December 13, 2008

Advent Calendars

I know. I haven’t posted anything in awhile. I worked in Austin for three weeks in October. Although I have a work laptop, I am not allowed to use it to update this blog. I was home for one week; then taught a class at my office headquarters. The class ended on November 21. I was pooped!

I get Thanksgiving day and the day after Thanksgiving as holidays. I look vacation leave on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving because I needed to chill. My favorite way to chill is to play with my stamps, paper, etc.

I had seen some cute altered advent calendars in a magazine. Right away, I knew I wanted to alter me a calendar. While in Austin I made my way to Archiver’s. If you are not familiar with paper crafts or scrapbooking, Archiver’s is an awesome scrapbook store, where I can easily spend hours. I found some alterable calendars there, but they were not exactly what I was looking for. You see, I had in my mind that I wanted a wooden calendar. Now all I had to do was find one.

One day while browsing through Target, imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon, none other than wooden advent calendars. I was so excited. I also had a crazy idea to alter not only one for myself, but one for my parents and each of my brothers.

I was ready…I had a project to complete. First I painted the calendars with Folkart Apple Spice paint; I added my favorite Basic Grey paper, embellishments and number stickers to the door fronts; then I put a small surprise behind each door. I was pleased with how they turned out.

Here are some pictures:

I started out with this.

Here is my version:

Happy Holidays!

1 comment:

Jacque said...

Wow! These are even cuter than i imagined. Did you replace the knobs or are these the original ones? I love how numbers look better crooked than perfectly straight on projects like this.
Keep posting the ideas. I am sure one day I will actually scraplift something you've made and not just drool over your pictures.