Thursday, 1 December 2011

vintage advent calendar

the countdown begins...i can remember the excitement at this time of year when my kids were little. their advent calendar usually involved a chocolate every morning, a great start to the day! & for one of them not sticking to the one a day, so by about day 8 the chocolates would have all mysteriously disappeared.


this year i discovered the old printers tray had exactly 25 sections and was meant to be an advent calendar. i bought some bulk packets of matchboxes at the supermarket, emptied the contents, then wrapped each one in different fabrics and ribbons i had and taped them at the back. each one can slide open & be filled with a surprise for each day. i would have liked some vintage style number stamps, but instead i just printed some and glued onto each box.  








what's your favourite christmas tradition?

see you later..

cheryl 
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today i'm linked @
nautical cottage blog

40 comments:

  1. This is so cool- what a great find!
    I love how you can open the boxes and not have to re-wrap them each tear!

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  2. What a gorgeous idea - love it!
    x
    Melissah

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  3. Completely delightful! Your ideas are fantastic. Merry Christmas to you. James Valentine 702, held the form guide today and apparently it's OK to start wishing people that greeting from Dec 1. So I'm a day early, but loving the spirit inspired by your imagination.

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  4. merry christmas to you too carolyn! love james valentine.

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  5. Lovely! I'm a sucker for wood cubbies/drawers/storage anything :) I really love that you didn't paint it and left it wood...some things shouldn't be painted...just sayin'
    -Jill

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  6. That is a darling Advent Calendar! I love all the little wrapped presents. What a great idea.
    Barb

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  7. Great idea and each and every box is so sweet!

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  8. OMG, your advent calender is gorgeous! Love every single box. I always do an advent caldendar for my son, but this would make a beautiful one for me. LOL. Have a great day. Leahxx

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  9. This is too adorable for words. Lovely, lovely job. :)

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  10. That looks amazing, must have taken you ages to complete. x

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  11. like a lot of things it took a lot longer than i thought & a bit fiddly. the wrapping is not perfect but i guess that adds to the homemade look.

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  12. I hopped over from Nastasha's blog ~ I love your advent calender. It is fantastic!

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  13. This is such a great idea. I love all of the different beautiful beachy fabrics! xoxo Ashlyn

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  14. Wow, this is so neat...especially how you can open the boxes.

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  15. this is so cool! my sister would love this! how clever.

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  16. Yours is adorable. I did a quick one tonight. I see it's already Dec. 1st there so you've had your chocolate already!

    (I linked over from a link White Wednesday.)

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  17. This really is unique and beautiful! We like seeing all the lights going up here in Florida...and driving around to look! ♥

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  18. now is the cutest thing ever!!!

    Smiles,
    The Joyful Thrifter

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  19. So sweet, I love how you wrapped the gifts. Laura

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  20. very cute, i love that you are always beachy, its so new to me i still adore seeing it all :)

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  21. love this idea and the fact that it slides open so you can re-use it and fill it with new goodies!

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  22. That is so you! I love it too. It is just so sweet and full of meaning.

    I am hosting a 12 Days of Christmas series at my Christmas blog and I would love it if you could link up this Advent Inspiration!

    http://keepingthechristmasspiritalive365.blogspot.com/2011/12/12-days-of-christmas-traditionsadvent.html

    Best wishes and happy weekend,
    Natasha.

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  23. Love your advent calendar. Love the look of all those sweet little packages.

    Danielle

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  24. What a gorgeous advent.

    I'd love for you to share this project over at my Inspiration Party at Simply Christmas ~ http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/12/inspiration-friday.html

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  25. What a wonderful find and a clever usage! Love it! So fun!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  26. This is fantastic, it is so stinkin adorable I wouldn't want to open any of the boxes.

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  27. Such a cute idea
    for a new way
    to use an old printer's box

    love this!

    thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded.

    alison

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  28. This is GORGEOUS!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party! (and red during the holidays!) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-15.html

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  29. Oh wow, LOVE this advent calendar! Thanks for sharing!!! :) Hopping on over from Stuff & Nonsense. Your blog is just lovely & am now following along.

    Hugs & Happy Holidays,
    Jessie

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  30. Loving it- what a charmer!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday

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  31. This is gorgeous! I must search for a tray at the antique store! I found you through Stuff and Nonsense, thanks for sharing!

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  32. This was greate..creative..))

    have a nice day..)

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  33. Så beautiful and creative!!

    xx
    ANETTE

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  34. Wow! very special. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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