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Grungy Advents Calendar or …Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in HandCrafted

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Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! I was invited to join some wonderful crafters, designers, and makers to come together to create and share  a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?
Here is my Project:
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Advent Calendars are an old German tradition and they are used to count down the days till Christmas. In Germany we have a huge variety of Advents Calendars filled with Chocolate treats or little gifts and sometimes also just pictures. It is a a big token of Love when you give someone an Advents Calendar and I have always loved creating my own with little tiny gifts and give it to a dear friend or my hubs. This year I created one for a special friend…and since the task of collecting 25 little gifts is already a bit time consuming – I kept the creating of the Advents Calendar easy, fast and fun . Let’s go :)
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Besides the Supplies listed below I also gathered some old book paper – or music sheet paper. I started off with spraying Liquitex Parchment Spray Paint through my StandUp Bass Stencils I designed for StencilGirl Products onto 25 Kraft Lunch Bags. I also flipped the Stencil once in while to rub off the excess paint and receive a negative stencil print. ATTENTION: Either wear a mask when spraying with Liquitex Spray Paint or do this outside!
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I love using these Spray Paints as you can work so quick and there is not much bleeding on the kraft paper since it is Acrylic Paint.
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Then I used some Cardboard Stencil Numbers to spray the days from 1-25 on the book paper – I used black here.
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This is probably the most time consuming part of creating the Advents Calendar but I love the stenciled look.
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Next I spray painted the Prima Leaves a bit so that they would fit the calendar
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Then I filled the lunch bags with my gifts, attached the numbers with a stapler and added some lace to the bag. I folded the opening of the bag to the back and then used a Japanese Screw Punch to make a hole through the flap. I love the Japanese Screw Punch – a very sharp tool (use a craft mat!) which makes no noise -perfect when you share your place with other people :)
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Then I started attaching the bags on a string to the clothes hanger. The good thing about a clothes hanger is, that it can be hung anywhere – on a closet, on a nail, on a shelf edge – the possibilities are endless for the person who receives this calendar and then …after Christmas…they have another hanger… ;)
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Try to add the bags picking up different days  – I had sorted them in groups of five and then picked from each group one bag to make sure to mix it up nicely. Also make sure you keep the balance on the hanger  – you get the picture ;)
At the end I just added the Wooden Disks which I had drilled wholes into and the sprayed leaves as a little grungy decoration and voila- done :) Of course you can alter this fitting your taste- so if you do not like the grungy look you are very welcome to use for example red & white baker’s twine and add nice red cardboard numbers onto doilies instead of the book paper- and there it is- same concept – different look :) Make someone happy this holiday season with an Advents Calendar – I promise you it is well worth it when you see how much the person loves it !
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Here are the supplies and tools I used:
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Enter here for the grand prize and comment also on my blog :)
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Now hop on over to the next person on the list:

Jen Goode http://www.100directions.com/

Here is the complete blog hop list for today

Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Nathalie Kalbach www.nathaliesstudio.com (you are here :) )
Tanner Bell   http://www.craftteen.com
Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.com
Vicki O’Dell http://vickiodell.com/
Have a wonderful creative day and huge hugs

Nat

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  • Pearl Maple

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    That is such a cute idea for counting down to the holidays

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  • Wynn H

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    Nat, you just made my holidays so much calmer. Thank you for a WONDERFUL advent calendar idea.

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  • Ruth L

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    It looks great!

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  • WendyJ

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    Great idea for an Advent Calendar -

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  • Shari Czerwinski

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    How fun!

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  • Kelbah

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    Nat – this is so great. Simple, beautiful and do-able! Thanks for making something that is so approachable, I’m totally going to use this idea.

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  • marsha.

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    Oh! It turned out really cool!! Using the bags was a smart choice. I’ve made one once with little envelopes that carried Merci chocolates… and we own a cute store bought one that can be filled with things, but the little drawers are hardly big enough to hold a couple of m&m’s. No fun at all! Hmmm… I think you’ve just inspired me to make one this year ;-).

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  • beatrice

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    Wow. Totally speechless. You see lots of calendars but this is just cool!

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  • Lainie Michel

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    Such a fun and fantastic idea! This would be so spectacular for the kids…just love it!

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  • Debbie Craine

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    Wow this would be just right for one of my friends. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  • marylouh

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    love it.

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  • Linda

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    Way cool project. Gotta give it a go.

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  • Michelle

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    Nat I love this!!’ Everything about it is perfection- the sprayed numbers, the kraft color bags, the music print paper- just do beautiful!!! :)))

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  • barbara macaskill

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    LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE the idea of using the kraft bags for an Advent Calendar! I am going to make one for each of my grandchildren! They are going to love getting a little treat every day while they count down to the big day! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  • Aggie Stiefer

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    I adore all types of advent calendars!

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  • Nannette

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    I love this idea, very quick and the bags will hold bigger items for the grandkids!

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  • de

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    Great idea! Love using the bags.

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  • Elizabeth Etheridge

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    Great count down calendar creation. I love the fact that the bags don’t limit the size so much on the treasures inside.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    LOVE it and now I know what we will use this year. I will make one and give it to my son on December 1st. He will really enjoy it more than the ones we’ve had in the past. Thanks for the idea Nat.

