Wednesday, December 2, 2009

advent and a wreath

the last two days i have been busy making an advent calendar for the kiddos... since i don't have a sewing machine things take soooo long for me to make. i mean, i can't completely ignore the kids to get my crafting done. or can i? my sweet son, tyler, offered to watch the girls for me yesterday so that i could hide out in my room (i was on the verge of a migraine) to finish the calendar. and finish it i did. i had a grand plan to have a backdrop for the pockets and to incorporate vintage buttons into it somehow but that didn't happen. i just wanted to finish. so, here it is




i embroidered the numbers and hand stitched the pockets, then punched holes in the back and tied them onto a finger garland using yarn. they will be filled with a piece of candy for each child and a verse from the Christmas story in the Bible. maybe next year i'll sew the pockets onto a pretty backdrop and add my vintage buttons...

i also made a wreath last night. i've been so inspired from all the pretty wreaths i've been seeing in the blogging world that i decided to make one of my own.




it's not super christmasy... which i love. i am so over red and green this year.
 i tore apart a berry wreath that i had bought a few years ago... it was just TOO country for my liking... and wrapped an old knitted scarf around the wreath. i then cut apart another old scarf that i had crocheted and made three balls out of it. then i cut out some felt circles and sewed them on either side of the balls. i'm pleased with how it turned out but my favorite thing is that i had all the materials within reach already. AND since it's not too christmasy i'll be able to keep it up all year if i so choose!

let me know what you think. i love feedback... good or bad.

happy hump day.

xo,
kass



12 comments:

spicklebee said...

LOVING this Kass. Such a great use of things you already have! I've been so inspired to make some fun holiday stuff, but this year has just been so blah for me that I haven't really gotten to it. I'm thinking this weekend will be the time for me to really sit down and do some great crafting!! You've inspired me!!

MannMom3 said...

I'm totally digging the advent calender..

Kassi said...

thanks chelsea! and i'm so glad i've inspired you... can't wait to see what you make!

thanks keel... maybe i can make you one for next year. :-)

BuenoBueno said...

I love it I love it I love it!
handstitching? you got patience girl!

Kassi said...

yay! thanks brandi! hand stitching is fun and all but not when you have a million projects you want to make and/or are making things to sell... ugh. takes sooooo long. thankfully, my mom is getting me a sewing machine for Christmas... i just need to learn how to use it! ha

Tyler said...

so glad you are getting a sewing machine for xmas! Not that I know anything about sewing but it will def. make things alot easier for you :)

Your latest crafts rock girl cant wait to see more!! and my pillow ;)

Kassi said...

thanks tyler! i'll probably be mailing you your pillow on monday... and it should take a week to get there... is that okay?

Amanda W. said...

Kassi, I absolutely love it!! Let me know if you would ever sell one!!

Amanda W. said...

I LOVE it!!! Let me know if you would ever sell one!

Kassi said...

amanda, so glad you like... which one though? the advent or the wreath? i would love to make either one.... email me at kassiunderwood@hotmail.com!

my name is lauren. said...

LOVE the wreath! i'm halfway through one i made, but i used skinny yarn and it took FOREVER!!! i may have to steal the scarf idea for my next one.

and i love the advent calendar. so cute.

do you guys do the advent conspiracy at your church?

Kassi said...

thanks lauren! the scarf wreath took me twenty minutes to make... so easy! you should so try it!

we just recently found a church here that we like (we moved here almost a year ago and it took us forever to find a church that we felt led to attend) so i'm not sure if they do the advent conspiracy... and i don't even know what that is....?