Slightly excessive maybe but lots of fun!
This is the first homemade one that we have had for about 4 or 5 years. I'll show you another photo of it later in the month when more of the pictures are on.
It is from this book by Nancy Halvorsen and the children love to pick the different nativity pictues out of the little bag to hang up and trade for a chocolate!
Then I made this one from a Nancy Halvorsen panel (I think). Much quicker but not quite as lovely.This one took two Christmases to make - it wasn't hard but the stitching on the pockets just took too much time when I was already very busy! Again this one has chocolates and I hide a little "forfeit" in each pocket like "Sing Jingle Bells". The children take it in turns to do one of the three handmade calendars each day.
This is my calendar from last year (from Phoenix Trading)
I really love the whole image of the dresser and the pictures behind the doors are so lovely.
Then this is my mini one for this Christmas (again from Phoenix Trading) - the only problem is the doors are really tricky to open! I share these two with LSH!
Then we have the Playmobil one that a friend gave us . This is only it's second outing but the bit where you hang the boxes on is too fiddly so we have just got them in a basket to pick out.
Finally (!!!) this is the one the children and I made today (okay, so it's a bit late)
We used 24 matchboxes and covered them with plain green paper then decoupaged some Victorian Christmas pictures on. We have stuck the same type of pictures in each drawer and I have added some Christmas "promises" after seeing the idea on various different blogs. The plan is that we will aim to do a "Christmassy-type-thingy" each day - I hope I can keep it going!!!
We went to the Christening today so now I can show you the things I made.
This is the doll that my friend/former colleague ordered as a present
(she doesn't really have red hair it's just sopping wet blonde! I didn't have time to dry it before my friend left work yesterday so she took her home and sat her on the radiator!)This is the detail from the bottom of her dress
The same friend had also ordered one for another friend's baby.
And this is the photo album/scrapbook that we gave
The little girl being christened was the one that I made the clothes-quilt for so I was able to use some of the gingham from her curtain as the background fabric. I hope they like it.
I have made the very brave decision to change my profile photo from the one of me aged about 8 to one taken today. Let's see how long that lasts!!! (It's much easier to hide behind a cute childhood pic than let you see the real me but I do always try to keep my blog as "real" as possible so this is just one step further - hope it doesn't put you all off!!)