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  • Linda R.

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    Whew! You put a lot of work into this project. Great JOB!

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  • Karin G

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    I love this grunge!

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  • Linda T

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    What a great idea for an advent calendar. It’s so cute. It was so interesting watching how you made it. I love the lil log disks you added to it. Beautiful

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  • Teresa Igo

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    What a great idea! t.igo

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  • Leigh Ann Hofferth

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    Neat idea! TFS!

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  • Viki B

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    Such a unique idea for an advent calendar!

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  • Lynn Hardy

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    This is really unusual and a great way to be able to give slightly larger advent gifts! Thanks for the ideas!

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  • Kimberly

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    What a great idea for an advent calendar!!

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  • Janine

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    I gotta start working on my advent calendars as well!

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  • Laura Strack

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    Hi Nat! Very cool advent calender! Love that chalkboard paint!! TFS!

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  • Amante del Papel

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    Fantastic calendar!!!

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  • Janis in ID

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    Really different and very cool idea!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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  • Laura

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    This is fab Nat :)

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  • Ursula

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    Auch eine schöne Idee, den Adventskalender an einem Kleiderbügel aufzuhängen. Bei mir gibt es dieses Jahr wieder einen ATC- Kalender, den ich in meinem Stammforum organisiert habe… Und für Junior brauche ich noch eine Idee, aber is ja noch ein “bischen” hin ;))
    LG Ulla

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  • Susan Wilder

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    Really awesome looking! Thank you!

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If Our Tree Could Speak…

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Photos

treespeak

…well there were a lot of stories to tell…

treetransport

….how the poor thing got carried through a snowy cold day through the city…and then up the fifth floor and then left out for a night in the dark and cold hallway

ornaments

….how the next day it was brought in and all kinds of shiny boxes started to appear next to it

Babushka

…how Babushka said “don’t you worry….I came all the way from New York , my home was Anthropologie and I have a good home here for many years now” and then clonked down and weighs heavy on the branch ever since

bazookaguy

…how Bazooka Guy made a scary appearance but then said…”hey…I am just a good guy representing childhood games of the guy called “hubs” – I will take care of you!”

Canadaeh

…how this thing with a funny accent said “No worries, I am new here too, eh?” and then said something about coming all the way from Canada and being a present from Barbara

Felti

…how Felti from Maine made by Cat, said “Dude, at least you have it warm here!”

Heirloom

…how the shiny dented ball said “uhhh it is nice and airy here, I haven’t been out of aunt Margot’s basement for many many years- I like it – I will shine!”

RURUTGERS

…how the Santa Dude in the Balloon said “We made it to the big ten, RU RU Rutgers” and is waving his big foam finger ever since

SantaMouse

…how Santa Mouse from New Jersey, made by Karen sighed and said “oh no…not again…” dangling from a lower branch and being attacked once in a while by a hairy monster called Niles

Standupbass

…how the Standup Bass constantly pouts because it’s bigger brother in the next room is so much louder

Treelighted

…how cozy and warm and beautiful sparkly it all looks in the evening and how much the tree is enjoyed by the peeps living in this household.

What stories would your tree tell? (go ahead if you want- grab the logo and share your tree’s story!)

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  • Barbara Poe

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    Nat, it is beautiful! My palm tree is festooned with lights. Sunny Florida sends you best wishes for a Merry Christmas. Thanks for my early Christmas present. Your class was a blast!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    How wonderful a post for me to read on this very rainy Tuesday in NH.
    Isn’t it wonderful how ornaments remind of us of the wonderful places that we’ve been or the special people that they’ve come from? My tree would wonder why there are more ornaments on the top than the bottom and then see the brown dog and realize it’s all about their safety.

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  • mjmarmo

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    LOVE IT! Our tree would tell of places we have been and memories of each yea of my children’s lives. I have bought them a dated ornament each year. We fondly ooh and ahh each year as we get them out. But it is the handmade ones from school that tug at the heart the most!

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  • rains

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    Our tree would say “Why are all of my lights around my middle? Makes me look fat!”
    My 12 yo son did all the tree decorating this year. : )

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  • Riikka

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    Such a lovely post! Our tree could tell a story how little hands decorated it and how part of the decorations were moved a bit higher by mom, because those little hands just didn’t reach very high… <3

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  • julie

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    Oh Nat – that was great!!!

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  • Lisa Flaherty

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    Nat, I LOVE this post and this idea!! Our tree and it’s ornaments are a collection of tales and stories. Thank you for the inspiration, sharing your tree and special ornaments, and for the logo, too! My to-do list is getting shuffled so I can participate! Fingers crossed!

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  • You Know Who ;-D

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    Love all your ornaments — such a beautiful tree! I have heard from many people that I have given Felti Snowmen too that they have to keep them up HIGH because their cats like to eat them. Just sayin. Merry Christmas sweet friend! Xo

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  • Yvonne

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    Der Baum sieht schön aus und ich bin ganz angetan von dem coolen Elch!
    Besinliche Feiertage!
    LG Yvonne

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  • Sherri Caramico

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    Love your tree and this idea – Thanks for sharing – will link back here when I post what my tree is thinking….. :-)

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