Wednesday, September 21, 2011

An Advent Calendar

It is so exciting to think our new little baby brother/sister is due in 21 days! Our whole family is going down to Cape Town for the birth, as my Mother’s doctor practises in Cape Town and is willing to do a sixth caesarean section for her. At one point we were a little worried about the logistics. Organising a large family for a trip to Cape Town, which is a six-seven hour drive away, and a place to stay for all of us during the period when Mom is in hospital is quite overwhelming! However, before we had a chance to get too anxious, dear friends of ours offered for us to stay with them for the four to five day stay! How wonderful is God? Now the little ones will feel safe and secure, playing with their little friends and not missing Mommy too much. I’m delighted too, as I am going to be with my very dear friend during that time! We both love little ones, so while watching them, etc, we can talk and ‘catch up’ as it has been a year since I saw her last.

To count down the very busy days till we leave for Cape Town, I decided to make an advent calendar, starting at thirty sleeps. Mom thought this an excellent idea and gave me permission to ask Dad, who works in town, to buy a big packet of Jelly Babies (sweets).

This is my completed advent calendar – it took me two or three days to make because there were so many squares to cut out and distress!  You may ask: “Why make such an elaborate calendar?” but, you see it is a reusable 30 day calendar!  I put three Jelly Babies in each cellophane packet, one for each of the little ones, and tied a piece of pink lace around it to seal it. 

Each day they open a flap and get one little sweetie.  They really love doing this, and Mom, Nancy and I like it too as we can easily see how many days are left.

I decorated each little square differently, some with a brad, some with ribbon.  I love how colourful it is!

And now we have 20 sleeps till we leave...

I’m entering the following challenges with my advent calendar:

Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts -Anything BUT A Card
Quirky Crafts - Anything But a Card

Challenges found on:

Some of you may not know that I’ve started a monthly sewing challenge. My current theme is ‘Accessories’ and anyone of any age can enter their handmade projects HERE. So feel free to go to my Sensational Sewing Challenge page and have a look!!

Many blessing,


Rebecca said...

Too cute! Love it :)
I also have a blog award for you over at my blog!
Come check it out!

Spyder said...

Thank you for joining Quirky Craft's Kelly-Anne, Mr Linky is there, the page may need refreshing) I will add your make if you can't, but I will need your email address. My email can be found on my side bar or complete profile.

Kelly-Anne said...

~ Rebecca: Thank you for this award! So glad you stopped by:-) Kelly

~ Lyn: Mr Linky is still missing:-( Thanks for stopping by, though! I will try again later! Kelly-Anne

♥S*J*Y♥ said...

Omigosh! I love that calender, the colors are so pretty!!

Sam (Kom) said...

Hi Kelly
What a lovely calender! I have been meaning to make a christmas one for my kids and get around to it but after seeing yours I really hop to make one this year.

Please send all my love to your Mom and so glad it has all worked out for you guys. Wishing her all the best for the birth of your new brother/sister.

Can't wait to hear what she has. Enjoy!!!!

Kelly-Anne said...

Thank you for stopping by, Sam! My mother was very touched you are still thinking of her! I am also very excited to meet my new brother/sister...only a little while to go now:) Have a great evening,
Love Kelly-Anne

Kelly-Anne said...

~ Sarah: Thanks for stopping by and leaving me such a sweet comment! Love, Kelly-Anne

Alanna said...

What an absolutely wonderful project. So cute. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Lollipop Crafts.