I’m soooo excited! I have FINALLY done something with the beautiful paper pieced Nativity Scene I made a couple of years ago. No I didn’t design it. I bought the pattern from Paper Panache and the pattern is named O Holy Night. (If you are feeling super ambitious there is a crazy epic full nativity scene you can tackle as well!)
I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with the piece when I started it, but after making it and realizing how special it was, I decided to turn it into an advent calendar.
….. and then two years went by….
…. this piece literally hung on my design wall for two years…
…reminding me every day that I wanted to do something really special with it…
I finally buckled down this year and said no more! It is time to finish this up!! Heavy research into the kind of advent calendar I wanted and the materials I should use, I ended up with this combination of fabric and felt. I went with classic and simple but colors that I love. I am finally ready to let myself use the colors I LOVE rather than the colors I think I should. I think that is what held me back for so long.
I ordered the 1″ high felt numbers off of someone on Etsy…plenty of people sell them. Best decision ever. I did NOT want to worry about cutting those out myself. And lots of people have fancy cutting machines that make it super simple for them to do. The numbers I glued down with some heavy duty fabric glue…I was also NOT going to drive myself crazy trying to stitch those down. (See I’m learning to let go! Yay me!)
There was lots of stitching on the nativity scene, the felt pockets and the border…and of course the background itself. I made the whole thing with a casing for a rod so that we can hang it. Now I just need to figure out the perfect sayings/drawings/scriptures to go in the pockets. I love this piece so much that I want that part to be just as special. But I kind of need a break again. Here’s hoping I do it in time for next year.
And here’s for creating more handmade holidays and creating family traditions! I love that this will be part of our Advent tradition from now on.