Monday, 3 November 2008

Altered Advent Calendar

I have been wanting to make one of these for about 2 years now, and I have looked at wooden ones in all sorts of different styles, then I spied this cardboard one in a supermarket in bright garish colours and thought "just perfect for altering thats the one for me". It was the cute chimney that won me over!


I couldn't resist adding some snow to the chimney cap. The roof tiles are punched circles made from white glitter card. Each drawer is decorated with an assortment of Melissa Frances christmas papers and various other branded embellishments. With the drawers open

Just the right size for my favourite chocolates in each one!!
Four little hearts are tucked away on the top of the chimney and the drawer for Xmas Eve is hidden behind the big white heart!!
Now I just need to use up all the left over scraps and get on with some urgent card making. Why do I always avoid doing these when there are so many wonderfully talented cardmakers out there to inspire me?

Update: Thankyou to all of the crafters who have e-mailed me and left such lovely comments, I am overwhelmed by the wonderful response. I have had many people wanting to know where to buy the house from. I purchased it from Tesco's for the grand sum of £6 about one week ago.



TFL xxx

23 comments:

STAMPMOM9 said...

OKAY THIS IS THE MOST FABULOUS CREATIONS I HAVE SEEN!!!!!!!!!!! SO ORIGINAL AND BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! YOU ARE SO TALENTED!!! :)
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY THE OTHER DAY...I HADN'T GOT BACK TO YA....HALLOWEEN TIME WAS SOOOOOOO BUSY! YOUR WITCH AND PUMPKIN ARE SOOO PRECIOUS!!! I POSTED MY CHILDREN TOO ON MY BLOG! LOVE YOUR BLOG MUSIC TOO.....MY LITTLE COOPER IS DANCING RIGHT NOW! HAVE A GREAT WEEK.....HUGS, DAWN

MrsB said...

Absolutely gorgeous, I love all the attention to detail like the hearts on the chimney. What a wonderful way to receive a chocolate every day!

Tash said...

This is sooo amazing! I want one now! Don't s'pose you could tell us which supermarket it was??

mo9ca said...

Absolutely stunning!! Thank you for sharing!! A lot of inspiration here!!

dutchbird said...

I love the christmas house... the chimney looks too cute...

Merel

Just a little bit Crafty said...

Just popped in to have a peek at your blog and what did I find? One talented lady. Love your projects and layouts. You have inspired me.

Julie said...

I think this is amazing. I want one!!! Where did you get it from?

Paula's ponderings said...

Its amazing!! Looks like something you would buy in Harrods (other department stores are available!). That is meant as the biggest compliment I could think ofapart fropm saying I want it for ME!!! Please please spill the beans or at least give us a clue as to where you bought it. I would love to see a before pic if you have one.

Faye said...

I am so amazed that you could take something from the store and make it look so fabulous. How very creative you are. This is gorgeous.

LazyKay said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning and I LOVE that chimney!

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Jane said...

what a precious advent calendar box!!! I have been eyeing these for quite some time and need to get one ordered!!!! your is a great inspiration!!!!!

Jane said...

what a precious advent calendar box!!! I have been eyeing these for quite some time and need to get one ordered!!!! your is a great inspiration!!!!!

Helena said...

Fantastic house, love how yours has turned out!!!

I actually got one last week, didn't realise it's the same one as yours!!! I am still waiting for stuff to dry before I can finsih it - sigh!!

I am stuck on the chimmey at the moment, yours is fantastic, love the snow!!!!

xxxx

paulien710 said...

OH MY LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the most wonderful-loveliest and GORGEOUS project!!!!!

STUNNING WORK!

sam21ski said...

WOW WOW and WOW - this is simply stunning, it's fantastic Ruth, well done xxxxx

inara said...

That is so lovely!!!

danemi1 said...

all I can say is jaw drops open and wow - it is gorgeous - so clever

Estee said...

This is SO cool!! I saw the link to your blog from your gallery at Scrapbook.com and couldn't resist checking out your amazing projects. I absolutely love your advent calendar, it is the coolest that I have seen!!!!

Dawn said...

Absolutely stunning an heirloom to be passed down.

Irene said...

This is just gorgeous. I love all of it.

Anonymous said...

love this - so inspired I have bought one for dd. Just wondering what you used between the drawers to colour it brown???

byondbzr said...

This is so gorgeous!

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