Friday, 14 September 2012

Ho Ho Ho.....

So you all know its only about 15 weeks to Christmas right?

Well in the spirit of trying to be organised I almost snatched the lovely Karen's arm off when she offered me one of these to make up for the kids!!!





You see I'm a sucker for handmade Christmas goodies, I just think they add something magical to this very special time of year and what could be better than a fabulous 'Make Your Own Advent Calendar Kit' from one of your lovely talented friends. Nothing that's what.

If you don't know the lovely Karen from Blueberry Park, why the hell not? She not only writes the loveliest blog with some awesome photography but she designs and sells her wares in both her Etsy shop and her online store all of which trade under the same name, that's so you don't forget it that is!

This great kit is so simple to sew up and is just genius, you get the two lots of screen printed fabric (it's actually screen printed by Karen at home), the red background and the white numbers panel plus the red ribbon to hang the finished article up and obviously a set of instructions!!



Here's my calendar looking pretty good so far! Just got to finish sewing the pockets on - I'm trying to sew it when the kids aren't around as I don't want to spoil the surprise!



I can't wait to choose the gifts to put in the little pockets, in fact I'll be starting to gather them from here on in!!

Anyhow's if you fancy making your own Advent Calendar just click the linky to be whisked away to Karen's online shop where you can buy one and whilst you're there have a peruse at all the other pretties, I promise there are some lovely unique goodies that would make great Christmas presents for the special peeps in your life! I'm currently eyeing up these beauties.




above 3 photo's courtesy of Karen

All of which can be found here!

Alternatively if you feel that lady luck is on your side you could always enter my giveaway to win your very own kit!!

To enter please leave me separate comments for doing the following things:

1) Leave a comment telling me what goodies you would put in the pockets if you won the kit!
2) Follow my blog or leave me a comment telling me you already do!
3) Follow Karen's blog or leave me a comment to say that you already do!

The giveaway will be open for 7 days and will close at noon on Thursday 20th September 2012. Mr. Random Generator will then choose a lucky winner who will be announced later the same afternoon. 

Good Luck!

75 comments:

  1. My daughter loves Polly Pocket, so I would fill a few pockets with them. The rest could be chocolate, jewellery and make up.
    THank you to you and Karen for a lovely giveaway!

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  2. I follow the Blueberry Park blog.

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  3. My son is a Lego lover, and has just discovered the collectible figures so I'd put a figure in each pocket. In the final pocket though, I would put his Annual New Hanging Christmas Tree Decoration

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  4. What a fabulous advent calendar. I made one for my girls nearly 15 years ago and we still use it

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  5. And now I'm following your blog too! Win Win :)

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  6. I already follow both your and Karen's blogs. As for the advent calendar. I'm expecting our first grandchild so as a gift for him and the others that will surely follow this would be perfect. Something he can look forward to at granny's every Christmas with toys, chocs, cards etc in the pockets.

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  7. How about farm animals? not real ones of course! My sons loved their toy farm!

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  8. It's my son's FIRST Christmas so I think I would have to fill it with a combination of wooden animals, finger puppets, socks, colourful blocks - all things to grab his attention and help him develop those all important motor skills.

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  9. Thanks for a great give away. I have to agree with Michelle's comment, it would be lego mini figures in our house too! Also a few clues to lead them to other larger treats hidden around the house like Christmas books.

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  10. I'm now a follower of your blog.

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  11. Oh I've wanted to make one of these for ages and Karen's design is brilliant, please count me in. Knowing my kids I'd better include a little bit of chocolate but I'd also pop in some of their favourites like lego and crayons.

    If I'm lucky enough to win you can reach me on twitter @katgotthecream

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  12. ohhh I love giveaways :) im a loyal follower

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  13. Over here they tend to put just a sweet in each day but one year when dh was working in UK and I was in France I wrapped up 24 little pressies and made him a pressie advent calender...its quite difficult to find small pressies for a man, :)

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  14. One of these has always been somewhere on my to do list, admitedly near the bottom as I'm all out of kids... As for treasures in the pockets, I'd go for wee rubbers and pencil sharpeners and badges and magnets, you know, all the crap that when you were on a school trip you really wanted to spend your £2 spending money on because your parents were too mean to buy them for you ;o)

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  15. oohhh looking good :) I would stuff it with chocolate!

