Thursday, 11 December 2014


Once again Stitches and Seeds HQ has been struck down with the lurgy. This is the first day in two weeks that one or other of the Smalls has not been off school, and I still have to go up to school at lunch time to dispense cough medicine. Inevitably I have it too and am feeling very sorry for myself and slightly overwhelmed by the length of my to-do list. I have just ticked off 'order camera battery' because that is completely refusing to play and won't charge. Todays pics are therefore taken with the camera on my phone which is slightly pants.

Anyway enough doom and gloom. I really wanted to tell you about our advent project. On the 1st of December we realised that the Christmas box was in the loft, Daddy was at work and Mummy is too puny to carry the big ladder in from the outside loo and up the stairs. So the Advent calendars that we usually use were unavailable.

What to do, what to do? A Small needs something to build up the anticipation through advent!

Then in the nick of time I saw this post from The Beetle Shack and decided to shamelessly copy the idea. I thought you might enjoy the first 10 days of Advent...

1~ Santa keeps watch over an empty stable. He is obviously expecting someone because he has put the light on outside...

2~ Two reindeer and Mary have arrived.

3~ Santa has brought his magic purple dog along, plus there is a Christmas tree cactus in 3d outside the stable.

4~ Santa has parked up his sleigh outside the stable, a Christmas tree rocket approaches for landing and poor old Mary has given birth 20 days early and without any backup.

5~ A star appeared in the east and the heavenly host advanced party appeared on the roof and lo, Santa did have a purple boat for getting to Australia.

6~ Bethlehem is dusted in a light sprinkling of gold sparkly snow, the angel is showing off her new pink balloon with blue streamers, an elf has popped by to tend to the sleigh and Joseph has finally made it complete with 'look its me and I brought my own star!' jazz hands.

7~ The heavenly host are in the house and they are dressed to PARTY!

8~ Only one addition today, a single but very exciting looking parcel. The first of many?

9~ One wise man with an albino camel and a pink robe has brought a gift of gold.

10~ Definition of teamwork: Tall Girl very carefully draws a beautiful cow, and Big Trouble very carefully covers it in turquoise spots. Big Trouble draws and colours two beautiful round parcels and Tall Girl adds bows to the tops. Happy mummy.

I hope you are having fun preparing for Christmas.

Back soon.



  1. What a wonderful idea!!! I loved the seeing the addition of each of the characters day by day. I hope that you will post the rest of the days as this was delightful! xx

  2. What a brilliant idea - so much more fun than eating a bit of cheap chocolate every morning!!
    I hope you recover soon from the dreaded lurgy!!

  3. Awww, what a wonderful idea. Hope you're all feeling better soon.

  4. Such a great idea, hope you all recover soon.