Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Fibbs...

Round about December 2nd I remembered it was December.  I also remembered that I had wanted to make an advent calendar for the kids, something fun to count down the days until the 25th. It would also serve me well to have a large reminder of what day I am actually in, to avoid my usual night before breakdown. 
Last year I bought the kids the standard cardboard box with little perforated windows and a chocolate in each. I tucked it away in a "safe place" and then promptly forgot about it. Cut to me Christmas eve, with too many things to do and not enough hours left to do them (and maybe some rum)...well, I found it. I went at those little windows like it was my job...cue shame spiral (and more rum). 
Well, not this year folks. Each night the "Christmas Fairy" comes, she brings little treats and a note tucked into the mitten of the day. The notes are gentle reminders to be kind, and helpful (and yes good). The treats are incentive for them to do so. It's sort of a fibb...but it's mine and I'm sticking to it. I like to think of myself as the Christmas Fairy. A little bigger and sometimes grumpier, maybe not as sparkly...but I bring the magic none the less.

Here's how this particular magic went down...

I printed 1 - 25 onto transfer paper, then ironed each onto a heavy cotton.

Cut out 50 mittens, I mixed up the fabrics to make it colourful. Trim each number and stitch onto one half of the mittens.

I added a piece of red trim to give a bit of jaunty consistency.

Our indoor garden gate was the perfect place to hang all 25 mitts.

Better be good for goodness sakes!
Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate...


  1. Love it! I never fail to laugh when reading your posts lol! Glad im not the only one having christmas eve meltdowns!

  2. What a fantastic idea!!
    Merry Christmas to all, most especially to you "Christmas Fairy" xo

  3. thanks ladies! i am determined this year to get through it relatively stress free and soberish right to boxing day. so far so good...happy holidays to you!! xo