Do you miss "Felt Food Fridays?" Well at least one of my five readers does. (Thanks Tanya!) Today I haven't made any felt food for you, but I have made an Advent Calendar out of felt! I've been working on this puppy for a few weeks now. I took part in a sew-along over at Homemade By Jill.
I've always warmed to the idea of "Advent" (which is the Latin word for "arrival"). It's a way to basically count down the days and reflect upon the arrival of Christ. When we were growing up, my mom would make a sweet little Advent construction paper chain which was filled with holiday activities for us to do; such as frost sugar cookies, make holiday cards, watch Charlie Brown's Christmas, and such like that. We sometimes would even bake a birthday cake for Baby Jesus (which I think is adorable... we may do that next year). Anyway, seeing as Oscar isn't quite understanding all the holiday hoopla, I figured this Advent Calendar would be the perfect way to count down the arrival of Christmas in a tangible way this year.
It's not wool felt like I would like it to be, that's just not in out budget. But otherwise, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. (Sorry that the pics are sort of dark... today was a cloudy day.) My mom and dad, while they visited for Thanksgiving, even got into the spirit of crafting this bad boy and cut out and sewed up a few ornaments. (I'll probably use their extra special ornaments on Oscar's little tree though. We'll put it in his room and that way he'll see it every morning and remember how much he is loved.) I'll post a picture of Oscar's tree after we finish decorating it.
Well, here are some other pictures of what I came up with... I'm especially happy with Rudolph, the ice skate, and the wreath. I found out in the course of making this calendar that Tim is surprisingly adept at felt cutting and great with pattern making. The train and Rudolph are among his masterful concoctions. Thanks hunny!