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Amazing Advent Calendars

A very short post! Not everyone is into making their own advent calendars. Here are a couple sites that offer really wonderful calendars to bring out the child in anyone. I just ordered and received the one pictured above. I just couldn't resist it!! And I really can't wait for December 1st. So hard not to peak.

The Vermont Christmas Company offers so many calendars I have yet to see them all which, now that I think about it, is probably a very good thing.  Another site offering a smaller but equally beautiful collection of advent calendars is one of Martha Stewart's favorites Blumchen.com. The link will take you directly to the advent calendar page.

You have just enough time to order one. December 1st is only 2 weeks away.

Getting Acquainted with Wheat Weaving

 

This wheat spiral has been on my tree over 35 years and the star and snowflake almost that long. OUCH!;

My eyes and heart fell in love with wheat weaving a long time ago. So...this past Spring I decided that now that I have the whole internet world at my finger tips, I would learn more about it and maybe try my hand at making a few simple ornaments. And here are two of them.

How to Make Japanese-Inspired Ornaments

These pretty decorations are based on an ancient Japanese craft known as Temari. They begin with a styrofoam ball, wrapped in thread. This forms a beautiful and functional base for embroidery.

Here's a picture of some traditional Temari. They can be a little complicated to make, so they're really best learned from a book or a live class. However, this tutorial will teach you to make the thread-wrapped ball, and then decorate it in some simpler ways.

Beautiful Snowflakes

This is a photo of a real snow flake!

And here is another!  And here is a link to Snowcrystals.com one of my very favorite sites. The photographs of the snow crystals make my eyes happy and my spirits soar.   The link will take you directly to the first page of the gallery of amazing photographs taken by Kenneth  G. Libbrecht of Caltech.  You can click on each one to make it larger and I suggest you do exactly that!

Danish Aebleskivers

The best version of pancakes ever! Legend has it that Aebleskivers were first made by Viking warriors on thier battle pitted shields.  However they came to be, don't be intimidated by the pan or the process.  Just jump in and make them a family favorite.  I promise kids of all ages love them, and it is doubtful you will ever have leftovers.

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