If I'm really honest, I'm more crafty than I am creative.
There is a distinct - and very important - difference between the two.
Creative people come up with brand spankin' new ideas.
Crafty people copy Creative people's stuff.
I'm definitely not creative.
But I am a pretty good copy cat.
And thanks to Al Gore's super-cool invention, I can be inspired by Creative people all over the world.
So without further adieu, I bring you a few souvenirs from my cyber trip around the globe:I found a few made out of round tins.
And some made to open like drawers
Then there was the banner kind.
Nice and cute...
And of course the pie tins
super nice and cute.
I saw about a zillion-and-two cute ways to create an Advent out of fabric too, but I didn't even entertain the thought that I could copy any of them.
I just lovingly gazed at them and stashed the ideas in my mental files for another day.
A day when I learn how to sew... without someone standing over my shoulder telling me EXACTLY what to do.
It took me awhile to make a decision, but here's what I finally settled on:
Instead of the traditional round tins, I chose square ones that I bought from a store on Etsy named Lilian Olive.
The process went something like this:
I painted a 16 x 20 canvas.
I used Cosmo Cricket's line of Christmas papers named Jolly By Golly to cover the tins.
I found a few odds and ends to embellish the tins with and then put velcro on the back of the tins to adhere them to the canvas.
I added a little ribbon to hang the canvas with and... we were ready to roll.
Each box has an activity that we will do during the nights before Christmas. Most of the activities are free, (local parades, making cookies, looking at lights, watching Christmas movies) but some are things we will do around town (storytime with Santa, a living nativity, etc). All the activities are things that we will do together as a family.
I'm soooo excited about it.
Way more excited than anyone else in the family is.
In fact, I'm pretty sure that Charlie would be happy if I let him play with the toilet paper for 25 nights straight.
So - anyone else make an advent this year?