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Friday, November 28, 2014

Simple Christmas countdown calendar - free printable

When my son was a toddler, he kept asking me how many days there were until his next birthday and we've got into the habit of making countdown calendars. The first time I just got a notebook and wrote the numbers on it, but since then, our calendars have become more sophisticated.

Simple Christmas countdown calendar - free printable


Well, this year he decided he wanted a Christmas countdown calendar as well (even if we usually have an advent calendar for each of the kids every year). I think he likes to rip a page everyday and know exactly how many days he still has to wait.

He has actually been asking for the calendar for a couple of weeks now, but I never found the time to comply. Now that December is just around the corner, I decided to sit in front of the computer for a while and get on with it.

christmas countdown calendar, christmas printable

This is how it looks after it's done: 

christmas countdown calendar, christmas printable

christmas countdown calendar, christmas printable

Basically, there is one sheet per day, which tells you exactly how many days are left before December 25th  Each day you take out the top sheet of paper and the number decreases:

Christmas countdown calendar free printable


If you want one for yourself, just download the file, print the pages and cut them to shape. Then you can either staple them together or punch a hole and tie them with thread or ribbon like I did (I started on 26 because I intend to hang it tomorrow morning in our kitchen, just adjust the number of days if you are making this later).

Enjoy,

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 26/November



The picture is not very good but it was the best I managed to get in a dark room. Yes, it is a cuckoo clock. The one that my grandfather bought over sixty years ago half destroyed and rebuilt with his own hands (including a lot of the wood carving) and that still hangs in the dining room of the house he was born in (which now belongs to my mother) (two of the numbers are missing, and I have to find the time to glue them back).

My grandfather was born on November 29th, 1904. He lived through Portugal's two last kings, the implantation of the first republic, World War I and World War II, the dictatorship, the 1974 revolution and the dawn of the 21st century. He died in 2001 at almost 97 years old and I still miss him daily.

He would have been 110 next Saturday so this (not so) Wordless Wednesday is in his memory. 


Monday, November 24, 2014

Creative Mondays bloghop 24/November

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The Handmade Christmas: bookmarks


When this week's project started my intention was to make only one bookmark.

My son is in second grade and just starting to read chapter books. He's been using one of my old bookmarks (after all, I always have tons of them around) but I promised that I would make a new one just for him. Since I'm sure he'll be getting new books for Christmas, I decided to add the bookmark to his Christmas list.

Well, I made his bookmark, and then I sort of got carried away and ended up making three more, all different. 

bookmarks, felt bookmarks, handmade bookmarks

They can be made with felt scraps, some pieces of ribbon and embroidery floss and a bit of fabric glue. And the best thing? They come together so quickly that, like me, you will not stop at just one.

This was the reason it all started:

bookmarks, felt bookmarks, handmade bookmarks





I've had the cars & trucks ribbon in my ribbon box for a while and decided it was perfect for a bookmark for my son. I embroidered the road onto the felt, sewed everything together and then glued on the red cars.

After that, I made the pink felt + butterfly one and this time I actually remembered to take a picture of the materials used prior to assembly: two rectangles of felt, embroidery floss, ribbon and whatever you choose for embellishment (in my case, a butterfly similar to the one I used for the sticky notes holder I posted about last week)

bookmarks, felt bookmarks, handmade bookmarks

I made it the same way as the first one but used a blanket stitch instead.

bookmarks, felt bookmarks, handmade bookmarks





And then I decided to try something else and use a larger portion of ribbon and smaller felt scraps, and came up with these instead:

bookmarks, felt bookmarks, handmade bookmarks




They are basically a folded ribbon with the ends tucked in between the pieces of felt at the bottom. In the hearts one, the two twin felt hearts were sewn, but the circles bookmark is 100% no sew, so I just glued the circles to each other with the ribbon in the middle.

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These ribbon bookmarks have the advantage that you can fit the book page you want to mark in between the folded ribbon and be sure your bookmark stays in place. This is particularly useful for me because I keep a book in my purse to read in the train to and from work everyday and I hate when the bookmarks fall off. So one of these will for sure be mine.

