Monday, November 17, 2008

I've been a busy girl... doing something for ME!  YAY!  I have been wanting to create an advent calendar for my kids for a really long time. This week I finally got it done! (Thanks Amy for helping me find the right calendar).  This is a Karen Foster 8" x 8" x 1.5" countdown box. It has 25 drawers that measure 1.5" x 1.5". Ya, I know. I went cross-eyed working on this one! LOL!

I very proudly used Cosmo Cricket's "Wonderland" line for the papers here. They are my alltime favorite Christmas line out there... and for good reason!  I also used the following products: 
Rubz- Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket
Stickers - K&Co, Mark Richards (gems)
Stickles (Uhm helloooooooooooooo! Love these!)
Lots and LOTS of thickers 
Prima flowers (of course)
Colorbox fluid chalk
Mod Podge

Front View

From the back. The script reads, "In the air there's a feeling of Christmas".

Some cose-ups of the drawers
Lemme tell ya, i.5" x 1.5" is NOT a lot of workspace!

The wooden sign at the top is also by Karen Foster and reads, "No pouting allowed".  Too bad Ashli can't read yet... LOL!

I put this on the back so that hopefully, future generations will know I made it. =o) Awww Sappy sappy right?

Now, for more (yes, this post is SUPER LONG I have lots to say!)

You will recall that we just moved to our new neighborhood this past August. The one thing I miss noticeably about our old neighborhood are the rabbits. It was very common for us to have 1-6 cotton tail bunnies sleeping or sunning themselves in our front yard every day! They were pleasant to have around. There are NO rabbits at our new place. They are one of those things you really don't miss, until you don't see them anymore. =o(

But guess what!?!?!

Matani went APE nuts the other night when I let him outside. I've never heard this dog bark and go mad like he did, so of course I go running outside like mama Rambo ready to shoot someone and what should I see on the other side of my fence???? 

No silly, not a rabbit.


Who needs stinkin' rabbits when I HAVE DEER!!!!!!  
I desperately wanted to get a photo but it was REALLY dark out and she was just too far outside of flash range. Not to mention I didn't want to blind her and have her go running into the street!

Well folks,  TODAY I found her. Rather; Gregg found her! She was sleeping in between the neighbor's houses. So off I tramp camera in hand to finally catch a photo of her. She is a loner. No herd. I hope she will be okay this winter. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for her. I took this photo at 8:30 this morning. It's now nearly 2:30p.m. and she is still snoozing in the same place! 

Yes, I love having friendly woodland creatures!

Are those ears not the cutest ginormous ears EVAH?? I love them!

These are just some REALLY cool shots of an amazing sunset we had last night. I'm a sucker for a killer sunset... and a full moon...   *sigh*  Yes, I do love a full moon.... oh but that's a totally DIFFERENT Story that I probably shouldn't share with you people. So, here are some completely untouched sunset shots.


Debbie said...

Love your advent calendar!! What a lovely sunset also!!!

I can send you some rabbits!!

Stacey said...

Ohhhhh you got a picture of the deer!!! WOW!!!! that is awesome!!
Oh my goodness that is the COOLEST advent calender EVER!!! I have to get one of those...of course mine won't look nearly as good as yours!!! fabulous job girl!!

Amy Dodd said...

That advent calendar is so pretty!!!! Your kids are going to love it!

WOW on that deer! That is so cool that you were able to get that picture of her!

Crys said...

*sigh* I want to move to Colorado!!! We don't have cute little deer up here, we have friggin huge ELK. LOVE the sunset pictures!

The advent calendar looks amazing, and GO YOU! for getting it done! It's been on my to-do list for about 3 years now... maybe I'll have to go find that Karen Foster thing...

phamil said...

Krissy, the calendar is gorgeous, I'm sure it will be treasured for years to come! And....the deer, he's so cute!!! And the ears are cute too, so big and fuzzy!!! The sunset shots are gorgeous too!

Heather Taylor Photography said...

Wow, what amazing pics!! And that is SUCH an amazing piece of art- nice work!!

paulien710 said...

Ohhhhhh my goodness.....
I just LOVE that advent calender...... it is ADORABLE!!!!!!! (gotta have one)

A deer????????? Oh my......
what an awesome thing to happen!!!!

great shots Krissy!


Debbie ♥ ♥ said...

Oh Krissy, I LOVE your beautiful Advent calendar!! Your sunset shots a gorgeous and the little deer...oh my...she is so cute!! We have deer in our yard almost daily and I just love their sweet faces!!

Tracey said...

OMG, this post is total eye-candy - LIVE your calendar, what a treasure you have made for your family - I am in the process of making one too and wondering what on earth possessed me !!! lol and those photos, stunning my friend, I just showed Amy the deer one and she wants to come and live with you ! XXX

scrappermimi said...

These sunsets are AMAZING!!!!I love that that deer stayed and sunned herself all cool!

What a great calendar the glitter, so very holiday!

byondbzr said...

LOVE the calendar and FAB shots you got! I grew up on a dairy farm,356 acres of woods and fields! We saw deer ALL the time and my dad would always have to go slowly when cutting the hay fields. Momma deer would hide their fawns in the tall grass! Many times he would find them alone in the grass,and they wouldn't budge when the tractor approached,their instinct told them to stay still and hide. He would have to get off the tractor and go up to them to scare them out of the way of danger!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Ha!! Who needs rabbits when you have deer!!! That's awesome you were able to get such a nice shot of it!!....and the sunset pic's are absolutely beautiful!!....looks like you're settling in nicely in the new place! glad you've been able to have some 'me' time!!

~Gabi xx

Wendy said...

Oh Goodness Wow what a BLOG post!! I absolutely adore the advent calender...You Ma'am ROCK!! Are you seeing cross eyed yet? LOL...I love that you signed it too...I know in future generations this will mean the world to someone!! Awesome job Krissy!!
Wow those are some ears on your deer...and might I make note that that is a MULE deer and not one of our itty bitty White Tail Deer, lol...I was stunned that she was snoozing in between two houses...Yikes!! I think that more than makes up for no bunnies!! I can send you grasshoppers, lol...
Oh Krissy the sunset photos are stunning...just love the colors!! It looks like you had fun scrapping and taking photos!! Thanks for sharing!!