Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

And the Countdown Begins

As promised, here I am with my second post of the day.

I would like to share a second Advent Calender with you.  Clearly I did not make this box, I bought this gorgeous cardboard suitcase from ebay.  It is by Jessie Steele and this design is called Pink Roses and Polka Dots.

Whilst I did not make the container I did make all of the little envelopes in the suitcase, one for each day, using my envelope maker.  I have had my envelope maker a long time but, before this, I had only used it to make one envelope.

You can see why the suitcase design is called Pink Roses and Polka Dots.  I love the shape of this case, it reminds me of an hat box.

The case is very sturdy and has a neat faux leather handle.  It is one of a pair, I wonder what I shall use the other one for?

Once they are tidied up, all the envelopes fitted snugly inside the case.  Each envelope has a number on it, this represents the date it should be opened.

Ow, the envelopes are not the only things I made, I also made their contents and I hope to be back tomorrow, and the day after, to show you what each one contains.

Would you like to see the beautiful Advent Calender I received a few days ago?

It is a wonderfully knitted bag with a cuddly Santa attached to the side with red sleigh bells which jingle every time I go near it.

And here is a sneaky peek at all of the fabulous gifts it contains.

It also came with a more traditional Advent Calender featuring Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas, which just happens to be my favourite Christmas film - I try to watch it every Christmas Eve.

I have opened the first little door, it is Father Christmas asleep in bed on Christmas Eve, with his alarm clock about to go off

I have just realised that it is the first tomorrow and I still have my husband's Advent gifts to wrap, I guess I know what I am doing this evening.

Happy Advent.


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