Advent Calendars

There are 19 more days until Christmas. Are you keeping track? I've put up my first decoration- a red tinsel wreath on my bedroom door. I've heard my favorite Christmas song play on the radio- Feliz Navidad. I've added peppermint schnapps to my hot tea. I've been making gifts and planning parties. It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and I like it that way.

Yes, I have started early. I made Advent calendars for my aunts, uncles, and cousins that live in Missouri. This is my second year of making these advent calendars as gifts. I'm thinking of making it a tradition. I don't get to see my dad's side of the family for Christmas, so it is nice that we can feel more connected to each other. I also love the idea of receiving a present early- I feel like you can pause to enjoy it more, without the overwhelmingness that comes on Christmas day. I made my advent calendars out of red envelopes, sticker labels. and ribbon. Inside each envelope is a little holiday themed note- a saying, a question, a joke, a fact, etc. I designed each note and I hand-wrote the envelope numbers. 

It looks great hanging on my Aunt Lori's mantle!

Pumpkin Vase

Having limited time around Halloween I was unable to carve a pumpkin this year. I usually take my pumpkin carving very seriously and it can be quite involved. Here are my carvings from the past 2 years:

 This year, My room mate Alison and I opted for a different type of pumpkin craft. We turned a pumpkin into a vase! All we had to do was remove the top, scrape out the inside, and paint the outside. The process was much faster than carving and turned out really well. My boyfriend Joe bought me some beautiful flowers to fill our vase. The pumpkin vase makes a nice centerpiece for fall.