Catch Up Post 1!
One of the things that has been keeping me too busy to post, has been a Christmas project for work. Usually, our department has a Secret Santa type thing. I’m never keen on it; I find these things can be a bit hit or miss, with some people taking the time to buy something appropriate for their recipient and some just grabbing something at the last minute. Plus there’s the whole commercial “just buying because you have to” side of things that I hate at any time of the year, but even more so at Christmas. Our department has had a pretty hard year one way and another and dealt with a lot of changes, so I decided it was time to make a change myself.
I remember as a kid (trying) to wait patiently for the days it was my turn to open the door on the advent calendar I shared with my siblings – and that was just for the picture behind the door, before the days of chocolates in calendars! I wanted to recreate that sense of anticipation and just have some fun, so decided some kind of giant advent calendar was the way to go.
I’m really liking the whole Nordic red and white Christmas themes that seem to be in this year, so I picked up a couple of metres of two different types, with no real idea what I wanted to do, except maybe keep some for our own tree, to make little decorations, like stars and doves and…..stockings! It was a lightbulb moment. One quick paper template later, and then more nights than I care to remember of urging myself to “just get a couple done” and I had this.
I decided to make the back with felt (honestly? I can’t remember why, it just seemed like a good idea at the time, not so much later – especially at nine pounds a metre! Thankfully I found some stiffer craft felt at a third of that.) I was glad I did though, as it helped give them more shape when they were hanging, the cotton wouldn’t have held the shape so well on it’s own. My baby Singer whipped them together in considerably less time than it took me to cut all 48 pieces thankfully. I’d found some sparkly self adhesive tape which trimmed them off at the top surprisingly nicely, then added a gift tag with a number on it.
Of course, in my haste to get them all hung up before everyone came in I didnt grab a picture until a few days down the line (and had to do it on my phone, so they quality is not great) by which time several stockings had been “opened” and people wanted not only the treat inside (which ranged from light-up yoyos, coloured slinkies and handwarmers to mini christmas trees and dancing snowmen) but they also wanted to keep the stocking too, which was unexpected but lovely.
It really did add a sparkle to the office and helped make a Christmassy feel and made people smile and at the end of the day, what’s better than making people happy?