.  Jared and I bought a X-box Kinect over the weekend and I have been busy trying to perfect the dance moves to Salt n' Pepa's "Push It."  I need a lot of practice.

It was 2 a.m. last night before I wrapped things up with the advent.  Here are my ornaments for this week:

Christmas light, gingerbread man, holly leaves, and a snowman (Oscar's favorite!)

Then I made an ornament ball for each member of the family:
When more kids come along, we'll have to switch some ornaments out.

All together now ... ta-da!

I bound the edges with white double fold bias tape and added red felt tabs for hanging.   The trick has been where to hang it.  I want Oscar to have access, but not too much access.  He really likes to stuff the ornaments in those pockets, so fingers crossed that they hold up over the holidays. 

Want to see more from the Flickr pool?

I love this Nativity Advent by sahm3:


Vivian from Craft with Confidence came up with some more great ornaments, including this slice of pumpkin pie.  See all of her ornaments on her blog.


And I can't leave out Katie of So Happy, everyone's favorite Advent Sew-Alonger.  Her ornaments from this last week are more beautiful than ever (more on her blog):

Perfection!

Be sure to check out all the Advent Inspiration in the Homemade by You flickr group.  Thank you so much for sewing along with me!  I doubt I would have finished without your support.

If you didn't sew an advent, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas everyday.  I am Momma - Hear Me Roar has a great idea for a Good-Deed Advent, with one act of service every day until Christmas.  She has the good deeds strung in super cute buckets, but you could just as easily put all the service slips into a mason jar and draw one each day.

My longtime friend, Ellen, makes Gingerbread Countdown Chains with her family every year.  It was one of my favorite holiday traditions growing up, because they always gave one as a gift to my family.  What better way to celebrate the season than with a delicious cookie?

And I am following Jordan's lead by adding a daily holiday activity to our advent calendar.  Today we are walking through the annual Holiday Market downtown.

If all else fails, go out and buy a $2 chocolate advent calendar from Trader Joe's.  Or if you are me, buy two so you don't have to share with your kids.  :)

35 comments:

Louisa said...

I love your ornaments!

Little Lizard King said...

Oh my goodness. My mom made an advent countdown almost just like this 30 years ago, and it's on my to-do list. This is absolutely great!

Amy said...

What a wonderful family heirloom. Your kids will enjoy that long after they are kids. The gift that keeps on giving...
Oh yeah and I'm dying laughing over here just imagining the "push it" scenario. Hilarious.

Katie said...

Congrats on finishing! It looks great! Looks like your little one is already enjoying it as well :). Thanks for hosting!

jenny said...

I didn't have a video game to distract me, but I have 4 children that demand equal time with mama, so it was a challenge to finish mine last night, too! I have 6 ornaments to go, but the calendar is finished! Love how you "wrote" on the back with the date. I need to do that, too! Thanks for the sew-along!!

lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

Man you're awesomesauce. That looks totally awesome. I, for one, did absolutely nothing productive today. Oh wait, I put a few things in the dishwasher. And fed the miniatures. And sent the three year old outside. i am pretty productive myself. Yes? ....no? Oh well. I also ate some chocolate chip cookies, so I am consoled.

erin said...

yay for you! i am ALMOST done. i think i can finish by friday. i have to finish sewing the tree (split it into 5 pieces--2 to go) and hang it on the dowel, oh and sew the buttons on....... i feel like i am SO close, but still so far.

Kourtney said...

Awesome Advent! Looks like you are all going to love this memorable keepsake for many years. Thanks for all of your amazing inspiration.

Ledys said...

Lovely, as always. Thanks so much for the inspiration; my Mom and I worked on ours during our visit together and we both finished! It was a great project to work on, we had such a good time crafting like we used to!

Handmade Mommy said...

I just finished my advent tree. It was suprisingly easy, and took me about 3-4 days to finish (I have a wonderful hubby who watched the kids:)
Thanks for all your ideas! Your so creative:)
Blessings!

http://handmademom.blogspot.com/

maddmomma said...

I loved how your count down to Christmas tree turned out! I'm sure Oscar will love playing with it....and won't want you to put it away after Christmas!

Louise said...

oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, I've gotta make an ornament for each of us, thats such a great idea! I'll do that tonight seeing as I'm snowed in!

Tristin the Spartan said...

Oh, how I'm regretting not following along with your assignments... Your calendar is gorgeous!

Christina said...

