Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tea Envelope Advent Calendar

Making my toddler Advent calendar last  year got me thinking about wanting to make an Advent calendar of some sorts for adults.  It seems wrong that kids get all the fun!  
With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I wanted my Advent count down for adults to be something that encouraged a moment of calm in the day.  Did anybody guess what I was doing with all of the red paper in my last post?  I made a bunch of little envelopes to hold bags of tea.   I embellished the envelopes with numbers for an Advent count down and then made a box to hold them all.   

I had fun making all of the little envelopes!  I like to think of my friends all sharing a moment each day before Christmas to enjoy a mug of tea.  If there's interest, I could put together a how to post.  Has anybody else started thinking about Advent yet?

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Rumpelstiltskin Challenge Week 3

This week I made a pair of pants from some water resistant fabric.  I'm not sure how useful they will be, but I thought they might be nice when my nephew plays at the water table or is out and about in rainy weather.
Ages ago I saw a cool fabric mailbox tutorial on Givers Log.  Thinking about what red things I could make got me thinking about Valentine's Day.  I've seen lots of fun Valentine's Day mail pouches in blog posts lately.  I thought about making one of them and then remembered the mailbox tutorial and decided to give it ago.
I made some modifications to allow me to complete the project without buying anything new. 
I sewed the flag to the mailbox.
I used Velcro as closure for the mailbox.
I used a place-mat that I had on hand rather than use plastic canvas.
I really enjoyed the tutorial. I found that the template didn't want to print at the correct size for me.  That was easily remedied by copying and pasting the template into word so that I could enlarge it.  I needed a bit more fabric than the tutorial called for.  If you follow the tutorial, and I recommend that you do, I suggest that you place your plastic canvas pieces before cutting your fabric. 

I don't have much red fabric in my stash so I started a project with some red paper.   I didn't finish this week and likely won't for quite a while.  Can you guess what it will be when it is done?