No one is ever too old to count the days until Christmas. Advent calendars are everywhere, taking all kinds of theme and forms. “COUNTRY LIFE”, a weekly British publication, is my panacea for not being able to travel to Britain as often as I would wish. Each year it’s Christmas Special issue has an advent calendar cover. Inside each door is a little drawing and a message.
Over at “Martha Stewart Living”, advent calendar elves have made a tree of advent envelopes in bright red paper, which are perhaps full of 21C gift cards from iTunes, and Starbucks.
Liquitex makes a new (to me at least) artist colors spray paint – very saturated colors and wonderful coverage, and NO SMELL as it is water base paint!! Perfect for cold weather…when it has to be done indoors. This color is….really a deep dark red. I took off all the cans, and sprayed everything separately. The whole construction is in the Archives: “the Holly and the Ivy Advent Calendar” Nov 27, 2012. Here is week one: Juniper, Lirope, Golden Cypress, dog’s bane, dried Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Artemesia, blue Spruce, and magnolia buds.
The numbers were redone with a bottle of red glitter glue with a pointed applicator over the previous copper numbers. It didn’t come out easily so some numbers got rather blotchy. Luckily once the plant material gets in, the numbers don’t show much. Depending on the material, the can does or doesn’t have water in it. Added are: coffee tree pods, fresh green hydrangea, carnations, alstromeria, arbor vitae, pine cones both on a their stem, and tiny ones cascading on a wire. To come: roses, red hypericum, pine, dusty miller, sumac pods, anemones, hemlock and balsam, Kermit mums, teasel, and Royal Fern seed scapes.
The most petite advent calendar is found on this European Christmas card. If you are looking at this on a laptop, it might be life size. The unique part of this adorable village is each of the “doors” is a different shape and the image fits right in the scene. Check out the church doors, top middle, and the sleigh below it, and which others can you see?