Saturday night my sister-in-law, Beckie, and I braved the wind and the wet for the Craft Warehouse Open House. This is a once a year holiday sale that fills the store with people. I have been twice and each time I have had to wait outside in a line before I can actually enter the store. The store is very kind and they hand out hot cider to the people waiting. This year I walked away with a tree shaped advent calendar. As you can tell, it was a blank canvas. I bought some paper and ribbon that I thought might help in my new project and called it a very successful open house.
This afternoon I let myself get lost in the craft project. I don’t often spend the whole afternoon crafting, but once I started, I couldn’t stop!!! I ended up using paper and ribbon that I’ve had in my stash for a while (not what I purchased in at Craft Warehouse). The majority of the time was spent cutting and gluing paper. I stamped the numbers and made them raised from the boxes. To finish things off and make the lines cleaner, I used a hot glue gun to put ribbon around the edges.
For a long time I’ve been looking for an advent calendar. I love counting down the days until Christmas and I’m really looking forward to using my crafty creation to do so. My plan is to put candy cane kisses into the little boxes each day as my special treat. I was just thinking I wanted to buy a bag of these holiday kisses, but I knew portion control would be challenging with an open bag. Now I’ll put just a couple of kisses in each day. I can enjoy a favorite Christmas treat while keeping myself in line! For me, this is a total win-win-win! I get a cute advent calendar, a holiday treat, and it’s guilt-free! All beautiful things in my book!