24 Days of Advent Calendar Fun: Days 5-6

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Here is your next installment in my 24 Days of Advent Calendar Fun! I’m going to focus on day 5 and 6 today. One thing I learned in the past couple days is not all activities and ideas go as planned.

Day 5

Yesterday our activity was to make a stocking for our cat, Martooni. He’s a rambunctious two year old tabby we picked up at the local SPCA this past summer. This is his first Christmas with us, and what better way to make him part of the family than make him a stocking? I’m a crafty girl, so I pre-made parts of the stocking and planned to have my grandma help me put it together as her advent calendar activity.


I went a little overboard and decided to embroider his face! This took forever and was the first time I’d attempted “drawing” with thread. I made the face, a bow tie, the green stocking foot, and the red cuffs ahead of time and figured my 93 year old grandma could handle tacky gluing the face, bow tie, and cuffs onto the stocking and I’d hand stitch the rest together. Unfortunately the tacky glue was not working very well and it kept falling apart, so I ended up having to sew it all instead. I could have used hot glue, but I was afraid my grandma would get burned. I’ve had plenty of hot glue burns (and blisters) over the years, and I’d never wish that on my grandma ever.



It turned out great but ended up not being a very good craft for my grandma. Hopefully some of the other crafts later in the advent calendar will be better for her abilities.

Martooni seemed unimpressed with my efforts, but that may change when it’s filled with cat treats and toys on Christmas morning! (Who am I kidding? He’s a cat. He’ll never be impressed with anything I do.)


Now on to today.

Day 6

Today I wanted to mix it up and give her another little present. I saw this jingle bell ring at a store last week and thought it would be a cute thing she could wear to holiday parties this winter, and it fit well in the little mittens so I got it.

IMG_4970I thought it’d definitely fit because it’s adjustable, but I forgot how skinny her fingers are these days (while her knuckles are still normal-sized). I had to stretch it out over her knuckle but quickly realized that even at its smallest size, it’s still way too big for her finger. Most of her rings fit like this now, but none of her rings have a huge bunch of bells on them either.

IMG_4979It looks pretty but the bells kept sliding to the inside of her hand. Oh well. Two days now, my advent calendar ideas have fallen through, but there’s always tomorrow!

Next time I’ll be documenting Days 7 and 8. A baking project will finally be included! Check back for that and other fun activities this weekend.

If you missed past installments of the advent calendar, links to those are below:

You can find instructions for how to make this advent calendar at Holiday Crafts and Creations.

**The snowflakes in the title image are from www.obsidiandawn.com and www.graphicssoft.about.com**

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