Here's a snap of the not-pressed, full of stray cat hair, top of the advent calendar I'm working on for the kids. The imperfect border is pieced together from scraps- some Christmas-y fabrics and some not so much. The applique snowperson is made from an old t-shirt. I did buy some felt for his/her hat and the background for the star.
Is this picture out of focus? Or is it my aging eyes? Probably a little of both.
I debated quite a lot what to "write" on it. Merry Christmas? Let It Snow? Dear Santa-? (I had a pattern for all of these phrases in a book). I decided on "Comfort & Joy" because that's really my wish for the kids- and for everyone- during the Christmas season and beyond.
Of course, my 8 year old looks at it and the first thing she says is "Mom, why'd you write 'comfort & joy'? What the heck does that mean?" I say... "you know the song... (clearing throat)... oh-h, tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy...oh-h...etc., etc." She just gave me a puzzled look and walked away. I guess that one didn't ring a bell for her!
I've now got to stitch the numbers 1- 24 on the little felt pockets for the count-down. I figure that I can take my embroidery thread and needle to the hospital with me next week and that will give me something to do if/when DX sleeps.
BTW, the basis idea for the advent calendar came from "Australian Country Threads" the Special Christmas in July edition from 2006. It's a great quilting magazine- I tend to like it a lot better than some of the others. More projects and less advertising. Check it out sometime.