Monthly Archives: December 2016

Christmas Countdown Advent Tree

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Every year I create an advent “calendar” of some sort for the kids. Most years, it truly was a paper calendar that I would decorate and add candies to, as seen below.

candycalendar1 vintage-christmas-calendar-2

Last year, I filled an antique seed display with treats, and decorated with small ornaments.


This year, I decided to decorate a 3′ tree.  I placed the tree in a wooden box, and fluffed angel hair at the base.


Beaded garland, small red ornaments and candy canes add the additional decorative touches.


And, to mark the days of this celebratory countdown, I created small treat pockets from tulle and linen. I simply cut rectangles from each fabric, stitched the bottom and sides and filled with very cutely wrapped holiday chocolates.

advent-tree-close-upThe foil-wrapped chocolates are so sweet, and decorative on their own that I wanted the packaging to be visible. Using a layer of tulle was the perfect solution! And, truly, this project came together fairly quickly. Each treat pocket is tied off with string and a ticket shows the date. An ornament hook at the back of the string allows these to be easily added to the tree.


The tree looks festive and the kids are enjoying it! 🙂

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Happy Creating,

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Glittered Sugar Plum Fairy Ornaments

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I’m loving all of the signs of Christmas that are popping up around town. Love seeing cars and trucks with Christmas trees tied to the roof driving about. And, our neighborhoods are starting to twinkle with colorful lights.  Sigh….I just LOVE the spirit of this season!


So, we had a funny story in setting up our Christmas tree this year. A few years ago we bought a new artificial tree. I love real trees, but an artificial one just seemed more convenient. Anyway, the entire middle of this pre-lit tree would not light up. We played with fuses, etc. and no luck.  As I also decorate with colored, big bulb lights, I was not too invested in the pre-lit feature. As such, it took 2.5 hours to cut them all out, but we no longer have a pre-lit tree! The kids will remember this as the year that we de-lit the pre-lit tree. 🙂


This sweet ornament is crafted from a mini tart pan, and a vintage ballerina. A scrap of gold tinsel enhances her tutu and glass glitter adds even more sparkle. Can’t you just imagine this little ballerina twirling around the stage? A vintage plastic bell trimmed in glitter is an extra touch. I love how chippy this bell is!


This ornament is on my tree, but I’ve put a few in the Etsy shop as well! You can find them HERE.  I hope your Christmas season is off to a festive start!

Happy Creating,



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