my Mom had this felt advent calendar that we used every year.
I have no idea where it came from,
maybe she made it,
I should probably ask....
But we loved waking up every morning and moving Mary and Joseph one step closer to Bethlehem.
it was lost.
And because I can't find a picture of the nativity,
here is a Scary Santa photo from when I was almost 3...
For the past couple of years I have really wanted to replace it,
and make on for my own children.
But I was honestly scared to death!
I don't love working with felt,
and I honestly had no idea where to begin.
So I found this picture on Pinterest,
and I LOVED everything about it.
The color scheme,
the way the figures looked,
it is just awesome.
(You can see her post about her nativity here).
But it wasn't exactly what I was looking for.
I still wanted the kids to move Mary and Joseph up the numbers every day until Christmas Day when Christ is born.
So this is what I came up with.
I LOVE IT!
Let's be honest about one thing though...
The numbers were the BIGGEST pain in the world to cut out!
I had to cut them out during Aniston's dance class (okay maybe spread out across 3 classes) because I needed to be in public in order not to be too hard on myself.
The animals also gave me extreme anxiety and I saved them until the very end to cut out.
I had no patterns so I free handed everything,
I based most of the figures on the Pinterest find,
but I am not an artist,
so I was convinced that everything would turn out looking like blobs.
But they didn't!
Growing up we always left baby Jesus in the star until Christmas morning.
So I am choosing to do the same.
But I am so so so happy with how it turned out.
I used fabric glue to hold everything together,
and my plan is to sew it when I have time,
but I don't have time.
It is so far from perfect...
So don't look too closely,
but I'm totally okay with that.
I just know that this will be in our family for a very long time,
and I hope it becomes one of our favorite traditions like it was for me growing up!
the best part....
There's still time for you to make one!!!!
Just go do it!