The other two still have to future owner in sight, but I'm sure I'll think of someone from here until Christmas.

bookmarks, felt bookmarks, handmade bookmarks

bookmarks, felt bookmarks, handmade bookmarks





Enjoy,





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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Printable gingerbread houses (sharing)


These were so cute I had to share! They come from an old post over @ We Love to Illustrate Studio that I recently found out via Pinterest.

They are a set of six printable gingerbread houses that I know my kids are going to love.

http://welovetoillustrate.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/free-gingerbread-house-download.html  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10513020/Bee_gingerbreadhouse.pdf    http://welovetoillustrate.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/free-gingerbread-house-download.htmlhttp://welovetoillustrate.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/free-gingerbread-house-download.html


All you need to do is to print them onto cardboard, cut, fold and glue. I have already printed a couple for next weekend and I'll be saving the others for the upcoming weeks. I'll try to post pictures of the completed houses once my kids finish them.

I have tried to add direct links to the download pages, so in theory if you click any of the images above you will be able to save the pdf files directly to your computer. If that doesn't work, go to this page and download from there.

Have fun and please remember this is not my original work, so visit the We Love to Illustrate Studio blog and leave them a comment as well!

Enjoy,



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday 19/November


roman ruins, Miróbriga, Portugal

roman ruins, Miróbriga, Portugal
   
roman ruins, Miróbriga, Portugal

roman ruins, Miróbriga, Portugal

roman ruins, Miróbriga, Portugal

roman ruins, Miróbriga, Portugal

Part 2 of the recap of our summer holidays @ the Roman ruins of Miróbriga (here's the Wikipedia link if you want to know more about Miróbriga).



Monday, November 17, 2014

Creative Mondays bloghop 17/November

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The Handmade Christmas: sticky notes holder (with tutorial)

sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it

 

I've been a good girl and managed to complete another of my Christmas projects this weekend. After being away on Saturday I almost thought I wouldn't be able to pull it off but my kids cooperated and I actually finished it yesterday evening.

sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it

One of my first cousins is a high school teacher and on top of that she has a very busy life between her own children, church and her mother (my elderly aunt). I have noticed on several occasions that her wallet is full of sticky notes in different colors with various messages, so I had originally planned this sticky notes holder for her birthday in August. But summer came and went and I never found the time, so it's another of those projects that was relegated to Christmas...
This sticky notes holder is wallet sized but it can sit perfectly on any desk. And the best of it? It is absolutely no sew: the butterfly path in the cover was the only time I used a needle in this project and that is perfectly optional.
What do you need to make one?
sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it


Felt and fabric for the cover (because of its small size you can easily use scraps), sticky notes, a piece of ribbon, a small pen or pencil if you want to add one, a piece of thin elastic (to hold the pen) and two identical pieces of plastic or cardboard cut to the size you want your stick notes holder to have (mine is about 9 x 13 cm). 

sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it
Start by deciding how you want to place your sticky notes and adjust the size of the fabric. 
If you're adding a pen or pencil, punch two small holes and pass the elastic through. Since we are keeping the project no sew, just tie a knot to secure the two ends.

sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it
Then place the two pieces of cardboard or plastic as shown below, fold the fabric over the back and glue.


sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it

sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it



Cut a piece of felt slightly bigger than the fabric covered plastic set (because it looks better if you leave a small margin and embellish the cover as you prefer. The butterfly above is store bought (to match the butterfly sticky notes) and glued to the felt, the stitches we added by me in a color matching the inside fabric. 
Cut two pieces of ribbon (long enough to tie a bow to close the cover), glue them to the wrong side of the felt and then glue the fabric covered plastic set to the inside of the cover (with the ends of the ribbon in between.

sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it



Glue your stick notes to the fabric and add the pen/pencil. You're done!
sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it


 One sticky notes holder ready to be wrapped!

sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it
sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it


sticky notes, sticky notes holder, post-it


Other posts in the Handmade Christmas projects series so far:
The happy fish felt toy 
DIY doll bed

Enjoy,



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