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  16. Wow... such a beautiful kit! I'd love to win :)

    I tried to make one last year (2011) but didn't follow through... For my nearly 3 year old boy, I would put in a mix of tiny toys and fun activities - like baking cookies and stomping in puddles!

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  17. And now I follow your blog :)

    (and stalk you on Twitter, but less said the better, eh!)

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  18. Thanks for the great recommendation to follow Karen - now I do :)

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  19. I didn't know we only had 15 weeks to go......not prepared to think about it yet! Thanks to you and Karen for the lovely giveaway. Juliex

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  20. def has to be a chocolate treat in each pocket, thats what advent calenders are about :)

    thanks

    shona x

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  21. I'm new to your blog, hello! I'm going to sit down with a cuppa and read through. xx

    My son loves animals so in each pocket I would place little plastic animals that we pick up from the charity shops for him. He'd love that!

    Sam @happyhomebird

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  22. Following your blog through GFC & in Bloglovin
    Sam @happyhomebird

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  23. Also following Karen's blog through GFC & Bloglovin
    Sam @happyhomebird

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  24. Ohh this is lovely. Karen is so talented and creates such wonderful stuff.

    I would fill the advent calendar with little bits for me and hubby. I'd buy us little treats to enjoy our last christmas as two before our family becomes three :)

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  25. I follow Blueberry Park already. Now I'm going to have a read through your blog as well. And thank you for this lovely giveaway opportunity!

    I live in France - so I think I would see if I could find 24 differnt flavours of macarons to pop in the pockets. yum

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  26. What a cute little advent calendar! I would probably be a naughty aunt and put chocolates in it :)

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  27. If I didn't put chocolate in the pockets I think daughter and husband would never speak to me again!

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  28. I'd have to put Midget Gems in the pockets for my husband!

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  29. I would have to put some yummy chocolate in the pockets. Boring but oh so necessary!

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  30. I follow Karen's blog since she sent me a fab package for Brit Quilt Swap 3!

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  31. My boys love tiny dinosaurs, chocolate and money so I'd throw some of those in (great giveaway hon)

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  32. Woohoo I follow you in google reader, and prob every other social network site hahaha

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  33. So cute! My girls would love chocolate, makeup, jewelery, fun pens...Thanks so much!

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  34. If your kids like making things, I would put the different parts of a kit, so they also get to make something at the end of the calendar :) I am feeling very lucky and would like to make the calendar.

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  35. It's just got to be chocolate. My kids won't be home until just before Christmas but my dh would be very distressed without his daily fix!

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  36. i would put some lindt choccy animals in them for every day for my boyfriend, he loves Lindt and it would help him feel like one of the family and not so jealous of the kids when they get their choccy advent calenders lol

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  37. i follow your blog tamalyn roberts on GFC

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  38. i follow karens blog too,, tamalyn roberts on GFC

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  39. Lovely advent calendar! I'd fill with small cars, bouncy balls, yoyo, pens, rubbers, pencils, stickers, Lego...

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  40. Already follow your blog ;-)

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  41. Also follow Karen's lovely blog too ;-)

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  42. Little chocs and gifts for my nephews.

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  43. Read about your giveaway on Twitter--thought I was following your blog before, but ALAS! I am now following for real. :)

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  44. Following Blueberry Park, too. :)

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  45. As I have a 5 y.o. son who routinely begs me for any tiny little cars that he sees, I would have to fill some of the pockets with those. And of course some chocolates or candies. xo

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  46. Hey, So think I would start the little ones animal collection off. He's probably a bit young but they'll be lots to collect over the years. Possibly a choccie or 2 for the grown ups!

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  47. And of course I am following your blog :)

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  48. Yep I also follow the lovely Karen :) Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  49. Ooo that's gorgeous, chocolate coins would have to go in ours, along with a piece of paper with a name of a friend/relative/neighbour who we will especially think of that day. I'm a mum who likes to make my children think of someone other than themselves even when eating chocolate!

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  50. A mixture of small toys, lollies and good old chocolate coins

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Well hello and thanks so much for commenting! It's lovely to hear from you, Justine xx

 
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