Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Advent House

I bought a wooden advent house months ago with great intentions, but have only now finally got around to decorating it.  I have visions of filling the little drawers with my favourite Lindor truffle milk chocolates!  :0)

I painted the whole house using white paint, and painted the drawer fronts with pale green paint.  I then stamped mini snowflakes in red and green ink on the fronts and stuck on the wooden numbers. They actually had stickers on the backs, but I soon found out they didn't stick very well to the paint, so I added some glue and now they're well and truly stuck (whether they are where I want them or not!).  I used brick paper for the roof and added a snowflake die cut to the front.

I pondered on whether to have the drawers in numerical order or random, but I decided :
  1. I could always mix them up later if I wanted to by switching the drawers around a bit,
  2. In the mornings, when it's likely that I'll be ferreting about for my Lindor (still wishfully thinking that's what they'll contain) I won't have time to hunt for the relevant date!, and
  3. Having them in the right order satisfied my 'OCD' !

I made a box from scratch in red spotty cardstock to fit the largest space at the bottom.   I measured up the hole and made it slightly smaller so it could easily be pushed in and out.  It's still quite a large box, so I figured maybe 3 or 4 Lindors for that day!!  :0)

I may have to pop in some mini Mars bars or Snickers for hubby so that he doesn't eat my truffles!

This project is to support the N for Numbers challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge.

Card Recipe:
  • Artemio 24 Drawer Wooden Advent House
  • Wooden Numbers
  • Green paint for drawers
  • White paint for house base
  • Cardio Majestix mini snowflake stamps
  • Red and green inkpads
  • Green organza ribbon
  • Scrapping paper (made into a box for the large pigeon hole
  • Quickutz tag die
  • Snowflake die
  • Pearl
  • Bearly Mine brick digi paper
  • Lindor truffles
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Happy crafting


Helen said...

Wow, love this. Xx

rosie said...

oh wow!!! this is absolutely amazing Annette. love it all. fab colours. its so professional x am amazing, gobsmacked and jealous all at the same time. all your work is outstanding. have been a followers for ages.
hugs to you x

Sarah said...

Holy mackerel Just look at that fab advent "mansion"!! It's brilliant Annette. Just a thought though, you should perhaps have a trial run just to check how many Lindors you can actually fit in the drawers. You must make sure you buy enough boxes come December!! xx

Chrissy said...

WOW!! Fantastic project colourful and festive and love the idea of choccies inside and you can keep filling it up week after that idea.


Dot said...

Wow what an amazing Christmas project, Annette,
hugs Dorte

Wishcraft said...

Wow!! Absolutely stunning Annette, what a fab creation :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Carol S. said...

Shame you can't reach into the computer and take a choccie!! Yummy! Love this box and lots of work. A beautiful keepsake. hugs, Carol S.xx

Kat W said...

Oh, I have been wanting to decorate a wooden advent calendar for ages and just haven't got round to it. Now I really really want to do it after looking at your beautiful design! Ok, I'll come clean... I just want an excuse to eat some of those yummy Lindor balls too! They are a fave in our house and it's a sad day when there isn't at least one box of them in the chocolate cupboard. I like to stock up when they are on offer!

Oops, I've just talked more about chocolate than your fabulous creation! I love the pretty colours you chose and the extra large box at the bottom :-)

Big hugs, Kat xx

Diane MoneyGoolsby said...

Netty: Thank you for entering our "Christmas in July" Challenge at Simply Create Too with your wonderful Christmas advent calendar--love it. Looking forward to seeing your entries in our next challenge too.

Simply Create Too Design Team

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your beautiful creation! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. :)

Melissa @ M Miranda Creations said...

Thank you for sharing your project with us at Simply Create Too. It looks fantastic.

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