twenty-five days of surprises are my fave

November 28, 2011

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You really can’t go wrong with a calendar that provides a daily treat counting down until the best holiday of the year. I kind of think we should implement this system leading up to every important occasion – birthdays, due dates, the start of the next season of 30 Rock.

I hosted a day of make last week and a few attendees made advent calendars made from burlap covered boards, mini craft boxes and a whole lot of embellishments. This cute one was made by Lis and I wanted to take it home with me when she was finished.

*Today is the unofficial start of Project Holiday 2011, the opening ceremonies per-se.


  • On November 28, 2011 , Amber Wallace said:

    That is awesome! I wonder if I can find some inexpensive boxes locally…hmm I would love to change my plans and do something like this instead. Great job!

  • On November 28, 2011 , sherri lynn @ life of a wife said:

    Cutest count-down calendar ever!

  • On November 28, 2011 , Jenny @ Hank + Hunt said:

    FUN! I love all the different wraps and that it is just a bunch of pretty packages and not all green and red! xo

  • On November 28, 2011 , Stacey @ Here's to Life said:

    I’ve been thinking of how to make my own Advent calendar and this is perfect! Thanks for the fun idea!

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  • On November 28, 2011 , Camille said:

    I wish I could be in Colorado to attend one of your days of make! I love your creativity and how sweet your artistic aesthetic is 🙂

  • On November 28, 2011 , Amanda Jane said:

    love the fun ribbon!

  • On November 28, 2011 , Erica said:

    This is so cute! I love the idea of hanging little boxes on a burlap background. And I love the little embellishments she added.

  • On November 28, 2011 , Karen said:

    Can we get some fireworks and fanfare for these Opening Ceremonies?! This advent calendar deserves it! Super cute.

    30 Rock feels so. far. away.

  • On November 28, 2011 , Amy@OldSweetSong said:

    Give me that. Please.

  • On November 28, 2011 , Mai said:

    Adorable! I need to recreate this.

  • On November 28, 2011 , Lena said:

    I am open mouthed-how darling!!

  • On November 28, 2011 , .m. said:

    I love pinstriped kraft boxes!

  • On November 28, 2011 , Rebecca - A Daily Something said:

    Those “JOY” boxes are my fave!!! Love the creativity….and wish I could attend one of these days of make! 😀

  • On November 28, 2011 , ilene said:

    beautiful and inspiring! i love this!

  • On November 28, 2011 , Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel said:

    holy moly. it’s here. i am in love with the pics. you guys are so talented! wish i would have snuck this in my car before anyone noticed.

  • On November 29, 2011 , Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said:

    Oh wow this is such a brilliant idea!

  • On November 29, 2011 , zoë {conversation pieces} said:

    Those are too cute! What a lovely idea… now need to find someone to make me some stat! 😉

  • On November 29, 2011 , Mykol said:

    What in the crap! How did I not know that you hosted a ‘Make day” You’ve gotta keep me in the loop! 🙂

  • On November 29, 2011 , Sam at twIN Style said:

    So adorable. I love the idea of doing this before a wedding; I think soon to be brides could use a little chocolate!

  • On November 30, 2011 , Loulou said:

    This is so pretty and so much fun. Anyone would be excited to open one of those little boxes everyday!

    Loulou Downtown

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  • On December 17, 2011 , Angie said:

    Boo, I could not find nice boxes like these at Michaels or Jo Ann Fabrics. Where did you find them?

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