Magic Disappearing "Recycled" Paper Quilt Block Advent Calendar

Magically Disappearing Advent Calendar

Here is an idea for one very simple, easy to make Advent Calendar tree! And not only is it easy and inexpensive to make, but it is beyond recyclable or reuse! I like to call it "re-directed use" because once the holidays are over it can be quickly disassembled and most of the parts used the rest of the year for other important stuff; and next year the parts can be reassembled into another Advent Calendar!!

Making Advent Calendars All Week - Beginning with an Updated Icelandic Advent Tree.

Advent Calendar Tree

It is time to be thinking about Advent Calendars!!! Only 26 days till it is time to begin marking the days till Christmas! Not a lot of time really for planning, designing, cutting, sewing, pasting and making your very own calendar!

So - I am devoting this whole week to Advent Calendars!

Nisse Love, Happy 4th Blogiversary to Gingerbread Snowflakes, and a Giveaway!

Nisse Love

Arriving just in time to help celebrate my 4th blogiversary - my very own (straight from the hands of a Norwegian craft artist) Nisse couple!

My friend Gill found this totally adorable (and obviously still in love) pair at a craft fair in Norway and decided they needed to travel across the sea to live with me!! I love them to pieces! They sit next to my bed nestled next to a big pile of yarn that is being crocheted and knitted into Christmas gifts!

Recipe: Delicious, Comforting Shepherd's Pie Made With Pot Roast.

Shepherd's  Pie

Winter chill is in the evening air! It's the perfect time of year to warm up with the ultimate comfort food - Shepherd's Pie! And this recipe is extra comforting because it is made with pot roast! I developed this delicious (and filling) Shepherd's Pie for Diane's Sweetie and it has become a family favorite.

Making a Christmas Elf Forest - The Beginning

Christmas gnomes and fiber trees

A sneak peak at my Christmas Elf forest! As many of you know, my collection of Scandinavian Christmas elves has been growing each year. But it is way too easy for them to disappear among the other ornaments and branches of my holiday tree, so I have decided that what is needed is a forest of their very own - a forest of "fiber trees" and mushrooms!

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