Monday, 1 December 2008

Alternative to advent calenders!

Hi all.

Sorry for being such a rubbish blogger I can't believe I haven't posted anything for over a week or been around to visit you all. As I said in my previous post I am busy with uni work and then of course there is preparations for christmas (only 24 days left!). I promise to try better this week and get around to see you all.

I thought I would share with you something I made a few weeks ago in preparation for today, the start of advent! I have made alternative advent calenders this year. With the credit crunch I wondered how I could create some sort of advent calender. I saw some of the gorgeous creations that people have made with the match boxes, and I would have loved to make these, but time was of the essence. So these are what I came up with for me and my boyfriend, we're just big kids really, any excuse for chocolate!

I used a couple of old jars (thoroughly washed and dryed) before decorating with dovecraft paper and ribbon. I love cadbury's minature hero's so I bought a big tin from the supermarket when they were on offer for £4 and put 24 sweets in each jar. (There was over half a tin of sweets left over which I used for little treat bags for my colleagues which I will show you at a later date!).

I painted each of the jar lids with acrylic paint. The circles and scalloped circles were cut from CS with my nesties and embossed with my tan embossing mat from spellbinders. The chipboard 'V' and 'J' are from a Brenda Pinnick christmas set I got from QVC last year and I added glossy accents to them. I wrote the names with permanent pen.

Now it's the 1st December I can open up the lid and have my first one!! Mmmmmm!

Hope you are all well. I promise to try and visit you all over the next few days!

Hugs, Vicky x


Rach said...

this is a lovely idea Vicky. hope you enjoy your sweets. hugs rachxx

Karen said...

What a great idea Vicky. I am also struggling to find time for crafting at the moment like you I am hoping for a better week this week.

Karen x

Tara said...

Hi Vicky,
I think we're are all busy elsewhere at the moment, but it doesn't stop you itching to get creative, does it, lol?!
I love your advent jars, what a great idea and like you say..... any excuse for a choccie, hee hee!!xx

NGCARDS said...

Please send me your address via email so i can post you a christmas card hun xxx

juliejules said...

Hiya, great idea!!!! Are you still OK for Saturday??? Jules x

Sarita said...

What a fab idea-chocolate and crafting. My idea of heaven lol
Luv Sarita xxx

katy said...

Aww what a lovely idea Vicky.Have a little something for you on my blog :) xx

juliejules said...

Hi Vicky, just wanted to say thanks for coming today, hope you got home OK?? Diane's blog is xxxx

Diane.W. said...

Hi Vicky!!!
It was luvly to meet you too.
Your cards are great :o)x

joey said...

Hi Vicky, wish I had thought of this! lol, a sweetie everyday great stuff!. joey xx