Next weekend is the first Sunday in Advent, and there’s still time to make your own Advent calendar. We always have a handmade calendar, and rather than fill it full of gifts, we opt for a different Christmas activity each day. I’ll share our Advent activity list later in the week, but first I’m going to share how to make a simple advent calendar out of copper pipe – perfect to tie in with the copper trend that’s still going strong. Materials: 15mm copper pipe (I used 24inches in total) 15mm pipe cutter Wooden rod (this is actually borrowed from… View Post

The 1st December is nearly upon us, and this year I’m determined not to get caught out by forgetting our advent calendar, as I did last year. A homemade advent calendar adds something extra special to the run up to Christmas and it can create a fantastic display in your home – something a bit more creative than your everyday shop-bought chocolate-filled offering. Plus, a lot of handmade advent calendars can be re-used year after year, so your calendar can become one of your festive traditions for years to come. My sewing skills leave more than a little to be… View Post

This post is rather out of sync I’m afraid – it should really have been posted back at the beginning of December but it was such a scrabble to even get a calendar sorted in time, that posting about it fell to the wayside. This calendar is another one inspired by this year’s Ideal Home’s Complete Guide To Christmas and was dreamt up by the wonderful Joanna Thornhill – you can see her post about it here. I nabbed Joanna’s cones after the photo shoot, and chose a spot high enough that the twins couldn’t pick them off the wall,… View Post