Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Winner ..and a winning advent calendar

so that title is boo-worthy. I'm working, as usual, on about 5 hours of sleep.

I put the pedal to the metal to finish the advent calendar for my daughters (in future years, it will be for both . . my three year old is benefitting solely this year since baby #2 is just 15 months and could care less!) in time for Dec 1. I used Oh Fransson's tutorial from back in July on Sew Mama Sew, and followed her lead by using mainly Michael Miller Funky Christmas fabric. I made a ton of mistakes but I think I've finally learned my lesson and pledge to square up at every stage next time.

I'm happy with it, and we've had fun so far . .

Day 1 . . .chocolate lollipop

Day 2. . new tights (this is a girl who wears dresses all the time)

Day 3 . .some new headbands

Day 4 . .a mini bag of popcorn and a note for family movie night - (we watched Shrek the Halls and Merry Madagascar . . tried Rudolph and my daughter was scared of the monster!)

Day 5. . .a glowstick and a note for Santa Claus parade of lights (which we ended up skipping as both girls skipped their naps and it would have been ugly

Day 6. . a fancy decorated sugar cookie I got at a craft show yesterday with a note for decorating sugar cookies with friends. I made gingerbread and sugar cutouts and another family came over with their kids who are 5, 7 and 9 and they all went to town.


Here's the calendar in its glory:

I had to handstitch the appliquéd numbers on since I quickly realized that my skill on the machine did not allow me to machine appliqué. My plan is to make one of these for my first grandchild so that I can measure how far I've come . .this is quilt number 6, counting two doll size quilts so I think it's not too bad! It's definitely my most square quilt.
And now on to the winner of my giveaway . .*drumroll, please . . .*
. . Eeme-le - congrats! I've sent you an email asking for your mailing address, so as soon you provide me with that I'll get your things sent out!
Night, all. And thanks for playing along.
- Donna


Purple Paisley Patch said...

I love the advent calendar, it looks great.

Needled Mom said...

I love your Advent Calendar. Nice job.

Congratulations to the winner!

Isa said...

Hi Donna!!
The calendar is looking good!
Well... You are the winner of my consolidation prize... Please send me your address

I'm so happy that you were a winner, even though the prize is small!
Take care

Sara said...

You did such a fantastic job of the advent calendar, Donna! It will no doubt be enjoyed for years to come by the girls.

Congrats to Eme-le on the win, also!

brite said...

Great advent calendar! Thanks for participating in the Giveaway!

Kelli said...

I love the advent calendar! I would like to do one of those for next year. I just plain ol' ran out of time this year :)

Vals Quilting said...

GREAT Idea!! Love it!

Lina said...

Beautiful - I love the colour scheme. There's no way I could machine stitch those numbers either, in fact mine are just pretty much stuck on with bondaweb!

We had "snowman soup" in our calendar today, (a sachet of hot chocolate, some hershey kisses and a few mini marshmallows). Yum!

Sara said...

Love the idea of snowman soup, Lina! Will have to tuck that one away for next year!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Great calendar! It's a little like my ancestral calendar. Click here to see mine: