Those of you who have been following this blog for a while may well remember this project from last year. It is an advent calendar I made for my (now aged 4) niece – with the idea that each year we will refill it with little gifts for her as her Christmas present from us. I really enjoyed making it and I know it is exciting for her to have something new to open each day.
This year I am mostly filling the pockets with crafty bits and pieces. My sister-in-law, who is a creative writing genius, can have some interesting results when it comes to crafts, so I have put together some little kits of things for cards, jewellery, and Christmas baubles, which I hope will make it easier! And of course, I have put in a few chocolate coins, as no advent calendar would be complete without them.
I’ve also made a couple of these 5-minute mice. The family recently acquired two kittens and it would have been a shame to overlook them, even if I am allergic to them! I didn’t have any catnip so I added a craft bell inside each one so that they jingle. Great for pouncing practise!
The pattern was very easy, but they took me more like 30mins each than 5! I obviously need to learn to crochet faster. What I loved about it was only two ends to sew in! :)
Will you be making an advent calendar this year? What ideas do you have for filling it?