Saturday, 1 December 2012

Advent calendar 1

Ladies and gentlemen,
'Tis the season... they tell me...
I feel I have neglected you, dear blog readers, as my time has been 
demanded elsewhere for quite some time now...

So, I think 'tis the season for an Advent Calendar especially for you.
Behind the different doors in this calendar, 
you will find small Christmas ideas that are either recycled, 
inspired by nature or simply 'on a shoestring'...

Most of the photos will be new, but some "recycled" photos of previous 
years' favourites might appear as blog stocking fillers too...

First up are more "lollipops", as they seem to be my theme tune at the moment. This time I made mini trees (lollipop-shaped) out of moss and small twigs, stuck them in recycled sweet corn tins clad with decoupaged napkins, made sure they stayed in place by adding gravel from our drive, and finally covered the gravel with a layer of rice. I thought these might be used when laying the table for Christmas, perhaps with one tree by each plate...

As I am a big fan of carrying a particular theme a little further if possible, I made a star cushion to go with the red star theme, using an old inner cushion I already had, some white sheet fabric, and made the star and the piping from my old maternity trousers that were just the 'right' red. 

So, there we are. First door opened and more to come. Some doors may be small, some seen before, but I hope that somewhere along the way, behind one of the calendar flaps, you will find that one little idea that might inspire you this December. Welcome back tomorrow, to peer behind door number two!

All the best,

Ps. Please remember that all images look better (and not so strangely cropped) if you click on them.


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  3. Dear Helena,
    the little trees are so cute!
    Wonderful pictures!
    Have a nice day, best wishes,

  4. Thanks for your amazing ideas and your lovely pictures.You are my favorite stylish website!
    Vivement demain...

  5. Meeeen, vilken kul idé att göra söta små mossträd. Det tog ett tag innan jag förstod att det var just mossa du gjort dem av. Trodde att du fått tag på miniminiminithujor i uppstammat format :-) Så himla smart. Å snyggt. Så juligt och fräscht med pimpningen av konservburkarna!!! Och så kudden till. Läckert. Mycket proffsigt gjord. Aha. Det vankas kalender här. Oj, oj vad du skämmer bort oss. Gjorde precis klar (nja, eller nästan) 'barnenes' igår. De där bokstavspärlorna kan nog tipsa dig om var man hittar (snart....) :-))) Dina alfapet-bitar var hur snygga som helst.

    Hua. Fram tills igår kväll hade vi bara lite tjusiga snöflingor på marken. GILLAR!! Men i natt måste det ha snöat ca 50 cm. Och det fortsätter. Hoppas att det slutar snart, för nu räcker det. Vi ska strax hoppa in i bilen och köra 30 mil till några kompisar för glöggfest ikväll. Kommer ta sin tid kan jag säga i det här snöovädret. Vilken tajming haha...

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  6. I like your Christmas decorations, they are very cute!

    Hope you will have a wonderful weekend! Warm wishes, Ingrid

  7. Din frånvaro tar du igen med råge, bra
    idé med en kalender. Ska bli roligt och följa
    detta, nya idéer välkomnas. Gillar dina
    mossträd i burkarna.
    Önskar dig en härlig adventshelg

  8. Tänk att få öppna en lucka varje dag här hos dig! Det ser jag verkligen fram emot ska du veta. Små mossträd i konservburkar - Oh my!!!


  9. Glæder mig allerede til næste låge :)

  10. Så smaktfullt och vacker du har ordnat din "adventslucka".
    Så underbart med så många recyklade saker och du har en så säker hand att det bara BLIR fint när du lägger hand och tanke till. Så läcker med dina fixade konservburkar! Ser fram emot flera bilder från dej!

  11. I'll look forward to your ideas, Helena. One inspiration came already when I made a star from parts of a tree branch that had been blown down. (I did a recent blog post about it with, of course, a link back to yours.)

  12. Så himla mysigt och fräscht juligt du har det.

    Var gärna med i min tävling i bloggen.

    Ha en superfin Första Advent.

  13. the stars soooo much !!!!
    Have a nice day!!!
    Bye, Gabi

  14. Helena you are so inventive you seem to be able to pull beauty out of anything. I have never seen sweetcorn cans look so lovely.

  15. Lovely idea - looking forward to this!

  16. Bonjour!
    Så gøy det skal bli å åpne kalenderen din utover i desember. Jeg tar imot alle tips og inspirasjon med glede. Ønsker deg også en fin og kreativ førjultid. Adventsklem fra meg

  17. Perfectly lovely, understated in designing and interesting decorations. You did a super job, and I love it all! :)

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  18. Hi Helena,

    Beautiful Photos! There are really amazing.Perfecgt Combination!

    Lots greetings from Germany


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