Been following your progress ... It looks amazing! This sounds funny, but I'm proud of you (and yes, we don't know each other) but crafting with kids around is darn near impossible but you got it done. Pat on the back!

Erica said...

I love it! I laughed so hard about perfecting your dance moves. Many good times have been had by our family since we purchased just dance for our Wii. Have fun and thanks for sharing this tutorial.

Chelsea said...

SO SO cute Jill!!! I love all your ornaments. This was such a fun project!! I finally finished mine!! http://itsgoodfortheheart.blogspot.com/2010/12/advent-calendar.html-
p.s. I totally remember you doing a Gingerbread Countdown Chain back in the day and always thought it was such a fun idea!!

hannah said...

What an accomplishment! Beautiful!

Vivian said...

Thanks again for the compliment! It's almost like getting a gold star on my forehead to have you link to my blog!

Thanks for the motivation and inspiration, my ornaments might have taken *another* year if it weren't for this sew along!

Britten said...

Dear Jill, thank you for this wonderful sew along. I didn´t make it, but took the idea of the tree and bought little ornaments. Not as beautiful as these shown here, but it will work. Next time I will be with you form start to end.

Greetings from Germany...
Britta

Tiffany said...

Forget about the ornaments for just a sec, let's get back to Salt n Pepa's Push It moves, crack me up!!!! I hear the Michael Jackson Experience on Wii is good too. Congrats on finishing, your calendar looks great.

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Jill - Your advent looks AMAZING! Wow. That will be so fun to have for years to come. Thanks for linking up my advent too. That was so kind of you.

Cheri

Our Seven Dwarfs said...

Your advent is terrific! I am sure it was a labor of love as you put a ton of time and work into it. I love all the personal touches you put into as well.

I made one that isn't quite as personal, check it out: http://www.oursevendwarfs.com/2010/12/christmas-advent-board-tutorial.html

edeenut said...

My husband had a tree like this growing up with ornaments they would add every day. I really love the way yours turned out and I need to make another one for us. The one I made for us is also Pottery Barn inspired from a few years ago with pockets for treats. But I would like to nix the treat idea and do this tree-my husband would love it as well.
Thanks for your sew along and tips.

•*¨*•¸¸.♥ Sweet Tresa ♥¸¸.•*¨*• said...

Your blog is awesome .. and i would love to share your link at my page, thank you for sharing your lovely works and i love them so much and your kids are adorable .. happy holidays to you and greetings from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Leslie from OnesieTwosie said...

Thank you SO much for posting this! I have been searching and searching for the perfect idea for an advent calendar. I didn't grow up with one, but my 4 year old MUST have a way to count down the days for EVERY big event.

This may be the silliest question, but do you start off the month with all the ornaments on the tree and then put them in the pockets each day or vise versa?

Thanks!
Leslie

Kirsten W. said...

It turned out great! I just finally finished mine. Thanks so much for the inspiration/motivation!

lisa said...

i have been debating on how to make an advent and you have inspired me lol

The Saved Quarter said...

So so adorable!

And just because I thought it was funny, Oscar and Ruby were the names of my mom's grandparents! It's not a common combo these days!

Anonymous said...

I wish I had found your blog during the holidays! Your ornaments are really sharp. I had to stick to felt and scissors.
http://taurus78.blogspot.com/2010/12/crafting.html

Danielle said...

I LOVE This and we used to have one when I was little but its lost now. I was wondering if I could contract you out (or if you had an etsy page) and you could make me one (or two or five!) as a gift!???

Anna @ The Imagination Tree said...

This is SO gorgeous! Sadly a bit above my skill level, but I may start this year and hope I have got perfected it by next! Love the little individual ornaments- just perfect.
I have included this in my round up of 10 fabulous advent calendars today- thank you!
http://www.theimaginationtree.com/2011/11/10-fabulous-homemade-advent-calendars.html

Aleacia said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful calendar to be able to use every year! Love the little ornaments you made and especially how they're attached to buttons, great!
Aleacia @Dilly-Dali Art

jennygollup said...

Would you be willing to make and sell me one? I absolutely love it.

jennygollup@gmail.com

Milly said...

Can you tell me the size of your advent calendar and the height of the tree? It is a beautiful work of art that I would like to try to duplicate.

Thanks,
Mary

Oh la la said...

Many thanks for inspiring me to make one! I finished the last ornament two days before Christmas... :-)

See my Swedish version here if you like: http://createohlala.blogspot.se/2013/01/diy-tuesday-advent-calendar-gor-det.html

/Ulrika